Combo point

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Combo points are represented as red dots on the enemy's portrait.

Unique to the rogue class (and druids in [Cat Form]), combo points are a secondary resource accumulated as certain special attacks are performed against an enemy, then spent on other special attacks. The number of combo points obtained is represented by small red circles on the right side of the enemy portrait in the UI. Targets can have a maximum of 5 combo points.

Attacks which generate combo points are sometimes referred to as 'builders', and attacks which consume combo points are referred to as finishing moves or 'finishers'. The more combo points the player has built up, the greater the effect of the finishing move, with a roughly proportionate increase per point consumed. Finishing moves cannot be used without at least one combo point, and using a finishing moves will consume all available combo points.

Abilities

Attacks

Combo points can be generated through a range of special attacks:

Rogue
Druid

Other

While combo points are mostly generated through the use of attacks against a target, some other techniques exist:

Rogue
Druid

Finishing moves

Combo points are consumed to perform finishing moves. For a full list, see Finishing move.

Notes

  • Many players choose to install addons to help manage their combo points.

Patch changes

  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Combo points are now "stored" on the player although the UI remains unchanged.
  • TBC Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Combo points added to a target should not be reset until you add a combo point to a different target.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Combo points will no longer be removed if the target is deselected. They will only be removed if a different target is selected.