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Vampiric Touch
Spell holy stoicism
  • Vampiric Touch
  • Level 10 Shadow priest ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • A touch of darkness that causes (155.51% of Spell Power) Shadow damage over 21 sec, and heals you for 30% of damage dealt. If Vampiric Touch is dispelled, the dispeller flees in Horror for 3 sec.

    Generates 4 Insanity.
Properties
Class Priest
School Shadow
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 10
Improvements Spell holy stoicism [Maddening Touch], Ability priest clarityofpower [Mental Fortitude], Ability rogue envelopingshadows [Misery], Ability priest psychiclink [Psychic Link], Spell priest shadow mend [Unfurling Darkness]
Related debuffs
Spell holy stoicism
  • Magic
  • Vampiric Touch
  • Suffering (22.22% of spell power) Shadow damage every 3 sec.
  • Duration: 21 seconds

Spell holy prayerofshadowprotection
  • Magic
  • Sin and Punishment
  • Fleeing in terror.
  • Duration: 3 seconds
Vampiric Touch TCG

In the World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game.

Vampiric Touch is a level 10 Shadow priest ability. It deals shadow damage over 21 seconds, heals the priest for a portion of the damage, and generates Insanity when cast.

Vampiric Touch is one of the shadow priest's damage over time effects, and is a key shadow ability due to its interactions with Spell shadow shadetruesight [Mastery: Shadow Weaving] and Ability priest shadowyapparition [Shadowy Apparitions].

Additionally, Vampiric Touch is one of the few periodic damaging effects that features built in dispel protection, immediately horrifying the dispeller when dispelled.

Notes[]

  • The horrify effect triggered from dispelling does not have diminishing returns.
  • The original version of the ability restored mana to the priest's group, based on shadow damage the priest dealt to the target, and gave Shadow priests the reputation as "mana batteries."
  • Patch 3.0.2 introduced Spell magic managain [Replenishment], a passive mana restoration effect designed incredibly similar to Vampiric Touch's original mana restore effect (Replenishment also replaced this effect). Vampiric Touch was one of the few spells that made use of this new mechanic, triggering every time Spell shadow unholyfrenzy [Mind Blast] damaged the target. This continued until Patch 5.0.4 removed the Spell magic managain [Replenishment] mechanic entirel.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-08-07): Damage reduced by 20%. Does not apply to PvP.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.1.0 (2023-05-02): Damage is no longer reduced in PvP combat (was reduced by 5%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-01-09): Damage reduced by 5% in PvP Combat (was increased by 10%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-12-19): Damage increased by 10%.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-12-12):
    • Healing reduced to 30% of damage dealt (was 50%).
    • Healing is no longer reduced in PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.2 (2022-11-15): No longer deals 10% increased damage in PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-11-01): Damage increased by 10%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now learned at level 10 (was 15). Rank 2 is now baseline.
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2022-06-24): Damage increased by 10% in PvP combat.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.1.0 (2021-06-29): Damage increased by 25%.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13):
    • Now available at level 15 (was level 24). Insanity generation reduced to 5 (was 6).
    • The dispel protection effect has been moved to Rank 2 at level 48.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.3.0 (2020-01-14): Damage reduced by 8%.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.2.0 (2019-06-25): Damage reduced by 9%.
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2018-09-10): Damage increased by 20%.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Duration reduced to 21 seconds, down from 24 seconds.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-09-06): Fixed a bug that made Void Eruption's Vampiric Touch missile display incorrectly.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-06-13): Vampiric Touch damage reduced by 15% in PvP situations.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-24): Vampiric Touch now deals 10% less damage in PvP situations (was 25% less).
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-17):
    • Vampiric Touch damage reduced by 14%.
    • The damage of Vampiric Touch is reduced by 25% in PvP situations.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Generates 6 Insanity when cast (was 4). Duration is now 24 seconds (was 18 seconds).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Mana cost removed. Now learned at level 24 (was 28) and redesigned. A touch of darkness that causes (522% of spell power) Shadow damage over 18 sec, and heals the Priest for 50% of damage dealt. If Vampiric Touch is dispelled, the dispeller flees in Horror for 3 sec. Generates 4 Insanity.
    Old: Causes (292.5% of Spell Power) Shadow damage over 15 sec.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Vampiric Touch no longer restores mana. Mana cost reduced by 50% to compensate.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now deals 20% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Redesigned with the removal of Spell magic managain [Replenishment]. Now a level 28 Shadow specialization ability (was a tier 5 Shadow talent). Causes Shadow damage over 15 sec. Each time Vampiric Touch deals damage the caster gains 2% of maximum mana.
    Old: Causes Shadow damage over 15 sec, and when you deal damage with Mind Blast to an affected target you cause up to 10 party or raid members to gain 1% of their maximum mana per 10 sec.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Damage done has been decreased by 12%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer causes damage upon being dispelled. Dispel protection moved to the talent Sin and Punishment. Moved from tier 9 to tier 5.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): While in Spell shadow shadowform [Shadowform], Vampiric Touch will gain benefit from Haste rating.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): The amount of damage done when this spell is dispelled has been doubled.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): When dispelled, Vampiric Touch will deal damage to the afflicted target. While in Spell shadow shadowform [Shadowform], bonus damage from critical strike chance removed and replaced by the ability generate critical strikes.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): The Spell power coefficient has been doubled and no longer triggers Replenishment when other priests cast Spell shadow unholyfrenzy [Mind Blast]. Vampiric Touch cast in Shadowform now deals increased damage percentage equal to the player's chance to get a spell crit on their target.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Vampiric Touch's mana restoration effect redesigned. Mind Blast damage now triggers the Replenishment effect, causing up to 10 party or raid members to gain 0.25% of their maximum mana per second.
    Previous effect: causes all party members to gain mana equal to 5% of any Shadow spell damage you deal.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): This spell now consumes the Spell frost windwalkon [Inner Focus] buff.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

See also[]

External links[]

Vampiric Touch Sin and
Punishment
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