Marksmanship Hunter DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Azortharion 100 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Marksmanship Hunter in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5, 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. Mastery;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Versatility;
  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 difference is nearly negligible.

For more information, please visit our dedicated page.


Basic Rotation

  1. Activate Trueshot Icon Trueshot on cooldown. Try and use it together with Wild Spirits Icon Wild Spirits/Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow.
  2. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot on cooldown. It is only available when the target is below 20% health.
  3. Use Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire on cooldown.
  4. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot on cooldown. If Arcane Shot is glowing, do not use Aimed Shot yet.
  5. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot to spend Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots. You can tell when you have Precise Shots stacks by the Arcane Shot icon glowing.
  6. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot to keep yourself from hitting 100 Focus. Try to stay below 60.
  7. Use Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot when you have 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.


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.


Best Covenant for Marksmanship Hunter

The best Covenant for Marksmanship Hunters is Night Fae with the Dreamweaver Soulbind being the best for Raiding and Mythic+.


Best Legendary for Marksmanship Hunter

Once you unlock Double Legendaries, you will wear both Fragments of the Elder Antlers Icon Fragments of the Elder Antlers and Secrets of the Unblinking Vigil Icon Secrets of the Unblinking Vigil together.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Updated the stat priority, updated the best Covenant, and added information about the best Legendary.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 12 Jul. 2021: Updated the optimal Soulbind.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 31 Mar. 2021: Updated the general Stat Priority for Marksmanship Hunters.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 22 Oct. 2020: Updated the Level 50 Talent Recommendation and Stat Priority.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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