Viper Sting
Ability hunter aimedshot.png
  • Viper Sting
  • Level 36 hunter talent
  • 5 - 35 yd range
  • 8% of base mana
  • 15 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • Stings the target, draining 4% mana over 8 sec (up to a maximum of 8% of the caster's maximum mana), and energizing the Hunter equal to 300% of the amount drained. Only one Sting per Hunter can be active on any one target.
Usable by
Class Hunter
School Nature
Cooldown 15 sec
Other information
Level available 36
Improvements [Efficiency], [Improved Stings], [Hawk Eye]
Related debuff
Ability hunter aimedshot.png
  • Viper Sting
  • Drains 1% mana every 2 seconds, restoring 300% of the amount drained to the Hunter.
  • Duration: 8 seconds

Viper Sting applies a poisonous sting that drain 4% mana over 8 sec (up to a maximum of 8% of the caster's maximum mana). Only one Sting per hunter can be active on any one target.


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Viper Sting is a poison, and thus can be cleansed by druids, paladins, and shamans, as well as any mob that can cleanse poison. Rogues can dispel it with [Cloak of Shadows], and dwarves with [Stoneform].

Viper Sting is used against spell casters or any class with mana.


  • [Efficiency] (Marksmanship Talent): Reduces the mana cost of your Shots and Stings by 2% per rank (5 ranks total).
  • [Improved Stings] (Marksmanship Talent): Increases the mana drained by your Viper Sting by 6% per rank (5 ranks total).
  • [Hawk Eye] (Survival Talent): Increases the range of your ranged weapon by 2 yards per rank (3 ranks total).

Tips and tactics

  • When used with wound and deadly/mind numbing poison it's very annoying for a priest in PvP, especially if they're not specced holy.

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Now drains a percentage of maximum mana.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Spells that drain mana will now properly report the amount of mana gained in the combat log.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): This spell can no longer be used on warrior and rogue targets. In addition, while it can be used on a druid target at any time it will only drain mana when the druid is in caster form.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.10 (2004-09-18): Mana damage has been increased.

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