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For the removed PvP talent, see Ability warrior shieldreflection [Spell Reflection].
Spell Reflection
Ability warrior shieldreflection
  • Spell Reflection
  • Row 3 warrior talent
  • 25 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Raise your shield/weapon, reflecting the first spell cast on you, and reduce magic damage you take by 25% for 5 sec.
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown 25 seconds
Talent required Ability hunter rapidkilling [War Machine]
Related buffs
Ability warrior shieldreflection
  • Spell Reflection
  • Reflects a spell cast on you.
  • Duration: 5 seconds

Spell magic magearmor
  • Spell Reflection
  • Magical damage taken reduced by 25%.
  • Duration: 5 seconds
The spell was marked, "Return to sender."[1]

Spell Reflection is a tier 3 warrior class talent that reduces magic damage taken and allows the warrior to reflect a spell back onto the caster. It lasts for 5 seconds or until a spell is reflected, and can be used both offensively, and defensively.


  • Spell Reflection is not affected by global cooldown.
  • Despite the nature of the ability, with patch 5.4.0 Spell Reflection no longer requires a shield to be equipped. If the warrior does not have a shield equipped, a visual of an equipped shield will be displayed.
  • Some "boss" mobs in general and a lot of mobs in raids are immune to their own spell, but reflecting it means you don't suffer its effects, such as Fel Fireball against Lord Jaraxxus in Trial of the Crusader.

Tips and tactics[]

  • A well-timed use of Spell Reflection can greatly improve the results of an encounter. An example of this is in the Caverns of Time dungeon, The Black Morass, against the mage-type Rift Keepers' Spell fire fireball02 [Pyroblast]. The long cast time should allow a sufficient reaction to reflect this powerful spell.
  • On heroic and normal instances Spell Reflection can be a very useful ability when tanking casters. This not only helps reduce damage taken, but also generates threat from the reflected spells.

Multiple reflects[]

Something less known about Spell Reflection is its ability to reflect multiple spells if they are both complete casting while the buff is still active. This makes it very useful when coupled with a charge, as it allows the warrior to reflect the initial spell from each casting mob simultaneously if their casts have the same length and start at the same time.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-08-21): Damage reduction increased to 25% (was 20%).
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 3 class talent.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now a baseline ability for all specs. No longer requires a shield.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Now learned at level 70 (was 80). Damage reduction reduced to 20% (was 30%).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Protection. Arms and Fury need to choose it as an honor talent.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): No longer requires a shield. If the Warrior does not have a shield equipped, it will show a visual of an equipped shield.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): No longer consumed by spells from player pets and guardians.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer cost Rage and can be used in any stance.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Cooldown has been increased to 25 seconds, up from 10.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now requires level 66.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22):
    • No longer has a global cooldown.
    • Reflected spells generates threat as if the damage were dealt by a normal attack. Also, this threat is subject to the usual threat multipliers granted by Defensive Stance and/or Defiance. This change was not officially noted, but it has been confirmed by several players.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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