Category: Theorycrafting

Gold making guides updated


Check the GT’s Guides section to the right.  Can’t see it?  Try scrolling down.  Still in the process of saving gold for my epic flying mount.  I’m closer than before because of the 3.2 changes.  The secret?  Work on your Honor Hold reputation if you are Alliance or Thrallmar reputation if you are Horde.  More later…

! Guntitan

Let it begin…

Hunter buffs and engineer buffs.  What more could I ask for?

World of Warcraft Client Patch 3.2.0

The latest test realm patch notes can always be found at

The latest patch notes can always be found at

Call of the Crusade

  • Since the opening of the Argent Tournament in northeastern Icecrown, adventurers have journeyed from across Azeroth and beyond to prove their worth in the heart of the Lich King’s domain. Under thundering skies the tournament’s participants hone the arts of war and face off in bone-shattering jousting matches to earn the right to be called champions. Yet these heroes have yet to face the greatest challenge of all: the Crusaders’ Coliseum. Formidable Horde and Alliance champions, ferocious beasts, and Scourge lieutenants are just some of the opponents awaiting adventurers in this gladiatorial arena. Few will survive the coliseum’s perils, but the Argent Crusade is confident that the worthy heroes who do emerge victorious will be ready to join the offensive against Icecrown Citadel and end the Lich King’s reign of terror.

Isle of Conquest

  • Off the coast of Northrend, Horde and Alliance forces are locked in an epic struggle for a tiny island rich in resources. Known as the Isle of Conquest, this rocky battleground’s proximity to Icecrown makes it a highly prized base in the war against the Lich King. Both factions have deployed devastating weapons to drive each other from this strategic location. Day and night the ground trembles under lumbering siege vehicles while monstrous airships pummel enemy positions with fiery cannons. The bloody conflict spreads to every corner of the island as new heroes arrive to aid their factions. It remains to be seen whose banner will wave triumphantly over the Isle of Conquest and at what cost victory will be achieved.


With new patch comes responsibility.

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From the Patch Notes (source):


  • Hunter’s Mark: The ranged attack power bonus from this ability has been increased from 300 to 500.
  • Master Marksman: This talent now also decreases the cost of Aimed Shot and Chimera Shot by 5/10/15/20/25%.

I tested out Cobra Strikes and it doesn’t proc enough.  Kind of a waste of talent points I would say.  I’m tired of running out of mana, too.  Now Hunter’s Mark kicks a lot of butt.  So try this BM spec (51/13/7).

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Level 80 Hunter (51/13/7)

Beast Mastery (51 points)

Improved Aspect of the Hawk – Rank 5/5
While Aspect of the Hawk or Dragonhawk is active, all normal ranged attacks have a 10% chance of increasing ranged attack speed by 15% for 12 sec.

Endurance Training – Rank 1/5
Increases the Health of your pet by 2% and your total health by 1%.

Focused Fire – Rank 2/2
All damage caused by you is increased by 2% while your pet is active and the critical strike chance of your pet’s special abilities is increased by 20% while Kill Command is active.

Improved Revive Pet – Rank 2/2
Revive Pet’s casting time is reduced by 6 sec, mana cost is reduced by 40%, and increases the health your pet returns with by an additional 30%.

Aspect Mastery – Rank 1/1
Aspect of the Viper – Reduces the damage penalty by 10%.

Aspect of the Monkey – Reduces the damage done to you while active by 5%.

Aspect of the Hawk – Increases the attack power bonus by 30%.

Aspect of the Dragonhawk – Combines the bonuses from Aspect of the Monkey and Hawk.

Unleashed Fury – Rank 5/5
Increases the damage done by your pets by 15%.

Improved Mend Pet – Rank 1/2
Reduces the mana cost of your Mend Pet spell by 10% and gives the Mend Pet spell a 25% chance of cleansing 1 Curse, Disease, Magic or Poison effect from the pet each tick.

Ferocity – Rank 5/5
Increases the critical strike chance of your pet by 10%.

Spirit Bond – Rank 2/2
While your pet is active, you and your pet will regenerate 2% of total health every 10 sec., and increases healing done to you and your pet by 10%.

Intimidation – Rank 1/1
Command your pet to intimidate the target on the next successful melee attack, causing a high amount of threat and stunning the target for 3 sec.

Bestial Discipline – Rank 2/2
Increases the Focus regeneration of your pets by 100%.

Animal Handler – Rank 2/2
Increases your pet’s expertise by 10, and increases the duration of your Master’s Call effect by 6 sec.

Frenzy – Rank 3/5
Gives your pet a 60% chance to gain a 30% attack speed increase for 8 sec after dealing a critical strike.

Ferocious Inspiration – Rank 3/3
When your pet scores a critical hit, all party and raid members have all damage increased by 3% for 10 sec. In addition, increases the damage dealt by Arcane Shot by 9%.

Bestial Wrath – Rank 1/1
Send your pet into a rage causing 50% additional damage for 18 sec. While enraged, the beast does not feel pity or remorse or fear and it cannot be stopped unless killed.

Serpent’s Swiftness – Rank 5/5
Increases ranged combat attack speed by 20% and your pet’s melee attack speed by 20%.

Longevity – Rank 3/3
Reduces the cooldown of your Bestial Wrath, Intimidation and Pet Special Abilities by 30%.

The Beast Within – Rank 1/1
When your pet is under the effects of Bestial Wrath, you also go into a rage causing 10% additional damage and reducing mana costs of all spells by 20% for 18 sec. While enraged, you do not feel pity or remorse or fear and you cannot be stopped unless killed.

Kindred Spirits – Rank 5/5
Increases your pet’s damage by 20% and you and your pet’s movement speed by 10% while your pet is active. This does not stack with other movement speed increasing effects.

Beast Mastery – Rank 1/1
You master the art of Beast training, teaching you the ability to tame Exotic pets and increasing your total amount of Pet Skill Points by 4.

Marksmanship (13 points)

Lethal Shots – Rank 5/5
Increases your critical strike chance with ranged weapons by 5%.

Careful Aim – Rank 3/3
Increases your ranged attack power by an amount equal to 100% of your total Intellect.

Improved Hunter’s Mark – Rank 3/3
Increases the bonus attack power granted by your Hunter’s Mark ability by 30%, and reduces the mana cost of your Hunter’s Mark ability by 100%.

Go for the Throat – Rank 1/2
Your ranged critical hits cause your pet to generate 25 Focus.

Rapid Killing – Rank 1/2
Reduces the cooldown of your Rapid Fire ability by 1 min. In addition, after killing an opponent that yields experience or honor, your next Aimed Shot, Arcane Shot or Chimera Shot causes 10% additional damage. Lasts 20 sec.

Survival (7 points)

Improved Tracking – Rank 5/5
While tracking Beasts, Demons, Dragonkin, Elementals, Giants, Humanoids and Undead, all ranged damage done to those types is increased by 5%.

Survival Instincts – Rank 2/2
Reduces all damage taken by 4% and increases the critical strike chance of your Arcane Shot, Steady Shot, and Explosive Shot by 4%.


Glyph of Hunter’s Mark (Major Glyph)
Increases the attack power bonus of your Hunter’s Mark by 20%.

Glyph of Bestial Wrath (Major Glyph)
Decreases the cooldown of Bestial Wrath by 20 sec.

Glyph of Kill Shot (Major Glyph)
Reduces the cooldown of Kill Shot by 6 sec.

Glyph of Mend Pet (Minor Glyph)
Your Mend Pet spell increases your pet’s happiness slightly.

Glyph of Revive Pet (Minor Glyph)
Reduces the pushback suffered from damaging attacks while casting Revive Pet by 100%.

Glyph of Scare Beast (Minor Glyph)
Reduces the pushback suffered from damaging attacks while casting Scare Beast by 75%.

BRK has Brain… I’m stuck with him…  =/

?/ Insomnia >> …

! Guntitan >> Why am I still up?

?/ Insomnia >> Work tomorrow, make tests, tutor, come home, mail out taxes, download 714 MB patch, listen to wife…

! Guntitan >> Damn. I got a lot of things to do tomorrow. Why doesn’t the MacBook safe my download progress?

?/ Insomnia >>  I don’t know.  BTW, You got 2 computers to install a patch on.

! Guntitan >> Wife is going to be pissed.  I hope she doesn’t have to use either computer.

?/ Insomnia >> You are so going to get a Giant’s foot up your ass.

! Guntitan >> I know.  Hey man we need to go to sleep.

?/ >> Who do you think I am?  The sandman.  I can’t go to sleep.

! Guntitan >> Why didn’t I name you something else?

?/ >> Why didn’t you?

! Guntitan >> yawns

?/ >> You can’t go to sleep, yet.  What happened to my name?

! Guntitan >> You are like a pet.  I disabled your name from my interface options.

?/ You don’t have interface options on your blog.

! Guntitan >> I do now.

?/ What the?.. Hey… cut that out… No…

?/ Ha! It didn’t work!  

Group disbanded.

?/ Guntitan?

‘Til next time…

?/ Insomnia


I think yer better get yourself a pint.  Here I rant about what I would like to see in patch 3.1:

What GT thinks should happen.

What GT thinks should happen?

The ammo pouch or quiver should be equipped in the same slot as our paper doll or around our paper doll.  Don’t get rid of the boost in attack speed, don’t normalize ranged attack speed for all the pouches, grabbing a better pouch for a hunter is part of what we do, it is about having the opportunity to min/max their character.  We should even keep the bag aspect of the pouch or quiver, keeping the multiple slots.

Stack ammo x1000, we would love it, sell ammo at x1000 and we would love you more.  No, not that kind of love.

Now here is something I thought be interesting to bring up.  Everyone and their grandmother can dual wield.  We even have warriors who can dual wield 2 Handers.  Why can’t hunters and their grandmothers dual wield?  I know we can dual wield one hand axes, daggers, and swords but…


Save gold for your level 40 mount.


Back when I trained Guntitan’s Journeyman riding skill it cost a lot more and was available at level 60. As of patch 3.2.2 training for your Swift ground mount cost 50 gold and the mount itself cost 50 gold.  In total you need 100 gold to get around Azeroth.  Here are good tips on how to make gold for your level 40 mount:

  1. Quest and save the money you get from doing quests.  Some quest rewarded items that are soulbound but useless to you sell for 3 or 4 gold at the vendor.  Some kill quests will get you some greens or blues off corpses.  I sold a green bow that dropped for about 25 gold.
  2. Kill stuff.  Mine stuff.  Skin stuff.  Just get the stuff.
  3. Even a full stack of gray or white items can sell for 1 or 2 gold.
  4. Sell everything that’s not soulbound on the AH.  If you have a gathering profession sell full stacks of materials.
  5. Rinse and repeat.

With the new changes obtaining a mount at level 40 should be quicker than before and having a fast mount early in the game should help us level faster.

Questing and farming at once saved me time.  Making gold and leveling probably saved me more time than just trying to buy low and sell high on the AH.  I’d rather be killing stuff than sitting in front of an auctioneer all day.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan


The Addon you need:  Auctioneer


Characters can now obtain their first ground mounts at level 20.  It cost 4 G for training and 1 G for the mount.  At the time I played Guntitan the requirement was at level 30 and it cost more.

About Obtaining gold for your mount.

When I was a noob I asked around for 1 gold from a random player while sitting in The Commons area in Ironforge.  When I asked other players how to obtain the gold I needed for my first mount they said to:

  1. Farm for gold (meaning using a gathering skill to gather materials to sell in the Auction House).
  2. Hunt for green or blue items to sell in the Auction House.
  3. Ask my high level guild mates to give me some.

Most of the time they ignored me.

Gathering anything in World of Warcraft is time consuming and it takes the fun out of the game.  With no options that seemed appealing,  I went online and started to read some gold farming tips across the web.  One of them said to farm vendor items and sell them on the AH (Auction House).  What a great idea.  It took me a while to try it out but when I did, the gold came rushing in to my pockets.  Not really but close enough.

At the time I was playing in the Battleground Warsong Gulch and making trips to Ashenvale to pick up the rewards.  Boring I know and a waste of time to some.  This is what I wanted to do and the rewards seemed worth while especially the trinket and necklace.

In between trips I would run to the engineering vendor in Tinker Town so I could buy some Coarse Blasting Powder and use it to make Crafted Heavy Shot.  In Warsong Gulch I kept running out of ammo.  Luckily I had some Copper Bars on supply.  I noticed that some of the rare schematics that the engineering vendor sold were worth a lot of gold on the AH.  I bought them for a few silver and tried to sell them on the AH.  I posted them on a Saturday or Sunday night.

With my first round I made about 10 gold.  Mounts cost 4 gold for training and 1 gold for the mount.  Depending on your reputation with your starting faction it can be a little cheaper.  I kept on going.  In theory it would only take a few days to obtain this much gold.  It took me about a week.  It depends on luck, if you’re lucky enough to post the auction and have someone actually wanting to buy a schematic for 8 or 9 gold.  As of patch 3.2.2 it should take you a day to make the gold you need.


Combine this strategy with a little farming (my profession is mining) and you could become a Chinese gold farmer.  Use this strategy to obtain the gold you need for hunter skills, pet skills, and getting that 1 gold you need to wield Polearms.

Read the gold making tips for the higher level mounts.  I learned more about making gold the more I played.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

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