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Steady Shot
Ability hunter steadyshot
  • Steady Shot
  • Level 1 hunter ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1.75 sec cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • A steady shot that causes (60% of Attack power) Physical damage.

    Usable while moving.
Class Hunter
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 1
Improvements Ability hunter improvedsteadyshot [Improved Steady Shot], Hunter pvp snipershot [Steady Focus], Spell frost stun [Consecutive Concussion]

Steady Shot is a hunter ability, available starting at level 1.

Beyond level 10, this ability is only relevant to the Marksmanship specialization. For Beast Mastery, it's quickly replaced by the Ability hunter cobrashot [Cobra Shot] talent. For Survival, it has no utility and can't be used without swapping weapons in combat, as most of the spec's major abilities require a melee weapon, not a ranged one.


Patch changes[]

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now available to all hunter specializations. Only generates focus for Marksmanship hunters.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Re-added. Only available to Marksmanship hunters.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): Damage increased by 15%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-06-10): Steady Shot now deals 10% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Steady Shot now deals 20% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): Steady Shot, Cobra Shot, and Barrage can now always be cast on the move.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Steady Shot should no longer start casting Auto Shot on a new target when the "Stop Auto Attack" option is enabled.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Available at level 3 for 60c. It generates 9 Focus.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20):
    • Now gains 10% of attack power as damage instead of 20%.
    • Ability impalingbolt [Arcane Shot]: Mana cost lowered to match the cost of Steady Shot.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14):
    • Now uses ammo. In result, its bonus damage has been slightly reduced. Players can notice a damage increase based upon what ammo they use.
    • Now has a 2.0 cast time, up from 1.5.
    • No longer clips Ability whirlwind [Auto Shot] making weapon speed less relevant.
    • Steady Shot is available beginning at level 50 instead of 62.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Tooltip clarified to indicate base weapon damage is used in the damage calculation.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): The tooltip stating the percentage of Attack Power gained by Steady Shot was inaccurate and has been corrected. The damage remains unchanged.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Special ability shots no longer add the ranged weapon speed or take into account ranged weapon haste when determining the actual cooldown. The tooltip and cooldown timers should now properly reflect the actual cooldown.

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