Marksmanship Hunter DPS Mythic+ Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 19:15 by Azortharion 76 comments
General Information

In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Marksmanship Hunter in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5.


Unique Challenges of Mythic+

Mythic+ Dungeons, especially high keys, are arguably the highest level of competitive PvE content that WoW has to offer aside from Mythic raiding.

In Mythic Dungeons as a Hunter, you will be responsible for a large part of the group's total damage output, while in a Mythic Raiding group, you may only be responsible for maybe 7% of it. The skill and execution from the individual players in the group is much more important.

Aside from just doing damage, in Mythic+ you will be responsible for many things to make the group's run faster and easier. Interrupting, offensively dispelling enemy targets, soaking mechanics, using your traps and stuns are all much more common in Mythic+ than your usual Mythic raid.

In this guide, we will talk about getting the most out of your Hunter in Mythic+ dungeons, including the best way to set up your character, how your rotation may change, and tips and tricks for using your abilities in the most optimal way.

If you are unfamiliar with Mythic+ and its associated general mechanics, you can read more about it on our dedicated Mythic+ page below.


Best Marksmanship Hunter Mythic+ Talent Build

Note that for a more general overview of Talents for Marksmanship Hunter, please visit our dedicated Talents page.

These are our recommended talents for Marksmanship Hunter in Mythic+.

Level Choices
15 Master Marksman Master Marksman Serpent Sting Serpent Sting A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows
25 Careful Aim Careful Aim Barrage Barrage Explosive Shot Explosive Shot
30 Trailblazer ? Trailblazer Natural Mending ? Natural Mending Camouflage ? Camouflage
35 Steady Focus Steady Focus Streamline Streamline Chimaera Shot Chimaera Shot
40 Born To Be Wild ? Born To Be Wild Posthaste Posthaste Binding Shackles ? Binding Shackles
45 Lethal Shots Lethal Shots Dead Eye Dead Eye Double Tap Double Tap
50 Calling the Shots Calling the Shots Lock and Load Lock and Load Volley Volley

Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Marksmanship Hunter

Generally speaking, Serpentstalker's Trickery Icon Serpentstalker's Trickery is the best Legendary for Marksmanship Hunters in Mythic+. It has by far the best single-target and 2-target DPS of any Legendary, and while its advantage shrinks when you add more targets, it still remains the best option for almost every scenario.

Surging Shots Icon Surging Shots is a decent choice as well. It is more AoE-focused than Serpentstalker's Trickery, and it works much better for shorter pulls and encounters since it works right from the pull, while Trickery needs some time to let its Serpent Stings do damage before it is competitive.

Serpentstalker's Trickery is also significantly more difficult to play optimally, requiring you to manually swap your Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot targets to apply Serpent Sting to at least 2 targets to be effective.

For competitive Mythic+, we recommend Serpentstalker's Trickery Icon Serpentstalker's Trickery, while for casual Mythic+, we recommend Surging Shots Icon Surging Shots.

For more information on Marksmanship Hunter Legendaries in different situations, please check out our page below.


Best Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbind for Marksmanship Hunter

The best Covenant for Marksmanship Hunter in Mythic+ is Night Fae, followed very closely (or sometimes beaten) by Kyrian.

Necrolord is far behind, and Venthyr is the worst Covenant for Mythic+.

A lot of considerations go into the important choice of Covenant, so we very strongly recommend that you read our full Covenants page below.


Rotational Considerations for Marksmanship Hunter in Mythic+

For the most part, your rotation will remain the same as normal in Mythic+ dungeons. Because of the nature of dungeons, however, with mobs dying constantly and there sometimes being downtime in between packs, we recommend taking the following extra considerations.

For more general rotation information, please refer to our rotation page.


Trueshot and Covenant Ability

Trueshot Icon Trueshot should nearly always be synchronized with your Covenant Ability (Wild Spirits Icon Wild Spirits or Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow) and both should be used as many times as possible throughout the dungeon.

For other Covenants, Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot should be used on the longest-living target in the pack, while Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram should be used on cooldown on as many targets as possible.


Double Tap

Double Tap Icon Double Tap should be spent on whatever is most convenient, with a small preference towards Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot. You should precast it before packs start so that you do not have to spend the GCD while in combat. You should not worry so much about which ability you spend it on, but rather make sure that you constantly cast it on cooldown.


Mythic+ AoE Burst Opener for Marksmanship Hunter

  1. If you are using Double Tap Icon Double Tap, activate it shortly before the pull begins.
  2. Use Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot as soon as the pull is engaged.
  3. Activate your Covenant Ability, such as Wild Spirits Icon Wild Spirits.
  4. Activate Volley Icon Volley.
  5. Activate Trueshot Icon Trueshot immediately.
  6. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot
  7. Cast Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire
  8. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot
  9. After Volley Icon Volley ends, proceed with your Trueshot rotation, and remember to use Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot to keep up Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots.

Key Abilities for Marksmanship Hunter in Mythic+

Bursting Shot Icon Bursting Shot is a useful AoE interrupt that works in melee range. It can be used to interrupt abilities that cannot be interrupted normally, and you can aid in getting caster mobs to join the main pack using this ability.

Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap plays the same role as Bursting Shot Icon Bursting Shot for the most part, allowing you to interrupt dangerous casts that cannot be interrupted normally. It can also allow you to remove dangerous caster mobs from the equation. If there are caster mobs out of position hitting your group, those are ideal targets to be trapped until they can be pulled into the remaining group.

Counter Shot Icon Counter Shot is your main interrupt and will be used often in any Mythic+. As you get to know the dungeons, you should know which spells are worth spending your valuable, long-cooldown interrupt on, and which ones you can safely leave to those with shorter cooldowns. Chances are that you will have one of the only ranged interrupts in your group. Using this on caster mobs that are out of position in order to force them to run for the tank is extremely valuable.

Feign Death Icon Feign Death is an extremely powerful spell in Mythic+. It can be used to effectively nullify a lot of targeted effects that mobs and bosses channel on you. It can also be used to nullify targeted spells where you can see that it will land on you before the cast finishes. Using Feign Death can cause the boss to pick another target, or completely stop casting the ability.


How to use Bloodlust / Heroism as a Marksmanship Hunter in Mythic+

Marksmanship Hunters prefer to not use a pet at all due to our Lone Wolf Icon Lone Wolf passive. However, you will sometimes be forced to use one to activate Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism for your group.

The ideal way to do this is to summon your pet, and then immediately dismiss it. When there is 0.1s left on the Dismiss cast (or whenever the boss is pulled), you activate the Primal Rage Icon Primal Rage ability.

Your Lone Wolf will take 20 seconds to stack all the way up to 10% damage done, but if the boss fight is of any substantial length (90 seconds or longer), then this should still be a net DPS increase.

If you cannot or will not do this, then you can also just leave your pet active for the boss fight and dismiss it after it is over, but you should never dismiss your pet mid-fight.


Trinket Considerations for Marksmanship Hunter in Mythic+

When choosing your trinkets, we recommend simulating yourself on Raidbots. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you would want to sim 1-5 targets on 40-second, 90-second and 3-minute fight lengths without Bloodlust and average out the results. This is way beyond what is required for most players, and for a quick "rough" sim we recommend CleaveAdd, 2 targets, 90 seconds, and no Bloodlust.

You can also get a quick overview of good Mythic+ Trinkets on our Gearing page, specifically the Simulation chart for multi-target scenarios.



  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2020: Added a section about using Bloodlust / Heroism in Mythic+ as a Marksmanship Hunter.
  • 26 Dec. 2020: Updated the recommended M+ Sim Methodology.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Added information about best Covenants and Legendaries for Mythic+, and altered the AoE Burst Opener.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 17 Oct. 2020: Updated the Level 50 Talent recommendation.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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