Marksmanship Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.2.5)

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 17:05 by Azortharion 20 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 enables additional Exhilaration Icon 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 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 finish Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot casts.


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.


Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents

Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load is the best choice in this tier. This gives your auto shots 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.


Primary PvP Talents for Marksmanship Hunters

Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics is the best PvP Talent for most situations. It can be used to negate individual powerful spells such as Death Bolt Icon Death Bolts, and to remove DoTs from yourself on a regular basis. It is extra potent when combined with the Craven Strategem Icon Craven Strategem Legendary Power.

Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot is a versatile and useful PvP talent that can be used to land Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Traps, enable kill combos, interrupts, and to build range to quick melee.


Situational PvP Talents for Marksmanship Hunters

Roar of Sacrifice Icon 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 Icon Hi-Explosive Trap is mostly used against Melee comps, but can be used against any comp for its powerful knockback.

Chimaeral Sting Icon Chimaeral Sting can be used against enemy healers to silence them or disconnect them from their teammates.


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:

  • Hyena
  • Raptor
  • Rodent

You can also use a Ferocity pet which grants 10% Leech if you are not comfortable using Master's Call Icon Master's Call, though we highly recommend it:

  • Carrion Bird
  • Ravager
  • Scorpid
  • Wasp


  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 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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