Marksmanship Hunter DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities — Dragonflight 10.2.7

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General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Marksmanship Hunter in both single-target and multiple-target situations. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your DPS. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Marksmanship Hunter rotation.

1.

Marksmanship Hunter Rotation for Dragonflight

Welcome to our Rotation page for Marksmanship Hunters. On this page, you will find everything you need to know about actually playing the spec in Raiding and Mythic+ scenarios.

1.1.

Best Talent Builds for Marksmanship Hunter in Dragonflight

We highly recommend you go and grab the best Talent Builds for the spec before diving into the Rotation. Check out our dedicated Talents page below:

1.2.

Simplified Marksmanship Hunter Rotation for Beginners

If the rotations below seem overwhelming to you, you might benefit from visiting our Easy Mode page, which outlines a close-to-optimal rotation in simpler terms.

1.3.

PvP

The content on this page is purely PvE-related. If you are looking for PvP Rotation Tips, please visit our PvP page below.

2.

Marksmanship Hunter Rotations

Each of the sections below explain the Rotation for Marksmanship Hunter at different target counts. Click the boxes to switch to the desired damage type.

3.

Marksmanship Hunter Rotation

The buttons below can be used to select between curated Single-Target and AoE/Mythic+ loadouts. You can also use the switches below to add or remove individual talents you may also be using:

Single-Target Mythic+/AoE
Talent Selections, etc.
Barrage Icon Barrage Bulletstorm Icon Bulletstorm Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot
Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot Hydra's Bite Icon Hydra's Bite
Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot Poison Injection Icon Poison Injection Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots
Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire Razor Fragments Icon Razor Fragments Salvo Icon Salvo
Serpentstalker's Trickery Icon Serpentstalker's Trickery Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting Stampede Icon Stampede
Steady Focus Icon Steady Focus Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap Surging Shots Icon Surging Shots
Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots Trueshot Icon Trueshot Volley Icon Volley
Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow Ashes of the Embersoul Icon Ashes of the Embersoul Bandolier of Twisted Blades Icon Bandolier of Twisted Blades
Beacon to the Beyond Icon Beacon to the Beyond Darkmoon Deck Box: Dance Icon Darkmoon Deck Box: Dance Erupting Spear Fragment Icon Erupting Spear Fragment
Globe of Jagged Ice Icon Globe of Jagged Ice Manic Grieftorch Icon Manic Grieftorch Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows
Irideus Fragment Icon Irideus Fragment Algeth'ar Puzzle Box Icon Algeth'ar Puzzle Box Storm-Eater's Boon Icon Storm-Eater's Boon
Witherbark's Branch Icon Witherbark's Branch
Marksmanship Explained Single-Target Rotation AoE Rotation
3.

Single-Target Rotation Goals for Marksmanship Hunter

  • Casting Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire as much as possible, both on single-target and AoE.
  • Managing your Focus — Never capping it but also ensuring you have enough Focus to cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot off cooldown.
  • Spending Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots stacks on Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot/ Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot, generated by Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
4.

AoE Rotation Goals for Marksmanship Hunter

  • All the same goals as the single-target Rotation.
  • Maintaining that Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots is up for all of your Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire casts by casting Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot between them, or with Volley Icon Volley. The T31 2PC Tier Set Bonus will also cause Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fires cast during Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots to give you Volley Icon Volley, which gives an additional 6 seconds of Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots, and so on.

In the Single-Target and AoE sections, you will find a highly detailed priority list breakdown of the Rotation, as well as optimal openers.

5.

Single-Target Opener for Marksmanship Hunter in Dragonflight

  1. Ensure Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark is active on the target from you or another Hunter in the group!
  2. Pre-cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot roughly 2.5 seconds before combat begins.
  3. Activate your Potion.
  4. Cast Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire.
  5. Use Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap.
  6. Cast Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot
  7. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram.
  8. Send any on-use Trinkets here along with your Potion.
  9. Use Volley Icon Volley at your enemy's feet.
  10. Activate Trueshot Icon Trueshot.
  11. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot
  12. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot
  13. Cast Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire
  14. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot
  15. Continue with your normal Rotation according to the priority list below.
  16. A small minmax you can do is taking advantage of the fact that Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot's cast time during Trueshot is slightly shorter than your GCD. Thanks to our tier set, Aimed Shot has an ~11% chance to reset the cooldown of Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire. Thus, you want to spam Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire during every Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to queue up the Rapid Fire in case it gets a reset. If it does not reset, simply go back to Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot. You have a very small window (~0.2s) of dead time between every Aimed Shot where you can attempt to queue a Rapid Fire at no GCD loss.
6.

Single-Target Rotation for Marksmanship Hunter

This priority list describes the optimal single-target Rotation for Marksmanship Hunter.

  1. Cast Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire if Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots would expire within the next GCD.
  2. Cast Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot on cooldown, even during Trueshot Icon Trueshot.
  3. Use Volley Icon Volley on cooldown. Hold it up to 20 seconds for Trueshot Icon Trueshot.
  4. Use Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot on cooldown.
  5. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram on cooldown.
  6. Cast Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire on cooldown.
  7. Use Trueshot Icon Trueshot, your main cooldown, as many times as possible during the fight. Save it for important add spawns and damage amplification phases.
  8. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot on cooldown at all times. You should always spend all of your Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots stacks first, provided that Aimed Shot is not about to reach 2 charges.
  9. Cast Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow on cooldown, outside of Trueshot.
  10. Cast Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap on cooldown. Remember to throw it at your target's feet. We recommend using the cursor macro from our AddOns and Macros page.
  11. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot when you have over 55 Focus.
  12. Use Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot when you have nothing else to do, as a filler.
7.

AoE Opener for Marksmanship Hunter

  1. Ensure Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark is active on the target from you or another Hunter in the group!
  2. Pre-cast Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot when there is 1.75 seconds left on the pull timer.
  3. Cast Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot.
  4. Activate your Potion.
  5. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram.
  6. Use Volley Icon Volley at your enemy's feet.
  7. Activate Trueshot Icon Trueshot
  8. Cast Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire
  9. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot
  10. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot
  11. Continue with your normal Rotation according to the priority list above. The goal is to not have to cast Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot often at all, by using Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire regularly to extend the Volley Icon Volley-provided Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots windows throughout your entire Trueshot Icon Trueshot window.
  12. A small minmax you can do is taking advantage of the fact that Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot's cast time during Trueshot is slightly shorter than your GCD. Thanks to our tier set, Aimed Shot has an ~11% chance to reset the cooldown of Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire. Thus, you want to spam Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire during every Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to queue up the Rapid Fire in case it gets a reset. If it does not reset, simply go back to Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot. You have a very small window (~0.2s) of dead time between every Aimed Shot where you can attempt to queue a Rapid Fire at no GCD loss.
8.

AoE Rotation for Marksmanship Hunter

This priority list describes the optimal AoE rotation for Marksmanship Hunter.

  1. Use Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot on cooldown.
  2. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram on cooldown.
  3. Use Trueshot Icon Trueshot, your main cooldown, as many times as possible during the fight. Save it for important add spawns and damage amplification phases.
  4. Use Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire on cooldown. Make sure that Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots is active before casting it.
  5. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot on cooldown at all times. You should always spend all of your Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots stacks first. The only exception is if Trueshot Icon Trueshot is active, where keeping it off 2 charges is a higher priority than spending all Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots. Make sure that Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots is active before casting it.
  6. Cast Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot when available to spend Razor Fragments Icon Razor Fragments procs.
  7. Cast Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot to apply Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots if it is down. You should also cast it to spend your Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots stacks when above 55 Focus, and you should also cast it if you have 10 stacks of Bulletstorm.
  8. Use Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot when you have nothing else to do as a filler.
8.1.

Addons for Marksmanship Hunter Rotation

Check out our Addons page below for some recommended Addons to get the most out of your Marksmanship Hunter!

8.2.

Macros for Marksmanship Hunter Rotation

Check out our Macros page below for some recommended Macros to get the most out of your Marksmanship Hunter!

8.3.

Mythic+ Tips and Tricks for Marksmanship Hunter

For information about Mythic+ as a Marksmanship Hunter, please refer to our Mythic+ page.

8.4.

WeakAuras for Marksmanship Hunters in Dragonflight

WeakAuras can have a tremendously positive effect on your performance. Since this is a broad topic, we made a page dedicated to it.

9.

Questions for the Author

Thanks for reading my Rotation Guide for Marksmanship Hunter. If you have any questions about it that you would like to ask me directly, feel free to drop into my Discord Server and drop me (Azortharion) a ping at any time.

10.

Changelog

  • 24 May 2024: Added a minmax tip to the openers and changed the AoE opener slightly.
  • 23 May 2024: AoE Rotation updates, lowering the priority of Kill Shots, and raising the priority of Aimed Shots and Rapid Fire.
  • 14 May 2024: Added explicit mentions of Grieftorch and Puzzle Box in the opener.
  • 13 May 2024: Added some nuance with Volley usage around Trueshot, and whether you should macro Salvo to Volley or not.
  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 02 May 2024: Clarified Puzzle Box' place in the opener and its use in the rotation.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Season 4.
  • 19 Mar. 2024: Updated for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Updated for Patch 10.2.5
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 17 Jul. 2023: Added on-use trinkets to the rotation.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 29 Jun. 2023: Updated Rapid Fire and Steel Trap's places in the single-target rotation.
  • 15 May 2023: Clarified the rotation on some points, especially Kill Shot usage. Implemented Steel Trap in the opener.
  • 09 May 2023: Updated the Steady Focus priority during Trueshot.
  • 08 May 2023: Updated the opener for the new build, and added a note of when to use on-use trinkets in the opener. Updated the Steady Focus part of the rotation during Trueshot.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 26 Jan. 2023: Added Salvo to the rotation and referenced the macro for it.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Updated the page for relevant changes in Patch 10.0.5.
  • 21 Jan. 2023: Small opener fix concerning Explosive Shot.
  • 12 Dec. 2022: Rotational fix concerning Bulletstorm in AoE.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated the recommended opener, and Double Tap usage on Rapid Fire.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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