Marksmanship Hunter DPS Guide — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

Last updated on Oct 24, 2020 at 12:04 by Azortharion 5 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Marksmanship Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1. Here, you will learn how to play as a Marksmanship Hunter in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Hunter guide.

1.

Marksmanship Hunter Overview

Marksmanship is the least mobile Hunter spec, as it is the only spec that has to deal with long cast times during which you cannot move. From a playstyle perspective, Marksmanship is relatively simple with only a few central abilities you must understand to play the spec optimally.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +High burst damage.
  • +High mobility.
  • +It does not rely on a pet to do damage at all.
X Weaknesses
  • -Very "spiky" damage profile, damage is not very consistent, as Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire have long cooldowns.
  • -Not fully mobile like Beast Mastery.
  • -Lack of utility and survivability without a pet.
3.

Recent Changes for Marksmanship Hunters

We are maintaining a list of changes for Hunters for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below.

Marksmanship's fundamental toolkit remains the same, but a lot of the Talents are being redesigned. Most of the redesigned talents were the ones that were hardly ever played in Battle for Azeroth, so if you pick the same talents, you will have a very similar experience.

The most notable change for Marksmanship is not specific to the spec. A lot of Hunter Class Abilities from the old days are making a return, and this will be the biggest change for Marksmanship Hunters going into the Shadowlands expansion.

The biggest change to your DPS rotation will be the introduction of Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot. The popular Careful Aim Icon Careful Aim talent has been neutered a bit with the introduction of Kill Shot.

4.

Leveling a Marksmanship Hunter

If you want to play a Marksmanship Hunter, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

Once you reach max level, it can be somewhat overwhelming to completely change the way you play by suddenly implementing a large number of addons in a short space of time, especially if they have a heavy visual impact on your UI. We recommend using some of the more basic addons recommended on our Addons page below while leveling, so that you have more time to get used to them during the easier phases of playing your class.

5.

Basics of Marksmanship Hunter Gameplay

Marksmanship Hunter is a spec about your managing your cooldown abilities, and managing your movement to some extent. Your burst windows during cooldowns are also important, and there is often a strict order for your abilities to follow. It is a somewhat slow spec that is easy to pick up.

Most of your time will be spent generating and spending Focus with Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot and Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot/Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot respectively. Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire are your big spender and generator respectively, and you always wanna cast them off cooldown with minimal delay.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

Below, you will find the most important pages for learning the intricacies of the spec.

6.

How to Gear Up A Marksmanship Hunter

Despite the fact that gearing has become more challenging, due to the huge number of variables that depend on your character, you can find information on how best to gear as Marksmanship on our dedicated gearing page, which includes the current Best in Slot from this tier.

Once you have started to gear, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page for exactly this, as shown below, as well as the stats page, where you can find more information on the possibility of a changing stat priority and the necessary changes you may need to make for consumables.

7.

Endgame as a Marksmanship Hunter

Starting off as Marksmanship can look very different from the absolute end-game raiding and progression as one. Our Mythic+, Raiding, and PvP guides can guide you to performing as well as possible, regardless of your focus in end-game content.

8.

Improving as a Marksmanship Hunter

If you are finding your performance lackluster, but are not sure where you are going wrong, you can check out the pages below for potential tips, or answers to questions you may have.

9.

Changelog

  • 24 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Added a paragraph to talk about Potion usage, and removed it from the opener.
  • 22 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated the Level 50 Talent Recommendation and Stat Priority.
  • 19 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Fixed Careful Aim's description (above 70% health rather than above 80%.)
  • 19 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Fixed Careful Aim's description (above 70% health rather than sub 20% and above 80%.)
  • 17 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated the Level 50 Talent recommendation.
  • 17 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Updated the M+ Talent Cheat Sheet to include Streamline.
  • 16 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Added new, useful macros.
  • 16 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Updated the AoE Opener Sequence.
  • 15 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Updated the Calling the Shots "X" to a checkmark, as it is viable in certain builds.
  • 15 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Updated the BiS Rings and Azerite Pieces.
  • 15 Oct. 2020 (Essences page): Updated the recommended Mythic+ Major Essence.
  • 15 Oct. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated the BiS Trait List to reflect the actual BiS gear more accurately.
  • 14 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated the recommended pet section.
  • 14 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Fixed an inconsistency in the AoE/M+ Talent Cheat Sheet (changed to Explosive Shot).
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Essences page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (WeakAuras page): Page added.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for more bosses.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Marksmanship tips for Uu'nat.
  • 01 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Marksmanship tips for The Restless Cabal.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 22 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added tips for Jaina on Mythic Difficulty.
  • 20 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added boss tips for multiple bosses on Mythic.
    • Added tips for Stormwall Blockade (Mythic).
    • Added tips for King Rastakhan (Mythic).
    • Added tips for High Tinker Mekkatorque (Mythic).
    • Added tips for Opulence (Mythic).
    • Added tips for Conclave of the Chosen (Mythic).
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added boss tips for Jadefire Masters (Mythic) and altered the talent recommendations.
  • 03 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added boss tips for Champion of the Light and Grong (Mythic).
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added boss tips for Marksmanship Hunter in Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Added more specifically useful tips for Marksmanship on each boss in Uldir Mythic.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added additional content for Uldir's release.
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