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Arcane Shot
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  • Arcane Shot
  • 5-35 yds  range
  • 6 sec cooldown
  • 25 Focus
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • An instant shot that causes [RAP * 0.15 + X] Arcane damage.
Usable by
Cooldown6 sec
Ferocious Inspiration, Cobra Strikes, Improved Arcane Shot, Rapid Killing, Improved Steady Shot, Survival Instincts, Hunting Party, Efficiency (hunter talent)
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 1s
2 23 12 6s
3 36 20 22s
4 65 28 80s
5 91 36 1g 40s
6 125 44 2g 34s
7 158 52 4g
8 200 60 5g
9 273 69 17g
10 402 73 30g
11 492 79 30g

Cataclysm table

Level +Damage
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 4
6 4
7 5
8 5
9 5
10 7


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:

  • 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.

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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.

If you are specced Survival, forget this. Explosive Shot deals more damage, and hits three times. It also costs only 2% more base mana.

In high-end raids, Marksman Hunters eventually get enough (300-400) Armor penetration from their gear, making Steady Shot better choice. It still can't be fired while moving, so it still has it uses.


Glyph of Arcane Shot

Patch changes

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  • Patch 1.7.0 (patch date:2005-09-22): The tooltips for quick Hunter shots have been updated to show them as instant abilities. 
  • Patch 1.5.0 (patch date: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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