Vampiric Touch
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  • Vampiric Touch
  • Level 15 Shadow priest ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • A touch of darkness that causes (128.52% of spell power) Shadow damage over 21 sec, and heals you for 50% of damage dealt.

    Rank 2: If Vampiric Touch is dispelled, the dispeller flees in Horror for 3 sec.

    Generates 5 Insanity.
Usable by
Class Priest
School Shadow
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 15
Improvements Damnation (priest talent), [Mastery: Shadow Weaving], [Misery], [Psychic Link], [Shadowy Apparitions], Unfurling Darkness
Related debuffs
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  • Magic
  • Vampiric Touch
  • Suffering (18.36% of spell power) Shadow damage every 3 sec.
  • Duration: 21 seconds

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

In the World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game.

Vampiric Touch (VT) is a level 15 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 [Mastery: Shadow Weaving] and [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.



  • Spell holy stoicism.png  Rank 2 — If your Vampiric Touch is dispelled, the dispeller flees in Horror for 3 sec. Available at Level 48.




The horrify effect triggered from dispelling does not have diminishing returns.


Added in Patch 2.0.1, Vampiric Touch was the second periodic shadow damaging ability (third for Forsaken priests, who already had [Devouring Plague] as one of their priest racial abilities) made available to Priests. It was designed to be an additional DoT for Shadow, and to help alleviate the serious mana issues Shadow priests faced. This 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 [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 [Mind Blast] damaged the target. This continued until Patch 5.0.4 removed the [Replenishment] mechanic entirely, and Vampiric Touch instead restored 2% of the priest's maximum mana each time it ticked, no longer restoring any mana to other group members. Its signature mana restoration effect was finally removed entirely in Patch 6.0.2.

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now available at level 15 (was level 24). Insanity generation reduced to 5 (was 6).
  • 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 Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Duration reduced to 21 seconds, down from 24 seconds.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-09-06): [Hotfix in testing] 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): Vampiric Touch now heals the priest for 50% of damage dealt, and now generates Insanity upon application. Duration increased from 15 seconds to 18 seconds. The dispel backlash effect from [Sin and Punishment] has been built into this spell. Mana cost removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): [Dispersion] and Vampiric Touch no longer restore mana. Base mana regeneration rate for Shadow priests has been increased by 200%, [Shadow Word: Pain] and Vampiric Touch mana costs have been 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): No longer triggers [Replenishment]. Instead, each time damage is dealt, the caster gains 2% of maximum mana.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Damage done has been decreased by 12%. In addition, [Sin and Punishment]'s Vampiric Touch backlash fear effect no longer has diminishing returns.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer causes damage upon being dispelled. Dispel protection is now available from the talent [Sin and Punishment].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): While in [Shadowform], Vampiric Touch will gain benefit from Haste rating.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): The amount of damage done when this spell is dispelled has been doubled.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): When dispelled, Vampiric Touch will deal damage to the afflicted target. While in [Shadowform], bonus damage from critical strike chance removed and replaced by the ability generate critical strikes.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): The Spell power coefficient has been doubled and no longer triggers Replenishment when other priests cast [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 of the Lich King 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.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

See also

External links

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