Arcane Shot
Ability impalingbolt
  • Arcane Shot
  • 40 yd  range
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • A quick shot that causes 130% Arcane damage.

    Generates 5 Focus.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required10
Other information
RequirementsRequires Ranged Weapon
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A hunter's deadly accuracy doesn't just seem like magic; sometimes, it is.

Arcane Shot is an instant hunter ability learned at level ten for those with the Marksmanship specialization. It is the primary for these hunters to generate Focus.

Modified by

Ability hunter bestialdiscipline Beast Mastery specialization
Ability hunter focusedaim Marksmanship specialization
Ability hunter camouflage Survival specialization


  • Its instant cast speed makes it useful when it comes to burst damage. It is very useful in PvP and for kiting, where mobility is key.
  • Arcane Shot deals arcane damage which 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.


Patch changes

  • Legion-Logo-Small Patch 7.0.3 (19-Jul-2016): Marksmanship: Gains Focus from the use of Arcane Shot.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Arcane Shot is no longer available to Marksmanship Hunters.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Arcane Shot now deals 125% ranged weapon damage (up from 100%) and had its focus cost increased by 50%.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Arcane Shot damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small/ Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Arcane Shot is available at level 1 after creation and is therefore free.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Mana cost lowered to match the cost of Steady Shot.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Marked for Death now also affects Arcane Shot.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Dispel 1 Magic effect removed. [1]
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): Ranks 1-5 will once again deal bonus damage based on attack power.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Arcane Shot (Ranks 6 and above) now dispel 1 Magic effect in addition to their normal damage.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Casting lower ranks of Arcane Shot than your maximum rank will now reduce the bonus you receive from attack power.; The tooltips for this ability in 2.0.12 were incorrect and have been fixed in 2.1.0. The damage dealt by maximum rank Arcane Shot is unchanged from 2.0.12 to 2.1.0; only the tooltip is changed.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.6 (23-Jan-2007): 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/ Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): Casting lower ranks of Arcane Shot than your maximum rank will now reduce the bonus you receive from attack power.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): The tooltips for quick Hunter shots have been updated to show them as instant abilities.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Special ability shots no longer add the ranged weapon speed or take into account ranged weapon haste when determining the actual cooldown. The tooltip and cooldown timers should now properly reflect the actual cooldown.

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