Bladestorm

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This article is about the warrior ability. For other uses, see Bladestorm (disambiguation).
Bladestorm
Ability warrior bladestorm.png
  • Bladestorm
  • Level 65/100 Arms/Fury warrior ability
  • 1 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Become an unstoppable storm of destructive force, striking all targets within 8 yards for (1099% of weapon damage) Physical damage over 6 sec.

    You are immune to movement impairing and loss of control effects, but can use defensive abilities and can avoid attacks.
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

1 minute

Other information
Level learned

65/100

Improvements
Related buff
Ability warrior bladestorm.png
  • Bladestorm
  • Dealing damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec.
    Immune to crowd control.
  • Duration: 6 seconds

Bladestorm is a warrior ability available at level 65 for Arms, and at level 100 as a talent for Fury. It deals 100% additional damage for Fury.

Notes

Bladestorm is an ability with a number of uses:

  • Can deal a huge amount of damage when multiple targets are within range.
  • Can be used for removing snares and roots and making you immune to most forms of crowd control.
  • Can be used if low on rage to maintain DPS while regenerating it.
  • Can be used to instantly dispatch any number of low level enemies.

Tips and tactics

  • Warriors in Bladestorm can only be stopped if killed.
  • When snared or rooted, Bladestorm can be used to stay on your opponent, as well as dealing respectable single-target damage. It can also be used as a defence against incoming crowd control effects such as [Polymorph].
  • You cannot use any other abilities during Bladestorm. This can make it very easy for some classes to escape you, without fear of [Charge], and prevents you from interrupting using abilities such as [Pummel]. If needing to interrupt healers or chase ranged types, consider not using Bladestorm. You can also cancel Bladestorm prematurely by right-clicking the buff, or by using the following macro:
/cancelaura Bladestorm
  • Bladestorm does stack with warrior buffs and abilities such as [Recklessness]. This ability must be triggered before using Bladestorm.
  • Since warriors in Bladestorm usually deal a lot of damage, and cannot use any other abilities, Bladestorm often generates a large amount of rage. Choosing to Bladestorm when you are already low on rage is ideal, preventing your DPS from dropping and getting maximum benefit from the ability. Burning spare rage with abilities such as [Heroic Strike] before Bladestorming can allow you to minimise rage wastage.
  • Bladestorm can be used while charging, jumping or falling. Since Bladestorm's first whirlwind is performed instantly, be sure not to waste any of its duration while still out of range of your targets.
  • Warriors still deal normal auto-attacks while Bladestorming.
  • Fury warriors attack with both weapons during Bladestorm.

Defence against Bladestorm

Bladestorm has a number of weaknesses:

  • The warrior is unable to use any other abilities during Bladestorm, such as [Charge] or [Pummel]. Abilities such as [Blink] and [Disengage] can make Bladestorm worthless if timed correctly.
  • Bladestorm's damage output is most effective against groups of enemies. When in groups, prevent this by running in different directions. The warrior will have to choose a single target to chase, at most dealing a fraction of the ability's potential damage and largely wasting the cooldown.

Trivia

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2016-10-25): "Bladestorm now deals full damage in PvP situations."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25):
    • Damage increased by 8% for all specs.
    • Now available at level 65 for Arms (was 100).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Protection. Damage increased by 5.73%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.2a (2015-09-14): Fixed an animation issue with Bladestorm that affected Dwarf Warriors.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now a level-90 talent, swapping places with [Storm Bolt].
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10):
    • Cooldown has decreased to 60 seconds (down from 1.5 minutes).
    • Arms: Bladestorm now deals 180% of weapon damage (up from 120%).
    • Protection: Bladestorm now deals 160% of weapon damage (down from 240%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now provides immunity to Disarm while active.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now available for all specializations as a talent. Weapon damage reduced from 150% to 120%. Enables the warrior to dodge, block and parry for the duration but only perform Shout abilities.
  • Hotfix (2011-12-02): "Bladestorm will now always grant immunity when it is cast."
  • Hotfix (2010-12-21): "Bladestorm now deals 150% normalized weapon damage as advertised. It was incorrectly dealing 100% normalized weapon damage."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Mechanics changed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Warriors can now be Disarmed while under the effects of this ability.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Now breaks all snares and roots on the warrior when activated.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

External links

Arms Fury