Spell deathknight classicon
  • Obliterate
  • Melee   range
  • 1 Unholy, 1 Frost
  • Instant
  • Requires Melee Weapon
  • A brutal attack that deals 237% Physical damage and has a 45% chance to cause your next Howling Blast or Icy Touch to consume no runes.

    Empowered Obliterate (Level 92+)
    Obliterate also increases the damage done by Howling Blast and Icy Touch by 20% when it causes them to cost no runes.
Usable by
ClassDeath knight
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Level required58
Other information
RequirementsRequires Melee Weapon
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My runeblade thirsts for your soul.
- Randolphe Mortimer TCG Scourgewar

Obliterate is a death knight ability learned at level 58 for death knights with the frost specialization. It allows the death knight to deal high damage, while giving a chance for [Howling Blast] and [Icy Touch] to be cast free.

Obliterate is a staple ability in the arsenal of frost death knights. Like a few other death knight abilities, Obliterate uses a percentage of weapon damage, and therefore packs a bigger punch with a 2-handed weapon.

Modified by

Frost specialization

Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.3 (17-Oct-2015): Damage has been increased by 10%.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.0 (23-Jun-2015): Obliterate damage has increased by 20%, but deals only 80% of normal damage against player-controlled targets.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Obliterate now deals 25% more damage on both main and off-hand weapons, but no longer deals additional damage for each disease present on the target.; Obliterate's damage has been increased by 30%.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Obliterate now deals 250% weapon damage (up from 230% weapon damage).
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Updated.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Obliterate base damage has been reduced to 150% weapon damage, down from 160%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): This ability will no longer sometimes fail to do additional damage based on diseases on the target.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Bonus damage for diseases now increases damage done by a percentage rather than a flat amount.

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