The Engineering Hunter

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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

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

That’s right. I taught you different ways of making money.  Here is my final tip:

Final Point:  You need to force yourself to save money. Stop buying stuff.  What kind of stuff?  Mats to level professions, gear, enchants, more than one mount, etc.  I had a hard time not spending money up until level 80.  After I accomplished some gearing up and maxed engineering is when I started to save money.

Here are the rest of my good tips on how to make gold for your level 70 epic flying mount.  I added a few more tips in bold that I learned while questing in Outland and Northend.  For the epic flying mount we need 5000 gold for training and 100 gold for the mount.  5100 gold total.  You can find your trainer and mount dealer in Shadowmoon Valley.  The trainers are Ilsa Blusterbrew for Alliance and Olrokk for Horde.  The mount dealers can be found near the trainer.

  1. Free up your bag space. What do you mean?  If you are like me and keep other weapons with you so you can level weapon skills when you feel like it.   Dump those weapons in the bank.  Dump useless items in the bank.  Dump your fishing pole and bait in the bank.  Dump old Jungle Remedy. Keep your food and drink slots to one type of consumable.  Don’t keep more than one type of food or drink that don’t stack with each other.  You are just wasting space.  You need the space to gather items to sell.
  2. Guild bank. I know I stayed away from one of old gathering places of money for a long time.  When Guntitan first started gathering money for his first mount back at level 30 (Back when it used to be level 30, now it’s level 20).  He would raid his guild bank of all valuable items that he knew he could sell on the AH.  Back then they were Green Hills of Stranglethorn pages.  Keep in mind he was not part of SoD at that time.  If you are desparate raid the guild bank.  I know it sounds bad but put it this way.  Your guild mate put those items in there so that someone else can use it.  Ideally leave the good armor and weapons in there.  People can use those to level.  But if they are items used for quests or leveling professions, by all means take them.
  3. Don’t stop saving money. Don’t stop when you get your level 60 flying mount.  Keep going until 70.
  4. I encourage you to buy new skills on your way to level 70.  They will help you hit harder and kill faster.  In turn gather drops faster.
  5. Selling stuff you get from Outland still helps. Fel Iron ore on my server is still a good money maker.  Everyone and their Death Knights still need mats to level their professions so there is still a market for Outland goods.  Blacksmiths, engineers, and jewelcrafters need the Fel Iron bars to level their skill level.  Jewelcrafters can use the ore to prospect it into jewels.  A stack 20 Fel Iron bars sell for about 40 gold.
  6. Get to Northend at level 68 or if you want wait to level 69 or 70.  Before I hit Northend I was already at 700 gold.
  7. Quest.  The money you get from doing quests in Northend are now at about 4 to 5 gold.  Some quest rewarded items that are soulbound, but useless to you, sell for 4 to 5 gold at the vendor.  Some kill quests will get you some greens or blues off corpses.  You can make a +40 gold from a good run of gathering and completing quests.
  8. Kill stuff.  Mine stuff.  Skin stuff.  Just get the stuff.
  9. Sell grays. A full stack (x20) of gray or white items can sell for 1 to 2 gold at the vendor.  A full stack of Fur Clothing Scraps gets you 2 gold from the vendor.
  10. Sell everything that’s not soulbound on the AH.  I sold a stack of 20 Cobalt bars for about 40 gold.
  11. Sell everything that doesn’t sell on the AH to the vendor. I learned not everything sells on the AH at the level 70 bracket.  Certain classes need certain stats and they aren’t wasting their money on level 70 stuff anymore.  You might have to sell some greens or blues to the vendor but they can still get you 4 to 5 gold.  I needed about 25 more gold.  A guild mate offered to give me the gold.  I told her to wait.  I checked my mail.  Stuff didn’t sell on the AH.  I sold the 4 greens that didn’t sell on the AH to the vendor and got about 20 gold.
  12. Do your dailies and the Argent Tournament. I know I mentioned the tournament in previous blog posts.  I’m so in love with it.  There’s a 5 man instance that can get you geared for raiding.  The dailies make you a ton of gold and reputation.  Reputation that will lead you to be exalted with the 5 main factions for Horde or Alliance.  You can also earn rewards with Champion Seals to fill in some of the gear slots.
  13. Sell epic(purple) quality craftable items. They can sell for about 1000 G a piece.  Look at any Pre-Raiding loot lists you can find.  This is when crafting professions finally pay off.  Just look at how much gold end game jewels or trinkets cost.
  14. Head back to Outland’s Honor Hold or Thrallmar. Go to the trainers there.  If you have a good enough reputation with them you can now get a discount on your Artisan Riding Training and 280% speed mount.
  15. Rinse and repeat.

This time around it took me about 2 months of saving gold.  I finished around the time they changed the level requirement for all the riding skills and mounts.  I think it was Patch 3.2.  Luckily, I got to use the discount benefit and saved me some gold.  This was accomplished with some casual play time and some all day play time.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to get your level 70 epic flying mount at level 70.  You’ll be in Northend most of the time and you can’t get Cold Weather Flying until you hit level 77.  I managed to get Artisan Riding at level 80 while in Northend.

Doing two things 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.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Oper Mini 5 Beta

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Totally  kicks ass!

Go test it out for yourself.  Makes browsing Wowhead a breeze, now loads the full page of Wow Insider, but I can’t blog on WordPress.  Remember it’s only the Beta and they still have time to fix it.

I almost got everything I asked for, here’s my tweet to them about 5 days before they released the beta:

Opera Mini 5 Twitter

Did you see?  I asked for Tabs, and a find, we were on the same page.  Uh huh!  GT is genius.

Next release I get copy & paste.  One can dream right?

! Guntitan

Trial of the Champion Hunter Armor Drop List

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First off…

This is a nice instance to go to get geared.  It’s not that hard to do and not that hard to get a group.

Second…

Hunters can wear leather.  The drops in here have good leather drops for hunters so grab it if it is an upgrade.

Third…

This instance is easy and only takes about 30 minutes to do.

Lastly…

Don’t be greedy.  Only need on upgrades, pass if it is an upgrade for someone else, greed if no one else cares.

Here is the list from Wowhead.

Here are my suggestions:

Head

Helm of the Silver Ranger

Sunreaver Ranger’s Helm

Mask of Distant Memory (H)

Helm of the Silver Ranger (H)

Sunreaver Ranger’s Helm (H)

Neck

Ancient Pendant of Arathor (H)

Shoulder

Shoulderpads of the Infamous Knave

Pauldrons of Concealed Loathing (H)

Chest

Chestguard of the Ravenous Fiend (H)

Wrist

Bracers of the Silent Massacre

Bracers of the Silent Massacre (H)

Bracers of the Untold Massacre

Bracers of the Untold Massacre (H)

Wristguards of Ceaseless Regret

Armbands of the Wary Lookout (H)

Hands

Gloves of the Argent Fanatic

Gloves of the Silver Assassin

Gloves of the Silver Assassin (H)

Sunreaver Assassin’s Gloves

Sunreaver Assassin’s Gloves (H)

Gloves of the Dark Exile (H)

Waist

Belt of Fierce Competition

Belt of Merciless Cruelty

Legs

Leggings of Brazen Trespass

Feet

Icewalker Treads

Icewalker Treads (H)

Scale Boots of the Outlander

Treads of the Icewalker

Treads of the Icewalker (H)

Treads of Dismal Fortune (H)

Finger

Band of Callous Aggression

Ring of Callous Aggression

Ring of Callous Aggression (H)

Uruka’s Band of Zeal

Trinket

Banner of Victory

2H Weapon – Polearm

Marrowstrike (H)

Ranged – Gun

True-aim Long Rifle (H)

I think that’s it.  If I missed anything let me know.  This list includes leather and mail armor.  Some of the drops are hard to come by, you’ll mostly get them by luck.  A lot of the leather armor includes Hit so use them until you reach the Hit cap or find something better.  A guide I’m currently reading is Endgame DPS/Mechanics Guide Reborn on the Wowhead forums.  Like I said in the previous post, “Gearing up Sucks.”  Good luck and happy hunting.

EDIT:

I forgot the weapons and some Heroic drops.  Found out while looking at MMO-Champion’s list.

‘Til next time..

! Guntitan

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Look my Devilsaur is perched on the bench like a parrot.

Gearing up… Sucks!

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I mean it.  Gearing up sucks.  I just spent the gold I was going to spend on dual specs to gear up some.  Now instead of 300 Gold behind I am about 700 Gold behind.  Not sure either since I didn’t look at how much gold I had after I geared up.  I hit Revered with Knights Ebon of Blade tonight and I’m exhausted.  I picked up the 2H sword Runeblade of Demonstrable Power, the shoulder pad Spaulders of the Black Arrow, and the head enchant Arcanum of Torment.  I spent time traveling to the Sons of Hodir goods dealer so I could pick up the Lesser Inscription of the Axe shoulder enchant.  Not exalted with Sons of Hodir yet.  Went to the Auction House in Dalaran to get the 85 attack power enchant for the new sword.  I feel super strong but lacking in the gold department.  Oh well.  The guide about making gold for the level 70 epic flying mount and duel specs is in the works.

Another place I found useful to gear up is at the Argent Tournament grounds and running that 5 man instance Trial of the Champion.  This subject and gear list will be another post.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

I finally did it!

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I saved enough gold for epic flying.  Bought it with the faction discount from Honor Hold for 4590 G for training and mount.

Gold making guides updated

Aye!

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 http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/test-realm-patchnotes.html

The latest patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/

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.

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