Marksmanship Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 9.0.1)

Last updated on Oct 15, 2020 at 20:23 by Mysticall 6 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

Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot is the best choice in this tier. This is by far one of your hardest hitting abilities that is instant and costs no Focus.


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. However, if you do not need the additional movement speed from Posthaste, Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot is also a good choice to help you land crowd control or kite incoming damage.


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 auto attacks a chance at giving you a proc to make Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot instant and cost no Focus. This is huge for increasing your overall damage output.


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.

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.

Spider Sting Icon Spider Sting stings the target with potent spider venom for 4 seconds, causing their next offensive spell cast to silence the target for 4 seconds. When playing against classes that cast most of their spells (Mages, Warlocks, Elemental Shamans), this talent can be helpful. You can use it to interrupt their burst damage or crowd control.

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


  • 15 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch (9.0.1)
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