Piercing Howl

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Piercing Howl
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  • Piercing Howl
  • Level 26 Fury warrior ability
  • 10 Rage
  • Instant
  • Snares all enemies within 15 yards, reducing their movement speed by 50% for 15 sec.
Usable by
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Radius 15 yd
Other information
Level learned 26
Related debuff
Spell shadow deathscream.png
  • Piercing Howl
  • Movement slowed by 50%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Piercing Howl is a level 26 Fury warrior ability. It is an AoE Shout debuff that costs 10 Rage, and reduces movement speed of nearby enemies by 50% for 15 seconds. This effect is unaffected by diminishing returns.

Tips and tactics

  • An extremely useful ability. It provides a rudimentary method of dealing with runners, as unlike [Hamstring], it does not require a successful melee hit and, unlike Hamstring, can be used in defensive stance which is particularly helpful for tanks. It also offers a useful method of escaping from a fight gone bad, slowing all pursuers enough for the warrior to get a decent head start.
  • Note that the only effect this has is on enemy movement. It deals no damage nor affects enemy combat abilities, so it is of no real use during a hectic melee fight.
  • Piercing Howl is safe to use around any crowd controlled opponents, precisely because it does no damage. It is a hostile act, however, and so will aggro any neutral mobs in range.
  • Does not require a weapon to be equipped, making it usable even when disarmed.
  • This ability will also caused nearby stealthed targets to appear, just like [Demoralizing Shout], [Thunder Clap] and [Shockwave].
  • While this ability is primarily intended for PvP combat, it does have some PvE uses such as: Keeping ghouls away during the quest N [30R] The Sacred and the Corrupt, crowd controling Blood Beasts in the fight against Deathbringer Saurfang, and delaying the ghouls in the 2nd phase of the Black Knight (in Trial of the Champion).

Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Changed to a baseline ability for Fury warriors. [Sudden Death] has taken its place as a talent.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now available to all specializations as a talent. Duration increased from 6 to 15 sec. Radius increased from 10 to 15 yards.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): No longer has a prerequisite (Improved Demoralizing Shout).

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