Category: Hunter

Skoll was my first Spirit Beast I ever tamed.  It wasn’t Loque’nahak or the bear or the tiger.  It was the wolf.  If you ever played a dwarf you know wolves are one the first beasts you can tame.  The most legendary being Timber, he is only level 5 now, but in the past he was a hard kill, especially with his body guards.

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I swore. I sometimes miss that dead old server, Dalvengyr. Then I was browsing some old screen shots and I found these…

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We were both admiring our recently planted trees. Since MoP came out and BM was actually good again, I took Skoll out and we rocked up the Hozen, Yungol, some Pandaren, some rogue Jinyu, and a few others.  He has been almost a constant companion since the expansion released.  I also created a transmog set reflecting his blue and white hues. I can’t wait to explore Draenor with this loyal pet.  That self heal and Mastery buff will help me so much.  Now what was that name of that bow again? I am pretty sure it was from Pit of Saron.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

So you roll a Deathknight? Your main of another class has 2 gathering professions. Skinning and mining. You want to tank so you make your DK a leather worker and a blacksmith.

Wait this is not how it began…

You open your box, spend some time with the install disk, then spend minutes installing a giant game. You never heard of Wowhead or Wowinsider. You don’t even know what class to pick. You just know your friends told you to play horde on a specific server. You roll a toon, play it a bit, give up because warlock pets are so damn ugly.

Log out…

The next day you log back in and notice the dwarf with the bear on the Vanilla trailer. You like that. Log back on and play on your warlock. Level up some tailoring and enchanting give up.

Log out…

You decide to not to play with your Horde friends and roll a dwarf.

You run thru the snow your first 10-15 levels then meet some random dude in Wetlands. He tells you to level because WotLK is coming out. You are like “WotLK?”

Reroll on a different server because this guy just scared you by talking about some undead invasion and all that reminds you of are the zombies from the first Resdient Evil game.

Reroll your dwarf on one of those new player servers. You pick red hair this time and a long comfortable beard.

You level at your own pace. Don’t even hit level 70 until after WotLK comes out. You buy the collector’s edition because your Horde friend tells you to and your new guild is bad ass because everyone is online at the same time and everyone is leveling.

You decided to level Engineering because you are a Hunter and you can make your own bullets and range weapon. You also like the look of googles. Pre-transmog. You pick mining to help you level Engineering. You start a blog on WordPress to help you keep track of all the resources and blogs you discover.

You did not get 2 gathering professions on your first toon.

Min/Max is now entirely pointless.

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Scythebitten was my 2nd level 85 during Cata.

He was originally more of a support toon to supplement Guntitan with Leatherworking leg enchants, mats and gear. During Cata I would pug raid groups as Feral and Heal in 5 mans and LFR.  He was also my second chance at getting holiday mounts until MoP when I leveled my third maxed toon to 90. My rogue Gearsedge.

During MoP he is my least geared toon.

I do miss him. When it rains he smells like a wet dog. When he skins he smells of iron blood.

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During Cata Scythebitten’s most notable accomplishments were getting the Swift White Hawkstrider and the Reins of the Raven Lord mount on the same day. Then a few months later he found the Mysterious Camel Figurine in Uldum, while fishing for guild mats for feasts. He was ported to the boss and DPS’d him down in his heal spec.  He got the Reins of the Grey Riding Camel and the title The Camel-Hoarder.

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During MoP this is the toon that I got the Reins of the Thundering Cobalt Cloud Serpent mount off Nalak. He also did not have Cloud Serpent Riding at the time.

Luckily he could still learn the mount and Guntitan is the only one who can ride the mount.

I always wanted to get the Frostscythe of Lord Ahune on this toon. Only my Mage has such an honor.

One day I plan to gear this toon again.

Why the professions? Why a Worgen?

I choose Leatherworking out of necessity. Guntitan needed leg enchants, crafted gear, and cloaks.

Skinning works well with Worgens because the racial, Flayer, and works really well with Swift Flight Form.  You skin faster with Flayer and you don’t have to unmount to skin a group of mobs. Worgens all have Viciousness which is a 1% increase to critical chance.  This passive ability matches well with the bonus you get from Master of Anatomy.

As a feral Druid the extra dash from the Worgen racial Darkflight helps especially in PVP while trying to run away, in PVE when trying to get out of the fire, or Soloing when you are trying to flee from a group of mobs you don’t want to kill.

About the Druid Class

I did have a OS Heals during Cata. I like the option of being able to choose which spec to play. There are 4 roles: melee, tank, range DPS and heals.

Swift Flight Form - Being able to shift into a flying form while falling is just so awesome. You don’t have to worry about falling to your death.  I also like to Dash, Darkflight, or use Stampeding Roar to run away then as soon as my aggro drops just Fly away.

Being able to fill in a role temporary.

Swimming form.  Just being able to breath underwater with Aquatic Form and adding the Glyph of Aquatic Form to swim faster is just a convenience.

I really can’t imagine being without my Feral Worgen Druid.

GT Lore if Guntitan and Scythebitten were to meet in game.

I am pretty sure Guntitan’s pets would be quite aggressive on their first meeting, especially if they see him as a Worgen.  In both forms Scythebitten is much taller than Guntitan. He looks vicious in his Worgen form but he is a Gentle giant as a Human. I always expected Scythe to be calm and quiet as a human. He would be the one meditating in the corner while Gun played with all his pets.

In combat Gun would see Scythe as a formidable ally. Ripping and tearing apart their enemies. As a Cat he would be aggressive and unforgiving. As a bear he would be a glutton for punishment but still hold his own.

If only were they to meet, Gun could thank Scythe for the armor and leg enchants and Scythe could reciprocate with a quiet bow for his Ghost Iron Dragonling and Spear of Xuen.

That’s my take on #DruidWeek

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

perspective

I’ve been watching Doctor Who on Netflix from the beginning.  It is very interesting.

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Female Night Elf Death Knights are the only Night elves that can have pink hair.  It’s been known since WotLK days.  I found out during Cata and only really dug her out during this expansion.  I want to get her to level 90 before Hallow’s End for another chance at the mount, helm, and sword.  The quickest way to level 90 was to make her a Blood Death Knight, a tank.

As a hunter, tanking is always someone else’s job.  You don’t have to do anything but maybe occasionally use a Misdirect and even less than before watch your aggro.  It’s like my son.  He just recently turned 1 years old on July 1st.  He only knows his pee pee is there when his diaper is off. He likes to touch it, knowing it’s there but doesn’t quite understand what it is for and on occasion he pees with it.  As a hunter, tanks were always something that was there but I never really understood their purpose.

I know they prevent us, the group, from dying.   When I solo my pet acts like a tank, using abilities to pull aggro to himself and away from me so I can DPS the add from afar.  Happily never dying.  My pet does everything automatically.  I never have to be conscious of the unconscious effort of my pet’s job.

When I started my Death Knight during Cata, I looked up resources like Ask Mr. Robot or Noxxic or Icy-Veins  regarding rotations, talents, glyphs, stat priorities, etc.  Did it again recently during MoP.

It didn’t matter how much I read.  None of it still didn’t make any sense.  Especially since most of it is for level 90s. It wasn’t until I selected the role of tank and queued, that I finally got it.

You know all that text book bull shit you got scolded for as a new hunter?  Remember when they all called you a Huntard?  BTW, Huntard is a very offensive term.

As tank, you scold the DPS for targeting the wrong add or starting to DPS too soon, you let the group know when you are planning to skip a group of adds, or you get into arguments with the healer who doesn’t know how to put you on follow and cause the whole group to wipe on regular Utgarde Keep.

Before you pull the next group you have to be conscious of every health bar, every mana bar, every energy bar, every focus bar, and every chi bar.  Do monks even use Chi? I don’t remember.  If you aren’t conscious your healer will not have enough mana to heal or your DPS won’t have enough of whatever to kill stuff.  It could lead to a wipe.  As a hunter, we are like fuck it, I’ll just Cobra Shot my Focus back up.

Your abilities are not automatic. You manually apply your diseases, use your threat generating skills to hold a group of adds, you use your abilities to pull adds off a rogue DPS.  Again, nothing is automatic.

You have to consider the timing of your abilities. You watch your cool downs not because it’s going to give you amazing DPS, but that your next Death Grip will pull that add back to you that is running towards the healer. If you don’t the group will wipe.

As a Hunter, you are responsible for killing stuff and keeping you and your pet alive so you can DPS.  As a tank, you are responsible for keeping everyone else alive so you can get them loots and level.  4 other people are entirely dependent on your performance. You are no longer a solo creature or a part of a duo.  You are part of a group.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

P.S.

Now try this 10 times fast.  Female Blood Night Elf Death Knight. I bet you will say Blood Elf by accident.

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My rogue hit level 85 the other night and she wasn’t at the right item level to que up for the Mist of Pandaria dungeons. Sound familiar?

It was time go get them BOEs. Some of the ones I obtained at level 80 were still on my toon. I really didn’t replace gear until I hit level 84 and started to quest in Twilight Highlands.

The quest rewards from Twilight Highlands are no where near the item level required to play in the Mists.

The BOE armor was too expensive on the AH(200+G). I logged on to my leather working Druid and looked at what I could craft, which was almost every slot.  My Druid did have a ton of mats so I crafted a Misthide set and a Cloak of the Mists.

The Cloak stats are random so I actually don’t recommend crafting it. They do sell well on the AH, if you don’t mind farming the mats and taking a gamble. I crafted about 9 of them until I got the one I could use.

I was still short 1 point so I ended up buying a BOE necklace, Shadowfire Necklace of the Galeburst. Then headed through the mists. When I did que up the quest rewards from Jade Temple replaced my legs and bracers. I made the gear to que, don’t expect the gear to last you long.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

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

I’ve been leveling a rogue with the same heirlooms(plus Stained Shadowcraft Pants) I used for Scythebitten(my feral druid) and just recently hit 80. The exception are the heirloom daggers. This means that when I hit 80, I had a few 174s and my item level wasn’t sufficient enough to run through the Cataclysm dungeons.

Quick Tip:

Obtain the BOEs

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If you are leveling with the heirloom daggers Sharpened Scarlet Kris and Balanced Heartseeker you can easily upgrade them with the regular version of the Toxidunk Dagger which you can obtain from Blackrock Caverns. You could try to get them with your Main or buy them off the AH. I purchased a pair for about 250 G.

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Then you could always check the AH for Darkbrand gear to replace your belt and bracers. Then pick up the chest and shoulders to replace your Stained Shadowcraft Tunic and Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders. A pair of Darkbrand Gloves and a pair of Darkbrand Boots will help with item level too. If you already have a leather worker and a miner like me. Then it shouldn’t take long to farm the mats and craft a pair for your Rogue alt. The Volatile Fire for the gloves can still be fished.

After a few quests in Mount Hyjal. I had the right item level to que for the first set of Cataclysm dungeons.

So why a post about my Rogue?

These same tips can be applied to your leveling Feral Druid, Monk, or even your Hunter alt.

‘Til next time..

! Guntitan

I decided to take out my Core Hound for fun and this is what happened:

He came out big and red. So I checked his buffs…

Only Spirit Bond and Ferocious Inspiration look normal. 9 days? Wasn’t that a alternative rock band in the 2000s? Oh well… I guess I can try to have some fun. Going to test it out right now.

Update:

I can’t even use Bestial Wrath. A more powerful spell is active.

Culling and Frenzy dropped off during combat.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

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