Marksmanship Hunter Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60
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
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Talents to Level Up as a Marksmanship Hunter
Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.
Your talent set up should be as follows.
- Level 15: Master Marksman
- Level 25: Barrage (AoE Mass-Pulling) or Careful Aim (killing single mobs quickly)
- Level 30: Trailblazer
- Level 35: Chimaera Shot
- Level 40: Posthaste
- Level 45: Double Tap
- Level 50: Volley
Rotation to Level Up as a Marksmanship Hunter
Starting at Level 1, you only have one main attack ability: Steady Shot.
- Arcane Shot is a good way of spending excess Focus. It does slightly more damage than Steady Shot and it is instant.
- Aimed Shot is a heavy-hitting ability with a 12-second cooldown. Use this to open on new mobs, especially with Careful Aim, as you can often one-shot things with this ability. You have to stand still to use it.
- Rapid Fire is a strong Focus-generating ability. Use it as often as possible.
- Multi-Shot is unlocked at Level 23. Use it in place of Chimaera Shot/ Arcane Shot on 3 or more targets.
- 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!
- 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.
- Use Double Tap before combat starts to effectively double up your initial Aimed Shot.
- Use Volley as often as possible. Try to use it on as many targets as possible and remember that it activates Trick Shots, without the need for 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:
- Mastery: Sniper Training increases the range and damage of all your abilities by 5% and 11% respectively at baseline. More Mastery will increase the range and damage.
- Steady Shot will now generate 10 Focus per cast.
- Arcane Shot's Focus cost is reduced by 20.
- Lone Wolf increases your damage by 10% when you do not have a pet summoned. We still recommend using a pet for leveling, though.
- Rapid Fire generates 1 Focus per hit.
- Multi-Shot will now activate Trick Shots when used on 3 targets or above. This effect causes your Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire to hit multiple targets at once.
- Precise Shots will cause Aimed Shot to increase the damage of your next 1-2 Arcane Shot/ Chimaera Shots by 75%.
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 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 is useful for pulling targets from far away, as it is faster than moving to them and then lining up an Aimed Shot. Because it increases the range of other abilities used after it, you can follow it up with Aimed Shot for a huge DPS burst.
- Hunting Pack is a useful mobility option, allowing you to use Aspect of the Cheetah much more often.
Survival Tactics, Viper Sting, Spider Sting, Scorpid Sting, and 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 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.
- 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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