Category: Cataclysm

Treasure Hunter Gun: Part 1

So you are level 85, maxed out your toon’s professions, your toon is almost in all 397 ilevel epics, and it’s towards the end of the expansion… Now you are so bored.  You even thought about going to play one of those other lesser MMOs but found out there’s no good MMOs for Macs. Back on your toon, you are sitting in Stormwind, holding your map out, checking your mail box for rares, and there’s only blues and greens, you got from doing solo Kara runs, which you were trying to sell on the AH. Look no further. Gun has something for you to do.

Burgy Blackheart’s Handsome Hat – I look for Burgy on my druid while I swim around for Poseidus who drops Reins of Posiedus.  The hat turns you into a gnome pirate, makes you semi-transparent, and when you mount everything is bigger… I mean the mounts are bigger… wait, let me try again… when you are on top the mounts get bigger.  Ugh!  Never-mind you get the idea.

Bone Fishing Pole – The Bag of Fishing Treasures, a reward from the Dalaran fishing daily, or Bag of Shiny Things, reward from the Stormwind or Ironforge fishing Daily, drop the fishing pole.  You have 2 chances a day to get the pole.  The bags also have a chance to drop Jeweled Fishing Pole, Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat, and Strand Crawler.

Sea Turtle – Obtain this rare turtle fishing from fishing pools in Northend or Cataclysm zones.  It might take some luck, some RNG, some praying to the Blizzard Gods (aka The Lost Vikings), or stepping in Worgen poo.  Oh yeah I went there.  You all know that the Lost Vikings 2 was the best game Blizzard ever made before Warcraft.

Salty the title – This will take some work and will require you to win either fishing tournament, do some random fishing everywhere, fish up some rare catches, and do fishing dailies once in a while.  I recommend trying to win Saturday’s tournament.  Sunday’s is kinda hard when the other faction comes up to you and ganks you.

If you obtain all of these treasures and hopefully more you can end up looking like this:

Bone Fishing Pole wielding pirate gnome who is Salty because he is dead on a Sea Turtle.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Well of Eternity, Hour of Twilight, and End Time Hunter Loot

Time to look at the loot from the new 5-mans coming out in 4.3.

Well of Eternity

Peroth’arn
Has nothing useful for a hunter.

Queen Azshara
Breastplate of the Queen’s Guard – A nice chest piece.  This will not replace your tier 12.

Mannoroth and Varo’then
Thornwood Staff – Cheap alternative to Ranseur of Hatred.

Mannoroth’s Signet – Sexy new ring that will be good for BM hunters.

Legguards of the Legion – A nice leg piece.  This will not replace you tier 12.

Hour of Twilight

Acurion
Has nothing useful for a hunter.

Asira Dawnslayer
Dawnslayer Helm – For those unfortunate enough who did not win a head token from Ragnaros.  Does not replace tier 12.

Archbishop Benedictus
Betrayer’s Pauldrons – For those unfortunate enough who did not win a head token from Majordomo Staghelm.  Does not replace tier 12.

End Time

Echos Shared Loot
Dead End Boots – If you did not get the boots off of Gatekeeper Baleroc.

Sylvanas
Cloak of the Banshee Queen – Sylvanas is a hunter at heart.  She is the only boss that drops stuff for us hunters.

Windrunner’s Bow – Sexy ass bow from a sexy boss.  She can string my bow anytime she wants.  Even if she is undead.

Murozond
Arrow of Time – This trinket will replace any 359s and 365s.

That’s the list.  Should give you a good idea which slots you can replace.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Cataclysm: Engineering Hunter Macros

This is my new defense macro.  You could use it when you are getting low on health and help out the healers. /use 6 is your belt enchant.  You could tinker Grounded Plasma Shield to your belt and use that to absorb some damage.  It helps in boss fights like in Blackwing Descent when you tackle Chimaeron and he deals Massacre to your whole raid or Halls of Origination when Anraphet does his AOE Omega Stance.

#showtooltip Stoneform(Racial)
/cast Stoneform(Racial)
/cast Deterrence
/use 6
/cast [target=player] Master’s Call

Tinkering Synapse Springs or Tazik Shocker to all your shots is standard.  /use 10 is the macro line needed to use either of these tinkers.  The cool down for Synapse Springs is 1 min so you could use it twice during the time you use a trinket like Unsolvable Riddle,

#showtooltip Arcane Shot
/use 10
/use 13
/use 14
/cast Arcane Shot

Not sure if there is any reason to have macros for some of the other on use items.  If I figure it out I’ll post them later.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

I tamed Madexx.  He is one of the hardest pets to find and my last Cataclysm pet.  The stupid hyena got stuck in my trap instead of the scorpion.  I tamed it Friday morning.  In the screen shot you can see that I have both _NPCscan and SilverDragon addons.

Good night everyone!

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Hunter Loot – Baradin Hold

Baradin Hold is the raid you do after you defend Tol Barad, do it! Defend the Baradin’s Wardens or whoever is the Horde version of the battle ground.

The most important PVE drops for those who PVE is our,

PVE Tier 11 Legs and Hands

Legs

Lightning-Charged Legguards

Hands

Lightning-Charged Gloves

Then we have our PVP gear,

PVP Legs and Hands

Legs

Vicious Gladiator’s Chain Gauntlets

Hands

Vicious Gladiator’s Chain Leggings

PVP Offset

Cape

Vicious Gladiator’s Cape of Cruelty – Critical strike rating

Vicious Gladiator’s Cape of Prowess – Mastery

Waist

Vicious Gladiator’s Links of Accuracy – Hit rating

Vicious Gladiator’s Links of Cruelty – Critical strike rating

Trinket

Vicious Gladiator’s Medallion of Cruelty – Critical strike rating – It also removes movement impairing effects.

Vicious Gladiator’s Medallion of Tenacity – Resilience rating – It also removes movement impairing effects.

Neck

Vicious Gladiator’s Necklace of Prowess

Ring

Vicious Gladiator’s Ring of Accuracy – Hit rating

Vicious Gladiator’s Ring of Cruelty – Critical strike rating

Feet

Vicious Gladiator’s Sabatons of Alacrity – Haste rating

Vicious Gladiator’s Sabatons of Cruelty – Critical strike rating

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Patch 4.0.6 Official Notes

Today’s topid: Blizzard has released patch 4.0.6!

Why?: Because there are so many classes that got buffed up the kester when Cata came out.

Many people will not agree with what Blizzard did because it was there class that got nerfed. What they do not realize is that they are a minority! The entire WoW community has been screaming for these changes. Here are the finalized patch 4.0.6 notes.

Hunters

  • Aimed Shot weapon damage has been increased to 200%, up from 150%. In addition, the base cast time has been reduced to 2.4 seconds, down from 3.
  • Arcane Shot damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Aspect of the Wild, Aspect of the Hawk, and Aspect of the Fox can now be cast while mounted.
  • Hunters can now use Auto Shot while moving.
  • Casting Trap Launcher, Distracting Shot, and Scare Beast now cancel Auto Shot when cast. This is to make it easier to crowd control creatures with Auto Shot while moving enabled.
  • Concussive Shot duration has been increased to 6 seconds, up from 4.
  • Deterrence now provides 100% chance for melee attacks to miss instead of 100% parry chance. This means that attacks that cannot be parried, notably some rogue abilities, can now be prevented by Deterrence, and the hunter will gain the benefit of Deterrence even if disarmed.
  • Dust Cloud’s cooldown and duration have been modified to make it closer aligned with Tailspin (same effect, different pet).
  • Freezing Trap now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Kill Command’s damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Kill Shot’s attack power scaling has been increased by 50%.
  • Master’s Call now has a 35-second cooldown, down from 1 minute, and its range has been increased to 40 yards, up from 25. In addition, the visual effect is more obvious.
  • Wing Clip now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Beast Mastery
      • Animal Handler now provides a passive 25% bonus to attack power, up from 15%.
    • Marksmanship
      • Chimera Shot’s overall damage has been increased by roughly 50%.
      • Wild Quiver (Mastery): Chance for this to trigger per mastery has been increased by approximately 17%.
    • Survival
      • Black Arrow damage has been reduced by 15%.
      • Explosive Shot damage has been reduced by 15%.
      • Hunter vs. Wild has been increased to 5/10/15% Stamina, up from 4/8/12%.
      • Into the Wilderness (passive) has been reduced to a 10% Agility increase, down from 15%.
  • Pets
    • Pets now have 70% of the master’s armor, rather than a different value based on which type of pet they are.
    • Shale Spiders now correctly have a special ability (Web Wrap).
    • Bad Manner (monkey) now properly breaks from damage.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Concussive Shot redesigned. It now limits the maximum run speed of the target while Concussive Shot is active.
  • Hunter Bug Fixes
    • Aimed Shot no longer ignores the Fire! buff when cast by macro.
    • Camouflage is now breaking when the hunter’s traps deal damage to a target.
    • Chimera Shot’s particle effect animations should now display correctly.
    • Cobra Shot now properly increases the duration of the Serpent Spread Serpent Sting.
    • The Focus Fire spell effect is now cooler than your best collection of green rectangles.
    • Wild Quiver’s effect per point of mastery value should now be consistent.
    • Before shooting, male undead hunters will no longer look away from their targets.
    • Pet Fixes
      • Pet families added in Cataclysm should not be missing talents.
      • Pets should fight all underwater creatures, even if the hunter is out of melee range.
      • Ancient Hysteria should not able to affect low-level characters.
      • Ancient Hysteria now correctly affects pets.
      • Embrace of the Shale Spider now provides resistances so that those resistances are not lost if this buff overwrites Blessing of Forgotten Kings.
      • Ferocity-category pets in the dog and fox families now have access to the pet talent Charge.
      • Mobility can correctly be learned by land-based hunter pets.
      • Ravage no longer counts toward stun diminishing returns.
      • Undead hunters now start with Revive Pet on the action bar.
      • The pet Spellbook entry for Serpent Swiftness now shows its rank.
      • Shale Spiders are no longer missing a special ability.
      • The Shell Shield (Terrorpene) visual has been enlarged and should now be seen when cast.
      • The tooltip for the armor value in the Character pane should now be showing the correct amount of armor granted to pets.

SHOUT OUTS: This shout out goes to all other hunters! BM is back baby! Wooters!

Thank you very much and happy hunting.

I just read the first 3 parts of the 5 part comic series and it is awesome.  It explains the lore of the Druids of the Scythe and the origins of the worgen thoroughly.  You don’t have to look up some fan made forum post that gives you false information.  The official lore is coming straight from the comic books.

If you have a iPhone or iPod Touch you can download the DC Comics app or go to the DC Comics website and buy the comics from there.  You use the same login for both methods of reading the comics so if you are like me and buy them from your iPhone you can still read them on your computer.  Actually, you can enjoy these comics from any computer as long as you use your login.  They are $2.99 each from the iPhone app but contain about 30 pages of pure bliss.  You get to see Gilneas like you have never seen before.

I didn’t want to break any copyright laws so I only posted the title picture.  The image is actually what it looks like if you view the comic from your computer and use the Guided view.   Guided view lets you view the comic, frame by frame, without zooming out too far where you can’t read the text.  The app has a similar feature.  To view the extent of the frame, I found myself turning my iPhone from landscape to portrait and vice versa a few occasions while reading the comics.  Whoever knew viewing comics on my iPhone would be possible?

Well enjoy.

‘Til next time…

/// Oncebitten

PTR Patch 4.0.6 notes

Races

  • The dwarven racial trait Stoneform now reduces all damage taken by 10%, rather than increasing armor by 10%. It also increases the dwarf’s size when used.

Hunters

  • Aimed Shot! weapon damage has been increased to 200%.
  • Aspect of the Wild, Aspect of the Hawk, and Aspect of the Fox can now be cast while mounted.
  • Cobra shot cast time is now affected by haste.
  • Concussive Shot duration has been increased to 6 seconds, up from 4.
  • Deterrence now provides 100% chance for melee attacks to miss instead of 100% parry chance. This means that attacks that cannot be parried, notably some rogue abilities, can now be prevented by Deterrence, and the hunter will gain the benefit of Deterrence even if disarmed.
  • Dust Cloud’s cooldown and duration have been modified to make it closer aligned with Tailspin (same effect, different pet).
  • Freezing Trap now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Kill Command’s damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Kill Shot’s attack power scaling has been increased by 50%.
  • Master’s Call now has a 35-second cooldown, down from 1 minute, and its range has been increased to 40 yards, up from 25. In addition, the visual effect is more obvious.
  • Steady Shot cast time is now affected by haste.
  • Wing Clip now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Marksmanship
      • Chimera Shot’s attack power scaling has been increased by 20%.
      • Wild Quiver (Mastery): Chance for this to trigger per mastery has been increased by approximately 17%.
    • Survival
      • Black Arrow damage has been reduced by 25%.
      • Explosive Shot damage has been reduced by 25%.
      • Hunter vs. Wild has been increased to 5/10/15% Stamina, up from 4/8/12%.
      • Into the Wilderness (passive) has been reduced to a 10% Agility increase, down from 15%.
      • Serpent Spread can now only affect up to 4 targets per Multi-Shot, down from unlimited.
  • Pets
    • Pets now have 70% of the master’s armor, rather than a different value based on which type of pet they are.
    • Shale Spiders now correctly have a special ability (Web Wrap).
    • Bad Manner (monkey) now properly breaks from damage.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Concussive Shot redesigned. It now limits the maximum run speed of the target while Concussive Shot is active.
  • Bug Fixes

What kind of Dwarf hunter would I be if I didn’t post the update to the racial?  There are some buffs to engineering, too.  It looks like Dwarf hunters will be able to absorb some damage.  This will help us stay up a bit longer to put in that last Kill Shot or Kill Command before the boss goes down.  It will also help lessen a heal on us and save some mana for the healers.  I would use it when Kill Shot is up.  Maybe even macro it into your Kill Shot.  I think I posted that before.  I would even use it with the Engineering belt enchant Grounded Plasma Shield that absorbs damage or even use it after the duration of Stoneform is up.

For the hunter changes I am excited.  We are seeing a must needed buff to MM and BM hunters.  I would also like to add that the Kill Command buff might not be enough.  I was thinking they could reduced the cool down of Fervor to 1 minute.  That is something exclusive to the BM tree that could help with PVE/Raiding.  I am finding myself mostly using Cobra Shot, ignoring Arcane Shot, constantly waiting for Fervor to be off cool down, and always spamming Kill Command whenever it is ready.  As a BM hunter it hits so hard.  It is so much fun watching the boss/mobs health go down by a big chunk.  My final tip is to use Kill Shot.  Nothing hurts our dps more by neglecting Kill Shot.  Use a addon called TellMeWhen to help you watch for Kill Shot.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Cataclysm: Cooking Hunter

EDIT:  Added in the new recipes added in patch 4.0.6.

No not cooking the hunter. I’m not a cannibalistic troll. Well here is a short list of cooking recipes that should be of a high priority for leveling and level 85 hunters. You use the new Chef’s Award obtained through the new cooking dailies from Stormwind or Orgrimmar. You can only stock up on 10 of them for now. I recommend stocking up before the Cataclysm release.

The list is going in a order that the vendor has them up for sale, which is the order in which they are obtained by cooking skill level.  Grab the ones that give you the most DPS first.

Agility is our priority stat and I recommend taking those recipes over the others.  I know some of us will want to take recipes whose meats are more accessible to us especially if you have a nice cooking tab in your guild bank.  Take them if those recipes are still useful to guild members.

Cooking Recipes easily obtained at skill level 450

Recipe: Lavascale Minestrone – See a nice boost to +90 mastery and +90 stamina with a fish recipe.

Recipe: Salted Eye – The Snake Eye recipe at +60 mastery and +60 stamina isn’t as good as the fish one. See I proved my reasoning.

Recipe: Broiled Mountain Trout – At +60 Haste and +60 Stamina, it is good for focus regen issues and faster shots.

Recipe: Lightly Fried Lurker – More crit is good.  This recipe gives +60 Crit and +60 Stamina.

Recipe: Seasoned Crab – If your shots are missing a lot use this recipe.  It gives you +60 Hit and +60 Stamina.

Recipe: Feathered Lure – You will need this to help you fish up the ingredients you need to help you level cooking.

Recipe: Lavascale Fillet – Huh? Expertise.  What Guntitan is nuts?  No.  You need this for Engineering’s Goblin Barbecue.  Get it when you get engineering at this point.  The Barbecue doesn’t give you any skill ups in cooking or engineering but good to have for raids.

Recipe: Highland Spirits – Anything that can help you level cooking is good.  Who would I be without a alcohol recipe?  The sober dwarf?  Now that’s just wrong.

Cooking Recipes obtained beyond skill level 475

Recipe: Tender Baked Turtle – Agility is our number one stat for every spec.  This recipe should be our first priority when we hit cooking level 475.  The recipe gives +60 Agility and +60 Stamina which will be great for leveling.

Cooking Recipes obtained at skill level 500

Recipe: Fish Fry doesn’t give us any stat boosts.  The recipe can help us level cooking if we do encounter Sharptooth while fishing.

Recipe: Scalding Murglesnout – You will encounter Murglesnout while leveling fishing.  It will help you recover health while leveling to 85.  No skill ups.

Recipe: Skewered Eel – At cooking level 500 this recipe is our first recipe we should get.  It increases Agility and Stamina by 90.  Until your guild gets 10,000 fish achievement you will be using this as a hunter for your food buff for raids.

Recipe: Baked Rockfish – This recipe gives us +90 Crit and +90 Stamina.

Recipe: Basilisk Liverdog – At +90 Haste and +90 Stamina, the recipe is good for more focus regen issues and faster shots.

Recipe: Grilled Dragon – Again, if you notice your shots are missing a lot, this is the food buff you want to level with if you can’t manage to get Hit from gear.  It gives +90 Hit and +90 Stamina.

Cooking Recipes obtained beyond skill level 500

Recipe: Fortune Cookie – Meh. They make you feel good. No skill ups.

Achievement Awards

Recipe: Broiled Dragon Feast – Do I have time for this? 5,000 feasts?  Goblin Barbecue is looking more and more attractive and it can help you complete achievement.  It’s a guild achievement.

Recipe: Seafood Magnifique Feast – Seriously, 10,000 fish?  It’s a guild achievement.

Novelty Items aren’t as important as the above but still fun for a Hunter and could help you level cooking

Recipe: Chocolate Cookie – Available at cooking skill level 505. Can help you level to 510.  Cookies!

Recipe: South Island Iced Tea – We don’t use mana anymore but sounds refreshing.  Especially after looking at the 10,000 fish achievement.  The recipe is available at cooking skill level 525.  No skills ups.

Get recipes based on stat priorities or on ingredients you have readily available to help you level the profession.  I hope this helps you focus on what recipes Hunters should obtain first while leveling cooking.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan