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  • Recklessness
  • Level 87 Arms, Fury warrior ability
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires Battle Stance
  • Requires
  • Grants your special attacks an additional 15% chance to critically strike and increases your critical strike damage by 10%. Lasts 10 sec. Using this ability in Defensive Stance activates Battle Stance.
Usable by



3 minutes

Other information
Level learned


Related buff
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  • Recklessness
  • Critical chance of special attacks increased by 15%, and critical strike damage increased by 10%.
  • Duration: 10 seconds
"This is all the defense you could muster?"
—Fillet, Kneecapper Extraordinaire

Recklessness is a warrior self-buff ability that temporarily increases the warrior's critical strike chance with special attacks by 15% and critical strike damage by 10%. It lasts 10 seconds and has a 3 minute cooldown.


  • Recklessness has no global cooldown.
  • Note that even a 100% chance to score a critical hit does not mean that all attacks will hit your enemy, or even be critical hits. An attack made under Recklessness will still have the same chance to result in a miss, dodge, parry, or glancing blow as the same attack made without Recklessness; see the Attack table article.
  • Synergises well with [Sweeping Strikes] and [Enrage].
  • Rage pooling can be used to increase the number of ability uses possible during Recklessness.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now available to only Fury and Arms warriors. Now requires Battle Stance.
    • Now increases critical strike chance by 15% (down from 30%) and increases critical strike damage by 10% (up from 0%).
Icon changed. Previously was Ability criticalstrike.png.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Chance reduced from 50% to 30%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer increases damage taken.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Stance requirement removed. However Recklessness and [Deadly Calm] can no longer be used at the same time. One cannot be used while the other is active, but using one does not put the other on its full cooldown.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now increases special critical strike chance by 50%, down from 100%, but lasts the full 12 seconds instead of allowing only 3 charges.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Now works with [Shockwave], [Concussion Blow], [Heroic Throw] and [Thunder Clap].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Recklessness now increases the critical hit chance of the next 3 special ability attacks by 100%, lasts 12 seconds, cooldown reduced to 5 minutes. It also no longer shares a cooldown timer with [Shield Wall] or [Retaliation].
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): Recklessness will no longer be canceled if you switch stances while the effect is active.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07):
    • Moved to level 50
    • Moved to Berserker Stance
    • Can be cancelled early
    • Now causes the Warrior to take extra damage instead of decreasing armor.
  • Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Now has a percent-based armor reduction, but using it makes you immune to all fear effects for the duration.


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