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  • Fade
  • Level 9 priest ability
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Fade out, removing all your threat for 10 sec.
  • Rank 2: Level 17: Also reduces enemies' attack range against you.
Usable by
Class Priest
School Shadow
Cooldown 30 seconds
Other information
Level learned 9
Rank levels ?? (rank 2)
Improvements [Greater Fade]
Related buff
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  • Fade
  • Reduced threat level.

    Enemies have a reduced attack range against you
  • Duration: 10 seconds

Fade is a level 9 priest spell, used for temporary aggro reduction while in groups. At rank 2 it also reduces enemy aggro radius when active


Fade itself is not useful in single combat, or in escaping a target while not in a group. Fade only reduces your threat relative to the mob's other possible targets.

As of Shadowlands, Rank 2 Fade now reduces the range at which enemies will attack you, which will help while sneaking around them.


Threat reduction

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Fade's basic function is to reduce all Priest-generated threat for the duration of the spell, taking the Priest off the top of the threat list. This allows a priest to use Fade to get enemies off of them while they heal their party and raid members. The key is to not use Fade too soon, otherwise it will be cooling down when it's needed, and to not use it too late, or else it won't matter. It is a common misconception that using Fade regularly will help lower a priest's overall threat for the duration of an encounter.

When Fade's duration expires, the next threat-generating action will generate normal threat plus all the threat that was originally Faded from the target. If the Priest is unable to properly manage their aggro while Faded, this means that the original target will attack the Priest again, this time while fade is on cooldown.


Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 9 (was 38), Rank 2 (Level 17) added, which causes Fade to also lower the range at which enemies attack you when active.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Mana cost removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Fade is now a single-rank spell and will now temporarily remove all threat instead of a specific amount based on rank.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): Added.

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