Damage shield refers to damage that is inflicted on an enemy after striking a player in melee. Damage shields are a special type of reactive effects.

Damage shields trigger off every melee attack and are not limited by a cooldown; hence, they are more potent against fast-attacking enemies. The damage inflicted is not considered spell damage and thus is not capable of triggering spell hit procs. Furthermore, damage shields do not share the combat log mechanic with spells; instead, they use a dedicated mechanic.

Items and Spells Providing Damage Shields Edit

Armor Edit


  • [Cloak of Flames] - Equip: Deals 5 Fire damage to anyone who strikes you with a melee attack.



Weapons Edit



Misc Edit




Enhancements Edit



  • [Crystal Spire] - Use: A crystal shield surrounds the friendly target, doing 12 damage to anyone who hits them. Lasts 10 minutes. (Cystal Spire does not stack with spells providing damage shields). This item is a quest reward from Neutral 15 [53] Crystal Spireω τ ϖ.

Spells Edit

  • Druid: Thorns - Thorns sprout from the friendly target, causing X Nature damage to attackers when hit. Lasts 10 min.
  • Mage: Molten Armor - Causes X fire damage when hit. Lasts 30 min.
  • Paladin: Retribution Aura - Causes X Holy damage to any creature that strikes a party member within 30 yards.
  • Warlock: Imp's Fire Shield - Anything that attacks a party member takes X fire damage. Lasts 3 min.

Talents Edit

  • Warrior: Damage Shield - Whenever you take damage from or block a melee attack you cause damage equal to 20% of your block value. (However, this is not a damage shield technically, as its resulting damage is treated like direct damage.)

Patch changesEdit

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Damage shield spells no longer damage you if you use spells that damage both you and your enemies.
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