You decided to make a level 19 Hunter WSG twink? It won't be easy, or enjoyable, until your character is Battleground-ready. It will take a lot of well planned time and/or a big hand from one or more helpful higher levels, not to mention quite a few resources from your other characters or from an Auction House. The good news: at level 19 hunters are one of the most feared classes and with good reason as they are able to consistently outdps most if not all other classes, they have superior methods of slowing with wing clip and concussive shot and they have a travel aspect that increases speed beginning at level 18 (although it is balanced since hunters can be dazed while using that aspect). They are also able to track both humanoids AND beasts in their minimap, making them invaluable scouts as well as high dps nukes and with the right race and profession combinations they can even get self heals, making them much more difficult to kill. The bad news: Hunters have two fatal flaws - a deadzone in which they cannot fire and line of sight which limits how often they are able to attack. That being stated, a team composed entirely or almost entirely of twink hunters in the 19 battlegrounds will be difficult, if not impossible, to beat.
Note: With the anticipated changes coming to hunters in Cataclysm, some of the gear listed below will be subject to change. All intellect, for example, will lose its primary value of providing mana and secondary value of providing attack power with the talent . Also, all heirloom gear will likely either a) be changed to reflect these values in Cataclysm or b) become outdated and replaced with new Cataclysm bind on account gear (assuming Blizzard makes new BtA gear in Cataclysm). As of now, however, this guide is largely complete.
Choosing your race
If you don't care much about the looks of your new character, you might want to consult the table below to maximize the potential of your twink. The main attribute is Agility although some players prefer a higher Stamina base stat. Intellect also plays a factor for Hunters as you'll burn through your mana constantly
Alliance Hunters choosing Agility end up with a Night Elf, while choosing for Stamina will lead to a Dwarf. It should be noted, however, that for alliance the Draenei are potentially the most survivable race due to their racial ability which is a heal over time that is based on the attack power of the hunter. See table below for level 19 base stats:
Horde Hunters choosing Agility end up with a Troll or a Blood Elf, while choosing for Stamina will lead to a Tauren or Orc. The latter are of course the most interesting due to (yes this stacks with ranged DPS), , , and . See table below for level 19 base stats :
All professions have potentially useful items for hunters, but not necessarily at all levels. The three gathering professions (Mining, Herbalism and Skinning) will most likely provide the most useful buffs, however Engineering and Jewelcrafting have a few useful items as well. Don't forget First Aid because it will give you access to bandages - the best of which can heal you much more quickly than basic food.
At level 19, you can level your gathering skills to level 225. Each provides you with an extra ability that can prove invaluable.
- Herbalism gives up to rank 3, providing a HOT (heal over time) that (self-only) heals for 720 damage over 5 seconds and can be used while visible or invisible, in or out of combat once every 2 minutes. This skill is considered critical for any hunter since it extends their survivability well beyond normal.
- First Aid is a critical skill, though a secondary one, that will allow the twink to make and use . This means a heal for up to 2,000 points every two minutes. They are best used out of combat, however, as damage causes the bandaging & healing to stop.
- Engineering provides the player with the ability to use explosives and either at skill level 150 or at skill level 140. At 150 the engineer is able to craft which are very useful for inflicting extra damage at close range, or other forms of dynamite such as which either inflict extra damage or stun opponents for a short time.
- Jewelcrafting provides the ability to create which heals for roughly 400 damage over 20 seconds, even in combat, which can be useful in tight situations. When used in combination with from Herbalism (and if the player is Draenai), the player will be able to take significant amounts of punishment.
The other professions:
- Inscription allows the player to create their own scrolls, which can be useful for crafting , but it doesn't provide any inherent ability until the player is higher level.
- Alchemy allows the player to craft many useful potions that they need, but again doesn't provide any inherent usefulness to the player until they have reached skill level 400+
- Blacksmithing allows a highly skilled player (400+) to place a socket in their gloves, but again twinks cannot benefit from this because they are too low.
It may be useful to have a side-alt of low to moderate level (15+) simply to be able to train in order to be able to make potions and scrolls for all of your twink's needs.
This is a summary of the most applicable items for a Hunter twink. Some options (such as ) were not included as they are clearly the last resort, they offer no statistics (or inferior statistics) and will generally lower the level of the twink overall. Please note that the order in which these items appear is important; the items are ranked from top to bottom, although in some cases personal preference may dictate that items toward the bottom are better. To make the choice somewhat easier, the drop percentages for certain items are included as provided by Wowhead. The best statistics have been included for those items that have a range of potential statistics (such as the listed under weapons). Also note: heirloom items suffer no durability loss in either pvp or pve combat due to attacks or death.
- - available in Ashenvale near the southern side or - available in the Barrens near the northern route to Ashenvale. Both are (BoP) and a reward for playing in Warsong Gulch.
- (BoE) Jewelcrafting (50) to make. This is a substitute until you can obtain the Warsong Gulch reward.
- (BoE) Jewelcrafting (20) to make. This is also a substitute until you can obtain the Warsong Gulch reward.
- +5 Agility, +5 stamina, +3 intellect, +10 attack power and +10% Experience at level 19 (Chain/Leather)
- +4 Agility, +6 Stamina, +4 Resilience Rating, +8 Attack Power and +10% Experience at level 19 (Chain/Leather)
- +69 Armor, +4 Stamina, +14 Attack Power, +4 Hit Rating (1.89%) and +10% Experience at level 19 (Leather only)
- +69 Armor, +6 Stamina, +3 Agility, +8 Attack Power, +4 Resilience Rating and +10% Experience at level 19 (Leather only)
- Quest reward from or
- (BoP) Dropped by Lady Anacondra in the Wailing Caverns (63% chance)
- +6 Agility, +6 Stamina, +4 Intellect, +13 Attack Power, +10% Experience at level 19 (Chain/Leather)
- +10 Stamina, +13 Attack Power, +6 Hit Rating, +10% Experience at level 19 (Leather only)
- (BoP) Quest reward from The quest is available starting at level 14.
- (BoP) Dropped by Edwin VanCleef in The Deadmines (16% chance)
- (BoE) Random rare drop from trash mobs in Blackfathom Deeps
- (BoP) Dropped by Jergosh the Invoker in Ragefire Chasm (35% chance)
- (BoE) created through Leatherworking
- (BoE) World Drop
- ...of the Monkey (BoE) (+3 Agility, +3 Stamina) World Drop
- ...of the Eagle (BoE) (+3 Intellect, +3 Stamina) World Drop
- ...of the Falcon (BoE) (+3 Agility, +3 Intellect) World Drop
- ...of Power (BoE) (+10 Attack Power) World Drop
- ...of Agility (BoE) (+5 Agility) World Drop
- ...of Intellect (BoE) (+5 Intellect) World Drop
- ...of Stamina (BoE) (+5 Stamina) World Drop
- (BoE) Rare drop from Shadowfang Keep
- (BoE) Drop from the Foreman Thistlenettle just outside the entrance to the Deadmines.
- (BoE) World Drop
- (BoE) Dropped by Druid of the Fang in Wailing Caverns (1.2% chance) This seems low, but there are over 20 Druid of the Fang, increasing the drop rate significally and it's BOE so checking your AH may help.
- (BoP) Loot is a random reward for queuing with other random players and finishing a dungeon. (of the bandit =+5 agility +5 stamina +10 attack power) Note: Added in patch 3.3
- (BoP) Dropped by Odo the Blindwatcher in Shadowfang Keep (55% chance)
- (BoE) Dropped by Captain Greenskin in the Deadmines (Medium 25% - 50% chance)
- (BoE) Leatherworking (115) Pattern is a quest reward from
- (BoP) Dropped by Lady Anacondra in the Wailing Caverns (10% chance)
- (BoP) Quest reward from Gives 3 agility, 5 stamina and 3 hit rating.
- (BoP) Quest reward from This quest is available starting from level 16, but will require the help of a higher level player in order to complete the chain since it requires the player to run through the deadmines and the stockades as well as defeat two level 30-31 mobs in order to finish.
- (BoP) Dropped by Gilnid in The Deadmines (37% chance)
- (BtA) - won from the Kaluak Fishing Derby. At level 19 it provides 3 stamina 2 hit rating and 5 crit rating.
- or (BoP) Reward in Warsong Gulch
- ... of the Eagle (BoE) (+3 Intellect, +3 Stamina) World Drop
- (BoE) Drops from Leech Widow, a level 24 rare mob spider found in the Wetlands.
- (BoP) Quest reward from
- (BoE) World Drop
- At level 19 it provides +9 Stamina +7 Intellect and +6 Critical Strike
- (BoE) World Drop
- Quest from
- (BoP) Drops from Captain Greenskin in the Deadmines.
- Lorekeeper's Staff#Level 18 or (BoP) Reward in Warsong Gulch
- (BoP) Drops from Edwin VanCleef in the Deadmines. This can be combined with (Falcon version +3 Agility +3 Intellect)
- ... of Power = +16 Attack Power
- ... of Agility = +8 Agility
- ... of the Monkey = +5 Agility, +5 Stamina
- ... of the Eagle = +5 Intellect, +5 Stamina
- (BoP) From the Deadmines.
- There is no longer a need for ammunition comparison. Ammunition is no longer used.
- (BoP) Dropped by Lord Serpentis in Wailing Caverns (17% chance)
- Statistics at level 19:
- Binds to account
- Speed 2.80, 29 - 54 Damage
- (15.0 damage per second)
- Equip: Increases attack power by +5.
- Equip: Improves critical strike rating by +1.
- Equip: Improves hit rating by +1.
- It's not a good bow when using it as your main weapon. It's slower and it does not match the DPS of .
- Statistics at level 19:
- Binds to account
- Speed 2.90
- (15.0 damage per second), 30-56 damage
- Equip: Increases attack power by +3.
- Equip: Improves critical strike rating by +2.
- Equip: Improves resilience by +1.
- Some commenters believe that this does better damage than either or due to it's high-end damage and the player ability to use crafted engineering shot instead of normal arrows. has the chance for a proc, however, and while certain racials (dwarven, for example) favor the gun, others favor the bow.
- or Outrider's Bow (level 23) (BoP) Reward in Warsong Gulch
- (BoE) World Drop
Note that as of Patches 3.1 and 3.2 many enhancements were nerfed with a level requirement. This includes arcana head augments, many leatherworking armor kits, gun/bow scopes, etc. The listing below has been updated to 3.2.
- Enchant Cloak - Lesser Agility +3 Agility
- Enchant Gloves - Superior Agility +15 Agility
- +24 Armor (can only be used on BoE gear)
- +16 Armor
- +2 Damage - Engineering (110)
Potions, Elixirs, Food and Other Useful Items
- A list of useful potions:
- A list of useful elixirs. Note: A player can only have one active Battle elixir and one active Guardian elixir on them at a time and elixirs can only be used in the battlegrounds, not in arenas.
|Elixir||Battle (Offensive) or Guardian (Defensive)||Statistics||Notes|
|Battle||+10 Hit Rating||This elixir is very useful for shoring up a lack of hit rating.|
|Guardian||+6 Intellect||Gives an additional +90 Mana and +6 Attack Power with the talent|
|Guardian||Regenerates +6 Health per 5 seconds|
|Guardian||+70 Health||This is a quest reward from Goldenmist Village|
|Guardian||+150 Armor||is probably the least useful of the elixirs for hunters, but is better than nothing at all.|
- A list of useful food:
Note: Unless otherwise noted, most food buffs only last 15 minutes. Items that do not provide buffs or provide less than the standard +6 Stamina, +6 Spirit have not been included. Seasonal only food items such as those available during Pilgrim's Bounty and Hallow's End are also not included.
- Other useful items:
|Transforms the target into a Leper Gnome, reducing its melee damage and spell power by 40 and its movement rate by 20% for 12 sec.||This is a recipe available from Gnomeregan, though it may require a run through by a higher level toon to obtain (or better yet obtained by a higher level toon and sent to your hunter). This is NOT a trinket and so any player can use it - whether an engineer or not. It provides a slowdown effect as well as turning the target into a leper gnome and additionally lowing their spell power and attack power. The only drawback: It only has 5 charges per item, which is low considering the cost and time required to make such items.|
|Heals target for 71-85||From the Alliance quest in Teldrassil.|
|Puts the enemy target to sleep||This can be gotten from dust devils in Westfall. The duration for the dust has been reduced to 10 seconds for pvp combat.|
|Restores 100 mana||Does NOT share a cooldown with potions. This drops from Arcane Devourers in the Ghostlands.|
|Restores 900 to 1500 mana at the cost of 600 to 1000 life.||15 minute cooldown. These can be farmed in Scholomance. Be VERY careful, however, as they CAN kill you.|
|Restores 18 to 30 health||Instant, 2 min non-potion cooldown. This is a drop from Root Threshers, Root Trappers and Mutated Root Lashers on Azuremyst Isle.|
|Increases Stamina by 5||Lasts 30 minutes. From quest and on Bloodmyst Isle, Stacks up to 10|
|Increases Intellect by 5||Lasts 30 minutes. From quest and , Stacks up to 10|
|Increases Attack Power by 10||Lasts 30 minutes. From quest and , Stacks up to 10|
|Puts the target to sleep.||Lasts 20 seconds. Horde only. The Alliance equivalent is .|
|Gives the target +5 Agility.||Lasts 30 minutes. Can be made by Inscriptionists.|
With the introduction of Inscription, Blizzard has given hunters the equivalent of an enchantment to their spells. Glyphs can improve a hunter's spells to a certain extent, sometimes at the cost of a negative effect towards the spell or ability.
Hunters, like all classes at level 19, may only choose 1 major glyph and 1 minor glyph. Hunters have the choice of the following Glyphs:
Note: all buffs can now only go to rank 2 per level 19 requirements. It is no longer possible to attain level 70 or 80 buffs from high levels and retain them in battlegrounds. Also note: group (notably raid buffs) buffs are immediately debuffed upon leaving the group, so unless the twink has received an individual buff from a priest, druid, paladin, etc. then that buff will no longer be present upon entering Warsong Gulch.
- gives a minimum Stamina increase of 3.
- gives a minimum Armor increase of 25.
- A player can now have only one scroll active at a time. is probably the most useful but others can be used if agility scrolls are not available including , , and .
- The hunter can also use a on their pet to increase pet crit from 5% to 5.7% if the pet has no other buffs that affect agility.
- DPS Build - 0/10/0
Build favored by many for obvious reasons. It offers +5% critical hit increase with , increased attack power based on 100% of your total intellect with , and remaining points go into providing your crits with +12% additional damage. The takes your Multi-Shot cooldown to 9 seconds, that will help take out groups of healers.
- WSG Standard - 0/8/2
2/2 Improved Concussive Shot 3/5 Lethal Shots 3/3 Careful Aim 2/3 Hawk Eye
Very similar to the DPS build, however this is geared more toward crowd control and long-range sniping. , though not maxed out, increases your critical hit by 3%, increases the duration of to 10 seconds, increased attack power based on 100% of your total intellect with , and will increase your ranged weapon's attack radius to 40 yards. Including the with this build ensures you'll be kiting with the best of them.
- Hawk Haste - 2/8/0
Newer build for patch 3.1. This build focuses on for it's main source of enhancement. Again borrowing from the DPS build, +5% critical hit increase with , increased attack power based on 100% of your total intellect with , however we pick up two points in all ranged attacks have a 10% chances to increase ranged attack speed by 6% for 12 seconds. Combined with and it's 6% haste increase, you should be able to take down those other hunters one-on-one.
The main concern for your pet at this level in WSG is the slow your opponent down, especially the enemy flag carrier. Here are a few suggestions for pets:
- Spider (Tenacity) - : stops movement for 4 seconds, 40 second cooldown, 20 yard range
- Ravager (Cunning) - : 2 second stun, 1 minute cooldown, melee range
- Crab (Tenacity) - : pins the target in place for 4 seconds, 40 second cooldown, melee range
- Hyena (Ferocity) - : reduces movement speed by 50% for 6 sec, 20 second cooldown, melee range
- Bat (Cunning) - : 2 second stun, 1 minute cooldown, 20 yard range
- Serpent - :DoT every 2 seconds,30 yard range
These Macros will be of some use to you in Battlegrounds or in World PvP.
#show #showtooltip /cast !Eagle Eye
This simple Macro will allow you to chain cast Eagle Eye. This can be useful for;
- Seeing out of Line of Sight in Warsong Gulch.
- Spying on towns and cities.
- Having fun ;)
Note: This macro can't defy Eagle Eye's 50,000 yard range.
(more to come soon)
Tips & Hints
Notes and Remarks
- It is possible to get to . Either run north from Ashenvale to the Deadwood Village west of the Emerald Sanctuary, or have a Warlock summon you to Timbermaw Hold. Run into some mobs and die, then follow someone killing Deadwood Furbolgs in Felpaw Village until you reach honored. Unfortunately, the pouch is only available as an offhand item, the healing ability doesn't work at level 19 and the pouch cannot be used in combination with two-handed weapons.
- Incidentally, the same method can be used with Sporeggar to get the and the by killing Bog Lords. The used to buy these items can be purchased from the Auction House.
- Doesn't offer any buffs, but if the entire team eats one then they will change into either a ninja or a pirate, which can be confusing to the other team.