Spell shadow shadowfiend
  • Talent
  • Desecration
  • {{{cast_time}}} sec cast
  • Requires Death knight
  • Your Plague, Scourge, and Necrotic Strikes defile the ground within 7 yards of your target. Enemies in the area are slowed by X% while standing on the unholy ground. Does not trigger against targets that are immune to movement-slowing effects. Lasts 20 sec.
Usable by
ClassDeath knight
Casting timeUnknown sec cast
CooldownNone/Global Cooldown
Level required5
Related debuff
Spell shadow shadowfiend
  • Desecration
  • Standing upon unholy ground.
    Movement speed is reduced by X%.

Desecration is a talent in the Unholy Tree, you will need to spend 7 points in Unholy to max it.

Rank table

Rank Movement speed reduction
1 25%
2 50%

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): No longer triggers when an applicable strike hits a snare-immune target. This is primarily to avoid unnecessary spell effect clutter during boss encounters.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Desecration is now also triggered by Necrotic Strike
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): The debuff from this ability will no longer sometimes appear as if it were cast by someone else. In addition, the visual and snare from this ability will now both dissipate at the same time. Further, this talent will now respect snare immunities, and no longer sometimes snare immune targets. Duration increased to 20 seconds from 12.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): This talent has been reduced to 2 points for 25/50% snare and no longer increases damage done by the death knight. It has also been moved one tier earlier in the tree and its spell effect has been made more transparent.
    • No longer causes unnecessary combat logging.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): This talent now has a 100% chance to be triggered. Additional points in the talent increase the damage bonus and snare magnitude instead of increasing the chance.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Will no longer break stealth.

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