PVE Marksmanship Hunter DPS Guide (WotLK 3.3.5a)
Welcome to the Marksmanship Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Marksmanship Hunter in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, BiS Gear, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.
1. Talent Tree
When spending your Talent Points, be sure to check your stats. Hit Cap is a priority, so if you don't have it - then go for Focused Aim talent. If you have enough Hit from your items, then you can spend those points into Improved Hunter`s Mark.
The first build is better for players who don't have Armor Penetration soft cap. This build uses Arcane shot, which is not physical damage.
The second build is for players with better gear. Arcane shot is not used in the rotation with this build
Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.
Head – Arcanum of Torment
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Axe
Cloak – Major Agility
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Greater Assault
Gloves – Major Agility
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Icescale Leg Armor
Boots – Tuskarr's Vitality
5. Gameplay & Rotations
Kill shot - This is your top priority spell. Usable when the target is 20% or lower. Use it always when available, interrupt the rotation if needed.
Serpent sting - Has to be all the time on the target. Buffs the Chimera shot.
Chimera shot - Your second best damage ability. Use Serpent Sting before Chimera shot for even more damage.
Aimed shot - Better than Arcane shot, but only if you have Armor Penetration and talents in it. If you use Aimed Shot, then don't use Arcane Shot
*Arcane shot - Used only with talents to improve it and with a small amount of Armor Penetration. Is not used for the second build.
Steady shot - Used when everything else is on cooldown
Silencing shot - Self-explaining. Used for interruption
Now, let’s talk about Pets.
First of all, we have to decide which pet do we need. In terms of PVE and Raiding our top 3 pets are:
Talent tree for our pet is Ferocity. Unlike Beast Mastery Hunters we can't tame Exotic Creatures and don't have those extra 4 talent points.
Don’t forget to use Kill Command and other pet skills when you can!
6. BiS Gear
Head - Sanctified Ahn'Kahar Blood Hunter's Headpiece
Shoulder - Sanctified Ahn'Kahar Blood Hunter's Spaulders
Cloak - Vereesa's Dexterity or Sylvanas' Cunning (depending on the faction)
Chest - Sanctified Ahn'Kahar Blood Hunter's Tunic
Bracers - Scourge Hunter's Vambraces
Gloves - Sanctified Ahn'Kahar Blood Hunter's Handguards
Waist - Nerub'ar Stalker's Cord
Legs - Leggings of Northern Lights
Boots - Returning Footfalls
Add-ons improve your gameplay by a lot. It is necessary to utilize add-ons, since they play a vital role in your performance, whether you are in a raid, arena or at the auction house.
Check out our Add-ons Page which will provide you with a download link and some configuration info. The addon versions are for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a. The site has multiple versions of the add-ons, so if you need another version – you can also search for it there.