WotLK Classic Marksmanship Hunter Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs

Last updated on Jan 18, 2023 at 12:00 by Impakt 3 comments

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talent choices and builds for your Marksmanship Hunter in WotLK Classic, as well as advised glyphs.


Marksmanship Hunter Talent Builds for PvE

For Hunters, Marksmanship is the best PvE spec once you have raid gear. Marksmanship specifically takes some Armor Penetration and other stats to really scale well, but will eventually outpace Survival for the top spot. At the start of Wrath however, Survival will be a strictly better spec in terms of personal DPS.


Leveling Builds

If you were looking for leveling builds, please refer to our leveling guide for Hunters.


Marksmanship Standard Raiding Talent Build

This is the standard talent build that you should take for raiding and dungeons as a Marksmanship Hunter. Unlike some other trees, there are no free points as a Marksmanship Hunter. For optimal DPS, this is the tree you take.

The first thing you might notice is only 1/2 points in Go for the Throat IconGo for the Throat, but 1 point is all you need to essentially give you pet limitless focus.

Every single talent taken is a DPS increase. There are almost no DPS talents skipped except for talents like Improved Arcane Shot IconImproved Arcane Shot, which is a poor choice as MM given that you will drop Arcane Shot IconArcane Shot from your rotation shortly anyway once you have enough ArP.

The only potential choice to make is if you have enough Hit or not. In later raids, you will have so much hit on your gear that Focused Aim IconFocused Aim is no longer necessary. In the case, you should replace it with 3/3 points in Improved Hunter's Mark IconImproved Hunter's Mark.




Major Glyphs

Glyph of Steady Shot Icon Glyph of Steady Shot increases the damage of your Steady Shot IconSteady Shot by 10% while Serpent Sting IconSerpent Sting is active. Steady Shot is your main filler spell, and this is a solid DPS increase for all Hunter specs over other glyphs.

Glyph of Serpent Sting Icon Glyph of Serpent Sting increases the duration of your Serpent Sting IconSerpent Sting by 6 seconds. Since you need to maintain a 100% uptime, this will save you multiple casts over an encounter.

Glyph of Kill Shot Icon Glyph of Kill Shot reduces the cooldown of your Kill Shot IconKill Shot by 6 seconds. Kill Shot is your hardest hitting ability by far, so getting more in per fight is an excellent choice.


Minor Glyphs

Glyph of Mend Pet Icon Glyph of Mend Pet slightly increases your pet's happiness, which means you should not need to feed it anymore. It is a nice quality of life glyph.

Glyph of Feign Death Icon Glyph of Feign Death reduces the cooldown of Feign Death IconFeign Death by 5 seconds.

Glyph of Revive Pet Icon Glyph of Revive Pet makes it so you no longer get spell push-back when taking damage while casting Revive Pet IconRevive Pet.



  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 01 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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