Garrosh Talents

Last updated on May 05, 2021 at 09:00 by Elitesparkle 25 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Garrosh. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Garrosh's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.

1.

Garrosh's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Warbreaker Unrivaled Strength ? Body Check ?
4 In For the Kill ? Thirst for Battle ? Indomitable
7 Intimidation ? Oppressor ? Into the Fray
10 Warlord's Challenge Decimate ?
13 Defensive Measures Bloodcraze ? Double Up ?
16 Mortal Combo ? Earthshaker Seasoned Soldier ?
20 Death Wish ? Deadly Calm ? Titanic Might Inner Rage ?
2.

Garrosh's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Groundbreaker Build

Recommended
Level 1 Warbreaker Icon
Level 4 Indomitable Icon
Level 7 Into the Fray Icon
Level 10 Warlord's Challenge Icon
Level 13 Defensive Measures Icon
Level 16 Earthshaker Icon
Level 20 Titanic Might Icon

Garrosh's Groundbreaker Build gives him more survivability in the form of Shields when hitting enemy Heroes with Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker.

In particular, Garrosh becomes more durable thanks to the synergy between the cooldown reduction on Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker by Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker at Level 1 and the Shield generation by Defensive Measures Icon Defensive Measures at Level 16.

Earthshaker Icon Earthshaker further increases Garrosh's already good crowd control by giving him another tool to interrupt enemy Heroes.

Wrecking Ball Build

Situational
Level 1 Unrivaled Strength Icon
Level 4 Indomitable Icon
Level 7 Into the Fray Icon
Level 10 Warlord's Challenge Icon
Level 13 Defensive Measures Icon
Level 16 Mortal Combo Icon
Level 20 Titanic Might Icon

Garrosh's Wrecking Ball Build gives him more damage in the late game when catching multiple Heroes with Wrecking Ball Icon Wrecking Ball.

The bonus damage comes from the combination of Unrivaled Strength Icon Unrivaled Strength at Level 1 and Mortal Combo Icon Mortal Combo at Level 16, however, you also need Titanic Might Icon Titanic Might at Level 20 to have access to this combo: throw at least 2 enemy Heroes with Wrecking Ball Icon Wrecking Ball, use Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker on them, and then throw them on the stop two more times.

Bloodthirst Build

Beginner
Level 1 Body Check Icon Unrivaled Strength Icon ?
Level 4 Thirst for Battle Icon
Level 7 Oppressor  Icon
Level 10 Decimate Icon
Level 13 Bloodcraze Icon
Level 16 Seasoned Soldier Icon
Level 20 Deadly Calm Icon

Garrosh's Bloodthirst Build gives him more survivability while also reducing the damage and healing done by enemy Heroes, allowing him to easily out-trade the enemy team.

The survivability comes in the form of healing when hitting enemy Heroes with Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst empowered with multiple Talents, including Seasoned Soldier Icon Seasoned Soldier at Level 16 that increases your maximum Health as well.

The damage reduction, which will help your whole team to survive for longer, comes from Oppressor  Icon Oppressor at Level 7 and Deadly Calm Icon Deadly Calm at Level 20.

The healing reduction comes from Body Check Icon Body Check at Level 1 and, in some situations, even from Oppressor  Icon Oppressor at Level 7.

Unrivaled Strength Icon Unrivaled Strength at Level 1 may be useful when your team has another Tank and you, being the Solo Laner, need more waveclear.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Garrosh

Garrosh Warbreaker
Warbreaker (Level 1) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Quest: Stun Heroes with Groundbreaker.

Reward: After Stunning 5 Heroes, Groundbreaker's Stun deals an additional 165 (+4% per level) damage over 3 seconds to Heroes.

Reward: After Stunning 15 Heroes, permanently reduce Groundbreaker's cooldown by 2 seconds.

Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker is a strong Quest-based Talent that provides bonus damage and  cooldown reduction to Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker, something that makes it a solid choice to empower Garrosh's survivability in combination with Defensive Measures Icon Defensive Measures at Level 13. Contrary to most Quests, the bonus damage is scaling with Team Level.

Garrosh Unrivaled Strength ?
Unrivaled Strength (Level 1) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Increase Wrecking Ball's throw range by 25% and its damage by 125%.

Unrivaled Strength Icon Unrivaled Strength is a good Talent that slightly increases how far the target will be thrown by Wrecking Ball Icon Wrecking Ball while also increasing the damage done to them by a solid amount, about 50% more than Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker after Quest completion and about the same as Body Check Icon Body Check.

You can combine this Talent with Mortal Combo Icon Mortal Combo at Level 16 and Titanic Might Icon Titanic Might at Level 20 to boost your damage in the late game.

Garrosh Body Check ?
Body Check (Level 1) World of Warcraft Garrosh
  • Cooldown: 15 seconds

Activate to deal 111 (+4% per level) damage to a target enemy and Slow them by 35% for 3 seconds. Enemy Heroes hit receive 30% reduced healing for 3 seconds.

Body Check Icon Body Check is a situational Active-based Talent that can be used to counter high amount of burst healing in the enemy team (for example against Whitemane). Body Check also applies a Slow and deals a decent amount of damage, about 50% less than Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker after Quest completion and about the same as Unrivaled Strength Icon Unrivaled Strength.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Garrosh

Garrosh In For the Kill ?
In For the Kill (Level 4) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Increase Bloodthirst's damage against non-Heroes by 70%. Killing enemies with Bloodthirst resets its cooldown and refunds its Mana cost.

In For the Kill Icon In For the Kill is a decent Talent that empowers Garrosh's ability to clear enemies who have low maximum Health (like Minions or Skeletal Defenders on Infernal Shrines).

You should not take this Talent when playing Garrosh as Tank, as you are not supposed to be busy clearing Minions for multiple seconds, however, it may be useful while playing Garrosh as Bruiser.

Garrosh Thirst for Battle ?
Thirst for Battle (Level 4) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Bloodthirst by 2 seconds.

Thirst for Battle Icon Thirst for Battle is a good Talent that reduces the cooldown of Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst when hitting enemy Heroes with Basic Attacks.

The reduced cooldown of Bloodthirst will slightly increase your damage output and survivability, especially if combined with Bloodcraze Icon Bloodcraze at Level 13 and Seasoned Soldier Icon Seasoned Soldier at Level 16.

Garrosh Indomitable
Indomitable (Level 4) World of Warcraft Garrosh
  • Cooldown: 40 seconds

Activate to become Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds.

Indomitable Icon Indomitable is a strong Talent that gives yourself Unstoppable for 1.5 seconds on a relatively short cooldown, something that is extremely good for playing around kite when you want to engage.

Active it when you expect a Stun or Silence to hit you because you cannot self-remove them with it or use it when you are already affected by a Root or Slow because they do not stop you from casting Abilities.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Garrosh

Garrosh Intimidation ?
Intimidation (Level 7) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Groundbreaker reduces the Attack Speed of Heroes hit by 40% for 4 seconds.

Intimidation Icon Intimidation is a situational Talent that allows you to reduce the Attack Speed of enemy Heroes hit with either the inner or outer area of Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker, so it does not matter if you do not Stun them in the process.

Consider picking this Talent only when you do not need Into the Fray Icon Into the Fray to save allied Heroes from crowd control effects.

Garrosh Oppressor ?
Oppressor (Level 7) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the target's Spell Power by 40% for 2.5 seconds.

Oppressor  Icon Oppressor is a good Talent that makes your Basic Attacks apply a debuff to enemy Heroes that reduces both the damage and healing done with their Abilities.

Consider picking this Talent only when you do not need Into the Fray Icon Into the Fray to save allied Heroes from crowd control effects.

Garrosh Into the Fray
Into the Fray (Level 7) World of Warcraft Garrosh
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate to throw a nearby ally and grant them 25 Armor for 3 seconds. Deals 91 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies upon impact and Slows them by 30% for 2.5 seconds.

While in flight, allied Heroes are Unstoppable.

Into the Fray Icon Into the Fray is a strong repositioning tool that works exactly like Wrecking Ball Icon Wrecking Ball but with an allied target. You can use it both offensively to help a strong frontline allied Hero engage or defensively to peel a vulnerable teammate away from a threatening enemy. While in the air, the targeted allied Hero is Unstoppable (for example Temporal Loop Icon Temporal Loop gets countered by it, if timed correctly).

6.

Level 10 Talents for Garrosh

Garrosh Warlord's Challenge
Warlord's Challenge (Level 10) World of Warcraft Garrosh
  • Mana: 40
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Silence nearby Heroes and force them to attack Garrosh for 2 seconds.

The first of Garrosh's Heroic Ability options, Warlord's Challenge Icon Warlord's Challenge is a very strong source of AoE crowd control. Once cast, all enemies caught within a small radius around Garrosh will become silenced and forced to attack Garrosh for a 2-second duration.

Due to his lack of mobility or gap-closer, Garrosh will likely have to rely on a well placed Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker in order move in close enough to successfully cast Warlord's Challenge.

Garrosh Decimate ?
Decimate (Level 10) World of Warcraft Garrosh
  • Mana: 25
  • Charges: 3
  • Recharge Time: 8 seconds

Deal 50 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies and Slow them by 40% for 1.5 seconds. Deals 100% more damage to Heroes, and each Hero hit reduces the cooldown by 1 second.

Stores up to 3 charges.

Decimate Icon Decimate, Garrosh's second Heroic Ability option, focuses more on sustained AoE damage. Unfortunately, this is not what Garrosh usually needs to provide, as his strengths lie in locking enemy Heroes down and isolating them in order for his team to gain a tactical advantage. Decimate does not contribute to either of these strengths. That said, Decimate can be useful when playing Garrosh as Bruiser, so when your team has another Tank.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Garrosh

Garrosh Defensive Measures
Defensive Measures (Level 13) World of Warcraft Garrosh

If Groundbreaker Stuns a Hero, Garrosh gains a 350 (+4% per level) Shield for 6 seconds.

Defensive Measures Icon Defensive Measures is a strong Talent that protects Garrosh with a Shield when hitting enemy Heroes with the outer area of Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker, so you need to Stun them to make it work.

The bonus Shield provided allows Garrosh to become an even stronger frontline Hero and makes him even harder to burst down.

Defensive Measures Icon Defensive Measures synergizes with Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker at Level 1 because the small cooldown reduction it provides to Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker increases the uptime potential of the bonus Shield.

Shields are amplified by the damage mitigation provided by Armor Up Icon Armor Up, meaning that Defensive Measures Icon Defensive Measures will be more effective while Garrosh has low Health.

Garrosh Bloodcraze ?
Bloodcraze (Level 13) World of Warcraft Garrosh

When hitting a Hero, Bloodthirst heals for an additional 15% of Garrosh's maximum Health over 3 seconds.

Bloodcraze Icon Bloodcraze is a good Talent that tends to be outclassed by Defensive Measures Icon Defensive Measures as a defensive Level 13 Talent option. However, Bloodcraze is still considered situational as it may be advantageous to Garrosh against highly mobile melee targets who are difficult to knock-up with casts of Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker (such as Illidan). Rather than losing out completely on the benefits of Defensive Measures by not being able to Stun an enemy Hero with Groundbreaker, Garrosh may still receive the additional passive Healing granted by his targeted Basic Ability Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst.

Garrosh Double Up ?
Double Up (Level 13) World of Warcraft Garrosh
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Armor Up can be activated to increase its Armor bonus by 100% for 3 seconds.

Double Up Icon Double Up is a situational Talent that increases the damage mitigation provided by Armor Up Icon Armor Up.

The 100% bonus Armor can come in clutch, preventing Garrosh from being taken down especially if he finds himself under heavy fire without the immediate assistance of his team. Remember that Armor cannot go above or below 75. As a consequence, this Talent will give its maximum value when Garrosh has about 30% maximum Health or less.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Garrosh

Garrosh Mortal Combo ?
Mortal Combo (Level 16) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Hitting a Hero with Groundbreaker's Stun and throwing them with Wrecking Ball within 3 seconds reduces Wrecking Ball's cooldown by 10 seconds, regardless of order.

Mortal Combo Icon Mortal Combo is a decent Talent that can set up some ridiculously crippling crowd-control combos.

Throwing an enemy Hero with Wrecking Ball Icon Wrecking Ball after Stunning them with Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker will result in the two Abilities being ready to use again at around the same time, allowing you to reposition enemy Heroes every 8 seconds—6 seconds with Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker at Level 1—while fighting.

Combine it with Titanic Might Icon Titanic Might at Level 20 and, when catching two Heroes with Wrecking Ball Icon Wrecking Ball and hitting them with Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker right after, you will be able to throw them on the spot two more times. Unrivaled Strength Icon Unrivaled Strength at Level 1 increases the damage done this way.

Garrosh Earthshaker
Earthshaker (Level 16) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Wrecking Ball Stuns enemies near the impact area for 0.5 seconds.

Earthshaker Icon Earthshaker is a strong Talent that will cause whatever enemy Hero Garrosh throws with Wrecking Ball Icon Wrecking Ball to be Stunned upon their landing.

You can also throw an enemy towards an enemy Hero to use this Talent as a ranged Stun, useful to interrupt enemies attempting to channel a powerful Ability (for example Holy Word: Salvation Icon Holy Word: Salvation by Anduin) or to catch enemy Heroes who are trying to flee.

Garrosh Seasoned Soldier ?
Seasoned Soldier (Level 16) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Gain 5% maximum Health, increase Groundbreaker's Slow duration by 1 second, and Bloodthirst gains an additional charge.

Seasoned Soldier Icon Seasoned Soldier is a good Talent that passively increases Garrosh's maximum Health by 103 (increasing with level), boosts the Slow duration of Groundbreaker Icon Groundbreaker from 2 to 3 seconds, and provides an additional Charge of Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst.

While the first and second effects are not that impactful, the third effect is a huge boost to Garrosh's survivability. You can empower this Talent by combining it with Thirst for Battle Icon Thirst for Battle at Level 4 and Bloodcraze Icon Bloodcraze at Level 13.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Garrosh

Garrosh Death Wish ?
Death Wish (Level 20) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Increase the duration of Warlord's Challenge by 0.5 seconds. If an enemy Hero is killed while Taunted by Warlord's Challenge, its cooldown is reduced by 45 seconds.

Death Wish Icon Death Wish is a good Talent that allows Garrosh to reset the cooldown of Warlord's Challenge Icon Warlord's Challenge after taking down an enemy Hero while also increasing the Taunt duration from 2 to 2.5 seconds.

Garrosh Deadly Calm ?
Deadly Calm (Level 20) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Heroes hit by Decimate deal 40% less damage for 3 seconds.

Deadly Calm Icon Deadly Calm is a strong Talent that almost halves the damage done by enemy Heroes hit by Decimate Icon Decimate for a few seconds.

The fact that Decimate has multiple charges and a cooldown reduction component allows you to potentially keep the debuff active for a dozen of seconds on multiple enemy Heroes within range.

Avoid using multiple Charges on the same enemy Heroes in quick succession because the second damage reduction effect will not stack with the first one, but only refresh its duration.

Garrosh Titanic Might
Titanic Might (Level 20) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Wrecking Ball now throws the 2 closest enemies.

Titanic Might Icon Titanic Might is a strong Talent that doubles the power of Wrecking Ball Icon Wrecking Ball, especially if your team has access to burst damage to follow up on your engage. Throwing two enemy Heroes means you will easily be able to hit both of them with Warlord's Challenge Icon Warlord's Challenge.

Garrosh Inner Rage ?
Inner Rage (Level 20) World of Warcraft Garrosh

Body Check gains an additional charge and its healing reduction is increased by an additional 45%.

Inner Rage Icon Inner Rage is a decent Talent that increases the value of Body Check Icon Body Check by adding a second Charge and empowering the healing reduction component. For obvious reasons, this Talent can only be picked if Body Check Icon Body Check was chosen at Level 1.

Avoid using both Charges on the same enemy Hero in quick succession because the second healing reduction effect will not stack with the first one, but only refresh its duration.

Pick this Talent only if you desperately need healing reduction effects to get kills, so when the enemy team has multiple Healers and your team lacks damage.

10.

Changelog

  • 05 May 2021: Bloodthirst Build's Description improved.
  • 24 Apr. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 27 Feb. 2021: Build Tags updated.
  • 25 Feb. 2021: New layout.
  • 16 Feb. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 24 Oct. 2020: Builds updated.
  • 16 Jul. 2020: Builds and Descriptions changed according to the latest Balance Update.
  • 11 Apr. 2020: Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 10 Jun. 2019: Revised the Garrosh guide and fixed minor issues. The guide is, overall, up-to-date.
  • 25 May 2019: Updated Garrosh's talents and builds due to a major overhaul of the guide.
  • 24 Dec. 2017: Talents page updated to reflect the Dec. 20 balance patch notes, particularly the Groundbreaker Ability changes.
  • 17 Oct. 2017: The increased duration of Warlord's Challenge by the Level 20 Talent Death Wish has been removed.
  • 01 Sep. 2017: Full Descriptions have been added to Talent page.
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