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An auto-attack is any kind of player or pet attack that will repeat automatically unless interrupted by the player or some other event. By default, most "vanilla" or non-special ability related melee attacks will start in auto-attack mode.

Normal ranged and thrown weapon attacks do not use auto-attack. Hunters need to use the Auto Shot ability to make their ranged attacks repeat automatically.

The default shoot ability for attacking with wands is a type of auto-attack.

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