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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Easy Mode in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 12, 2018 at 23:37 by Azortharion 70 comments

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About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec for many years. He is an accomplished player with dozen of top parses for all specs throughout the game's history. He is also the Admin of Trueshot Lodge, the Hunter Class Discord, and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Foreword

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.

2. The Basics of Marksmanship Hunter

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

3. 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.

4. Stat Choices of Marksmanship Hunter

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

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

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.

5. Basic Rotation

  1. Cast Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire on cooldown. Try to use it while below 75 Focus.
  2. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot on cooldown.
  3. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot after Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to spend the Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots stacks.
  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.

6. Azerite Traits

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.

7. Changelog

  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth release.
  • 18 Jul. 2018: Updated the stat priority.
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