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  • Deterrence
  • Level 78 hunter ability
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • When activated, causes you to deflect melee attacks, ranged attacks, and spells, and reduces all damage taken by 30%. While Deterrence is active, you cannot attack. Lasts 5 sec.
Usable by
Class Hunter
School Physical
Cooldown 3 minutes
Other information
Level learned 78
Improvements [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera],  [Glyph of Deterrence]
Related buff
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  • Deterrence
  • Deflecting melee attacks, ranged attacks, and spells.
    Damage taken reduced by 30%.
  • Duration: 5 seconds

Deterrence is a hunter ability learned at level 78. It reduces all damage taken by 30% and causes all melee, ranged and spell attacks against the hunter to be deflected, but leaves the hunter unable to attack for the duration.





  • This ability can help a hunter to survive in melee combat.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed. Replaced by [Aspect of the Turtle].
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-14): Resolved an issue where Deterrence modified by Glyph of Mirrored Blades was not reflecting spells back at the target.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-12-11): Deterrence modified by the talent Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera should now correctly provide immunity to physical interrupt effects.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-09-19): Deterrence should now correctly have a 5-second cooldown after using a charge for Hunters with the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera talent.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now has a 3-minute cooldown (up from 2 minutes) but has 2 charges.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-10-01): Deterrence now properly prevents the stun effect from the Warrior talent Warbringer.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.2 (2012-01-31): Now also reduces damage taken by 30% while active.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Deterrence no longer requires a melee weapon to be equipped.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now provides 100% chance for melee attacks to miss instead of 100% parry chance. This means that attacks that cannot be parried, notably some rogue abilities, can now be prevented by Deterrence, and the hunter will gain the benefit of Deterrence even if disarmed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Is now available at level 78, up from level 36, and has had its training cost updated.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer a talent, now available to all hunters.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Now also increases the chance for ranged attacks to miss the hunter by 100% while under its effect.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): This ability now allows the hunter to parry spells and attacks from behind as well as in front. Now has a new visual spell effect.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Design changed to grant 100% parry and 100% chance to "deflect" spells coming from the front, but prevents the Hunter from attacking. Lasts 5 sec. 60 sec. cooldown.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Cooldown reduced to 3 minutes, and now also increases your chance to resist spells by 60%. Now has a new spell effect.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): Will now increase parry chance when using Fist Weapons.

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