Explosive Trap

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Explosive Trap
Spell fire selfdestruct.png
  • Explosive Trap
  • Level 50 Survival hunter ability
  • 8 yd range
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Requires
  • Tosses a fire trap on the ground in front of you that explodes when an enemy approaches, causing (350% of attack power) Fire damage and burning all enemies within 8 yards for (350% of attack power) additional Fire damage over 10 sec. Trap will exist for 1 min.
Usable by



30 seconds

Other information
Level learned


Related buff
Spell fire selfdestruct.png
  • Explosive Trap
  • (35% of attack power) Fire damage every 1 seconds.
  • Duration: 10 seconds

Explosive Trap is a level 50 Survival hunter trap, learned at level 48. It is the trap Survival hunters should use in AoE situations.

This trap when used is automatically tossed a few yards in front of the player.

Tips and tactics

  • This trap is best used when there are multiple enemy targets stacked (2+). As the trap is no longer a ground effect, but an AoE DoT you don't have to worry about tanks moving the mobs out of your trap!


Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Explosive Trap now has a damage radius of 8 yards (was 5 yards).
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 50 (was 48).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Survival. Damage over time increased by 250%. New trap graphic.
  • Hotfix (2014-10-17): "Damage increased by 15%."
  • Hotfix (2014-10-14): "Resolved an issue where Explosive Trap's effects could be dodged."
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now places a periodic-damage effect on each target within the radius of the explosion, rather than a persistent effect on the ground.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10):
    • Overall damage decreased by 30%. Proportionately, more damage has been removed from the initial damage than the periodic effect.
    • No longer shares a cooldown with Black Arrow but can no longer activate Lock and Load.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Explosive Trap now has a new spell effect.
  • Hotfix (2009-04-16): "T.N.T. should now properly increase the damage of Explosive Trap."
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): [Trap Mastery] now only increases periodic damage done by Immolation Trap and Explosive Trap
Previously increased all damage.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): Fixed a bug where lower level versions of Explosive Trap were being resisted more than they should be.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Fixed a bug where the trap's effects suffered inappropriate damage reduction against high level targets. In addition, damage caused by this trap should no longer kill opponents in duels.

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