Marksmanship Hunter DPS Stat Priority — The War Within Pre-Patch

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General Information

On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Marksmanship Hunter. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — The War Within Pre-Patch.

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

1.

Best Stats for Marksmanship Hunter in The War Within

Marksmanship likes all stats in almost equal measure, with a bit of a bias towards Crit and Haste, at least until their breakpoints. While Mastery tends to beat Versatility for pure DPS value, you might prefer Versatility just for its damage reducing effects.

2.

Stat Priority for Marksmanship Hunter in Dragonflight

Single-Target AoE
3.

Marksmanship Hunter Single-Target Stat Priority

  1. Agility;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste, to around 30%;
  4. Mastery, to around 5400 Rating;
  5. Versatility.
  6. More Haste/Mastery.

It is worth stressing that all stats below Crit are very close in value, and that this is merely a rough guideline. At the breakpoints mentioned, you are hitting points of diminishing returns beyond which more rating will give 10% less benefit. There are innumerable exceptions to this stat priority, which is why I recommend simming your character if you want to optimize it.

4.

Marksmanship Hunter AoE Stat Priority

  1. Agility;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste, to around 30%;
  4. Mastery, to around 5400 Rating;
  5. Versatility.
  6. More Haste/Mastery.

It is worth stressing that all stats below Crit are very close in value, and that this is merely a rough guideline. At the breakpoints mentioned, you are hitting points of diminishing returns beyond which more rating will give 10% less benefit. There are innumerable exceptions to this stat priority, which is why I recommend simming your character if you want to optimize it.

5.

Diminishing Returns on Stats

There are points at which certain stats will start offering less benefit. These are the points of diminishing return. After this point, stats will give progressively less benefit. This does not necessarily mean that a Stat will no longer be good past its point of diminishing returns, but if you find yourself crossing them, you should pay special attention to your sims and find out if you should look for different stats.

  • 5400 Crit, or 44% (due to Keen Eyesight Icon Keen Eyesight)
  • 5100 Haste, or 30%
  • 6150 Versatility, or 30%
  • 5400 Mastery Rating
6.

How To Choose Gear For The Marksmanship Hunter

If you are ever in doubt about what items to wear for any given situation, the only way to truly figure it out for your character is to use Raidbots (click for a guide on how to use it). This website allows you to easily compare gear you already have, as well as gear you do not have.

Gearing decisions will not always be clear-cut. This is obvious if you have ever had to choose between a high item level piece of loot with bad stats, and a lower item level piece of loot with perfect stats. These decisions and more are the reason we recommend using Raidbots to help simulate your character.

Raidbots takes everything into account including procs, RNG elements, your specific gear, racials and more. If you have made sure you performed the simulation correctly, then you can generally trust Raidbots' results to be accurate.

7.

Best Gems, Enchants, and Consumables for Marksmanship Hunter

The gems, enchants, and consumables you will use are directly derived from your stat priority and you can find our advice on this topic in our dedicated page.

7.1.

Stat Explanations

Agility is your primary stat. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do across the board.

Mastery, through Mastery: Sniper Training Icon Mastery: Sniper Training, grants you increased damage on all your abilities and increases your maximum shot range.

Haste increases your auto attack speed and Focus regeneration, reduces your Global Cooldown from 1.5 seconds to a minimum of 0.750 seconds, and reduces the cooldown on your Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot ability.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

8.

Changelog

  • 23 Jul. 2024: Updated for The War Within Pre-Patch.
  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Season 4.
  • 19 Mar. 2024: Reviewed 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
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for 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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