Marksmanship Hunter DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

Last updated on Oct 12, 2020 at 22:14 by Azortharion 1 comment
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Marksmanship Hunter in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics of Marksmanship Hunter

Marksmanship is a relatively slow ranged spec with only a few fundamental mechanics that make it work well.

For a detailed explanation of all the abilities that Marksmanship Hunter has, check out our Spell Summary page.


Talent Choices of Marksmanship Hunter

The talents listed below are selected either for ease of use, or for more a more simple to understand gameplay style. Whilst in a number of cases there are alternatives on the tree that will provide more if played well, they create much more room to play incorrectly and reduce your performance. Due to this, treat this as a starting point and a primer.

You can find a more detailed guide on Talent choices that are designed for optimal DPS on our Talents page below.


Stat Choices of Marksmanship Hunter

The general single-target stat priority for a Marksmanship Hunter is:

  1. Versatility;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Haste.

All the stats are very close in value, and item level should be the deciding factor in most gearing decisions. Do not overthink your secondary stats too much, the different is nearly negligible.

For more information, please visit our dedicated page.


Basic Rotation

  1. Cast your Trueshot Icon Trueshot ability on cooldown. It increases the casting speed and reduces the cooldowns of your other abilities, so it will speed everything up significantly.
  2. Cast Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire on cooldown. Try to use it while below 75 Focus.
  3. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot after Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to spend the Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots stacks.
  4. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot on cooldown.
  5. Cast Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot on cooldown when your target is below 20% health.
  6. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot when you are high on Focus, to avoid reaching 100 Focus.
  7. Use Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot to generate Focus and when there is nothing else to do.

When you get a Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load proc, simply use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot as you normally would, and remember to cast those Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shots after it.

On our dedicated rotation page below, you can find a detailed rotation including cooldown usage and management.


Azerite Traits

Generally speaking, the best traits for Marksmanship Hunters are In The Rhythm Icon In The Rhythm, Unerring Vision Icon Unerring Vision, and Clockwork Heart Icon Clockwork Heart (very rare Trait). The Middle Ring Traits are all roughly equally good.

Azerite Traits play an important role for Marksmanship Hunter. This means you need to decide which Azerite items you should choose. The traits are very close to each other in power, though, so we recommend our dedicated Azerite page below for details.


Azerite Essences

For your Major Essence, we recommend Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance, as it is easy to get and very powerful. For Minor Essences, we recommend Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection (combined with Calling the Shots Icon Calling the Shots, this gives you a 1-minute Trueshot Icon Trueshot cooldown that lines up perfectly with Worldvein Resonance), Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying (Uldum Accord reputation), and Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife (rated PvP).

Please refer to our dedicated Essences page below for more information.


Should I Use A Pet As A Marksmanship Hunter?

No, Marksmanship Hunters do not use pets in almost any situation. You may choose to use a pet if you need it for Bloodlust/Heroism or survivability. In these rare cases, we recommend using a Ferocity pet.



  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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