- Author: Nevermore
- Date: September 1, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
In this section, we will first share a simple stat priority list for Marksmanship Hunter PvP in Wrath of the Lich King, and then explain each stat in more detail.
- Hit Rating
- Cap: 5% Hit Chance or 164 Hit Rating (66 + Focused Aim)
- Spell Penetration
- Soft Cap: 75/Hard Cap:130
- Armor Penetration
- Cap: 1400 Armor Penetration
- Critical Strike Chance
- Attack Power
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First and foremost, Hit Rating is the most important stat you must acquire. We can’t defeat our enemies if we miss every shot, right? In order to be effective in PvP, you will want to have a 5% Hit chance which translates into a 164 Hit Rating!
As a Marksmanship Hunter, you will have an easier time reaching the Hit Chance cap due to the Focused Aim. Depending on how many points you spent on Focused Aim, you can either gain a 2% or 3% bonus Hit Chance without any effort. This roughly translates into 98 overall Hit Rating required (or 66 Hit Rating required if you have all 3 points in Focused Aim).
For Player-versus-Player content, Resilience is the most important stat that you can acquire: it protects you from critical strikes and it reduces the overall damage you receive. As a Marksmanship Hunter, you have the choice of pursuing a full resilience build which grants you high survivability at the expense of your damage, or you can choose to pursue a hybrid build that grants you extreme amounts of damage at the cost of low survivability.
At the beginning of the expansion, you will strive to have around 700 resilience with full PvP equipment, reaching around 1400 resilience with the full resilience build at the end of the expansion, or 900 resilience with the hybrid build.
Spell Penetration is a stat that allows you to bypass your enemy’s resistances, reducing the chance that your abilities become nullified by their resistances. The soft cap for Spell Penetration is 75 while the hard cap is 130. You will generally want to achieve the soft cap as it will prove to be enough in most situations! However, if you notice that your spells are getting resisted, especially at higher ranked arena matches, you will want to hard cap Spell Penetration.
Armor Penetration is one of the most powerful stats in Wrath of the Lich King, allowing you to ignore armor and deal increased physical damage. The cap for Armor Penetration is 1400.
However, in PvP, even with a fully Hybrid build, you will not be able to amass more than 1070 Armor Penetration — and this is if you use both PvE armor penetration trinkets — at the end of the expansion. Realistically speaking, reaching 1070 Armor Penetration at the end of the expansion is more than enough to one-shot most caster classes.
Agility is an integral stat for Hunters, granting us increased attack power, critical strike chance, and armor rating! You will generally gain agility from your equipment and your talents, but you will also want to empower your character even further by using agility gems. However, in the later phases of the expansion, you will want to swap your agility gems with armor penetration gems.
Critical Strike Chance is a very strong stat for Marksmanship Hunters, as most of your abilities synergize perfectly with critical strikes! Critical Strike Chance allows your normal attacks and abilities to deliver critical strikes, dealing double damage.
Crit Rating is a great stat for any physical damage dealer, increasing your chances of landing a critical strike. You gain a 1% increased chance to crit for every 45.91 crit rating you have.
You should never use critical strike chance gems as it will severely dampen your build! You will gain plenty of Critical Strike Chance from your talents and equipment, as all your equipment pieces offer you the critical strike chance stat.
Attack Power is a key stat for all physical damage dealers, empowering your attacks and abilities! At the beginning of the expansion, you will want to focus on Attack Power gems, however, you will quickly swap them out after the second phase of the expansion.
You will gain massive amounts of Attack Power from both PvP equipment and PvE off-piece equipment, but we cannot give you an accurate number of how much attack power you should have. Instead of giving you a specific number, we can tell you that the more attack power you stack, the more your enemies will be afraid of you.
Haste is one of the most straightforward stats — it makes you attack faster. You gain 1% increased attack speed for every 32.79 haste rating you have.
Haste is a stat that increases your attack speed while also reducing your Global Cooldown. Your PvP equipment will not generally offer you haste, however, you can gain considerable amounts of haste from PvE pieces Note that haste is a much more preferred stat for hybrid builds.