Pain Suppression
Spell holy painsupression
  • Pain Suppression
  • 40 yd  range
  • 3 min cooldown
  • 1.6% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Reduces all damage taken by a friendly target by 40% for 8 sec. Castable while stunned.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown3 min
Level required58
Related buff
Spell holy painsupression
  • Pain Suppression
  • All damage taken reduced by 40%.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
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It's just a flesh wound.

Pain Suppression is a priest ability learned at level 58 for those with the Discipline specialization. It is an eight second shield buff which reduces all damage taken by 40%.

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  • This is an often life-saving shield, especially while being pounded on by multiple enemies, such as in arenas.


Pain Suppression really shines in a PvP or Arena situation. No one likes to have their enemies healed, so healers are often "target #1" and focused on by many enemies at once. A common strategy for an opposing group is to all simultaneously blow their most powerful cooldowns and spells on the enemy's healer. To avoid being instantly knocked out of the game, a priest can pop this spell in an attempt to survive the onslaught. If used with any combination of [fear], [shield], or grenade, and heals it is possible to survive an otherwise hopeless situation. Hopefully, while the priest was the focus, enemies will have been destroyed or fairly weakened by teammates.

Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Pain Suppression no longer reduces the target’s threat by 5%.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Pain Suppression and Guardian Spirit can now always be cast while stunned.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Pain Suppression is no longer dispellable.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small/ Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Moved to tier 5.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): No longer can be cast while under the effects of Incapacitate or Cyclone.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Cooldown increased to 3 minutes, up from 2.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Is now usable on friendly targets, instantly reduces the target's threat by 5%, reduces damage taken by 40% and its cooldown has been reduced to 2 minutes.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.2.0 (25-Sep-2007): This talent will now reduce the chance for any buff on the Priest to be dispelled, rather than reduce the chance of dispelling buffs cast while it is active.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Pain Suppression now reduces damage taken by 65% and increases resistance to Dispel mechanics by 65% for the duration.

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