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|improvement=[[Lethal Shots]], [[Efficiency (Hunter Talent)|Efficiency]], [[Hawk Eye]], [[Mortal Shots]], [[Improved Steady Shot]]
|improvement=[[Focused Aim]], [[Improved Steady Shot]], [[Piercing Shots]], [[Master Marksman]], [[Marked for Death]], [[Survival Instincts]], [[Sniper Training]]
|requirements=Ranged Weapon
|requirements=Ranged Weapon

Revision as of 21:44, February 1, 2009

Steady Shot
Ability hunter steadyshot
  • Steady Shot
  • 5 - 35 yd  range
  • 5% base mana
  • 2 sec cast
  • Ranged Weapon
  • A steady shot that causes unmodified weapon damage, plus ammo, plus X.  Causes an additional 175 against Dazed targets.
Usable by
Casting time2 sec cast
CooldownNone/Global Cooldown
Focused Aim, Improved Steady Shot, Piercing Shots, Master Marksman, Marked for Death, Survival Instincts, Sniper Training
Other information
RequirementsRanged Weapon

A steady shot that causes unmodified weapon damage, plus ammo, plus X. Causes an additional Y damage against Dazed targets.

Rank table

Rank Level Additional damage Cost
1 50 RAP * 0.1 + 45 6Gold 93Silver
2 62 RAP * 0.1 + 108 6Gold 93Silver
3 71 RAP * 0.1 + 198 8Gold
4 77 RAP * 0.1 + 252 8Gold


Steady Shot works like an inverted Arcane Shot:

  • Arcane Shot is an instant attack with a 6 sec global cooldown that prevents any other mana shots.
  • Steady Shot is a 2 sec cast without cooldown.
  • Both use a different timer than Auto Shot (like the former Aimed Shot did).

After patch 2.0.6 both attacks deal roughly the same damage (except that the magic damage from Arcane Shot is slightly more powerful against well armored targets), so Steady Shot becomes the main damage generator in groups and raids (like the former Aimed Shot).

Since patch 3.0.2 Steady Shot is available beginning at level 50 instead of 62.

Also note that:

  • Unlike Arcane Shot, Steady Shot cannot be used while running.
  • It is a casting ability, suffering from delays by enemy attacks.
  • Steady Shot consumes a very small amount of mana (just 2/3 the mana cost of Arcane Shot).

Actual Equation

  • The tooltip is proven to be wrong and the following is the best player-derived formula so far with data taken from [1]
  • Formula: DamagePercentageBonus*RangedWeaponSpecialization*(150 + WeaponDamage/WeaponSpeed*2.8 + 0.2*RAP + [Dazed: 175])

Tips and tactics

To understand how steady shot is affected by haste ratings it's important to understand how haste is calculated in WoW. A haste bonus is multiplied by frequency to achieve post haste speed. 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 (quiver) / 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
  • Hunters are the only class whose GCD is unaffected by haste. For this reason, Hunters who are specializing in the Beast Mastery tree and who have Serpent's Swiftness will find additional haste from gear to be almost worthless. Even if Steady Shot completes in 1.4493 seconds, it still cannot be fired again until 1.5 seconds have passed.
  • With the release of patch 3.02, Steady Shot no longer clips Auto Shot. This makes choosing a weapon based on its speed less relevant.

Obsolete since 3.02 patch

  • In order to maximise Steady Shot use, a modified attack speed of <Steady Shot Cast Time> + 0.5 + Lag is desirable. For example, for a Beast Mastery specced Hunter:
Steady Shot Cast Time = 2 / 1.15 (quiver) / 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 Base Weapon Speed
  • It is generally considered that 2.6-2.8 is a a good base weapon speed range for Beast Mastery Hunters, for Marksmen and Survival hunters a speed of 2.9+ is usually prefered to allow weaving in arcane shot and/or multi shot between the normal steady-shot+auto-shot cycles.
  • There are no weapons in-game that are slow enough to allow 2 Steady Shots to be used between each Auto Shot.
  • For burst damage, some Marksmanship hunters opt for a slower weapon, and use their "spare" time in each Auto Shot cycle to weave Arcane Shot / Kill Command in.
  • For maximum sustained DPS, Steady Shot should be used in between every Auto Shot.

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