Rune Strike

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Rune Strike
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  • Rune Strike
  • Level 56 death knight talent ability
  • Melee range
  • 1 min cooldown
  • sec cast
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • Strike the target for 160% weapon damage. Cooldown reduced by 1 sec for each rune you spend.
Usable by



1 min

Other information
Level learned


Rune Strike is a Blood death knight talent, available at level 56. This ability generates 1 rune and has 2 charges.

Tips and tricks

  • When tanking a group of mobs, make sure to switch target frequently so that not all of your Rune Strikes hit the same target. Switching to a new target after landing a Rune Strike will help you build more threat on all of the mobs. Most of the time your Death and Decay will take care of a lot of threat, backed up by [Heart Strike] or maybe [Blood Boil], but sometimes DPS still need more threat than your runes can cover.
  • Rune Strike causes more threat (and outright damage) per point of runic power than [Death Coil], so there is no place for Death Coil in a DK tank rotations, except possibly for a ranged pull.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Re-added with new effects.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Removed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-03-12): "Rune Strike now deals 25% more damage."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a Blood specialization ability. Weapon damage reduced from 180% to 175% and no longer scales with attack power. No longer requires the death knight to have parried or dodged, and no longer causes a high amount of threat.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Rune Strike will not require a dodge or parry to activate as long as the Death Knight is in Blood Presence.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Rune Strike is no longer an "on next swing" ability; the entire next swing mechanic was removed. Instead, it is an instant strike with a global cooldown.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Threat generated by this ability increased by approximately 17%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Damage decreased from 200% to 150% but threat increased to 150% from 100%.

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