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Melee is a form of physical combat that requires the attacker to be relatively close (arm plus weapon length) to the target as opposed to a ranged attack. Sometimes also called "hand-to-hand" or "close combat". Pronounced mɛˈleɪ / meh-lay.

Close weapon combat as opposed to ranged weapon or spell combat.

World of Warcraft typically defines 'Melee Range' as 5 yards or closer, measured from center to center; see hitbox for the exceptions.

Typical melee weapons[]

Typical melee weapons used:

Melee ability comparison by class[]

Icon-time This section contains information that is out-of-date. Reason: Out of date examples, indicating the main text may be outdated. Also lacks monk. Focus on specialization should be reworked for post-WotLK specs - split into specs where appropriate. DPS is also not the only indicator of 'melee ability'.

NOTE: This is only a comparison of overall melee DPS ability (it does not include mitigation). Spellcasting or at least spellcasting specialized classes will have poor melee DPS, while the pure melee or melee specialized classes will have high melee DPS.

Excellent: These classes have the highest potential for melee DPS, even without specialization.

Fair: These classes can comfortably hold their own in melee, but unless specialized in it will be inferior to a warrior or rogue. With equal level of gearing, talents, and playing ability they can meet or exceed said classes' melee DPS.

  • Paladin (Auras and Seals/Judgments)
  • Shaman (Totems, Weapon Enchants, AP Buffs, Dual Wield, etc)
  • Druid (Feral spec (cat form), rogue-like dps, Leader of the Pack aura)

Poor: These classes cannot cope in melee, and should avoid it as much as possible.

  • Hunter (Ability rogue trip [Wing Clip] can be used to gain range/kite)
  • Priest (Power Word Shield gives mitigation, but should Fear and run away to cast better spells)
  • Mage (Use Frost Nova and Sheep crowd control, back off and nuke.)
  • Warlock (Defend with Spell fire firearmor [Fire Shield] and Spell shadow ragingscream [Demon Skin]/Spell shadow ragingscream [Demon Armor], but should use the pet to handle melee. Warlock should instead DoT/Nuke [depending on spec] from a distance)

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