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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (BfA 8.0.1)

Last updated on Jul 20, 2018 at 09:06 by Azortharion 30 comments

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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. The Marksmanship Hunter Artifact in the Prepatch

In the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch, your Artifact weapon's special abilities have been completely disabled. None of the traits that affected any of your abilities are active, and this includes the utility ones as well.

2. Marksmanship Hunter Antorus Set Bonuses

The Tier 21 Antorus set bonuses have been changed for the prepatch:

  • 2-piece: increases all Physical damage done by 5%.
  • 4-piece: increases the damage of Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot by 12%.

3. Best in Slot List for Marksmanship Hunter

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.

The Pantheon trinkets are better than all other trinkets and are considered BiS, but you can only wear one of them. We also list the best non-Pantheon trinket choices, so you know what to go for if you have not gotten ahold of a Pantheon trinket yet.

All items drop from bosses in Antorus unless otherwise noted.

Slot Item Source
Helm Serpentstalker Helmet Icon Serpentstalker Helmet Aggramar
Neck Chain of the Unmaker Icon Chain of the Unmaker Argus the Unmaker
Shoulders Pauldrons of Colossal Burden Icon Pauldrons of Colossal Burden Argus the Unmaker
Cloak Celerity of the Windrunners Icon Celerity of the Windrunners (Legendary) or Serpentstalker Drape Icon Serpentstalker Drape Legendary Cloak, or Tier Cloak from Antoran High Command
Chest Serpentstalker Tunic Icon Serpentstalker Tunic Eonar the Life-Binder
Wrists Scalding Shatterguards Icon Scalding Shatterguards Kin'garoth
Gloves Serpentstalker Grips Icon Serpentstalker Grips Kin'garoth
Belt Depraved Tactician's Waistguard Icon Depraved Tactician's Waistguard Antoran High Command
Legs Serpentstalker Legguards Icon Serpentstalker Legguards Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Greatboots of the Searing Tempest Icon Greatboots of the Searing Tempest Aggramar
Ring #1 Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Icon Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Argus the Unmaker
Ring #2 Zevrim's Hunger Icon Zevrim's Hunger (Legendary) or Seal of the Portalmaster Icon Seal of the Portalmaster Legendary Ring, or Ring from Portal-Keeper Hasabel
Trinket #1 (Pantheon, best choice) Golganneth's Vitality Icon Golganneth's Vitality Argus the Unmaker Personal Loot Drop
Trinket #1 (Non-Pantheon) Prototype Personnel Decimator Icon Prototype Personnel Decimator Garothi Worldbreaker
Trinket #2 Forgefiend's Fabricator Icon Forgefiend's Fabricator Kin'garoth
Storm Relic Conch of the Thunderer Icon Conch of the Thunderer (Higher Item Level) Argus the Unmaker
Blood Relic Cruor of the Avenger Icon Cruor of the Avenger (Higher Item Level) Argus the Unmaker
Life Relic Root of the Lifebinder Icon Root of the Lifebinder (Higher Item Level) Argus the Unmaker

4. 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, relics, trinkets, Legendaries 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.

5. 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.

6. Hunter Legendaries

This is a comprehensive list of the non-spec specific legendaries that are available to Hunters. 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.

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 is 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.

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, silences 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.

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.

Insignia of the Grand Army Icon Insignia of the Grand Army is a Legendary ring that you get when killing Argus the Unmaker on Heroic difficulty. It increases your damage done by 2%.

Zevrim's Hunger Icon Zevrim's Hunger is a Legendary ring that increases your damage done by 3%.

Celerity of the Windrunners Icon Celerity of the Windrunners is a Legendary cloak that increases your Haste by 3%.

Unseen Predator's Cloak Icon Unseen Predator's Cloak is a Legendary cloak that increases your damage done by 3%.

7. Marksmanship Hunter 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.

Magnetized Blasting Cap Launcher Icon Magnetized Blasting Cap Launcher is 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.

War Belt of the Sentinel Army Icon War Belt of the Sentinel Army causes each enemy hit by Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot to increase the damage done by the next Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot by 10%, stacking up to 20 times.

MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer is a pair of Legendary gloves for Marksmanship. It causes every second Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to have a 15% increased Critical Strike chance, and also be castable while moving.

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 shot. Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot is currently excluded from this.

7.1. Best in Slot Legendaries for Marksmanship Hunter

7.1.1. Single Target Ranking

  1. Zevrim's Hunger Icon Zevrim's Hunger
  2. Celerity of the Windrunners Icon Celerity of the Windrunners
  3. Roots of Shaladrassil Icon Roots of Shaladrassil
  4. Unseen Predator's Cloak Icon Unseen Predator's Cloak
  5. Insignia of the Grand Army Icon Insignia of the Grand Army
  6. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
  7. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret
  8. The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask Icon The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask
  9. MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer
  10. Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes
  11. Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster
  12. War Belt of the Sentinel Army Icon War Belt of the Sentinel Army

7.1.2. Multiple Targets

  1. War Belt of the Sentinel Army Icon War Belt of the Sentinel Army
  2. Zevrim's Hunger Icon Zevrim's Hunger
  3. Unseen Predator's Cloak Icon Unseen Predator's Cloak
  4. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret
  5. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
  6. MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer
  7. The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask Icon The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask
  8. Celerity of the Windrunners Icon Celerity of the Windrunners
  9. Roots of Shaladrassil Icon Roots of Shaladrassil
  10. Insignia of the Grand Army Icon Insignia of the Grand Army
  11. Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes
  12. Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster

8. 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

9. ChangeLog

  • 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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