Barrage

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For the former hunter talent, see [Barrage].
Barrage
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  • Barrage
  • Level 90 Beast Mastery, Marksmanship hunter talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 60 Focus
  • 20 sec cooldown
  • Channeled
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • Requires
  • Rapidly fires a spray of shots for 3 sec, dealing an average of (693% of ranged weapon damage) Physical damage to all enemies in front of you. Usable while moving.
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

20 seconds

Other information
Level learned

90

Barrage is a level 90 Beast Mastery and Marksmanship hunter talent.

Notes

  • It was once possible to hit enemies who were invisible or stealthed. This made Barrage (already the best PvE talent in the level 90 tier for Warlords) even more desirable in PvP. Because of it, Blizzard changed the ability's behavior in Patch 6.2.0 to no longer target enemies the hunter could not see and added a player penalty to its damage.
  • Barrage will target and kill critters in addition to regular enemy targets.

Tips and tactics

  • It's advised to save Barrage for boss encounters due to the ability's 40-yard range habit of pulling extra mobs.
  • If you do need to use this outside of a boss encounter, carefully position yourself between your current group of mobs and the group ahead (if possible). This will reduce, but not eliminate, the chance of extra pulls.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2017-01-17): "Barrage damage increased by 10%."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10):
    • No longer requires a target, and no longer deals extra damage to one target.
    • Damage increased by 80% for Beast Mastery only.
  • Hotfix (2016-09-23): "Barrage (non-Survival) damage reduced by 20%."
  • Hotfix (2016-09-13): "Barrage range will now correctly match the range of the Hunter's other abilities."
Developers' Notes: During the recent updates to Barrage, we discovered it extended approximately 2 yards beyond the range of autoshot and other abilities. We're changing it to more closely match.
  • Hotfix (2016-09-07): "Barrage now fires in a tighter cone, and its visual has been improved to better show its area of effect."
Developers' Notes-- Barrage fulfills a fantasy of a wild spray of shots in a large area. Of course, that can be dangerous, and often Hunters accidentally pull additional enemies with Barrage, especially in Legion dungeons. We saw this as a failure on our part to convey what it actually does. This hotfix should allow Hunters to get a feel for the shape and size of it and build a reliable expectation of what will happen when they cast Barrage. No change was made to Barrage's damage. We hope that this helps Hunters and their groupmates to have a more pleasant dungeon experience.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Survival hunters.
  • Hotfix (2015-07-13): "Barrage should no longer incorrectly hit targets that are in stealth if the Hunter is unable to see them."
  • WoD Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now deals only 80% of normal damage against player-controlled targets. Additionally, the ability no longer hits invisible or stealthed targets.
  • WoD Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): Damage has been increased by 21%.
  • Hotfix (2014-10-17): "Damage increased by 15%."
  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now has a 20 second cooldown (down from 30 seconds), costs 60 Focus (up from 30 Focus), and its damage has been increased by 100%.
  • MoP Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): Steady Shot, Cobra Shot, and Barrage can now always be cast on the move.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.

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