DPS Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)

Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Marksmanship Hunter. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Debuffs: Maintain these debuffs at all times.

Careful Aim Rotation: Use this rotation when your target is over 80% Health.

  1. Serpent Sting Apply once. Refresh with Chimera Shot.
  2. Steady Shot to maintain Steady Focus.
  3. Aimed Shot
  4. Steady Shot

Standard Rotation: Use this priority when your target is below 80% Health.

  1. Serpent Sting Apply once. Refresh with Chimera Shot.
  2. Steady Shot to maintain Steady Focus.
  3. Glaive Toss on cooldown.
  4. Chimera Shot on cooldown.
  5. Kill Shot on target below 20% Health.
  6. Aimed Shot with 3 Master Marksman.
  7. Arcane Shot to dump Focus.
  8. Steady Shot to build Focus.

When your target is above 80% health, they are under the effects of Careful Aim and you should execute the Careful Aim rotation. This is done by applying Serpent Sting and maintaining it with Chimera Shot. Use Steady Shot to build Focus and maintain Steady Focus. Dump Focus into Aimed Shot and use Master Marksman procs as soon as possible.

When your target is below 80% health, you should move to the standard rotation. Continue to maintain Hunters Mark, Serpent Sting, and Steady Focus as your highest priorities. Cast Glaive Toss and Chimera Shot on cooldown. When your target drops below 20% Health, begin using Kill Shot on cooldown. Use Aimed Shot with 3 Master Marksman. Finally, you’ll want to use Arcane Shot to avoid hitting the Focus cap, but do not use all of your focus on Arcane Shot. Always keep close to 50 Focus so you can cast Chimera Shot whenever it comes up.

AoE Rotation

Your main sources for AoE damage will be Multishot and Explosive Trap. If you are only attacking 2-3 mobs, it’s usually best to just continue with the the Single Target rotation. Once there are 4+ mobs, then drop Explosive Trap under them and use Multishot on cooldown. Use Steady Shot as needed for Focus and to maintain Steady Focus.

Effective Cooldowns

These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.