Arcane Blast

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For the Pet Battle ability, see [Arcane Blast].

Arcane Blast
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  • Arcane Blast
  • Level 10 Arcane mage ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 2.75% of base mana
  • 2.25 sec cast
  • Blasts the target with energy, dealing (55% of spell power) Arcane damage.

    Each Arcane Charge increases damage by 60% and mana cost by 100%, and reduces cast time by 8%.

    Generates 1 Arcane Charge
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned

10

Improvements
Each blast of arcane power strikes its target more quickly than the last.[1]

Arcane Blast is a level 10 Arcane mage spell that deals direct arcane damage, with increasing damage levels and mana costs with each stack of Arcane Charge. With careful management, the mage can use this spell to trade off damage per mana versus damage per second.

Improvements

Talents

Azerite Traits

Tips and tactics

The mana cost increase makes spamming this spell with 4 stacks of Arcane Charge very inefficient and unsustainable under most circumstances. However, this can be managed and manipulated by the mage by properly utilizing Arcane Charges' effects.

Arcane Blast (and Arcane Charge) management defines the playstyle for an Arcane spec'd mage. In PvE combat, this playstyle is handled in a continuous cycle known as "phases": a "burn phase" followed by a "conserve phase", repeating throughout the encounter. The basics of these phases are as follows:

A "burn phase" may begin when you have [Arcane Power] available, 4 Arcane Charges, and >50% mana. Focus on casting Arcane Blast during Arcane Power to rapidly deal high amounts of damage. After Arcane Power has ended, continue to cast Arcane Blast and [Arcane Missiles] (only with [Clearcasting]) until oom. At this point, use [Evocation] and begin a "conserve phase."

During a "conserve phase", the goal is to cast as many 4-charge Arcane Blasts as possible while remaining above 50% mana. Once you approach or fall below 50% mana, use [Arcane Barrage] to dump your charges. The conserve phase generally ends when [Arcane Power] comes off cooldown, but may be delayed for important boss mechanics.

Arcane Blast, like [Scorch] (and unlike [Fireball], [Frostbolt], and Arcane Missiles), has no projectile animation or travel time. This may make the mage a bit less obvious in PvP combat as Arcane Blast won't leave a brilliant pointer back to the caster.

Trivia

Patches and hotfixes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Arcane Blast's mana cost is now increased by 100% per Arcane Charge (down from 125%). Additionally, the cast time of Arcane Blast is now reduced by 8% per charge. Base mana cost reduced to 2.75%, down from 3%.
  • Legion Patch 7.3.0 (2017-08-29): Arcane Blast has received new casting and impact animations.
  • Hotfix (2017-01-23): "Damage increased by 8%."
  • Hotfix (2017-01-17): "Arcane Blast now deals normal damage in PvP situations (was an additional 5%)."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Damage increased by 12%.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Damage increased by 17%.
  • Hotfix (2016-09-23): "Arcane Blast damage increased by 10%."
  • Hotfix (2016-08-26): "Arcane Blast (Arcane) now deals 15% more damage in PvP."
  • Hotfix (2016-08-22): "Arcane Blast mana cost has been decreased to 3.0% base mana (was 3.2%)."
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Spell power co-efficient increased to 150% (up from 121%) and damage increase per Arcane Charge increased to 60% (up from 50%). Arcane Blast no longer causes a debuff; Arcane Charges are now a secondary resource.
  • Hotfix (2014-12-08): "Damage has been increased by 16%."
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now replaces [Frostfire Bolt] for Arcane mages.
    • Cast time increased to 2.25 seconds (up from 2 seconds). Damage has been increased by 12.5% to compensate.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Damage has been reduced by 22.9% and mana cost has been increased to 1.66667% of base mana (was 1.5%).
  • Hotfix (2012-09-20): "Arcane Blast damage has been reduced by approximately 3.5%."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now an Arcane specialization ability, affected by the Arcane Charge resource mechanic.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Damage done has been reduced by 5%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Cast time has been reduced to 2.0 seconds, down from 2.35 seconds. In addition, the stacking effect of Arcane Blast now increases the damage done by Arcane Explosion, and Arcane Explosion does not consume that effect.
  • Hotfix (2011-02-15): "Arcane Blast now costs 5% of base mana before stacking modifiers, down from 7%."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Mana cost has been reduced by 12%.
  • Hotfix (2011-01-18): The mana costs of the following mage spells have been reduced, but they still require the previous percentage of base mana in order to be cast: [Arcane Barrage] (11% of base mana), Arcane Blast (7% of base mana), and [Fireball] (12% of base mana). As an example, Fireball requires 16% base mana to cast, but only consumes 12% of base mana.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Now increases damage of the next Arcane Blast by 10% per stack, down from 20%, reduces cast time by 0.1 seconds per stack, and increases the mana cost by 150%, down from 175%. In addition, the base cast time of Arcane Blast has been lowered to 2.35 seconds.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Arcane Blast now costs 8% of base mana, up from 7%. Range increased to 40 yards, up from 30 yards. Now increases damage of Arcane Blast by 20% for each charge, up from 15%. Now deals 1579.53 to 1835.67 damage, up from 1185 to 1377 damage.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): The buff from using this ability now stacks up to 4 times instead of 3, and each application increases mana cost by 175% instead of 200%. In addition, the duration of the buff has been reduced to 6 seconds.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Mana cost reduced by 12%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Stacking effect is no longer considered a Magic effect and will not be dispelled.
Formerly it was considered a harmful magical effect and could be dispelled by allies.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): This ability has been significantly changed. Arcane Blast now increases the damage of the next Arcane spell by 15%. However, using Arcane Blast itself does not consume the charge itself. Each time you cast Arcane Blast, the damage of Arcane spells is increased by 15% and the mana cost of Arcane Blast is increased by 200%. This effect stacks up to 3 times and lasts 10 seconds or until any Arcane damage spell except Arcane Blast is cast. Additionally, Arcane Blast will now work with the talent [Torment the Weak].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Mana cost reduced.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Debuff effect duration reduced to 3 seconds, and now increases damage by 25/50/75% instead of reducing cast time.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22):
    • A data error was fixed that was causing Arcane Blast to generate more threat than intended.
    • The Arcane Blast debuff can no longer be dispelled.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): The mage spell "Arcane Blast" will now receive the mana reduction benefits from "Clearcasting".
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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