Shield Slam

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Shield Slam
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  • Shield Slam
  • Level 3 warrior ability
  • Melee range
  • 9 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires Shield
  • Slams the target with your shield, causing (80.1% of Attack power) Physical damage.

    Generates 15 Rage.
Class Warrior
School Physical
Cooldown 9 seconds
Other information
Level learned 3
Improvements [Brace for Impact], [Heavy Repercussions], [Honed Reflexes], [Impenetrable Wall], [Punish], [Shield Bash], [Violent Outburst]

Shield Slam is a Level 3 warrior ability. It is a powerful attack with a shield which causes a high amount of damage and generates Rage.

Tips and tactics

This is the hardest hitting attack in the Protection warrior's arsenal, so use it whenever you can. You generate more threat per point of rage with this ability than with [Devastate]. The ability offers a good solid chunk of (potentially critical) damage, which is independent of equipped weapon stats, and can even be delivered while disarmed, if need be.


  • Shield Slam is an epic Warrior spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: ""What is a better weapon? The sharp one your enemies expect, or the blunt one they ignore?" - The Art of Warrior, Chapter 9"

Patch changes

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Additional ranks removed. Now generates 15 rage at baseline.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Level reduced to 3, Now available to all specializations, no longer generates Rage or resets cooldown by default. Rank 2 (Protection Level 10) re-adds Rage generation (now generates 15 Rage, down from 20), Rank 3 (Protection Level 28) re-adds cooldown reset (with addition of [Execute], Rank 4 (Protection Level 44) increases its damage by 20%.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): [Devastate], [Thunder Clap], and [Revenge] now have a 30% chance to reset its cooldown.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-10-03): Shield Slam now generates 20 Rage (was 10).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Shield Slam Rage generation reduced to 10.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-16): (Hotfix in testing; to be applied with next weekly maintenance) Most abilities used by Tank specializations have had their damage reduced by 10%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now deals 20.7% more damage. Critical strike effect split to [Ultimatum].
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01): Now deals 6% more damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-01-12): Shield Slam's damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-15): Shield Slam modified by Glyph of Shield Slam now only dispels 1 magical effect while the Warrior is in Defensive Stance.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): [Ultimatum]'s effects have been merged into baseline Shield Slam.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now receives a 50% bonus to attack damage from attack power (down from 100%) for Warriors below level 85.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-03-12): Shield Slam now deals 25% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): The base damage has been increased by 150%, but now scale approximately 10% less efficiently with attack power.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Can now be used in any stance and cost no Rage, generating 15 Rage if used in Defensive Stance. No longer dispels magic effects.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2010-11-23): Shield Slam's damage has been reduced by about 28% at level 15, with less, but still noticeable reductions at higher levels.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Contribution of attack power reduced to 60%, down from 75%, and base damage brought up so that a level 85 warrior in Heroic dungeon gear deals the same damage with no Vengeance, but Vengeance has less impact. In addition, Shield Slam no longer generates 30% bonus threat from its damage.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now the level 10 Protection Specialization ability. The damage is now based on Attack Power.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.3.2 (2010-02-01): The damage scaling from block value for this ability now diminishes faster and diminishes starting at a lower block value. The difference should be negligible for players in high-end tanking armor. In addition, the threat caused by Shield Slam has been increased by 30%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): The benefit from additional block value this ability gains is now subject to diminishing returns. Diminishing returns occur once block value exceeds 30 times the player's level and caps the maximum damage benefit from shield block value at 34.5 times the player's level.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Shield Slam is now available to all warriors, starting at level 40 and damage slightly increased (was a tier 7 Protection talent).
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Shield Slam now always tries to dispel one Magic effect on the target.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Rank 3 of this ability no longer gets its cost reduced twice by the [Focused Rage] talent (Protection).
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): This ability will sometimes no longer remove more than one beneficial effect from the target.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): Threat caused increased.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Added.

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