Marksmanship Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.1)

Last updated on Jul 06, 2021 at 14:49 by Mysticall 18 comments

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Marksmanship Hunter and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Marksmanship Hunter PvP Guide.


Talent Choices for Marksmanship Hunters

Level Choices
15 Master Marksman Master Marksman Serpent Sting Serpent Sting A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows
25 Careful Aim Careful Aim Barrage Barrage Explosive Shot Explosive Shot
30 Trailblazer Trailblazer Natural Mending Natural Mending Camouflage ? Camouflage
35 Steady Focus Steady Focus Streamline Streamline Chimaera Shot Chimaera Shot
40 Born To Be Wild Born To Be Wild Posthaste Posthaste Binding Shackles Binding Shackles
45 Lethal Shots Lethal Shots Dead Eye Dead Eye Double Tap Double Tap
50 Calling the Shots Calling the Shots Lock and Load Lock and Load Volley Volley

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.


Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Master Marksman Icon Master Marksman is the best choice in this tier. This talent is an increase to your overall sustained damage output.


Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents

Careful Aim Icon Careful Aim is the best choice in this tier. This is a talent that helps when swapping targets or trying to kill an enemy from full health to 0 in a crowd control chain.


Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents

Natural Mending Icon Natural Mending is the best choice in this tier. This talent is crucial for reducing the cooldown of Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration. This will help increase your overall survivability versus teams that will be focusing you. However, if you are playing with a partner who has a Stealth Icon Stealth ability like Rogue or Feral, Camouflage Icon Camouflage is the better choice. This will give you team a very strong opener.


Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents

Streamline Icon Streamline is the best choice in this tier. This talent simply increases your overall damage output and makes it easier to cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shots.


Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents

Posthaste Icon Posthaste is the best choice in this tier. This gives you even more mobility. It will allow you to run away from enemies if they are focusing you.


Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents

Double Tap Icon Double Tap is the best choice in this tier. This provides strong on-demand burst damage and crucial for securing kills. You will want to use this once the enemy healer is in crowd control. Something to note is that this has the same cooldown as A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows and you will often be pairing these two cooldowns together.


Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents

Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load is the best choice in this tier. This gives your ranged spells a chance to cause your next Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shots to be instant and cost no Focus. This is great for increasing your damage.


PvP Talents for Marksmanship Hunters

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.


Mandatory PvP Talents

Roar of Sacrifice Icon Roar of Sacrifice instructs your pet to protect a friendly target from critical strikes, making attacks against that target unable to be critical strikes, but 20% of all damage taken by that target is also taken by the pet. It lasts 12 seconds and this is a powerful defensive cooldown that is helpful for you and your teammates. With a cooldown of only 1 minute, this is an ability that your healer can call-out to use if they are stuck in crowd control. This is a mandatory PvP talent against most teams, but maybe not used versus teams with 2 classes that have DoTs on them.

Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot is crucial for your crowd control. It is a targeted shot that incapacitates the target for 4 seconds. This is crucial for your crowd control if your teammates cannot help you setup your Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap. You can also use this to help one of your teammates stay alive if they are being focused. Something to note is that Scatter Shot shares a diminishing return with Freezing Trap, so it will only be a 3.5-second trap. This is a mandatory PvP talent.


Situational PvP Talents

Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics causes Feign Death Icon Feign Death to remove all harmful magical effects, and reduces damage taken by 99% for 1.5 seconds. This is a mandatory talent when playing against classes with multiple DoTs (Affliction Warlock, Shadow Priest, Balance Druid). This reduces the enemies' overall damage and helps your healer with dispelling harmful effects. You can also use this to stop incoming spells that are being cast on you.

Dragonscale Armor Icon Dragonscale Armor reduces all magical DoT effects dealt to you by 20%. This is crucial versus teams and classes that have multiple DoTs.


Pet Talents

Pets do not have talent trees, and instead have their own types of specialization (Cunning, Ferocity, or Tenacity).

Each specialization gives your pet a few abilities. Cunning provides the ability Master's Call Icon Master's Call, by far the best pet ability to have. To get the Mortal Wounds Icon Mortal Wounds debuff from your pets, you will need one of the following pets:

  • Devilsaur
  • Ravager
  • Scorpid
  • Wasp


  • 06 Jul. 2021: Updated PvP Talents.
  • 18 Mar. 2021: Updated Tier 7 Regular Talent.
  • 06 Nov. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tiers 4 and 7 Regular Talents.
  • 26 Oct. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
  • 15 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch (9.0.1)
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