Sinister Strike
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  • Sinister Strike
  • Level 1 rogue ability
  • Melee range
  • 45 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • An instant strike that causes 176% Physical damage.

    OutlawRank 2 (Level 12)
    Has a 35% chance to hit an additional time, making your next Pistol Shot half cost and double damage

    AssassinationRank 2 (Level 12)
    Energy cost reduced by 5.
Usable by
Class Rogue
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 1
Improvements [Bandit's Guile]
It adds injury to insult.[1]

Sinister Strike (commonly abbreviated to SS) is a rogue combat ability, which all rogues start with at level 1. It deals normal weapon damage plus extra physical damage which scales with your level. You must have a melee weapon equipped to use the ability, and not be disarmed. Sinister Strike can be used on any mob, in any position, in any combat state, and has no refresh rate beyond its energy requirement. You must be facing your target.

It is recommended that you use a weapon with the highest average damage that you can attain for your main hand when using Sinister Strike, as the damage from Sinister Strike is calculated from a range between your weapon's minimum and maximum damage.



  • The 4 piece bonus of the Bonescythe Armor Set gives you 5 energy for every one of your Sinister Strike critical hits.
  • The 4 piece bonus of the Slayer's Armor Set increases the damage of your Sinister Strike by 6%.


The Sinister Strike damage calculation formula:

Aggression = 1 + (0.07/0.14/0.20)
Lethality = 0.10 * Lethality Rank
Modifier = (Attack Power / 14) * Normalized Weapon Speed (for 1h, NWS is 2.4)
Sinister Strike = (Weapon Damage + Modifier + Extra Damage From Sinister Strike) * Aggression
Critical Sinister Strike = Sinister Strike * (2 + Lethality)


In the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game and Hearthstone.


Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Rank 2 added (Assassination Level 12) with effects: Sinister Strike's energy cost is reduced by 5. Has no actual effect since it's replaced by [Mutilate] on the same level.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): No longer replaced with [Saber Slash] for Outlaw. Rank 2 added (Outlaw level 12) with effects: Has a 35% chance to hit an additional time, making your next Pistol Shot half cost and double damage.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Re-added as Level 1 ability, but eventually replaced for all specializations (Outlaw with [Saber Slash] immediately, Subtlety with [Backstab] immediately, Assassination with [Mutilate] at level 40.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now deals 10% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Deals an increased 240% of weapon damage (up from 145%), but now costs 50 Energy (up from 40 Energy).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Weapon damage increased from 100% to 145%. Energy cost reduced from 45 to 40.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Sinister Strike only awards a Combo Point at level 3, when [Eviscerate] becomes available.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Now uses normalized attack power.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damage increased.

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