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
  • hunter talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 35 Focus
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Requires ranged weapon
  • Fires a Black Arrow at the target, dealing X Shadow damage over 20 sec. Black Arrow shares a cooldown with other Fire Trap spells.
Usable by



30 seconds

Talent tree

Survival, tier 7

Talent required
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Black Arrow
  • [X/10] Shadow damage every 2 seconds.
  • Duration: 20 seconds

Black Arrow is a hunter talent ability available at level 69, after spending 30 talent points in the survival tree. The hunter fires a black arrow at the target that deals Shadow damage over 20 seconds. The arrow shares a cooldown with [Immolation Trap] and [Explosive Trap].



  • 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 (2014-10-17): Damage increased by 15%.
  • 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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