For the dragon turtle, see Gouge (dragon turtle).
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  • Gouge
  • Level 22 Outlaw rogue ability
  • Melee range
  • 25 Energy
  • 10 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • Gouges the eyes of an enemy target, incapacitating for 4 sec. Damage will interrupt the effect.

    Awards 1 combo point.
Usable by
Class Rogue
School Physical
Cooldown 10 seconds
Other information
Level learned 22
Related debuff
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  • Gouge
  • Incapacitated.
  • Duration: 4 seconds
"Every being has vulnerable spots; Make it your business to know them all."
The Assassin's Creed, Chapter 2

Gouge is a level 22 Outlaw rogue ability that incapacitates the target for a short period of time. Once a successful Gouge has been made, any damage will negate its incapacitation effect. Note that using Gouge will automatically turn off auto attacks.


  • Gouge's short incapacitate is the main reason for using the ability, allowing one to perform a quick bandage, or getting a few seconds to distance yourself and get out of combat.
  • Gouge's effect breaks upon receiving damage; this means that it does not work well in group combat unless well-coordinated. However, in all situations Gouge is useful as an interrupt. If [Kick] is on cooldown, Gouge can be used just for the purpose of interrupting a spellcast.

Tips and tactics

  • Gouge gives you an opportunity to apply a bandage, recover energy, or plan a quick escape. Also note that during those 4 seconds one can recover up to 40-60 energy, so it can be seen as a free combo point anyway.
  • Facing multiple enemies can be quite difficult. Simply Gouge one. This will give you time to finish one of them. This will greatly reduce the amount of incoming damage.
  • In end-game raiding, Gouge has proven useful in interrupting caster enemies if they are immune to stunning with [Cheap Shot] or silencing with [Kick]. It may be expensive energy wise, but it will at least buy time and prevent extra damage to your fellow raid members.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Outlaw and awards 1 combo point. No longer requires the target to face the rogue.
    Facing requirement need to be confirmed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer causes damage.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Gouge is now only 1 rank and causes damage based on attack power.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): This ability will no longer trigger poisons (and thus break itself).
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): The fire damage from the  [Blazefury Medallion] and the  [Gutgore Ripper]'s effect should no longer immediately break Gouge.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): If using Gouge triggers the  [Stormshroud Armor] lightning effect, the Gouge effect will no longer be instantly interrupted.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): Now cancels combat if it succeeds.

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