Daze

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  • Dazed
  • Movement speed reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 4 seconds

Daze is a type of snare debuff. Daze can be applied by mobs - "Creature daze" - or other players - "Player daze" - and each form functions differently.

Creature daze

Creature daze is a 50% snare debuff, which often forces its target to dismount if mounted. All mobs have a chance of applying daze when they hit a player in melee range that is facing away from the mob. The daze mechanic is intended to prevent players from carelessly running past large groups of mobs.

All mob creatures have a chance to daze on each melee hit, ranging from 0% to a maximum 40%. Chance to daze is primarily a function of player level - mobs that are below a player's level have less chance to daze, while mobs above his level have a higher chance, with equal level mobs having a base 20% chance.

The base chance of 20% is decreased for players under level 30. For example, a level 10 player running from a level 10 mob will only have a 7% chance to be dazed.

A player can only be dazed from behind and within melee range of the attacking mob. This is most common when running away from it, but it can also happen while standing still if the mob approaches from behind, or when backing up if the mob overshoots you while following you. Due to server latency, it can sometimes appear that a mob has dazed from a long distance, or in front of the player.

It has been confirmed that friendly mobs (for escort quests for example) can daze other mobs that are running away. It also seems that the dazed debuff can't be applied by a mob if you are "Immune" (such as with a Paladin [Divine Shield] or Mage [Ice Block]), if you "Resist" the hit, or if all the damage from the hit is Absorbed (such as with [Power Word: Shield]).

While it slows movement speed, creature daze is not considered a movement impairing effect. Thus it cannot be removed by the usual means such as druid shapeshifting, [Vanish], Faction Insignia, or [Hand of Freedom]. It is considered a physical debuff, however, and can be removed by [Hand of Protection] and the like. Note that it is also removed by immunity granting effects such as [Divine Shield] or [Ice Block].

Player daze

Some playable classes have abilities that apply a dazed debuff as well. However, player dazes do not dismount others the same way creature daze does, nor is the player daze effect immune to skills/items that remove movement impairements or harmful spell effects.

Dazing effects are notorious in PvP settings, especially in Warsong Gulch. Flag runners are usually hit with these abilities, leaving them vulnerable to attack from the opposing team. Player daze effects usually reduce movement speed by either 50% or 70%, depending on the ability.

Abilities

Patch changes

  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Creatures attacking a player from behind can no longer cause players level 1-5 to be dazed, and have a reduced chance to cause players level 6-10 to be dazed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): Fixed a bug where the Dazed ability used by creatures when attacking targets from behind was countered/dispelled by some spells (e.g. Blessing of Freedom).
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): The Dazed effect caused by NPCs will now stack with all other movement slowing effects. Note that the movement slowing effects will not stack, but the debuff icons will remain to ensure the full duration of these effects persist.