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Ability vanish
  • Vanish
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Allows you to vanish from sight, entering an improved stealth mode for 3 sec. For the first 3 sec after vanishing, damage and harmful effects received will not break stealth. Also breaks movement impairing effects.
Usable by
Cooldown2 min
Level required34
Related buff
Ability vanish
  • Vanish
  • Improved stealth.
TCG image
Vanish TCG
Now you see him...[1]

Vanish is a core rogue ability learned at level 34. It allows the rogue to disappear from sight, entering an improved stealth mode for three seconds; it also breaks movement impairing effects. All aggroed mobs on the rogue will exit combat and return to their original locations or turn to other players if the rogue is in a party. During the three seconds any damage the rogue takes will not break stealth. After the three seconds, the rogue will enter normal [Stealth].

Note that this ability is not intended to be used to escape damage; [Cloak of Shadows] is intended for that.

Modified by

Inv glyph majorrogue2020
  • Glyph of Vanish
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Rogue
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Increases the duration of your Vanish effect by 2 sec.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver
Inv glyph minorrogue2020
  • Glyph of Decoy
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Minor Glyph
  • Classes: Rogue
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    When you Vanish, you leave behind a brief illusion that very closely resembles you.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver


  • Allows the rogue to re-stealth while in combat.
    • While the rogue still has the Vanish buff, Stealth is several levels higher than it is normally, allowing the rogue to remain undetected, even versus players that are much higher level.
  • Breaks free of root effects like Frost Nova and Entangling Roots.
  • Removes effects that allow other players to see the rogue's location, such as Hunter's Mark and Mind Vision.
  • Vanish does not work on city guards.
  • Vanish does not remove DoT's on you.


  • Vanish is not affected by global cooldown.
  • If you are being chased by a hunter and you have not yet been hit with Serpent Sting, Vanish will remove Hunter's Mark and allow you to get away.
  • Casters will be able to AoE you when you Vanish. Use Cloak of Shadows or [Sprint] or strike with [Cheap Shot] or potentially [Sap] (if they are out of combat already) to avoid this.
  • It may be useful to use Vanish if you are near death and the enemy is low on health. Vanish and Cheap Shot will often catch your enemy off guard and let you regain control.
  • During boss fights in raids or groups vanish is useful if the rogue draws aggro from the main tank. The mob will not reset as long as somebody else still has aggro, plus a new Stealth attack can be started.
  • It may be too late if you save Vanish until you have aggro. Use Vanish early into the fight (boss @ 70%) to drop all aggro. You will save energy that would have been spent on [Feint].
  • If you play on a PvP server, and you see a ?? of the other faction rolling up, you can Vanish and Sprint away, and hope for the best. With how Vanish raises your Stealth by a great deal, you may just get away without a corpse run.
  • During a boss fights, wait for 50~ energy before vanishing, so you can immediately [Garrote] and continue DPS, vanishing at low energy means you will either waste time for you energy to tick up before you can attack, or have to cancel Stealth and miss out on this special attack.

Patch changes

  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.1.0 (27-Nov-2012): The cooldown of Vanish has been reduced to 2 minutes (was 3 minutes).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): This ability now correctly removes the snaring component of Frostfire Bolt.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-04-21): "Vanish should now properly remove the effects of the Mage spell Slow."
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Vanish no longer requires the reagent Flash Powder.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): 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 Shadowmeld as active when it has been cancelled.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): Resisted spells will no longer break "Stealth"/"Vanish".
  • WoW Icon 16x16/Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): "Vanish" will now properly un-target the Rogue from the attacker when the attacker is in the same party.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): Canceling your Stealth aura while Vanish is running will now cause Vanish to be canceled as well.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Fixed a bug where the Chilled effect caused by Ice Armor/Frost Armor was not removed properly when vanishing.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Should be a lot more responsive when used to avoid incoming attacks.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Increased stealth bonus.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.2.0 (18-Dec-2004): Vanish will now break root and slow effects.


  1. ^ TCGTDP, 90

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Patch date27 November 2012 +, 22 September 2009 +, 14 October 2008 +, 25 March 2008 +, 9 January 2007 +, 5 December 2006 +, 20 June 2006 +, 10 October 2005 +, 7 June 2005 +, 5 May 2005 + and 18 December 2004 +

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