Marksmanship Hunter Stats, Races and Consumables Guide

Patch 10.2.7 Last Updated: 7th May, 2024
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Stat Priorities

Stat Priorities

Agility > Haste = Critical Strike > Mastery > Versatility

Stat Outline

Agility: Increases the magnitude of your attacks and abilities. This is your most important stat, which is why you want to look at the item level of each item rather than the stats on it. A higher item level is usually better because it gives more agility.

Mastery: Your mastery is called Mastery: Sniper Training, increasing the range of all your ranged abilities and the damage of all abilities.

Haste: Increases your auto attack speed, increases focus regeneration, reduces the cast time, and the cooldown of Aimed Shot.

Critical Strike: Increasing your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities. It synergizes really well if you play with Master Marksman and Improved Kill Shot talents.

Versatility: Increasing all your damage and healing done and also decreases all damage taken. This can provide a bit of survivability that is sometimes needed for hunters.

As for tertiary stats, Avoidance is the best one, since it reduces your damage taken from a lot of different abilities. Speed is a neat stat to have on your gear, especially if you decided to go for the Acidic Hailstone Treads.

Leech provides a good chunk of much needed self healing.

The best way to calculate stat priorities for your character is to "sim" your character.



  • Tauren: Since your main stat priority is catered around critical striking, Tauren’s 2% critical strike damage pulls ahead in every scenario. War Stomp also provides a casted AoE stun, which can be useful in a lot of content.
  • Troll: is a strong contender thanks to its cooldown, Berserking, which can be lined up with Trueshot every 3 minutes.


  • Dwarf is the best race for Alliance for the same reasons as Tauren, the difference being the active ability Stoneform providing a 10% physical damage reduction with an added omni-self dispel on a 2 minute cooldown. Dwarf is definitely the best overall option, and I highly recommend it!
  • Human: is also a decent choice for Alliance players thanks to its The Human Spirit passive, which provides 2% more of all secondary stats. Regularly scales pretty well later into an expansion, when you have access to more secondary stats.


Cloak : Enchant Cloak - Graceful Avoidance

Chest: Enchant Chest - Waking Stats

Wrist: Enchant Bracer - Devotion of Avoidance

Legs: Fierce Armor Kit

Ring: Enchant Ring - Devotion of Mastery, Critical Strike, Versatility or Haste (depending on your stats - SIM yourself!))

Weapon: High Intensity Thermal Scanner

Headpiece: Incandescent Essence


Every gem with 2 different stats works (these provide more stats than the single-stat ones). It is situational and will depend on what stats your character has at the moment; the best way is to SIM your character on Raidbots to see which stat you need the most. Make sure to have 1 Diamond equipped (this one is more powerful).


Food: Grand Banquet of the Kalu'ak

Flask: Iced Phial of Corrupting Rage or Phial of Tepid Versatility (for more defensive value)

Potion: Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power

Rune: Draconic Augment Rune

Healing potion: Dreamwalker's Healing Potion

Weapon rune: Completely Safe Rockets