Marksmanship Hunter DPS Stat Priority — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Azortharion 100 comments
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 — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

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


The Basics of Stats for Marksmanship Hunter


General Stat Priority

The general stat priority for a Marksmanship Hunter is:

  1. Mastery/Critical Strike;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Haste.

If you are not Night Fae or Kyrian, then Mastery will tend to beat Crit, so keep that in mind.

Note that Haste is a lot stronger for single-target than AoE. Once you are using talents like Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot, Streamline Icon Streamline, and Volley Icon Volley, Haste's value goes down very quickly. This is why we rate it as the "worst" stat, even though it can be above the other stats on pure single-target situations.

The top 3 stats are all very close and you may even find that Versatility and Haste are better than Critical Strike and Mastery in some situations depending on your gear.

In a practical situation, your stat weights and priority will always be changing as you get more gear, trinkets and so on. This is a general stat priority that gives you an idea of what stats are good to have on your gear. Even though Haste is generally the worst stat, you do not want to run around with 0% Haste even if you could.


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.


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, and it is generally advisable to stay below these points, though you should always sim yourself to make sure.

  • 40% Crit
  • 30% Haste
  • 30% Versatility
  • 1050 Mastery Rating

Gems, Enchants, and Consumables

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.


Statistics 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.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Updated the stat priority and added information about Diminishing Returns.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 12 Jul. 2021: Added a note that even though Haste is the worst stat, you do not want none of it. Also noted that Crit is usually better for non-Kyrian MM Hunters.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 31 Mar. 2021: Updated the general Stat Priority for Marksmanship Hunters.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2021: Clarified that no Haste caps exist that are worth mentioning.
  • 28 Nov. 2020: Updated note about Haste.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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