Category: Hunter Glyphs

Hey everyone,

I write posts for myself. Just kidding? I did start the blog on WordPress so I could keep track of all the hunter resources I would find on the web.  Now that baby is here(He is about 2 months old) and I have a full time job, my game time has whittled down to only Saturdays and Sundays.  This is a more of a exaggeration. I still play occasionally on the weekday.  My raid days are over.  My gaming high is limited to one or two 5 mans, which I usually do on my rogue, maybe some dailies on my main, and tiding up some achievements until MoP comes out.

The blog is more like a forth priority after the wife, the baby, and my game time.  There wasn’t really much to report. No gear lists to make, no interesting tames, and for whatever reason the beta client did not like me.  It’s okay. I didn’t have time to play on the beta and I didn’t feel like doing things twice. So here we are:

Hunter Glyphs and their changes

Frostheims preparation guide for Patch 5.0.4

I do recommend getting any glyphs that you are missing in your spell book. For your hunter, Vendor your melee weapon if it is soulbound. For any melee class who could hold a relic, or whatever else those lesser classes, like rouges would use, vendor that shit too.  I will miss seeing a staff or stick on my back but range weapons just look cooler.  What else was on my list?  Oh, really start to decide which hunter pets you might want to let go, I take it back, release all but your spirit beasts.  BM is supposedly the best spec out there.  I would also make one spirit beast a cunning pet for PVP, another tenacity for tanking and solo-fun, and the third one for PVE.

BTW, my brother just told me that the patch is going to take about 6 hours to download. Go figure.

Baby is doing fine.  He is about 12 lbs now.  I couldn’t have asked for a more loving and caring wife.  For a girl who did not want to have kids, she is doing a great job.

I’ll report more later(about the game changes). If you look at my trend of blog posts, I usually report things when they go live.

‘Til next time… (which is hopefully tomorrow, or sometime sooner than 2 months)

! Guntitan

New stuff will be floating around the web, if you haven’t heard the NDA from the press conference has been lifted and the MoP Beta is out.

This hunter related news is brought to you via WoWDB.

New Glyphs
Glyph of Marked for Death and Glyph of Mirrored Blades look the most useful.  I hate having to apply Hunter’s Mark to the target after I kill a mob.  I am also glad we will be able to make our Deterrence do something useful.  Now make glyph that allows us to attack while using Deterrence and we will be set for the expansion.

Glyph of Animal Bond
While your pet is active, all healing done to you and your pet is increased by 10%.

Glyph of Aspect of the Pack
Increases the range of your Aspect of the Pack by 15 yards

Glyph of Disengage
Increases the distance you travel when you Disengage.

Glyph of Freezing Trap
When your Freezing Trap breaks, the victim’s movement speed is reduced by 70% for 4 sec.

Glyph of Lesser Proportion
Slightly reduces the size of your pet.

Glyph of Marked for Death
Your Arcane Shot, Chimera Shot, Kill Command, and Explosive Shot abilities automatically apply Hunter’s Mark.

Glyph of Mirrored Blades
When attacked by a spell while in Deterrence, you have a 100% chance to reflect it back at the attacker.

New Scopes
Remember Hunters are the only ones who are going to be able to use range weapons to do damage.

Mirror Scope
Permanently attaches a mirrored scope to a ranged weapon, sometimes increases critical strike rating by 400 for 10 sec when dealing damage with ranged attacks.

Lord Blastington’s Scope of Doom
Permanently attaches Lord Blastington’s special scope to a ranged weapon, sometimes increases Agility by 200 for 10 sec when dealing damage with ranged attacks.

That’s it for now, maybe we will find out more stuff later.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

EDIT:  I tested this out on the Live server and found out that the glyphed Mend Pet is a 60% increase over the unglyphed Mend Pet.  This proves hockeyhacker’s math right. I also collected the data and put it in a spreadsheet for easy comparison.  Using the spreadsheet’s data Mend Pet glyphed and talented heals 76% more health per tick than a naked Mend Pet.  Using Algebra I figured out that the Spirit Bond talent adds 10% to the glyph 8% per tick on Mend Pet.  Glyphed and talented Mend Pet heals 8.8% of the pets health every 2 sec.  Spirit Bond heals your pet 16% more while glyphed.

Here is the formula:

(x-5)/5 = 0.76.
x-5 = 3.8
x = 8.8

Read the comments on Wowhead. I will be going on later tonight or tomorrow to test this out myself.  Tested and verified.  I am currently using this glyph but I was soloing level 70 instances for mounts.  Didn’t think it was a buff either until I read the comments on Wowhead.  I love it there.  Can’t you tell?  I have the site linked on several places on this blog.

Mend Pet as a spell looks confusing but  look at the buff the spell casts.  The buff heals 5% of the pets health every 2 sec.  Increase this by 3% provided by the Glyph of Medning.  You get a Mend Pet that heals 8% of the pets health every 2 sec.

Here is the example that hockeyhacker gave:

Not nerfed but rather buffed…

before Mend pet healed x health depending on rank and glyph increased x by 40%

now Mend pet heals 25% total health over 10 seoncds or 5% per tick and the glyph increases that 3% total health per tick so now it heals 40% over 10 seconds…

Now for the example, lets say prior to the patch Mend pet rank x healed for 100 per tick un glyphed and now your pet has 2,000 health

Unglyphed prior to change it ticks for 100
Unglyphed post change it ticks for 100 (given the pet has 2K health I just set it at that health for easy comparison)

Glyphed prior to the change it now ticks for 140
Glyphed post change it now ticks for 160…

Now instead of a 40% boost on a flat x value, it is a 60% boost on your pets health.

Well I hope this helps.  I found it useful, too.  Just wanted to point out on the blog just in case some of you Young Guns don’t read the comments section on Wowhead.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

EDIT: Reflected the way my macros are in game as of 10/28/10.  Added some more explanation.

For all shots you are dropping Kill Command and Silencing Shot.  “/use 10″ is for you to use your gloves if they have Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket or Hyperspeed Accelerators tinkered into them.

Shots
#showtooltip Arcane Shot
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Bestial Wrath
/use 10
/cast Arcane Shot

For Kill Shot I incorporated the Dwarf racial Stoneform but any racial that gives a damage buff will work too. I also included Cower. You don’t want to have your pet miss out on a Kill Command because your pet died.  The Glyph of Kill Shot is a powerful thing to have so get it.

Kill Shot
/use 10
/cast Rapid Fire
/cast Stoneform(Racial)
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Cower
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Call of the Wild
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Bestial Wrath
/use 13 – Activates trinkets if they have a on use buff.
/use 14
/cast Kill Shot

For the Hunter’s Mark macro I included the target line to help us focus on our kill priority for some of the ICC fights.

Hunter’s Mark
#showtooltip Hunter’s Mark
/target Bone Spike – Lord Marrowgar
/target Blood Beast – Saurfang
/target Blazing Skeleton – Valithria Dreamwalker
/cast Hunter’s Mark
/cast !track giants

Disengage
#showtooltip Disengage
/cast Disengage
/use 15 – Nitro Boosts
/cast Aspect of the Pack – Sindragosa
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear()

Master’s Call macro is more for PVP use.

Master’s Call
#showtooltip Master’s Call
/cast [target=player] Master’s Call

Misdirection
#showtooltip Misdirection
/cast [target=focus, help] Misdirection
/cast [target=focustarget, help] Misdirection
/cast [target=target, help] Misdirection
/cast [target=targettarget, help] Misdirection
/cast [target=pet, nodead, exists] Misdirection

For pet heals I added in Cower and HotP if you run with that talented.

Pet heal/revive
#showtooltip Mend Pet
/castsequence [nopet] Revive Pet
/cast [modifier:shift] Dismiss Pet; [target=pet, dead] Revive Pet; Mend Pet
/cast Cower
/cast [pet:spirit beast] Heart of the Phoenix

If you run with a spirit beast here is a macro you could have on your action bar to heal yourself with Spirit Mend.

Spirit Beast Heal to Player
#showtooltip Spirit Mend
/target Player
/cast Spirit Mend

Don’t tell me how to spec or gem.  Don’t send a in game whisper and tell me that something about my hunter is wrong.  Don’t tell me to replace my trinkets because I know that already.  I don’t care if you have a leet hunter in your guild.  With my current gear and spec and gems, I know what works for me.  Before I go out to raid with my changes, I test them out on the target dummies. I ask other hunters who have similar gear with better dps for advice and I frequent the Wowhead Hunter Forums.

Unbuffed

MM Spec with current gear is displayed below.

http://www.femaledwarf.com/?setting_id=119531

If I switched out my spec to SV this is the results.

http://www.femaledwarf.com/?setting_id=119529

MM Spec with current gear and with switched out ArP gems.

http://www.femaledwarf.com/?setting_id=119545

Buffed

MM Spec with current gear is displayed below.

http://www.femaledwarf.com/?setting_id=119547

If I switched out my spec to SV this is the results.

http://www.femaledwarf.com/?setting_id=119548

MM Spec with current gear and with switched out ArP gems.

http://www.femaledwarf.com/?setting_id=119546

As you can see there is about a 800 DPS difference between SV and MM.  There is about a 50 – 100 DPS difference between the MM ArP and non Agi specs.

There must be a reason why you are whispering me on your non-leet-non-hunter alt.  When I need help I’ll ask.  I know my class and my hairy feet should be a testament to that.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Introduction

Beast Mastery has fallen off the top DPS spec for hunters after the big nerf of 3.0.8.  We can use spread sheets to figure this out.  There are some loyalist who still stick to BM and there are some who love their Spirit Beast.  I fall into both categories.  In November I caught a spirit beast and I want to raid with it.  I didn’t spend all my time camping to have a pet sit in my stable.  I did my research and started a couple of threads.  This post is an amass of what I found.

The Hunter spec (56/15/0)

This spec will give you the decent DPS out of the box.  Compared to the cookie cutter spec I left out Survival Instincts and Improved Tracking.  If you are not hit capped I recommend putting the points you need into Focused Aim.  I also recommend using FemaleDwarf.com to see what works out best for you with your current gear.  Tweak the spec to your needs.  Remove Aim Shot if you wish.

The pet spec

I love my Skoll and I hate to see him die.  Heart of the Phoenix and Lick Your Wounds are here for a reason.  Both abilities don’t cost the Hunter any mana and don’t have a cast time.  Which means we don’t cast anything to heal or revive our pet.  Once in a while we would have to throw in a Mend Pet if our healer is down or not paying attention.  Our pets also don’t auto cast HotP.  Which means we have to click on it on our pet bar or macro it in to our Call Pet / Revive Pet / Mend Pet macro.  HotP is better than Revive Pet by bringing our pet back to life with full health not partial health and costs no mana.  The extra attack power is from Shark Attack is minimal compared to a the DPS loss we would receive if our pet dies.  You could also spec 1 point in to Great Stamina instead of Dash.  With a good healer this build makes our ferocity pets nearly Immortal in 5 mans.

With my current gear and using the spreadsheet I figured out that 2 points in Shark Attack is about a 179 DPS gain.  If our pet dies that is about a 3000 DPS loss.  I also had all the best raid buffs turned on.

The glyphs

Major – There is no best glyph.  The glyph that works for you changes with new patches and gear.  Here are the ones I recommend in alphabetical order:

Glyph of Bestial Wrath –  A 20 second reduction to a 2 min cool down.  You get to pop it more often.

Glyph of the Beast – 2% damage increase to our pet and our mêlée damage.  Great for those fights where the hunter runs around while the pet stays on the boss.

Glyph of the Hawk – Increase our haste bonus from Improved Aspect of the Hawk by 6%.

Glyph of Kill Shot – Decrease the cool down of every Hunters hardest hitting shot by 6 sec.  Use Kill Shot every 9 sec instead of 15 sec.

Glyph of Serpent Sting – Increases the duration of this sting.  Useful during our Steady Shot spam or with our Tier 9 or Tier 10 set bonuses.

Glyph of Steady Shot – Increase the damage dealt by Steady Shot by 10% while Serpent Sting is active on it.  Also useful during our Steady Shot spam or with our Tier 9 or Tier 10 set bonuses.

Minor

Glyph of Feign Death

Glyph of Mend Pet

Glyph of Revive Pet

Hunter Buff foods

To max your DPS food is absolutely required in a raid.

Fish Feast – Tasty!

Great Feast – Just as tasty.

Blackened Dragonfin – Cheap alternative to Fish Feast.  Just go above Moa’ki Harbor in Dragonblight to Lake Indu’le and fish these guys.  They sell for a nice profit too.

Pet Buff foods

Spiced Mammoth Treats – I never bothered to read the cooking recipes long enough to notice this one.  Yes bring it with you to every raid.  Never leave home without.  Make your pets happy and more powerful.

Shots and Skills

Kill Command – Increases our pets special attacks by 60%.  Decreases the bonus after each attack.  I forgot about Kill Command.  My Bestial Wrath macro has it in there.  After I made the macro I forgot about it.  I can’t remember where I saw it but macro Kill Command to all your shots.  3 points in Catlike Reflexes reduces the cool down of this ability by 30 sec giving us a 100% up time.

Kill Shot – This is our finishing move.  Use it as soon as you can.  Watch the bosses health and when it gets close stop shooting your other shots and just wait for its health to get to 20%.  You want to see yourself crit for 15000+ damage in one shot right?  The shot is dependent on RAP so make sure your Aspect of the Dragonhawk is turned on.

Bestial Wrath – Our pet as a BM is our other Shot and around 40% – 50% of our DPS.  Use this every chance you get.  With The Beast Within this is also our bubble.  It breaks fear.  So while the raid runs away.  You stay and still get to play.  It also decreases our mana cost of all spells by 50%, a good time to pop all our shots, Kill Command, a haste trinket or Rapid Fire, and Mend Pet.  See the macros section below.

Arcane Shot – One of our main shots.  Use this as much as you can.  It also deals Arcane damage which ignores armor.  Ferocious Inspiration increase our damage dealt by Arcane shot by 9%.  Just awesome.

Steady Shot – Our filler shot.  Maybe we use it more than other specs but who cares.  The glyph really buffs this shot.

Serpent Sting – The little damage it does yet we are so dependent on it.  Our Glyphs and set bonuses just thrive on this sting. We love it.

Master’s Call – Don’t forget this spell like I did.  Using this with Bestial Wrath makes our pets unstoppable.

Aspects of the…

Aspect of the Dragonhawk – Increases our DPS and the spell power of our Spirit Beast.  Use this aspect during the stand still and shoot the boss phase.

Aspect of the Beast – Increases the mêlée attack power of our Spirit Beast and our mêlée attack power.  If we are moving around during the fight and our pet is still chewing on the Boss’ behind then use this aspect.

Aspect of the Viper –  Try to stay out of this one as much as possible.  Use it to recover your mana.  If your boss is almost down only stay in this aspect as long as you need it to recover your mana for Kill Shot.

The Macros

Bestial Wrath Macro

#showtooltip Bestial Wrath
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Kill Command
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Call of the Wild
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Rabid
/use 10
/use 13
/use 14
/cast Bestial Wrath

Call Pet, Revive Pet, Mend Pet, and Heart of the Phoenix Macro

#showtooltip Call Pet
/castsequence [nopet] reset=20 Call pet, Revive pet
/cast [modifier:shift] Dismiss Pet; [target=pet, dead] Revive Pet; Mend Pet
/cast [modifier:Ctrl][pet:cat/devilsaur/spirit beast] Heart of the Phoenix

Kill Command and any Shot

#showtooltip Arcane Shot
/cast Rapid Fire
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Kill Command
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Bestial Wrath (optional line)
/use 10
/use 13
/use 14
/cast Arcane Shot

Shot Priority

For the boss or to single target the adds…

Kill Shot >

Bestial Wrath >

Rapid Fire >

Arcane Shot >

Multi Shot or Aimed Shot >

Serpent Sting >

Steady Shot

For the adds (multi target)…

Kill Shot >

Rapid Fire >

Bestial Wrath >

Arcane Shot >

Multi Shot (3 or less adds) >

Volley (more than 3 adds) >

Serpent Sting >

Steady Shot

The Hunter spec variations

Revive Pet spec if you don’t like HotP and want your pet spec to do more damage.  This just means you’ll spend more time in Aspect of the Viper, have less mana for your shots, and your pet won’t recover from a revive with full health.  If you pet doesn’t recover with full health then you have to wait little bit longer for your pet to get back in the action.

Using the spreadsheet this is the better DPS spec without Ferocious Inspiration and Aimed Shot.  Wait!  Don’t do it.  Why?  You’ll lose out 9% damage increase to Arcane Shot and gain a 4% increase to all shots.  If your critical hit chance is really low, find all your shots critically hitting more than Arcane Shot, or your guild brings the other lesser classes that bring the similar buff then by all means drop the abilities.

The Spirit Beast spec variations

Most DPS

Bring a wolf using the same spec if you want to top the meters with BM.

Resources

Patch 3.3 BM Raiding w/ Spirit Beast Spec
Spirit beast DPS?
[3.3] Endgame PvE Compilation
New BM Spec seems to do more DPS then MM and Surv… Big suprise
Cookie cutter spec – currently giving the best DPS according to the spreadsheet.
Femaledwarf.com – Hunter DPS Analyzer

Gear lists

Pre-Raid Hunter Gear Guide – Updated For 3.3
Update: Hunter Loot from ICC 5-Mans

Important Notes
Hit Cap – 263 hit (8% hit chance)

Updated for Patch 3.1

Aye!

Glyph Slots

You get glyph slots based off of your level. Blizzard explains this on their website. No mystery here.  I added in the picture so you wouldn’t have to go their website.  Currently at level 73 I have 2 major glyph slots and 3 minor glyph slots.

glyph-sheet

Where do you get them?

You can buy glyphs from the Auction House or have your guild’s Scribe make one.  

How do I inscribe them on my sheet?

You no longer need to be near a Lexicon of Power to inscribe a glyph on your glyph sheet.  It works like any type of usable item.  Just open your glyph sheet, right click your glyph and inscribe.

How do I choose which glyph to get?

Choose glyphs based off of your play style.  If you play different than me you’ll want different glyphs.  For example, if you use Serpent Sting often.  You might want the Glyph of Serpent Sting.

Why do you want glyphs?

They give you bonuses you otherwise wouldn’t have.  E’nuff said.

Don’t play like me.
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Glyph of Feign Death
Requires Level 30
Use: Reduces the cooldown of your Feign Death spell by 5 sec.

It’s a glyph that lets you wipe aggro faster.  Would be good in a situation where your Gorilla took on more than he can handle.  Dies!  Then the mob comes after you with teeth and claw.  You revive pet after the mob dissipates.  You try again and the same things happens.  But this time the pet doesn’t die and the mob just rushed in.  Duh!  Cower bug.

Glyph of Mend Pet
Requires Level 15
Use: Your Mend Pet spell increases your pet’s happiness slightly.

I hate taking up an item slot just for pet food.  Especially since I can’t remember where I can get Mushrooms and Fruits for my gorilla.  Spirit Bond and this glyph replace the need to carry around food.

Glyph of Possessed Strength
Requires Level 15
Use: Increases the damage your pet inflicts while using Eyes of the Beast by 50%.

Geezus!  What good does this glyph do us?  Well… I pondered and pondered about this glyph since I first saw it.  Then I read something somewhere on a forum or something.  They use Eyes of the Beast to raid towns.  LoL!  Now why didn’t I think of that.  IDK.  So raid ‘um and with this glyph you’ll be extra powerful.  A time killer while waiting for something to sell on the AH?  I guess so.  Beats fishing that’s for sure.

Glyph of Revive Pet
Requires Level 15
Use: Reduces the pushback suffered from damaging attacks while casting Revive Pet by 100%.

While casting Revive Pet your cast time will not get set back by a given amount if you are attacked.  I looked up pushback and found it on WoWWiki.  Good for any situation where your pet dies a lot.  People it’s called Mend Pet.

Glyph of Scare Beast
Requires Level 15
Use: Reduces the pushback suffered from damaging attacks while casting Scare Beast by 75%.

Scram beast scram!  IDK.  What good is this for?  Damn druid get off my leg.

Glyph of the Pack
Requires Level 40
Use: Increases the range of your Aspect of the Pack ability by 15 yards.

Run!  Big Dragon after us!  Run Gorilla run!  Oh sh!t.  My Gorilla was too far away.  /pet dies