For other uses, see Charge (disambiguation).
Ability warrior charge.png
  • Charge
  • Level 2 warrior ability
  • 8 - 25 yd range
  • 20 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Charge to an enemy, reducing its movement speed by 50% for 6 sec.

    Generates 10 Rage.

    Rank 2 (Level 14):
    Generates 20 Rage.
Usable by
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown 20 seconds
Other information
Level learned 2
Improvements [Double Time], [Furious Charge], [Warbringer]
A charge is one of those things that always ends badly for someone.[1]

Charge is a level 2 warrior ability, and the opening skill for a warrior. Charge rapidly moves the warrior towards a target within a 8 - 25 yd range, roots it for 1.5 seconds, and generates 10/20 Rage.


Charge in the TCG.

  • Charge is one of the fastest ways for a warrior to generate Rage.
  • Charge is not on the global cooldown.


Tips and tactics

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Charge is a great way of opening a fight, if using it will not attract unwanted adds. Even while tanking, a quick Charge after a ranged class pull, followed immediately by a [Thunder Clap] or [Demoralizing Shout] can be a good way to group up mobs.

Charge is great for catching escaping targets or just generating extra rage. In PvP, it can be very useful for staying within range of ranged classes.

Because Charge has a minimum range of 8 yards, it can often benefit the warrior to briefly move away from their opponent, allowing them to use Charge again. This not only roots the opponent, but also generates extra rage, which can be immediately dumped into [Heroic Strike] or [Cleave], if nothing else.

Similarly, because of Charge's minimum range, there are situation where it may be to the warrior's advantage to let a fleeing opponent gain some ground on the warrior, in order to allow the use of Charge. As Charge has no rage cost, there is often no reason not to use it as often as possible, especially in single combat.

While Charge is extremely fast, the 1.5-second root often only keeps the target in place long enough for the warrior to get in melee range. If used for keeping a running player or mob in range, [Hamstring] or some other movement-restricting skill must be used immediately after the Charge. However, while brief, Charge's root is still long enough to allow for a free hit, and time to use Hamstring or [Piercing Howl] before the target has a chance to move out of range.

Charge is an excellent ability for use in pursuit of an opponent, such as when chasing the opposing flag carrier in Warsong Gulch. When used defensively to peel attackers away from your team's flag carrier, Charge not only allows the warrior to swiftly catch-up to their target (or targets), but when followed by snares or stuns (such as [Intimidating Shout]), allows the warrior to swiftly outstrip them, potentially moving out of melee range before they have a chance to retaliate.

Charge can also be used to great effect when carrying flags in battlegrounds such as Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks. Used in this way, Charge can significantly accelerate one's progress across the map.

Similarly, Charge can be very useful when trying to escape a group of melee attackers, by Charging a more distant target. This can be particularly useful when carrying a flag, or when in pursuit of a player who is.

Charge is not on the global cooldown. This allows warriors to use another ability immediately before or even during a Charge. When using Charge as an opener, [Heroic Throw] makes an excellent addition, adding extra damage and aggro to the target. If used just before Charge, the global cooldown triggered by other abilities will usually expire immediately after the warrior reaches their target.

If the warrior is moving slower than normal (for example, due to being Dazed) and/or the target is moving faster than normal (on a mount), the Charge may tend to over- or undershoot the target.

When attempting to Charge mounted opponents, players should be aware that server lag may cause problems estimating whether a target is within range of Charge. Although the target may be within range at the time of casting, lag may mean that the target has already moved out of range before Charge is actually used. When using Charge from a mount, this will still cause you to dismount, allowing the target to escape. In such situations it is advised to wait until somewhat closer to the target than normally necessary, in order to compensate for potential delay caused by lag.

Charge is typically very smart about avoiding obstacles and climbing cliffs as long as the front of the enemy is open and it is possible by normal means. It often fails to find a path if a small object is right in front of or to the side of the target.

It is possible to Charge right past an enemy and not get aggro as long as the warrior is outside of aggro range at the beginning and end of the charge.

It is possible to Charge mid-air, while jumping, falling or suffering knockback. This can save the warrior's life if they're being knocked over a cliff, or simply save fall-damage and time otherwise wasted returning to combat.


Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Level reduced to 2, Rage generation reduced to 10, Rank 2 added at Level 14 that increases it back up to 20.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now reduces the movement speed of the target by 50% for 6 seconds.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now Roots the target (instead of stunning). The Root effect does not share a Diminishing Return with other Roots.
    • No longer generates Rage when charging against a non-player target multiple times in a row. Charge will still always generate Rage when used against other players.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Rage generation increased from 15 to 20. Can now be used in combat. Cooldown increased from 15 to 20 sec.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Charge (and related abilities) should now correctly path to a target even if the target moves during the Charge. This change should decrease the likelihood of the warrior Charging to a different location than the target.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): It is no longer possible in some encounters to use Charge when closer than its minimum range.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Charge and [Intercept] no longer have diminishing returns on their stun effects.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Charge is available at level 3 and costs 57c.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Duration of stun effect now lasts 1.5 sec. This effect no longer has diminishing returns.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Charge will work more often when targets are up against unpathable areas like walls and poles.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22):
    • This ability will now properly cause the warrior to go into combat with its target.
    • Charge now suppresses all Slowing effects while charging the target.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.9.1 (2006-01-10): Should no longer desync characters from the server when charging from land to water.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Camera angles when using Charge should be improved.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Charge has been improved so it will work through doorways and won't path you through an entire dungeon.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.10 (2004-09-18):
    • No longer usable during combat.
    • Stun duration component has been reduced
    • Rage generation changes with each rank.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17):
    • Range changed to 8-25 yards.
    • Minimum range reduced to 8 yards.
    • Can now be done during combat, but the target must still be within the 8-25 yard range.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): All ranks now include a short stun.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): No longer teleports you to the target, but speeds you along a path towards the target.

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