Marksmanship Hunter Torghast Guide and Best Anima Powers — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 28, 2021 at 15:31 by Azortharion 85 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you all you need to know to prepare your Marksmanship Hunter before entering Torghast and then how to pick up the right Anima Powers once you are inside!

1.

Torghast as a Marksmanship Hunter

This page will guide you on how to get the most out of your Marksmanship Hunter in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. For more information about Torghast in general, check out our dedicated pages below.

2.

Best Marksmanship Hunter Setup for Torghast, Tower of the Damned

Firstly, we recommend using a pet as a Marksmanship Hunter in Torghast. Specifically, you should be using a Ferocity pet for the Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism and the self-healing abilities it provides.

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
2.1.

Level 15 Talents for Torghast as a Marksmanship Hunter

Master Marksman Master Marksman Serpent Sting Serpent Sting A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows

Master Marksman Icon Master Marksman is the best choice of talent in this tier.

2.2.

Level 25 Talents for Torghast as a Marksmanship Hunter

Careful Aim Careful Aim Barrage Barrage Explosive Shot ? Explosive Shot

For strictly DPS and especially multi-target, Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot is best.

However, one of Marksmanship's big weaknesses is the need for mobs to be stacked tightly for Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots to work. For this reason, we usually recommend Barrage Icon Barrage.

By using Barrage Icon Barrage alongside with Misdirection Icon Misdirection to your pet, you can quickly stack a lot of mobs, putting them in an ideal spot for Volley Icon Volley and your Kyrian/Night FaeCovenant Abilities, Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow/Wild Spirits Icon Wild Spirits.

Barrage also has immediate, superior burst AoE which can help clean up lower-health mobs. There are also Anima Powers that heal you when you first attack a new enemy, which Barrage Icon Barrage can be used to take quick advantage of.

2.3.

Level 30 Talents for Torghast as a Marksmanship Hunter

Trailblazer Trailblazer Natural Mending Natural Mending Camouflage Camouflage

Generally speaking, we recommend using Natural Mending Icon Natural Mending. It will allow you to use your Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration self-heal much more often, which can save your life if you have made a mistake, or a very powerful spell has hit you.

2.4.

Level 35 Talents for Torghast as a Marksmanship Hunter

Steady Focus Steady Focus Streamline Streamline Chimaera Shot Chimaera Shot

Steady Focus Icon Steady Focus is numerically the best choice, but it requires a lot of uptime on each pack to get proper use out of it. Thus, we actually recommend Streamline Icon Streamline for most people in most situations.

2.5.

Level 40 Talents for Torghast as a Marksmanship Hunter

Born To Be Wild Born To Be Wild Posthaste Posthaste Binding Shackles Binding Shackles

This tier is mostly a question about mobility, survivability, or utility.

Generally, we recommend using Posthaste Icon Posthaste for the helpful movement speed boost, but if you are doing a very high-level Torghast Floor/Layer, then you might find Born To Be Wild Icon Born To Be Wild more valuable, as it is more likely to save your life than Posthaste.

2.6.

Level 45 Talents for Torghast as a Marksmanship Hunter

Lethal Shots Lethal Shots Dead Eye Dead Eye Double Tap Double Tap

Double Tap Icon Double Tap is usually the best choice for Torghast, letting you open with a lot of burst on key targets.

2.7.

Level 50 Talents for Torghast as a Marksmanship Hunter

Calling the Shots Calling the Shots Lock and Load Lock and Load Volley Volley

Volley Icon Volley should be the default choice for all Torghast situations.

3.

Best Marksmanship Hunter Anima Powers

Throughout Torghast, you will be met with a ton of different choices when it comes to Anima Powers. Choosing the right one can be difficult, so we've made a Tier List below that should help you make the decision on the fly. This Tier List assumes that the powers are the same level.

Do not follow this list blindly, though, as there is a lot of personal choice and preference involved in choosing your Anima Powers. If you never use Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap in your playstyle, it would be silly to pick an Anima Power that increases its radius, for example.

As usual, "S" is best and "F" is worst.

If you want a complete list of Anima Powers, please refer to the pages linked below.

3.1.

S-Tier Anima Powers for Marksmanship Hunter

3.2.

A-Tier Anima Powers for Marksmanship Hunter

3.3.

B-Tier Anima Powers for Marksmanship Hunter

3.4.

C-Tier Anima Powers for Marksmanship Hunter

3.5.

D-Tier Anima Powers for Marksmanship Hunter

3.6.

E-Tier Anima Powers for Marksmanship Hunter

3.7.

F-Tier Anima Powers for Marksmanship Hunter

If an Anima Power is not in the Tier List above, it is either because we have been unable to test it or find information about its tuning. It will be populated over time as we learn more about them.

4.

Phantasma Anima Powers for Marksmanship Hunter

Occasionally you will be offered the ability to get Phantasma instead of an Anima Power, or increases to your Phantasma generation. It is hard to evaluate these, but we recommend choosing them when there is no "C"-tier or higher alternative Anima Power.

5.

Marksmanship Hunter Playstyle for Torghast, Tower of the Damned

Inherently, Marksmanship is pretty weak for Torghast, but it can absolutely be viable and to help you achieve this, we have some tips below.

  • Use Misdirection Icon Misdirection on your pet constantly. Macro it in with your Barrage Icon Barrage if you are using this talent to instantly gather a bunch of mobs around your pet.
  • Use Line of Sight to your advantage. There are a lot of caster mobs in Torghast, and the Misdirection-Barrage strategy will not work if your pet is out in the open. If you want to be really efficient, manually place your pet around a corner outside the room before you do your Misdirection into Barrage and watch all the casters gather up for you.
  • Use Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot and Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap aggressively. Your spec is only good at stacked AoE, so use your pet as a stacking point for mobs and use these crowd control abilities to keep them there. Plus, there are Anima Powers that vastly amplify these abilities, so it is good to get into the habit of using them.
  • Remember that Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration heals your pet for 100% of its health! You will use it more to heal your pet than yourself.
  • Keybind and use Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet often. Your pet is going to be squishy as Marksmanship, so you want to help it wherever you can.
  • Most importantly, take it slow. There is no timer in Torghast, the only thing limiting your advancement is dying, so do not die! Use Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap to get rid of high-health mobs temporarily, just be careful not to break your CC with Barrage Icon Barrage immediately after.
6.

Changelog

  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2020: Updated the Tier List location of Soulsteen Pinion and Lens of Elchaver.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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