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Ability rogue ambush.png
  • Ambush
  • Level 6 rogue ability
  • Melee range
  • 60 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
    Requires Stealth
  • Ambush the target, causing (315% of weapon damage) Physical damage to the target (damage increased 40% if a dagger is equipped). Awards 2 combo points.

    Subtlety Subtlety (Level 10):
    For the next 10 sec, your attacks bypass up to 100% of that enemy's armor.
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Ambush is a powerful instant attack a rogue can perform while stealthed and behind the target. Ambush is learned at level 6.


Tips and tactics

  • Very effective in taking out cloth-wearing targets quickly.
  • Ambush is arguably preferable over [Cheap Shot] in PvP as an opener against mages, as a mage's [Blink] ability is usable while under a stun effect.
  • A critical hit with an Ambush followed by an Improved Sinister Strike (or a well-timed [Backstab]) can put an enemy at a severe health disadvantage from the beginning of the fight, in addition to starting you off with 2-3 Combo Points.
  • Use [Distract] in PvE if you are having trouble getting behind a target to line up an Ambush.
  • A quickly-executed "Ambush -> Vanish -> Ambush" combo attack can inflict severe damage on any single target.

Patch changes

  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
  • MoP Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Damage has been increased by 12%.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Weapon damage increased from 190% to 325%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Available at level 8. No longer requires a dagger, but a dagger gives more Ambush damage than an other melee weapon.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Now uses normalized attack power.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05):
    • Fixed a bug where combo points were not always being applied to the target when using Ambush.
    • Ambush now properly increases the attack power contribution by the percent modifier.

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