4.0: How Do I Specialize Now?

Morynne —  October 11, 2010 — 6 Comments

Ok, so you’ve read through what each Marksman talent does in 4.0.

Where should you really spend your points? Remember, in order to get out of your first tree, you have to spend at least 31 points in one of them. Giving you a total of 5 at level 80 to spend in the other talent trees.

3 Beastmastery / 31 Marksman / 2 Survival

The Marksman spec above covers most of your bases, and will be most like the standard 7/57/7 of 3.3.5.  Your rotation will also be very similar to 3.3.5, except you’ll be dropping Silencing Shot for Arcane Shot, and using Steady Shots to regain Focus.

31 Beastmastery / 2 Marksman / 3 Survival

The Beastmastery spec above gives you all the basics to be able to operate with exotic pets and not be unfortunate.  Based on my testing in Beta, you’ll want to replace your Steady Shot with Cobra Shot, but unfortunately until Cataclysm is launched, you will not have this in your tool belt.  Cobra is learned at 81.

3 Beastmastery / 2 Marksman / 31 Survival

I will first of all say that I’m not super familiar with Survival.  The spec above seems to get the job done though, it increases the duration of your traps, and increases the frequency that your Black Arrow and Lock n’ Load will proc.  If some brave soul out there wants to test out this Survival spec and give me some feedback, that would be awesome.

Marksman has been tested at 80 as pushing the best DPS for now, but it’s expected through balancing that Beastmastery may come back into a top DPS spot.  So I’ll run some tests tomorrow when the servers are back up and provide some real numbers.

Good luck!


Posts Twitter Facebook Google+

Morynne is an avid hunter, and prefers Marksmanship. She has co-hosted the Hunting Party Podcast, and appeared on the Twisted Nether Blogcast. For more information, click here.

6 responses to 4.0: How Do I Specialize Now?

  1. I'd love to check your SV spec, but your link appears to be to Cobra Shot.

  2. For the MM build why improved serpent sting? does it actually cause extra damage when you refresh SS with Chimera?

    • In the tests I've run, yes, it does. Once Cataclysm comes out though, you may want to dump this talent for something else. Cobra Shot will likely change the way you've got your rotations set up.

  3. "So I’ll run some tests tomorrow when the servers are back up and provide some real numbers."

    What did you find out? What spec does the most damage now?

    P.S. I miss my Volley :(

    • Marksman is still the winner, mostly because the big shot for Beastmastery (Cobra Shot) isn't available until 81. The additional nature damage will bring it back into a contender.

Leave a Reply