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Inv sword 48
  • Execute
  • Level 10 warrior ability
  • Melee range
  • ArmsProtection20 to 40 Rage
  • 6 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • Attempts to finish off a foe, causing up to (275.8% of Attack Power) Physical damage based on Rage spent. Only usable on enemies that have less than 20% health.

    ProtectionIf your foe survives, 20% of the Rage spent is refunded.
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown 6 seconds
Other information
Level learned 10
Improvements Warrior talent icon skirmisher [Ashen Juggernaut], Ability criticalstrike [Critical Thinking], Ability criticalstrike [Cruel Strikes], Spell deathknight butcher2 [Death Sentence], Inv sword 48 [Executioner's Precision], Inv sword 48 [Improved Execute], Warrior talent icon skirmisher [Juggernaut], Inv sword 48 [Massacre], Inv sword 27 [Sharpened Blades], Inv shield 05 [Strategist], Ability warrior improveddisciplines [Sudden Death]
Showing weakness to a Warrior is a death sentence.[1]
Execute full

In the TCG.

Execute is a level 10 warrior ability. It's a heavy-damage ability that can only be used on targets with less than 20% of their health left.

Notes and trivia[]

  • When an enemy with a lot of health such as a heroic or raid boss gets below 20% health, both Fury and Arms warriors should change their rotation to spamming Execute. However it is worth refreshing Ability warrior colossussmash [Colossus Smash] on the target whenever possible. For either spec, judicious use of Spell nature ancestralguardian [Berserker Rage] can increase output during an Execute phase. The more Rage available for Execute, the better.
  • Execute is a basic Warrior spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "It's okay, he deserved it."

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-08-21):
    • Damage increased by 15% in PvP combat.
    • Fury damage is increased by 40% in PvP (was 25%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-07-24): Fury damage is now increased by 25% in PvP Combat (was 10%).
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-02-27): Fury damage increased by 10% in PvP. Arms and Protection damage unchanged.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.5 (2023-01-24): damage increased by 15%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.2 (2022-11-15):
    • Fixed an issue causing Execute to sometimes incur a cooldown if you had Inv sword 48 [Improved Execute] talented on a different specialization.
    • Execute damage reduced by 7%.
    • Execute no longer deals 13% reduced damage in PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-10-31): Fixed an issue where Execute would be on cooldown when talented into Improved Execute.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Additional ranks removed. No longer refunds Rage in Arms spec.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.2.5 (2022-05-31): (Arms/Protection) Execute damage increased by 15%. This change does not apply to PvP.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now requires level 10 (was 8). Now available to all warrior specializations (was Arms and Fury only).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): (Arms) Rank 2 now refunds 20% rage, down from 30%.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): (Arms) Rage cost increased to 20, Rank 2 (Arms Level 28) added with effect: Execute now refunds 30% of its rage cost if target survives.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-06-13): Extra Executes from Sweeping Strikes now correctly benefit from the Precise Strikes Artifact Trait.
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): (Arms) Execute damage increased by 25%. If the target does not die, 30% of the Rage spent on Execute is refunded.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-10-25): Execute now deals 15% more damage in PvP situations.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Damage increased by 8%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Execute (Fury) damage increased by 5%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Protection warriors. Damage for Arms increased by 20%. Damage for Fury increased by 32.8%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2016-03-03): Now deals 10% less damage against another player.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): Damage decreased by 11.4%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-14): [Arms] Resolved an issue where Execute could incorrectly cause the Warrior to receive 100 Rage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Arms: Now costs 10 Rage, and consumes up to 30 additional Rage to deal additional damage. Sudden Death causes auto-attack hits to have a 10% chance to make the next Execute free and useable on any target, regardless of health level. These Executes do not consume additional Rage to deal additional damage.
    • Fury: Crazed Berserker now also causes Execute to hit with the off-hand weapon.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now deals 15% less damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Can now be used in any stance and cost 30 Rage, up from 10. No longer consumes additional Rage for more damage.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been reduced by approximately 17%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): This ability now never costs more than a total of 30 rage. The tooltip for Ability warrior improveddisciplines [Sudden Death] has been revised to remove reference to that maximum, since the ability now behaves that way even when untalented.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): When used with Ability rogue slicedice [Sweeping Strikes], ranks 6 and 7 of this ability will no longer cause full damage to secondary targets who are not wounded.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Full rage is no longer consumed when the ability does not hit.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Added.

See also[]


External links[]

Arms/Protection Fury