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Sweeping Strikes
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  • Sweeping Strikes
  • 10 sec cooldown
  • 10 Rage
  • Instant
  • Requires Battle Stance
  • Your melee attacks strike an additional nearby opponent for 50% damage. Lasts 10 sec. Using this ability in Defensive Stance activates Battle Stance.

    Enhanced Sweeping Strikes (Level 92+)
    Sweeping Strikes now lasts 5 sec longer.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown10 sec
Level required60
Other information
RequirementsRequires Battle Stance
Related buff
Ability rogue slicedice.png
  • Sweeping Strikes
  • Your melee attacks strike an additional nearby opponent.
  • Duration: 10 seconds
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Sweeping Strikes is a warrior ability learned at level 60 for those with the Arms specialization. It is a 10 second self-buff and costs 10 Rage; for the next 10 seconds, all melee attacks hit both the target and an additional nearby opponent. This applies to any abilities used within the duration as well.

Modified by


  • Requires Melee Weapon Equipped.
  • Damage dealt from a Sweeping Strike will never crit.
  • Sweeping Strikes will not cause [Execute] to strike a nearby opponent unless the nearby opponent has less than 20% health (does not consume a charge of Sweeping Strikes either).
  • If you use a special attack like [Slam] or [Mortal Strike] on an opponent, it will strike the nearest opponent if you have Sweeping Strikes up. In the case of Mortal Strike, though, only the damage is dealt; the second mob will not get the debuff from the attack.
  • Sweeping Strikes doesn't always work; if you don't see the damage above the second mob's head, chances are the enemies aren't positioned correctly. Try to move around so that they're close together and standing side-by-side to get the effect of the ability.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Sweeping Strikes now requires Battle Stance.; Sweeping Strikes now costs 10 Rage (down from 30 Rage).
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (21-May-2013): Sweeping Strikes' damage to secondary targets should no longer be affected by Resilience or PvP power if the primary target was a player as both had already been factored in for the initial damage calculation.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King/ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Mechanics changed
  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-12-17): "Sweeping Strikes will now only trigger once per whirlwind rotation of Bladestorm."
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Corrected inaccurate information in combat log tooltip.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Death Wish and Sweeping Strikes have swapped locations in their respective talent trees.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): This ability can no longer hit critters as its secondary targets and will now use a proper range calculation for all secondary targets.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Sweeping Strikes and Death Wish have swapped locations in the talent trees. Sweeping Strikes now lasts 10 seconds and affects your next 10 swings. This ability now works correctly in all cases with shielded targets. Before the patch, the number of swings was 5.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): This ability will no longer be modified erroneously on additional targets by percent modifiers to your damage.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): This spell has a number of fixes: When used in conjunction with Execute and the second victim is below 20% health, they will be hit with the full Execute amount. If the second victim is not below 20% health, they will be hit with normal melee swing damage; If the ability you are using does not deal damage, it will not use a charge of Sweeping Strikes; The extra attack it generates when used with Whirlwind now has the correct damage range; The additional attacks generated by this ability will now properly take into account the armor of the second target.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): Sweeping Strikes will now ignore dead targets, and will ignore PvP enabled targets if you are not PvP enabled.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Sweeping Strikes bug fixed. It will hit more reliably and show up in combat log correctly.

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