Unstable Affliction

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Unstable Affliction
Spell shadow unstableaffliction 3
  • Unstable Affliction
  • 40 yd  range
  • 1.5% of base mana
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Shadow energy slowly destroys the target, causing X damage over 14 sec.

    If the Unstable Affliction is dispelled it will cause X damage to the dispeller and silence them for 4 sec. This damage always critically strikes.
Usable by
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 sec
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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 Edit

Inv glyph majorwarlock2020
  • Glyph of Everlasting Affliction
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Warlock
  • Requires Level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Increases the duration of Unstable Affliction, Corruption, Doom, and Agony by 50%, and reduces their damage by 20%.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver
Inv glyph majorwarlock2020
  • Glyph of Unstable Affliction
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Warlock (Affliction)
  • Requires Level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Reduces the cast time of Unstable Affliction by 25%.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver


  • 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.
  • In 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.

Tips Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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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Facts about Unstable AfflictionRDF feed
Patch date10 September 2013 +, 5 March 2013 +, 26 April 2011 +, 8 February 2011 +, 23 March 2010 +, 4 August 2009 +, 14 April 2009 +, 20 January 2009 +, 14 October 2008 +, 13 November 2007 + and 9 January 2007 +

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