Water does not cause any falling damage unless player hits the ground underwater, also if player is under (some of) water walking effects before submerging to water the damage will be caused as much as it would on normal ground.
Fall damage no longer causes rogues to lose Stealth. Fall damage still causes druids to lose Prowl. In both cases (rogue, cat-form druid), the damage the character takes from falling is reduced; the distance these characters can fall without taking damage is greater than for other characters.
Fall damage can be completely avoided by falling into a body of water (just make sure you land in deep water if you're falling from a very high place; falling far enough will cause you to become submerged, meaning shallow water might not save you). Fall damage can also be mitigated by various items, abilities, and skills. As with all other environmental damage (except fire damage), fall damage cannot be mitigated by regular damage absorption abilities such as Power Word: Shield and Ice Barrier, or the effects of the , , and .
- The is an expendable non-equipped item that slows fall speed. It is sold by a vendor in Feralas.
- can be used to slow fall speed for 10 seconds, on a 1 hour cooldown. As it is a drop from Olaf in Uldaman, this is only available to Horde players.
- The can be used to slow fall speed for 10 seconds, on a 30 second cooldown. It is only available to Engineers with 225 skill.
- Engineers can also create Flexweave Underlay, wich does the same thing.
- The quest reward from  can be used to slow fall speed for 10 seconds, on a 30 minute cooldown.
- has a chance to apply an aura that reduces fall damage completely. It is random and lasts for 10 seconds.
- The and can be used to slow fall speed for 10 seconds, on a 30 minute cooldown. You must be revered with the Sha'tari Skyguard to purchase these items.
- can only be used in Storm Peaks to slow fall speed for 30 seconds, on a 2 minute cooldown.
- during sHallow's End has a random chance to apply a costume buff called the Ghost (”OoOoOoo…”), a ghost version of the priest's Levitate. You cannot jump, breaks on damage, and lasts for 20 minutes.
- The priest level 34 ability Levitate, among other things, applies an aura that slows fall speed. It requires the reagent cost of a Light Feather (unless glyphed) and has a 2 minute duration.
- The mage level 12 ability Slow Fall applies an aura that slows fall speed. It requires the reagent cost of a Light Feather (unless glyphed) and has a 30 second duration.
- Mages can also use the level 20 spell Blink right before impact with the ground to reset fall speed to zero, although it must be timed carefully.
- The mage spell Ice Block makes the caster immune to falling damage.
- A warrior can use the charge or intercept abilities to complete their fall shortly before landing to avoid taking any falling damage. This requires something at the bottom of the fall to charge at, as well as careful timing, and will put the warrior into combat with that target.
- Paladins' Divine Shield makes the paladin immune to all damage, including fall damage. Hand of Protection works too.
- A druid may also be able to use their Feral Charge ability to avoid the falling damage, but this requires careful timing and is thus rarely done: see RAWRbomb for details.
- The same thing can be done with the warlock's Demon Charge spell.
- In Outland and Northrend (with Cold Weather Flying), a druid can instantly switch into flight form during a fall, unless in combat.
- The rogue passive ability Safe Fall applies a -17 modifier to fall damage.
- The druid passive ability Feline Grace applies a -17 modifier to fall damage when in Cat Form.
Uses of damage mitigation
Reduced damage from falling opens up several opportunities for players. Among other things, players with enough fall damage mitigation can avoid waiting for lifts in Thunder Bluff, Thousand Needles, Searing Gorge, and Shattrath City.
Damage mitigation is of particular use to druids due to the fact that fall damage breaks Prowl.