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Spell shadow dispersion
  • Dispersion
  • Row 2 Shadow priest talent
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Disperse into pure shadow energy, reducing all damage taken by 75% for 6 sec and healing you for 25% of your maximum health over its duration, but you are unable to attack or cast spells.

    Increases movement speed by 50% and makes you immune to all movement impairing effects.

    Castable while stunned, feared, or silenced.
Class Priest
School Shadow
Cooldown 2 minutes
Talent required Spell shadow devouringplague [Devouring Plague]
Improvements Spell shadow dispersion [Intangibility]
Related buff
Spell shadow dispersion
  • Dispersion
  • Damage taken reduced by 75%. Healing for 25% of maximum health.

    Cannot attack or cast spells.

    Movement speed increased by 50% and immune to all movement impairing effects.

Dispersion is a Shadow priest talent.


  • Dispersion pacifies the priest for the duration. It is therefore not possible to attack, cast spells, or use most abilities during Dispersion.
    • It is possible to use certain physical abilities during Dispersion, such as Ability racial darkflight [Darkflight] and Ability racial rocketjump [Rocket Jump].
    • Additionally, players can drink, eat, mount, dismount and use trinkets while Dispersed.
  • Dispersion cannot be dispelled or removed by enemies.
  • Like most damage reduction effects, Dispersion does not reduce fall damage. However, Dispersion can be used while levitating.
    • Note that Spell holy layonhands [Levitate] is removed upon damage taken (including periodic damage) and cannot be re-cast while dispersed.
  • Dispersion does not cause the priest to drop battleground objective items such as the flags in Warsong Gulch.


  • Spell shadow dispersion [Intangibility] - Reduces the cooldown by 30 seconds and restores 50% of the priest's health over the duration.

Tips and tactics[]

Dispersion TCG

In the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

  • While Dispersion provides immunity to snares and roots, it does not prevent other crowd control effects such as stuns.
    • In PvP, opponents will often stop attacking you when you are Dispersed, but may also CC you to prevent you from fleeing.
  • In Raiding, Dispersion is a very powerful cooldown, as it is one of the very few abilities that allows a single player to "soak" lethal boss abilities that often require two or more players.
  • Dispersion can be used while mounted. This can make it particularly useful for escaping ambushes when mounted, as priests can use Dispersion to survive attacks and swiftly ride away, outstripping their unmounted attackers.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 2 Shadow talent (was a level 16 Shadow ability).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 16 (was 28). No longer reduces the insanity drain of Voidform.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.5 (2019-03-12): Dispersion can now be canceled by pressing the button a second time, after a short delay.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Dispersion now reduces damage taken by 75% (up from 60%), and additionally provides 50% increased movement speed for the duration. Now available at level 28 (was level 48).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-11-29): Fixed an issue where Dispersion, Void Torrent (artifact trait), and Swirling Void Potion were not always pausing Insanity generation.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now available at level 48 (was level 58).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Voidform stacks no longer increase while Dispersion and Void Torrent (artifact trait) are active.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage reduction effect decreased to 60% (down from 90%). Additionally, Dispersion now prevents Spell priest voidform [Voidform] from draining Insanity while active. Now available at level 58 (was level 60).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Dispersion no longer restores mana (was 6% every sec).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now belongs to the Shadow spell school.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a level 60 ability for Shadow (was a tier 7 Shadow talent).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Casting while mounted will no longer dismount you.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Moved from tier 11 to tier 7.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Cooldown reduced to 2 minutes (down from 3 minutes).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now clears all snare and movement impairing effects and makes you immune to them while dispersed.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): This ability can no longer be cast while affected by Spell nature earthbind [Cyclone]; doing so consumed the cooldown to no effect.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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