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Defensive Stance

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Defensive Stance
Ability warrior defensivestance.png
Usable by



10 seconds

Other information
Level learned


Related buff
Ability warrior defensivestance.png
  • Defensive Stance
  • Reduces damage taken by 20% and damage done by 10%.

Defensive Stance is a level 60 Arms warrior talent. Once active it reduces damage taken by 20% and damage dealt by 10%.


Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.3a.

Previously, Defensive Stance was granted to the warrior via one of a number of equivalent warrior class quests as listed below. With the changes in Patch 4.0.1, these quests no longer need to be completed, and they were removed in patch 4.0.3a.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Changed to an Arms talent and redesigned. Now reduces damage taken by 20% and damage dealt by 10% while active.
  • Hotfix (2016-07-22): "Pants and weapons are no longer changing appearances after entering Defensive Stance."
  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now reduces damage taken by 20% (down from 25%).
  • MoP Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now has a 1.5-second cooldown (down from 3 seconds).
  • MoP Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now decreases damage taken by 25%, up from 15%.
  • MoP Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now reduces damage by 15% (was 25%).
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Damage reduction increased from 10% to 25%. Now also generates 1 Rage per 3 sec while in combat.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Threat generated has been increased to 500% damage done, up from 300%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now increases threat by 200% and damage taken by 10%. Available at level 10 for 6s 46c.
  • WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Now reduces damage caused by 5%. (Was 10%.)
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now increases threat by 45%.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.1.1 (2004-11-17): Defensive Stance has been improved to hold aggro more effectively.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Now reduces damage taken and damage caused instead of increasing Defense skill.

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