Introduction to the Marksmanship Hunter

 A Marksman has embraced the class fantasy of the ranger, drawing inspiration from the likes of the Windrunner sisters, Sylvanas, Alleria and Vereesa. Marks Hunters fire a flurry of shots on the move, then stop to take Careful Aim for precise heavy hitting shots. Players can customize their Marksman Hunters to fulfill several variations of the fantasy: they’re the only Hunter spec that can function with or without a pet; and they have several choices which can convert the spec to either a carefully planned out long-range sniper play-style, or a quick moving spray-and-pray play-style.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Marksmanship Hunter, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Marksmanship Hunter


  • High burst-damage.
  • Very strongly tied to ability cooldowns which can make it inflexible in very short-term burst situations.


  • Has weaknesses in 2 target cleave scenarios and mass AoE (6+ targets), as Aimed Shot is restricted to 3-6 targets.


15Master Marksman Master MarksmanSerpent Sting Serpent StingA Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows
30Careful Aim Careful Aim Volley VolleyExplosive Shot Explosive Shot
45Trailblazer TrailblazerNatural Mending Natural MendingCamouflage Camouflage
60Steady Focus Steady FocusStreamline StreamlineHunter's Mark Hunter’s Mark
75Born To Be Wild Born To Be WildPosthaste Posthaste Binding Shot Binding Shot
90Lethal Shots Lethal ShotsBarrage BarrageDouble Tap Double Tap
100Calling the Shots Calling the ShotsLock and Load Lock and LoadPiercing Shot Piercing Shot

Rotation of the Marksmanship Hunter

The basic rotation of the Marksmanship Hunter is as follows:

  • Make sure to apply Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter’s Mark before the pull, if you are using this talent
  • Start casting Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot roughly 2 seconds before the fight begins


Trueshot IconTrueshot is your primary and only offensive cooldown. It reduces the cooldown of Aimed Shot IconAimed Shot and Rapid Fire by 60%, and reduces the cast time of Aimed Shot IconAimed Shot by 50%

Stat Priority

The stat priority for the Marksmanship Hunter is

  1. Mastery
  2. Haste
  3. Versatility
  4. Critical Strike