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  • Execute
  • Level 10 warrior ability
  • Melee range
  • 20 to 40 Rage
  • 6 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • Arms Arms, Protection Protection:
    Attempts to finish off a foe, causing up to (295.8% of Attack power) Physical damage based on Rage spent. Only usable on enemies that have less than 20% health.

    Fury Fury:
    Attempt to finish off a wounded foe, causing (239.8% of Attack power) Physical damage. Only usable on enemies that have less than 20% health.
  • ArmsProtection Rank 2: Execute no longer has a cooldown.
    ArmsProtection Rank 3: If your foe survives, 20% of the Rage spent is refunded.
    Fury Rank 2: Execute no longer costs Rage.
    Fury Rank 3: Execute generates 20 Rage.
    Fury Rank 4: Damage increased by 15%.
Usable by
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown 6 seconds
Other information
Level learned 10
Rank levels 13 (rank 2)
18 (rank 3)
58 (rank 4)
Improvements [Massacre]
Showing weakness to a Warrior is a death sentence.[1]

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 [Colossus Smash] on the target whenever possible. For either spec, judicious use of [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

  • 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 of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): This ability now never costs more than a total of 30 rage. The tooltip for [Sudden Death] has been revised to remove reference to that maximum, since the ability now behaves that way even when untalented.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): When used with [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.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Full rage is no longer consumed when the ability does not hit.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Added.

See also


External links

Arms/Protection Fury