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This article is about the warrior ability. For other uses, see Bladestorm (disambiguation).
Ability warrior bladestorm
  • Bladestorm
  • Row 9 Arms warrior talent
  • 1.5 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • Become an unstoppable storm of destructive force, striking all nearby enemies for (441% of Attack power) Physical damage over 6 sec. Deals reduced damage beyond 8 targets.

    You are immune to movement impairing and loss of control effects, but can use defensive abilities and can avoid attacks.

    Generates 20 Rage.
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown 1.5 minute
Talent required Spell holy summonchampion [Valor in Victory]
Improvements Warrior talent icon angermanagement [Anger Management], Ability butcher whirl [Dance of Death], Ability skyreach wind [Hurricane], Ability ironmaidens whirlofblood [Merciless Bonegrinder], Ability warrior bladestorm [Storm of Destruction], Ability warrior savageblow [Unhinged]
Related buff
Ability warrior bladestorm
  • Bladestorm
  • Dealing damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec.
    Immune to crowd control.
  • Duration: 6 seconds

Bladestorm is an Arms warrior talent.


Bladestorm is an ability with a number of uses:

  • Can deal a huge amount of damage when multiple targets are within range.
  • Can be used for removing snares and roots and making you immune to most forms of crowd control.
  • Can be used if low on rage to maintain DPS while regenerating it.
  • Can be used to instantly dispatch any number of low level enemies.

Tips and tactics[]

  • Warriors in Bladestorm can only be stopped if killed.
  • When snared or rooted, Bladestorm can be used to stay on your opponent, as well as dealing respectable single-target damage. It can also be used as a defence against incoming crowd control effects such as Spell nature polymorph [Polymorph].
  • You cannot use any other abilities during Bladestorm. This can make it very easy for some classes to escape you, without fear of Ability warrior charge [Charge], and prevents you from interrupting using abilities such as Inv gauntlets 04 [Pummel]. If needing to interrupt healers or chase ranged types, consider not using Bladestorm. You can also cancel Bladestorm prematurely by right-clicking the buff, or by using the following macro:
/cancelaura Bladestorm
  • Bladestorm does stack with warrior buffs and abilities such as Warrior talent icon innerrage [Recklessness]. This ability must be triggered before using Bladestorm.
  • Since warriors in Bladestorm usually deal a lot of damage, and cannot use any other abilities, Bladestorm often generates a large amount of rage. Choosing to Bladestorm when you are already low on rage is ideal, preventing your DPS from dropping and getting maximum benefit from the ability. Burning spare rage with abilities such as Ability rogue ambush [Heroic Strike] before Bladestorming can allow you to minimise rage wastage.
  • Bladestorm can be used while charging, jumping or falling. Since Bladestorm's first whirlwind is performed instantly, be sure not to waste any of its duration while still out of range of your targets.
  • Warriors still deal normal auto-attacks while Bladestorming.
  • Fury warriors attack with both weapons during Bladestorm.

Defence against Bladestorm[]

Bladestorm has a number of weaknesses:

  • The warrior is unable to use any other abilities during Bladestorm, such as Ability warrior charge [Charge] or Inv gauntlets 04 [Pummel]. Abilities such as Spell arcane blink [Blink] and Ability rogue feint [Disengage] can make Bladestorm worthless if timed correctly.
  • Bladestorm's damage output is most effective against groups of enemies. When in groups, prevent this by running in different directions. The warrior will have to choose a single target to chase, at most dealing a fraction of the ability's potential damage and largely wasting the cooldown.


Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-08-21): Damage increased by 70% in PvP combat (was 40%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-07-24): Damage increased by 40% in PvP Combat.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.5 (2023-01-24): Damage increased by 5%.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-11-18): Damage increased to 60% (was 50%).
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.2 (2022-11-15): Bladestorm now generates 20 Rage.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 9 talent for Arms (was a level 38 ability). No longer available for Fury.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.1.5 (2021-11-02): Bladestorm is no longer maximum target capped and instead deals reduced damage beyond 8 targets.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now a level 38 ability for Arms (was 65) and a level 45 talent for Fury (was 100).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-10-25): Now deals full damage in PvP situations.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Damage increased by 8% for all specs. Now available at level 65 for Arms (was 100).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Protection. Damage increased by 5.73%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.2a (2015-09-14): Fixed an animation issue with Bladestorm that affected Dwarf Warriors.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now a level-90 talent, swapping places with Warrior talent icon stormbolt [Storm Bolt].
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10):
    • Cooldown has decreased to 60 seconds (down from 1.5 minutes).
    • Arms: Bladestorm now deals 180% of weapon damage (up from 120%).
    • Protection: Bladestorm now deals 160% of weapon damage (down from 240%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now provides immunity to Disarm while active.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now available for all specializations as a talent. Weapon damage reduced from 150% to 120%. Enables the warrior to dodge, block and parry for the duration but only perform Shout abilities.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-12-02): Bladestorm will now always grant immunity when it is cast.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2010-12-21): Bladestorm now deals 150% normalized weapon damage as advertised. It was incorrectly dealing 100% normalized weapon damage.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Mechanics changed.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Warriors can now be Disarmed while under the effects of this ability.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Now breaks all snares and roots on the warrior when activated.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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