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<onlyinclude>{{Infobox ability
 
|name=Arcane Missiles
 
|name=Arcane Missiles
 
|image=Spell_Nature_StarFall.png
 
|image=Spell_Nature_StarFall.png
|description=Launches Arcane Missiles at the enemy, causing X Arcane damage each second for Y sec.
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|description=Launches five waves of Arcane Missiles at the enemy over 2 sec, causing X Arcane damage per wave. Generates an Arcane Charge.<br><br>Arcane Missiles' damage is increased by 50% per Arcane Charge.<br><br>Arcane Missiles has a chance to be activated after each of your damaging spell casts. Limit 3 charges.
 
|class=[[Mage]]
 
|class=[[Mage]]
 
|type=Offensive
 
|type=Offensive
 
|school=[[Arcane]]
 
|school=[[Arcane]]
|target="Unfriendly"
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|range=40 yd
|cost=31% [[Base Mana]] at max rank
 
|range=30 yds.
 
 
|cast_time=Channeled
 
|cast_time=Channeled
|cooldown=None
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|cooldown=
|improvement=[[Improved Arcane Missiles]], [[Empowered Arcane Missiles]], [[Arcane Subtlety]], [[Arcane Focus]], [[Arcane Instability]], [[Arcane Potency]], [[Arcane Power]], [[Spell Power]], [[Playing with Fire]], [[Molten Fury]], [[Shatter]]
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|gcd=1.5 sec
|ranks=13
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|specialization=Arcane
}}
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|level=24
{{AbilityFlavor|As mage spells go, this one isn't the showiest. Nonetheless, you'll find it quite effective.|TCGDP|43}}
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|tcg=ArcaneMissilesTCG.jpg
'''Arcane Missiles''' is a [[channel]]ed [[mage]] spell that shoots a series of missiles at the target, one each second over a period of time, dealing direct [[arcane]] damage.
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[[File:ArcaneMissiles1TCG.jpg|thumb|More TCG art]]
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{{Quotation|[[TCG Through the Dark Portal]]|As mage spells go, this one isn't the showiest. Nonetheless, you'll find it quite effective.}}
   
== Rank table ==
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'''Arcane Missiles''' is a [[mage]] ability learned at level 24 for those who have chosen the Arcane specialization. It is a [[channel]]ed spell that shoots a series of missiles at the target, one wave each second over a period of time, dealing direct [[arcane]] damage.
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! Rank !! [[Base Mana]] Cost !! DPS !! Seconds !! Total [[Damage]] !! Level !! Cost
 
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|| 1 || 37% || 24 || 3 || 72 || 8 || {{Cost|s=2}}
 
|-class="alt"
 
|| 2 || 37% || 36 || 4 || 144 || 16 || {{Cost|s=15}}
 
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|| 3 || 37% || 56 || 5 || 280 || 24 || {{Cost|s=40}}
 
|-class="alt"
 
|| 4 || 37% || 83 || 5 || 415 || 32 || {{Cost|g=1}}
 
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|| 5 || 37% || 115 || 5 || 575 || 40 || {{Cost|g=1|s=80}}
 
|-class="alt"
 
|| 6 || 37% || 151 || 5 || 755 || 48 || {{Cost|g=2|s=80}}
 
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|| 7 || 37% || 192 || 5 || 960 || 56 || {{Cost|g=3|s=50}}
 
|-class="alt"
 
|| 8 || 37% || 230 || 5 || 1150 || 60 || {{Cost|g=4|s=20}}<sup>[1]</sup>
 
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|| 9 || 37% || 240 || 5 || 1200 || 63 || {{Cost|g=5|s=70}}
 
|-class="alt"
 
|| 10 || 31% || 264 || 5 || 1320 || 69 || {{Cost|g=8|s=70}}
 
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|| 11 || 31% || 280 || 5 || 1400 || 70 || {{Cost|g=10}}
 
|-class="alt"
 
|| 12 || 31% || 320 || 5 || 1600 || 75 || {{Cost|g=15}}
 
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|| 13 || 31% || 360 || 5 || 1800 || 79 || {{Cost|g=15}}
 
|}
 
*1. Arcane Missiles (Rank&nbsp;8) can also be trained from {{loot|rare|Tome of Arcane Missiles VIII}}, a drop from bosses in the [[Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj]] raid instance.
 
   
==Talent improvements==
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== Modified by ==
Arcane Missiles' full potential in PvE is only fully achieved when used by an Arcane Mage under the effect of [[Missile Barrage]]. The buff triggered by this talent halves AM's cast time, making it the Arcane Mage's highest DPS spell temporarily.
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{{SpecIcon|Arcane}} Arcane specialization talent
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*{{wowhead tooltip|spell|155147|Overpowered (mage talent)}}
   
The [[Improved Arcane Missiles]] talent will reduce the chance that damage taken will [[interrupt]] channeling. At max rank, Arcane Missiles will never be interrupted by damage.
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{{SpecIcon|Arcane}} Arcane specialization ability
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*{{wowhead tooltip|spell|12042|Arcane Power}}
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*{{wowhead tooltip|spell|76547|Mastery: Mana Adept}}
   
The [[Empowered Arcane Missiles]] talent will increase the amount of spell damage that applies to Arcane Missiles.
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== Notes ==
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*Arcane Missiles has a chance to be activated after every damaging spell cast.
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*It will generate an {{ability|Arcane Charge}}; while at least one charge is available, it will increase Arcane Missiles' damage.
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*Unlike other channeled spells, each second (or "tick") is considered a separate [[direct damage]] missile which passes through the normal direct damage checks ([[crit]], [[resistance]]).
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*An often overlooked PvP benefit is the rapid speed with which it hits opponents causes regular spell interruption. Between this and {{ability|Slow (mage)|Slow}}, an Arcane mage can make it exceedingly difficult for an enemy player to get off spells with a cast time.
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*A notable effect of the fact is that "on spell hit" abilities, such as [[Mark of Defiance]], can proc off each missile, similar to "on spell crit" abilities. However, "on spell cast" abilities, such as [[Mystical Skyfire Diamond]], only have a chance to proc on each casting of the spell, ''not'' on each bolt.
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*This spell can also be useful against rare enemies who are immune/resistant to both Fire and Frost damage. One example of those is the Boiling and Scalding elementals in Thousand Needles, immune to Frost and highly resistant to Fire.
   
The [[Arcane Subtlety]] talent will reduce the amount of threat caused by Arcane Missiles, and [[Arcane Focus]] will reduce the chance that the spell is resisted.
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== Patch changes ==
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* {{Patch 6.2.0|note=Arcane Missiles now deals 10% more damage.}}
As with all mage spells capable of critical hits [[Arcane Instability]], [[Arcane Potency]], [[Arcane Power]], [[Spell Power]], [[Molten Fury]], [[Playing with Fire]] and [[Shatter]] can increase the effective damage output of this spell.
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* {{Patch 6.0.2|note=Arcane Missiles can now accumulate 3 charges (up from 2 charges).}}
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* {{Patch 5.2.0|note=Arcane Missile's damage has been reduced by 22.1%.}}
[[Impact]] from the Fire talent tree now works with Arcane Missiles. Each tick of damage is capable of [[stun]]ning its target, and with 5 ticks of damage per cast, the proc has a good chance of taking effect on a target who receives all ticks of the spell.
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* {{Patch 4.1.0|note=Arcane Missiles damage has been increased by 13%.}}
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* {{Patch 4.0.1|note=This spell has been changed to proc on a 40% when casting spells. Mana cost removed.}}
==Notes==
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* {{Patch 3.2.2|note=Casting this spell while both Missile Barrage and Clearcasting are active will cause only Missile Barrage to be consumed.}}
While you stand and [[channeling|channel]], Arcane Missiles launches bolts of arcane energy at your target, dealing the given damage each second. Unlike other channeled spells, each second (or "tick") is considered a separate [[direct damage]] missile which passes through the normal direct damage checks ([[crit]], [[resistance]]). Furthermore, both the initial cast of Arcane Missiles and each Missile are considered spell hits, resulting in a maximum amount of 6 hits per cast.
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* {{Patch 3.0.8|note=This spell now only has one chance to trigger Arcane Concentration.}}
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* {{Patch 3.0.3|note=Reduced the mana cost of Fireball, Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, Arcane Blast, Arcane Missiles, and Arcane Explosion.}}
Like all channeled spells, the mana is deducted before channeling starts, so the full cost is paid regardless of how many missiles are actually launched or needed before the spell is interrupted or the target is dead.
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* {{Patch 2.3.0|note=Players will no longer get strange error messages when casting this spell at evading targets. The spell will simply fail.}}
 
==Tips and tactics==
 
Though a powerful spell, Arcane Missiles is often overlooked by many players due to its many weaknesses. Primarily, it is very mana-inefficient and unlike all other mage spells, the full mana cost is used at the beginning of the spell, as opposed to when the spell is actually cast. Thus, if you cancel the spell halfway through or are silenced or counter spelled, you pay for the full cost of the spell, despite the fact that you only output a fraction of the damage. Another large disadvantage of the spell is that it requires you to stay in one space for the 5 second duration, making you a sitting duck in PvP situations (A sitting duck that happens to be shooting magic missiles at foes, anyways) and keeping you from gaining space between you and your enemies.
 
 
With the right talents, however, Arcane Missiles can be somewhat useful. With [[Arcane Subtlety]], it also has a very generous damage to threat ratio. A full talent upgrade makes it immune to [[pushback]] by regular damage, though abilities like [[Kick]] and [[Shield Bash]] will still stop the casting. It also receives 142% of your bonus spelldamage (and as high as 188% with Empowered Arcane Missiles).
 
 
Arcane Missiles' full potential in PvE is only fully achieved when used by an Arcane Mage under the effect of [[Missile Barrage]]. The buff triggered by this talent halves AM's cast time, making it the Arcane Mage's highest DPS spell temporarily.
 
 
An often overlooked PvP benefit is the rapid speed with which it hits opponents causes regular spell interruption. Between this and [[Slow]], an Arcane mage can make it exceedingly difficult for an enemy player to get off spells with a cast time.
 
 
Another helpful talent is [[Arcane Concentration]]. A common tactic in groups when so talented is to cast a fast, cheap spell (like [[Scorch]] or an upgraded [[Frostbolt]]) until [[clearcasting]] is achieved, then cast a free Arcane Missiles.
 
 
A notable effect of the fact is that "on spell hit" abilities, such as [[Mark of Defiance]], can proc off each missile, similar to "on spell crit" abilities. However, "on spell cast" abilities, such as [[Mystical Skyfire Diamond]], only have a chance to proc on each casting of the spell, ''not'' on each bolt.
 
 
This spell can also be useful against rare enemies who are immune/resistant to both Fire and Frost damage. One example of those is the Boiling and Scalding elementals in Thousand Needles, immune to Frost and highly resistant to Fire.
 
 
==Known bugs==
 
There is a bug that prevents base mana regeneration when using the [[Arcane Concentration|Clearcasting]] effect for Arcane Missiles.
 
 
==Past changes==
 
* {{PAtch 3.2.2|note=Casting this spell while both Missile Barrage and Clearcasting are active will cause only Missile Barrage to be consumed.}}
 
 
* {{Patch 2.2.0|note=A bug was fixed where some procs such as the [[Eye of Magtheridon]] would not trigger properly.}}
 
* {{Patch 2.2.0|note=A bug was fixed where some procs such as the [[Eye of Magtheridon]] would not trigger properly.}}
* {{Patch 2.1.0|note=[[Spell haste]] now affects channeled spells such as Arcane Missiles, reducing the overall channeling time but still doing the same amount of damage, thus increasing the DPS.}}
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* {{Patch 2.1.0|note=[[Spell haste]] now affects channeled spells such as Arcane Missiles, reducing the overall channeling time but still doing the same amount of damage, thus increasing the DPS. A bug was fixed where Arcane Missiles would fire an inconsistent number of missiles. This was fixed so that ranks 3-11 would always fire 5 pulses.}}
* {{Patch 2.1.0|note=A bug was fixed where Arcane Missiles would fire an inconsistent number of missiles. This was fixed so that ranks 3-11 would always fire 5 pulses.}}
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* {{Patch 2.0.3|note=Mages will no longer see line of sight errors if the target moves behind an obstacle after the spell "Arcane Missiles" has begun casting.; "Arcane Missiles" will no longer continue to channel after the target is dead.}}
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* {{Patch 1.8.0|note=Should now properly report the correct "out of range" indicator on the action bar.}}
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* {{Patch 1.3.0|note=Fixed a bug where the spell would not function properly against spell-reflecting targets.}}
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==

Latest revision as of 16:29, June 26, 2015

Arcane Missiles
Spell nature starfall
  • Arcane Missiles
  • 40 yd  range
  • Channeled
  • Launches five waves of Arcane Missiles at the enemy over 2 sec, causing X Arcane damage per wave. Generates an Arcane Charge.

    Arcane Missiles' damage is increased by 50% per Arcane Charge.

    Arcane Missiles has a chance to be activated after each of your damaging spell casts. Limit 3 charges.
Usable by
ClassMage
Properties
TypeOffensive
SchoolArcane
Casting timeChanneled
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Talents
SpecializationArcane
Level required24
TCG image
ArcaneMissiles1TCG

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As mage spells go, this one isn't the showiest. Nonetheless, you'll find it quite effective.

Arcane Missiles is a mage ability learned at level 24 for those who have chosen the Arcane specialization. It is a channeled spell that shoots a series of missiles at the target, one wave each second over a period of time, dealing direct arcane damage.

Modified by Edit

Spell holy magicalsentry Arcane specialization talent

Spell holy magicalsentry Arcane specialization ability

Notes Edit

  • Arcane Missiles has a chance to be activated after every damaging spell cast.
  • It will generate an [Arcane Charge]; while at least one charge is available, it will increase Arcane Missiles' damage.
  • Unlike other channeled spells, each second (or "tick") is considered a separate direct damage missile which passes through the normal direct damage checks (crit, resistance).
  • An often overlooked PvP benefit is the rapid speed with which it hits opponents causes regular spell interruption. Between this and [Slow], an Arcane mage can make it exceedingly difficult for an enemy player to get off spells with a cast time.
  • A notable effect of the fact is that "on spell hit" abilities, such as Mark of Defiance, can proc off each missile, similar to "on spell crit" abilities. However, "on spell cast" abilities, such as Mystical Skyfire Diamond, only have a chance to proc on each casting of the spell, not on each bolt.
  • This spell can also be useful against rare enemies who are immune/resistant to both Fire and Frost damage. One example of those is the Boiling and Scalding elementals in Thousand Needles, immune to Frost and highly resistant to Fire.

Patch changes Edit

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.0 (23-Jun-2015): Arcane Missiles now deals 10% more damage.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Arcane Missiles can now accumulate 3 charges (up from 2 charges).
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Arcane Missile's damage has been reduced by 22.1%.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): Arcane Missiles damage has been increased by 13%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small/ Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): This spell has been changed to proc on a 40% when casting spells. Mana cost removed.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): Casting this spell while both Missile Barrage and Clearcasting are active will cause only Missile Barrage to be consumed.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): This spell now only has one chance to trigger Arcane Concentration.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Reduced the mana cost of Fireball, Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, Arcane Blast, Arcane Missiles, and Arcane Explosion.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Players will no longer get strange error messages when casting this spell at evading targets. The spell will simply fail.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.2.0 (25-Sep-2007): A bug was fixed where some procs such as the Eye of Magtheridon would not trigger properly.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Spell haste now affects channeled spells such as Arcane Missiles, reducing the overall channeling time but still doing the same amount of damage, thus increasing the DPS. A bug was fixed where Arcane Missiles would fire an inconsistent number of missiles. This was fixed so that ranks 3-11 would always fire 5 pulses.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): Mages will no longer see line of sight errors if the target moves behind an obstacle after the spell "Arcane Missiles" has begun casting.; "Arcane Missiles" will no longer continue to channel after the target is dead.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Should now properly report the correct "out of range" indicator on the action bar.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Fixed a bug where the spell would not function properly against spell-reflecting targets.

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