Marksmanship Hunter PvP Guide (Dragonflight 10.2.7)

Last updated on May 15, 2024 at 00:15 by Slo 22 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play Marksmanship Hunter in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Hunter PvP guide.

1.

Marksmanship Hunters in the Current Meta

Marksmanship Hunter is a consistently underrated Hunter specialization with enormous burst and crowd control potential.

The Marksmanship damage rotation seems simple at first but leaves a lot of space for skill expression and outplay potential. There is almost no "ramp" in the damage rotation, which combined with the longest range in the game makes Marksmanship Hunters lethal when switching targets, even when they do not commit long cooldowns.

Once you are comfortable setting up your burst so that it does not get interrupted, timing your crowd control windows, and maximizing your consistent damage outside of cooldowns, Marksmanship is an incredibly fun and rewarding specialization.

Marksmanship rewards opportunistic and aggressive play. You win by setups, bursts, and punishing enemies that misuse defensives or position poorly. Marksmanship is not a spec that wins by attrition or dampening, and an aggressive playstyle is how it competes with other specializations that may be more forgiving when it comes to defensive play or crowd control.

2.

Marksmanship Hunter Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths icon Strengths
  • +Lethal burst damage when freecasting
  • +High sustained damage
  • +Decent mobility and kiting tools
  • +Mortal strike from pets
  • +Support for team with Roar of Sacrifice Icon Roar of Sacrifice, Master's Call Icon Master's Call, Sentinel's Perception Icon Sentinel's Perception or Interlope Icon Interlope
Weaknesses icon Weaknesses
  • -Weak to teams with multiple stuns and other instant crowd control
  • -Needs help from teammates to land crowd control
  • -Less crowd control than other ranged specs and all on comparatively long cooldowns
  • -Heavily relies on landing Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap at the right moment and timing Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot effectively
  • -Being able to do damage effectively relies on having knowledge of which targets are able to stop your casts
3.

Marksmanship changes in Dragonflight Season 4

3.1.

7 May 2024

  • Rapid Fire damage increased by 45% in PvP combat (was 30%)
  • Aimed Shot damage increased by 55% in PvP combat (was 40%)
  • Sniper Shot now deals 15% of the targets health (was 20%)

This set of hotfixes shifts power back away from Sniper Shot (which had scaled very well with increasing health pools and stats) and back towards the rotational abilities of Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire.

This is a healthy change that makes Marksmanship damage more consistent and means that you aren't so reliant on getting the long cast Sniper Shot off in order to be effective.

Following this change, Sniper Shot will be a weak talent in arena and should rarely be taken.

The large PvP combat modifiers on Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire also make talent builds that focus on those two abilities (rather than Arcane Shot or Kill Shot) stronger.

4.

Content of the Guide

  • On the Marksmanship Hunter PvP Talents page, you will find an analysis of the talents available to Marksmanship Hunters, as well as an overview of the PvP talents, with advice on which ones to take and under which conditions.
  • On the Marksmanship Hunter PvP Pets page, you will find an overview of the advantages of each pet type with advice on which ones to take and under which conditions.
  • On the Marksmanship Hunter PvP Rotation and Playstyle page, you will learn how to use your spells, depending on the situation (dealing damage, surviving, controlling enemy players, etc.), and what is generally expected of your class and spec in PvP.
  • On the Marksmanship Hunter PvP Stat Priority and Gear page, you will find the stat priority to follow in PvP, as well as advice for choosing your gear, which may vary depending on your playstyle and composition.
  • On the Marksmanship Hunter PvP Best Races page, you will find lists of the Alliance and Horde races, ranked by how good they are for Marksmanship Hunters in PvP, as well as explanations regarding why and how their racials benefit you.
  • On the Marksmanship Hunter PvP Useful Macros page, you will find a collection of useful PvP macros for Marksmanship Hunters.
  • On the Marksmanship Hunter Arena Composition page, you will find the list of the most powerful Arena compositions featuring Marksmanship Hunters in both 2v2 and 3v3 modes.
5.

Changelog

  • 15 May 2024 (talents): Moved Sniper Shot down a tier.
  • 15 May 2024 (this page): Added 7 May hotfixes.
  • 15 May 2024 (this page): Added 7 May hotfixes.
  • 07 May 2024 (pets): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (races): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (macros): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (playstyle): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (comps): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (gear): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (talents): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (this page): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (this page): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (pets): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (races): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (macros): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (playstyle): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (comps): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (gear): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (talents): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (this page): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (this page): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 16 Apr. 2024 (talents): Reorganised recommended talents.
  • 20 Mar. 2024 (pets): Reviewed for patch 10.2.6.
  • 20 Mar. 2024 (races): Reviewed for patch 10.2.6
  • 20 Mar. 2024 (macros): Reviewed for patch 10.2.6.
  • 20 Mar. 2024 (playstyle): Reviewed for patch 10.2.6.
  • 20 Mar. 2024 (comps): Reviewed for patch 10.2.6.
  • 20 Mar. 2024 (gear): Reviewed for patch 10.2.6
  • 20 Mar. 2024 (talents): Reviewed for patch 10.2.6
  • 20 Mar. 2024 (this page): Reviewed for patch 10.2.6.
  • 20 Mar. 2024 (this page): Reviewed for patch 10.2.6.
  • 14 Mar. 2024 (comps): Updated 3v3 tiers.
  • 14 Mar. 2024 (this page): Added 12 March hotfix.
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  • 07 Feb. 2024 (gear): Corrected enchants
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (pets): Reviewed for patch 10.2.5.
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  • 15 Jan. 2024 (macros): Reviewed for patch 10.2.5.
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (playstyle): Reviewed for patch 10.2.5.
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (gear): Reviewed for patch 10.2.5
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (talents): Reviewed for patch 10.2.5
  • 14 Jan. 2024 (comps): Reviewed for patch 10.2.5.
  • 14 Jan. 2024 (this page): Reviewed for patch 10.2.5.
  • 14 Jan. 2024 (this page): Reviewed for patch 10.2.5.
  • 15 Dec. 2023 (this page): Added 19 December hotfixes.
  • 15 Dec. 2023 (this page): Added 19 December hotfixes.
  • 04 Dec. 2023 (races): Corrected typos.
  • 04 Dec. 2023 (this page): Added list of hotfixes and commentary.
  • 04 Dec. 2023 (this page): Added list of hotfixes and commentary.
  • 20 Nov. 2023 (playstyle): Fortitude of the Bear clarification.
  • 19 Nov. 2023 (pets): Changed formatting to improve readability.
  • 19 Nov. 2023 (races): Minor formatting tweaks.
  • 19 Nov. 2023 (macros): Added some explanations.
  • 19 Nov. 2023 (playstyle): Changed offensive rotation and included new Restoration Druid and Discipline Priest spells.
  • 19 Nov. 2023 (comps): Re-arranged tier list for Season 3.
  • 19 Nov. 2023 (gear): Elaborated on stat priority and recommended embellishments
  • 19 Nov. 2023 (talents): Updated recommended builds and their notes.
  • 19 Nov. 2023 (this page): Elaborated on other PvP Changes in 10.2.
  • 19 Nov. 2023 (this page): Elaborated on other PvP Changes in 10.2.
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (pets): Page created.
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (races): Reviewed for patch 10.2
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (macros): Reviewed for patch 10.2
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (playstyle): Reviewed for patch 10.2.
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (comps): Reviewed for Patch 10.2
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (gear): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.2.
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (talents): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.2.
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight patch 10.2.
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (races): Reviewed for patch 10.1.7 with minor tweaks.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (macros): Reviewed for patch 10.1.7 with minor tweaks.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (playstyle): Reviewed for patch 10.1.7 with minor tweaks.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (comps): Reviewed and updated for Patch 10.1.7
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (gear): Reviewed for patch 10.1.7 with minor tweaks.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (talents): Reviewed for patch 10.1.7 with minor tweaks.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for patch 10.1.7 with minor tweaks.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for patch 10.1.7 with minor tweaks.
  • 01 Sep. 2023 (comps): Reviewed for patch 10.1.7 with minor tweaks.
  • 30 Jul. 2023 (comps): Updated 3v3 tiers; Jungle is the best comp.
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (races): Guide re-written.
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (macros): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (playstyle): Guide re-written
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (comps): Guide re-written.
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (gear): Guide re-written.
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (talents): Expanded on Talents and PvP Talents.
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5
  • 01 Jul. 2023 (talents): Guide re-written.
  • 27 Jun. 2023 (macros): Guide re-written.
  • 27 Jun. 2023 (this page): Guide re-written.
  • 27 Jun. 2023 (this page): Guide re-written.
  • 09 May 2023 (races): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (macros): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (playstyle): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (comps): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (gear): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (talents): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (races): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (macros): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (playstyle): Updated the page for relevant changes in Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (comps): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (gear): Updated the page for relevant changes in Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (talents): Updated the recommended Talent Build.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (races): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (macros): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (playstyle): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (comps): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (gear): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (talents): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
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  • 22 Nov. 2022 (races): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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  • 22 Nov. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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  • 29 Jul. 2022 (gear): Reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 29 Jul. 2022 (this page): Page reviewed for Shadowlands Season 4.
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  • 31 May 2022 (races): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
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  • 28 Feb. 2022 (races): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
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  • 28 Feb. 2022 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (playstyle): Updated and restructured the Opener and Burst DPS Rotations and clarified Lock and Load/Concussive Shot usage. Added Death Chakram.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (gear): Updated the BiS List, Enchants, and information on when you might want to use different Trinkets.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (talents): Updated the PvP Talent recommendations and the pet families you should use. Added Ferocity alternatives.
  • 10 Nov. 2021 (races): Reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
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  • 06 Jul. 2021 (races): Updated for Patch 9.1.
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  • 06 Jul. 2021 (comps): Updated best 2v2 compositions.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (gear): Updated recommended gear and added Shards of Domination section.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (talents): Updated PvP Talents.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
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  • 18 Mar. 2021 (playstyle): Updated Burst and Sustained Damage rotations.
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  • 06 Dec. 2020 (gear): Added BiS gear list for Shadowlands.
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  • 29 Nov. 2020 (this page): Added Covenant page, removed Azerite mentions, and updated gear section.
  • 11 Nov. 2020 (playstyle): Updated all Burst and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 06 Nov. 2020 (talents): Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tiers 4 and 7 Regular Talents.
  • 26 Oct. 2020 (talents): Updated Talent Table.
  • 15 Oct. 2020 (races): Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch (9.0.1)
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