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For other uses, see Whirlwind (disambiguation).
Ability whirlwind
  • Whirlwind
  • Level 9 warrior ability
  • ArmsProtection30 Rage
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • Unleashes a whirlwind of steel, striking all nearby targets for (60.1% of Attack power) Physical damage. Deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets.
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Radius 8 yd
Other information
Level learned 9
Improvements Ability garrosh whirling corruption [Barbaric Training], Ability rogue waylay [Fervor of Battle], Ability whirlwind [Improved Whirlwind], Ability whirlwind [Meat Cleaver], Ability warrior bloodnova [Seismic Reverberation], Ability skyreach fourblades [Storm of Swords]

Whirlwind is a warrior ability that deals damage to all nearby enemies.

Tips and tactics[]

  • Whirlwind is truly AoE, and will also hit targets directly behind the warrior.
  • Be careful of crowd control with Whirlwind. You shouldn't be breaking your teammates' sheep, shackle, seduce or bind.
  • This attack also has an additional use in PvP - due to the fact it can hit anyone in melee range regardless of where they are attacking you from, it can be used to teach a lesson to that irritating rogue who is constantly backstabbing you.
  • This ability is extremely effective against multiple enemies, exceeding Ability warrior cleave [Cleave]'s damage and rage efficiency. If you find that you have excess rage to spend, Cleave can still be used in conjunction with this.
  • The slower and harder hitting your weapon(s) are, the more damage Whirlwind will deal.


  • Whirlwind is a basic Warrior spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "The way to tell seasoned warriors from novice ones: the novices yell "wheeeee" while whirlwinding."

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.5 (2023-01-24): Damage increased by 10%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.2 (2022-11-15): Whirlwind no longer shows an incorrect range on the tooltip.
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2022-09-09): Whirlwind animations will now appear while moving (was only while standing still).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.1.5 (2021-11-02): Whirlwind is no longer maximum target capped and instead deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.5 (2021-03-09): Fixed an issue that prevented the Whirlwind buff to not be applied to the Warrior if Whirlwind was cast during Ability warrior charge [Charge].
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2020-11-10): Additional target damage reduced to 45% (was 50%).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now available to all warriors (was Arms and Fury only). Level reduced from 40 to 9.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): (Fury) Now generates Rage per target hit.
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): (Arms) Whirlwind damage increased to 90% weapon damage per hit, now costs 30 Rage (was 25 Rage).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-24): The Arms Warrior talent Trauma should consistently apply via Whirlwind, even from maximum range.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-01): Whirlwind now hits the correct number of extra targets when modified by Meat Cleaver.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer cost Rage for Fury and deals 6.67% more damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-30): Damage has been reduced by 30%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Ability whirlwind [Meat Cleaver]'s effects have been merged into baseline Whirlwind for Fury warriors.
    • Now available only to Arms and Fury warriors.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-10-04): Resolved an issue with Whirlwind where polearms equipped in the off-hand slot were not hitting enemies.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now costs 20 rage (was 30) for Arms Warriors. The cost is unchanged for Fury Warriors.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now only available to Arms and Fury specializations and can be used in any stance. Now cost 30 Rage, up from 25. No longer has a cooldown. Weapon damage increased from 65% to 85%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Now has its cooldown reduced by 6 seconds when it deals damage to 4 or more targets. The Whirlwind effect caused by Ability warrior bladestorm [Bladestorm] remains unchanged.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Now does 65% weapon damage, down from 75%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Limitation of 4 targets removed, now only cause 75% of weapon damage (was 100%).
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): Now has the correct sound associated with it.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): This ability now strikes with both weapons when a Warrior is dual-wielding.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Now uses normalized attack power.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Added.

See also[]

External links[]

Arms/Protection Fury