Spell shadow shadowform
  • Shadowform
  • 2.6% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Assume a Shadowform, increasing your Shadow damage by 25% and increasing your armor by 100%. However, you may not cast any healing spells while in this form.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required24
Related buff
Spell shadow shadowform
  • Shadowform
  • Shadow damage you deal increased by 25%.
    Armor increased by 100%.
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I draw deep from the shadows to slake my thirst for power. I'm never thirsty for long.

Shadowform is a priest ability learned at level 24 for those with the Shadow specialization. While active, it increases Shadow damage dealt by 25% and armor by 100%.

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Notes Edit

  • Priests cannot cast any healing spells while in this form, but they can cast other Holy spells.
  • The character looks translucent black while in Shadowform.
  • Shadowform does affect shadow-elemental wands.
  • Normally a Priest who uses this spell is considered a Shadow Priest.
  • Look-altering actions that take place while shadowformed (such as being poisoned or diseased) will alter the look until Shadowform is dropped and re-assumed.

Patch changes Edit

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.0 (23-Jun-2015): Shadowform no longer applies its visual effect to the Priest's mount.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Shadowform no longer allows any healing spells to be cast but also no longer has a restriction on casting other Holy spells.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Shadowform now increases the Priest's armor by 60%, but no longer reduces all damage taken by 15%.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Shadowform now increases the Priest's Shadow damage by 25% (was 20%).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small/ Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): [Cure Disease] can no longer be cast in shadowform.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): This talent also now causes Devouring Plague and Vampiric Touch to benefit from haste. Both the period length and the duration of these spells will be reduced by haste. In addition, the mana cost has been reduced from 32% to 13% of base mana.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Now reduces all damage taken by 15%, not just physical damage. Bonus damage from critical strike chance removed and replaced by the ability of those periodic damage spells to generate critical strikes.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Abolish Disease and Cure Disease can now be cast while in Shadowform.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): You can now shift into Shadowform while mounted or sitting.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Shadowform: Devouring Plague, Shadow Word:Pain, and Vampiric Touch cast in Shadowform deal increased damage percentage equal to the player’s chance to get a spell crit on their target.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Now has an innate 30% threat reduction. Now has a shapeshift UI.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): Fear Ward is now usable while in Shadow form.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Fixed a bug where the global cooldown was triggered when shifting out of Shadowform.; If you are in Shadowform and try to use an ability that my not be used in Shadowform, you will leave Shadowform and use that ability. This can be disabled with /console autoUnshift 0
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Spirit of Redemption and Spiritual Guidance now work while the priest is in Shadowform. Entering Shadowform gives a new action bar (like stealth).
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): The visual effect of "Shadowform" will no longer persist if disabled while mounted.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): Switching to Shadowform no longer cancels Holy buffs on a priest.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Changed so all spells except Holy can be cast rather than only Shadow and Discipline spells. Tooltip updated. This fixes several bugs that prevented various actions (creating tradeskill items, mining, summoning a mount, using a hearthstone and many more).
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Priests can now use scrolls and the Heart of Noxxion while in Shadowform.

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