Unstable Affliction
Spell shadow unstableaffliction 3
  • Unstable Affliction
  • 40 yd  range
  • 1.5% of base mana
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Causes x damage over 14 sec. If dispelled, the dispeller suffers x instant Shadow damage and is silenced for 4 sec. This damage is always a critical strike.
Usable by
Casting time1.5 sec cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required10
Related debuff
Spell shadow unstableaffliction 3
  • Magic
  • Unstable Affliction
  • Suffering x Shadow damage every 2 sec.
    If dispelled, will cause x damage to the dispeller, will always critically strike, and silence them for 4 sec.
  • Duration: 14 seconds
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Unstable Affliction is a warlock ability learned at level 10 for those with the Affliction specialization. It causes a DoT on the target, and will damage (crit) and silence any who dispel it.

Modified by

Spell shadow deathcoil Affliction abilities


  • Its direct damage can crit.
  • Since a rogue's Cloak of Shadows ability, and a mage's Ice Block is a "removal" instead of a "dispel," it will not trigger the direct damage portion of Unstable Affliction when used as a counter.
  • Since Patch 2.3, the silence from this ability is now subject to diminishing returns.
  • The Felhunter's [Devour Magic] is considered a Dispel effect, hence it will trigger Unstable Affliction's effects.


  • This is a great spell for warlocks in arena. With all the curses a warlock has, a priest will be forced to dispel, which results in the direct damage.
  • In PvE, this spell is just another DoT. Most raid bosses do not dispel, and therefore the damage and silence of effects of dispelling this spell are wasted. However, affliction raid specs should still use this spell in raid settings, since its damage done per second casting is still higher than [Shadow Bolt].
  • In PvP, it can help prevent your DoTs from being dispelled safely, as its secondary effects can cause significant damage to the dispeller.

Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.2 (1-Sep-2015): Unstable Affliction now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.0 (23-Jun-2015): Unstable Affliction now deals 12% more damage.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Unstable Affliction damage has been increased by 21%.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Unstable Affliction’s backlash effect is now always a critical hit and deals approximately 15% more damage.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): Unstable Affliction damage done when it is dispelled has been doubled, but this damage can no longer be critical.; Damage dealt by Unstable Affliction when it is dispelled now properly benefits from Shadow Mastery.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Unstable Affliction’s silence effect has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 5.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Tooltip clarified to state that this spell is exclusive with Immolate. For Priests, the feedback damage from when this spell is dispelled is now affected by resilience as intended.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Immolate and Unstable Affliction: All ranks of these two spells will now overwrite each other.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Feedback damage from dispelling this debuff will no longer be modified by effects on the victim which modify the damage the victim does.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Will now gain the correct damage modifiers for the creature type of the target.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Silence effect reduced to 3 seconds, down from 5.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): The silence from this ability is now subject to diminishing returns.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): The feedback from dispelling "Unstable Affliction" is now affected by "Shadow Mastery".; "Unstable Affliction" is now improved by the talent "Shadow Mastery".

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