For the Bloodsail Buccaneers vessel, see Garrote (vessel).
Ability rogue garrote.png
  • Garrote
  • Level 16 Assassination rogue ability
  • Melee range
  • 45 Energy
  • 6 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires One-Handed Melee Weapon
  • Garrote the enemy, causing (108% of Attack power) Bleed damage over 18 sec.

    Awards 1 combo point.
  • Rank 2: Garrote silences the target for 3 sec when used from Stealth.
Usable by
Class Rogue
School Physical
Cooldown 6 seconds
Other information
Level learned 16
Rank levels 46 (rank 2)
Improvements [Exsanguinate], Iron Wire, [Subterfuge]
Related debuffs
Ability rogue garrote.png
  • Bleed
  • Garrote
  • Suffering (12% of Attack power) damage every 2 seconds.
  • Duration: 18 seconds

Ability rogue garrote.png
  • Garrote - Silence
  • Silenced
  • Duration: 3 seconds

Garrote is a powerful rogue damage over time ability. Rank 2 silences the target for 3 seconds if used from [Stealth].


Tips and tactics

  • Garrote is used more often in raids because of the fact that most mobs in raids are immune to [Cheap Shot].
  • For targets not immune to stuns it's best used after opening with Cheap Shot (unless at full CP, at which point it's best to use [Rupture] and then Garrote).
  • Garrote's silence effect makes it a highly viable opener versus casters who can shake off a stun or immediately react to an ambush with a detrimental effect that can turn the fight around, such as [Blink]. See silence effect for general tips on usage.


Patch changes

  • Legion Hotfix (2017-02-03): Damage increased by 4%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now only available to Assassination rogues. Can now be used outside Stealth, but only silenced if used from Stealth. Damage increased by 1400%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now ticks every 2 seconds (up from every 3 seconds). Damage has been adjusted to compensate.
    • [Find Weakness]' effects have been merged into baseline [Ambush], Garrote, and [Cheap Shot] for Subtlety rogues.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer requires the rogue to be behind the target.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now costs 45 Energy, down from 50.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Fixed a bug where the Silence effect was getting resisted too often.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Garrote now has a silence effect in addition to its bleed (only for Rank 7 and above).
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): The damage from this ability has been increased. In addition, Garrote now increases in potency with greater attack power.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Fixed a bug where combo points were not always being applied to the target when using Garrote.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damage increased.

See also

External links

Rank 1 Rank 2