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Hunter Leveling Guide 1-120 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 12, 2018 at 20:41 by Azortharion 1 comment

Table of Contents

1. General Battle for Azeroth Leveling Tips

Welcome! While this leveling guide is specifically made for the class and specialization(s) listed, we also have a general Battle for Azeroth leveling guide that focuses on the specific features of the Battle for Azeroth expansion including preparation of your mission table that will be used to unlock new areas, progressing on your faction's War Effort to save time at Level 120, and a reminder to keep ALL of the gear you find for the Scrap-o-Matic 1000 or Shred-Master Mk1, which will greatly increase your resource generating capabilities. Please visit our 110 to 120 leveling guide for this information and more (including Heirloom and War Mode advice that also applies to players who are not yet Level 110.

2. Leveling 1-120 as a Beast Mastery Hunter

2.1. Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. The only exception to this rule is if you have a Ring or Necklace with a slightly lower item level, but 2 secondary stats on it instead of 1.

2.2. Level by Level Rotation and Talents

Move the slider below to make the guide update to your level!

Level: 110

2.2.1. Talents to Level Up as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.

2.2.2. Rotation to Level Up as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Starting at Level 1, you only have one main attack ability: Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot.

  1. Cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command when it comes off cooldown, and open all your fights with it to send your pet in.
  2. Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath is your first damage cooldown. Use it as often as you can right before entering combat.
  3. A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows is our recommended talent. You should use it to open all your fights, especially with bigger mobs. If you kill a mob before the 15-second debuff expires, the 1-minute cooldown will reset. When leveling in dungeons, you can rotate A Murder of Crows between multiple targets in this way.
  4. Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild is your second cooldown. Use it alongside Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath right before entering combat, as often as possible.
  5. Barrage Icon Barrage is our recommended Level 90 talent. It costs a lot of Focus, but it can do high AoE damage in a massive cone in front of you. Use it alongside Misdirection Icon Misdirection to gather a bunch of spread mobs together when leveling, so that you can Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot them down.
  6. Cast Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot on cooldown, but only when Kill Command Icon Kill Command is already on cooldown.
  7. Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot is your second choice of talent. Use it on cooldown, especially when you are low on Focus as it generates it.
  8. Cast Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot as much as you can.
  9. Cast Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot when there are a lot of targets active, so you can hit them all.
  10. Wild Call Icon Wild Call will cause the cooldown of Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to sometimes reset itself. Simply react to this by using Barbed Shots as they come.
  11. At Level 50, you unlock Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave. It causes Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot to make your pet hit all targets around it for 4 seconds after using it. You should start using Multi-Shot whenever there is more than 2 targets up to maintain this buff.
  12. At Level 54, your Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot will reduce the remaining cooldown of Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath by 12 seconds when you use it.

2.2.3. Summary of Unlocked Abilities for Beast Mastery Hunter

You unlock your first ability of interest at Level 4.

  • At Level 4, you unlock Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot. It is free to cast and has a short cooldown. By casting it on cooldown on a target, you can keep its movement speed slowed down. This is useful when trying to avoid getting hit by a mob.
  • At Level 8, you unlock Disengage Icon Disengage. This is your primary movement tool, as it launches you backwards when it is used. By jumping, turning around mid-air and using it, you can use it to propel yourself forwards as well, helping you get to mobs and quest objectives more quickly.
  • At Level 13, you unlock a number of abilities that expand your ability to control your stable of Hunter pets.
  • You unlock Tame Beast Icon Tame Beast as well as your second pet slot, allowing you to tame a new beast and have 2 pets to choose from.
  • You unlock Beast Lore Icon Beast Lore. By using it on a Beast mob, you will be able to see some information about it, including whether it is tameable or not.
  • You unlock Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet which heals your pet for 35% of its maximum health over 10 seconds.
  • Finally, you unlock Feed Pet Icon Feed Pet which allows you to feed your pet with meat, fish and more, depending on the pet family. There is no actual benefit from doing this, however.
  • At Level 16, you unlock Eagle Eye Icon Eagle Eye. This lets you place a targeting reticule on the ground up to thousands of yards away, which will let you see what is happening at that point. You can use the ability again to move around the zone with the ability, allowing you to see all around the zone without actually moving.
  • At Level 18, you unlock Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap which is a long-term crowd control for all Hunter specs. It places a trap on the ground that encases the first enemy (not bosses or most big encounter adds) to touch it in ice for 1 minute. The effect breaks on damage. The trap has a 30-second cooldown, and the trap will exist for 1 minute after placing it. This is useful when you are feeling overwhelmed by too many mobs, for temporarily taking out a powerful mob from the fight.
  • At Level 22, you unlock Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah which is a movement cooldown. It increases your movement speed by 90% for 3 seconds, and then by 30% for another 9 seconds, on a 3-minute cooldown. Note that it does not stack with the Posthaste Icon Posthaste Level 45 talent, so you should make sure to use Disengage Icon Disengage and Aspect of the Cheetah separately for movement.
  • At Level 24, you unlock Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration. It is a self-heal that heals you for 30% of your maximum health, on a 2-minute cooldown.
  • At Level 26, you unlock Intimidation Icon Intimidation. It is a pet-based ability that stuns your target for 5 seconds, on a 1-minute cooldown.
  • At Level 28, you unlock Feign Death Icon Feign Death. It lets you pretend to be dead, dropping all threat/aggro on all enemies. When not in raid or dungeon encounters, it is a quick way to drop you from combat.
  • At Level 32, you unlock Counter Shot Icon Counter Shot. It is a ranged ability that interrupts whatever spell or ability your enemy is casting, provided that it is interruptible. This is particularly useful for caster mobs.
  • At Level 34, you unlock a third pet slot, allowing you to tame another beast and have 3 different pets to choose from in the open world.
  • At Level 36, you unlock Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap. It places a trap on the ground. When triggered by an enemy, it becomes a large pool of tar that slows all enemies inside of it by 50%. The trap will exist for 1 minute after placing it, and 30 seconds after being triggered.
  • At Level 38, you unlock an additional pet ability. The ability you unlock depends on the spec of your pet. Ferocity pets gain Primal Rage Icon Primal Rage, which is a Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism effect that increases the Haste of you and all party members by 30% for 40 seconds. Tenacity pets gain Survival of the Fittest Icon Survival of the Fittest which reduces you and your pet's damage taken by 20% for 6 seconds on a 3-minute cooldown. Cunning pets gain Master's Call Icon Master's Call which removes all movement-impairing effects from your pet and a friendly target, and makes them immune to movement-impairing effects for 4 seconds. The friendly target can be you. It has a 45-second cooldown.
  • At Level 38, you unlock Flare Icon Flare. It allows you to put down a flare that covers a small area on the ground. It reveals any stealthed or hidden mobs within that area. It is also useful for dealing with stealthed enemy players.
  • At Level 42, you unlock Misdirection Icon Misdirection. It causes all your generated threat to be redirected to a friendly target (or your pet) for 8 seconds. It has a 30-second cooldown.
  • At Level 44, you unlock the Kindred Spirits Icon Kindred Spirits passive effect. It increases the maximum Focus of you and your pet to 120.
  • At Level 48, your Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration ability gets upgraded. It now also heals your pet for 100% of its maximum health.
  • At Level 57, you unlock a fourth pet slot, allowing you to tame another beast and have 4 different pets to choose from in the open world.
  • At Level 65, you become able to tame Exotic Beasts. These pets have additional, unique abilities to them and are often rarer and more prestigious.
  • At Level 70, you unlock Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle, which is a powerful defensive ability. It puts up a shield around you that deflects all attacks and reduces your damage taken by 30% for 8 seconds. It has a 3-minute cooldown. You cannot cast while it is active.
  • At Level 80, you unlock a fifth pet slot, allowing you to tame another beast and have 5 different pets to choose from in the open world.

2.3. Beast Mastery Hunter War Mode Talents for Leveling

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Beast Mastery Hunter-specific PvE talents.

2.3.1. General PvP Talents

  • Relentless Icon Relentless is a passive ability, but it does not automatically remove crowd control abilities. Instead, it reduces the duration.
  • Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is an on-use ability that removes all movement impairing effects and all loss of control effects.
  • Adaptation Icon Adaptation is recommended; it is likely your most passive choice since it will automatically remove loss of control effects over 5 seconds.

2.3.2. Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Talents for Leveling

  1. Dire Beast: Hawk Icon Dire Beast: Hawk causes a hawk to circle around a target area, dealing damage to all targets within. This is a great supplement to your AoE damage when doing big pulls in the open world.
  2. Dire Beast: Basilisk Icon Dire Beast: Basilisk is a powerful choice for bursty single-target damage. It is useful for world PvP if you can keep your opponent slowed enough for the Basilisk, and it is very powerful for rare mobs and quest mobs with a lot of health.
  3. Hunting Pack Icon Hunting Pack is a useful mobility option, allowing you to use Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah much more often.
  4. Wild Protector Icon Wild Protector reduces the damage taken of all allies near your pet by 10%. Since you are often close to the targets you encounter in the open world, this is very useful for survivability.

The Beast Within Icon The Beast Within, Interlope Icon Interlope, Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics, Dragonscale Armor Icon Dragonscale Armor, Viper Sting Icon Viper Sting, Spider Sting Icon Spider Sting, Scorpid Sting Icon Scorpid Sting, and Hi-Explosive Trap Icon Hi-Explosive Trap have limited use in PvE content in terms of increasing your damage in the open world, but they can be situationally useful.

2.4. Legendary Options

If you are just coming out of Level 110, you will probably have a number of different Legendary items to choose from. Your Legendaries' special effects will stop working at Level 116, but until then they can be a very powerful addition to help you level up quickly. These are our Legendary recommendations for leveling as a Beast Mastery Hunter in Battle for Azeroth:

  • Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is a must, giving you passive movement speed. Intimidation Icon Intimidation and Counter Shot Icon Counter Shot will allow you to proc its special effect constantly in the open world. It is by far the best leveling Legendary.
  • The Apex Predator's Claw Icon The Apex Predator's Claw gives you the passive bonuses of all 3 pet specs. Both the Ferocity Leech and Cunning Movement Speed bonuses are extremely useful for leveling. We recommend using this with a Silithid pet, which have 30% increased movement speed by default.
  • Vigilance Perch Icon Vigilance Perch is essentially an automatic mount when out of combat. Despite its tooltip, it only allows you to fly in flying zones, so you will not be able to fly in Battle for Azeroth zones. This is a great Legendary to pair up with Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret. Choosing between this and Apex will come down to personal preference and how you prefer to level. When speed-leveling with consumables, you will not get full value out of the mount ability of this Legendary. If you are just leveling normally, try them both out and see what works best for you.

2.5. Pet Choice

If you are using The Apex Predator's Claw Icon The Apex Predator's Claw, we recommend a Silithid pet by default. It has 30% increased movement speed on top of all the other passive abilities and is great choice for fast leveling.

We also recommend having a Ferocity pet, which should be your default when not using The Apex Predator's Claw Icon The Apex Predator's Claw. Ferocity pets are able to heal themselves when they attack using their Leech passive, and they also provide you with the Primal Rage Icon Primal Rage Bloodlust/Heroism effect, which you should use as often as possible, especially on big pulls.

2.6. Quest Rewards

You should equip new quest rewards when their item level starts beating out your previous set of gear. If you are currently wearing Tier 21 gear, it is best to let the quest rewards significantly beat your existing item level before using them. With that said, you will unlock Azerite pieces early on, which are worth using over Tier gear in most circumstances.

If possible, we recommend holding on to all Quest Rewards you do not use. They can be scrapped at Level 120 for material resources for profession crafting.

2.7. Consumables

There are several consumable items that can be purchased that will help you with your leveling speed.

  • Skystep Potion Icon Skystep Potion increases your movement speed by 150% (more than a mount!) for 8 seconds. It has a 1-minute cooldown. This is extremely useful and should be used often and aggressively for any travel that is more than ~100 yards long.
  • Gunshoes Icon Gunshoes are an Engineering item that increase your movement speed by 200% for 25 seconds. These will make you almost as fast as a Flying mount. We recommend having a lot of these, and using them whenever you are traveling more than ~250 yards.
  • Goblin Glider Kit Icon Goblin Glider Kit is very useful for covering long distances from high places.

2.7.1. Gunshoes Macro

The Gunshoes will not let you stop moving for as long as they are active. Using this macro twice will click the buff off and allow you to stop.

  • #showtooltip
  • /use Gunshoes
  • /cancelaura Gunshoes

2.8. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 120! Now that you have hit Level 120 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level. To get yourself prepared for the end-game content ahead, we strongly recommend this Battle for Azeroth Raiding Lexicon/Spreadsheet by Medivh. It is a gold trove of information that will help you when gearing up in Battle for Azeroth and more.

3. Leveling 1-120 as a Survival Hunter

3.1. Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. The only exception to this rule is if you have a Ring or Necklace with a slightly lower item level, but 2 secondary stats on it instead of 1.

3.2. Level by Level Rotation and Talents

Move the slider below to make the guide update to your level!

Level: 110

3.2.1. Talents to Level Up as a Survival Hunter

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.

3.2.2. Rotation to Level Up as a Survival Hunter

Starting at Level 1, you only have one main attack ability: Raptor Strike Icon Raptor Strike.

  1. Cast Harpoon Icon Harpoon to quickly engage new enemies.
  2. Cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command when it comes off cooldown, and when you are lacking Focus.
  3. Cast Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting to apply it to the target, and maintain it by refreshing it when it is close to expiring.
  4. Cast Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb on cooldown, especially when there are multiple targets up.
  5. Cast Carve Icon Carve when there are more than 2 targets active for you to hit.
  6. Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault is your main damage cooldown. Use it as often as possible and right before entering combat.
  7. Cast Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap when it is off cooldown.
  8. Cast Chakrams Icon Chakrams when it is off cooldown.
  9. Cast Raptor Strike Icon Raptor Strike as much as you can.
  10. At Level 50, you unlock Rank 2 of Kill Command Icon Kill Command. This gives it a 25% chance to instantly reset its cooldown when used.

3.2.3. Summary of Unlocked Abilities for Survival Hunter

You unlock your first ability of interest at Level 4.

  • At Level 4, you unlock Wing Clip Icon Wing Clip. It costs 30 Focus and has a short cooldown. By casting it on cooldown on a target, you can keep its movement speed slowed down. This is useful when trying to avoid getting hit by a mob.
  • At Level 8, you unlock Disengage Icon Disengage. This is your primary movement tool, as it launches you backwards when it is used. By jumping, turning around mid-air and using it, you can use it to propel yourself forwards as well, helping you get to mobs and quest objectives more quickly.
  • At Level 13, you unlock a number of abilities that expand your ability to control your stable of Hunter pets.
  • You unlock Tame Beast Icon Tame Beast as well as your second pet slot, allowing you to tame a new beast and have 2 pets to choose from.
  • You unlock Beast Lore Icon Beast Lore. By using it on a Beast mob, you will be able to see some information about it, including whether it is tameable or not.
  • You unlock Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet which heals your pet for 35% of its maximum health over 10 seconds.
  • Finally, you unlock Feed Pet Icon Feed Pet which allows you to feed your pet with meat, fish and more, depending on the pet family. There is no actual benefit from doing this, however.
  • At Level 16, you unlock Eagle Eye Icon Eagle Eye. This lets you place a targeting reticule on the ground up to thousands of yards away, which will let you see what is happening at that point. You can use the ability again to move around the zone with the ability, allowing you to see all around the zone without actually moving.
  • At Level 18, you unlock Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap which is a long-term crowd control for all Hunter specs. It places a trap on the ground that encases the first enemy (not bosses or most big encounter adds) to touch it in ice for 1 minute. The effect breaks on damage. The trap has a 30-second cooldown, and the trap will exist for 1 minute after placing it. This is useful when you are feeling overwhelmed by too many mobs, for temporarily taking out a powerful mob from the fight.
  • At Level 22, you unlock Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah which is a movement cooldown. It increases your movement speed by 90% for 3 seconds, and then by 30% for another 9 seconds, on a 3-minute cooldown. Note that it does not stack with the Posthaste Icon Posthaste Level 45 talent, so you should make sure to use Disengage Icon Disengage and Aspect of the Cheetah separately for movement.
  • At Level 24, you unlock Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration. It is a self-heal that heals you for 30% of your maximum health, on a 2-minute cooldown.
  • At Level 26, you unlock Intimidation Icon Intimidation. It is a pet-based ability that stuns your target for 5 seconds, on a 1-minute cooldown.
  • At Level 28, you unlock Feign Death Icon Feign Death. It lets you pretend to be dead, dropping all threat/aggro on all enemies. When not in raid or dungeon encounters, it is a quick way to drop you from combat.
  • At Level 32, you unlock Muzzle Icon Muzzle. It is a ranged ability that interrupts whatever spell or ability your enemy is casting, provided that it is interruptible. This is particularly useful for caster mobs.
  • At Level 34, you unlock a third pet slot, allowing you to tame another beast and have 3 different pets to choose from in the open world.
  • At Level 36, you unlock Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap. It places a trap on the ground. When triggered by an enemy, it becomes a large pool of tar that slows all enemies inside of it by 50%. The trap will exist for 1 minute after placing it, and 30 seconds after being triggered.
  • At Level 38, you unlock an additional pet ability. The ability you unlock depends on the spec of your pet. Ferocity pets gain Primal Rage Icon Primal Rage, which is a Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism effect that increases the Haste of you and all party members by 30% for 40 seconds. Tenacity pets gain Survival of the Fittest Icon Survival of the Fittest which reduces you and your pet's damage taken by 20% for 6 seconds on a 3-minute cooldown. Cunning pets gain Master's Call Icon Master's Call which removes all movement-impairing effects from your pet and a friendly target, and makes them immune to movement-impairing effects for 4 seconds. The friendly target can be you. It has a 45-second cooldown.
  • At Level 38, you unlock Flare Icon Flare. It allows you to put down a flare that covers a small area on the ground. It reveals any stealthed or hidden mobs within that area. It is also useful for dealing with stealthed enemy players.
  • At Level 42, you unlock Misdirection Icon Misdirection. It causes all your generated threat to be redirected to a friendly target (or your pet) for 8 seconds. It has a 30-second cooldown.
  • At Level 48, your Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration ability gets upgraded. It now also heals your pet for 100% of its maximum health.
  • At Level 54, you unlock Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle. This ability lets you use Raptor Strike Icon Raptor Strike from a 40-yard range for 15 seconds. It has a 2-minute cooldown.
  • At Level 57, you unlock a fourth pet slot, allowing you to tame another beast and have 4 different pets to choose from in the open world.
  • At Level 70, you unlock Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle, which is a powerful defensive ability. It puts up a shield around you that deflects all attacks and reduces your damage taken by 30% for 8 seconds. It has a 3-minute cooldown. You cannot cast while it is active.
  • At Level 80, you unlock a fifth pet slot, allowing you to tame another beast and have 5 different pets to choose from in the open world.

3.3. Survival Hunter War Mode Talents for Leveling

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Survival-specific PvE talents.

3.3.1. General PvP Talents

  • Relentless Icon Relentless is a passive ability, but it does not automatically remove crowd control abilities. Instead, it reduces the duration.
  • Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is an on-use ability that removes all movement impairing effects and all loss of control effects.
  • Adaptation Icon Adaptation is recommended; it is likely your most passive choice since it will automatically remove loss of control effects over 5 seconds.

3.3.2. Survival Hunter PvP Talents for Leveling

  1. Hunting Pack Icon Hunting Pack is a useful mobility option, allowing you to use Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah much more often.
  2. Mending Bandage Icon Mending Bandage is a useful self-heal in a pinch, saving you time when recovering health, as it is much faster than eating food.
  3. Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics lets you remove all harmful magical effects from yourself with Feign Death Icon Feign Death. This is useful when you are attempting to drop combat and mount up as soon as possible.

Most other choices have limited use in PvE content in terms of increasing your damage in the open world, but they can be situationally useful.

3.4. Legendary Options

If you are just coming out of Level 110, you will probably have a number of different Legendary items to choose from. Your Legendaries' special effects will stop working at Level 116, but until then they can be a very powerful addition to help you level up quickly. These are our Legendary recommendations for leveling as a Survival Hunter in Battle for Azeroth:

  • Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is a must, giving you passive movement speed. Harpoon Icon Harpoon, Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap, Intimidation Icon Intimidation and Muzzle Icon Muzzle will allow you to proc its special effect constantly in the open world. It is by far the best leveling Legendary.
  • Vigilance Perch Icon Vigilance Perch is essentially an automatic mount when out of combat. Despite its tooltip, it only allows you to fly in flying zones, so you will not be able to fly in Battle for Azeroth zones. This is a great Legendary to pair up with Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret.
  • Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is very good as well, particularly at the early levels. It allows you to do very high AoE damage on a 1-minute and 15-second cooldown. This one is a more damage-focused alternative to Vigilance Perch, which is mobility-focused.

3.5. Pet Choice

We recommend having a Ferocity pet, which should be your default when not using The Apex Predator's Claw Icon The Apex Predator's Claw. Ferocity pets are able to heal themselves when they attack using their Leech passive, and they also provide you with the Primal Rage Icon Primal Rage Bloodlust/Heroism effect, which you should use as often as possible, especially on big pulls.

3.6. Quest Rewards

You should equip new quest rewards when their item level starts beating out your previous set of gear. If you are currently wearing Tier 21 gear, it is best to let the quest rewards significantly beat your existing item level before using them. With that said, you will unlock Azerite pieces early on, which are worth using over Tier gear in most circumstances.

If possible, we recommend holding on to all Quest Rewards you do not use. They can be scrapped at Level 120 for material resources for profession crafting.

3.7. Consumables

There are several consumable items that can be purchased that will help you with your leveling speed.

  • Skystep Potion Icon Skystep Potion increases your movement speed by 150% (more than a mount!) for 8 seconds. It has a 1-minute cooldown. This is extremely useful and should be used often and aggressively for any travel that is more than ~100 yards long.
  • Gunshoes Icon Gunshoes are an Engineering item that increase your movement speed by 200% for 25 seconds. These will make you almost as fast as a Flying mount. We recommend having a lot of these, and using them whenever you are traveling more than ~250 yards.
  • Goblin Glider Kit Icon Goblin Glider Kit is very useful for covering long distances from high places.

3.8. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 120! Now that you have hit Level 120 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level. To get yourself prepared for the end-game content ahead, we strongly recommend this Battle for Azeroth Raiding Lexicon/Spreadsheet by Medivh. It is a gold trove of information that will help you when gearing up in Battle for Azeroth and more.

4. Leveling 1-120 as a Marksmanship Hunter

4.1. Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. The only exception to this rule is if you have a Ring or Necklace with a slightly lower item level, but 2 secondary stats on it instead of 1.

4.2. Level by Level Rotation and Talents

Move the slider below to make the guide update to your level!

Level: 110

4.2.1. Talents to Level Up as a Marksmanship Hunter

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.

4.2.2. Rotation to Level Up as a Marksmanship Hunter

Starting at Level 1, you only have one main attack ability: Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot.

  1. Cast Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire on cooldown.
  2. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot on cooldown.
  3. Cast Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot to spend excess Focus.
  4. Cast Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot instead of Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot when up against 3 or more targets.
  5. Piercing Shot Icon Piercing Shot is best used when there are multiple targets around, as a button to press when your other powerful AoE buttons have been used already.
  6. Barrage Icon Barrage costs a lot of Focus, but it can do high AoE damage in a massive cone in front of you. Use it alongside Misdirection Icon Misdirection to gather a bunch of spread mobs together when leveling, so that you can Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot them down.
  7. Use Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot on cooldown whenever you are fighting more than 1 target. Keep in mind that you must press it twice; once to fire it, and once again to make it explode for damage. Spend your leveling time learning how it works!
  8. Cast Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot as much as you can.
  9. Trueshot Icon Trueshot is your first cooldown. You should use it whenever you are dealing with a large cluster of mobs. It is best to use when you have run out of Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot charges, but when leveling this is usually not the case.
  10. Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots causes Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to increase the damage of your next 1-2 Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shots by 100%. You can see when it is active when your Arcane Shot button glows, and you should always use Arcane Shot when it does.
  11. Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots is your primary AoE mechanic. It causes your main damage abilities, Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire to hit multiple targets after using Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot on 3 targets or more. So, when you are fighting 3 or more targets, you should always use Multi-Shot to apply Trick Shot before using your 2 signature abilities.

4.2.3. Summary of Unlocked Abilities for Marksmanship Hunter

You unlock your first ability of interest at Level 4.

  • At Level 4, you unlock Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot. It is free to cast and has a short cooldown. By casting it on cooldown on a target, you can keep its movement speed slowed down. This is useful when trying to avoid getting hit by a mob.
  • At Level 8, you unlock Disengage Icon Disengage. This is your primary movement tool, as it launches you backwards when it is used. By jumping, turning around mid-air and using it, you can use it to propel yourself forwards as well, helping you get to mobs and quest objectives more quickly.
  • At Level 10, you unlock Lone Wolf Icon Lone Wolf. This passive effect increases your damage done by 10% when you do not have a pet active. We recommend leveling with a pet, but the option is there!
  • At Level 13, you unlock a number of abilities that expand your ability to control your stable of Hunter pets.
  • You unlock Tame Beast Icon Tame Beast as well as your second pet slot, allowing you to tame a new beast and have 2 pets to choose from.
  • You unlock Beast Lore Icon Beast Lore. By using it on a Beast mob, you will be able to see some information about it, including whether it is tameable or not.
  • You unlock Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet which heals your pet for 35% of its maximum health over 10 seconds.
  • Finally, you unlock Feed Pet Icon Feed Pet which allows you to feed your pet with meat, fish and more, depending on the pet family. There is no actual benefit from doing this, however.
  • At Level 16, you unlock Eagle Eye Icon Eagle Eye. This lets you place a targeting reticule on the ground up to thousands of yards away, which will let you see what is happening at that point. You can use the ability again to move around the zone with the ability, allowing you to see all around the zone without actually moving.
  • At Level 18, you unlock Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap which is a long-term crowd control for all Hunter specs. It places a trap on the ground that encases the first enemy (not bosses or most big encounter adds) to touch it in ice for 1 minute. The effect breaks on damage. The trap has a 30-second cooldown, and the trap will exist for 1 minute after placing it. This is useful when you are feeling overwhelmed by too many mobs, for temporarily taking out a powerful mob from the fight.
  • At Level 22, you unlock Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah which is a movement cooldown. It increases your movement speed by 90% for 3 seconds, and then by 30% for another 9 seconds, on a 3-minute cooldown. Note that it does not stack with the Posthaste Icon Posthaste Level 45 talent, so you should make sure to use Disengage Icon Disengage and Aspect of the Cheetah separately for movement.
  • At Level 24, you unlock Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration. It is a self-heal that heals you for 30% of your maximum health, on a 2-minute cooldown.
  • At Level 26, you unlock Bursting Shot Icon Bursting Shot. It knocks back all enemies in front of you and slows them for 4 seconds, dealing a tiny bit of damage in the process.
  • At Level 28, you unlock Feign Death Icon Feign Death. It lets you pretend to be dead, dropping all threat/aggro on all enemies. When not in raid or dungeon encounters, it is a quick way to drop you from combat.
  • At Level 32, you unlock Counter Shot Icon Counter Shot. It is a ranged ability that interrupts whatever spell or ability your enemy is casting, provided that it is interruptible. This is particularly useful for caster mobs.
  • At Level 34, you unlock a third pet slot, allowing you to tame another beast and have 3 different pets to choose from in the open world.
  • At Level 36, you unlock Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap. It places a trap on the ground. When triggered by an enemy, it becomes a large pool of tar that slows all enemies inside of it by 50%. The trap will exist for 1 minute after placing it, and 30 seconds after being triggered.
  • At Level 38, you unlock an additional pet ability. The ability you unlock depends on the spec of your pet. Ferocity pets gain Primal Rage Icon Primal Rage, which is a Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism effect that increases the Haste of you and all party members by 30% for 40 seconds. Tenacity pets gain Survival of the Fittest Icon Survival of the Fittest which reduces you and your pet's damage taken by 20% for 6 seconds on a 3-minute cooldown. Cunning pets gain Master's Call Icon Master's Call which removes all movement-impairing effects from your pet and a friendly target, and makes them immune to movement-impairing effects for 4 seconds. The friendly target can be you. It has a 45-second cooldown.
  • At Level 38, you unlock Flare Icon Flare. It allows you to put down a flare that covers a small area on the ground. It reveals any stealthed or hidden mobs within that area. It is also useful for dealing with stealthed enemy players.
  • At Level 42, you unlock Misdirection Icon Misdirection. It causes all your generated threat to be redirected to a friendly target (or your pet) for 8 seconds. It has a 30-second cooldown.
  • At Level 48, your Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration ability gets upgraded. It now also heals your pet for 100% of its maximum health.
  • At Level 57, you unlock a fourth pet slot, allowing you to tame another beast and have 4 different pets to choose from in the open world.
  • At Level 70, you unlock Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle, which is a powerful defensive ability. It puts up a shield around you that deflects all attacks and reduces your damage taken by 30% for 8 seconds. It has a 3-minute cooldown. You cannot cast while it is active.
  • At Level 80, you unlock a fifth pet slot, allowing you to tame another beast and have 5 different pets to choose from in the open world.

4.3. Marksmanship War Mode Talents for Leveling

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Marksmanship-specific PvE talents.

4.3.1. General PvP Talents

  • Relentless Icon Relentless is a passive ability, but it does not automatically remove crowd control abilities. Instead, it reduces the duration.
  • Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is an on-use ability that removes all movement impairing effects and all loss of control effects.
  • Adaptation Icon Adaptation is recommended; it is likely your most passive choice since it will automatically remove loss of control effects over 5 seconds.

4.3.2. Marksmanship PvP Talents for Leveling

  1. Sniper Shot Icon Sniper Shot is an ability that does heavy damage from over 60 yards away, and increases the range of all your other abilities by 40% for 15 seconds. It has a 10-second cooldown. This is extremely useful for pulling mobs from afar before others can get to them, and finishing them off before they can get close.
  2. Trueshot Mastery Icon Trueshot Mastery refunds all your Focus when you use Trueshot Icon Trueshot, and reduces its cooldown by 20 seconds.
  3. Hunting Pack Icon Hunting Pack is a useful mobility option, allowing you to use Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah much more often.
  4. Ranger's Finesse Icon Ranger's Finesse is a good default choice as it will passively reduce the cooldown of your Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle and Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration abilities significantly.

Most other options have limited use in PvE content in terms of increasing your damage in the open world, but they can be situationally useful.

4.4. Legendary Options

If you are just coming out of Level 110, you will probably have a number of different Legendary items to choose from. Your Legendaries' special effects will stop working at Level 116, but until then they can be a very powerful addition to help you level up quickly. These are our Legendary recommendations for leveling as a Marksmanship Hunter in Battle for Azeroth:

  • Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is a must, giving you passive movement speed. Counter Shot Icon Counter Shot and Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap will allow you to proc its special effect constantly in the open world. It is by far the best leveling Legendary.
  • Vigilance Perch Icon Vigilance Perch is essentially an automatic mount when out of combat. Despite its tooltip, it only allows you to fly in flying zones, so you will not be able to fly in Battle for Azeroth zones. This is a great Legendary to pair up with Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret.
  • Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is very good as well, particularly at the early levels. It allows you to do very high AoE damage on a 1-minute and 15-second cooldown. This one is a more damage-focused alternative to Vigilance Perch, which is mobility-focused.

4.5. Pet Choice

We recommend using a Ferocity Pet such as a Scalehide for leveling. Ferocity pets give you a Leech bonus, which heals you whenever you do damage. Scalehide pets have a 50% damage reduction effect on a 1-minute cooldown, allowing it to sustain its health even when doing large pulls in the open world.

4.6. Quest Rewards

You should equip new quest rewards when their item level starts beating out your previous set of gear. If you are currently wearing Tier 21 gear, it is best to let the quest rewards significantly beat your existing item level before using them. With that said, you will unlock Azerite pieces early on, which are worth using over Tier gear in most circumstances.

If possible, we recommend holding on to all Quest Rewards you do not use. They can be scrapped at Level 120 for material resources for profession crafting.

4.7. Consumables

There are several consumable items that can be purchased that will help you with your leveling speed.

  • Skystep Potion Icon Skystep Potion increases your movement speed by 150% (more than a mount!) for 8 seconds. It has a 1-minute cooldown. This is extremely useful and should be used often and aggressively for any travel that is more than ~100 yards long.
  • Gunshoes Icon Gunshoes are an Engineering item that increase your movement speed by 200% for 25 seconds. These will make you almost as fast as a Flying mount. We recommend having a lot of these, and using them whenever you are traveling more than ~250 yards.
  • Goblin Glider Kit Icon Goblin Glider Kit is very useful for covering long distances from high places.

4.7.1. Gunshoes Macro

The Gunshoes will not let you stop moving for as long as they are active. Using this macro twice will click the buff off and allow you to stop.

  • #showtooltip
  • /use Gunshoes
  • /cancelaura Gunshoes

4.8. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 120! Now that you have hit Level 120 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level. To get yourself prepared for the end-game content ahead, we strongly recommend this Battle for Azeroth Raiding Lexicon/Spreadsheet by Medivh. It is a gold trove of information that will help you when gearing up in Battle for Azeroth and more.

5. ChangeLog

  • 12 Aug. 2018: Consistency updates to give all leveling guides a similar feel.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Changed the recommended level 100 talent for Survival. Added Chakrams and Steel Trap to the Survival rotation.
  • 10 Aug. 2018: Changed the Level-By-Level unlocks to disappear at Level 110, to reduce clutter for people starting at Level 110.
  • 07 Aug. 2018: Added Survival part.
  • 04 Aug. 2018: Updated Leveling guide for BfA.
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