Marksmanship Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Sep 03, 2021 at 09:16 by Azortharion 90 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Marksmanship Hunter in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Marksmanship Hunter gear and best in slot.


Gearing a Marksmanship Hunter

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Marksmanship Hunter. This section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.

For more detailed information on Stat Priority, please visit our Stats page.

For more detailed information on Gems and Enchants, please visit our Gems and Enchants page.

We also have a page dedicated to simulations for different aspects of your character. These can be found on our Simulations page.


Patch 9.1 Domination Gems Ranking for Marksmanship Hunter

Patch 9.1 introduced a new, special type of gem socket and gem type which can be found on Raid Gear from the Sanctum of Domination.

There are Blood, Frost, and Unholy Gems, and 5 Gem Slots in total. These Domination Gems can be applied to Helms, Shoulders, Chests, Belts, and Boots from the Sanctum of Domination.

Combining 3 of the same color gem will activate a set bonus. The Blood Gem Set Bonus is Blood Link Icon Blood Link, the Frost Gem Set Bonus is Winds of Winter Icon Winds of Winter, and the Unholy Gem Set Bonus is Chaos Bane Icon Chaos Bane.


Best Domination Gem Set Bonus for Marksmanship Hunter

  1. Blood Link Icon Blood Link (Single-Target and Progression Raiding)
  2. Chaos Bane Icon Chaos Bane (Multi-Target)
  3. Winds of Winter Icon Winds of Winter

Best Domination Gems for Marksmanship Hunter

Now that we know our strongest Set Bonus, we have to identify the best gem combination. You will need all three Blood/Red gems to activate the Blood Set Bonus, so you do not have a choice here, but you can freely choose between all of the Unholy and Frost Gems for your final two Domination Gem Sockets. We have only ranked the Domination Gems that increase your DPS.

  1. Shard of Dyz Icon Shard of Dyz
  2. Shard of Cor Icon Shard of Cor
  3. Shard of Bek Icon Shard of Bek

If you would like to know more about the remaining Domination Shards' effects, their set bonuses, or how to upgrade their effects into even more potent forms, please see our official guide detailing everything about this new system of Patch 9.1:


The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Marksmanship Hunter

At this stage in the game, and despite the Stat Priority, there are so many variables and layers of optimization 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 items, trinkets, Legendaries, Enchants/Gems, even Covenants, Soulbinds, Conduits, and so on.


Upgrading Marksmanship Hunter Gear with Valor Points

Patch 9.0.5 reintroduced the Valor currency. For more information on where to get Valor from, how it works, weekly caps and more, see our Valor page.

Marksmanship Hunters should upgrade the items with Valor that will benefit the most in the moment. The easiest way to figure out what is best for your specific character is by using Raidbots' Droptimizer. You can select "+10 Weekly Chest" as a replacement for the highest item level Valor upgrade. Below is a list of item slots that you might want to upgrade first.

  • Your weapon is by far your strongest item, and should always be the top priority to upgrade.
  • Trinkets have a major impact on your DPS, particularly on-use ones such as Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device and Overcharged Anima Battery Icon Overcharged Anima Battery.
  • Aside from this, the best scaling items tend to be Helms, Chests, and Leg items. Wrists and Cloaks are low-priority as they have relatively little Agility on them.


Thanks to, a comprehensive list of available trinkets for Marksmanship are listed against each other below. Keep in mind that this is only a guideline, and that you should be simming your own character if you care about optimizing it.

For the complete simulation results, check out

Note on the Inscrutable Quantum Device

While the Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device trinket performs exceptionally well in simulations, we generally recommend not using it for Raids. This is because it has a lot of potential effects when pressed, including healing and giving Mana to others in your group, all of which will not help your DPS.

This means that your second and third usages in raids will often not give a DPS benefit, significantly reducing the actual DPS value of the trinket. For Mythic+ scenarios, it is basically as good as it sims and a very strong choice.



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.


Raiding BiS List for Marksmanship Hunter

This does not include trinkets as they are covered in the above chart.

Slot Item Source
Helm Shadowsteel Facecage Icon Shadowsteel Facecage Painsmith Raznal in Sanctum of Domination
Necklace Interplanar Keystone Icon Interplanar Keystone Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Shoulders Epaulettes of the Master Ranger Icon Epaulettes of the Master Ranger Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Cloak Dark Ranger's Quiver Icon Dark Ranger's Quiver Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Chest Colossus Slayer's Hauberk Icon Colossus Slayer's Hauberk The Tarragrue in Sanctum of Domination
Bracers Bands of the Fallen House Icon Bands of the Fallen House Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Gloves Grasps of Ancestral Whispers Icon Grasps of Ancestral Whispers Remnant of Ner'zhul in Sanctum of Domination
Belt Ceremonial Construct Clasp Icon Ceremonial Construct Clasp Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Legs Hyperdense Greaves Icon Hyperdense Greaves Guardian of the First Ones in Sanctum of Domination
Boots Ragebound Leg Irons Icon Ragebound Leg Irons Soulrender Dormazain in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #1 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #2 Oscillating Ouroboros Icon Oscillating Ouroboros Fatescribe Roh-Kalo in Sanctum of Domination
Weapon Rae'shalare, Death's Whisper Icon Rae'shalare, Death's Whisper Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination

Non-Raiding BiS List for Marksmanship Hunter

This list contains exclusively items that are not obtained from the Raid, for players who prefer not to Raid.

Slot Item Source
Helm Rattling Deadeye Hood Icon Rattling Deadeye Hood The Necrotic Wake
Necklace Trailspinner Pendant Icon Trailspinner Pendant Mists of Tirna Scithe
Shoulders Mantle of Ephemeral Visages Icon Mantle of Ephemeral Visages Halls of Atonement
Cloak Cloak of Enveloping Manifestations Icon Cloak of Enveloping Manifestations Sanguine Depths
Chest Soaring Decimator's Hauberk Icon Soaring Decimator's Hauberk Halls of Atonement
Bracers Tortured Assistant's Bindings Icon Tortured Assistant's Bindings Plaguefall
Gloves Iron Spiked Handgrips Icon Iron Spiked Handgrips Sanguine Depths
Belt Clasp of Waning Shadow Icon Clasp of Waning Shadow Mists of Tirna Scithe
Legs Blightborne Chain Legguards Icon Blightborne Chain Legguards Plaguefall
Boots Shardskin Sabatons Icon Shardskin Sabatons Halls of Atonement
Ring #1 Ring of Perpetual Conflict Icon Ring of Perpetual Conflict Theater of Pain
Ring #2 Fleshfused Circle Icon Fleshfused Circle Theater of Pain
Weapon Xy Cartel Crossbow Icon Xy Cartel Crossbow De Other Side


  • 03 Sep. 2021: Updated the optimal individual Domination Shards.
  • 02 Aug. 2021: Updated the optimal Domination Shard Set Bonus after Blood Link was buffed.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 31 Mar. 2021: Updated the BiS Bow's name (it is still the same item, but it had the wrong name listed) and updated the BiS cloak.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added a section dedicated to Valor Point upgrades.
  • 01 Mar. 2021: Separated the Raid and Dungeon BiS Lists.
  • 09 Jan. 2021: Added note about the Inscrutable Quantum Device and altered the name of the BiS weapon to the Night Fae one.
  • 25 Dec. 2020: Updated the BiS List to include Raid Items as well as Mythic+ items.
  • 27 Nov. 2020: Updated the Trinket Sims.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 15 Oct. 2020: Updated the BiS Rings and Azerite Pieces.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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