Marksmanship Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.2)
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
|15||✔ Master Marksman||✘ Serpent Sting||✘ A Murder of Crows|
|25||✔ Careful Aim||✘ Barrage||✘ Explosive Shot|
|30||✘ Trailblazer||✘ Natural Mending||✔ Camouflage|
|35||✘ Steady Focus||✔ Streamline||✘ Chimaera Shot|
|40||✘ Born To Be Wild||✔ Posthaste||✘ Binding Shackles|
|45||✘ Lethal Shots||✘ Dead Eye||✔ Double Tap|
|50||✘ Calling the Shots||✔ Lock and Load||✘ 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 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 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 is the best choice in this tier. This talent enables additional Exhilarations. 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 ability like Rogue or Feral, Camouflage is the better choice. This will give you team a very strong opener.
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
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 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.
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
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.
Primary PvP Talents for Marksmanship Hunters
Survival Tactics is the best PvP Talent for most situations. It can be used to negate individual powerful spells such as Death Bolts, and to remove DoTs from yourself on a regular basis. It is extra potent when combined with the Craven Strategem Legendary Power.
Situational PvP Talents for Marksmanship Hunters
Roar of Sacrifice is an extremely powerful defensive that can be used to get your opponents' kill target out of trouble. It has a fairly long cooldown and should be used only when absolutely necessary. It is more useful in 3v3 compared to 2v2, where you might prefer other options.
Hi-Explosive Trap is mostly used against Melee comps, but can be used against any comp for its powerful knockback.
Chimaeral Sting can be used against enemy healers to silence them or disconnect them from their teammates.
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, by far the best pet ability to have. To get the Mortal Wounds debuff from your pets, you will need one of the following pets:
You can also use a Ferocity pet which grants 10% Leech if you are not comfortable using Master's Call, though we highly recommend it:
- Carrion Bird
- 22 Feb. 2022: Updated the PvP Talent recommendations and the pet families you should use. Added Ferocity alternatives.
- 10 Nov. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
- 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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