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Sinister Strike
Spell shadow ritualofsacrifice.png
  • Sinister Strike
  • Level 1 rogue ability
  • Melee range
  • 45 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires One Handed Melee Weapon
  • Viciously strike an enemy, causing (21.762% of Attack power) Physical damage.

    Awards 1 combo point.
  • Assassination Rank 2: Sinister Strike's energy cost is reduced by 5.
Usable by
Class Rogue
Properties
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 1
Rank levels 12 (rank 2)
Sinister Strike
Spell shadow ritualofsacrifice.png
  • Sinister Strike
  • Level 10 Outlaw rogue ability
  • Melee range
  • 45 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires One Handed Melee Weapon
  • Viciously strike an enemy, causing X Physical damage.

    Awards 1 combo point each time it strikes.
  • Rank 2: Sinister Strike has a 35% chance to hit an additional time, making your next Pistol Shot half cost and double damage.
Usable by
Class Rogue
Properties
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 10
Rank levels 12 (rank 2)
It adds injury to insult.[1]

Sinister Strike (commonly abbreviated to SS) is a level 1 rogue ability. 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.

This ability is replaced with [Mutilate] for Assassination rogues and [Backstab] for Subtlety rogues.

Formulas

The damage of the Outlaw version of sinister is calculated as follows:

Levels 10-20:
Damage = (45.279% of Attack power) * ((Level - 10) * 8 + 195) / 275

Levels 21+:
Damage = (45.279% of Attack power)

Trivia

In the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game and Hearthstone.

Gallery

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.2.5 (2022-05-31): Sinister Strike damage increased by 20%. This change does not apply to PvP.
  • 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.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damage increased.

See also

References

External links

Base Outlaw Rank 2
(Assasination)
Rank 2
(Outlaw)
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