Thunder Clap
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  • Thunder Clap
  • Level 16 Protection warrior ability
  • 6 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Blasts all enemies within 8 yards for (330.8% of attack power) damage and reduces their movement speed by 50% for 10 sec.

    Generates 5 Rage.
Usable by
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown 6 seconds
Radius 8 yd
Other information
Level learned 16
Improvements [Crackling Thunder], [Thunderstruck]
Related buff
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  • Thunder Clap
  • Movement speed reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 10 seconds

Thunder Clap is a level 16 Protection warrior point blank area of effect ability that deals Physical damage and applies a debuff to targets reducing their movement speed. This is the warrior's main AoE tanking ability.


  • Thunder Clap creates threat equal to 1.75x damage done.
  • Thunder Clap's damage is physical and is mitigated by the armor of the opponent.

Tips and tactics

  • Thunder Clap is useful for tanking when a warrior needs to multi-tank a large number of mobs.
  • Be careful using this ability around crowd controlled mobs, as the damage it inflicts will likely break the crowd control effect. If possible it is best to apply Thunder Clap before crowd control, or to pull the mobs you wish to Thunder Clap away from the crowd controlled mobs.
  • Its AoE effect against opponents makes it especially useful in large battles.


  • Thunder Clap was first used by Murgen Hammerfall.
  • Thunder Clap dealt Nature damage when the game was first released. This was quickly changed.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now generates 5 Rage, and its damage has been increased.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-16): (Hotfix in testing; to be applied with next weekly maintenance) Most abilities used by Tank specializations have had their damage reduced by 10%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-11): Thunder Clap will now more reliably hit targets near the edge of its radius.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Arms. Damage increased by 48.8%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): Snare effect now lasts for 10 seconds or 8 seconds while in PvP combat (up from 6 seconds).
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-01-12): Thunder Clap's damage has been increased by 40%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer available to Fury warriors. Now costs 10 Rage, and also reduces the movement speed of nearby enemies by 50% for 6 sec. No longer applies the Weakened Blows effect.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer increases time between attacks of affected targets. Now applies [Weakened Blows].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): This ability now counts as a ranged attack, granting it double damage on critical strikes instead of 150% and ranged miss chance, and still cannot be dodged or parried.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Damage increased, cooldown increased, will now affect all targets within a range.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): This ability was left at 10% despite the haste effect changes. This means its potency has been reduced slightly.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Visual and animation changed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Now causes Physical damage instead of Nature damage; damage increased; duration increased with each new rank.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Damage increased.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Damaged increased. Now deals nature damage instead of physical damage.

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