For general info, see silence effect.
Ability priest silence.png
  • Silence
  • Level 50 Shadow priest ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 45 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Silences the target, preventing them from casting spells for 5 sec. Against non-players, also interrupts spellcasting and prevents any spell in that school from being cast for 3 sec.
Usable by
Class Priest
School Shadow
Cooldown 45 seconds
Other information
Level learned 50
Related debuff
Ability priest silence.png
  • Magic
  • Silence
  • Silenced.
  • Duration: 5 seconds

Silence is a level 50 Shadow priest ability. It silences the target, preventing them from casting spells for 5 seconds, and acts against an interrupt against non-player targets.


  • Any spell currently being cast will be prevented from completing when the target is silenced. The spellcasting of non-player targets is also fully interrupted, allowing targets that are immune to silences, such as bosses, to still be interrupted by this ability.
  • Silence is not affected by the global cooldown.
  • In PvP against casters, this can simply disable them for 5 secs.
  • In PvP when used against paladins, they can use [Divine Shield] to remove the Silence effect. So preferably it should be used when they have already popped Divine Shield. Warlocks with their Felhunter out can cast its [Devour Magic] on themselves to remove the effect.
  • In PvE, there are many caster-type mobs that can't be pulled like normal mobs. Pulling with Silence will cause them to come to you to engage in melee, since their ranged attack (magic) is disabled. It can also stop a mob's healing, which is sometimes very useful.


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Silence duration reduced to 4 seconds (down from 5). Interrupt duration increased to 4 seconds (up from 3).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Discipline. Mana cost removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-11): Silence (Discipline) now prevents the target from casting spells for 2 seconds (down from 5 seconds). There is no change to the ability for Shadow Priests.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now available to Discipline.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer a talent. Now a baseline ability for Shadow priests, available at level 52.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Silence is now a Tier 4 talent, down from Tier 5. Now has a new icon.
    Previous icon: Spell shadow impphaseshift.png
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Updated tooltip to include the functionality that this ability also interrupts spellcasting on NPCs.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): This ability will also apply a 3 second interrupt effect against non-player controlled targets, making it more versatile against creatures immune to silencing effects.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Range increased to 30 yards (up from 20).
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Silence now has diminishing returns.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): No longer affected by the global cooldown.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Several creature spells that silenced players are now properly flagged as silence effects, which will allow talents such as Unbreakable Will to provide a higher chance to resist the effects.

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