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Ability gouge
  • Gouge
  • Melee   range
  • 10 sec cooldown
  • 45 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • Gouges the eyes of an enemy target, incapacitating the opponent for 4 sec. Target must be facing you. Any subsequent damage will cause the target to recover immediately.
Usable by
TypeOffensive, Defensive
Cooldown10 sec (GCD 1 sec)
Level required22
Other information
RequirementsRequires Melee Weapon
Related debuff
Ability gouge
  • Gouge
  • Incapacitated.
  • Duration: 4 sec
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"Every being has vulnerable spots; Make it your business to know them all."—The Assassin's Creed, Chapter 2[1]
Study your intended victim and then exploit his weaknesses for maximum effectiveness. — Caleb Pavish (TCG)

Gouge is a core rogue ability learned at level 22. It is a useful ability that incapacitates the target for a short period of time. Once a successful Gouge has been made, any damage will negate its incapacitation effect. Note that using Gouge will turn off auto attacks.

Modified by

Inv glyph majorrogue2020
  • Glyph of Gouge
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Rogue
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Your Gouge ability no longer requires that the target be facing you.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver



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  • Gouge's short stun is the main reason for using the ability, allowing one to get into position for utilizing [Backstab] (if subtlety spec), performing a quick bandage, or getting a few seconds to distance yourself and get out of combat.
  • Gouge's effect breaks upon receiving damage; this means that it does not work well with [Garrote] or [Rupture], or in group combat unless well-coordinated. However, in all situations Gouge is useful as an interrupt. If [Kick] is on cooldown, Gouge can be used just for the purpose of interrupting a spellcast.


  • [Backstab] (subtlety spec) is a great skill for dealing burst damage, but you must be behind the mob to use it. Gouge first, then move behind the mob to enable you to Backstab.
  • Facing multiple enemies can be quite difficult. Simply gouge one. This will give you time to finish one of them. This will greatly reduce the amount of incoming damage.
  • In end-game raiding, Gouge has proven useful in interrupting caster enemies if they are immune to stunning with [Cheap Shot] or silencing with [Kick]. It may be expensive energy wise, but it will at least buy time and prevent extra damage to your fellow raid members.

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Patch date14 October 2008 +, 13 September 2005 + and 5 May 2005 +

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