Category: Raids

4.0.1 BM Hunter Macros

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

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

The Mammoth dropped in a 10 man VOA.  Read more to see what happened…

If I get into trouble for posting that screen shot then I don’t care.  The raid leader and master looter and a fellow hunter ninja’d the Mammoth.

As you can see, soon after it dropped, he took it for himself and left the raid group.  There was no roll on it.

What a rip off.  We were all pissed.  I’ll let you know what Blizzard does about it.

Please don’t ninja stuff.  If you can’t solo content and get the item by yourself then you have no sole rights to it.  If you do your server will remember you and not raid with you.  You will be playing alone before you know it.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

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

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)