For the Pet Battle ability, see [Arcane Explosion].
Arcane Explosion
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  • Arcane Explosion
  • Level 6 mage ability
  • 10% of base mana
  • Instant
  • Causes an explosion of magic around the caster, dealing (54.6% of spell power) Arcane damage to all enemies within 10 yards.

    Arcane Rank 2 (Level 18):
    Damage increased by 10%..

    Arcane Arcane:
    Generates 1 Arcane Charge if any targets are hit.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Radius 10 yards
Other information
Level learned 6

Arcane Explosion (often abbreviated as "AE") is level 6 mage point blank area of effect spell that deals arcane damage to all enemies within 10 yards of the caster and generates an Arcane Charge for Arcane mages. It is used most often to quickly kill multiple weak enemies.


  • The 5 piece set bonus from the Netherwind Regalia set increase the radius of the spell by 25%, for a 12.5 yd radius.


Tips and tactics

  • This spell is very popular. In instances especially, there are often groups of small non-elites either alone or surrounding a "leader" elite. Some instance groups bring a mage along solely to quickly deal with these pests. You won't mind being pigeonholed this way... it's both fun and a challenge to test your ability to stay alive.
  • This is also used by higher level characters for farming instances for friends or for other farming purposes.


Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now available to all mages.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now has a guaranteed chance to generate an Arcane Charge. Damage increased by 37.6%. Mana cost increased by 100% and damage by 60% per Arcane Charge.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-08): Damage has been increased by 10%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now available only to Arcane mages.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now deals 40% more damage.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Damage has been increased by 30%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Now costs 15% of base mana, down from 18%.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): The damage cap for area of effect damage on this spell has been increased by approximately 50%.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Is now instant cast and will no longer remove the Presence of Mind effect when used.
    Previously 1.5 sec, made instant by [Improved Arcane Explosion].
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Should now be causing the damage listed in the tool-tip.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Mana cost, casting time and damage reduced.

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