Guide to Dispels in 4.0.1

This is a guest post by Ecclestiastical Discipline, of the eponymously named blog on healing priests and other things WoW.

I haven’t seen much talk about the changes to dispel mechanics.  I imagine people are a little distracted with their new glyphs and talents and abilities and other shiny things.  However, there have been many changes to this under appreciated raid utility, and I hate to let them get overlooked.  Shaman seem to have gotten the short end of the stick here.  They are loosing their ability to cleanse poison and disease, as well as their beloved Cleansing Totem.  For some reason, druids got their cleanses combined into one button.  (Why on earth do some classes get one button and others use several to dispel?)  Priests, on the other hand, hardly changed at all.  So, here is my (hopefully) helpful guide for dispelling for 4.0.1 and beyond.  I’m covering who can do what and how, as well as when it might be useful in current raiding situations.


Shaman can no longer remove poison.  Druids can no longer use Abolish Poison to automatically remove subsequent poisons.


I’m sure that it is possible to defeat Lady Deathwhisper without removing Curse of Torpor I wouldn’t want to give it a try.  (Special Note: if you are afflicted with Curse of Torpor and cleanse yourself or another raid member, you will lock out your ability to cleanse for 15 seconds.)


  • Holy & Discipline PriestsCure Disease.  Shadow Priests have access to this ability, but it will drop them out of Shadowform.
  • PaladinsCleanse

This is the most crucial dispel presently in Icecrown Citadel.  Removing Rotface’s Mutated Infection and the Lich King’s Necrotic Plague are both vital elements to successfully completing the encounters.  Also note that the Abomination tank on Professor Putricide is affected by a disease and shouldn’t be dispelled unless you’ve called a wipe.  Shaman can no longer remove diseases.  Priests can no longer use Abolish Disease to automatically remove subsequent diseases.

Magic (Allies)

While all Priests are granted the ability to remove magical effects, other healers will need to use a talent point to gain this ability.  I would expect that crucial dispels in Cataclysm will all be magical effects so that one can bring any combination of healers and have it covered.  In the meanwhile, you might find Mass Dispel particularly effective at removing Glittering Sparks on the Blood Prince Council.  Not only is it damaging your friends over time, but the movement debuff can make it difficult for melee to avoid getting bounced around.  Frostbolt Volley on both Valithria and Lady Deathwhisper are two more opportunities to utilize Mass Dispel.

Magic (Enemies)

I know it’s helpful to dispel the adds on Lady Deathwhisper.  Anyone else know any times this comes in handy in ICC?

**Healing + Dispels


There are two new options to include healing into your dispels.  Restoration Shaman can spend 2 talent points in Cleansing Waters and Priests can equip Glyph of Dispel Magic. Druids and Paladins are out of luck.