Blade Flurry
Ability warrior punishingblow.png
  • Blade Flurry
  • Level 48 Outlaw rogue ability
  • 10 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires One-Handed Melee Weapon
  • While active, your melee attacks also strike all nearby enemies for 30% of normal damage, but your Energy regeneration is reduced by 20%. Lasts until cancelled.
Usable by
Class Rogue
School Physical
Cooldown 10 seconds
Radius 8 yd
Other information
Level learned 48
Related buff
Ability warrior punishingblow.png
  • Blade Flurry
  • Attacking additional opponents.
    Energy regeneration reduced by 20%.

Blade Flurry is a level 63 Outlaw rogue ability. While active, all of the rogue's attacks strike all nearby enemies within 8 yards for 30% damage, but the rogue's energy regenerates 20% more slowly. Blade Flurry is one of the few area of effect abilities available to Outlaw rogues.

This effect has no fixed duration but can be toggled on and off. After being cancelled, it goes into a 10 second cooldown (similar to [Stealth]).


In the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

  • Does not break [Stealth].
  • Only 30% of the direct damage of attacks is transferred through Blade Flurry; DoTs and other effects such as stuns will not be applied to additional targets.
  • Targets must be within 8 yards and in the rogue's line of sight to be hit by Blade Flurry.

Tips and tactics

  • Only use this when fighting more than one foe. It provides no benefit against single targets, and the reduced energy regeneration is disadvantageous.
  • [Killing Spree] works with Blade Flurry, so popping both can give multiple large hits on two nearby enemies each, and as such is very useful when fighting multiple mobs.
  • Not recommended for use in tight places where fragile crowd control is in effect ( [Sap], [Polymorph], etc).
  • In dungeons and raids, ensure that tanks have adequate threat on all mobs in range before using this, or you may get aggro.


Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.2.5 (2022-05-31): Blade Flurry damage increased to 60% of single target damage (was 50%). This change does not apply to PvP.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Damage to secondary targets reduced to 30% (was 35%).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): [Enhanced Blade Flurry]'s effect has been made baseline to Blade Flurry.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-01-13): Blade Flurry is now able to trigger from Multistrikes.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-15): Blade Flurry now also strikes up to 4 additional nearby opponents for 35% of normal damage (up from 30%).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Can now trigger poisons, and now deals 30% damage (down from 40%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2014-01-21): Resolved an issue for the following abilities that resulted in damage being calculated incorrectly when used against targets with a greater than 75% reduction to damage from armor.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-09-18): Killing Spree's range is no longer being incorrectly modified by Blade Flurry.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Damage to secondary targets should no longer be affected by Resilience or PvP Power if the primary target was a player as both had already been factored in for the initial damage calculation.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-03-29): Blade Flurry now has a range of 8 yards, up from 5 yards, and will only hit targets that are within the Rogue's line-of-sight.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now strikes up to 4 additional nearby targets for 40% of normal damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Energy regeneration reduction reduced from 30% to 20%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Changed from fixed duration to a toggle. In addition, the cooldown has been reduced to 30 seconds and the energy regeneration penalty has been increased to 30%
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Blade Flurry now is learned immediately when you specialize in the Combat tree (was a 5th rank talent requiring 20 points), now costs no energy (was 25 energy), now has a cooldown of 30 seconds (was 2 minutes), now has an energy regeneration penalty of 20% (none previously), and now no longer increases attack speed by 20% (this is now part of [Adrenaline Rush]).
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): This ability can no longer hit critters as its secondary targets and will now use a proper range calculation for all secondary targets.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): This ability now works correctly in all cases with shielded targets.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): This ability will now do damage to secondary targets when the primary target takes no damage due to a damage shield (such as Power Word: Shield).
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Preparation no longer resets the cooldown of Blade Flurry.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): The additional attacks generated by this ability will now properly take into account the armor of the second target.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): This ability will now trigger correctly off of special attacks such as Sinister Strike and Kick.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): [Preparation] will now clear the cooldown of the Blade Flurry ability.

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