PVE Marksmanship Hunter Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Marksmanship Hunter Class Overview

PVE Marksmanship Hunter Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to my Marksmanship Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide describing what Spec, Talents, Glyphs, Gems and Enchants you will need in order to succeed in a raid. In the end of the guide there are also some tips and basic rotation for the class.

Marksmanship Hunter shines in battles with single targets. He has a sizeable burst DPS at boss fights, but close to non AoE DPS capability.

Talent Tree

When spending your Talent Points, be sure to check your stats. Hit Cap is a priority, so if you don't have it - then go for Focused Aim talent. If you have enough Hit from your items, then you can spend those points into Improved Hunter`s Mark.

The first build is better for players who don't have Armor Penetration soft cap. This build uses Arcane shot, which is not physical damage.

PVE Marksmanship Hunter Low Gear Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

The second build is for players with better gear. Arcane shot is not used in the rotation with this build

PVE Marksmanship Hunter BiS Gear Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a


Major Glyphs:
Glyph of Serpent Sting
Glyph of Steady Shot
Glyph of Kill Shot

Small Glyphs:
Glyph of Feign Death
Glyph of Mend Pet

Glyph of Revive Pet


Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational

Relentless Earthsiege Diamond combined with Nightmare Tear

If you have a softcap of Armor Penetration - then put Delicate Cardinal Ruby in every slot.

If you don't have the Armor Penetration softcap, then get it with Fractured Cardinal Ruby

After reaching a hardcap of Armor Penetration use flat Agility or Haste gems.


Head – Arcanum of Torment
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Axe
Cloak – Major Agility
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Greater Assault
Gloves – Major Agility
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Icescale Leg Armor
Boots – Tuskarr's Vitality

Weapons :

One-Handed – Superior Potency
Two-Handed –  Massacre
Bow – Heartseeker Scope

Gameplay & Rotations

Kill shot → Serpent sting → Chimera shot → Aimed shot → *Arcane shot → Steady 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 when talents taken to improve it and with a small amount of Armor Penetration. Is not used with the second build.

Steady shot
Used when everything else is on cooldown

Silencing shot
Self-explaining. Use when needed to interrupt spells

PVE Marksmanship Hunter Pet Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 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:

Tyrant Devilsaur

Talent tree for our pet is Ferocity. Unlike Beast Mastery Hunters we can't tame Exotic Creatures and have 4 less talent points.

Don’t forget to use Kill Command and other pet skills when you can!


Addons play quite a big role in World of Warcraft and should be used by everyone. The question is, what addons do YOU need? Truth is, every player decides for himself what addons does he need or want. Now, there is a list of must-have addons, without them - you won't be taken seriously, or your game will be much more complicated.

Check out our Addons Page which will provide you with download links and configuration information. Addon version is correct for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a.

PVE Marksmanship Hunter Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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