Mocking Blow
Ability warrior punishingblow.png
  • Mocking Blow
  • Level 16 warrior talent
  • Melee range
  • 10 Rage
  • 1 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • A mocking attack that causes weapon damage, a moderate amount of threat and forces the target to focus attacks on you for 6 sec.
Usable by
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown 1 minute
Other information
Level available 16
Requirements [Battle Stance], [Defensive Stance]
Related debuff
Ability warrior punishingblow.png
  • Mocking Blow
  • Taunted.
  • Duration: 6 seconds
Pride, more than flesh, is easily stung.[1]

Mocking blow is a Warrior ability that deals weapon damage and forces a target to attack you for a brief period of time. If you have problems Taunting an enemy off a party member, or don't have time to switch to defensive stance, this may be something useful.


Mocking Blow is a 10 Rage ability that deals some damage and forces a target to attack you for six seconds. Unfortunately, it seems that after the six seconds, the mob resumes attacking whatever it was attacking previously. This is pretty much just an emergency ability to pull someone off a party member before switching to defensive stance and Taunting it. Unlike Taunt and [Challenging Shout] this ability can be used while silenced.

Tips and Tactics

  • This is basically a powerful emergency taunt. This can be a very effective tactic if your taunt is resisted.
  • In PvP it's not very useful, as there are typically more damaging attacks, and hostile players won't be forced to attack you.
  • Against Hunters, Mocking Blow can be extremely useful to keep their pet attacking you during a freeze trap, breaking it, thus negating most hunters' main kiting technique. However [Challenging Shout] is perhaps a better option as it is can be used from any stance and is an AoE ability (which means you do not have to change your target) and costs half as much rage as Mocking Blow.

See also

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now only has one rank and causes weapon damage, cooldown reduced to 1 min and can now be used in Defensive Stance.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Tooltip updated to indicate the additional threat caused by this ability. There have been no changes to the amount of threat caused.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Moved to level 16, damage increased, replaced more frequently.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Punishing Blow renamed to Mocking Blow.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Rage cost and damage increased. Changed to an instant ability.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): No longer requires the Warrior to be behind the target.


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