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Ability vanish
  • Vanish
  • Level 23 rogue ability
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Allows you to vanish from sight, entering stealth while in combat. For the first 3 sec after vanishing, damage and harmful effects received will not break stealth. Also breaks movement impairing effects.
Class Rogue
School Physical
Cooldown 2 minutes
Other information
Level learned 23
Improvements Inv helm cloth shadowmoonclan b 01 [Cloaked in Shadows], Ability warlock everlastingaffliction [Fade to Nothing], Ability vanish [Invigorating Shadowdust], Ability rogue restlessblades [Restless Blades], Ability rogue shuriken storm [Silent Storm], Spell shadow twilight [Soothing Darkness], Ability vanish [Without a Trace]
Related buff
Ability vanish
  • Vanish
  • Improved stealth.
  • Duration: 3 seconds
Now you see him...[1]

Vanish is a rogue ability allows a rogue to disappear from sight, entering an improved stealth mode for 3 seconds even while in combat. During that time damage and harmful effects will not break stealth, but they will still afflict the rogue. Once the Vanish buff has worn off, the rogue will still be in standard Ability stealth [Stealth]. Upon being cast, Vanish also breaks any movement impairing effects. In addition to escaping, Vanish can be used as a damage cooldown, especially when the Rogue subterfuge [Subterfuge] talent is chosen, as well as a powerful PvP cooldown allowing the rogue to briefly "pause" combat and then repeat an opening attack sequence.


  • Allows the rogue to re-Ability stealth [Stealth] while in combat.
  • All mobs aggroing the rogue will exit combat and reset, or turn to other players if the rogue is in a party.
  • While the Vanish buff is active, the rogue's stealth is several levels higher than it is normally, allowing them to remain undetected, even versus enemies of higher level.
  • Breaks free of root effects such as Spell frost frostnova [Frost Nova] and Spell nature stranglevines [Entangling Roots].
  • Removes effects that allow other players to see the rogue's location, such as Spell holy mindvision [Mind Vision].
  • Vanish does not remove DoT's on you.
  • Vanish does not work on city guards.
  • Vanish is not affected by the global cooldown.


Tips and tactics[]

Vanish TCG

In the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

  • Vanish and Ability rogue sprint [Sprint] away when you are outmatched or need to recover, or when you pull a mob you don't want to attack right now.
  • In groups, use Vanish if you are approaching the tank in threat, or have already drawn aggro. Keep in mind that if you Vanish while having aggro the mob will attack another party member; try to make sure that person isn't a healer.
  • Ostensibly a defensive ability, Vanish also enables you to use your opening attacks (Ability rogue ambush [Ambush], Ability cheapshot [Cheap Shot]) multiple times during a fight.
  • When stealthing past high level mobs or moving in for a Ability sap [Sap], utilize Vanish's improved stealth to ensure the enemy doesn't see you.
  • Vanish at the last moment to save yourself during a wipe (engineers with a Inv misc enggizmos swissarmy [Gnomish Army Knife] or similar tool can turn this into a form of wipe recovery).
  • Vanish is not designed to remove or mitigate the damage from damage over time spells. Use Spell shadow nethercloak [Cloak of Shadows] instead.
  • Subtlety rogues may want to pool energy before using Vanish in order to maximize the number of attacks that can be performed during Rogue subterfuge [Subterfuge].



Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Updated with an additional stealth sound.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 23 (was 48).
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2018-12-12): Fixed a bug that caused Vanish to end before the normal duration when taking damage and harmful effects.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 48 (was 32).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now learned at level 32 (was 34).
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-07-16): Vanish can no longer be used before the animation for Spell rogue deathfromabove [Death from Above] has finished.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-02-26): Fixed an issue where Rogue subterfuge [Subterfuge] and Vanish interacted incorrectly, resulting in the wrong action bar being displayed for a short time.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-11-27): The cooldown of Vanish has been reduced to 2 minutes (was 3 minutes).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now learned at level 34 (was 24).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Player guardians and temporary pets now stop attacking when a rogue uses Vanish, but city guards will not.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Improved stealth mode now lasts 3 sec, down from 10 sec. Now learned at level 24 (was 22).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): This ability now correctly removes the snaring component of Ability mage frostfirebolt [Frostfire Bolt].
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Hotfix (2009-04-21): Vanish should now properly remove the effects of the Mage spell Spell nature slow [Slow].
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Vanish no longer requires the reagent Inv misc powder purple [Flash Powder].
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25):
    • Abilities that can be used while stealthed, without breaking stealth, can now be cast without breaking Vanish when used at the same time.
    • This ability will no longer sometimes cause the UI to display Ability ambush [Shadowmeld] as active when it has been cancelled.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Resisted spells will no longer break Vanish.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22):
    • Now removes effects that allow the caster to always remain aware of their target (currently Ability hunter markedfordeath [Hunter's Mark] and Spell holy mindvision [Mind Vision]).
    • Reduced the number of messages in the combat log when using the Vanish ability.
    • Fixed a bug that made Combo Points disappear from your target when using Vanish.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Canceling your Ability stealth [Stealth] aura while Vanish is running will now cause Vanish to be canceled as well.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.10.2 (2006-05-03): Fixed a bug which prevented Vanish from working properly under certain conditions.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Fixed a bug where the Chilled effect caused by Spell frost frostarmor02 [Ice Armor]/Spell frost frostarmor02 [Frost Armor] was not removed properly when vanishing.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Should be a lot more responsive when used to avoid incoming attacks.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Increased stealth bonus.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.2.0 (2004-12-18): Vanish will now break root and slow effects.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Will now cancel spells in progress and missiles in flight if they are being cast at the vanished player.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.12 (2004-10-11): Now breaks root and snare effects.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Spellcasting against a Rogue that successfully uses Vanish will now be interrupted.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Duration reduced.

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