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  • Recklessness
  • Level 62 warrior ability
  • 5 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Grants your special attacks an additional 30% chance to critically hit. Lasts 12 sec.
Usable by



5 minutes

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Level learned


Related buff
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  • Recklessness
  • Critical chance of special attacks increased by 30%.
  • Duration: 12 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 50%. It lasts 12 seconds and has a 5 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

  • MoP Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Chance reduced from 50% to 30%.
  • MoP 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].
  • WotLK 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.


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