Wound Poison
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  • Wound Poison
  • Level 38 rogue ability
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Requires One-Handed Melee Weapon
  • Coats your weapons with a Lethal Poison that lasts for 1 hour. Each strike has a 30% chance to poison the enemy, which instantly inflicts (2.13% of Attack Power) Nature damage and reduces all healing received by 8% for 12 sec, stacking up to 3 times.
  • Assassination Rank 2: Wound Poison can now stack 2 additional times.
Usable by
Class Rogue
School N/A
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 38
Rank levels Assassination 44 (rank 2)
Improvements [Improved Poisons], [Leeching Poison], [Master Poisoner], [Mastery: Potent Assassin]
Related buff
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  • Wound Poison
  • Each weapon strike has a chance of inflicting additional Nature damage to the victim and reducing all healing received for 12 sec.
  • Duration: 1 hour
Related debuff
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  • Poison
  • Wound Poison
  • Healing effects reduced by 8%.
  • Duration: 12 seconds

Wound Poison is a level 38 rogue ability that applies a poison to their weapons.

Every time the rogue hits with the weapon, there is a 30% chance to damage the victim and poison them for 12 seconds. The poison reduces all healing effects on the victim by 8%, stacking up to 3 times, or up to 5 times for Assassination rogues.


All available improvements are exclusive to the Assassination specialization:


  • As a Lethal poison, Wound Poison cannot be used at the same time with [Deadly Poison] or [Instant Poison].
  • In PvP combat, the healing reduction effect is halved to 4% per stack.

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now available to all rogues as a baseline ability. Wound Poison now stacks up to 3 times, and reduces healing taken by 8% per stack (previously 25% and did not stack). An additional rank has been added for Assassination.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Assassination. Poison now lasts for 12 seconds, down from 15 seconds.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-16): Damage reduced by 40%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): Now deals 33% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Replaced  [Wound Poison].
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Now reduces the target’s healing received by 25%, up from 10%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Now reduce healing by 10%, down from 25%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Healing reduction reduced from 50% to 25%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2009-02-18): Wound Poison now has a PvP duration of 10 seconds.
  • Bc icon.gif Hotfix (2007-02-13): Mortal Strike and Wound Poison (rank 4) no longer stack at any rank.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Stacks up to 20.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Removed facing requirement.

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