Marksmanship Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Jan 21, 2019 at 18:59 by Azortharion 90 comments

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Marksmanship Hunter in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5.

1. The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Marksmanship Hunter

At this stage in the game, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose set bonuses, Azerite traits, trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.

2. Best Dungeons for Marksmanship Hunter

This is a table containing all the currently available dungeons, and listing how many good items each dungeon can drop. We classify a "good item" as pieces that have a high amount of one of your best stats on it (Mastery or Haste). This will help guide you on what dungeons to focus on when farming for upgrades.

Dungeon Item Slots
The MOTHERLODE!! Weapon, Shoulders, Belt, Legs, Finger
Atal'Dazar Weapon, Cloak, Bracers, Belt
The Underrot Shoulders, Belt, Finger
Tol Dagor Weapon, Bracers, Gloves
Kings' Rest Weapon, Gloves, Finger
Freehold Weapon, Bracers, Trinket
Siege of Boralus Chest, Belt, Boots
Waycrest Manor Bracers, Boots
Shrine of the Storm Cloak, Trinket
Temple of Sethraliss Weapon

3. What Gear Do I Farm/Bonus Roll/Chase After?

When identifying what gear you should be aiming after, we recommend using RaidBots' Droptimizer feature. It requires the SimulationCraft Addon. Once you have the addon installed, write "/simc" into the chat in-game, and copy-pasting the contents into the RaidBots Droptimizer.

Simply select the raid and difficulty you are interested in, and RaidBots will take a while to figure out where you should spend your bonus rolls, and more.

4. Stats

Many people have a tendency to overthink the distribution of their secondary stats. An important thing to remember is that a higher quantity of stats is nearly always better than a better quality of stats. Because of this, wearing higher item level gear with worse stats tends to be better than lower item level gear with great stats. Keep this in mind when considering gear.

5. Trinket Simulation for Marksmanship Hunter

A generic ranking for the top 13 single-target Trinkets can be found here:

For the complete simulation results, check out

A generic ranking for the top 13 cleave Trinkets can be found here:

For the complete simulation results, check out

6. Recommended Battle for Dazar'alor Gear

This does not include items that are found outside of the raid, so this may be altered based on items you have available from outside sources. Note that this also does not include trinkets as they are covered in the above chart:

Also note that this is not a guide on which bosses to bonus roll. Refer to the Droptimizer guide above to plan out your bonus rolls!

Slot Item Source
Helm Target-Tracking Headgear Icon Target-Tracking Headgear High Tinker Mekkatorque in Battle of Dazar'alor
Shoulder Tidal Shroud Spaulders Icon Tidal Shroud Spaulders Stormwall Blockade in Battle of Dazar'alor
Cloak Silverback Cloak Icon Silverback Cloak Grong in Battle of Dazar'alor
Chest Mistfire Raiment Icon Mistfire Raiment Jadefire Masters in Battle of Dazar'alor
Wrists Ape Wrangler's Wristguards Icon Ape Wrangler's Wristguards Grong in Battle of Dazar'alor
Gloves Slimy Kelpweavers Icon Slimy Kelpweavers Stormwall Blockade in Battle of Dazar'alor
Belt Goldenscale Girdle Icon Goldenscale Girdle Opulence in Battle of Dazar'alor
Legs Deathhunter's Legguards Icon Deathhunter's Legguards King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor
Boots Lightgrace Sabatons Icon Lightgrace Sabatons Champion of the Light in Battle of Dazar'alor
Ring #1 Lord Admiral's Signet Icon Lord Admiral's Signet Lady Jaina Proudmoore in Battle of Dazar'alor
Ring #2 Seal of the Zandalari Empire Icon Seal of the Zandalari Empire King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor
Weapon Pterrorwing Longbow Icon Pterrorwing Longbow Conclave of the Chosen in Battle of Dazar'alor

7. Changelog

  • 21 Jan. 2019: Added a Recommended Gear List for Battle for Dazar'alor, and an introduction to the Raidbots Droptimizer feature.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated the trinket simulation charts to be hosted through BloodMallet.
  • 12 Oct. 2018: Updated the list of good dungeons and their items.
  • 07 Sep. 2018: Updated the trinket simulation.
  • 30 Aug. 2018: Updated the trinket simulation to include the recent SimCraft changes to RPPM.
  • 26 Aug. 2018: Updated the trinket simulation to include buff to the Tiny Electromental in a Jar.
  • 24 Aug. 2018: Updated the trinket simulation to include various World Quest trinkets.
  • 23 Aug. 2018: Added a link to the origin spreadsheet for the simulation chart.
  • 21 Aug. 2018: Updated Trinket simulations.
  • 18 Aug. 2018: Changed the BiS list to a more generally useful list of good dungeons to farm, as this will be relevant throughout the entire expansion.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth release.
  • 20 Jul. 2018: Updated Celerity of the Windrunners' Haste level from 2% to 3%.
  • 18 Jul. 2018: Updated Golganneth's Vitality to just be an Argus Personal Loot drop.
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