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Quivers are a type of ammo bag. They contain stacks of arrows used by bow-wielders and crossbow-wielders (as opposed to ammo pouches, which contain stacks of ammo (shot or bullets) used by gun-wielders). WoW makes no distinction between arrows for bows and arrows for crossbows.

On its icon on the action bar where the quiver is equipped, a quiver will display the total number of the arrows that the quiver holds (the number of shots remaining), up to three digits (999). These do not have to be the same type of arrow, but each slot in the quiver will hold only one kind of arrow. When the number of shots remaining exceeds 1000, the number is not displayed.

When the currently equipped stack of arrows runs out of arrows a quiver will automatically re-equip another stack of the same type of arrow, if one exists in the quiver. This way the player will not have to worry about reloading; simply placing several stacks of the same arrows in the quiver. It is advisable to not mix kinds of arrows in a quiver in order to avoid having shooting occasionally halt, waiting for a manual reload.

Quivers, before patch 3.1, provided a rate of fire bonus, from 10 percent for low level quivers to 15 percent to high level quivers. Since patch 3.1 this has changed. Patch notes "Ammunition: All types of gun and bow ammunition now stack to 1000. All quivers and ammo pouches no longer provide haste. 15% ranged haste is now built into the hunter's Auto Shot."

A quiver or pouch adds no real benefit other than organization. Any character can buy and equip a quiver in a bag slot. Any character can buy and carry arrows and can use the quiver to store the arrows. Only hunters, rogues, and warriors can use or train to use bows and crossbows which fire arrows. The roles and mechanics of rogues and warriors do not use large quantities of arrows; lacking the hunter's autoshoot capability, manually firing each shot, having no special abilities that require shooting, primarily shooting (or throwing, rather than shooting) to pull a mob and doing the bulk of the damage through melee, often using stealth or a charge rather than shooting to engage an opponent; thus they generally forgo an ammo bag in favor of one or two stacks of ammo in a general purpose bag. So only a hunter has the need for the ability of the quiver to feed a large quantity of arrows to the ammo slot.

A shooter can use more than one quiver, but will find that this is unnecessary and that they need the bag slots for normal bags.

Currently available quivers:

Quiver Req. Lvl Slots Shots Price Source
[Light Quiver] - 6 6,000 4Copper Hunter Starting Gear
[Small Quiver] - 8 8,000 1Silver Vendor
[Light Leather Quiver] - 8 8,000 Crafted Leatherworking (30)
[Medium Quiver] 10 10 10,000 10Silver Vendor
[Hunting Quiver] - 10 10,000 Quest Official alliance mini-icon15 Vyrin's Revenge, Loch Modan
[Quiver of the Night Watch] - 12 12,000 Quest Official alliance mini-icon18 The Night Watch, Duskwood
[Heavy Quiver] 30 14 14,000 Crafted Leatherworking (150)
[Quickdraw Quiver] 40 16 16,000 Crafted Leatherworking (225)
[Ribbly's Quiver] 50 16 16,000 Drop Ribbly Screwspigot, Blackrock Depths
[Harpy Hide Quiver] 55 16 16,000 2250 Pvpcurrency-honor-both10 Alterac valley mark of honor Alterac Valley Vendors
[Ancient Sinew Wrapped Lamina] 60 18 18,000 Quest Epic Hunter quest chain
[Clefthoof Hide Quiver] 68 18 18,000 10Gold 0Silver 0Copper Honored: Official horde mini-iconMag'har
[Worg Hide Quiver] 68 18 18,000 10Gold 0Silver 0Copper Honored: Official alliance mini-iconKurenai
[Knothide Quiver] 60 20 20,000 Crafted Leatherworking (325)
[Quiver of a Thousand Feathers] 70 24 24,000 Crafted Leatherworking (350), Revered: Lower City
[Nerubian Reinforced Quiver] 75 28 28,000 Crafted Leatherworking (415), Honored: Knights of the Ebon Blade

Cataclysm

Blizz
Cataclysm Class Preview: Hunter | 2010-04-09 16:00 | Nethaera
A major change coming for the hunter is the removal of ammunition. Guns, bows, and crossbows will now do damage without consuming ammunition at all. There will be no more ammo slot on the hunter’s character display. Any ammunition that a hunter has at the time of the change will become gray sellable items. Existing quivers will be converted into large bags -- though each hunter can only have one and non-hunters will not benefit from this change -- and we will not be making any additional quivers.

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Patch changes

WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Fixed a bug where Ammo Pouch and Quiver bonuses were stacking together. Now only the better bonus should be considered.

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