Marksmanship Hunter Leveling Guide From 1 to 70 for TBC Classic

Last updated on May 19, 2021 at 18:01 by Impakt 1 comment

On this page, you will find our level-by-level Marksmanship leveling guide for TBC Classic. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Hunter leveling guide. We also have an Beast Mastery Hunter leveling guide and a Survival Hunter leveling guide.



Marksmanship is the worst Hunter spec at Level 70 in addition to being worse than Beast Mastery for leveling. One of the main issues that you will run into is that your pet cannot hold threat well, and with Marksmanship this problem becomes even more severe. For dungeons Marksmanship can be good since you are not relying on your pet to tank, but your pet will be doing a large portion of your damage while leveling due to a lack of real stats. This means Beast Mastery is also going to do the most damage. It is possible to level as a Marksmanship Hunter, however, but know that it will be worse than Beast Mastery in almost every regard. Below is a link to our Beast Mastery leveling guide.


Leveling Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills

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Level: 70

Leveling Talents

Both Lethal Shots IconLethal Shots and Efficiency IconEfficiency are the obvious choices here if you are playing solo. You could also choose to go with Improved Concussive Shot IconImproved Concussive Shot if you are on a PvP server just in case. Similarly, you could pick up Improved Hunter's Mark IconImproved Hunter's Mark if you are going to be in a group with melee players but neither talent is worth it while just solo leveling.

Aimed Shot IconAimed Shot is a huge pickup, and will be how you start each pull from now on. Go for the Throat IconGo for the Throat is a solid DPS increase for your pet, and Rapid Killing IconRapid Killing gives you a nice damage increase on your first Aimed Shot IconAimed Shot after killing an enemy. Mortal Shots IconMortal Shots is very valuable, and worth the 5-point investment.

Scatter Shot IconScatter Shot is a nice button to have, but will not be part of your normal rotation here. Barrage IconBarrage as a solid damage increase for Multi-Shot IconMulti-Shot. Improved Stings IconImproved Stings is optional here, and you can put the 1 point wherever you want otherwise. Ranged Weapon Specialization IconRanged Weapon Specialization is another solid DPS increase and worth the 5-point investment.

Trueshot Aura IconTrueshot Aura is one of the most valuable abilities you will pick up as a Marksmanship Hunter and is particularly strong in groups. Combat Experience IconCombat Experience and Careful Aim IconCareful Aim are, again, both solid DPS increases but Master Marksman IconMaster Marksman is more valuable point-for-point and worth going into as soon as possible.

Silencing Shot IconSilencing Shot is not a particularly useful rotational ability, but having a silence is nice just in case. After taking it, pick up the remaining point in Careful Aim IconCareful Aim, take the 3 points in Improved Barrage IconImproved Barrage for the DPS increase on Multi-Shot IconMulti-Shot, and then go straight into the Beast Mastery tree for Improved Aspect of the Hawk IconImproved Aspect of the Hawk. Improved Aspect of the Hawk IconImproved Aspect of the Hawk is a huge damage gain when it procs, making it a solid choice for both leveling and at Level 70 regardless of spec.

Improved Revive Pet IconImproved Revive Pet is highly important for those times your pet ever dies during combat. It also helps to make it easier to cast in general. Focused Fire IconFocused Fire is just a solid damage gain. Thick Hide IconThick Hide will reduce the damage your pet takes. Endurance Training IconEndurance Training is a mediocre alternative, but increased Max Health is worse than reducing damage taken. Bestial Swiftness IconBestial Swiftness will improve your pet's ability to engage enemies and run to new enemies as you need it to, reducing the amount of time you need to wait before you can attack new enemies. Unleashed Fury IconUnleashed Fury is a solid damage increase for your pet which will also increase its threat generation.


Leveling Rotation

  1. Command your pet to attack the target;
  2. Hunter's Mark IconHunter's Mark;
  3. Aimed Shot IconAimed Shot;
  4. Kill Command IconKill Command whenever available;
  5. Auto Shot IconAuto Shot;
  6. Serpent Sting IconSerpent Sting;
  7. Steady Shot IconSteady Shot;
  8. Auto Shot IconAuto Shot;
  9. Aimed Shot IconAimed Shot if you are fine on Mana;
  10. Arcane Shot IconArcane Shot if you are fine on Mana;
  11. Multi-Shot IconMulti-Shot if you are fine on Mana;
  12. Auto Shot IconAuto Shot until the enemy is dead.
  13. Alternate Auto Shot IconAuto Shot and Steady Shot IconSteady Shot until the enemy is dead.

The key at any level is getting as many Auto Shot IconAuto Shots off as possible before the target reaches you. The best way to accomplish this is by kiting backwards, moving in between each shot. At Level 8 Concussive Shot IconConcussive Shot can help with this.

Do your class quest to get your pet. Once you have your pet, your kill speed and efficiency should become much better. Make sure you are careful with your threat, and try to let your pet tank whenever possible.

Multi-Shot IconMulti-Shot is a powerful attack, but can cause you to pull aggro off your pet if you use it on multiple enemies. It is incredibly powerful, but losing Auto Shot IconAuto Shots from enemies running into your dead zone will be a bigger damage loss.

Aimed Shot IconAimed Shot is a powerful attack, but faces the same issue as Multi-Shot IconMulti-Shot. Use it for bursts of damage, but be careful with your threat.

Feign Death IconFeign Death is a great way to drop threat while fighting enemies. You can combine this with Aimed Shot IconAimed Shot or Multi-Shot IconMulti-Shot to deal a burst of damage right before dropping threat to ensure your pet keeps aggro.

Steady Shot IconSteady Shot is a spammable ability, and is one of your best DPS spells. This will be most of your damage from here on out. Just make sure to weave in Auto Shot IconAuto Shots in between your casts.


List of Trainer Skills to Buy

All Hunter specs benefit from upgrading the same skills, so our list of skills to buy from trainers is the same, regardless of the spec. For this reason, you will find that list in our general Hunter leveling page.



  • 19 May 2021: Page added.
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