Best Hunter PvP Spec
New: Updated for Cataclysm!
If you want to win as many arena games as possible or deal the most damage and get the most
killing blows in battlegrounds, then it is important for you to choose the Best Hunter PvP spec. In this
article, I will discuss the top specs for both arenas and battlegrounds and the pros and cons of each
Note: I will update this best Hunter PvP spec list for Cataclysm once patch 4.0 goes live!
Best Hunter PvP Spec for Arena
If I had to declare one spec as the "best Hunter PvP spec", it would be the following:
0/3/60 (0 Beast Mastery, 3 Marksmanship, 38 Survival)
Click Here To Get WoW Crusher- #1 Arena and Gold
3/3 Hunter vs. Wild
2/2 Improved Serpent Sting (which you will use thanks to Noxious Stings)
2/2 Survival tactics
3/3 Trap Mastery
2/2 Point of No Escape
3/3 Thrill of the Hunt
2/2 Lock and Load
2/2 Mirrored Blades
1/1 Wyvern Sting
2/2 Noxious Stings
1/1 Hunting Party
3/3 Sniper Training
1/2 Serpent Spread
1/1 Black Arrow
Let me be the first to say that the new Hunter Survival tree is amazing. When trying to figure out the Best
Hunter PvP Spec, I kept going back and forth amongst the talents as they are all so good.
I recommend taking nearly everything in Survival as the tree is so good for PvP. Mirrored Blades is amazing as
now Deterrence is a 100% spell reflect for its entire duration.
The Survival Hunter also now has several powerful DoT effects. Serpent Sting, Black Arrow, Explosive Shot, and
Wyvern Sting will combine for a very, very strong DoT effect.
Lock and Load / T.N.T. are as good as ever and are only getting better with Cataclysm. The 10% damage bonus to
targets affilicted by Serpent Sting is also a nice perk for Hunters and now we will see Serpent Sting regularly
Best Hunter PvP Spec for Battlegrounds
In Battleground, I find that I (and most other players) have the most fun by racking up lots of kills and doing
a lot of damage. Winning is fun too, but that generally follows if you kill a lot of players! Since Hunters are
able to sit back out of the fray, pretty much any spec that maximizes damage is going to be optimal for
If you have really bad gear, I recommend going the same spec mentioned in my WoW Hunter Leveling Spec article. This spec works out well because it maximizes
your pet's damage rather than your own. This way, your pet can do the heavy lifting while you stay out of harm's
The only change I would recommend is pulling 3 points out of Marksmanship (keep Aimed Shot naturally) and put
them into Hawk's Eye in Survival, making the spec 57 (Beast Mastery) / 11 (marksmanship) / 3 (Survival) works out
If you have a good set of gear, I recommend going Marksmanship. Speccing similarly to a raid spec is great for
dishing out tons of damage and racking up kills in battlegrounds. Without further ado, here is the best Hunter PvP
Spec for Battlegrounds, assuming your gear is good of course:
0 (Beast Mastery) / 34 Marksmanship / 7 Survival)
2/2 Rapid Killing
3/3 Improved Steady Shot
2/2 Careful Aim
1/1 Silencing Shot
2/2 Concussive Barrage
3/3 Piercing Shots
1/1 Trueshot Aura
2/2 Resistance is Futile
2/2 Rapid Recuperation
3/3 Master Marksman
2/2 Marked for Death
1/1 Chimera Shot
2/2 Improved Serpent Sting
Note that I would never recommend the above spec for arena. This is particularly designed for Battlegrounds,
especially a place like Alterac Valley, where you can sit back and deal tons of damage without ever risking being
put in combat yourself.
All of the talents are designed to increase your Hunter's ranged damage and the talents ignore survivability and
pet strength as these are trivial in a big battleground.
Some of the perks of a build like this are the Rapid Recuperation talent. This gives you 50 Focus every time you
gain Rapid Killing (which we specced as well). In an Alterac Valley match it is not uncommon to get 20 Killing
Blows in a short game or 50+ in a long game. This equates to over 1,000 focus regenerated and will lead to a huge
damage burst in PvP.
Now you know the Best Hunter PvP specs. For well-geared players, Survival should be your go-to spec for arena
and Marksmanship should be your go-to spec for Battlegrounds. Players with bad equipment should opt for
Beast Mastery, no matter what the situation!
Tired of losing in arenas? Want to get the best PvP and raid gear?
If you answered that question with a yes, then you need to get WoW Crusher.
Created by top raider, gold maker, and gladiator Marcko, it contains the secret
strategies used by pro arena players, top raiders, and players who have hit the gold cap multiple times! If
you are broke or are losing your 10 weekly arena games, you MUST get
this guide. Click here to get it now!