Dispersion

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Dispersion
Spell shadow dispersion.png
  • Dispersion
  • Level 28 Shadow priest ability
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Disperse into pure shadow energy, reducing all damage taken by 75% for 6 sec, but you are unable to attack or cast spells.

    Increases movement speed by 50% and makes you immune to all movement impairing effects.

    Voidform's Insanity drain is temporarily reduced by 100% while dispersed.

    Castable while stunned, feared, or silenced.
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Defensive

School
Cooldown

2 minutes

Other information
Level learned

28

Improvements
Affects
Related buff
Spell shadow dispersion.png
  • Dispersion
  • Damage taken reduced by 75%.
    Movement speed increased by 50%.
    Immune to all movement impairing effects.
    Cannot attack or cast spells.
  • Duration: 6 seconds

Dispersion is a level 28 Shadow priest ability.

Notes

  • Dispersion pacifies the priest for the duration. It is therefore not possible to attack, cast spells, or use most abilities during Dispersion.
    • It is possible to use certain physical abilities during Dispersion, such as [Darkflight] and [Rocket Jump].
    • Additionally, players can drink, eat, mount, dismount and use trinkets while Dispersed.
  • Dispersion cannot be dispelled or removed by enemies.
  • Like most damage reduction effects, Dispersion does not reduce fall damage. However, Dispersion can be used while levitating.
    • Note that [Levitate] is removed upon damage taken (including periodic damage) and cannot be re-cast while dispersed.
  • Dispersion does not cause the priest to drop battleground objective items such as the flags in Warsong Gulch.

Improvements

  • Intangibility - Reduces the cooldown by 30 seconds and restores 50% of the priest's health over the duration.

Tips and tactics

  • While Dispersion provides immunity to snares and roots, it does not prevent other crowd control effects such as stuns.
    • In PvP, opponents will often stop attacking you when you are Dispersed, but may also CC you to prevent you from fleeing.
  • In Raiding, Dispersion is a very powerful cooldown, as it is one of the very few abilities that allows a single player to "soak" lethal boss abilities that often require two or more players.
  • Dispersion can be used while mounted. This can make it particularly useful for escaping ambushes when mounted, as priests can use Dispersion to survive attacks and swiftly ride away, outstripping their unmounted attackers.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Dispersion now reduces damage taken by 75% (up from 60%), and additionally provides 50% increased movement speed for the duration. Now available at level 28 (was level 48).
  • Hotfix (2016-11-29): "Fixed an issue where Dispersion, Void Torrent, and Swirling Void Potion were not always pausing Insanity generation."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now available at level 48 (was level 58).
  • Hotfix (2016-09-23): "Voidform stacks no longer increase while Dispersion and Void Torrent are active."
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage reduction effect decreased to 60% (down from 90%). Additionally, Dispersion now prevents [Voidform] from draining Insanity while active. Now available at level 58 (was level 60).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Dispersion no longer restores mana (was 6% every sec).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now belongs to the Shadow spell school.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer a talent. Now a baseline ability for Shadow.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Cooldown reduced to 2 minutes (down from 3 minutes).
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now clears all snare and movement impairing effects and makes you immune to them while dispersed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

See also

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