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Marksmanship Hunter Quick Start Guide
Last updated 27 days ago
This Marksmanship Hunter Guide is intended for new players just trying out the spec, casually raiding, or working on max-level quests like class mounts, or for someone who hasn't played the spec in a while and wants a quick brush up on what to do. If you are looking for more in-depth information, check out the other guide sections listed on the right hand side of this page.
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Marksmanship Hunter Talent Builds
While there is no "one size fits all" build for every situation, the following will do well for many situations. See the full
This build is focused primarily on raiding with an emphasis on priority target damage.
Mythic + / Questing
This build is focused on Mythic + and Questing, and is commonly known as the "meme build".
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Fresh 110s in Legion can gear up fairly quickly (~880 ilvl) between World Quests, Dauntless and Relinquished Tokens from Nethershards, Heroic Dungeons, and PvP. Give our
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide a read to learn which avenue of acquiring gear sounds the most interesting for you. Any gear can proc Warforged or Titanforged ilvl gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
Ullr's Feather Snowshoes
is the best option for legendaries in most situations.
War Belt of the Sentinel Army
is generally the best option for your second legendary in AoE situations.
MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer
is generally the best option for your second legendary in single target situations.
For more about specific legendaries, see the
Marksmanship Gear Guide
For those just starting with Alts, you can fortunately complete your Artifact very quickly by starting with 40 levels of Artifact Knowledge. For anyone new to the game or who has just returned, it will take a little bit longer. The following paths will prepare you for maximizing your damage as quickly as possible.
Before empowering your weapon, you'll need to unlock the first 35 traits:
Then, after empowering the weapon, you can unlock the rest of your traits, including raising your original 3 point traits to 4 points:
For those without high Artifact Knowledge, visit
the Marksmanship Hunter artifact guide
for more help choosing the optimal path to unlock traits.
Learn about the catch-up mechanisms in our
Tips for Alts Guide
. If you already have a main at 110 and AK 30 or higher, just send the BoA Artifact book
Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-V
over to your alt so they'll instantly hit AK 25.
Don't forget to complete the Class Hall questline for the
third Artifact Relic
, which was nerfed in Patch 7.2 to have faster missions and fewer requirements. Acquiring the third relic will greatly increase the item level of your weapon and give you another free trait rank.
The Marksmanship Hunter "rotation" focuses on maximizing the up-time of
through taking advantage of
procs, and using as many
s as possible during that time, while building focus and using your other abilities outside of that window.
Basic Priority List
close to on cooldown when
is on your target. Save up 100 focus for the cast to gain the full damage per cast.
close to on cooldown when
is up and
is proc'ed and
is up, and also to dump focus as needed.
to regen focus.
For a more in depth look at the rotation, including the differences between AoE and Single Target priorities,
check out the Marksmanship Hunter Rotation Guide
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