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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 25, 2017 at 16:07 by Azortharion 839 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

This page is a gear reference for Marksmanship Hunters. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Marksmanship Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Solaris. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Best in Slot List

Bear in mind that all of this is subject to change based on Warforging and Titanforging happening on gear, so this is absolutely a guideline and not a rule. Note that it is also just dealing with gear from raid environments, so this could change if you are spending a large amount of time in Mythic+ and gaining different, rarer pieces.

Slot Item Source
Helm Wildstalker Helmet Icon Wildstalker Helmet Demonic Inquisition
Neck Locket of Splintered Souls Icon Locket of Splintered Souls The Desolate Host
Shoulders Wildstalker Spaulders Icon Wildstalker Spaulders Fallen Avatar
Cloak Wildstalker Cape Icon Wildstalker Cape The Desolate Host
Chest Wildstalker Chestguard Icon Wildstalker Chestguard Maiden of Vigilance
Wrists Pain-Singed Armguards Icon Pain-Singed Armguards Goroth
Gloves Vicegrip of the Unrepentant Icon Vicegrip of the Unrepentant Kil'jaeden
Belt Waistguard of Interminable Unity Icon Waistguard of Interminable Unity Sisters of the Moon
Legs Legguards of Siphoned Power Icon Legguards of Siphoned Power Fallen Avatar
Boots Star-Stalker Treads Icon Star-Stalker Treads Kil'jaeden
Ring #1 Seal of the Second Duumvirate Icon Seal of the Second Duumvirate Kil'jaeden
Ring #2 Scaled Band of Servitude Icon Scaled Band of Servitude Harjatan
Trinket #1 Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Sisters of the Moon
Trinket #2 Engine of Eradication Icon Engine of Eradication Maiden of Vigilance
Storm Relic Felsoul Vortex Icon Felsoul Vortex Goroth
Blood Relic Man'ari Blood Pact Icon Man'ari Blood Pact Kil'jaeden
Life Relic Moontalon's Feather Icon Moontalon's Feather Sisters of the Moon

2. 7.2.5 Trinket & Legendary DPS Rankings

Right-click the image and open in a new tab, or access the sheet directly with the link below to see it in full.

Marksmanship Trinket Sims

This trinket/legendary simulation spreadsheet is inherited from this spreadsheet, where you can also see the underlying data. Note that sometimes the spreadsheet on this link may be slightly broken as it is tinkered with by me. The screenshot above reflects the most recent, up-to-date version of the trinket sim.

3. Legion Legendaries

This is a comprehensive list of the non-spec specific legendaries that are available to Hunters in Legion. Legendaries can drop from daily loot chests, the Class Order Hall Mythic+ loot chest, the PvP loot chest, 5-man dungeons of all kinds, world bosses, and raid bosses from all difficulties. The spec-specific Legendaries will be listed under their respective class guide.

The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask Icon The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask is a Legendary helmet which heals you for 20% of your maximum health whenever you use Feign Death Icon Feign Death, as well as an additional 5% of your health every second for 10 seconds for as long as you remain feigned. This can be an extremely useful self-heal when needed during raid encounters and Mythic+ encounters.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus is a Legendary necklace which gives you an absorb shield for 25% of your maximum health for 30 seconds, every 30 seconds. This makes it the strongest survivability legendary, especially since you will passively benefit from it. From a progression raiding standpoint where damage output is often not the primary concern, it is an incredibly strong legendary from a survivability standpoint, and it gives a lot of secondary stats which is a significant boost to DPS as well.

Roots of Shaladrassil Icon Roots of Shaladrassil are a pair of Legendary leggings that cause you to gain 3% health every second for as long as you stand still. The first heal occurs 1 second after you stop moving. This is the weakest survivability legendary, since the healing done does not add up to nearly as much damage prevented as Prydaz does, although the high item level of a high-budget item like legs makes it decent as far as non-DPS legendaries go.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is a Legendary ring that gives you 70% increased movement speed and 15% Haste for 10 seconds whenever you apply a crowd control effect (stun, roots, silenced and so on) to non-boss enemies. It also increases movement speed by 10% and Haste by 2% passively. It can act as a damage and mobility boost on add-heavy encounters where you have to slow enemies, and it is a decent legendary for most Mythic+ dungeons.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a Legendary trinket that gives you a ton of stats passively, and has an on-use proc with a 1:15 minute cooldown that deals heavy, critical AoE damage around the target it hits. This is a powerful burst AoE legendary, and its heavy base stats makes it very powerful in general. Because it always crits, it has good synergy with Marksmanship's Trueshot Icon Trueshot cooldown, which increases critical strike damage by 50%, and it should be used together with Trueshot as often as possible.

3.1. Marksmanship Legendaries

Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster is a Legendary ring that gives you the Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load talent without having to choose it, meaning the value of its effects is the same as the value of this talent, which is very high. It is the best single-target DPS legendary, as it allows you to pick True Aim Icon True Aim and have both of those talents at the same time. In situations where you can not benefit as much from the synergy of True Aim and Lock and Load (usually by having to switch targets too often for True Aim to really work), it is not as desirable as it looks on paper/in simulations.

Celerity of the Windrunners Icon Celerity of the Windrunners is a Legendary cloak that causes  Icon Windburst to give 15% increased Haste for 6 seconds. It is a decent, but not spectacular legendary for most situations.

Magnetized Blasting Cap Launcher Icon Magnetized Blasting Cap Launcher are a pair of Legendary bracers that increase the damage done by Bursting Shot Icon Bursting Shot by 800%, and increases its range by 30 yards. This elevates Bursting Shot Icon Bursting Shot to being used in your rotation at all times when Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable is not active, instead of only being used as a crowd control ability. It is especially powerful for Mythic+ dungeons, but its usefulness in raids is limited unless you can combine its AoE damage with its crowd control capability in a meaningful way. It makes Bursting Shot very susceptible to ninjapulling in dungeons.

War Belt of the Sentinel Army Icon War Belt of the Sentinel Army causes each enemy hit by Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot and Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders to increase the damage done by the next Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot by 10%, stacking up to 20 times. This has no DPS effect on single-target unless you are using Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders which is no longer recommended, but it is very powerful in AoE scenarios where you can stack the buff up and then fire an extremely high-damage Aimed Shot consistently. For most fights in the Nighthold, it has very high potential and is the best legendary alongside the boots below. It does not change your rotation very much, you should of course try and build as many stacks as possible before using Aimed Shot if you are using it (on multiple targets), but you should not cap Focus to achieve this goal, as you would be losing more Aimed Shots than you gain in damage.

MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer is a new pair of Legendary gloves for Marksmanship. It causes every second Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to have a 15% increased crit chance, and also be castable while moving. This is an incredibly powerful single-target legendary, even when not considering the massive mobility increase. It is one of the best single-target legendaries available to the spec.

Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes are Legendary boots that reduce the cooldown of Trueshot Icon Trueshot by 0.8 second each time you cast a damaging ability (except everything but Arcane Shot, Multi-Shot, Marked Shot and Aimed Shot). On average, these boots will reduce the cooldown of Trueshot Icon Trueshot by ~45-55 seconds. This makes them the best all-rounder legendary as a general statement, and the most desirable legendary for Marksmanship due to its versatility.

Zevrim's Hunger Icon Zevrim's Hunger is a Legendary ring that gives Marked Shot Icon Marked Shot a 15% chance to not consume Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark, allowing you to cast them back-to-back. This is a pretty weak single-target legendary, but quite a strong AoE one since Marked Shot constitutes a lot of our AoE damage. It does not change your rotation in any meaningful way, and you should simply spam the extra Marked Shots that it gives you back-to-back.

3.1.1. Marksmanship Legendary Ranking

This list seeks to rank all the Legendaries in terms of desirability. This will be done in different tiers rather than a hard 1-2-3 list. Tier 1 contains BiS legendaries for most encounters, Tier 2 are all contenders for the second BiS slot depending on the situation, while Tier 3 Legendaries are generally undesirable.

  1. Tier 1 - Best in Slot Contenders
  2. Tier 2
  3. Tier 3

4. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Beast Mastery/Survival Hunters, Monks, Shamans, and Warriors
Mail Armor Beast Mastery/Survival Hunters and Shamans
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks Beast Mastery/Survival Hunters, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

5. ChangeLog

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  • 25 Jun. 2017: Updated trinket simulation as some trinkets - Tarnished Sentinel Medallion most notably - received tuning changes.
  • 17 Jun. 2017: Updated trinket simulations for 7.2.5. Updated Best in Slot list for the Tomb of Sargeras raid.
  • 15 Jun. 2017: Fixed wording on the gloves, as the boots are not BiS single-target anymore.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Added new Legendaries. Updated simulation. Removed "Trinket to look for section" and other sections that are now invalidated or no longer useful, to pave the path for something new in Tomb of Sargeras. Added note about Ullr's boots still being best for single-target with the T19 2-piece.
  • 17 May 2017: Updated Legendary ranking to be in a tiered system.
  • 17 Apr. 2017: Trinket sim updated.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 17 Mar. 2017: The trinket spreadsheet now also has legendary sims in it.
  • 17 Feb. 2017: Trinket sims update.
  • 25 Feb. 2017: Updated legendary items and trinkets.
  • 18 Feb. 2017: Added more information on legendary belt.
  • 14 Feb. 2017: Added text about the Tier 19 4-piece set bonus' mediocrity for meme build. Added link to trinket sim spreadsheet.
  • 13 Feb. 2017: Added new trinket sims. These sims test trinkets at a ton of different item levels, color coded for easy comparison.
  • 08 Feb. 2017: Updated BiS trinket, Fury of the Burning Sky is great for multitarget and more consistent.
  • 07 Feb. 2017: Trinket sim update.
  • 04 Feb. 2017: Fixed wording inconsistency.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Talked about some new trinkets in the "Trinkets To Look For" section.
  • 26 Jan. 2017: Updated trinket sims with all the changes in hotfixes since 7.1.5. Updated BiS list accordingly. Added information about second-best tier item slots in case you have a Legendary that breaks the set. Updated legendary rankings.
  • 19 Jan. 2017: Updated BiS trinket, as Draught of Souls damage has been nerfed for ranged.
  • 17 Jan. 2017: Add BiS list. Trinket sims updated.
  • 14 Jan. 2017: Add Legendary trinket to description (but not ranking yet).
  • 13 Jan. 2017: Removed Aran's Relaxing Ruby as it was nerfed.
  • 12 Jan. 2017: Fresh trinket sims.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
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