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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 12:34 by Azortharion 102 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Marksmanship Hunter in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3, 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.


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.


Stat Choices of Marksmanship Hunter

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

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


Basic Rotation

  1. Cast Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire on cooldown. Try to use it while below 75 Focus.
  2. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot after Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to spend the Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots stacks.
  3. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot on cooldown.
  4. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot when you are high on Focus, to avoid reaching 100 Focus.
  5. 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.


Azerite Traits

Generally speaking, the best traits for Marksmanship Hunters are In The Rhythm Icon In The Rhythm, Unerring Vision Icon Unerring Vision and Focused Fire. The best Middle Ring traits are Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power and Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames.

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 Azerite trait page for more details.


Azerite Essences

For your Major Essence, we recommend Worldvein Resonance (Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance) for Raiding, and Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam) for other types of content. Both are quite easy to get.

For your Minor Essences, we recommend Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying (Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes), The Crucible of Flame (Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame), and Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy), in that order of priority. You will not unlock all 3 Minor Essence slots until you have leveled up your Heart of Azeroth quite far.

Please refer to our Marksmanship essence page, for more information.



  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated the page to include 3 Minor Essence choices, and altered the recommendations slightly. They are now slightly more performance-focused, although ease of use is still the priority.
  • 13 Jul. 2019: Added information about Azerite Traits and Essences to go for.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 06 Mar. 2019: Altered the Level 100 Talent recommendation.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth release.
  • 18 Jul. 2018: Updated the stat priority.
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