Marksmanship Hunter talents guide

Patch 10.0.5 Last Updated: 26th Jan, 2023
Cruelladk Marksmanship Hunter Author

Class Talents

The Class tree Talents contains essential spells and passives that are mandatory for any situation as a MM hunter, other talents that are situational, and some others that are just not good enough to be picked.

Mandatory Talent:

We don’t have that much choice at the bottom of the tree, considering that we don’t play with Kill Command and a Pet at all as MM, so we can completely ignore the branch at the bottom left of the tree.

Situational Talents:

Bad Talents:

Talent Builds

Single Target


This build gives your Kill Shot more power by taking the talents, DeathblowRazor Fragments, and Bullseye. It will allow you to cast it outside the execute window and buff the Hunter when the target is below 20% remaining health. So overall a nice build with a strong execute phase.

To the left, we will aim to take Rapid Fire, one of our core spells, and Streamline and Surging Shots, two strong talents that will buff our Rapid Fire and Aimed Shot.

We take Improved Steady Shot, which will give us more focus, so overall gameplay with a bit less downtime; Precise Shots, a talent that will significantly increase the damage of our Arcane Shots. Follow up with Lone Wolf, which will allow us to do more damage if we don't have an active pet, Careful Aim, a powerful talent that buffs Aimed Shot when the target is above 70% health (even stronger on fights where you lust on pull), Target Practice to buff our Arcane Shots; and also Focused Aim, a go-to talent that buffs our main spells. We also put 2 points into Steady Focus, a talent that gives us haste after casting Steady Shot twice in a row.

Serpentstalker's Trickery will allow us to completely ignore refreshing Serpent Sting manually, and Lock and Load will give us procs on Aimed ShotBullseye, as we said above, is a strong execute damage and will reach 30 stacks quickly, thanks to Rapid Fire.

To reach the Trueshot talent, we will take Tactical Reload over Volley., the new talent from patch 10.0.5 reduces the cooldown of both Aimed Shot and Rapid FireTrueshot will then be reachable, our main cooldown that allows us to have a strong burst window. We will then finish the tree by taking Eagletalon's True Focus and Unerring Vision, two talents that will buff Trueshot and reduce the Focus cost of some abilities.

AoE/Cleave for Raid & Mythic+


The difference in this build is that we remove Steady FocusTactical Reload, and Bullseye to get Volley, a strong cooldown that does AoE damage and gives you the Trick Shots effect during its duration; Multi-Shot, an other core spell for AoE damage, that we will link with Trick ShotsBulletstorm and Salvo.

Because we removed Steady Focus, we need to take Deadeye to be able to reach Serpentstalker's Trickery and Lock and Load. This makes us save 1 point that we can keep in Hunter's Knowledge.

This extra point that we have in Hunter's Knowledge can also be put into Heavy Ammo or Light Ammo, depending on the number of targets. Heavy Ammo on 4-target like The Primal Council Boss, for example, Light Ammo if more than 6 targets, like in the Algeth'ar Academy dungeon. This point can also be used in Wailing Arrow if we need some CC (in M+ or on Dathea's adds, for example.

In the class tree, we drop Steel Trap and 1 point in Serrated Shots for one more point in Arctic Bola and Explosive ShotHydra's Bite can be used over Poison Injection on 4-targets fights only.