Arcane Shot

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Arcane Shot
Ability impalingbolt
  • Arcane Shot
  • 40 yd  range
  • 20 Focus
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • An instant shot that causes 100% weapon damage plus x as Arcane damage.
Usable by
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Level required1
Other information
RequirementsRequires Ranged Weapon
TCG image
Arcane Shot TCG
A hunter's deadly accuracy doesn't just seem like magic; sometimes, it is.

Arcane Shot is an instant hunter ability learned at level one.

Modified by


  • Its instant cast speed makes it useful when it comes to burst damage. It is very useful in PvP and for kiting, where mobility is key.
  • Arcane Shot deals arcane damage which 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.


Patch changes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Arcane Shot damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small/Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Arcane Shot is available at level 1 after creation and is therefore free.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Mana cost lowered to match the cost of Steady Shot.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Marked for Death now also affects Arcane Shot.
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Dispel 1 Magic effect removed. [1]
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): Ranks 1-5 will once again deal bonus damage based on attack power.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Arcane Shot (Ranks 6 and above) now dispel 1 Magic effect in addition to their normal damage.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Casting lower ranks of Arcane Shot than your maximum rank will now reduce the bonus you receive from attack power.; The tooltips for this ability in 2.0.12 were incorrect and have been fixed in 2.1.0. The damage dealt by maximum rank Arcane Shot is unchanged from 2.0.12 to 2.1.0; only the tooltip is changed.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.6 (23-Jan-2007): The base damage for Arcane Shot has been reduced by about 9% and the bonus damage from ranged attack power reduced from 20% to 15%
  • WoW Icon 16x16/Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): Casting lower ranks of Arcane Shot than your maximum rank will now reduce the bonus you receive from attack power.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): The tooltips for quick Hunter shots have been updated to show them as instant abilities.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.5.0 (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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Facts about Arcane ShotRDF feed
Patch date8 February 2011 +, 12 October 2010 +, 20 January 2009 +, 14 October 2008 +, 8 January 2008 +, 13 November 2007 +, 22 May 2007 +, 23 January 2007 +, 5 December 2006 +, 13 September 2005 + and 7 June 2005 +

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