Serpent Sting

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Serpent Sting
Ability hunter quickshot
  • Serpent Sting
  • 40 yd  range
  • 25 Focus
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Ranged Weapon
  • Causes X Nature damage over 15 sec.
Usable by
Cooldown (GCD 1 sec)
Level required10
Other information
RequirementsRequires Ranged Weapon
Related debuff
Ability hunter quickshot
  • Poison
  • Serpent Sting
  • Causes X Nature damage every 3 seconds.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
TCG image
Laced with poisonous toxins, the serpent sting burns the very blood of its target.

Serpent Sting is a hunter ability learned at level 10. It stings the target, causing nature damage over 15 seconds. Only one Sting per hunter can be active on any one target.

Modified by


  • Serpent 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 their Stoneform racial ability.
  • Like most damage over time effects, Serpent Sting cannot crit and thus does not benefit from any increases to crit chance. The two piece set bonus from the Windrunner's Pursuit/Battlegear set grants Serpent Sting ticks the ability to critically strike. Each tick then has a chance equal to your ranged crit chance of dealing double damage. The end result is that the damage of Serpent Sting is increased by your crit chance, so that if you have a 60% chance to crit, Serpent Sting will deal 60% more damage on average.

Tips and tactics

  • Serpent Sting is a fairly weak damage over time spell, in comparison to those of other classes. To get the most of out it, it should be used in fights that will last longer than 15 seconds. On short fights and trash mobs, the hunter may find it is not an efficient use of focus.
  • When fighting multiple enemies, it may be useful to apply Serpent Sting to all targets.
  • Its greatest utility in PvP is against rogues and druids, to prevent them from entering stealth. (Druids can cleanse it, but will have to shift to caster form to do so.)
  • Be careful using this spell in situations where your group may use crowd control (CC), as the damage will break the effects.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small/Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Is available at level 10 for 10Silver 23Copper.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): Hunter Tier-9 2-Piece Set Bonus: Critical damage from Serpent Sting will now work properly with the Mortal Shots and Expose Weakness talents.
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Gained bonus damage equal to 20% of the hunter's Attack Power, up from 10%.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): 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 and not limited to: Wizard oil, Improved divine spirit, Wrath of Air Totem. This is no longer the case.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): "Serpent Sting’s" initial, non-threatening application no longer consumes a charge of Misdirection.

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Patch date12 October 2010 +, 22 September 2009 +, 14 October 2008 +, 13 November 2007 + and 9 January 2007 +

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