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Focus Magic
Spell arcane studentofmagic.png
  • Focus Magic
  • 30 yds.  range
  • 0 sec cooldown
  • 6% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Increases the target's chance to critically hit with all spells by 3%. When the target critically hits the caster's chance to critically hit with spells is increased by 3% for 10 sec. Cannot be cast on self.
Usable by
Cooldown0 sec
Talent treeArcane, Tier 3
Other information
Related buff
Spell arcane studentofmagic.png
  • Magic
  • Focus Magic
  • Chance to critically hit increased by 3%. When a critical hit occurs, the caster's chance to critically hit is increased.
  • Duration: 30 min

Focus Magic is a Mage talent spell obtained by investing points in the Arcane tree. It was introduced in Patch 3.0.2.

It gives a single target at a time 3% increased chance to critically hit with spells only. When the target critically hits with a spell, the buff's caster also gains 3% increased chance to critically hit with spells during 10 seconds.

Tips and tactics

This is the single raid buff the Arcane tree gives to the Mage, and while it may seem weak in comparison to the other trees' Improved Scorch and Winter's Chill, it has merit in that it stacks with every single other raid buff and makes the Arcane Mage a more desirable choice than a Mage of another specialization when either of those buffs are already present in a raid (given equal skill/gear/spec dedication).


  • The buff-granted effect will stack with the proc-granted effect, so you can have it cast on you and cast it on someone else to gain a total 6% spell critical strike chance. It cannot, however, be self-cast.
  • It grants only critical strike chance to spells, so melee and ranged attacks and abilities will not benefit from or trigger the effect.
  • It can be casted on friendly NPC:s. It is useless, however, because NPCs can't score critical hit with spells.

Patch changes

  • WoW Icon 16x16.gif Hotfix (2009-04-21): "Focus Magic and Hunger for Blood should no longer last through a talent switch. [1]"


  1. Blizz.gif Bornakk 2009-04-17. Recent In-Game Fixes - 4/16/09. Retrieved on 2009-05-25.

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