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Ability sap.png
  • Sap
  • 5 yd.  range
  • 65 Energy
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Melee Weapon
    Requires Stealth
  • Incapacitates the target for up to X sec. Must be stealthed. Only works on Humanoids, Beasts, Demons and Dragonkin that are not in combat. Any damage caused will revive the target. Only 1 target may be sapped at a time.
Usable by
CooldownNone/Global Cooldown
Dirty Tricks
Other information
RequirementsRequires Melee Weapon
Requires Stealth
Related debuff
Ability sap.png
  • Sap
  • Sapped.
  • Duration: X sec.

Sap is the longest-lasting crowd control ability a Rogue has. It will completely incapacitate a target for up to 60 seconds.

Rank table

Rank Duration Level Cost
1 25 sec. 10 4s
2 35 sec. 28 81s
3 45 sec. 40 1g 4s
4 60 sec. 71 25g


  • It is important to note that ranks 1-3 of Sap will only affect humanoids; rank 4 offers additional types of NPC's in addition to a duration increase.
  • Sap does not have a chance to break early, always lasting the full duration unless the sapped target is hit. It suffers diminishing returns & duration in PVP.
  • It is no longer considered an incapacitate effect.
  • Sap can last longer than 1 minute with Glyph of Sap.

Related talents

  • Dirty Tricks increases the Sap range and decreases energy cost.


  • Sapping in a neutral town does aggro the guards.
  • Sap is an effective crowd control technique, especially with the improved talent. Don't forget to tell the party which mob you are sapping, as any damage breaks the effect.
  • Sap does not cause threat, meaning that if you Sap a mob and then move out of normal aggro range, the mob will not attack you after the Sap effect is broken.
  • You may choose to Sap a different target. The first Sap target will wake when the second one is Sapped.
  • Mobs that are Sapped won't be tagged as your kill until you deal damage to them. Be wary of other players stealing your kill.
  • Sap can be useful in a PvP environment, to even out a 2-on-1, to take out a Shaman's totems before you fight him, to capture a flag quickly in battlegrounds, or even after a Vanish. Remember, like all crowd-control effects, Sap is limited to a 10-second duration in PvP.
  • Sapping a player of the opposite faction will turn on your PvP Flag. Be wary.

Patch changes

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  • Patch 1.2.0 (patch date:2004-12-18): Players now have an increasing chance to break free of the effect, such that it is unlikely the effect will last more than 15 seconds.