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Not to be confused with Redirect.
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  • Misdirection
  • 100 yd  range
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • You misdirect threat to the targeted party or raid member. All threat caused by your attacks for the next 8 sec will be transferred to the target.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown30 sec
Level required42
Related buff
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  • Misdirection
  • Threat redirected from Hunter to target.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
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The path of least resistance can be the last of your existence.

Misdirection is a hunter ability learned at level 42. It redirects threat caused by the hunter onto a friendly target for the next 8 seconds. Transferred threat is not permanent, and will fade after 30 seconds.

Modified by


  • The target of Misdirection can remove their buff.
  • This is a highly recommended skill for instances and considered essential for raids. It allows the hunter to execute difficult pulls for the tank. It can effectively add threat for the tank both at the pull, as well as during the middle of a long fight if used repeatedly.
  • If Misdirection is used to pull groups of linked mobs, all mobs will go onto the target of Misdirection even if they were not hit.
  • Note that [Distracting Shot] is not affected by Misdirection.
  • Works great on AoE pulls to be used with [Explosive Trap], solidly anchoring the trap aggro onto the main tank.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Redesigned. Instead of having finite charges, it now begins a 4-second timer when the hunter using Misdirection performs a threat-generating attack, during which all threat generated by the hunter goes to the friendly target. In addition, multiple hunters can now misdirect threat to the same friendly target simultaneously.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): This spell will now always be removed correctly if multiple Hunters overwrite each other’s Misdirection.; If a Hunter attempts to use this ability on a target which already has an active Misdirection, the spell will fail to apply due to a more powerful spell already being in effect. This will not trigger the cooldown or cost any mana.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.2 (2007-06-19): Fixed bug with Misdirection where sometimes only two attacks were redirected instead of three.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): "Misdirection" will now redirect the threat from "Distracting Shot".

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