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Ability criticalstrike
  • Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, Mutilate, Shiv, and Hemorrhage abilities by X%.
Usable by
LocationAssassination, Tier 3
AffectsCritical strike damage bonus
Points required10
Spec specificYes
Talent required[Malice]

Lethality is a 10 point Rogue talent located in the 3rd tier of the Assassination Tree. It increases the damage of critcal strikes for most subtlety attacks.

Rank table Edit

RankDamage bonus
1 6%
2 12%
3 18%
4 24%
5 30%


  • Mainly useful for lucky burst damage in pvp, not sustained boss dps.
  • Provides 15% more damage to critical hits on your combo point generators.
  • The average percent damage bonus on these attacks is given by:
100 * 0.3 * critrate / (.94 + critrate)
  • Typical Backstab damage bonus: ~11.7% with Improved Backstab
  • Typical Sinister Strike bonus: ~6.3%
  • Compare to Opportunity: 20% Backstab bonus
  • Compare to Surprise Attacks: 10% Backstab/Sinister Strike bonus (only costs 1 point)
  • Compare to Relentless Strikes: ~6% Backstab/Sinister Strike bonus (only costs 1 point)

Patch changesEdit

  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Lethality no longer affects Ambush.

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