Arcane Missiles
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  • Arcane Missiles
  • Level 13 Arcane mage ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 15% of Base Mana
  • Channeled
  • Launches five waves of Arcane Missiles at the enemy over 2.5 sec, causing a total of (202.5% of Spell power) Arcane damage.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 13
Improvements [Amplification], [Anomalous Impact], Arcane Empowerment, [Arcane Pummeling], Clearcasting, [Rule of Threes], [Slipstream]
As mage spells go, this one isn't the showiest. Nonetheless, you'll find it quite effective.[1]

Arcane Missiles is a a level 13 channeled Arcane mage spell that shoots a series of missiles at the target dealing direct arcane damage.


While you stand and channel, Arcane Missiles launches bolts of arcane energy at your target, dealing the given damage each second. Unlike other channeled spells, each second (or "tick") is considered a separate direct damage missile which passes through the normal direct damage checks (crit, resistance). Furthermore, both the initial cast of Arcane Missiles and each Missile are considered spell hits, resulting in a maximum amount of 5 hits per cast.


  • [Clearcasting] - For every X mana spent, you have a 1% chance of making Arcane Missiles cast 20% faster and cost no mana. Mana spent per 1% proc chance depends on the Mage's level. At Level 120, every 500 mana spent grants a 1% chance to proc Clearcasting.
  • [Amplification] - Causes Arcane Missiles to fire one additional missile when Clearcasting is active.
  • [Rule of Threes] - Reduces the cost of Arcane Missiles by 100% every time you gain your third Arcane Charge.
  • [Slipstream] - Clearcasting allows Arcane Missiles to be channeled while moving.
PvP talents
  • Arcane Empowerment - Clearcasting stacks up to 3 times and increases Arcane Missiles damage by 5% per stack while active.
Azerite traits
Artifact traits
Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 8.0.1.

Tips and tactics

A known disadvantage of the spell is that it requires you to stay in one space for the 2.5 second duration, making you a sitting duck in PvP situations (A sitting duck that happens to be shooting magic missiles at foes, anyways) and keeping you from gaining space between you and your enemies.

An often overlooked PvP benefit is the rapid speed with which it hits opponents causes regular spell interruption. Between this and [Slow], an Arcane mage can make it exceedingly difficult for an enemy player to get off spells with a cast time.

A notable effect of the fact is that "on spell hit" abilities, such as  [Mark of Defiance], can proc off each missile, similar to "on spell crit" abilities. However, "on spell cast" abilities, such as  [Mystical Skyfire Diamond], only have a chance to proc on each casting of the spell, not on each bolt.


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2018-07-18): When Arcane Missiles activate Clearcasting, the subsequent (free) Missiles will correctly have reduced channel time and be affected by Slipstream.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17):
  • Can now be cast at any time (previously required a proc to be cast).
  • Mana cost re-added.
  • Channel time increased to 2.5 seconds, up from 2 seconds.
  • No longer generates or gains bonus damage from Arcane Charges.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Damage increased by 17%. Now learned at level 12 (was level 14).
    Actual damage increase 10%?
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Arcane Missiles damage increased by 9%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage per wave increased by 22.8%, base chance to proc per spell reduced to 15% (down from 40%). Now deals 50% more damage per Arcane Charge (down from 60%).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now deals 10% more damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Stacks up to 3 charges (up from 2).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Damage has been reduced by 22.1%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-09-20): Arcane Missiles damage has been reduced by approximately 3.5%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now affected by the Arcane Charge resource mechanic.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Damage has been increased by 13%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Damage has been increased by 5%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now has a chance of being castable, much like the effects of [Missile Barrage] prior to 4.0.1.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22):
  • Casting this spell while both Missile Barrage and Clearcasting are active will cause only Missile Barrage to be consumed.
  • Ranks 12 and 13 will now properly cause players to enter combat.
  • Spell haste now affects channeled spells such as Arcane Missiles, reducing the overall channeling time but still doing the same amount of damage, thus increasing the DPS.
  • A bug was fixed where Arcane Missiles would fire an inconsistent number of missiles. This was fixed so that ranks 3-11 would always fire 5 pulses.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): It is no longer possible to cast this spell on an evading mob. In addition, the animation will now stop when the target is dead.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Should now properly report the correct "out of range" indicator on the action bar.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Fixed a bug where the spell would not function properly against spell-reflecting targets.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9.1 (2004-08-24): Arcane missiles will now only get a chance at the free cast on the first missile instead of every missile
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Can no longer be cast if silenced.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Mana cost and damage increased.

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