Sinister Strike

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Sinister Strike
Sinister strike
  • Sinister Strike
  • Melee   range
  • 40 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • An instant strike that causes X damage in addition to 145% of your normal weapon damage.
Usable by
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Level required1
Other information
RequirementsRequires Melee Weapon
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It adds injury to insult.

Sinister Strike is a core rogue ability learned at level one. It is a combat ability that deals normal damage plus a large percentage of extra weapon damage. You must have a melee weapon to perform. This move's relatively low energy cost coupled with its excellent damage make it one of the most important tools in the rogue's combat arsenal.

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  • Unlike abilities such as [Backstab] or [Gouge], Sinister Strike can be used on any mob, in any position, in any combat state, and has no refresh rate beyond its energy requirement.
  • Must be facing your target, and you must have a melee weapon equipped (and not be "disarmed").
  • The 4 piece bonus of the Bonescythe Armor Set gives you 5 energy for every one of your Sinister Strike critical hits.
  • The 6 piece bonus of the Bonescythe Armor Set reduces the threat generated from your Sinister Strike by 8%.
  • The 4 piece bonus of the Slayer's Armor Set increases the damage of your Sinister Strike by 6%.


  • Often abbreviated to 'SS'.
  • Although positioning isn't a requirement for using Sinister Strike, it is still recommended that you try to position yourself behind the mob you are attacking, as attacks from behind cannot be blocked or parried.
  • It is recommended that you use a weapon with the highest average damage that you can attain for your main hand when using Sinister Strike, as the damage from Sinister Strike is calculated from a range between your weapon's minimum and maximum damage.

Patch changes

  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small/0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Sinister Strike only awards a Combo Point at level 3, when [Eviscerate] becomes available.
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): The tooltip on this ability will now update properly from talents which increase its damage by a percentage.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Now uses normalized attack power.

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Patch date12 October 2010 +, 8 December 2009 + and 10 October 2005 +

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