Explosive Shot
Ability hunter explosiveshot
  • Explosive Shot
  • 40 yd  range
  • 6 sec cooldown
  • 15 Focus
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • You fire an explosive charge into the enemy target, dealing x Fire damage initially and every second for 2 sec.

    Empowered Explosive Shot (Level 92+)
    Increases the duration of Explosive Shot by 1 sec.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown6 sec (GCD 1 sec)
Level required10
Other information
RequirementsRequires Ranged Weapon
Related debuff
Ability hunter explosiveshot
  • Explosive Shot
  • Taking Fire damage every second.
  • Duration: 2 seconds
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Explosive Shot is a hunter ability learned at level 10 for hunters who have chosen the Survival specialization. It is a great shot to use in place of [Arcane Shot], dealing more damage and making it one of the core abilities of the Survival Hunter.

Modified by

Ability hunter camouflage Survival specialization


  • Each of the damage ticks from this ability can crit.
  • When [Lock and Load] procs, remember not to spam all the charges instantly so that the 2-sec DoT can run its course.

Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.0 (23-Jun-2015): Explosive Shot now deals 15% less damage.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Explosive Shot now costs 15 Focus (down from 25 Focus).
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Explosive Shot damage has been increased by 27%.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Explosive Shot now deals 10% more damage.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.3.0 (29-Nov-2011): Explosive Shot damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Explosive Shot damage has been reduced by 15%.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-04-21): "Critical strikes from the Hunter ability Explosive Shot should properly trigger Thrill of the Hunt again."
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Base damage lowered by 10%. Attack power scaling reduced by 12.5%. The periodic damage from this ability no longer triggers Judgement of Wisdom and Judgement of Light.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Damage increased substantially, and additional scaling added to compensate Survival Hunters for the decrease in power of Steady Shot. No longer deals damage to secondary target.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Added.

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