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Readiness (hunter ability)

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This article is about the old hunter ability. For the secondary attribute, see Readiness. For the rogue talent, see [Combat Readiness].
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  • Readiness
  • Level 60 hunter ability
  • 5 min cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • When activated, this ability immediately finishes the cooldown on all Hunter abilities with a base cooldown less than 5 minutes.
Usable by



5 minutes

Other information
Level learned


Readiness is a hunter ability, available at level 60. When activated, it immediately finishes the cooldowns on most other hunter abilities. It has no effect on pet abilities such as [Roar of Recovery] or [Call of the Wild].


In PvE, Readiness is primarily used for resetting the cooldown on [Rapid Fire], allowing the ability to be used twice every time it is available. This results in a considerable DPS boost, and is the main reason why the talent is included in all Marksmanship PvE builds. This tactic also doubles the value of [Rapid Recuperation], restoring a significant amount of focus. Using Readiness right after using your highest damage shots will allow you to fire them again immediately, resulting in increased damage. This can be combined with the resetting of Rapid Fire's cooldown, as using Readiness to reset Rapid Fire's cooldown does not cancel any Rapid Fire effect already active. Learning how to properly use Readiness in this fashion will have a significant impact on your personal DPS.

Tips and tactics

  • Since Readiness resets the cooldowns of [Kill Command] and [Rapid Fire] and these abilities do not trigger a global cooldown, there is no reason not to use them before using Readiness. It may be useful to make a macro for Readiness that uses these abilities immediately before Readiness.
  • If in the heat of a PvP battle, this talent can be used to get off another [Freezing Trap] to incapacitate an opponent.
  • Readiness can be used to reset the cooldown on [Deterrence], allowing the ability to be used twice in a row for a total of 12 seconds of nigh invulnerability. This can be situationally useful in both PvE and PvP.
  • Using Readiness together with [Disengage] will let you to leap twice in a row, allowing you to put a lot of distance between you and your enemy. This can be especially useful if you are attacked by higher level players while questing, as it may buy you enough time to use [Feign Death] and mount up before they can catch up to you.

Past changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Removed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now available to all specializations, and only resets abilities with a base cooldown less than 5 minutes. Cooldown increased from 3 to 5 min.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): No longer resets the cooldown on [Bestial Wrath].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Cooldown reduced to 3 minutes, down from 5 minutes, and has been moved to Tier 5 of the Marksmanship Tree from the Survival Tree.
Was in Tier 9.

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