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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on May 07, 2017 at 10:21 by Azortharion 809 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Marksmanship Hunters. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.

The other pages of our Marksmanship Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Vanguard. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Artifact Progression

The Thas'dorah Artifact leaves you with a number of directions you can head in once you branch out from the base traits. The one we present on this page is recommended for any kind of raiding.

1.1. Early Progression

Artifact Progression

The goal of the path is to reach  Icon Rapid Killing and  Icon Bullseye as soon as possible, as those tie together to make your Trueshot Icon Trueshot cooldown extremely powerful.

  1.  Icon Windburst
  2.  Icon Wind Arrows
  3.  Icon Called Shot
  4.  Icon Mark of the Windrunner
  5.  Icon Deadly Aim
  6.  Icon Gust of Wind
  7.  Icon Rapid Killing
  8.  Icon Marked for Death
  9.  Icon Bullseye
  10.  Icon Windrunner's Guidance
  11.  Icon Legacy of the Windrunners
  12.  Icon Precision or  Icon Quick Shot
  13.  Icon Call of the Hunter
  14.  Icon Quick Shotor  Icon Precision
  15.  Icon Critical Focus
  16.  Icon Healing Shell
  17.  Icon Survival of the Fittest
  18.  Icon Windflight Arrows

1.2. Patch 7.2 Progression

Artifact Progression Above Level 35
  1. Acuity of the Unseen Path Icon Acuity of the Unseen Path (new in 7.2)
  2. Unerring Arrows Icon Unerring Arrows (new in 7.2)
  3. Feet of Wind Icon Feet of Wind (new in 7.2)
  4. Cyclonic Burst Icon Cyclonic Burst (new in 7.2)
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Quick Shot
  6. Fourth rank of  Icon Windrunner's Guidance
  7. Fourth rank of  Icon Precision
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon Marked for Death
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Deadly Aim
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Called Shot
  11. Fill out the utility trait ranks as you see fit from here.
  12. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall (new in 7.2)

2. Artifact Ability

The Marksmanship Artifact opens with the active ability,  Icon Windburst. It deals moderate damage on a 20-second cooldown, costs 15 Focus, and has a base cast time of 1.5 seconds. With the  Icon Mark of the Windrunner trait that you unlock early by following our path, it applies Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable to the target.

3. Traits versus Item Level

This is a spreadsheet showing the weapon item level value of each trait. It is based on a generalized Nighthold gearset, and if you got two close options, you should sim your own character for an optimal result. For almost all cases, you can rely on this however.

Marksmanship Relics versus Item Level

4. Relic Choice

As you can see in more detail in the Simulation section, item level will almost always determine your choice of Relic given two choices, so you should simply pick the Relic with the highest item level most of the time.

Your best Relic trait choice in a single word is  Icon Quick Shot, but this only exists in the Nighthold for the Life Relic slot. It is difficult if not impossible to quantify the exact value of the trait compared to item level, which is why it is not in the simulations. The second-best Relic trait is  Icon Marked for Death for single-target Trick Shot builds, and  Icon Windrunner's Guidance// Icon Precision for the Piercing/Explosive build that relies more on Marked Shot. See the gear and BiS section for the best Relics in the Nighthold.

5. ChangeLog

  • 07 May 2017: Updated BiS single-target relic. Updated the relic item level value chart.
  • 04 May 2017: Added note that you cannot get Unerring Arrows relics yet.
  • 17 Apr. 2017: Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Updates BiS single target Relic and Artifact Progression path for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Expanded Relic talk, added BiS meme build Relic.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 08 Dec. 2016: Added second-best in slot Relic.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Quick Shot is the best in slot Relic - explanation.
  • 18 Sep. 2016: Talk about Precision and Quick Shot.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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