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Marksmanship Hunter Gear Recommendations
This section of the Marksmanship Hunter guide covers everything about gear: stat priorities, gear recommendations from dungeons and raids, and legendary item rankings. This guide is written by
the Thrill of the Wild
the Hunting Party Podcast
. Updated for the latest patch.
Rotation & Abilities
Gearing and Stat Priorities
All hunters wear Agility Mail gear. From there, you can customize your build to some extent by choosing gear based on the secondary stats available. In early legion, with the vast majority of talent choices, Marks Hunters should consider the following priority when selecting gear:
Mastery > Agility > Critical Strike > Haste >= Versatility.
Mastery is our best stat for essentially all situations, as it is currently set to have a relatively high damage increase to stat budget ratio. Many of a Marks Hunter's gear choices will be based around getting as much of these two stats as possible.
Critical Strike's value is more impactful for Marksmanship Hunters in 7.1.5 because we lost 5% of baseline Crit. It's currently our second most valuable secondary stat, and will remain so at higher ilvls with set bonuses.
For MM hunters who had virtually no Versatility on their gear in patch 7.1, and have been stacking haste on their gear, versatility will start off being more valuable than haste, but in general, you'll still want to have more haste on your gear than Versatility, once you are able to balance out the extreme differences they're currently at.
Because of the extreme differences in possible item levels for each piece of gear, and the abundance of gearing options in mythic+ dungeons, raids, and world quests, there is no possible "best-in-slot" gear. Using the above stat weights should settle any disputes between different pieces you may have.
Tier Piece Set Bonuses
With the release of the Nighthold Raid, 2 piece and 4 piece set bonuses will be available. There is now a 6th slot, the cloak, that can be part of the sets, which will allow you to use any two slots you want for Legendaries while still getting the 4 piece set bonus.
2pc Set Bonus - Every 35 Focus you spend reduces the cooldown of Trueshot by 1 second.
In patch 7.1.5, MM hunters will spend an average of around 15 focus/second. That means we'll be seeing a 1 second reduction of Trueshot every 2 seconds at the very best, sometimes only a 1 second reduction every 3 seconds. This should bring your average cooldown for Trueshot down from 2 minutes 30 seconds (with 3/3 Quick Shot) to 1 minute 44 seconds. There are ways to increase how much focus/second your rotation uses, but most result in a loss of DPS that you don't make up with additional Trueshot up-time.
The 2 pc Set Bonus represents a 4-5% increase in DPS against priority targets, which should be taken into account when replacing higher ilvl off-tier pieces.
4pc Set Bonus - Trueshot also reduces the cost of all your focus spenders by 15%.
As MM hunters in 7.1.5, we won't have a lot of focus problems because we have access to spam-able Arcane or Multi- Shots. However, with the Patient Sniper talent, there may be times where having less expensive Aimed Shots may allow you to squeeze one more in at the end of Vulnerability, when Patient Sniper is at it's highest buff.
The 4 pc Set Bonus represents a 2.5-3.5% increase in DPS against priority targets, which should be taken into account when replacing higher ilvl off-tier pieces.
has a 15% chance to not remove
This lets you the occasionally cast
twice in a row.
- Successfully interrupting or applying a loss of control effect to an enemy grants you 70% increased movement speed and 25% Haste for 10 sec. This effect may occur once every 30 sec. This legendary will only be situationally useful in raids, and shouldn't be taken when other options are available. This may be a better option in dungeons, where crowd control abilities are more frequent, and it can be paired with using
Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
-Every 30 Seconds, gain an absorb shield for 25% of your maximum health. The proc on this legendary doesn't gain you any DPS, but the stats make it a fine back up choice, if there's no direct DPS-based legendary available to you.
The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask
- You heal for 20% of your Max health when you
, and an additional 5% every second for 10 seconds.
This is a huge healing buff, and will have situational usefulness in raiding and dungeons, primarily as a “panic button”, and to give you much more reliable heals, as
is available every 30 seconds. Though it is unlikely the utility of the extra heal will outweigh one of the direct DPS legendaries.
War Belt of the Sentinel Army
- Each enemy you hit with
increases the damage of your next
by 10%, stacking up to 20 times.
This is a very powerful item for AoE fights with a priority targets, and remains one of the top choices for your two Legendary slots.
Roots of Shaladrassil
- Standing still causes you to send deep roots into the ground, healing you for 3% of your maximum health every 1 second. As with many of the legendaries available to multiple classes, this will have situational usefulness for survivability, but will not be the first choice of a raiding hunter.
Ullr's Feather Snowshoes
- The remaining cooldown on
is reduced by .8 second each time you cast a damaging shot.
With a fully upgraded artifact weapon in addition to this legendary, you can often see the cooldown of
drop to around 90 seconds. This is one of the top choices for our two legendary slots for MM hunters.
Magnetized Blasting Cap Launcher
- Increases the damage of
by 800% and increases its range by 30 yards. With the latest buff to this legendary, it may have more uses in group PvE content, though the knock-back portion of Bursting Shot will not win you any friends with the melee in your group.
MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer
- Your Aimed Shot grants you a 15% increase to the critical strike chance of your next Aimed Shot and makes it castable while moving. The stats and utility of casting Aimed Shot while moving make this a very desirable Legendary, and in some situations will beat out the belt or boots, if you have all three.
Because most trinkets are available in a wide range of ilvls, with sources from raids, mythic plus dungeons and world quests, there are no obvious "best-in-slot" trinkets. However, there are some things to look for. Stat sticks are somewhat over-weighted with secondary stats, and those including Mastery tend to be very powerful, especially as these tend to scale best with multi-target fights. There are several trinkets available from world quests or dungeons that are very powerful for single target fights due to their proc, including
Naraxas' Spiked Tongue
The Devilsaur's Bite
, if they drop with a high enough ilvl.
, despite only being available at item level 860 is one of highest DPS trinkets available for MM hunters.
Finding Gear on Wowhead
From simple recommendations to advanced filters, Wowhead can help you find the gear you want.
is a great way to search for gear if you are new to Wowhead's filtering system.
Choose what item category, gear slot, and class specialization you're interested in, and it will return results for you. You can further narrow it down by source--including gear from LFR and heroic dungeons.
You can find the Item Finder via Tools > Item Finder or Database > Items > Item Finder.
returns personalized gear suggestions for you and shows which content has the most upgrades.
Simply load up the
with you preferred character and it will list gear recommendations in a 20 ilvl range for you. It will also list how many gear upgrades each boss has so you can plan out bonus rolls. Finally, the character planner will perform an audit and let you know if you have any missing enchants, glyphs, or gems.
If you have a character in our
which is great for tracking vanity collections and viewing your character in our 3D modelviewer, you can click on the "Planner" button in the header to access the tool. If you don't, you can just enter your information in at Tools > Character Planner.
Wowhead utilizes a powerful system of item filters to narrow down the gear you need.
, you can enter in some basic options at the top--the name of the item, its item level, the level the players needs to be. The "Usable by" dropdowns cover factions, class, and role.
The dropdown menu right above "Stat Weights" opens to display a variety of advanced options. These cover the following:
General item info such as Added in Expansion/Patch, BoE/BoP, Unique-Equipped, Class-Specific.
Stats: All primary stats, secondary stats, defensive stats, and weapon stats.
Source: All in-game sources, ranging from raid difficulties to the Black Market Auction House to sold by a vendor.
Miscellaneous: Many of these filters are not relevant to equippable gear such as Crafting Reagents and Toys, but you can filter for items that are currently obtainable.
Once you've selected a filter from the menu, click on Apply filter for search results. You can repeat the process to filter for multiple criteria at once--for example, Agility gear that is found in Mythic Foundry.
Over on the right-hand side of the page, you can select a particular Gear Slot or Quality to narrow results even further.
Finally, you can quickly view a subset of items at once using the Database Menus. Head to Database > Items and mouseover the Weapon and Armor options for quick links to gear arranged by armor type and slot.
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