Rapid Killing (hunter talent)

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Rapid Killing
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  • Rapid Killing (2 ranks)
  • Marksmanship, Tier 1
  • After killing an opponent that yields experience or honor, your next Aimed Shot, Steady Shot or Cobra Shot causes 10/20% additional damage. Lasts 20 sec.
Related buff
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  • Rapid Killing
  • Damage of your next Aimed Shot, Arcane Shot or Cobra Shot increased by 10/20%.
  • Duration: 20 seconds

Rapid Killing is a hunter talent found in the Marksmanship tree. The talent grants a buff which increases the damage of the hunter's next [Aimed Shot], [Steady Shot] or [Cobra Shot] used within 20 seconds after landing the killing blow on an enemy that would normally yield honor or experience. While the extra damage can be situationally useful, especially while leveling, the talent is also a requirement for gaining the full benefit of the [Rapid Recuperation] talent.



Rapid Killing increases the value of the [Rapid Recuperation] talent, by granting you 25/50 of your total focus every time you kill a worthy target if you have both talents. Note that the triggered focus regeneration effect is independent from the Rapid Killing damage bonus buff, and that you will gain the full amount of focus even if you fire a shot right away.

Tips and tactics

  • While the bonus damage on your next shot is not the reason this talent is taken for PvE DPS, the damage bonus can still be put to good use. If you use [Kill Shot] to "steal" killing blows on targets, you will (in addition to the high damage dealt by Kill Shot) significantly increase the damage of your next shot. Since the buff lasts 20 seconds, you do not have to use a single target shot right away. This is especially useful in AoE situations where you are mainly using [Multi-Shot] but still want to "snipe" targets with Kill Shot for maximum damage.
  • Since Chimera Shot deals the most damage of all the shots affected by this talent, and so should ideally be your next shot fired after killing a target.
  • This talent can be somewhat inconvenient while leveling, as the extra damage makes it more likely that you pull aggro off your pet. You can avoid this, and even turn it to your advantage, by using [Misdirection] once you get it.

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