Arcane Shot

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Arcane Shot
Ability impalingbolt.png
Usable by



None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned


A hunter's deadly accuracy doesn't just seem like magic; sometimes, it is.[1]

Arcane Shot is a level 10 Marksmanship hunter ability deals damage equal to 130% of weapon damage and generates focus.


  • Arcane Shot deals Arcane damage which bypasses armor, but can be partially resisted.
  • Though it deals magic damage, Arcane Shot is not considered a spell and gains no benefit from spell power.

Tips and tactics

  • Arcane Shot can be very powerful in PvP. This is an oft-overlooked fact because Arcane Shot deals Arcane damage, which bypasses the heavy armor of warriors, paladins and death knights.


  • Arcane Shot is a basic hunter spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "Magi conjured arcane arrows to sell to hunters, until hunters learned just enough magic to do it themselves. The resulting loss of jobs sent Stormwind into a minor recession."

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now damages for 200% of weapon damage (was 130%).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Changed from a base ability to a level 10 Marksmanship ability. No longer cost focus but generates it instead. Damage increased by 4%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): Tooltip updated to match hotfix change.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): "Damage increased by 15%."
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer available to Marksmanship hunters.
Additionally, now deals 110% ranged weapon damage (down from 125%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now deals 125% ranged weapon damage (up from 100%) and had its focus cost increased by 50%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-06-10): "Arcane Shot now deals 10% more damage."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.2 (2012-01-31): [Lock and Load] no longer benefits Arcane Shot, nor is it consumed by Arcane Shot.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Arcane Shot is available at level 1 after creation and is therefore free.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20):
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Dispel 1 Magic effect removed. (Source)
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): Ranks 1-5 will once again deal bonus damage based on attack power.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Arcane Shot (Ranks 6 and above) now dispel 1 Magic effect in addition to their normal damage.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Casting lower ranks of Arcane Shot than your maximum rank will now reduce the bonus you receive from attack power.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.6 (2007-01-23): The base damage for Arcane Shot has been reduced by about 9% and the bonus damage from ranged attack power reduced from 20% to 15%
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Casting lower ranks of Arcane Shot than your maximum rank will now reduce the bonus you receive from attack power.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): The tooltips for quick Hunter shots have been updated to show them as instant abilities.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Special ability shots no longer add the ranged weapon speed or take into account ranged weapon haste when determining the actual cooldown. The tooltip and cooldown timers should now properly reflect the actual cooldown.

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