Avenging Wrath
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  • Avenging Wrath
  • Level 37 paladin ability
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Call upon the Light to become an avatar of retribution, increasing your damage, healing, and critical strike chance by 20% for 20 sec.
  • Rank 2: Cooldown reduced by 60 sec.
    Holy Rank 3: Effects increased 10%.
Usable by
Class Paladin
School Holy
Cooldown 3 minutes
Other information
Level learned 37
Rank levels 43 (rank 2); 48 (rank 3)
Improvements [Avenging Crusader], [Crusade], [Sanctified Wrath]
Related buff
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  • Avenging Wrath
  • Damage, healing, and critical strike chance increased by 20%.
  • Duration: 20 seconds
"Evil shows no mercy, nor is it shown any by the Light."[1]

Avenging Wrath is a level 37 paladin ability.



Tips and tactics

  • This ability essentially places the Paladin at a higher DPS bracket for the duration. It suits Retribution Paladins best due to their already relatively heightened damage abilities, but is useful in PvP and PvE alike as a way of causing huge burst damage in a small amount of time. This spell itself does not trigger the Global Cooldown, but unlike Judgement, is affected by it.
  • Avenging Wrath is dispellable and easily recognized by enemy players due to the giant golden wings protruding from the Paladin's back, and thus should be used with caution around Shamans ( [Purge]), Priests ( [Dispel Magic] or even [Mass Dispel]), Warlock's Felhunters ( [Devour Magic]), Hunters [Tranquilizing Shot], and worst of all, Mages (whose [Spellsteal] can give them the great benefits of this spell, making them even more powerful). Therefore, think before you use this spell, and time it correctly. If you are fighting a Shaman, Mage or Priest one-on-one, make sure you cast it the right time (could be when the target is affected by [Hammer of Justice] or [Fist of Justice]). Make sure the target has used any stunbreaking cooldowns or trinkets etc. The result, when timed right, can be deadly.
  • Because of its powerful boost and well-known visual effect, Avenging Wrath is often simply referred to as a paladin's "wings". For example; "he used his wings, so the other guy was killed in two seconds".


Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): No longer has a global cooldown.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.5 (2019-03-12): Avenging Wrath now causes your next   [Holy Shock],   [Light of the Protector],   [Templar's Verdict], or   [Divine Storm] to critically strike.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-10-03): When  [Chain of Thrayn] is unequipped, it cancels any active Avenging Wrath or [Crusade].
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available to all specializations and can no longer be dispelled. Healing bonus for Holy reduced from 100% to 35%, and no longer increases haste or damage. Damage and healing bonus for Retribution and Protection increased from 20% to 35%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • No longer available to Protection paladins.
    • Now also increases all of the paladin's healing by 20% for its duration.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now has a cooldown of 2 minutes for Retribution Paladins (was 3 minutes). The cooldown remains unchanged for Holy and Protection Paladins.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Mana cost removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Affected by new talents.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): [Divine Shield], [Divine Protection], and Avenging Wrath cannot be used within 30 seconds of each other anymore. [Forbearance] removed from Avenging Wrath.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2008-10-31): Once more causes Forbearance.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): No longer causes Forbearance, damage increase reduced to 20% (from 30), now increases healing done by 20%.


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