Were you looking for the new similar resource system added in Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria and extended in Legion-Logo-Small Legion for Ui-charactercreate-classes warlock Warlocks, Soul Shards or the item version that was removed from the game in Cataclysm-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, [Soul Shard]?

Soul Shards are a unique Warlock resource displayed in the user interface beneath the player's health and mana bars similar to Death Knight and Paladin Runes. The resource works in tandem with the Soulburn spell, to empower the next spell the player casts, granting it a special "Secondary" effect, such as increasing its damage or making it an instant cast.

Warlocks have 3 Soul Shards that can be used at any time. Unlike the rune system of Death Knights, if you use one Soul Shard for the Soulburn effect, you will use it up and will have to regenerate it using other abilities. And unlike the rune system of Paladins, existing Soul Shards will not experience decay. Used up Soul Shard slots can be regenerated using [Soul Harvest] out of combat and also in combat from the [Drain Soul] channeled spell on targets that die and yield experience or honor during the spell effect.

Soulburn has no mana or health costs and is off the global cooldown, but itself has a 45-second cooldown. Secondary effects are outlined here.[1]

  • [Soulburn] + Summon Demon = summon the demon instantly.
  • [Drain Life] + Soulburn = Reduces cast time by 50%.
  • [Demonic Circle] + Soulburn = Increases movement speed by 50% for 8 seconds after teleporting.
  • [Unstable Affliction] + Soulburn = Instantly deals damage equal to 30% of its effect.
  • [Soul Fire] + Soulburn = Instant cast.
  • Healthstone + Soulburn = Increases total health by 20% for 8 seconds.
  • [Searing Pain] + Soulburn = Increases the crit chance of Searing Pain by 100%, and subsequent Searing Pain spells by 50% for 6 seconds.
  • [Seed of Corruption] + Soulburn = If the Seed of Corruption detonates, all targets will be afflicted by [Corruption] and the Soul Shard will be returned. If the Seed of Corruption fails to detonate, the Soul Shard is not returned. This effect is enabled through a talent in the Affliction tree.


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Patch changes

  • Mists-Logo-Small β Patch 5.0.1 (Beta): Removed.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small/ Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Soul Shards as inventory items have been removed from the game as items. Instead, they now exist as a resource system necessary for using, or altering the mechanics of certain spells.

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