Sinister Strike

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Sinister Strike
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  • Sinister Strike
  • Level 1 rogue ability
  • Melee range
  • 50 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • An instant strike that causes X damage in addition to 240% of your normal weapon damage.
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned

1

Improvements
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Sinister Strike (commonly abbreviated to SS) is a rogue combat ability, which all rogues start with at level 1. It deals normal weapon damage plus extra physical damage which scales with your level. You must have a melee weapon equipped to use the ability, and not be disarmed. Sinister Strike can be used on any mob, in any position, in any combat state, and has no refresh rate beyond its energy requirement. You must be facing your target.

It is recommended that you use a weapon with the highest average damage that you can attain for your main hand when using Sinister Strike, as the damage from Sinister Strike is calculated from a range between your weapon's minimum and maximum damage.

Improvements

Armor

  • The 4 piece bonus of the Bonescythe Armor Set gives you 5 energy for every one of your Sinister Strike critical hits.
  • The 4 piece bonus of the Slayer's Armor Set increases the damage of your Sinister Strike by 6%.

Formulas

The Sinister Strike damage calculation formula:

Aggression = 1 + (0.07/0.14/0.20)
Lethality = 0.10 * Lethality Rank
Modifier = (Attack Power / 14) * Normalized Weapon Speed (for 1h, NWS is 2.4)
Sinister Strike = (Weapon Damage + Modifier + Extra Damage From Sinister Strike) * Aggression
Critical Sinister Strike = Sinister Strike * (2 + Lethality)

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Deals an increased 240% of weapon damage (up from 145%), but now costs 50 Energy (up from 40 Energy).
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Weapon damage increased from 100% to 145%. Energy cost reduced from 45 to 40.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Sinister Strike only awards a Combo Point at level 3, when [Eviscerate] becomes available.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Now uses normalized attack power.

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