Auto Shot
Ability whirlwind.png
  • Auto Shot
  • Level 1 hunter ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 0.5 sec cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • Automatically shoots the target until cancelled.
Usable by
Class Hunter
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 1

Auto Shot is a basic attack that allows hunters to fire their ranged weapons repeatedly until canceled. This will automatically activate when a hunter uses any offensive ranged ability (with the exception of [Scatter Shot]).


This is the bread and butter attack for hunters. Generally a hunter will pull the mob and then just turn on Auto Shot and use whatever shots they choose ( [Arcane Shot], [Serpent Sting], [Concussive Shot], etc).

The actual icon the player will see for the Auto Shot ability will be the icon for the ranged weapon in use. The icon shown on this page is a placeholder, shown when no ranged weapon is equipped.

The 0.5 cast time affects the time between activating this ability and the first shot being fired, or firing the first shot after moving (when Auto Shot will not fire). Between shots, the time only depends on the hunter's weapon speed and haste, just like the auto melee attack.

Auto Shot has a built-in 15% ranged haste effect.

Tips and tactics

The auto-activation when used with any ranged offensive ability can cause you to generate more aggro than you wanted or to break an effect.

Since it is a spell in itself, attempting to use a macro which activates multiple abilities will prevent one or possibly more than one of the abilities from being activated (in other words, you will receive the error message "Another action is in progress").

There is a cast time of 0.5 seconds. This is important to keep it in mind because using another special ability can and will cancel out this casting time to reset Auto Shot.

Due to the 0.5 second cast time on auto-shot, firing a special ability while moving will prevent auto-shot from firing immediately after the special shot goes off. This can be highly helpful when trying to generate aggro on a crowd-controlled mob without breaking the CC.

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Auto Shot can now be used while moving
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Max. range changed to 40 yd up from 35 yd.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): 15% ranged haste is now built into the hunter's Auto Shot.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Equipping a thrown weapon while in the middle of an Auto Shot will no longer cause animation issues.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): /cast will toggle spells again unless the name is prefixed with an exclamation mark, e.g. /castsequence [Steady Shot], !Auto Shot
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Hunters now have a UI option Auto Attack/Auto Shot that if turned off means that the hunter will not automatically switch between ranged attack and melee attack difficulty when the range changes.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.6 (2007-01-23): Auto Shot will be automatically enabled if the Hunter steps out of melee range while in combat with target.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Auto Shot is now canceled when you die.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): Fixed a bug where switching targets would cancel Auto Shot. Switching targets should now continue firing on the newly acquired target.

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