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WoW Dragonflight: Afflicted Mythic+ affix, explained

How to counter one of WoW's newest affixes.

World of Warcraft Dragonflight season two introduced several new affixes to the Mythic+ pool in May 2023. These include Incorporeal, Entangling, and, of course, Afflicted.

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The Afflicted affix spawns a “friendly” enemy that can’t be damaged. Instead of bringing the add’s health bar all the way down, you have to heal it and remove its affliction. Should you fail to assist the Afflicted Soul within a certain time frame, you’re penalized with a heavy debuff to your Haste stat.

Afflicted appears in Mythic+ runs at keystone levels five and higher. Here’s how to deal with the affix in the best way possible, as well as what classes you should be bringing to your runs to make sure Afflicted doesn’t run rampant on your group. 

How to deal with the Afflicted affix in your WoW Dragonflight Mythic+ runs

When Afflicted is an active affix, you occasionally have to deal with adds called “Afflicted Souls” that spawn during combat. Unlike most other adds that need to be killed, Afflicted beings must be healed all the way up to 100 percent HP for them to go away. 

If you don’t heal the Afflicted Souls that spawn during your runs, they cast Afflicted Cry, which causes all members of your group to be hit with a 100 percent Haste debuff for 10 seconds. 

Alternatively, Afflicted Souls have three debuffs on them, each of which can be removed to make them to despawn. These debuffs, which are classified as Disease, Poison, and Curse effects, can be removed by any class with an appropriate dispel ability. Removing these debuffs makes the Afflicted Soul leave the battlefield immediately, and you won’t have to heal them to full HP. 

All spells that can remove Afflicted affix in WoW Dragonflight

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Healers are the best role to deal with the Afflicted affix. Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Here are all the classes that counter Afflicted Souls in Dragonflight, as well as the spells you need in your loadout to take them out of the fight. 

  • Druid – Remove Curse
  • Mage – Remove Curse
  • Monk – Detox
  • Paladin – Cleanse
  • Priest – Purify
  • Shaman – Improved Purify Spirit

These classes are the strongest possible options to bring to your Mythic+ runs during Afflicted week. Classes with a spell that removes a Magic effect aren’t effective against Afflicted Souls, as the adds only have Poison, Disease, and Curse effects on them. 

We recommend bringing at least two of these classes to your Mythic+ runs when Afflicted is active. Having multiple options to deal with Afflicted Souls at all times is very valuable and will take a lot of the pressure off of your healer


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