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Viper Sting
Ability hunter aimedshot.png
  • Viper Sting
  • 5 - 35 yd.  range
  • 15 sec cooldown
  • 8% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Ranged Weapon equipped
  • Stings the target, draining 4% mana over 8 sec (up to a maximum of 8% of the caster's maximum mana), and energizing the Hunter equal to 300% of the amount drained. Only one Sting per Hunter can be active on any one target.
Usable by
Cooldown15 sec
Efficiency, Improved Stings, Hawk Eye
Other information
RequirementsRanged Weapon equipped
Related debuff
Ability hunter aimedshot.png
  • Poison
  • Viper Sting
  • Drains 1% mana every 2 seconds, restoring 300% of the amount drained to the Hunter.
  • Duration: 8 seconds.

Viper Sting applied a poisonous sting that drain 4% mana over 8 sec (up to a maximum of 8% of the caster's maximum mana). Only one Sting per hunter can be active on any one target.

Rank table

Rank Level Cost
1 36 1g 40s


Viper Sting is a poison, and thus can be cleansed by druids, paladins, and shamans, as well as any mob that can cleanse poison. Rogues can dispel it with [Cloak of Shadows], and dwarves with [Stoneform].

Viper Sting is used against spell casters or any class with mana.


  • [Efficiency] (Marksmanship Talent): Reduces the mana cost of your Shots and Stings by 2% per rank (5 ranks total).
  • [Improved Stings] (Marksmanship Talent): Increases the mana drained by your Viper Sting by 6% per rank (5 ranks total).
  • [Hawk Eye] (Survival Talent): Increases the range of your ranged weapon by 2 yards per rank (3 ranks total).

Tips and tactics

  • When used with wound and deadly/mind numbing poison it's very annoying for a priest in PvP, especially if they're not specced holy.

Patch changes

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  • Template:Patch 3.0.8
  • Patch 1.6.0 (patch date:2005-07-12): Spells that drain mana will now properly report the amount of mana gained in the combat log. 
  • Patch 1.4.0 (patch date:2005-05-05): This spell can no longer be used on warrior and rogue targets. In addition, while it can be used on a druid target at any time it will only drain mana when the druid is in caster form. 

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