Ammo pouches were a type of ammo bag. They could hold stacks of ammo, that is, shot or bullets used by gun-wielders (as opposed to quivers, which contain stacks of arrows used by bow-wielders and crossbow-wielders).

On its icon on the action bar where the ammo pouch was equipped, an ammo pouch would display the total number of the bullets that the ammo pouch held (the number of shots remaining), up to four digits (9999)[citation needed] . These did not have to be the same type of bullet, but each slot in the ammo pouch would hold only one kind of bullet.

When the currently equipped stack of bullets ran out of bullets, an ammo pouch would automatically re-equip another stack of the same type of bullet, if one existed in the ammo pouch. This way the player would not have to worry about reloading, simply placing several stacks of the same bullets in the ammo pouch. It was advisable to not mix kinds of bullets in a ammo pouch in order to avoid having shooting occasionally halt, waiting for a manual reload.

Though any character could equip and fill them, an ammo pouch primarily was of benefit to a hunter, whose role, mechanics, and attacks depended on using large amounts of ammo, especially due to the autoshoot capability. Other classes that were able to use guns, mainly as devices to just pull mobs, simply used a handful of bullets in normal bags, if not a throwing weapon.

Currently available ammo pouches:

Quiver Level Slots Capacity Cost Source
 [Small Ammo Pouch] - 6 6000 4c Hunter Starting Gear
 [Small Shot Pouch] - 8 8000 10s Vendor
 [Small Leather Ammo Pouch] - 8 8000 Crafted Leatherworking (30)
 [Medium Shot Pouch] 10 10 10000 10s Vendor
 [Hunting Ammo Sack] 15 10 10000 Quest A [5-30] Vyrin's Revenge, Loch Modan
 [Bandolier of the Night Watch] 18 12 12000 Quest A [30] The Night Watch, Duskwood
 [Heavy Leather Ammo Pouch] 30 14 14000 Crafted Leatherworking (150)
 [Thick Leather Ammo Pouch] 40 16 16000 Crafted Leatherworking (225)
 [Ribbly's Bandolier] 50 16 16000 Drop Ribbly Screwspigot, Blackrock Depths
 [Gnoll Skin Bandolier] 55 16 16000 10 Alterac Valley Mark of Honor 1530 Honor Points Alterac Valley Vendors
 [Smuggler's Ammo Pouch] 68 18 18000 10g Honored: The Consortium
 [Knothide Ammo Pouch] 60 20 20000 Crafted Leatherworking (325)
 [Netherscale Ammo Pouch] 70 24 24000 Crafted Leatherworking (350), Revered:AllianceHonor Hold/HordeThrallmar
 [Dragonscale Ammo Pouch] 75 28 28000 Crafted Leatherworking (415), Honored:The Kalu'ak

Note: Prior to Patch 3.1.0, ammo pouches granted a haste effect, increasing the rate of fire, of 10 to 15 percent (depending on level). This was removed in Patch 3.1.0, replaced with hunters receiving a 15% boost to Auto Shot speed. The patch also increased the number of remaining shots that can be displayed on the action bar.


Cataclysm Class Preview: Hunter | 2010-04-09 16:00 | Blizzard Entertainment Nethaera

A major change coming for the hunter is the removal of ammunition. Guns, bows, and crossbows will now do damage without consuming ammunition at all. There will be no more ammo slot on the hunter’s character display. Any ammunition that a hunter has at the time of the change will become gray sellable items. Existing quivers will be converted into large bags -- though each hunter can only have one and non-hunters will not benefit from this change -- and we will not be making any additional quivers.

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Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Converted to regular bags.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): No longer increases attack speed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Fixed a bug where Ammo Pouch and Quiver bonuses were stacking together. Now only the better bonus should be considered.