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 30 Marksmanship hunter talent
  • 40 Focus
  • 15 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • Fires a Black Arrow at the target, dealing (640% of Attack power) Shadow damage over 8 sec and summoning a Dark Minion to taunt it for the duration.

    When you kill an enemy, the remaining cooldown on Black Arrow will reset.
Usable by



15 seconds


40 yd

Other information
Level learned


Related debuffs
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  • Magic
  • Black Arrow
  • Taking (160% of Attack power) Shadow damage every 2 seconds.
  • Duration: 8 seconds

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  • Dark Whisper
  • Taunted.
  • Duration: 8 seconds

Black Arrow is a level 30 Marksmanship hunter talent.


  • In Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Black Arrow is an ability used by the Dark Ranger hero unit. The WC3 version of the spell increases the damage of the Dark Ranger's attacks, and enemies killed while the effect is active will be raised as skeletal minions. This is mimicked by the Legion version of Black Arrow summoning an undead beast to assist the hunter.
  • 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].

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Redesigned into a Marksmanship hunter talent (was Survival). Damage increased from 567% to 640%, duration reduced from 20 to 8 sec. Now only resets when an enemy is killed, and summons a minion to taunt the target.
  • 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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