Category: Hunter Professions

A list of quality of life improvements for your engineer. These are the items I miss when I am on my non-engineering toons.

Ghost Iron Dragonling
BOE trinket that has 3 cogwheel slots. Must have trinket for leveling level 87 alt.

Moll-E
Portable mail box good for farming engineers. Farm mats, then when bags get full mail it to alt.

Jeeves
Vendor, repairs, and a bank

Scrapbot Construction Kit
Summon when Jeeves is on cool down. Sell vendor greys and armor repair.

Gnomish Army Knife
See post

Teleporters
For traveling convenience.

Kalimdor
Dimensional Ripper – Everlook (Goblin Engineering)
Ultrasafe Transporter – Gadgetzan (Gnomish Engineering)

Outland
Dimensional Ripper – Area 52 (Goblin Engineering)
Ultrasafe Transporter – Toshley’s Station (Gnomish Engineering)

Northend
Wormhole Generator: Northrend

Pandaria
Wormhole Generator: Pandaria

Motorcycles
The first 2 person mount. Good for Battlegrounds and questing in Pandaria.

Alliance
Mekgineer’s Chopper

Horde
Mechano-Hog

Mist-Piercing Goggles
Good for the herbalist and miner for them extra minerals and herbs.

Electrostatic Condenser
For the mining, skinning, or herbalist engineer. This item allows you to collect extra Volatile Air while farming.

Zapthrottle Mote Extractor
The gas cloud sucker for them Outland and Northend Gas Clouds that produce extra mats for extra gold or crafting.

Thermal Anvil
The perfect item for the Blacksmiths, Engineers, and Miners. It basically lets you craft and smelt anywhere. There is no level requirement so anyone can use it. Especially good for your low level alts while you are leveling their professions.

Loot-a-Rang
Let’s you loot from a distance. A good time saver, you don’t have to run up to the corpse to loot. Especially useful for range dps or packs of mobs. Loot and mount then move on.

Blingtron 4000
You don’t really need to have this item as a Engineer. In fact, he is a little useless because the drop rate for the good stuff is so low. I do recommend seeking him out, don’t go out of your way, just check Stormwind or that City in Pandaria depending on your level, and do the daily.

The Blingtron 4000 Quest Package has a chance to drop a Fire Spirit that increases your skill of your primary professions by 4 points. Over the corse of leveling to 85, my rogue I got 8 free skill points in Blacksmithing and Engineering.

Well this should complete the list. Good luck farming the mats to craft these useful items.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

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

4.0.6 EDIT:  Added in Synapse SpringsGnomish Gravity Well and Big Daddy!

4.0.3 EDIT:  Added in Elementium Dragonling.

From Northend

First off, Northend and the Wrath of the Lich King expansion gave us wonderful new abilities through items and tinkering. With patch 4.0.1 engineering tinkering stacked with regular enchants and patch 4.0.3 dropped the stat increases from tinkering. For Cataclysm we are going to still be using our valuable on use items and tinkering.

  1. Jeeves, Scrapbot Construction Kit, Gnomish Army Knife and MOLL-E will still be in our bags. Engineers will still be using Wormhole Generator: Northrend to return to Northend for Cobalt and Saronite in Cataclysm for the still useful Tinkering abilities.
  2. For rocketchuting the Flexweave Underlay and Nitro Boosts will be useful for running away and cliff diving. Mind Amplification Dish and Frag Belt will still be fun for PVP. Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket, Hyperspeed Accelerators, and Reticulated Armor Webbing will be useful for DPS and soloing while leveling to 85 or until you get your engineering to 525.
  3. Goblin Beam Welder will be useful for healing our new Elementium Dragonling.
  4. Personal Electromagnetic Pulse Generator will still be there for us while we farm Mechanicals for engineering items.

Engineering 450 and beyond

  1. Handful of Obsidium Bolts will be used to level engineering and do damage until you max out the profession and get to level 85.
  2. Electrostatic Condenser will always be in our bags and will help us collect Volatile Air which we need for Electrified Ether.
  3. R19 Threatfinder and Safety Catch Removal Kit will be our first set of scopes we will be able to make. They will increase Hit or Haste and the one you use will depend on what you need at the time.
  4. Volatile Seaforium Blastpack will be there for us when we encounter lock boxes.
  5. High-Powered Bolt Gun will consume Handful of Obsidium Bolts to do damage. Too bad it doesn’t help us build large buildings.
  6. Lure Master Tackle Box and Heat-Treated Spinning Lure will allow hunters to stack on fishing supplies and farm fish for more gold.
  7. Elementium Toolbox help us carry around all our new engineering stuff.
  8. Elementium Dragonling will help us bring in the boss kills.  I macro’d it in my Kill Shot.  The 252 mastery is what really helps.  Plus the mats aren’t terribly hard to come by.
  9. Loot-a-Rang will make Dwarf hunters more fat.
  10. When engineers hit level 83 we want to be sure we can make our first engineering range weapons, Finely-Tuned Throat Needler or Volatile Thunderstick.
  11. Depending on if you are a Gnomish or Goblin engineer you can get Gnomish Gravity Well (as of patch 4.0.6 it is broken) or Big Daddy ( a new bomb).
  12. The replacement for Fish Feast is now a engineering made item called Goblin Barbecue.
  13. Hunters finally get a weapon enchant that procs with their range weapon called Gnomish X-Ray Scope.
  14. The new belt enchants, Cardboard Assassin, Grounded Plasma Shield, Invisibility Field, Quickflip Deflection Plates and the new glove enchant Spinal Healing Injector will help you level and solo content. The Tazik Shocker or Synapse Springs will be there for you to help kill new bosses in 5-mans and raids.
  15. Kickback 5000 and Overpowered Chicken Splitter will be our next set of range weapons from engineering. Pick the weapon that best compliments your racial ability. Dwarves hunters please use the gun over the bow. If you use a bow as a dwarf consider yourself a noob.
  16. Deadly Bio-Optic Killshades will be used until we get our Tier 11 helm. The best thing about these is that they can be socketed with Fractured Cogwheel, Quick Cogwheel, Rigid Cogwheel, and Smooth Cogwheel depending on what you need. Use a spreadsheet like femaledwarf.com to figure out which works best for you.  Here is a comparison between the 2 helms.

I really hope we get more schematics throughout the expansion. So far I’m loving the new things we are getting.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

A hunter without a range weapon is like a chef without a steak knife. This is why I’m bringing you a comprehensive list of what food buffs and flasks you should bring with you into ICC.

Spiced Mammoth Treats can be purchased this with 3 Dalaran Cooking Awards. You get DCAs by doing the Dalaran cooking daily you find in Dalaran. What is nice about this recipe is that you only need a 400 level cooking to learn it. Who said cooking was useless?

The Mammoth Treats increase your pets Strength and Stamina by 30 for 1 hour.

You can find Mammoths all over Northend but my favorite place to farm Chunk ‘o Mammoth is in Storm Peaks. This when you take out your tenacity pet and work on your AOE grinding skills.

As of patch 4.0.1 this still buffs your pet but does not show up as a buff when you focus on your pet.

Blackened Dragonfin another recipe that costs 3 DCAs. Besides Fish Feast this is another reason why hunters should be leveling fishing. This is a cheap alternative to Fish Feast and some argue it’s better.

The best place to fish Dragonfin Angelfish are from the schools in Dragonblight above Moa’ki Harbor in Lake Indu’le. If you haven’t found a Weather Beaten Journal, I recommend you find one at your earliest convenience. Find Fish allows you to see schools of fish on your mini map.

As of patch 4.0.1 Blackened Dragonfin is better than Fish Feast.  Agility now gives x2 Attack Power.

Fish Feast costs 5 DCAs. Unlike the previous cooking recipes this one requires a cooking level of 425.  It feeds your whole raid. It also costs more mats to make.

You’ll find yourself in Borean Tundra fishing for Musselback Sculpin, Grizzly Hills for Glacial Salmon, and Sholazar Basin for Nettlefish. There are other locations but the ones mentioned above are my favorite. I choose Sholazar Basin because you can farm the Nettlefish while you fish up the Phantom Ghostfish for one of the fishing dailies. Borean Tundra is another area you go to for a daily. You could always fish the waters in Lake Wintergrasp for each fish but their drop rates vary.

Flask of Endless Rage counts both as a Battle and Guardian Elixir. Can be made by your local friendly alchemists or guild mate. I just buy them off the AH for about 22 G a piece.  You can’t go wrong with 180 more attack power.

As of patch 4.0.1 Runic Mana Potion and Runic Mana Injector is no longer useful to Hunters. I hope blizzard introduces a Focus version of the potions in Cataclysm like Thistle Tea.

Each buff alone doesn’t look like a nice DPS increase but when you stack them up things add up. Prior to patch 4.0.1 and using my current gear it was a DPS increase. That’s like getting a upgrade to a gear slot without having the expense of gemming and enchanting it.

‘Till next time…

! Guntitan

I wanted to go down the Brewfest boss for the trinket that has the exact same stats as Mirror of Truth.  Noticed a group looking for more on trade and whoa lah!  Got a nice trinket!  Coren’s Chromium Coaster from the Brewfest boss.  Also the Ancient Pickled Egg dropped and Bubbling Brightbrew Charm dropped.  You can kill him for each party member who has not completed the daily quest.  You can kill him 5 times a day during Brewfest to get the drops you want.

What a good run.  Then I remembered something.  There’s a schematic in here for a repair bot that you need to make Jeeves.  I explored a little bit and found it next to the Golem Master dude.  Now I am on a mission to find the schematic for Field Repair Bot 110G, the schematic for Jeeves, and the mats to make Jeeves.

What a wonderful day for your neighborhood friendly engineering hunter…

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

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I know my first real profession post ever.  Surprised?

The ability to tinker armor as an engineer in WoTLK is a huge buff to any class. From BC days (I ended up buying the Battle Chest when I started playing) Engineers always had bombs, guns, ammo, trinkets, mechanical pets, robots that kill, crazy rays, etc.  WoTLK at first didn’t bring any changes and people started to drop the profession.  I didn’t.  Now there is good reason to keep engineering.  I’m here to discuss them and tell you why.

Time to go to Tinker Town (You don’t have to if you don’t want to)…

Flexweave Underlay – The enchant to the cloak can help you get out of sticky situations and save you when accidentally dismounting from your flying mount.  It can also help you run away from members of the opposite faction and allow you to jump off a cliff you normally wouldn’t and still survive.  If that Horde follows you off, there is a good chance you will be able to gank them.  Yes I ran into this problem in Borean Tundra.  The +23 Agility helps too.

Frag Belt – Changed from a Spynocular belt.  This beauty just added a nice DPS boost and allows you to create a Cobalt Frag Bomb every six minutes.

Personal Electromagnetic Pulse Generator – Mechanicals are a abundant group of NPCs in Northend and now you can confuse them.  It also allows you explode Explosive Decoys.  You know those cute little bunnies that you can create?  It is just like having the cute but deadly effect with one button.

Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket – The hand engineering enchants are more of a situational use group.  You would use Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket to shoot a giant rocket out of your gloves.  Kind of like Spiderman’s web shooters but with more oomph.  It increases your DPS.  I initially used the rocket until I realized my pet dies fast.  What was the use of having a fast killing hunter when your pet died just as fast as the NPC?  Reticulated Armor Webbing keeps pet alive.  See below.  Don’t worry about the DPS loss you’ll eventually get Gnomish Lightning Generator.  The trinket makes me look like a Dwarf Shaman but kicks a lot of butt.

Hyperspeed Accelerators – Increase your haste which increases your DPS.  If you are into the whole haste thing grab it.  It will also be good for increasing your Mana gains from Aspect of the Viper.

Reticulated Armor Webbing – 885 more armor increases survivability.  The armor transfers over to your pet.  This enchant increases the  survivability of you and your pets.  Good for the leveling hunter.  I used it and I can testify.  Once you and/or your pet hit level 80 you can grab the Hyperspeed Accelerators.

Nitro Boosts – Battlegrounds?  PVP?  Running away?  Chasing enemies down?  I use it when I’m done with the Argent Crusade daily quest At The Enemy’s Gate or when I fall off the mount because I suck.  I run back to the little camp at Nitro speeds and the scouts can’t keep up.

Mind Amplification Dish – Mind control.  Yes!  Now I can add this to my Gnomish X-Ray Specs and make the Night Elf ladies dance.  No wonder it increases Stamina.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan