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Ability ambush
  • Shadowmeld
  • Night elf racial
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Activate to slip into the shadows, reducing the chance for enemies to detect your presence. Lasts until cancelled or upon moving. Any threat is restored versus enemies still in combat upon cancellation of this effect.
Class All
Race Night elf
School Physical
Cooldown 2 minutes
Other information
Requirements Stationary
Related buff
Ability ambush
The forests of Teldrassil are not so empty as they appear.[1]
Shadowmeld TCG

In the TCG

Shadowmeld is a racial ability possessed by night elves that allows them to become stealthed. Movement or damage will cause Shadowmeld to deactivate.


In Warcraft III, night elves were only able to use it at night, and it was only available to females (not males, who were all druids). According to Tyrande Whisperwind's dialog, it is Elune's power.[2]

In World of Warcraft, any night elf may Shadowmeld at any time.

Tips and tactics[]

  • Using shadowmeld will temporarily remove you from combat. When you cancel the effect, all aggro that was held towards you is restored, unless the mobs have leashed and reset.
  • With timing and attention to patterns, many mob patrols may be evaded in Shadowmeld. Hunters can combine the skill with Ability rogue feigndeath [Feign Death] (to break combat) to solo instances, while Rogues and Druids could simply stealth.


While this ability isn't as useful to rogues, it can be used by all classes to hide from attacks or set up a surprise attack. However, an overlooked use for rogues is that Stealth and Shadowmeld operate on different cooldowns. A rogue or druid can use Shadowmeld while their stealth ability is on cooldown without entering a visible state in between. As a bonus, one can log out while in Shadowmeld. However, be warned: you will not be in Shadowmeld or Stealth/Prowl when you log back in.

Shadowmeld can be used both in all shapeshift forms except Ability druid flightform [Flight Form] or Ability druid flightform [Swift Flight Form].

Patch changes[]

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Can now be used while shapeshifted.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Using this ability will no longer cause friendly players to deselect the night elf.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): This ability will now properly restore threat when it is canceled. In addition, it will correctly remove a player from combat if it is active when that player is the last person left alive that the creature hates. This ability is now also unusable while affected by Spell nature faeriefire [Faerie Fire].
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Cooldown starts upon melding instead of on becoming visible.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Cooldown increased to 2 minutes, able to use in combat. Can no longer eat while in Shadowmeld. If you are eating and/or drinking and then Shadowmeld, you stop eating/drinking
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Now reports the correct error message when attempted in shapeshift form.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Added.

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