Ability warrior challange.png
  • Riposte
  • Level - rogue talent
  • Melee range
  • 10 Energy
  • 3 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • A strike that becomes active after parrying an opponent's attack. This attack deals 150% weapon damage and slows their melee attack speed by 20% for 30 sec. Awards 1 combo point.
Usable by
Class Rogue
School Physical
Cooldown 3 sec
Talent tree Combat, Tier 3
Talent required [Deflection]
Other information
Requirements Requires melee weapon
Improvements [Lethality]
Related debuff
  • Riposte
  • Melee attack speed slowed by 20%.
  • Duration: 30 sec.

Riposte is a talent in the Combat tree that is an instant strike, dealing 150% weapon damage and slowing the target's attack speed by 20% for 30 seconds.


Riposte is a 10-Energy attack based on weapon damage. To use this ability, you must have recently parried an attack. This ability can be used on an enemy that wasn't even parried by you.

Talent Improvement

  • [Lethality] increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Riposte by 6%, 12%, 18%, 24%, or 30%.


  • Requires you to have recently parried an enemy's attack, which means that the enemy must be hitting you.

Tips and Tactics

  • Riposte is most useful against warriors, hunters, paladins, and other rogues; slowing their weapons takes most of their bite away.
  • You cannot create macros that automatically check for buffs or debuffs on a target and change abilities accordingly, but you can create a macro that will randomly choose between your main attack and Riposte, like so:
/castrandom Sinister Strike, Riposte
  • Useful in solo leveling, since it's pretty cheap (10 Energy) and lets you take advantage of the +6% parry chances.
  • The Floating Combat Text inteface options can be set to display a message when Riposte becomes usable.

Patch changes

  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Duration of this effect no longer reduced by other effects that reduce disarm duration.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now slows the target's melee attacks by 20% instead of disarming them, awards one combo point.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Is now subject to diminishing returns in PvP.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Fixed a data error that caused Riposte to generate more threat than intended.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Now properly sets its cooldown.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13):
    • Will now initiate combat when used.
    • Fixed a bug where the ability was not usable when a special attack (e.g. Gouge) is parried.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Targets immune to disarm effects will now take damage from Riposte.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Fixed a bug where the ability was not usable against a disarmed or unarmed target.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19):
    • Riposte now properly increases the attack power contribution by the percent modifier.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the ability from being used when the target had no weapon or was already disarmed.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9.1 (2004-08-24): There was a bug with rogue ability Riposte. The UI might still be incorrect.

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