Marksmanship Hunter DPS Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.2

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General Information

Welcome to our Marksmanship Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.2. 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 WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Marksmanship 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.
  • +Very high mobility, although not as high as Beast Mastery.
  • +Does not rely on Pet AI.
  • +Stronger AoE damage than Beast Mastery.
X Weaknesses
  • -High importance on planning ahead with casts.
  • -Weak utility and survivability without a pet.
3.

Dragonflight Changes for Hunters

We are maintaining a list of changes for Hunters, so you can see what changes with every patch of Dragonflight.

3.1.

Marksmanship Hunter Changes in Dragonflight

The biggest change of Marksmanship in Dragonflight is the introduction of our new Talent System. This widens the scope of our abilities significantly, and changes the feel of the spec fundamentally. There are far more choices than you will be used to, and a lot of previously baseline abilities and passives must now be talented into, such as Counter Shot Icon Counter Shot, Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire, and Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots.

Outside of the Talent System, our fundamental spec has not changed all that much, and the gameplay will not be totally foreign to you. The spec is still about maximizing Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shots on single-target, and Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots benefit in AoE situations.

4.

Is Marksmanship Hunter Good in Dragonflight?

Marksmanship's biggest strength is burst damage, especially on AoE. Unfortunately, Marksmanship's numbers are extremely low, and it is not a particularly competitive spec, though it is rather good at one thing: quick bursts of AoE damage.

5.

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.

6.

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.

7.

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 items 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.

8.

Endgame as a Marksmanship Hunter

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

9.

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.

10.

Changelog

  • 06 Dec. 2022 (enchants page): Updated the recommendation and description of the optimal Flasks/Phials.
  • 06 Dec. 2022 (talents page): Updated the recommended single-target talent build in light of recent buffs.
  • 02 Dec. 2022 (gear page): Added a section that talks about the best Professions.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (addons page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (enchants page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (easy mode page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (spells page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (stats page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (WeakAuras page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (talents page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (FAQ page): Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (rotation page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (how to improve page): Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (simulations page): Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Legendaries): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Torghast): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (WeakAuras page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (FAQ page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (how to improve page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (simulations page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (addons page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (enchants page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (stats page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Castle Nathria page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Sanctum of Domination page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (rotation page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (talents page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (spells page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (easy mode page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 15 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Page added with initial thoughts and information.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 12 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated thoughts on all of the Covenant-specific Legendaries, and added the July 13th Hunter Buffs to the changes.
  • 10 Jun. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Added information about the Venthyr-specific Legendary.
  • 12 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Added information about 4 new Covenant-specific Legendaries.
  • 25 Apr. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created with initial information.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms 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.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace 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 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 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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