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Arcane Explosion
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  • Arcane Explosion
  • 3.0% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Causes an explosion of arcane magic around the caster, causing X Arcane damage to all targets within 10 yards.

    Arcane Arcane
    Refreshes Arcane Charges and has a 30% chance to generate an Arcane Charge, if at least one target is hit.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required18
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There's only one safe place to stand, and it's occupied.

Arcane Explosion is a mage ability learned at level 18 for those with the arcane specialization. It is a point blank area of effect spell that deals arcane damage to all enemies within 10 yards of the caster. It is used most often to quickly kill many weak enemies. It is often abbreviated as "AE".

Modified by

Arcane Arcane specialization ability


This spell is very popular. In instances especially, there are often groups of small non-elites either alone or surrounding a "leader" elite. Some instance groups bring a mage along solely to quickly deal with these pests. You won't mind being pigeonholed this way... it's both fun and a challenge to test your ability to stay alive.

This is used by higher level characters for farming instances for friends, and game friends usually. It can be used for other farming purposes as well.

This spell is also very useful in battlegrounds while moving to try to keep stealthies away from you.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Arcane Explosion is now available only to Arcane Mages.
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (21-May-2013): Arcane Explosion now deals 40% more damage.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): Arcane Explosion damage has been increased by 30%.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Reduced the mana cost of Fireball, Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, Arcane Blast, Arcane Missiles, and Arcane Explosion.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): The damage cap for area of effect damage on this spell has been increased by approximately 50%.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): The spell no longer has a base cast of 1.5 seconds; now instant cast and will no longer remove the Presence of Mind effect when used.

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