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Explosive Shot
Ability hunter explosiveshot.png
  • Explosive Shot
  • 5-35 yd range
  • 50 Focus
  • Instant cast
  • Ranged Weapon
  • You fire an explosive charge into the enemy target, dealing [RAP * 0.14 + X]-[RAP * 0.14 + Y] Fire damage. The charge will blast the target every second for an additional 2 sec.
Usable by
TypeOffensive, Utility
CooldownNone/Global Cooldown
Hunter's Mark, Lock and Load, Hawk Eye
Other information
RequirementsRanged Weapon
Related debuff
Ability hunter explosiveshot.png
  • Explosive Shot
  • Taking Fire damage every second.
  • Duration: 2 seconds

Explosive Shot is a Hunter ability from the Survival tree. It is a great shot to use in place of Arcane Shot. It deals roughly 3 times as much damage as Arcane shot, making it one of the core abilities of the Survival Hunter.

Rank table

Rank Level X Y Cost
1 60 144 172 Talent
2 70 221 265 4s
3 75 325 391 4s
4 80 386 464 10g


  • Each of the three 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.



  • This ability is made stronger by ranged attack power, including Hunter's Mark.
  • Hawk Eye increases range by {2/4/6} yards.
  • T.N.T. increases damage by {2/4/6%}.
  • Lock and Load can give your next 2 shots no cooldown, no mana cost, and no ammo cost (note that it does not reset the current cooldown).
  • Thrill of the Hunt has a chance to give focus back with each shot fired.
  • Sniper Training can increase the damage while standing still.
  • Survival Instincts increases the critical strike chance by {2/4}%.


Glyph of Explosive Shot

Patch changes

  • WoW Icon 16x16.gif Hotfix (2009-04-21): "Critical strikes from the Hunter ability Explosive Shot should properly trigger Thrill of the Hunt again."
  • Template:Patch 3.1.0
  • Template:Patch 3.0.8
  • Template:Patch 3.0.2

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