Marksmanship Hunter Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Azortharion 6 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Marksmanship Hunter leveling guide for Shadowlands 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.


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.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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

Level: 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.


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. Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot is a good way of spending excess Focus. It does slightly more damage than Steady Shot and it is instant.
  2. Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot is a heavy-hitting ability with a 12-second cooldown. Use this to open on new mobs, especially with Careful Aim Icon Careful Aim, as you can often one-shot things with this ability. You have to stand still to use it.
  3. Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire is a strong Focus-generating ability. Use it as often as possible.
  4. Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot is unlocked at Level 23. Use it in place of Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot/Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot on 3 or more targets.
  5. Trueshot Icon Trueshot is your DPS cooldown. It increases your casting speeds and reduces your cooldowns significantly and really speeds up your rotation. Use it as often as possible!
  6. Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot does extremely heavy damage, but it can only be used on targets below 20% health. Use it to kill off low-health enemies.
  7. Use Double Tap Icon Double Tap before combat starts to effectively double up your initial Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  8. Use Volley Icon Volley as often as possible. Try to use it on as many targets as possible and remember that it activates Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots, without the need for Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot, for 6 seconds.

In addition to these baseline abilities, there are a number of passive effects that you unlock throughout the leveling process that are worth knowing about:


Marksmanship 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 Marksmanship Hunter-specific PvE talents.


Marksmanship Hunter PvP Talents for Leveling

  • Dragonscale Armor Icon Dragonscale Armor is useful for the damage reduction. A lot of the most powerful mobs in the open world are casters, and Marksmanship survivability is a tad low to begin with. This helps make up for it.
  • Sniper Shot Icon Sniper Shot is useful for pulling targets from far away, as it is faster than moving to them and then lining up an Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot. Because it increases the range of other abilities used after it, you can follow it up with Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot for a huge DPS burst.
  • 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.

Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics, 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.


Best Leveling Pet for Marksmanship Hunter

All pets do the same damage, but they vary in their utility and special abilities. For Leveling, the best pet is any Ferocity-type pet, as they heal themselves whenever they do damage, allowing you to make larger pulls and rely on the pets damage output to heal it.

Ferocity pets also come with Primal Rage Icon Primal Rage which is a Bloodlust effect. This should be used as often as possible when you are fighting for over thirty seconds.

You can find a list of all the Pets and the abilities they bring on our Spell Summary Page.



Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you have hit Level 60, we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 02 Jan. 2021: Updated the level requirement for Sniper Shot.
  • 27 Oct. 2020: Removed deprecated "trinket-style" PvP Talent section.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Guide added.
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