Steady Shot
Ability hunter steadyshot
  • Steady Shot
  • 40 yd  range
  • 2 sec cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • A steady shot that causes 75% Physical damage and generates 14 Focus.

    Usable while moving.
Usable by
Casting time2 sec cast
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Level required3
Other information
RequirementsRequires Ranged Weapon
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Draw... inhale... exhale... release.
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Steady Shot is a hunter ability learned at level three that is free to cast, causes damage, and helps regenerate Focus.

Modified by

Ability hunter bestialdiscipline Beast Mastery specialization
Ability hunter focusedaim Marksmanship specialization


  • Steady Shot can be used while running.
  • It is a casting ability, suffering from delays by enemy attacks.

Tips and tactics

To understand how steady shot is affected by haste ratings it's important to understand how haste is calculated. A haste bonus is multiplied by frequency to achieve post-haste speed. World of Warcraft expresses all speeds as period rather than frequency, so the period must be divided by 1+bonus.

As for example in the above case:

Steady Shot Cast Time = 2 / 1.15 (hunter base ranged haste) / 1.2 (Serpent's Swiftness) = 1.4493
1.4493 + 0.5 + 0.2 = 2.149
2.149 x 1.15 x 1.2 = 2.966

Steady Shot is affected by haste bonuses and ranged attack speed bonuses including Rapid Fire and Bloodlust.

Hunters are the only class whose GCD is unaffected by haste.

Patch changes

  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Steady Shot now deals 20% more damage.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.1.0 (27-Nov-2012): Steady Shot, Cobra Shot, and Barrage can now always be cast on the move.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): Aimed Shot and Steady Shot should no longer start casting Auto Shot on a new target when the "Stop Auto Attack" option enabled.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small/ Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Available at level 3 for 57Copper. It generates 9 Focus.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Now does correct damage with heirloom weapons.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Now gains 10% of attack power as damage instead of 20%. Arcane Shot: Mana cost lowered to match the cost of Steady Shot.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Now uses ammo. In result, its bonus damage has been slightly reduced. Players can notice a damage increase based upon what ammo they use. Now has a 2.0 cast time, up from 1.5. No longer clips Auto Shot making weapon speed less relevant. Steady Shot is available beginning at level 50 instead of 62.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): Hunters will no longer spin around if they cast Aimed Shot or Steady Shot while facing away from their target.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Tooltip clarified to indicate base weapon damage is used in the damage calculation.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.2.0 (25-Sep-2007): The tooltip stating the percentage of Attack Power gained by Steady Shot was inaccurate and has been corrected. The damage remains unchanged.
  • 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%. This patch made Arcane Shot and Steady Shot do roughly the same amount of damage.
  • 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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