Shadowmeld

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Shadowmeld
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  • Shadowmeld
  • Night elf racial
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Requires
  • Activate to slip into the shadows, reducing the chance for enemies to detect your presence. Lasts until cancelled or upon moving. Any threat is restored versus enemies still in combat upon cancellation of this effect.
Usable by
Class

All

Race

Night elf

Properties
Type

Defensive

School
Cooldown

2 minutes

Other information
Requirements

Stationary

Related buff
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Shadowmeld is a racial ability possessed by night elves that allows them to use [Stealth]. Movement or damage will cause Shadowmeld to deactivate.

Background

In World of Warcraft, any night elf may Shadowmeld at any time. In Warcraft III, night elves were only able to use it at night, and it was only available to females (not males, who were all druids). According to Tyrande Whisperwind's dialog, it is a power granted to the night elves by the goddess Elune.[2]

Tips and tactics

  • Using shadowmeld will temporarily remove you from combat. When you cancel the effect, all aggro that was held towards you is restored, unless the mobs have leashed and reset.
  • With timing and attention to patterns, many mob patrols may be evaded in Shadowmeld. Hunters can combine the skill with [Feign Death] (to break combat) to solo instances, while Rogues and Druids could simply stealth.

Notes

While this ability isn't as useful to rogues, it can be used by all classes to hide from attacks or set up a surprise attack. However, an overlooked use for rogues is that Stealth and Shadowmeld operate on different cooldowns. A rogue or druid can use Shadowmeld while their stealth ability is on cooldown without entering a visible state in between. As a bonus, one can log out while in Shadowmeld. However, be warned: you will not be in Shadowmeld or Stealth/Prowl when you log back in.

Shadowmeld can be used both in all shapeshift forms except [Flight Form] or [Swift Flight Form].

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Can now be used while shapeshifted.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Using this ability will no longer cause friendly players to deselect the night elf.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): This ability will now properly restore threat when it is canceled. In addition, it will correctly remove a player from combat if it is active when that player is the last person left alive that the creature hates. This ability is now also unusable while affected by [Faerie Fire].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Cooldown starts upon melding instead of on becoming visible.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Cooldown increased to 2 minutes, able to use in combat. Can no longer eat while in Shadowmeld. If you are eating and/or drinking and then Shadowmeld, you stop eating/drinking
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Now reports the correct error message when attempted in shapeshift form.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Added.

See also

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