Marksmanship Hunter DPS Guide - Shadowlands 9.1
Welcome to Wowhead's Marksmanship Hunter guide, updated for ! This guide will teach you to master playing Marksmanship Hunter in all aspects of the game, helping you to deal optimal DPS in Raids and Mythic+ dungeons.
Throughout this guide, we will cover many different aspects to increase your Marksmanship Hunter expertise, including concepts like Marksmanship Hunter talents and talents builds, Marksmanship Hunter BiS gear choices, Marksmanship Hunter stat priorities, among many other aspects of your class and specialization. Make sure to navigate to additional pages of the Marksmanship Hunter guide to find more in-depth information on topics such as Covenants, Legendaries, Soulbinds, Conduits, Mythic+, and Raids.
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NEW Best Covenant
NEW Shards of Domination
NEW Night Fae
Rotation, Priority, and Abilities
Macros & Addons
NEW Castle Nathria Tips
Sanctum of Domination Tips
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How to Play Marksmanship Hunter in Shadowlands
Marksmanship Hunters are the only Hunter spec that have the option of not using a pet. It's typically the go-to spec for any player that does not like using or managing pets, but still want to play Hunter. It's typically referred to as the "sniper" spec with slower, heavy-hitting shots and an extended range. In Shadowlands, Marksmanship has transitioned into a more bursty class, having a "Burst and Reload" type feeling to its rotation.
Nearly all Marksmanship abilities cost
. For us, our Focus pool regenerates rather slowly (unlike Beast Mastery Hunters for example). Marksmanship has more "active" Focus generation, meaning abilities such as Steady Shot must be used in order to sufficiently perform the rotation. At its core, Marksmanship uses
while using abilities such as
to regenerate Focus.
Marksmanship is also fairly adaptable in terms of
it deals damage. Talents such as
give us some solid single target damage, while others like
give us some burst AoE potential. If you played Marksmanship in Battle for Azeroth, the current iteration plays very similarly with a few minor tweaks.
If you are looking a brief overview of how to play a Marksmanship Hunter in Shadowlands, please visit our
for a short summary on Covenants, Legendaries, Stats and more!
Marksmanship Hunter Starter Guide
For more information on how to play your Marksmanship Hunter, please see our
Marksmanship Hunter 9.1 Changes
Covenant Changes Patch 9.1
Hunters have received a ton of changes in patch 9.1 including base ability buffs, soulbind changes, and legendary changes.
Base Ability Changes
As of July 13th/14th, Hunters have received some base abilitiy tuning.
damage increased by 10%.
damage increased by 15%.
This base ability tuning is notable in regards to covenants since it affects
. Kyrian and Venthyr Hunters benefit the most from these changes as Kyrian amplifies base damage abilities while the buff to
is a straight damage boost to Venthyrs.
Covenant Specific Legendaries
cause 6 targets within 12 yrds to bleed for 60% of the damage dealt by Kill Shot over 6 sec.
- Up to 2 targets hit by your
are also hit by
hits fewer than 5 targets, there is a 100% chance to cause Wild Spirits to cause damage a second time.
- When your
deals damage to a target, your party gains 10% Critical Strike chance for 10 sec.
Covenant legendaries are unique to each covenant. Every covenant will use their respective covenant in some form or fashion. For more information on each legendary, check out the legendary section of this guide.
Unique Hunter Items from Sanctum of Domination
Finally, there are a few special items that Hunters will be able to obtain from
- Learn the ability
. Fire a Wailing Arrow, which deals Shadow damage to your target and additional Shadow damage to all nearby targets within 8 yds of your target. Lesser creatures struck by a Wailing Arrow are stunned.
- Every 5 shots, trigger
, striking up to 5 enemies in front of you for Shadow damage.
Hunter raid. There is so much Hunter flare in this raid since we're able to face off against the iconic
! After defeating her in
, Hunters have the opportunity to loot her legendary bow and quiver.
Marksmanship Hunter Chains of Domination Changes Analysis
Marksmanship Hunter 9.0.5 Changes
now causes Rapid Fire to deal 35% additional damage (was 25%).
now also increases the duration of
by 3 seconds and reduces all Focus costs by 25% (was 50%).
buff is a welcomed change. Nothing will really change however as it's still not relevant enough for Night Fae to swap to it in any situation. Kyrian Hunters who have been using this Legendary for M+ and AoE situations will continue to do so and enjoy a nice little buff to their damage.
went through a couple of changes in this most recent PTR. What we ended up with is actually a worse version of its 9.0 counterpart. At one point, there was potential of using this Legendary with a "1-minute Trueshot" build, however that is not quite possible with this iteration. Unfortunately, this means that we will continue to ignore this Legendary.
damage increased by 15%.
duration increased to 18 seconds (was 14 seconds) and costs no Focus (was 10).
now also increases the damage of your next
These buffs bring our two weakest covenants closer to Night Fae and Kyrian, but it's not enough to make either relevant for PvE content.
Major Bug Fixes
no longer triggers
(Night Fae Ability) twice.
Fixed an issue that sometimes caused
to expire early.
Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the
buff to be removed when another player's Hunter Mark was applied.
This bug fix is a major hit for the majority of Night Fae Hunters (assuming you've been using
, since it's our best option at the moment). You can expect to lose ~3% damage in single target situations and ~4-7% damage in AoE situations (depending on pull size and mob longevity). While the hit is big, it's not quite enough to push Kyrian ahead, however, it does narrow the gap quite a bit.
The latter two fixes are big quality of life updates. The fix to
is welcomed, but it still will not be used outside of perhaps PvP.
Marksmanship Hunter Strengths and Weaknesses
Shadowlands Highlights for Marksmanship Hunter
Shadowlands introduces several new expansion-specific features to help customize your character in the form of Covenants and Legendaries. Choosing a Covenant is the most important decision that your character will make in Shadowlands, as the Covenant abilities and Soulbinds will significantly impact your spec's gameplay and performance. Shadowlands Legendary Powers grant impactful gameplay effects for your character through the new Runecarving system. For more information on these Shadowlands Systems, please see our
Marksmanship Hunter Covenant Overview
Marksmanship Hunter Legendary Guide
Marksmanship Hunter Covenant OverviewMarksmanship Hunter Legendary Guide
If you're a returning player from Battle for Azeroth, you can see all the Hunter changes for Shadowlands in our
Hunter Class Changes Compilation
Hunter Class Changes Guide
How to Gear a Marksmanship Hunter in Shadowlands
Gearing a character can be fairly involved in Shadowlands especially when you need to optimize for a wide variety of content. Below you'll find information on
how to gear a Marksmanship Hunter
in Season 2 of Shadowlands including Best in Slot recommendations.
Marksmanship Hunter Gear Guide
Learn how each stat increases your throughput and which you should be prioritizing in each type of content with our
. Add finishing touches to your Marksmanship Hunter with all the best consumables, gems, and enchants in our
Marksmanship Hunter Stats GuideMarksmanship Hunter Consumables Guide
Playing a Marksmanship Hunter in Shadowlands Season 2
Jumping into end-game content may feel intimidating for new Marksmanship Hunters, but we have you covered with guides for a variety of content specifically tailored to Marksmanship Hunters of any item level. Whether you're looking to raid
Sanctum of Domination
, jump into
, climb the layers of
, or challenge other players in
combat, we're here to support you no matter your content preference.
Marksmanship Hunter Sanctum of Domination TipsMarksmanship Hunter Mythic+ GuideMarksmanship Hunter Torghast GuideMarksmanship Hunter PvP Guide
Marksmanship Hunter Facts
All races, including Gnomes can play
s use Bows, Crossbows and Guns
: Increases the range of all your abilities by X% and increases the damage of all your abilities by X%.
Best Races for Marksmanship Hunter
is one of the original classes, every race can now play it. This gives you multiple different options and can choose based on the highest damage output, best utility or purely the best looking for aesthetics. In terms of which race is best for pure DPS purposes, the results vary highly for Marksman.
Blood Elf, Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead, Pandaren, Goblin
Highmountain Tauren, Nightborne, Mag’har Orcs, Zandalari Troll, Vulpera
The best performing races for Horde are currently
Draenei, Dwarf, Gnome, Night Elf, Worgen, Pandaren and Human
Lightforged Draenei, Void Elves, Dark Iron Dwarves, Kul'Tiran Human, Mechagnomes
The best performing races for Alliance are currently
Mechagnome, Void Elf,
Dark Iron Dwarf
Not sure what race to play? Below is a breakdown of each race for this spec among players with updated
. Data is updated once per week.
What Makes Marksmanship Hunter Special
Marksmanship Hunter Changes in Shadowlands
Shadowlands adds many new abilities and changes for all Classes, including Marksmanship Hunter. For a detailed view of all the changes, check out our Hunter Changes in Shadowlands Guide!
All Hunter Changes in Shadowlands
New Artifact Transmog Options for Marksmanship Hunter
Shadowlands brings new changes for
Artifact Transmog Options
, allowing players to transmog their weapons to any of their other spec Artifact appearances.
All Artifact Weapon ModelsAcquiring Artifact Appearances
Our Marksmanship Hunter guides are always updated with the latest information from in-game experience, simulations, and logs; make sure to check our changelog to this page, by clicking on
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gg lads, mm hunter is dead during this pre-patch. hopefully the artifact traits in the full expansion can revive MM.
guide has tranquilizing shot listed as a ability MM has, but we dont have it at all nore do we have Natural Mending
Well mm is totally useless now.lethal shots was a fun passive talent but now it just has 20% chance to reduce 5 sec of a 20 sec ability. By the time you actually get one during your rotation you won't need it. Its slow and boring.
Here are some nice fun builds for marksman.
Arcane Shot + Rapid Fire + volley + streamline
When your energy gets too low for arcane shot just recharge while using rapid fire.
Arcane on 'Q' key bind
Rapid on 'E' key bind
"The Woodsman Elf"
aimed shot + steady aim to recharge energy for aimed shot.
aimed shot on 'Q' key bind
steady aim on 'E' key bind.
they are not optimization builds by far but they are fun builds to play with to get a style...
Literally a month has passed and many chances happened. An a week left to shadowlands. Is there any chance to get an update on this guide? Or is it fine the way its already
Man let me tell you. This is the Truth. I have seen this man feign death so a combusting mage will get stunned. If this isn't pure alpha male mentality then idk what is. He is a giga chad who should be listened to by all hunters.
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