Ability rogue ambush.png
  • Ambush
  • Level 7 rogue ability
  • Melee range
  • 50 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
    Requires Stealth
  • Ambush the target, causing (95.472% of Attack power) Physical damage.

    Awards 2 combo points.
Usable by
Class Rogue
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 7

Ambush in the TCG.

Ambush is a level 7 rogue ability. It is a powerful instant attack performed while Stealthed.

Subtlety rogues replace it with [Shadowstrike] at level 12.

Tips and tactics

  • Very effective in taking out cloth-wearing targets quickly.
  • Ambush is arguably preferable over [Cheap Shot] in PvP as an opener against mages, as a mage's [Blink] ability is usable while under a stun effect.
  • A critical hit with an Ambush followed by an Improved Sinister Strike (or a well-timed [Backstab]) can put an enemy at a severe health disadvantage from the beginning of the fight, in addition to starting you off with 2-3 Combo Points.
  • A quickly-executed "Ambush -> Vanish -> Ambush" combo attack can inflict severe damage on any single target.


Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Level lowered to 7, now available to all specializations.
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Ambush damage increased by 33%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Outlaw. Base damage increased by 43% (no longer increased if wielding a dagger).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Damage has been increased by 12%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Weapon damage increased from 190% to 325%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Available at level 8. No longer requires a dagger, but a dagger gives more Ambush damage than an other melee weapon.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Now uses normalized attack power.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19):
    • Fixed a bug where combo points were not always being applied to the target when using Ambush.
    • Ambush now properly increases the attack power contribution by the percent modifier.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damage increased.

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