For the quest, see Quest:Corruption.
For the sword, see Corruption (sword).
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  • Corruption
  • 40 yd  range
  • 1.25% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Corrupts the target, causing x Shadow damage over 18 sec

    Spell shadow metamorphosis Demonology (Level 10)
    and generating 4 Demonic Fury each time it deals damage

    Spell shadow deathcoil Affliction (Level 10)
    Your most recently applied Corruption has a 6.0% chance to generate a Soul Shard each time it deals damage

    Spell shadow metamorphosis Demonology (Level 10)
    Metamorphosis transforms this spell into Doom:

    Inflicts impending doom upon the target, causing x Shadow damage over 1 min. Doom critical strikes summon a Wild Imp to attack the target.

    Enhanced Corruption (Level 92+)
    Your Corruption generates 1 additional Demonic Fury each time it deals damage.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required3
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Corruption
  • X Shadow damage every 2 seconds.
  • Duration: 18 seconds
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Corruption is a core warlock ability learned at level three. It is a shadow-based warlock spell that damages over time.

Modified by

Spell shadow deathcoil Affliction abilities
Spell shadow metamorphosis Demonology abilities


Corruption is a simple damage over time spell which places a magic debuff on the target, causing shadow damage. As with most DoTs, once cast it inflicts damage upon its victim every two seconds, and continues until either the effect wears off, or the target dies. This spell cannot generate critical hits.

Corruption can be cast with your target behind you, and since it is instant cast it can also be cast while running. As such, this ability is excellent for kiting enemies. Since walking backward is much slower than running forward or strafe-running, it is always best to do one of the latter two things while attempting to kite something.

Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.2 (1-Sep-2015): Mind Spike now deals 10% more damage. In PvP combat, Mind Spike now deals 10% less damage.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.0 (23-Jun-2015): Corruption now deals 12% more damage.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Corruption's damage has been increased by 10%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Corruption will now gain the correct damage modifiers for the creature type of the target.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Now instant-cast.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): The bonus that the spells "Corruption" and "Curse of Agony" receive from bonus spell damage effects has been decreased by approximately 10%.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Duration reduced and damage per tick increased. Total damage over duration approximately identical.

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