Improved Shield Block

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Improved Shield Block
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  • Improved Shield Block (1 rank)
  • Protection, Tier 3
  • Allows your Shield Block ability to block an additional attack and increases the duration by 1 second.
Points required


Talent required

Improved Shield Block extends the [Shield Block] ability to block attacks, reducing the total damage taken by the Warrior.


[Shield Block] normally lasts 5 seconds, or 1 hit (whichever comes first). Improved Shield Block extends this to 6 seconds or 2 hits (whichever comes first). There is only one rank of this talent.


This talent is highly important for an endgame tanking Warrior. According to combat parsing, it's been more or less proven that achieving very high block rates pushes crushing blows off of the combat table. (See [1].) And this talent effectively doubles the number of hits that will be blocked. Spamming [Shield Block] with this talent means that almost all attacks will be misses, dodges, parries, or blocks, except with very low attack speed mobs.

Patch changes

  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now has 2 ranks and reduces cooldown of Shield Block by 5/10 secs. It no longer increases the number of blocks.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.1 (2005-08-02): Fixed a bug where Rank 3 of the talent was not granting the extra block.