Kill Shot

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Kill Shot
Ability hunter assassinate2.png
  • Kill Shot
  • Level 35 Beast Mastery, Marksmanship hunter ability
  • 45 yd range
  • 10 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • You attempt to finish off a wounded target, dealing 785% Physical damage. Only usable on enemies with less than 20% health. If the target dies, the Hunter will regain 15% of maximum health.

    If Kill Shot fails to kill the target, the cooldown is reset.
Usable by



10 seconds

Other information
Level learned



Kill Shot is a Beast Mastery and Marksman Hunter ability intended for finishing off wounded targets, learned at level 35. It is only usable when the target is below 20% health (35% with the [Enhanced Kill Shot] Draenor Perk), but has an unusually long range deals an enormous amount of damage.


Kill Shot deals 785% Physical damage (including contribution from attack power). This makes it scale very well with the hunter's attack power, making the shot deal exceptionally high damage in a raid setting, where the hunter is likely to benefit from multiple buffs that increase attack power, such as [Battle Shout] and [Blessing of Kings].

Tips and tactics

  • Since it has an unusually long range, Kill Shot is useful for finishing off anyone who gets out of range of your other abilities in both PvE and PvP.
  • Against target with very high amounts of health, you should use Kill Shot as soon as you can, as the target may have enough health left for you to be able to use Kill Shot multiple times.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Hotfix (2015-07-13): "Fixed an issue where Kill Shot (Beast Mastery, Marksmanship) can occasionally fail to reset its cooldown if it fails to kill the target."
  • Hotfix (2014-12-10): "Resolved a number of additional situations that could cause Kill Shot (Beast Mastery, Marksmanship) to not correctly reset its cooldown."
  • Hotfix (2014-12-09): "Kill Shot should now correctly reset its cooldown when it fails to kill the target due to Cauterize (Mage) or Guardian Spirit (Priest)."
  • Hotfix (2014-12-08): "Kill Shot's (Beast Mastery, Marksmanship) damage has been reduced by 10%."
  • Hotfix (2014-10-17): "Kill Shot's damage has been increased by 15%."
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now heals the Hunter for 15% of maximum health if it kills the target.
    • No longer available to Survival Hunters.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Weapon damage increased from 150% to 420%. Bonus damage removed. If Kill Shot fails to kill the target, it will now cause the cooldown to be reset, but cannot happen more often than ever 6 sec.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): Minimum range of 5 yards added.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Cooldown reduced to 15 seconds, down from 35 sec.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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