Arcane Explosion

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For the Pet Battle ability, see [Arcane Explosion].
Arcane Explosion
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  • Arcane Explosion
  • Level 18 Arcane mage ability
  • 2% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Causes an explosion of magic around the caster, dealing (75% of spell power) Arcane damage to all enemies within 10 yards.

    Damage increased by 60% per Arcane Charge.

    Mana cost increased by 125% per Arcane Charge.

    Generates 1 Arcane Charge if any targets are hit.
Usable by



None/Global Cooldown


10 yards

Other information
Level learned


Arcane Explosion (often abbreviated as "AE") is level 18 Arcane mage point blank area of effect spell that deals arcane damage to all enemies within 10 yards of the caster and generates an Arcane Charge. It is used most often to quickly kill multiple weak enemies.


  • The 5 piece set bonus from the Netherwind Regalia set increase the radius of the spell by 25%, for a 12.5 yd radius.


Tips and tactics

  • This spell is very popular. In instances especially, there are often groups of small non-elites either alone or surrounding a "leader" elite. Some instance groups bring a mage along solely to quickly deal with these pests. You won't mind being pigeonholed this way... it's both fun and a challenge to test your ability to stay alive.
  • This is also used by higher level characters for farming instances for friends or for other farming purposes.


Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now has a guaranteed chance to generate an Arcane Charge. Damage increased by 37.6%. Mana cost increased by 100% and damage by 60% per Arcane Charge.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-08): "Damage has been increased by 10%."
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now available only to Arcane mages.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now deals 40% more damage.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Damage has been increased by 30%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Now costs 15% of base mana, down from 18%.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-20): Is now instant cast and will no longer remove the Presence of Mind effect when used.
Previously 1.5 sec, made instant by [Improved Arcane Explosion].
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Should now be causing the damage listed in the tool-tip.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Mana cost, casting time and damage reduced.

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