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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated Today at 14:14 by Azortharion 561 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Marksmanship Hunters. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Marksmanship Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Vanguard. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Trinket Rankings

1.1. Single-Target

Marksmanship Trinket Sims

Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue requires you to stay 20 yards away from the target at all times, which is not often possible. So that trinket is overpowered somewhat in SimCraft compared to a more realistic scenario where you might be standing close to the boss for some periods.

1.2. Trinkets to Look For

All stat stick trinkets are very powerful for their item level, and a stat stick trinket with your best stat on it will keep you happy for a long time. Stat sticks also scale indefinitely with multiple targets, while trinkets with single-target procs do not benefit your multi-target DPS in the same way. A ton of world quests can drop stat sticks with a random stat on them, and these are always worth doing if you don't have one. Additionally, Guarm in the Trial of Valor raid drops a statstick trinket with a random stat, and Nightbane from the Return to Karazhan dungeon drops a 875+ item level Mastery statstick.

Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue is the best single-target dungeon trinket that is available right now. It drops from Naraxas, the third boss worm in the Neltharion's Lair. It does not do maximum damage unless you are at least 20 yards from the target, but if you are, it is a powerful single-target option. It is not good for multi-target and especially not Mythic+, which drags it down a fair bit.

Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal is essentially the best trinket in the game. It drops from the world boss Withered J'im which is not always up. When the world boss is up, you should absolutely use your bonus roll coins to try and get this trinket. Since it gives pure stats and has no procs, it is just as good for multitarget as it is for a single target.

The Devilsaur's Bite Icon The Devilsaur's Bite is a world quest trinket that drops from the "Life Finds A Way" world quest in Suramar, where you have to control a dinosaur. It has a very powerful single-target proc like Naraxas' Spiked Tongue, and thus also suffers from the same drawbacks. It's 1-second stun effect can be useful for Mythic+, although you cannot control when it happens.

Six-Feather Fan Icon Six-Feather Fan is a random BoE world drop trinket with a powerful single-target proc. It has an extremely low drop chance from any world mob. It is not necessarily worth farming for, but if you have more gold than you have gear, you might be able to find a good deal on the auction house to get you started.

Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct is a very powerful trinket that drops from Ursoc in the Emerald Nightmare. It has a small Haste proc that has a lot of uptime (40%+ on most encounters). It also procs more frequently on lower health targets.

2. Legion Legendaries

This is a comprehensive list of the non-spec specific legendaries that are available to Hunters in Legion. Legendaries can drop from daily loot chests, the Class Order Hall Mythic+ loot chest, the PvP loot chest, 5-man dungeons of all kinds, world bosses, and raid bosses from all difficulties. The spec-specific Legendaries will be listed under their respective class guide.

The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask Icon The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask is a Legendary helmet which heals you for 20% of your maximum health whenever you use Feign Death Icon Feign Death, as well as an additional 5% of your health every second for 10 seconds for as long as you remain feigned. This can be an extremely useful self-heal when needed during raid encounters and Mythic+ encounters.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus is a Legendary necklace which gives you an absorb shield for 25% of your maximum health for 30 seconds, every 30 seconds. This makes it the strongest survivability legendary, especially since you will passively benefit from it. From a progression raiding standpoint where damage output is often not the primary concern, it is an incredibly strong legendary from a survivability standpoint, and it gives a lot of secondary stats which is a significant boost to DPS as well.

Roots of Shaladrassil Icon Roots of Shaladrassil are a pair of Legendary leggings that cause you to gain 3% health every second s for as long as you stand still. The first heal occurs 3 seconds after you stop moving. This is the weakest survivability legendary, since the healing done does not add up to nearly as much damage prevented as Prydaz does, although the high item level of a high-budget item like legs makes it decent as far as non-DPS legendaries go.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is a Legendary ring that gives you 70% increased movement speed and 15% Haste for 10 seconds whenever you apply a crowd control effect (slow, stun, root and so on) to non-boss enemies. This is generally considered to be a PvP legendary, but it can act as a damage and mobility boost on add-heavy encounters where you have to slow enemies.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a Legendary trinket that gives you a ton of stats passively, and has an on-use proc with a 1:15 minute cooldown that deals heavy AoE damage around the target it hits. This is a powerful burst AoE legendary, and its heavy base stats makes it very powerful in general.

2.1. Marksmanship Legendaries

Magnetized Blasting Cap Launcher Icon Magnetized Blasting Cap Launcher are a pair of Legendary bracers that increase the damage done by Bursting Shot Icon Bursting Shot by 800%, and increases its range by 30 yards. This elevates Bursting Shot Icon Bursting Shot to being used in your rotation at all times when Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable is not active, instead of only being used as a crowd control ability. It is especially powerful for Mythic+ dungeons, but its usefulness in raids is limited unless you can combine its AoE damage with its crowd control capability in a meaningful way. It makes Bursting Shot very susceptible to ninjapulling in dungeons.

War Belt of the Sentinel Army Icon War Belt of the Sentinel Army causes each enemy hit by Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot and Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders to increase the damage done by the next Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot by 10%, stacking up to 20 times. This has no DPS effect on single-target unless you are using Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders which is no longer recommended, but it is very powerful in AoE scenarios where you can stack the buff up and then fire an extremely high-damage Aimed Shot consistently.

MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer is a new pair of Legendary gloves for Marksmanship. It causes every second Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to have a 15% increased crit chance, and also be castable while moving. This is an incredibly powerful single-target legendary, even when not considering the massive mobility increase. It is the best legendary for the spec alongside Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes.

Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes are Legendary boots that reduce the cooldown of Trueshot Icon Trueshot by 0.8 second each time you cast a damaging ability (except everything but Arcane Shot, Multi-Shot, Marked Shot and Aimed Shot). On average, these boots will reduce the cooldown of Trueshot Icon Trueshot by ~45-55 seconds. This makes them the best legendary as a general statement, though their benefit will depend on whether the cooldown reduction will grant you an extra cast of Trueshot in the fight. Since the cooldown reduction is so drastic, however, this is fairly likely to happen.

Zevrim's Hunger Icon Zevrim's Hunger is a Legendary ring that gives Marked Shot Icon Marked Shot a 15% chance to not consume Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark, allowing you to cast them back-to-back. This is a pretty weak single-target legendary, but quite a strong AoE one since Marked Shot constitutes a lot of our AoE damage. It does not change your rotation in any meaningful way, and you should simply spam the extra Marked Shots that it gives you back-to-back.

2.1.1. Marksmanship Legendary Ranking

This is an approximately ranked list of the Marksmanship-specific Legendaries based on DPS output and occasionally flexibility/utility in raiding and Mythic+ dungeons.

  1. MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizers
  2. Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes (with an extra Trueshot)
  3. War Belt of the Sentinel Army Icon War Belt of the Sentinel Army
  4. Zevrim's Hunger Icon Zevrim's Hunger
  5. Magnetized Blasting Cap Launcher Icon Magnetized Blasting Cap Launcher

3. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Beast Mastery/Survival Hunters, Monks, Shamans, and Warriors
Mail Armor Beast Mastery/Survival Hunters and Shamans
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks Beast Mastery/Survival Hunters, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

4. ChangeLog

  • 14 Jan. 2017: Add Legendary trinket to description (but not ranking yet).
  • 13 Jan. 2017: Removed Aran's Relaxing Ruby as it was nerfed.
  • 12 Jan. 2017: Fresh trinket sims.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
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