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Serpent Sting
Spell hunter exoticmunitions poisoned
  • Serpent Sting
  • Row 9 hunter talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 10 Focus
  • Instant
  • Fire a shot that poisons your target, causing them to take (20.6% of Attack power) Nature damage instantly and an additional (99% of Attack power) Nature damage over 18 sec.
Class Hunter
School Nature
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Talent required Ability hunter mastermarksman [Master Marksman]
Improvements Ability skeer bloodletting [Serrated Shots], Ability poisonarrow [Poison Injection]/​Inv hydrasbite [Hydra's Bite], Ability hunter serpentswiftness [Serpentstalker's Trickery], Ability hunter potentvenom [Viper's Venom], Inv wildfirebomb poison [Volatile Bomb], Ability hunter thrillofthehunt [Ranger]
Related debuff
Spell hunter exoticmunitions poisoned
  • Poison
  • Serpent Sting
  • Suffering (16.5% of Attack power) Nature damage every 3 sec.
  • Duration: 18 seconds
Laced with poisonous toxins, the serpent sting burns the very blood of its target.[1]

Serpent Sting is a row 9 hunter talent.



Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.7 (2023-03-21): Damage increased by 25%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 9 class talent (was a level 12 Survival ability/level 15 Marksmanship talent). Now has a cost of 10 Focus and a duration of 18 seconds for all specializations (was 20 Focus and 12 seconds for Survival). No longer deals increased damage for Survival.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Marksmanship: Duration increased to 18 seconds (was 12 seconds).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Marksmanship: Damage increased by 15%.
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2018-07-27): Fixed a bug causing Serpent Sting to sometimes not correctly fire additional arrows at nearby targets when talented into Inv hydrasbite [Hydra's Bite].
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2018-07-26): Periodic damage is now able to critically strike.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Reworked into an active ability, rather than being a passive attached to other abilities. Automatically learned at level 12 for Survival, or available as a talent at level 15 for Marksmanship.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Damage increased to 115% (was 87%).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Changed into a talent. Now affects Ability hunter raptorstrike [Raptor Strike] and Ability hunter carve [Carve] instead of Ability upgrademoonglaive [Multi-Shot] and Ability impalingbolt [Arcane Shot].
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-07-20): Damage increased by 25%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): No longer deals an initial "tick" of damage when the periodic effect is first applied.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-15): Serpent Sting's damage has increased by 60%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): Serpent Sting's damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Serpent Sting has been redesigned based on Ability hunter serpentswiftness [Serpent Spread] and is now available only to Survival Hunters.
    • Serpent Spread has been renamed into Serpent Sting.
    • Serpent Sting now causes Multi-Shot and Arcane Shot to also apply a Serpent Sting poison dealing instant and periodic damage.
    • Cobra Shot no longer extends the duration of Serpent Sting.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-11-29): Serpent Sting's damage has been increased by 100%, and its cost has been reduced to 15 Focus (was 25).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now available at level 10 for 10s 23c.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Gained bonus damage equal to 20% of the hunter's Attack Power, up from 10%.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Now scales with ranged attack power instead of spell damage. It was considered to be a nature-spell-damage based attack thus was buffed by all nature and general spell-damage buffs including but not limited to: Inv potion 104 [Wizard Oil], Spell holy divinespirit [Improved Divine Spirit], Spell nature slowingtotem [Wrath of Air Totem]. This is no longer the case.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): "Serpent Sting's" initial, non-threatening application no longer consumes a charge of Ability hunter misdirection [Misdirection].

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