Cold Blood
Spell ice lament
  • Cold Blood
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • When activated, increases the critical strike chance of your next offensive ability by 100%.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown3 min
Talent treeAssassination
Other information
Related buff
Spell ice lament
  • Cold Blood
  • Critical strike chance of your next offensive ability increased by 100%.

Cold Blood is available as a talent in the Assassination tree. It increases the critical strike chance of the next offensive ability by 100%.


  • "Next instant special attack" may be a more accurate way to reflect the abilities that Cold Blood will modify than "next offensive ability." For instance, Cold Blood will NOT affect damage-over-time attacks like Garrote or Rupture, even with the 4-piece Tier 8 armor bonus which allows Rupture ticks to be crits.
  • It is still possible for the Cold Blood-modified attack to be dodged, parried, blocked, or miss, due to the table-based attack resolution system that WoW uses; in this situation the Cold Blood buff (along with the 100% crit modifier) will not be lost, and will still apply to the next special attack.
  • This ability is overridden by a Holy-spec Priest's Blessed Resilience.
  • Like all "on next attack" abilities, Cold Blood does NOT activate the global cooldown, and can thus be bound to a macro with another ability.
  • As should be obvious Cold Blood is best used with a high damage ability, such as a five-Combo point, five-Deadly Poison stack Envenom, a five-Combo point Eviscerate, or Ambush.
  • While Cold Blood is active, the Rogue's right hand will have a blue aura emitting snow crystals around it.

Patch changesEdit

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): The UI now properly shows that Preparation does not clear a Cold Blood setup.
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