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Invisibility, or incorporeality,[1] (WoWRPG 243-244) is a mechanic that renders the owner unseen. Unlike stealth, it is of magical origin. There is no chance to detect an invisible target without a detection effect. However, detection effects reveal invisible units at any range. Even when detected, invisible units are transparent and do not display a name tag.

Just like Stealth, invisibility comes undone if you take most actions other than movement. This does not necessarily apply to mobs, most remain invisible when attacked. Like Stealth, your movement speed is unaffected while invisible. While invisible, the player can only see and be seen by players which are invisible themselves or can detect invisibility, and by party members.

There are only a few items in the game that provide invisibility. They are: [Lesser Invisibility Potion] (requires level 23 to use; lasts 15 seconds with a 10-minute cooldown), [Invisibility Potion] (requires level 37 to use; lasts 18 seconds with a 10-minute cooldown), and [Gnomish Cloaking Device] (requires 200 Engineering to use; lasts 10 seconds with a 1-hour cooldown). The only spells which allow invisibility are the Mage's Invisibility and the Warlock's Succubus' Lesser Invisibility. All currently available invisibility effects are limited to their caster.

Invisible mobs

There are several invisible mobs in the world. There are the ghosts in the Ruins of Lordaeron in Tirisfal Glades, the ghosts in Raven Hill in Duskwood, the shades of Naxxramas the infamous invisible patrols in Dire Maul West.

Then there are the Eyeless Watchers in the 3 main encampments in the Eastern Plaguelands and of course the Stratholme Eye of Naxxramas.

Other than the Dire Maul and Eastern Plagueland ones, however, most invisible mobs of the world tend to be neutral, and won't attack unless provoked, which means that you wouldn't know they were there unless you had invisibility detection or happen to hit them with an AoE (in which case they will engage you, but remain invisible).

Invisibility detection

There are items and spells in the game that provide the ability to see invisible beings. Prior to WoW 2.0, there were three separate grades of invisibility, but currently there is only one. Likewise, Warlocks previously had three Detect Invisibility spells, but currently there is only the one: Detect Invisibility, acquired at level 26. This buff can be cast on any ally, not just the Warlock, and lasts 10 minutes.

Items that provide invisibility detection include: [Elixir of Detect Lesser Invisibility] (requires level 29 to use; lasts 10 minutes).

Mobs with invisibility detection

Each of the major cities has patrolling guards with Stealth and invisibility detection abilities, and some mobs in instances (some were added to Stratholme in patch 1.6, for example) can also detect some grade of invisibility.

Tables of invisibility and detection

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Invisibility LevelDurationSource
100 5 min Ui-charactercreate-classes warlockSuccubus' Lesser Invisibility
100 15 sec[Lesser Invisibility Potion]
200 10 sec[Gnomish Cloaking Device]
200 18 sec[Invisibility Potion]
200 5 min [Enchanted Moonstalker Cloak]
340 20 sec Bc icon Ui-charactercreate-classes mageInvisibility
Detection LevelDurationSource
100 10 min[Elixir of Detect Lesser Invisibility]
100 10 minPre-BC Ui-charactercreate-classes warlockDetect Lesser Invisibility
200 10 minPre-BC Ui-charactercreate-classes warlockDetect Invisibility
300 10 minPre-BC Ui-charactercreate-classes warlockDetect Greater Invisibility
100020 sec Bc icon Ui-charactercreate-classes mageInvisibility
100010 min Bc icon Ui-charactercreate-classes warlockDetect Invisibility

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