Black Arrow

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For the NPC in Kun-Lai Summit, see Black Arrow (NPC).
Black Arrow
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  • Black Arrow
  • Level 50 Survival hunter ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 35 Focus
  • 24 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Requires ranged weapon
  • Fires a Black Arrow at the target, dealing (567% of attack power) damage over 20 sec.

    Your Black Arrow periodic damage has a 20% chance to trigger Lock and Load, causing your next two Explosive Shots to cost no Focus and trigger no cooldown.

    When Black Arrow is dispelled, its cooldown is reset.
Usable by



24 seconds

Other information
Level learned


Related buff
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  • Lock and Load
  • Your Explosive Shot triggers no cooldown.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Black Arrow
  • Taking (56.7% of Attack power) Shadow damage every 2 seconds.
  • Duration: 20 seconds

Black Arrow is a Survival hunter ability available at level 50.



In the Wrath of the Lich King beta, Black Arrow also drained mana from the victim. This was changed to 6% increased damage taken by target, probably because of redundancy arising from the already existing [Viper Sting].

Mists of Pandaria

MoP This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

Black Arrow will no longer be tied in with the traps nor share a cooldown with Explosive Trap. This ability will be similar to Serpent Sting, in which, it will have no cooldown and simply be a dot, and include damage done to enemies in a straight line from the hunter to their target.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2015-07-20): "Damage increased by 25%."
  • WoD Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): Now has a cooldown of 24 seconds (down from 30 seconds).
  • Hotfix (2014-10-17): "Damage increased by 15%."
  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • The effects of [Lock and Load] have been incorporated into Black Arrow.
    • Black Arrow's cooldown is reset if it is dispelled.
  • MoP Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Black Arrow now deals 10% more damage.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.2 (2012-01-31): Now ticks every 2 seconds for 20 seconds, as opposed to every 3 seconds for 15 seconds. The total damage dealt by the ability is unchanged.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Damage done has been increased by roughly 40%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer increases the target's damage taken. Moved from tier 9 to tier 7, now requires [Wyvern Sting].
  • WotLK Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Ranks 5 and 6 training costs have been lowered significantly.
  • WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Added.

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