For the Pet Battle ability, see [Pounce].
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  • Pounce
  • Level 32 druid ability
  • Melee range
  • 50 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires Cat Form
  • Pounce, stunning the target for 4 sec and causing X Bleed damage over 18 sec. Must be prowling. Awards 1 combo point.
Usable by
Class Druid
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 32
Improvements [Brutal Impact]
Related debuffs
Ability druid supriseattack.png
  • Pounce
  • Stunned.
  • Duration: 4 sec

Ability druid supriseattack.png
  • Pounce Bleed
  • Bleeding for {X/6} damage every 3 seconds.
  • Duration: 18 sec

Pounce is a [Cat Form] druid sneak attack that stuns the target for a short period and causes damage over time. It is learned at level 32.


  • This ability can be considered the equivalent of the rogue ability [Cheap Shot]. Unlike Cheap Shot, Pounce has an additional bleed effect, and Pounce costs 50 energy compared to the 40 energy cost of Cheap Shot. Also, Pounce awards only one combo point while Cheap Shot awards two.


  • Glyph of Pounce
  • Major Glyph
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Increases the range of your Pounce by 8 yards.
  • Classes: Druid
  • Requires Level 25
  • Sell Price: 1s

Tips and tactics

  • A helpful initial attack when you need to get in a couple of attacks before the target has a chance to do anything.
  • Also helpful when sneak attacking an enemy with a group.
  • However, if you wish to deal the most damage possible in a shorter duration and/or if stun or bleeding effects aren't useful on your target (immunity, for example), you may use [Ravage] as an opener. Some things that are immune to bleeds can still be affected by the stun, which may allow you to get off one or more Shreds.

Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Removed, but its effects has been incorporated into [Rake].
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-09-18): Pounce should now correctly consume only one charge of [Dream of Cenarius].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): No longer affected by diminishing returns with other stuns, however, it now shares a diminishing return with [Cheap Shot] (Rogue).
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Pounce Rank 4 lasts 3 seconds and deals 600 damage, increased by attack power, doesn't require behind target. It is now a reliable opener for Cat Form.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damage and stun reduced. Energy cost reduced if Pounce fails.

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