For the Bloodsail Buccaneers vessel, see Garrot (vessel).
Ability rogue garrote.png
  • Garrote
  • Melee   range
  • 45 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires Stealth
  • Garrote the enemy, silencing them for 3 sec and causing x damage over 18 sec. Awards 1 combo point.

    Subtlety Subtlety
    For the next 10 sec, your attacks bypass up to 100% of that enemy's armor.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Level required48
Other information
RequirementsRequires Stealth
Related debuff
Ability rogue garrote.png
  • Garrote
  • X damage every 2 seconds.
  • Duration: 18 seconds
Related debuff
Ability rogue garrote.png
  • Garrote - Silence
  • Silenced.
  • Duration: 3 seconds
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Garrote is a core rogue ability learned at level 48. It is a powerful damage over time ability that a rogue can use while stealthed to open a fight, also offering the ability to silence an opponent. It awards one combo point.

Modified by

Subtlety Subtlety abilities


  • Garrote is used more often in raids because of the fact that most mobs in raids are immune to stun effects ([Cheap Shot]), and [Ambush] causes too much threat upon the opening move whereas Garrote's threat is spread across a longer period.
  • The silence component makes it a highly viable opener versus casters who can shake off a stun or immediately react to an ambush with a detrimental effect that can turn the fight around, such as Blink.
  • In PvP, also used extensively against other rogues if caught off guard, since damage resets stealth, making even vanish useless for enough time to finish the enemy.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Garrote now ticks every 2 seconds (up from every 3 seconds). Damage has been adjusted to compensate.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Garrote now costs 45 Energy, down from 50.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Fixed a bug where the Silence effect on Garrote was getting resisted too often.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Fixed a bug where combo points were not always being applied to the target when using Garrote.

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