Crusader Strike
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  • Crusader Strike
  • Level 1 paladin ability
  • Melee range
  • 9% of base mana
  • 6 sec recharge
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • Strike the target for (76% of Attack power) Physical damage.
    Generates 1 Holy Power.

    Holy Retribution Rank 3 (Level 33):
    Max 2 Charges

    Protection Retribution Rank 2 (Level 11):
    Crusader Strike mana cost reduced by 80%.
Usable by
Class Paladin
School Physical
Recharge 6 seconds
Other information
Level learned 1
"My blade is guided by the Light. Your hostility has not gone unnoticed."
- Sunwalker Nahano

Crusader Strike is a core paladin ability. It is an instant weapon strike that grants a charge of Holy Power, can activate procs, and counts as a single-target melee attack. This ability is a melee special ability, not an actual spell, and therefore it is not affected by silence effects or spell school locking abilities (the others being [Divine Storm] and [Hammer of the Righteous]). Like other strikes, however, it does not work with any disarm effects on. All damage dealt by the attack is physical.


Patch changes

  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Crusader Strike (Retribution) damage increased by 13%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 61.5%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Damage has been increased by 8%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): Damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer applies the Weakened Blows effect.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now applies a [Weakened Blows] effect to the target for Protection Paladins.
    Although not reflected in the patch notes, this change is applied to all specializations.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Weapon damage reduced from 135% to 125%. Bonus damage added.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Crusader Strike weapon damage percent has been increased to 135%, up from 115%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12):
    • Now available to all paladins at level 1.
    • Damage increased to 120% weapon damage. The cooldown is now 4.5 seconds. 1 Holy Power point is granted when your character is at least level 9.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Damage reduced to 75% weapon damage to match the new 4-second cooldown. Mana cost reduced to 5% of base mana.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): No longer refreshes judgements.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): Now causes 110% of weapon damage and no longer gains any bonus from spell damage.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Cooldown reduced from 10 to 6 seconds.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added as a talented ability in the Retribution tree.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Removed.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damage increased. Now an instant cast spell.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13):
    • [Holy Strike] and Crusader Strike are now considered spells and no longer supersede previous versions.
    • Crusader Strike causes physical damage, has a damage bonus and has replacements at levels 22 and 34.


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