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|name=Backstab
 
|name=Backstab
 
|image=Ability_BackStab.png
 
|image=Ability_BackStab.png
|description=Backstab the target, causing 150% weapon damage plus X to the target. Must be behind the target. Requires a dagger in the main hand. Awards 1 Combo point.
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|description=Backstab the target, causing 275% weapon damage plus X to the target. Must be behind the target. Requires a dagger in the main hand. Awards 1 combo point.
|class=Rogue
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|class=[[Rogue]]
 
|type=Offensive
 
|type=Offensive
|school=Physical
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|school=[[Physical]]
|target=Enemy target
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|cost=35 [[Energy]]
|cost=60 Energy
 
 
|range=Melee
 
|range=Melee
 
|cast_time=Instant
 
|cast_time=Instant
|talented=No
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|cooldown=
|improvement=[[#Related_Talents|See below]]
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|gcd=1 sec
|ranks=12
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|requirements=Requires Daggers
|requirements=[[Dagger]] in [[Main hand]], must be behind the enemy
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|level=40
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|specialization=Subtlety
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|tcg=BackstabTCG.jpg
 
}}</onlyinclude>
 
}}</onlyinclude>
 
{{AbilityFlavor|In the war between the [[Horde]] and the [[Alliance]], grudges are taken to the hilt.|TCG Heroes of Azeroth|91}}
 
{{AbilityFlavor|In the war between the [[Horde]] and the [[Alliance]], grudges are taken to the hilt.|TCG Heroes of Azeroth|91}}
   
'''Backstab''' is a hard-hitting move that is performed from behind your enemy. The damage dealt is equal to 1.5 times your normal attack damage plus a flat amount of damage that varies dependent on [[Backstab#Rank table|rank]]. It only works with a [[dagger]] in the main hand.
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'''Backstab''' is a [[rogue]] ability learned at level 40 for those with the Subtlety specialization. It is a hard-hitting move that is performed from behind the enemy. It deals 275% weapon damage plus an additional amount while awarding a single [[combo point]]. It only works with a [[dagger]] in the main hand.
   
==Rank table==
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== Tips ==
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*When soloing, use {{ability|Gouge}} to move behind the [[mob]] and then Backstab. This earns two [[Combo point]]s off the bat! At higher levels it also combines well with {{ability|Cheap Shot}} and {{ability|Kidney Shot}}.
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! Rank !! Bonus Damage !! Level !! Cost
 
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| 1
 
| 15 || 4 || {{cost||1}}
 
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| 2
 
| 30 || 12 || {{cost||8}}
 
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| 3
 
| 48 || 20 || {{cost||30}}
 
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| 4
 
| 69 || 28 || {{cost||80}}
 
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| 5
 
| 90 || 36 || {{cost|1|60}}
 
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| 6
 
| 135 || 44 || {{cost|2|90}}
 
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| 7
 
| 165 || 52 || {{cost|4|60}}
 
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| 8
 
| 210 || 60 || {{cost|5|40}}
 
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| 9
 
| 225 || 60 || {{cost|7|20}}
 
|-
 
| 10 {{bc-inline}}
 
| 255 || 68 || {{cost|11|}}
 
|-
 
| 11 {{wotlk-inline}}
 
| 382.5 || 74 || {{cost|30}}
 
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| 12 {{wotlk-inline}}
 
| 465 || 80 || {{cost|30}}
 
|}
 
 
==Notes==
 
Backstab is a great skill for dealing big damage, but you must be behind the [[mob]] to use it. It is also good when used in combination with [[Seal Fate]], as Backstab has a high crit rate when improved via talents.
 
 
===Limitations===
 
*High energy cost
 
*You must be behind and facing your target
 
*Only available when a dagger is equipped in the main hand
 
 
===Damage calculation formula===
 
The basic Backstab damage formula:
 
[[Opportunity]] = 1 + 0.1 * Opportunity Rank
 
[[Lethality]] = 1 + 0.06 * Lethality Rank
 
[[Surprise Attacks]] = 1 + 0.10 * Surprise Attacks Rank
 
[[Aggression]] = 1 + 0.03 * Aggression Rank
 
[[Blade Twisting]] = 1 + .05 * Blade Twisting Rank
 
Modifier = Attack Power / 14 * 1.7
 
 
Normal hit = ((Weapon Damage + Modifier) * 1.5 + X) * Opportunity * Surprise Attacks * Aggression * Blade Twisting
 
Critical hit = Normal hit * 2 * Lethality)
 
 
So a typical example:
 
lvl 68 combat daggers rogue with a dagger averaging 106 average weapon damage, 1120 attack power, 2 ranks of [[Opportunity]], the one rank of [[Surprise Attacks]] and 2 ranks in [[Lethality]]:
 
[[Opportunity]] = 1.2
 
[[Lethality]] = 1.12
 
[[Surprise Attacks]] = 1.1
 
[[Aggression]] = 1
 
[[Blade Twisting]] = 1
 
Modifier = 136
 
 
Normal Hit = ((106 + 136) * 1.5 + 255) * 1.2 * 1.1 * 1 * 1 = 815.76 average damage
 
Critical Hit = 815.76 * 2 * 1.12 = 1827.3 average damage
 
 
==Improvements==
 
*[[Puncturing Wounds]] increases the critical strike chance of your Backstab by 10/20/30%.
 
*[[Remorseless Attacks]] will give your next Backstab a 20/40% increased chance to crit after killing an opponent that yields honor or experience. The improved crit chance lasts for 20 seconds.
 
*[[Opportunity]] increases the total damage of your Backstab by 10/20%.
 
*[[Lethality]] increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Backstab by 6/12/18/24/30%.
 
*[[Blade Twisting]] increases the total damage of your Backstab by 5/10%.
 
*[[Surprise Attacks]] increases the total damage of your Backstab by 10%.
 
*[[Aggression]] increases the damage of your Backstab ability by 3/6/9/12/15%.
 
*[[Dirty Deeds]] increases the damage of your Backstab ability by 10/20% against targets with less than 35% health
 
*[[Sinister Calling]] increases the percentage damage bonus of your Backstab ability by 1/2/3/4/5%.
 
 
At full rank of Opportunity, Blade Twisting, Surprise Attacks, Aggression and Sinister Calling, Backstab does 262.9% weapon damage.
 
 
==Tips and tactics==
 
*When soloing, use [[Gouge]] to move behind the [[mob]] and then Backstab. This earns two [[Combo point]]s off the bat! At higher levels it also combines well with [[Cheap Shot]] and [[Kidney Shot]].
 
 
*[[Humanoid]] mobs will often attempt to flee when they are low on health. When a mob does so, it will also often turn its back to you and keep running even though you are behind it, giving you the chance to perform multiple backstabs before the mob decides to fight you again.
 
*[[Humanoid]] mobs will often attempt to flee when they are low on health. When a mob does so, it will also often turn its back to you and keep running even though you are behind it, giving you the chance to perform multiple backstabs before the mob decides to fight you again.
*If you want to use the [[Gouge]]-Backstab combo in the middle of a fight, be sure that your [[energy]] is full. Combined they use more [[energy]] than you have (unless you have [[Vigor]]). If you start the combo with less than 100 [[energy]], you'll have to wait to regenerate some more. By that time the effect of [[Gouge]] will have worn off.
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*When grouped, you can get at a mob's back fairly easily. However, if you backstab whenever you can, you are likely to gain [[aggro]], so use with some care. Consider using {{ability|Feint}} or {{ability|Vanish}} to keep your [[threat]] level down.
** With the standard [[energy]] regeneration rate of 10 per second, it is viable to [[Gouge]]-backstab starting with ~70 [[energy]]. The 4 second duration of standard [[Gouge]] should give ample time to get into position and regenerate the minimal 60 [[energy]] required for backstab. Though this may be technically possible starting with 65 [[energy]], taking into consideration latency and user reaction, 70 is a safe bet. Note this starting energy requirement is reduced with [[Improved Gouge]] or talents improving regeneration rate.
 
*When grouped, you can get at a mob's back fairly easily. However, if you backstab whenever you can, you are likely to gain [[aggro]], so use with some care. Consider using [[Feint]] or [[Vanish]] to keep your [[Threat]] level down.
 
 
*In [[PvP]], a common method of moving behind another character is to jump forward through them, hold your right mouse button and rotate in mid-air to complete a 180 degree turn. You will land right behind and facing your opponent ready to follow up with a quick backstab!
 
*In [[PvP]], a common method of moving behind another character is to jump forward through them, hold your right mouse button and rotate in mid-air to complete a 180 degree turn. You will land right behind and facing your opponent ready to follow up with a quick backstab!
   
==References==
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== References ==
 
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==Patch changes==
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== Patch changes ==
 
* {{Patch 1.8.0|note=Now uses normalized attack power.}}
 
* {{Patch 1.8.0|note=Now uses normalized attack power.}}
 
* {{Patch 1.4.0|note=Backstab now properly increases the attack power contribution by the percent modifier.}}
 
* {{Patch 1.4.0|note=Backstab now properly increases the attack power contribution by the percent modifier.}}
 
* {{Patch 1.2.0|note=Backstab will automatically target the nearest enemy if no target is selected.}}
 
* {{Patch 1.2.0|note=Backstab will automatically target the nearest enemy if no target is selected.}}
   
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Revision as of 05:45, January 13, 2013

Backstab
Ability backstab
  • Backstab
  • Melee   range
  • 35 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires Daggers
  • Backstab the target, causing 275% weapon damage plus X to the target. Must be behind the target. Requires a dagger in the main hand. Awards 1 combo point.
Usable by
ClassRogue
Properties
TypeOffensive
SchoolPhysical
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Talents
SpecializationSubtlety
Level required40
Other information
RequirementsRequires Daggers
TCG image
In the war between the Horde and the Alliance, grudges are taken to the hilt.[1]

Backstab is a rogue ability learned at level 40 for those with the Subtlety specialization. It is a hard-hitting move that is performed from behind the enemy. It deals 275% weapon damage plus an additional amount while awarding a single combo point. It only works with a dagger in the main hand.

Tips

  • When soloing, use [Gouge] to move behind the mob and then Backstab. This earns two Combo points off the bat! At higher levels it also combines well with [Cheap Shot] and [Kidney Shot].
  • Humanoid mobs will often attempt to flee when they are low on health. When a mob does so, it will also often turn its back to you and keep running even though you are behind it, giving you the chance to perform multiple backstabs before the mob decides to fight you again.
  • When grouped, you can get at a mob's back fairly easily. However, if you backstab whenever you can, you are likely to gain aggro, so use with some care. Consider using [Feint] or [Vanish] to keep your threat level down.
  • In PvP, a common method of moving behind another character is to jump forward through them, hold your right mouse button and rotate in mid-air to complete a 180 degree turn. You will land right behind and facing your opponent ready to follow up with a quick backstab!

References

Patch changes

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Now uses normalized attack power.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Backstab now properly increases the attack power contribution by the percent modifier.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.2.0 (18-Dec-2004): Backstab will automatically target the nearest enemy if no target is selected.

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