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Vampiric Touch
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  • Vampiric Touch
  • Level 28 Shadow priest ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 3% of Base Mana
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Causes (X + 41.5% of SP) Shadow damage over 15 sec. Each time Vampiric Touch deals damage the caster gains 2% of maximum mana.
Usable by
Class Priest
Properties
Type Offensive
School Shadow
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 28
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Vampiric Touch
  • Suffering [X/5] Shadow damage every 3 sec., granting the Priest 2% mana.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Vampiric Touch (VT) is a Shadow Priest ability, available at level 28. It deals Shadow damage over 15 seconds, and grants the priest 2% of their maximum mana each time it deals damage.

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Notes

  • Multiple VTs (on separate targets) will each restore 2% mana each tick, potentially providing the priest with endless mana.
  • Since it costs only 3% of the priest's mana to cast, after only two ticks VT becomes a mana generator. Allowed to run its course, each cast of VT will actually regenerate at least 7% of the priest's mana (depending on haste).
  • VTs reflected back onto the priest by [Spell Reflection] or  [Glyph of Mirrored Blades] will still generate mana each time they deal damage.

Tips

  • Shadow priests regularly finding themselves running low on mana may want to consider applying VT to more targets (and reapplying it should it be dispelled). Even when the damage dealt by VT is insignificant (such as to a secondary target or opponent that is not currently being focused on) it still serves to generate mana.

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now deals 20% more damage.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer triggers [Replenishment]. Instead, each time damage is dealt, the caster gains 2% of maximum mana.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Damage done has been decreased by 12%. In addition, [Sin and Punishment]'s Vampiric Touch backlash fear effect no longer has diminishing returns.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer causes damage upon being dispelled. However it can be improved by [Sin and Punishment].
  • WotLK Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): The amount of damage done when this spell is dispelled has been doubled.

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