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  • Hamstring
  • 5 yd  range
  • None cooldown
  • 10 Rage
  • Instant
  • Melee Weapon, Battle Stance, Berserker Stance
  • Maims the enemy, causing X damage and slowing the enemy's movement by 50% for 15 sec.
Usable by
Improved Hamstring
Other information
RequirementsMelee Weapon, Battle Stance, Berserker Stance
Related debuff
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  • Hamstring
  • Movement slowed by 50%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
"A mechanostrider is no help if you can't stand upright to mount it." - Fillet [1]

Hamstring is probably the most important PvP ability a warrior has, dealing an inconsequential amount of damage and slowing the target's movement speed. People are substantially easier to catch when they can't run quickly. This ability is also useful in PvE when fighting humanoids, as they run away when their health is low. The ability is relatively inexpensive, and in a PvP encounter is probably the ability you want to use right after your initial charge.


Hamstring is a 10 Rage skill that slows an enemy target 50%. The snare effect lasts 15 seconds and the only cooldown on the ability is the generic global cooldown, so in a PvP battle you should make sure hamstring is constantly applied, as competent PvP players move around a lot.


  • Improved Hamstring (Gives your Hamstring ability a chance to immobilize the target for 5 sec.)


Require Melee Weapon

Rank table

Rank Level Cost
1 8 2s

Tips and Tactics

  • Helpful in a variety of situations, this skill is one of the warrior's few forms of crowd control, primarily used for slowing enemies down in preparation to them becoming runners. In an ideal fight this should be applied somewhere around 40% to 30% health of any enemy you know will try to run and get help - mostly humanoids.
  • It's down side is that it requires a melee hit, so if they are already running, you will be unlikely to slow then down with this - consider investing the talent points needed for Piercing Howl to help with this kind of thing. It also only affects one target, making it difficult to use as a way to escape bad fights, since each individual enemy will need one Hamstring each.
  • In PvP this is a very useful skill, if used in conjunction with Charge on any enemy who overextends beyond his line of troops. Charging, Hamstringing, and then breaking off back to safety will leave them exposed and unable to run for cover effectively, allowing your team's hunters and mages to finish him off.
  • Hamstring is used for 2 reasons: 1. In PvP, and 2. In PvE against humanoids that flee when low on health. Always use this against harpies, Defias, trolls, gnolls, etc. before they can run off and aggro more mobs. This is another skill that isn't a high priority to level up, as the damage is paltry to begin with, however the added snare effect may be useful.

Patch changes

  • Template:Patch 3.0.2
  • Patch 1.6.0 (patch date:2005-07-12): Will now cause damage to targets immune to movement slowing effects. Movement slowing effect improved. 


  1. TCG Fires of Outland, 93

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