Category: Hunter Training

4.0.1 Resources and Notes

Resources

Elitist Jerks Hunter FAQ for 4.0.1
OutDPS!
Warcraft Hunters Union
Petopia
Wowhead Hunter Talent Calculator
Wowhead Pet Talent Calculator

Notes

A few reminders:

  1. Dash is broken don’t spec into it.  In order for our Hunter to use Kill Command our pet has to be 5 yards from the mob.  Spec by adding a talent point into Natural Armor and sacrificing a talent point in Bloodthirsty for Charge.  Our pets talent trees should look like this spec.
  2. Hit cap has change and its now capped at 246 Hit.  It looks like its at 30 hit per 1% of hit rating.
  3. Everyone is still theory crafting.  All specs have about the same DPS.  I am not even worried about the other specs.  If you want to play MM or SV go for it.
  4. I spec like Frost.
  5. For stat priority its Hit > Agi > Crit > Haste.  For gemming its a little different.  For blue gem slots use Hit and Agi/Hit gems, you might only need 1 depending on your socket bonus.  I like to match socket bonuses so I have 3 Glinting Dreadstone on Guntitan right now.  Here are the blue gems you could use depending on what your hit is at without gems:  Rigid Stormjewel, Rigid Majestic Zircon, Glinting Dreadstone.  When it comes to gem slots always gem Agility and use Reforging to get the hit you need.  It is cheaper that way.  For red gem slots Delicate Stormjewel and Delicate Cardinal Ruby.  For Yellow sockets you can use Deadly Ametrine.
  6. For Reforging reforge into Mastery.  Its fun and not expensive at all.  Reforge Haste into Mastery.  Reforge Crit into Mastery if there is no Haste.  I reforged some of my crit into Mastery and only lost about 3% crit.
  7. Engineering tinkering is stacking with regular enchants.  For head slot put in both Mind Amplification Dish + Arcanum of Torment.  You can’t use the mind control if your pet is out.  For the hand slot use Hyperspeed Accelerators or Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket + Enchant Gloves – Superior Agility.  For the boot slot use Enchant Boots – Superior Agility + Nitro Boosts.  For your back slot use Enchant Cloak – Superior AgilityFlexweave Underlay.
  8. Our AOE is not broken.  Use Multi-Shot with Snake Trap, either fire trap and  a Worm’s Burrow Attack.
  9. Add Killing Streak to your TellMeWhen buff bar.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Dash is borked! Engineering enchants stack!

Dash is broken.  Don’t spec into it.  The spell disappears from your pet’s spell book on its own.

Engineering enchants stack and armory doesn’t work so I can’t show you out of the game.  Log onto Dalvengyr and I’ll show you.  I hope this change stays because Jewelcrafter’s still get kick ass gems in Blacksmith slots.  Enchanters get all the enchants plus the ones to their rings.  Its only fair that everything would start to stack.  I really hope it stays.  Engineering deserves it.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Catastrophic Patch 4.0.1 is Live

Evil…

No seriously…

Evil…

What does this patch mean for Hunters?

  1. You probably want to buy all the glyphs you possibly you can for your Hunter.  We have 3 tiers of glyphs we can use and we will be using them.  They no longer get destroyed, too.
  2. We need to figure out the best possible dps spec all over again.  Even though the Hunter’s Union said that all 3 specs’ dps is really close.  Frost is covering all the changes and what he thinks are the best dps glyphs and talents to use per spec.  So please head over there since I have not spent the time testing out the changes.  As you can see I’m still updating.
  3. BM hunters are back for raiding.
  4. Put Tame Beast back on your action bar.  We are a utility class and now our pets bring all if not most buffs we use for raiding.  Boo yah!  Go tame 1 pet of every family.  Maybe not that many here is short list.  We have 25 stable slots and it’s time to fill it.
  5. More health, more armor, and better pet scaling.  We are tougher than ever and more than likely still a priority target for PVP.  Sad.

I’m glad the patch is live.  There is a guild raid tonight so we’ll see how it goes.

There is a new resource for all classes at WoWTal.com.

I would like to say, “Thanks!” to MMO-Champion.com for creating the site and for keeping us up to date on all the changes.  To Frost too and the guys at the OutDPS! podcast for testing these changes and for also keeping us up to date.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

4.0.1 Gemming

EDIT for Patch 4.0.3:  I added in the Haste gems.

Gemming your hunter is important. Here is a list of gems to help you gear up your hunter. Use epic gems for gear item level 232 or above. Remember Jewelcrafter’s can use 3 Dragon’s Eyes. You are going to gem your hunter mostly with Agility gems. Match socket bonuses when the bonus is +4 Agi or greater.

Red

Delicate Cardinal Ruby

Delicate Stormjewel – rare drop from fishing daily

Delicate Dragon’s Eye – Jewelcrafter’s only

Orange

Remember to match a socket bonus if it is +4 Agility or above. +6 or +8 Agility would be better.

Deadly Ametrine

Deft Ametrine 

Yellow

Quick King’s Amber

Blue

You would rarely try to meet a socket bonus for a blue gem unless the socket bonus is +6 or +8 agility.  I included the hit ones just in case you are short a few hit. 30 hit = 1 % hit. 246 Hit for 8% hit rating. Reforge the rest.  You can also enchant your weapon with Accuracy for +25 hit.

Rigid King’s Amber

Rigid Stormjewel – rare drop from fishing daily

Rigid Dragon’s Eye – Jewelcrafters only

Purple

Glinting Ametrine

Meta

Relentless Earthsiege Diamond – 3% increase critical damage is what makes this a winner.

To save gold buy gems with Justice Points or Honor Points.

That’s all for now. Next time I do this it will be for Cataclysm.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

4.0.1 Food Buffs and Flasks to bring into ICC

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 know my class like the back of my hairy feet.

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

4.0.1 Hit Rating Quick Reference Guide

At level 80 you have a 8% chance to miss an attack on a level 83 elite mob that you find in a 10 or 25 man raid like in ICC. If you increase your Hit you can reduce that chance so that you never miss a shot and in short increase your DPS. As of patch 4.0.1 if you are at 7.99% Hit Chance, 7.99% Hit Chance transfers to your pet.

30 Hit = 1% Hit Rating

Unbuffed

246 Hit = 8 % Hit Rating

You are now going to gem some hit to match socket bonuses mentioned in the Gemming guide or reforge to get hit.

As of patch 4.0.1 Heroic Presence only works on the Dreanei.

If you are a Dreanei, lucky bastard, go run around with 216 hit.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Straight from Blizzard’s mouth.

With the upcoming World of Warcraft: Cataclysm many game elements will be changing, and each class will be receiving a number of tweaks. Here, we will explore the changes that are being made to the gun-wielding, pet-training hunter. The information you’re about to read is certainly not complete, and is only meant to act as a preview of some of the exciting new things to come. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the new hunter abilities!

New Hunter Abilities

Cobra Shot (level 81): A new shot that deals Nature damage instead of Physical damage. This ability will share a cooldown with Steady Shot. This will give hunters an alternative to Steady Shot on heavily-armored targets, and we will have talent incentives in the Beast Mastery tree to make this a signature shot.

Trap Launcher (level 83): When used, the next trap can be shot to a location within 40 yards. This provides the current Freezing Arrow treatment to all traps and, as a result, we will be removing the current ability Freezing Arrow. 1-minute cooldown. No global cooldown.

Camouflage (level 85): The hunter enters an obscured state that prevents him or her from taking ranged damage. The character would still be subject to melee or area-of-effect attacks, and dealing or taking damage will break the Camouflage effect. The hunter can move and set traps when under Camouflage, and will receive a damage bonus when attacking while under Camouflage (which will then break the effect).

Resource Mechanic Change

Here we come to the meat of the upcoming hunter changes.

  • Hunters will no longer use mana; instead the class will use Focus. Focus generates much like Energy, by building up. It will not be affected by Intellect at all. Haste will improve its generation. Hunters will generate roughly 6 Focus per second, slightly less than rogues’ Energy generation rate of around 10 Energy per second. Below, we have listed some examples of how we intend Focus costs to operate:
    • Steady Shot/Cobra Shot: No cost. Generates 9 Focus per shot (or 12 per second instead of 6).
    • Arcane Shot/Chimera Shot /Explosive Shot: 45 Focus.
    • Aimed Shot/Multi-Shot: 60 Focus.
    • Concussive Shot/Tranquilizing Shot: 35 Focus.
    • Rapid Fire/Master’s Call/Disengage: 30 Focus.

Changes to Abilities and Mechanics

In addition to the resource change and new abilities listed above, we intend to make adjustments to some of the other abilities and mechanics you already know well. This list and the summary of talent changes below it are by no means comprehensive, but they should give you a good sense of what we’re going for with each spec.

  • A major change coming for the hunter is the removal of ammunition. Guns, bows, and crossbows will now do damage without consuming ammunition at all. There will be no more ammo slot on the hunter’s character display. Any ammunition that a hunter has at the time of the change will become gray sellable items. Existing quivers will be converted into large bags — though each hunter can only have one and non-hunters will not benefit from this change — and we will not be making any additional quivers.
  • Pet management will also change. Hunters will now have two types of attainable pets: active pets and stored pets. Hunters will be able to have up to three active pets (perhaps five for Beast Mastery specialized players) and will have the ability to switch among these pets any time they are out of combat, without going to town. They will also be able to have a large number of pets in storage at the stables. In order to swap a pet from active to passive, a hunter will still need to visit their local Stable Master. However, this should afford ample storage for the many Spirit Beasts wandering the lands of Azeroth.
  • Additionally, hunters will now start with a race-appropriate pet at level 1 and will be able to tame a different pet at level 10. We are also changing many pet family abilities to provide important buffs and debuffs. The intention is to allow the hunter to be able to swap pets and fill a position if a certain role is missing from the group. The goal is to have all pets provide a damage increase that is very similar and no greater than any other pet. Some examples of the changes we are making to the pet families are listed below:
    • Wind Serpents: Will provide a debuff that increases the amount of spell damage taken by an enemy (similar to a weaker version of the warlock ability Curse of Elements).
    • Ravagers: Will provide a debuff that will increase an enemy’s Physical damage vulnerability (similar to a weaker version of the warrior ability Blood Frenzy).
    • Hyenas: Will provide bleed damage (similar to a weaker version of the druid ability Mangle).
  • Stings and other periodic effects will now benefit from haste and critical strike ratings. Hasted damage-over-time abilities do not lose duration, but instead add additional damage ticks.
  • Viper Sting will now restore 9 Focus every 3 seconds.
  • We are reinforcing hunters as a ranged class. To this end, the class will now start with ranged abilities at level 1, and we will be removing some melee abilities, such as Mongoose Bite.

New Talents and Talent Changes

  • Beast Mastery hunters will have a new talent called Careful Aim, which increases the damage of the next Steady Shot or Cobra Shot, but also increases the cast time of these abilities. The intention is to make the combination of spells into a decent damage opener, especially in conjunction with the new ability Camouflage.
  • Beast Mastery hunters will also have talents that make Cobra Shot superior to Steady Shot, such as Longevity reducing the cast time of Cobra Shot to 1.5 seconds.
  • Rapid Recuperation will cause Rapid Fire to give 20/40/60 Focus immediately and will cause Rapid Killing to generate 3 Focus per second.
  • Efficiency will reduce the Focus cost of Chimera Shot, Aimed Shot, and Arcane Shot.
  • Thrill of the Hunt grants Focus when you land a critical strike.
  • Hunter vs. Wild increases the hunter’s Focus generation when his or her pet is snared, stunned, or rooted.

Mastery Passive Talent Tree Bonuses

Beast Mastery
Ranged Damage
Haste
Pet Damage

Marksmanship
Ranged Damage
Armor Penetration
Double Shot

Survival
Ranged Damage
Ranged Critical Damage
Elemental Damage

Pet Damage: Many of the passive benefits to pet damage will no longer be available in the Beast Mastery talent tree. However, these will be provided through the new Mastery mechanic.

Double Shot: The hunter will have a chance to launch a free attack off of the global cooldown for 50% damage.

Elemental Damage: Hunter abilities such as traps, Black Arrow, and Explosive Shot will do elemental damage of the following types: Improves the Arcane, Fire, Frost, Nature or Shadow damage of abilities like traps, Black Arrow and Explosive Shot.

We hope you enjoyed this preview, and ask that you provide your initial thoughts and feedback on what was presented here. Please keep in mind that what you’ve just reviewed is a work in progress and as we move closer to the Cataclysm beta, you’ll see these planned changes as well as others continue to develop in response to feedback and testing.

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Guntitan is a hardcore Engineer. He can make the Iceblade Arrows and Jeeves. He just needs to make the motorcycle for himself. He also wants to finish his explorer achievement while riding the motorcycle with one of his buddies or guild mates. What’s the point of having a Engineering mount if you aren’t going to ride it? Saving about 5,000 G seems easier than saving 12,500 G and I needed to figure out a way to save that much freakin’ gold.

Mekgineer’s Chopper / Mechanohog

Gathering the non vendor mats should be easy. If you are a miner you can farm the Titanium Ore and Cobalt Ore with no problem. As a engineer use your Zapthrottle Mote Extractor to farm the gas clouds and kill the dudes in Wintergrasp. Get people from trade chat to help you make your 12 Titansteel Bars. Buy your 2 Arctic Furs from the AH.

You can purchase the vendor parts from Roxi Ramrocket. It will cost you 12,500 G.

Here are my new tips on saving gold:

  1. Find a rare and sell it. For example the Hyacinth Macaw or any of the Raptor pets. This works with the BoE epics you can find from the ICC Heroic 5 mans or from any of the 10/25 man raids. I found the Hyacinth Macaw and sold it on the AH for 6000 G. I should of tried for more but I wasn’t thinking. The AH also takes a cut so I recommend selling the rares in trade chat. From that transaction I lost about 600 G to the AH.
  2. Sell your best mats. Selling 1 Titansteel Bar a day amounts to about 130 G a day.
  3. Know how to save money on jewels or enchants for upgrades. Know where to get epic gems using badges instead of buying them off the AH for 200 G a piece. Get someone to disenchant stuff you find. Then use those mats to enchant your gear. Instead of buying Enchant Chest – Powerful Stats from the AH for 500 G ask someone to do it for you, using your mats. Don’t forget to tip them. You will save a lot of money and still be able to get the best enchants for your T9 set. Sell any extra mats on the AH.
  4. Run the Heroic daily. You get 2 Emblems of Frost and some decent amount of gold.
  5. Run the weekly raid. You get 5 Emblems of Frost, 5 Emblems of Triumph, and some decent amount of gold.
  6. Sell your best crafted items. Use the Emblems of Frost to get the Primordial Saronite you need for recipes you need to craft the next level of gear for your profession. If your guild is progressed enough you can just use the Primordial Saronite that drops from ICC instead. Craft that gear to make some money. For me it was the Plans: Iceblade Arrow. I sold 10 stacks of Iceblade Arrows a day and made about 110 G a day.
  7. Buy one vendor part at a time. This way you don’t spend your gold on something else. You could also create a bank alt and send the gold to them.
  8. What is your weekly income? Think about how much money you are making in a week instead of a day. I can make at least 500 G a day from selling stuff on the AH and running dailies. If I think of it as a weekly income that is 3,500 G in a week.
  9. Look at my old gold saving post I made for epic flying for more tips.
  10. Save more gold for other stuff. You can use these tips to save gold for the Battered Hilt or crafted level 251 gear upgrades or your Darkmoon Card: Greatness.

When you are done enjoy the engine roar of your new bike.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

What an honor…

I read WoW Insider everyday.  On the bus, at work(both jobs), at home, while at the movies, when my wife is talking to me, etc…  It keeps me up to date on Patch changes and how they affect me.  They even spoiled Cataclysm for me.  Scattered Shots many blog posts keep me in check and make me a better hunter.  BRK taught me all about pets and gave me reason to play a Beast Mastery hunter.

It is an honor, WoW Insider, to make any list on your site.  Thank you!

http://www.wow.com/hunter-guides/

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan