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Sunder Armor
Ability warrior sunder
  • Sunder Armor
  • Level 16 warrior ability
  • Melee range
  • 15 Rage
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • Sunders the target, causing Ability warrior sunder [Weakened Armor].

    Weakened Armor
    Weakens the armor of the target by 4% for 30 sec. Stacks up to 3 times.
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 16
Improvements Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Furious Sundering]
Related debuff
Ability warrior sunder
  • Weakened Armor
  • Armor decreased by 4%.
  • Duration: 30 seconds
Fury shatters what forges build.[1]

Sunder Armor is one of the warrior's basic threat generation abilities. It is an instant attack that decreases your opponent's armor by 4% per stack. Sundering generates a high amount of threat, making it especially useful for tanking. Not only will it help you keep your opponent focused on you instead of your teammates, it will also increase the amount of damage you and your party members deal.

For Protection warriors, Inv sword 11 [Devastate] replaces Sunder Armor at level 26.


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Sunder Armor TCG

Threat is still generated by using this ability when there are already 3 Weakened Armor stacked on the target.

Tips and tactics[]

  • As well as the obvious, and significant, armor reduction effect, Sunder Armor is a powerful tool for establishing and holding aggro as a main tank. It causes a solid amount of threat, and is not situational, like Ability warrior revenge [Revenge], and has no extended cooldown, like Inv shield 05 [Shield Slam], so can be used over and over repeatedly as long as there is enough Rage. (Main Tanks usually have plenty of rage, due to the massive beatings they get.) However, Sunder Armor remains a less efficient (per rage used) way of generating threat than Shield Slam or Revenge.
  • The threat effect of Sunder Armor continues to occur even after the third stacked Weakened Armor debuff, so a tank can continue to reapply it after three sunders have stacked – it will still generate the same amount of threat, but will not stack past three debuffs. Reapplying Weakened Armor on a mob with a full stack of Weakened Armor will however reset the expiration timer for the Weakened Armor debuff stack.

Patch changes[]

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Removed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer causes additional threat.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Sunder Armor now stacks up to 3 times, down from 5.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now reduces target armor by 4% per stack instead of static value, up to a maximum of 20% reduction.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Threat caused now scales with attack power.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Tooltip updated to indicate the additional threat caused by this ability. There have been no changes to the amount of threat caused.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Now available in all Stances.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17):
  • Test-inline Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Changed to an instant ability.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13):
    • Ability warrior defensivestance [Defensive Stance] and Sundering Strike (Rank 1) have been removed from the trainers. These abilities are now available through quests.
    • The values for Sundering Strike have been reduced.

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