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|cast_time= Instant
|cast_time= Instant
|cooldown= 6 sec
|cooldown= 6 sec
|improvement= [[Hawk Eye]], [[Efficiency]], [[Lethal Shots]], [[Mortal Shots]], [[Improved Arcane Shot]]
|improvement= [[Ferocious Inspiration]], [[Cobra Strikes]], [[Improved Arcane Shot]], [[Rapid Killing]], [[Improved Steady Shot]], [[Survival Instincts]], [[Hunting Party]]
|requirements= Requires Ranged Weapon
|requirements= Requires Ranged Weapon

Revision as of 22:39, February 1, 2009

Arcane Shot
Ability impalingbolt
  • Arcane Shot
  • 5-35 yds  range
  • 6 sec cooldown
  • 5% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • An instant shot that causes [RAP * 0.15 + X] Arcane damage.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown6 sec
Ferocious Inspiration, Cobra Strikes, Improved Arcane Shot, Rapid Killing, Improved Steady Shot, Survival Instincts, Hunting Party
Other information
RequirementsRequires Ranged Weapon
A hunter's deadly accuracy doesn't just seem like magic; sometimes, it is.[1]

Arcane Shot is an instant shot that causes 15% of your RAP + X arcane damage.

Rank Table

Rank Damage Level Cost
1 15 6 1Silver
2 23 12 6Silver
3 36 20 22Silver
4 65 28 80Silver
5 91 36 1Gold 40Silver
6 125 44 2Gold 34Silver
7 158 52 4Gold
8 200 60 5Gold
9 273 69 17Gold
10 402 73 30Gold
11 492 79 30Gold


Arcane shot isn't as efficient as Steady Shot, but its instant cast speed makes it useful when it comes to burst damage. It is very useful in PvP and for kiting.

  • Damage Formula: [ RAP * 0.15 + X ]
  • Arcane Shot deals arcane damage which is bypasses armor, but can be partially resisted.
  • Though it deals magic damage, Arcane Shot is not considered a spell and gains no benefit from spellpower, spell hit, or spell critical strike.

Tips and tactics

During long fights, Arcane Shot's mana inefficiency can make it a less attractive ability. However, that doesn't make it useless. Working in a few shots, especially in fights that end before mana becomes an issue, can boost your dps.

Arcane shot can be very powerful in PvP. Mobility is the key in PvP, especially for ranged classes, and the burst nature of this shot is also welcome. This is an often overlooked fact because arcane shot deals arcane damage, which bypasses the heavy armor of Warriors, Paladins and Death Knights.

Patch changes

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Casting lower ranks of Arcane Shot than your maximum rank will now reduce the bonus you receive from attack power.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 2.0.6 (2007-01-23): The base damage for Arcane Shot has been reduced by about 9% and the bonus damage from ranged attack power reduced from 20% to 15%
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Arcane Shot (Ranks 6 and above) now dispel 1 Magic effect in addition to their normal damage.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Dispel 1 Magic effect removed. [1]
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Marked for Death now also affects Arcane Shot.

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