Ability warrior challange
  • Riposte
  • Melee   range
  • 3 sec cooldown
  • 10 Energy
  • Instant
  • Requires melee weapon
  • A strike that becomes active after parrying an opponent's attack. This attack deals 150% weapon damage and slows their melee attack speed by 20% for 30 sec. Awards 1 combo point.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown3 sec
Talent treeCombat, Tier 3
Other information
RequirementsRequires melee weapon
Related debuff
Ability warrior challange
  • Riposte
  • Melee attack speed slowed by 20%.
  • Duration: 30 sec.

Riposte is a talent in the Combat tree that is an instant strike, dealing 150% weapon damage and slowing the target's attack speed by 20% for 30 seconds.


Riposte is a 10-Energy attack based on weapon damage. To use this ability, you must have recently parried an attack. This ability can be used on an enemy that wasn't even parried by you.

Talent Improvement

  • Lethality increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Riposte by 6%, 12%, 18%, 24%, or 30%.


  • Requires you to have recently parried an enemy's attack, which means that the enemy must be hitting you.

Tips and Tactics

  • Riposte is most useful against warriors, hunters, paladins, and other rogues; slowing their weapons takes most of their bite away.
  • You cannot create macros that automatically check for buffs or debuffs on a target and change abilities accordingly, but you can create a macro that will randomly choose between your main attack and Riposte, like so:
/castrandom Sinister Strike, Riposte
  • Useful in solo leveling, since it's pretty cheap (10 Energy) and lets you take advantage of the +6% parry chances.
  • The Floating Combat Text inteface options can be set to display a message when Riposte becomes usable.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Duration of this effect no longer reduced by other effects that reduce disarm duration.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Now slows the target's melee attacks by 20% instead of disarming them, awards one combo point.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Is now subject to diminishing returns in PvP.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Now properly sets its cooldown.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005):
    • Will now initiate combat when used.
    • Fixed a bug where the ability was not usable when a special attack (e.g. Gouge) is parried.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Targets immune to disarm effects will now take damage from Riposte.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Fixed a bug where the ability was not usable against a disarmed or unarmed target.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05):
    • Riposte now properly increases the attack power contribution by the percent modifier.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the ability from being used when the target had no weapon or was already disarmed.

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