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Defensive Stance
Ability warrior defensivestance
  • Defensive Stance
  • Row 1 warrior talent
  • 3 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • A defensive combat state that reduces all damage you take by 20%, and all damage you deal by 5%. Lasts until canceled.
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown 3 seconds
Related buff
Ability warrior defensivestance
  • Defensive Stance
  • Reduces damage taken by 20% and damage done by 5%.
Defensive Stance TCG

In the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

Defensive Stance is a warrior class talent. It is automatically learned for Arms and Protection warriors. While active it reduces damage taken by 20% and damage dealt by 10%.


WoW Icon update The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.3a but is present in Classic Era.

Previously, Defensive Stance was granted to the warrior via one of a number of equivalent warrior class quests as listed below. With the changes in Patch 4.0.1, these quests no longer need to be completed, and they were removed in patch 4.0.3a.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-08-21): Reduction to damage dealt reduced to 5% (was 10%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-06-26): Increased to 20% damage reduction (was 15%).
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.5 (2023-01-24): Defensive Stance is now talented by default for Arms.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-01-09): Now reduces damage done by 15% (was 20%) in PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 1 class talent (was a level 35 Arms talent).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now a level 35 talent (was 60).
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2018-09-24): Reduces damage dealt by 20% when engaged in combat with enemy players (was 10%).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-07-22): Pants and weapons are no longer changing appearances after entering Defensive Stance.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Changed to an Arms talent and redesigned. Now reduces damage taken by 20% and damage dealt by 10% while active.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now reduces damage taken by 20% (down from 25%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now has a 1.5-second cooldown (down from 3 seconds).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now decreases damage taken by 25%, up from 15%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now reduces damage by 15% (was 25%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Damage reduction increased from 10% to 25%. Now also generates 1 Rage per 3 sec while in combat.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Threat generated has been increased to 500% damage done, up from 300%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now increases threat by 200% and reduces damage taken by 10%. Now learned from class trainers at level 10 for 6s 46c.
    Old: Decreases damage taken by 10% and damage caused by 5%. Increases threat generated. Learned from a quest.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now reduces damage caused by 5%. (Was 10%.)
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now increases threat by 45%.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.1 (2004-11-17): Defensive Stance has been improved to hold aggro more effectively.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Now reduces damage taken and damage caused instead of increasing Defense skill.

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