Classic Warrior Tank Spell Summary

Last updated on Jan 28, 2021 at 17:27 by Seksixeny 37 comments

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Warrior Tank in WoW Classic.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Protection Warrior spells.



This page will list the relevant skills for a Warrior tank and explain what they do. It is recommended that you read through this page in order to have a basis for the various topics that are discussed throughout the rest of this guide.


Stances for Warrior Tanks

Warriors are always in one of three stances:

  • Battle Stance Icon Battle Stance is the starting stance of your character and is mostly used to Charge Icon Charge into enemies before combat begins or for the occasional Mocking Blow Icon Mocking Blow.
  • Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance is your primary stance as a tanking Warrior. It is obtained through a trainer quest at Level 10, and increases your threat generated, while reducing both your damage dealt and taken.
  • Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance is obtained through another trainer quest, this time at Level 30, and increases your critical strike at the cost of increased damage taken. You will mostly use it to quickly activate Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage, following it up with a swap back to Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance.

Core Rotational Abilities for Warrior Tanks

Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam deals Physical damage to a single-target, modified by your block value. It causes high threat, and also has a 50% chance of dispelling one magic effect.

Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor reduces the armor of one enemy and stacks up to 5 times. Although it deals no damage itself, it causes a high amount of threat when used.

Revenge Icon Revenge (requires Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance) deals Physical damage to an enemy and a heavy amount of threat, but it can only be cast after you block, dodge or parry.

Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike replaces your next auto-attack, causing it to grant no Rage, deal extra damage, cause extra threat, and gain "special attack" properties. This mostly means it will have an increased chance to hit and ignore glancing blow mechanics. Use it to dump excess Rage.

Cleave Icon Cleave also replaces your next auto-attack, but it also hits an additional target. This makes it useful for Rage dumping on AoE situations, but you should be careful as, unlike Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Cleave does not cause extra threat.

Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout reduces the attack power of nearby enemies and causes a small amount of threat on them. You will typically use this to gain initial AoE threat on packs of enemies.

Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap (requires Battle Stance Icon Battle Stance) deals minor damage to up to 4 enemies around you, and reduces their attack speed by 10%. Due to its high Rage cost and stance requirements (which, in turn, makes its threat generation low), it is a skill usually left for the most powerful of enemies.


Baseline Passives for Warrior Tanks

Dodge Icon Dodge allows you to avoid a melee attack, as long as you are facing the enemy when he is attacking.

Parry Icon Parry also causes you to avoid a melee attack if you are facing the enemy. Unlike dodge, however, parrying makes your next auto-attack happen faster.

Block Icon Block allows you to use a shield to block incoming attacks, reducing their damage by an amount that depends on your block value.


Mitigation Skills for Warrior Tanks

Shield Block Icon Shield Block (requires Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance) is not on the global cooldown, allowing you to use it at any time, provided it is ready and you have enough Rage. It increases your block chance massively and can be kept up with 100% uptime against slow hitting bosses, once you talent into Improved Shield Block Icon Improved Shield Block. If you are playing defensively, having the best uptime possible on this skill is of paramount importance, as you will be impossible to be hit with a critical hit or crushing blow during its effect.


Cooldowns for Warrior Tanks


Defensive Cooldowns

Last Stand Icon Last Stand increases your maximum health by 30% for 20 seconds, with a cooldown of 10 minutes. Use it to survive through enrage phases, or as an emergency button.

Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall (requires Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance) reduces all damage taken by 75% for 10 seconds. Essentially, it works as a stronger, less often available, Last Stand. It shares a 30-minute cooldown with Retaliation Icon Retaliation and Recklessness Icon Recklessness.


Offensive Cooldowns

Taunt Icon Taunt (requires Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance) forces a target to attack you for a short duration, on a cooldown of 10 seconds, and raises your threat on the target to the amount the person currently holding aggro has.

Challenging Shout Icon Challenging Shout causes all nearby targets to focus on you for 6 seconds, effectively working as an area of effect Taunt Icon Taunt with the same properties. It has a cooldown of 10 minutes and a Rage cost of 5, however.

Mocking Blow Icon Mocking Blow (requires Battle Stance Icon Battle Stance) also forces a target to attack you, but unlike Taunt Icon Taunt, it will not raise your threat level on the enemy, so keep in mind you will have to Taunt once its effect expires, should you want to continue having the enemy's attention. It has a much higher cooldown of 2 minutes.

Bloodrage Icon Bloodrage causes you to gain Rage, at the cost of health, and places you in combat for its 10-second duration.

Retaliation Icon Retaliation (requires Battle Stance Icon Battle Stance) causes you to retaliate against enemy melee attacks for 15 seconds, as long as you are facing the enemies. It shares a 30-minute cooldown with Recklessness Icon Recklessness and Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall.

Recklessness Icon Recklessness (requires Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance) makes you immune to fear and ensures most attacks are critical hits for its 15-second duration, but it also increases your damage taken by 20% and shares a 30-minute cooldown with Retaliation Icon Retaliation and Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall.


Movement Abilities for Warrior Tanks

Charge Icon Charge (requires Battle Stance Icon Battle Stance) makes you sprint towards an enemy, stunning it briefly. It also generates some Rage when used.

Intercept Icon Intercept (requires Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance) also makes you sprint towards an enemy, but instead of generating Rage, it costs 10 to use. It stuns for 3 seconds, however, making it great for intercepting enemies you lost aggro on.


Crowd Control Abilities for Warrior Tanks

Concussion Blow Icon Concussion Blow stuns an enemy for 5 seconds, with a cooldown of 45 seconds. Use it to temporarily disable enemies you are not building threat on, or as a damage mitigation tool.

Disarm Icon Disarm (requires Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance) removes the weapon from the enemy you use it on for 10 seconds. This diminishes their damage and stops the use of abilities that require weapons.

Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout causes a target enemy to cower in fear and 5 additional enemies to flee. While it can, technically, be used to gain breathing room in emergencies, be careful of the fleeing enemies coming back with additional mobs.

Piercing Howl Icon Piercing Howl slows all nearby enemies by 50% for 6 seconds. Use it to avoid melee attacks in a pinch or to stop enemies from running away.

Hamstring Icon Hamstring (requires Battle Stance Icon Battle Stance or Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance) allows you to slow enemies by a significant amount for 15 seconds.


Group Buffs from Warrior Tanks

Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout increases the melee attack power of the party by a fixed amount for a long duration. It also causes a small amount of threat, multiplied by all party members hit, but divided by all enemies present, which can make it a decent AoE threat generator.


Utility Abilities for Warrior Tanks

Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage (requires Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance) removes and grants immunity to fear and incapacitate effects for 10 seconds, on a 30-second cooldown. You will need to use this against bosses that fear, if Fear Ward Icon Fear Ward is not an option.

Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash (requires Battle Stance Icon Battle Stance or Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance) deals a minor amount of damage and interrupts the target, locking the interrupted spell school for 6 seconds, on a 12-second cooldown. Use it to avoid dangerous casts from spell caster enemies or to make them able to be moved while spell locked.

Pummel Icon Pummel (requires Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance) also interrupts and locks a spell school, this time for 4 seconds, on a 10-second cooldown.



  • 28 Jan. 2021: Minor text change.
  • 04 Jun. 2020: Added Challenging Shout.
  • 12 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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