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Usable by
Class Rogue
School Physical
Cooldown 2 minutes
Other information
Level learned 26
Related buff
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  • Evasion
  • Dodge chance increased by 100%.
  • Duration: 10 seconds

“Even if you see a rogue, there's no guarantee your strikes will, too.”


Evasion is a level 8 Assassination and Subtlety rogue ability. It is one of the Rogue's defensive abilities, boosting their dodge rate by 100% for 10 seconds.


Tips and tactics

Won't let you dodge attacks made from behind, and does not work at all when you're stunned. Choose the right moment to use it, as most melee classes can counter it with non-melee-based attacks: paladins can stun you with [Hammer of Justice], druids can root you with [Entangling Roots], Outlaw and Subtlety rogues can use [Blind], etc. At higher levels you can benefit from either [Cloak of Shadows], but keep this in mind anyway.

In any melee situation, it will significantly lessen the damage you're taking.

Using Evasion during certain raid encounters can be key to your raid's success.

If your tank dies when the boss is almost dead, Evasion may be a lifesaver. Pop Evasion as soon as you see that the boss targeted you. You can now tank the boss for 10 seconds, which might just give enough time to kill the boss. [Vanish] just before Evasion ends. If there is more than one rogue in the group or raid, you may chain Evasion-tank the boss, giving even more time to DPS.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now available at level 26 (up from level 8).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Outlaw.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now increases dodge chance by 100% (was 50%). Additionally, the cooldown has been reduced to 2 minutes (down from 3), and the duration has been reduced to 10 seconds (down from 15).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer reduces the chance that ranged attacks hit the rogue. Ranged attacks are now able to be dodged.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Cooldown reduced to 3 minutes (down from 5).
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Evasion (Rank 2) now reduces the chance that ranged attacks will hit the Rogue by 25%, reduced from 50%. It is now available at level 50 (down from level 66).
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): A second rank has been added that will additionally reduce the chance to be hit by ranged attacks by 50%.

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