Marksmanship Hunter DPS Spell List and Glossary — Dragonflight 10.2

Last updated on Nov 06, 2023 at 17:50 by Azortharion 121 comments
General Information

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Marksmanship Hunter in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.

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

1.

Dragonflight Spell Glossary for Marksmanship Hunter

This will cover synergies, cooldowns, and core concepts of the spec to get it working. If you already have experience and are very comfortable with Marksmanship, it is okay to skip past this, otherwise this is a great point to get a base understanding before moving onto later sections of the guide that covers nuances of gameplay.

Note that this page merely lists the Talents and explains them. For information on the best talents to use for your Marksmanship Hunter in Dragonflight, check out our Talents page below.

2.

Main Resource of Marksmanship Hunter

Hunters and their pets use a unique resource, called Focus. Focus works in much the same way as other class resources, like Rage and Energy, in the sense that some abilities grant Focus, while others cost Focus to be used.

A Marksmanship Hunter's Focus has a maximum capacity of 100, and regenerates at a slow rate that varies by spec. In addition to this passive flow of incoming Focus, certain talents and abilities will amplify your Focus regeneration, or simply generate more of it.

Hunter pet Focus works similarly, and is of no concern to you as you cannot do anything to modify it, nor will you be casting pet abilities manually.

As a general rule, you should always have enough Focus to cast your abilities as soon as they come off cooldown, but also to never have 100 Focus (as any extra Focus you generate would then go to waste).

3.

Unlocking Abilities

Note that this page simply lists all the different abilities, assuming you are at max level. If you are leveling, check out our dedicated Hunter Leveling page, which has detailed information on when you unlock all of these abilities.

4.

Baseline Dragonflight Abilities of Marksmanship Hunter

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot AS An instant shot that deals low Arcane damage. Costs 40 Focus.
Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot Steady 1.75-second cast that deals low Physical damage.
Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah Cheetah Increases your movement speed by 90% for 3 seconds, and 30% for 9 seconds. 3-minute cooldown.
Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle Turtle Deflects most attacks for 8 seconds, and reduces damage taken by 30%. 3-minute cooldown.
Disengage Icon Disengage - Leaps you backwards. 20-second cooldown.
Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration Exhil Heals you for 30%, and your pet for 100% of its maximum health. 2-minute cooldown.
Eyes of the Beast Icon Eyes of the Beast EoTB Lets you take control of your pet and see from its perspective for 1 minute.
Feign Death Icon Feign Death FD Pretends to be dead for 6 minutes, dropping all enemy aggro and threat, and prevents you from body-pulling nearby enemies. 30-second cooldown.
Flare Icon Flare - Reveals all stealthed enemies caught in the ground-target location. 20-second cooldown.
Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap Trap Places a trap on the ground. The first enemy that triggers it will be frozen for 30 seconds. Damage breaks the effect. 30-second cooldown.
Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark HM Increases all damage done to the target by 5% while it is above 80% health. Lets you track and see a target through stealth, if applied before stealth.
Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet - Heals your pet for 50% of its total health over 10 seconds. If your pet is dead, it turns into Revive Pet Icon Revive Pet.
Revive Pet Icon Revive Pet - Revives your pet with full health. 3-second cast, 35 Focus.
Wing Clip Icon Wing Clip - Slows your target by 50% for 15 seconds. Can only be used in melee. Costs 20 Focus.

For more information on how to use these abilities together in your rotation, please read our rotation page.

5.

Marksmanship Hunter Talent Guide for Dragonflight

This is our list of all the Marksmanship Hunter Talents in Dragonflight.

6.

Hunter Talent List for Dragonflight

6.1.

Row 1-4 Talents

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Kill Command Icon Kill Command KC Deals heavy Physical damage on a 7.5-second cooldown for 30 Focus.
Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot Conc Slows your target by 50% for 6 seconds. Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot extends this by 3 seconds.
Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot KS Deals heavy Physical damage for 10 Focus on a 10-second cooldown. It is only usable on targets below 20% health.
Counter Shot Icon Counter Shot Kick Interrupts your target's spell cast, and prevents any spell in that school from being cast for 3 seconds, on a 24-second cooldown.
Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap - Places a trap on the ground. When an enemy triggers it, it spawns an 8-yard radius circle of tar on the ground that slows all enemies caught by 50%, which lasts 30 seconds. 30-second cooldown.
Misdirection Icon Misdirection MD Redirects all your threat (not your pet's) to the target for 8 seconds. After casting it, you have 30 seconds to start attacking something, which triggers the 8-second effect, meaning you can pre-cast it. 30-second cooldown.
Survival of the Fittest Icon Survival of the Fittest SoTF Reduces your damage taken by 20% for 8 seconds, on a 2-minute cooldown.
6.2.

Row 5-7 Talents

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Tranquilizing Shot Icon Tranquilizing Shot Tranq Removes 1 Enrage and 1 Magic effect from your target on a 10-second cooldown.
Scare Beast Icon Scare Beast - Fears a Beast enemy for 20-seconds. Breaks on damage. Costs 25 Focus.
Intimidation Icon Intimidation Intim Stuns a target for 5 seconds. 1-minute cooldown. Mutually exclusive with High Explosive Trap Icon High Explosive Trap.
High Explosive Trap Icon High Explosive Trap . HET Places a trap on the ground. The first enemy that triggers will activate an AoE knockback effect that also deals low Fire damage to all enemies affected. Mutually exclusive with Intimidation Icon Intimidation
Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot Scatter Incapacitates and deals low Physical damage to the target for 4 seconds. Damage breaks the effect. Mutually exclusive with Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot.
Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot Binding Places an arrow on the ground. Enemies that pass by the arrow and then move 5 yards away from it are stunned for 3 seconds.
Camouflage Icon Camouflage Camo Gives you stealth for 1 minute, and heals you for 2% of your maximum health every second. 1-minute cooldown that begins when the effect ends. Mutually exclusive with Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot.
Sentinel Owl Icon Sentinel Owl Sentinel Places a ground circle that lets you ignore Line of Sight to all enemies caught in it. Its duration is determined by Focus spent before casting it. Every 150 Focus is 1 second of duration. It can only be cast with at least 5 seconds of duration. The number on the action button indicates the amount of seconds it will last.
Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting SS Deals low Nature damage initially, and applies an 18-second DoT. Costs 10 Focus.
Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap - Places a trap on the ground. The first enemy caught in it is trapped and immobilized, and takes heavy Physical damage over 20 seconds. The damage works even when the immobilization does not. Damage breaks the immobilization. 30-second cooldown.
Stampede Icon Stampede - Sends a horde of pets towards your target in a line, dealing heavy Physical damage to all targets in the line over 12 seconds. Enemies struck are slowed by 30%, and you have a 10% increased crit chance against them for 5 seconds. Mutually exclusive with Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram.
Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram DC Sends a glaive towards your target that bounces 7 times. It also bounces to other nearby enemies. Enemies struck take 10% more damage from you for 10 seconds, although in practice the duration is longer as each bounce refreshes the effect. Its damage is increased by 15% for each bounce, and each bounce generates 3 Focus. Mutually exclusive with Stampede Icon Stampede.
Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot ES Starts a 3-second timer on the target. When it expires, it deals heavy Fire damage to the target, and all nearby enemies. Costs 20 Focus. 30-second cooldown. Mutually exclusive with Barrage Icon Barrage.
Barrage Icon Barrage - Is a 3-second channel that deals heavy Physical damage to all enemies in a cone in front of you. Costs 60 Focus and has a 20-second cooldown. Mutually exclusive with Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot.
Trailblazer Icon Trailblazer - Increases your movement speed by 15/30% when you have not attacked for 3 seconds.
Posthaste Icon Posthaste - Causes Disengage Icon Disengage to give you 25/50% movement speed for 4 seconds after landing, and also causes it to break slows, snares, and roots.
Improved Kill Shot Icon Improved Kill Shot - Increases Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot's critical damage bonus by 25%.
Wilderness Medicine Icon Wilderness Medicine - Improves the healing of Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet by 25/50%, and gives it a 25/50% chance to dispel a magic effect from your pet each time that it heals.
Natural Mending Icon Natural Mending . - Causes you to reduce the cooldown of Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration whenever you spend 25/12 Focus by 1 second
Entrapment Icon Entrapment - Causes Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap to also root enemies caught in it for 4 seconds. Damage breaks this effect.
Improved Traps Icon Improved Traps - Reduces the cooldown of your Traps by 2.5/5 seconds.
Lone Survivor Icon Lone Survivor - Reduces the cooldown of Survival of the Fittest Icon Survival of the Fittest by 30 seconds, and increases its duration by 2 seconds. Mutually exclusive with Nature's Endurance Icon Nature's Endurance
Nature's Endurance Icon Nature's Endurance - Increases the damage reduction of Survival of the Fittest Icon Survival of the Fittest to 40%. Mutually exclusive with Lone Survivor Icon Lone Survivor.
Born To Be Wild Icon Born To Be Wild BtBW Reduces the cooldown of all baseline "Aspect" abilities by 10/20%.
Improved Tranquilizing Shot Icon Improved Tranquilizing Shot - Causes Tranquilizing Shot Icon Tranquilizing Shot to give 10 Focus when it dispels something.
Rejuvenating Wind Icon Rejuvenating Wind - Causes Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration to heal for an additional 11/22% of max health over 8 seconds. Also increases maximum health by 4/8%.
Binding Shackles Icon Binding Shackles - Causes targets affected by Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot/High Explosive Trap Icon High Explosive Trap/Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot/Intimidation Icon Intimidation to also deal 10% reduced damage to you after their effects end.
Hunter's Avoidance Icon Hunter's Avoidance - Reduces your AoE damage taken by 6%.
Roar of Sacrifice Icon Roar of Sacrifice RoS Reduces your AoE damage taken by 6%.
Pathfinding Icon Pathfinding - Increases your movement speed by 3/6%.
Sentinel's Perception Icon Sentinel's Perception - Extends the Line-of-Sight ignore effect of Sentinel Owl Icon Sentinel Owl to your party members. Mutually exclusive with Sentinel's Protection Icon Sentinel's Protection.
Sentinel's Protection Icon Sentinel's Protection - Causes Sentinel Owl Icon Sentinel Owl to also grant 5% Leech to all party members. Mutually exclusive with Sentinel's Perception Icon Sentinel's Perception.
6.3.

Row 8-10 Talents

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Beast Master Icon Beast Master - Increases pet damage by 3/6%.
Keen Eyesight Icon Keen Eyesight - Improves critical strike chance by 2/4%.
Master Marksman Icon Master Marksman MaMa Causes your ability crits to bleed for an additional 7/15% of damage dealt over 6 seconds.
Improved Kill Command Icon Improved Kill Command - Improves the damage of Kill Command Icon Kill Command by 5/10%.
Serrated Shots Icon Serrated Shots - Increases the damage of Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting and Bleeds like Master Marksman Icon Master Marksman by 10/20%. This effect is doubled on targets below 30% health.
Arctic Bola Icon Arctic Bola - Gives Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot a chance to throw a Bola at your target which snares it by 20% for 3 seconds, and deals low/moderate Frost damage. Damage increases by point.
Killer Instinct Icon Killer Instinct KI Increases Kill Command Icon Kill Command damage by 50% on targets below 35% health. Mutually exclusive with Alpha Predator Icon Alpha Predator.
Alpha Predator Icon Alpha Predator AP Gives Kill Command Icon Kill Command an extra charge, and increases its damage by 15%. Mutually exclusive with Killer Instinct Icon Killer Instinct.
Poison Injection Icon Poison Injection - Causes Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting ticks to apply the Latent Poison Icon Latent Poison debuff to the target, stacking up to 10 times. Using Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot consumes the stacks, dealing low Nature damage per stack consumed. Mutually exclusive with Hydra's Bite Icon Hydra's Bite
Hydra's Bite Icon Hydra's Bite HB Increases Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting damage by 20%, and causes it to fire on up to 2 additional targets.
7.

Marksmanship Hunter Talent Guide for Dragonflight

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot AiS A ranged shot that deals heavy Physical damage, with a 2.5-second cast time. It costs 35 Focus and has 2 charges.
Crack Shot Icon Crack Shot - Reduces the Focus cost of Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot/Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot by 20.
Improved Steady Shot Icon Improved Steady Shot - Causes Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot to also generate 10 Focus.
Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots PS Causes Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to grant 1-2 stacks of Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots, each increasing the damage of your next Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot/Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot by 35%.
Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire RF Shoots 7 shots at your target, each dealing moderate Physical damage and generating 1 Focus.
Lone Wolf Icon Lone Wolf LW Increases your damage done by 10% when you do not have a pet active.
Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot - Replaces Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot and deals increased damage, and also cleaves a second target for slightly reduced damage.
Streamline Icon Streamline - Increases the damage of Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire by 7/15%, and causes it to make your next Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot cast 15/30% faster.
Killer Accuracy Icon Killer Accuracy - Increases the crit chance of Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot by 10/20%.
Hunter's Knowledge Icon Hunter's Knowledge - increases the crit chance of Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire by 5%.
Careful Aim Icon Careful Aim CA Causes Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to deal 50% increased damage to targets above 70% health.
7.1.

Row 5-7 Talents

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
In the Rhythm Icon In the Rhythm ItR Gives you 12% Haste for 6 seconds when you fully channel Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire.
Surging Shots Icon Surging Shots SuS Increases the damage of Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire by 35%, and gives Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot a 15% chance to reset the cooldown of Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire. Mutually exclusive with Lethal Shots Icon Lethal Shots.
Deathblow Icon Deathblow - causes Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to have a 15%, and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire to have a 25% chance to grant a charge of Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot, and make it be usable on any target, regardless of current health.
Target Practice Icon Target Practice - Increases the damage of Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot and Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot by 25%.
Focused Aim Icon Focused Aim - Increases the damage done of Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire by 5%.
Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot MS Is an AoE version of Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot that deals low Physical damage to multiple enemies.
Razor Fragments Icon Razor Fragments - Buffs your next Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot when you gain Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots or Deathblow Icon Deathblow, causing it to deal 50% increased damage, and cleave on up to 5 additional targets for 25% of its original damage, over 6 seconds.
Tactical Reload Icon Tactical Reload TR Reduces the cooldown of your Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire by 10%.
Deadeye Icon Deadeye - Gives Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot 2 charges, and reduces its cooldown by 3 seconds.
Steady Focus Icon Steady Focus SF Causes you to gain 4%/8% Haste for 15 seconds when casting 2x Steady Shot Icon Steady Shots in a row.
Deadeye Icon Deadeye - Gives Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot 2 charges, and reduces its cooldown by 3 seconds.
Bursting Shot Icon Bursting Shot - A close-range knocback and 50% snare that lasts for 6 seconds, dealing extremely low damage.
Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots TS Will make Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot grant Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots when it hits 3 or more targets. Trick Shots causes your next Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot or Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire to cleave on up to 5 additional targets for 55% of normal damage.
Bombardment Icon Bombardment - Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot now grants Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots.
Volley Icon Volley - A ground-targeted ability that rains arrows on the ground, dealing low Physical damage 12 times to all enemies caught in it. It also grants you 6 seconds of the Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots buff (see Passives section below).
Tactical Reload Icon Tactical Reload TR A passive that reduces the cooldown of your Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire by 10%.
Serpentstalker's Trickery Icon Serpentstalker's Trickery SST Causes Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to also fire Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting on the target, even if the talent is not chosen.
Quick Load Icon Quick Load - Causes Bursting Shot Icon Bursting Shot's cooldown to immediately reset when you drop below 40% health. This can only happen once every 25 seconds.
7.2.

Row 8-10 Talents

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Heavy Ammo Icon Heavy Ammo - Causes Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots to only cleave on 3 additional targets, but increases the cleave damage by 10%. This is a universal DPS loss. Mutually exclusive with Light Ammo Icon Light Ammo.
Light Ammo Icon Light Ammo - Causes Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots to cleave on 2 additional targets. Mutually exclusive with Light Ammo Icon Light Ammo.
Trueshot Icon Trueshot TS Your main burst cooldown. It reduces the cooldown of Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire by 70%, and causes Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to cast 50% faster for 15 seconds. Your passive Focus generation is also increased by 50%.
Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load LnL Gives your auto-attacks an 8% chance to trigger Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load, causing your next Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to cost no Focus, and have no cast time.
Bullseye Icon Bullseye - Causes you to gain 1% crit whenever your abilities hit a target below 20% health, stacking up to 30 times.
Bulletstorm Icon Bulletstorm - Causes each cleaved target from Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots to grant Bulletstorm, increasing the damage of Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot by 7% for 15 seconds, stacking up to 10 times. Its duration is not refreshed.
Sharpshooter Icon Sharpshooter - Increases your critical strike damage done by 2/4%.
Eagletalon's True Focus Icon Eagletalon's True Focus ETF Increases the duration of Trueshot Icon Trueshot by 1.5/3 seconds, and reduces all of your Focus costs by 12/25% while it is active.
Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow WA A 2-second cast that deals heavy Shadow damage to the target, and moderate Shadow damage to all nearby targets. It also silences them for 3 seconds.
Legacy of the Windrunners Icon Legacy of the Windrunners - Causes Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to fire 2/4 Wind Arrows at the target. Each Wind Arrow deals low Physical damage, and is affected by all Aimed Shot damage multipliers such as Careful Aim Icon Careful Aim. Every 24 Wind Arrows fired grants a charge of Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and 30 Focus.
Salvo Icon Salvo - Causes Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot and Volley Icon Volley to apply Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot on up to 2 random target hit. This effect has a 45-second cooldown.
Calling the Shots Icon Calling the Shots CtS Reduces the cooldown of Trueshot Icon Trueshot by 1.5 seconds for every 50 Focus spent. Mutually exclusive with Unerring Vision Icon Unerring Vision
Unerring Vision Icon Unerring Vision UV Grants you 1% Crit, and 2% Crit Damage every 1 second while Trueshot Icon Trueshot is active, stacking up to 10 times. Mutually exclusive with Calling the Shots Icon Calling the Shots.
Windrunner's Barrage Icon Windrunner's Barrage - Causes Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow to fire off 5 Wind Arrows on your primary target, and 10 Wind Arrows split among secondary targets hit. Each Wind Arrow deals low Physical damage. Mutually exclusive with Readiness Icon Readiness.
Readiness Icon Readiness - Causes Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow to grant 2 charges of Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and reset the cooldown of Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire. Mutually exclusive with Windrunner's Barrage Icon Windrunner's Barrage.
Windrunner's Guidance Icon Windrunner's Guidance . - Each Wind Arrow fired reduces the cooldown of Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire by 0.5 sec, and every 8 Wind Arrows fired increases the duration of your next Trueshot by 1 sec, up to a maximum of 10 sec.
8.

Changelog

  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Updated the page for relevant changes in Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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