- Author: Nevermore
- Date: July 16, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
The stat priority for PvE Marksmanship Hunters is extremely straightforward, being very similar to that of other Agility-based physical DPS classes such as Rogues, minus the need for the Expertise stat.
- Hit Rating
- Cap: 164 rating, or 132 if there’s a Draenei in your party (Heroic Presence)
- Armor Penetration Rating
- 1400 Armor Penetration Cap
- Critical Rating
- Attack Power
- Haste Rating
Hit Rating is the first stat that you should max out, as it ensures that you will not miss with your ranged weapons or abilities. Thankfully, Hunters require a low amount of Hit Rating, only needing 8% or 263 Hit Rating to reach the cap.
With the help of the Focused Aim talent, we only require 5% bonus hit chance, or 164 hit rating. Furthermore, if we take into consideration Heroic Presence which grants us an additional 1% Hit Rating, we will only need 4% bonus hit chance, or 132 hit rating.
Armor Penetration is one of the best stats that you can acquire in Wrath of the Lich King as a physical damage dealer. It reduces the target’s armor by a considerable amount, increasing your overall damage. The cap for Armor Penetration is 1400, you should always aim to max it out or come as close as possible to it.
Agility is the innate stat for Hunters, it enhances your attack power and Critical Strike Chance. You should use gems that boost your Agility after you manage to reach your Armor Penetration Cap. As the cap is harder to reach in the early phases of the game, you should socket Agility gems over Armor Penetration before you manage to acquire the items that raise your Armor Penetration Rating by a high amount.
What you should understand is that 1 Agility = 2 Attack Power points for a Hunter!
Crit Rating is a stat that highly impacts the gameplay of a Marksmanship Hunter, as we aim to land as many critical strikes as possible. You will want to favor Critical Strike Chance gear over haste gear while also using yellow gems that enhance it even further.
You gain a 1% increased chance to crit for every 45.91 crit rating you have.
Attack Power is an innate stat for all physical damage dealers, increasing the offensive capabilities of your attacks and abilities. However, you should only enchant your gear with Attack Power and never use gems that enhance it, as you can gain more attack power from Agility.
Haste is a controversial stat for Hunters, you do not require a lot of it but it can certainly boost your damage output by a considerable amount. However, you should not aim to enchant your gear or use gems that enhance your Haste Rating, as you will benefit from potions, bloodlust/heroism, and other haste-increasing effects.
You gain a 1% increased attack speed for every 32.79 haste rating you have.