Ability rogue shadowstrikes
  • Mutilate
  • Melee   range
  • 55 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires Daggers
  • Attack with both weapons, dealing 273% Physical damage with the main-hand and 273% Physical damage with the off-hand. Awards 2 combo point.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Level required10
Other information
RequirementsRequires Daggers
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Mutilate is a rogue ability learned at level 10 for those with the Assassination specialization. It requires two daggers to use and awards two combo points.

Modified by

Ability rogue eviscerate Assassination abilities


  • Mutilate does higher initial damage than even [Backstab].
  • It has a high energy cost.
  • Only available when two daggers are equipped.
  • Because mutilate attacks with both weapons, both attacks have a chance to crit. The crit chance for an additional combo point is 2 x Crit - Crit2.

Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.0 (23-Jun-2015): Mutilate now deals 30% more damage.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Mutilate now deals 280% weapon damage (up from 200%).
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.2.2 (30-August-2011): Incorrectly appears as trainable in spellbook for non-Assassination spec rogues.[1]
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): The tooltip on this ability will now update properly from talents which increase its damage by a percentage. In addition, the damage from this ability can now be blocked.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): Damage will now do 20% increased damage against poisoned targets, down from 50%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): This ability will no longer give poisons on the off-hand weapon two chances to be triggered.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Mutilate (Assassination) no longer requires you be behind the target.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): Mutilate (Assassination) will no longer incorrectly appear multiple times in the combat log when used.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Added a new double-attack animation for Mutilate.; This ability will now always consume the Cold Blood buff when it strikes an opponent.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): Using the rogue ability "Mutilate" when not behind your target will no longer initiate combat.


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