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.

Talent Tree

The first build is better for new players. This build provides an additional chance to hit via 3/3 Focused Aim. It also uses Arcane Shot, which is not physical damage and therefore should be removed out of the build and rotation as you progress. At least one Hunter should have 3/3 Improved Hunter`s Mark. You can re-allocate these points from Improved Barrage.

Marksmanship Hunter Low Gear Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

As mentioned above, Arcane Shot is not used in the rotation as you progress. Points from Focused Aim can be re-allocated to Improved Hunter`s Mark depending on the Hit Rating.

Marksmanship Hunter Bis Gear Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

Glyphs

Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs

Gems

Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.

Use 1 Blue and Yellow gems to activate the Meta Gem. Ideally, put them in the items with the best socket bonus you can find. If you’re lacking hit rating, feel free to add more Rigid King’s Amber gem. Other slots should be filled with Red gems, Armor Penetration is a priority. Add Agility only after an Armor Penetration soft cap is reached.

Enchants

Rotation

Kill Shot → Serpent StingChimera ShotAimed Shot → *Arcane ShotSteady Shot

  • 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. It is not used for the second build.
  • Steady Shot – Used when everything else is on cooldown
  • Silencing Shot – Self-explaining. Used for interruption

Hit -> Agility & Armor Penetration -> Crit -> Attack Power -> Haste

Hit cap for raids is 8% (263 rating). New hunters should aim for at least 5% (164 rating) to always hit level 80 mobs. 3% can be obtained from Focused Aim, another 1% from Draenei passive Heroic Presence.

In the beginning, Agility is the main stat for MM Hunters, but soon enough it will be surpassed by Armor Penetration. Per calculations, the point where ArP matches Agi is when you have 700 passive ArP (from gear). This is because ArP scales with other stats, hence why new players shouldn’t blindly rush ArP in the beginning. The cap for ArP is 1400.

Once Armor Penetration outweighs Agility, it’s time to focus on physical damage. This means removing Arcane Shot from your rotation and re-allocating talents. Your physical damaging spells require you to stay still, so proper positioning means even more at this point. Minimize your movement to fully utilize the benefits of Armor Penetration.

Pets

Pve Marksmanship Survival Hunter Pet Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

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:

  • Wolfs – Furious Howl is what makes this pet #1
  • Wasps – Sting can be a powerful debuff, but it doesn’t stack with similar effects on the target.
  • Raptors & Cats – Less DPS than Wolfs and Wasps, but still viable.

The 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!

BiS Gear

Armor

Weapons

 

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That One Guy
That One Guy
2 months ago

Always wanted to check hunters out, sweet guide thanks 🙂

Anby
Anby
1 month ago

So… What would be good professions for hunters in lk?

root
root
Reply to  Anby
1 month ago

engi/jwc

root
root
1 month ago

Using this guide currently. It’s great! Thanks!

rajaz
rajaz
1 month ago

 [Enchant Weapon – Berserking] 

rajaz
rajaz
Reply to  rajaz
1 month ago

i mean could it be useful for hunter

Kurathis
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Reply to  rajaz
1 month ago

Heya rajaz!

That is an awesome question! Enchant Weapon – Berserking relies on a melee proc, so it’s not an ideal enchant for Hunters since they’d have to find the chance to run in, land a melee attack, and then get back to range quickly, effectively losing DPS without a guaranteed proc chance.

rajaz
rajaz
Reply to  Kurathis
1 month ago

ty for info

Kurathis
Editor
Reply to  rajaz
1 month ago

No worries at all.

Tirno
Tirno
16 days ago

Hi, Can I ask you on Glyph of Serpent sting. Because when I look to how much dmg done with serpent, its like 3% of all my dmg. So could be better glyph of the Hawk or different glyph? Thanks for your answerd.

Aristo
Aristo
Reply to  Tirno
15 days ago

Glyph of Serpent Sting’s value is mainly due to the increase dmg for Chimera Shot, because of the increased duration/value in the calculation for Chimera Shot.

NAFK
NAFK
14 days ago

why Boar’s Speed and not Bloodthirsty?

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