Shadow Dance
Ability rogue shadowdance.png
  • Shadow Dance
  • Level 36 Subtlety rogue ability
  • 1 min recharge
  • Instant
  • Allows use of all Stealth abilities and grants all the combat benefits of Stealth for 4 sec. Effect not broken from taking damage or attacking.
Usable by
Class Rogue
School Physical
Recharge 1 minute
Other information
Level learned 36
Improvements [Deepening Shadows], [Master of Shadows], [Master of Subtlety], [Nightstalker], [Phantom Assassin], [Shadow Focus]
Affects [Shadowstrike]
Related buff
Ability rogue shadowdance.png
  • Shadow Dance
  • Access to Stealth abilities.
  • Duration: 4 seconds

Shadow Dance is a level 36 Subtlety rogue ability. It is unique as a rogue ability in that it adds the ability to the rogue's Stance Bar, allowing configuration of the ability on a separate action bar. It has 3 charges with a 1 minute recharge time.


Tips and tactics

A very effective tactic is to build up 5 combo points and full energy, Shadow Dance, and [Shadowstrike] repeatedly. This effectively makes Shadow Dance an extremely powerful [Backstab] ability which can also leave the user with 5 more combo points. In PvP situations, [Kidney Shot] can be used immediately after Shadow Dancing to make [Shadowstrike] easier.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13):
    • Shadow Dance now has 2 charges (was 3), and is no longer on the global cooldown.
    • Shadow Dance’s base duration increased to 4 seconds (was 3 seconds).
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-24): Shadow Dance should no longer sometimes consume a charge but fail to trigger.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-28): Shadow Dance should now be useable and should not be cancelled when the Rogue is affected by an enemy Hunter's Flare.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer reduces energy cost of Ambush while active. Duration reduced from 8 seconds to 3 seconds, but has 3 charges.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now applies to all abilities that require stealth. Reduces Energy cost of Ambush by 20 while active.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Cooldown reduced to 1 minute. Now lasts 6 seconds, down from 10 seconds.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.2 (2009-05-19): Issues with action bars and ability use arising from using Stealth while Shadow Dance is active have been fixed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now opens a new action bar when used.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): The cooldowns on [Sap], [Garrote], [Ambush], [Cheap Shot], [Premeditation], Pickpocket, and [Disarm Trap] are no longer increased while this ability is activated.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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