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Everquest Ranger Headshot Guide

Headshot is a powerful ability exclusive to Rangers in the popular online game EverQuest (EQ). This ability allows a Ranger to instantly kill a lower-level humanoid mob with an archery-based attack that deals physical damage. The ability cannot be resisted or mitigated, making it a highly effective tool for farming XP and AAs.

To use Headshot, you must first purchase it as an AA and then use the “/Autofire” command to enable your character to shoot their bow repeatedly until the mob dies or you manually stop the action. The Headshot ability can only proc on the Ranger’s target and has a chance to activate with each ranged attack performed. However, it only works on humanoid mobs that are lower level than your character. You can refer to forums for updated information and specific tips from experienced players on AA, spell setups, and augments for Headshot farming.

There are 22 ranks of Headshot, with the first available at level 60 (requires rank 1 in archery master). A fast bow with high-damage arrows is best, as it fires more arrows and increases the chance of one being a Headshot. Dexterity and Mod2 combat effects also increase the proc rate of Headshot, along with haste and dex buffs.

Headshotting works best with Vinelash Cascade, a spell that will root then snare mobs in an area, allowing you to snare multiple mobs at the same time. The best place to Headshot is by far Plane of Fire, with other suggested zones including The Hive, Karana zone, and FM on Sarnaks and Goblins.

Other AAs that can help with Headshot farming include Endless Quiver (uses the same arrow as you currently have equipped but won’t consume the arrow), Archery Mastery, Bow Mastery, Ranged Finesse, and Trick Shot (gives you the chance to fire more than one arrow).

Leveling Tips:

  • Plane of Fire Tables until level 75, then move to The Hive
  • For a level 100 Ranger, try the bandits in the Karana zone
  • At level 110, consider farming in FM on Sarnaks and Goblins

Here’s a list of complete zones to farm with Headshot, along with the required rank and max mob level:

  • Rank 2: Mines of Nurga Goblins – max level 46
  • Rank 3: Torgiran Mines – max level 60
  • Rank 4: Crypt of Nadox Mob near Entrance – max level 66
  • Rank 5: Temple of Droga, Upper – max level 72
  • Rank 7: Temple of Droga, Lower – max level 78
  • Rank 7: Blackfeather Roost Second Level – max level 78
  • Rank 7: Plane of Nightmare Mephits, Gargoyles – max level 79
  • Rank 8: Crypt of Decay Puslings – max level 82
  • Rank 8: Goru`kar Mesa, Green Legion Phalanxes – max level 83
  • Rank 9: The Barren Coast – max level 84
  • Rank 9: Halls of Honor – max level 86
  • Rank 9: Plane of Valor Arachnaes and Crawlers – max level 87
  • Rank 10: The Barren Coast Blacksail Swashbucklers and Stormguard Knights – max level 90
  • Rank 11: Children of Gimblax Non Named Goblins – max level 92
  • Rank 11: Calling Emoush Goblins – max level 92
  • Rank 11: Plane of Fire C1 – max level 93
  • Rank 12: Plane of Fire C2 – max level 94
  • Rank 12: The Steppes Gnolls – max level 96
  • Rank 12: Snarlstone Dens: Confronting a Traitor – max level 96
  • Rank 13: Freeing an Elder – max level 98
  • Rank 13: Stoneroot Falls Drachnids and Orcs – max level 98
  • Rank 13/15: Dragonscale Hills Minotaurs and Nymphs – max level 99
  • Rank 14: The Lost Gnomes – max level 100
  • Rank 15: Dreadspire Keep Orcs and Humans – max level 100
  • Rank 15: The Lost Gnomes (Hard) – max level 100
  • Rank 16: Old Blackburrow – max level 102
  • Rank 16: Bloody Kithicor – max level 102
  • Rank 19: Field of Scale – max level 105
  • Rank 19: Kurn’s Stronghold – max level 105
  • Rank 20/21: Kaesora Library – max level 106

To farm with Headshot effectively, you should target mobs that are lower level than your character and use the abilities and equipment that enhance the proc rate of Headshot. With practice and patience, you can level up your Ranger character quickly and efficiently in EQ.


Saturday 7th of January 2023

"Last updated: November 2, 2022" This guide is massively outdated - and it was in Nov. 2022 as well.


Tuesday 14th of November 2023

@Great Job, Still out of date "Last updated: April 6, 2023"

Just thought you'd want to know. :)

Great Job

Saturday 11th of February 2023

@Trackracer, You mean a page with last comments from 2014 and 2015 is out of date? Shocking!

Seth Newberry

Friday 6th of March 2015

The Headshot guide should include Valdeholm Lakeskaters at lvl 80 they are Headshotable Not surewhy spiders are considered humanoids but damn is it nice exp and decent loot. Lvl 80 Ranger on Vox Server


Tuesday 25th of March 2014

This guide is basically irrelevant with the 3/12, 3/14, updates making all HS attacks current level - 1. So no more going 6 lvls below to do insane headshot kill counts.