Drain Soul
Spell shadow haunting
  • Drain Soul
  • 40 yd  range
  • 1.5% of base mana, plus 1.5% per second
  • Channeled
  • Drains the target's soul, causing x Shadow damage over 4 sec. If the target dies and yields experience or honor, one Soul Shard is energized.

    When Drain Soul deals damage, it causes all of your other damage over time spells on the target to instantly deal 40% of their normal damage.

    Improved Drain Soul (Level 92+)
    Your Drain Soul deals 100% additional damage on targets below 20% health.
Usable by
Casting timeChanneled
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required24
Related debuff
Spell shadow haunting
  • Drain Soul
  • Deals x Shadow damage every 1 sec and causes all of the Warlock's other damage over time spells to instantly deal 40% of their normal damage.
  • Duration: 4 seconds
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Give yourself to me.
- Mistress Nesala TCG

Drain Soul is a warlock ability learned at level 24 for those with the Affliction specialization. It steals the soul from the enemy, dealing damage; a shard is energized if the target dies.

All other periodic damage effects from the warlock will instantly deal 40% of their normal periodic damage when Drain Soul deals damage.

Modified by



  • Use when an enemy is almost dead to maximize the damage.
  • Drain Soul can not be reflected.

Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Drain Soul now creates 1 Soul Shard (down from 4 Soul Shards) when the target dies.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Drain Soul no longer energizes Soul Shards from the pets and guardians of players, and now deals 34% less damage. If other periodic Affliction damage effects are triggered by Drain Soul, they now deal 60% of their normal damage (down from 100%).
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): It is no longer possible to leave combat while channeling Drain Soul.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): This spell now deals 4 times the normal damage for all ranks. Previously it was only ranks 6 and above.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Each time Drain Soul deals damage to a target which can grant experience, it now has a chance to generate a Soul Shard.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Rank 6 now properly deals additional damage to targets below 25% health.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Drain Soul will now cause four times the damage if the target is at or below 25% health.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): Channeling of this spell will now always stop when a player target dies.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): Shadowburn: If you cast Drain Soul while this aura is on the victim, you will no longer receive two soul shards upon the victim’s death.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Honorable kills will now generate a Soul Shard when Drain Soul is used.

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