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For the Arena composition, see Cleave (arena term).
Ability warrior cleave
  • Cleave
  • Row 6 Arms warrior talent
  • Melee range
  • 20 Rage
  • 6 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires Two-Handed Melee Weapon
  • Strikes all enemies in front of you for (73.5% of Attack power) Physical damage, inflicting Deep Wounds. Cleave will consume your Overpower effect to deal increased damage. Deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets.
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown 6 seconds
Radius 8 yd
Talent required Ability searingarrow [Impale]
Improvements Ability pvp hardiness [Battlelord], Warrior talent icon igniteweapon [Exhilarating Blows], Achievement bg killingblow berserker [Fatality], Warrior talent icon furyintheblood [Frothing Berserker], Ability rogue cuttothechase [Reaping Swings], Inv sword 27 [Sharpened Blades]

In the TCG.

Two bodies are better than one.[1]

Cleave is an Arms warrior melee ability that deals damage all enemies in front of the warrior. It is not affected by the global cooldown.

Notes and trivia[]

  • Cleave is also used by many high-level bosses that use mainly physical attacks.
  • Cleave is a basic Warrior spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "Hey you two...could you stand next to each other for a second..."

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.5 (2023-01-24): Damage increased by 5%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 6 Arms talent (was a level 40 Arms talent).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.1.5 (2021-11-02): Cleave is no longer maximum target capped and instead deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now available at level 40 (was 75). Now consumes the Overpower effect to deal increased damage.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Now a level 75 Arms talent (was a level 22 Arms ability). Now inflicts Deep Wounds instead of increasing Whirlwind's damage.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-06-13): Cleave damage reverted to 7.2.0 values.
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Cleave damage increased by 20%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Re-added and only available to Arms. Now increases damage by the next Ability whirlwind [Whirlwind] by 20% for each target hit, up to 5.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Removed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now deals 82% weapon damage. Cooldown reduced from 3 to 1.5 sec.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been reduced by approximately 17%.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Moved to level 20, available in all Stances, damage reduced.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damage reduced.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): Damage increased.

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