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For the removed warrior talent, see Inv sword 27 [Sword Specialization].
Sword Specialization
Ability meleedamage
  • Sword Specialization
  • Human racial
  • Passive
  • Expertise with Swords and Two-Handed Swords increased by 1%.
Class All
Race Human
Cooldown None
Other information
Requirements One-Handed Swords, Two-Handed Swords

Sword Specialization is a racial trait granted to all human characters. It grants an expertise bonus while using swords. When dual wielding different types of weapons, Sword Specialization is applied to each weapon individually, so that if you dual wield a sword and an axe, only attacks made with the sword benefit from Sword Specialization. When dual wielding two swords, all of your attacks will benefit from Sword Specialization. For attacks that only use the mainhand weapon, such as a rogue's Spell shadow ritualofsacrifice [Sinister Strike], only your mainhand expertise matters.

While wielding a Two-Handed Sword, or a One-Handed Sword in the Main hand, this racial also grants 1% spell hit. Dual wielding swords (or a mace and a sword) will only grant 1% spell hit, as the racial expertise from the Off-hand weapon will not grant spell hit.


  • Since the bonus is 'raw' expertise and not rating, it will grant the same bonus regardless of the level of the player.
  • This expertise stacks with expertise gained from other sources, limited only by the expertise cap.
  • When dual wielding a sword and a mace as a human, attacks made with the sword will benefit from Sword Specialization while attacks made with the mace will benefit from Inv hammer 05 [Mace Specialization]. These bonuses only apply to that weapon, and dual wielding a mace and a sword will result in the exact same total expertise as dual wielding two maces or two swords.
  • Expertise also grants spell hit. Expertise from racial weapon specializations will grant spell hit as long as the specialized weapon is not wielded in the Off-hand.

Patch changes[]

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Removed.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Sword Skill now increases the critical strike chance with swords and two-handed swords by 1%.
    Was +5 sword weapon skill.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Added.

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