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Some gear needs to be split into DPS and Survival. DPS puts main focus obviously on Agility, while Survival focuses on Stamina and/or Item Armor Value.
A 'short' summary of the most applicable items for a Hunter twink. Obviously many possible items were not included as they are clearly the last resort. Also note that the order in which these items appear is important; the top items are the "best" in terms of being less time consuming or cheaper to acquire, not the best in absolute numbers. To make the choice somewhat easier, I have included the drop percentages for certain items as provided by Wowhead.
- DPS : (BoP) Quest reward from in Thunder Bluff
- DPS : (BoE) Drop from rare mob Fenros in Duskwood (31% chance)
- DPS (BoP) Drop from Mekgineer Thermaplugg (7.8%)
- Survival : (BoP) Reward from during Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm (server time) in Stranglethorn Vale
- of the Monkey/of Stamina/of the Eagle/of the Falcon
- Legs (see Enhancements)
- or (BoP) Honor reward
- Weapon Will be designated MH (Main Hand) or OH (Off-hand).
- 2H Sword
- 2H Axe
- Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats requires ilvl 35 or higher
- Enchant Gloves - Assault requires ilvl 35 or higher
- Enchant Weapon - Major Intellect Requires ilvl 35
- Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Agility Requires ilvl 35
- Enchant 2H Weapon - Savagery Requires ilvl 35
- Enchant Weapon - Greater Agility Requires ilvl 35
- Enchant Weapon - Mongoose Requires ilvl 35 Note: Mongoose only procs from melee attacks, which are not a hunter's specialty. This enchant may be unhelpful and a waste of gold.
- Enchant Weapon - Agility
- Enchant 2H Weapon - Agility
- Enchant Weapon - Icy Chill
The following talent builds are the best, choose one according to play style:
These pets are designed for slowing opponents which is useful in both Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin.
- 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
Tips & Hints
Every hunter learns how to jump shoot early in his/her hunter lifetime. This is accomplished by autorunning forward and flicking your mouse so that you turn and face behind you in order to shoot an enemy on the run. Some people like to do a full 360, I just go 45 degrees to the side and shoot backwards, then resume my forward motion. A little bit of practice and you should get this down.
You also need to make sure that you know how to strafe. By default, the Q and E keys are strafe left and right respectively. Strafing allows you to move away from enemies while still facing to the side so you can shoot behind yourself at them, as opposed to backing straight up which moves your character very slowly. Every second counts when kiting in PvP, so practice strafing around to avoid enemies. If you're really having trouble go play some counterstrike or something.
Onto more advanced hunter tactics:
1. The frost trap circle kite
With entrapment, the hunter frost trap is the most powerful group PvP snare in the game. In group fights (5v5 arena) your team will want to center the action around your trap. Oftentimes melee enemies will try to catch up to you around the fringes of the trap. You need to strafe in a circle around the frost trap AOE, at an angle where enemies cannot QUITE catch you, since they remain in the AOE to get repeatedly entrapped. This can take some practice, but will frustrate the hell out of your opponents.
Jousting is the art of moving in and out of ranged/melee combat. After exhausting your array of shots on a target moving towards you trying to deadzone you, you run forward and spam your raptor strike/winglip/mongoose bite macro (Check the WoW hunter forums for some good help about these melee macros). This way, you can get your ~30+% shot at a big raptor strike while applying a snare on your enemy. After throwing your "joust" (yeah this is nerdy but this is actually what its called) you run back to range and resume your shots which are now back off cooldown. This technique is especially effective against other hunters, many of whom don't know how to properly fight a hunter vs hunter battle.
3. Effective Freeze Trapping
Freezing traps can be tricky to use well, and the 30 second trap cooldown ensures that if you make a mistake, you will pay for it. When an enemy meleer is on you and you need to drop a freezing because a frost might not be enough, make sure that you step forward a LITTLE bit beyond (in front of) the trap icon on the ground. This will make it virtually IMPOSSIBLE for anybody to attack you in melee without triggering the trap. This trick works at all levels.
Avoid using freezing traps in a crowd. The secret to effective trapping is manipulating the battle to a situation in which you can turn the tide with a trap. One of my favorite tricks is the "Net-Trap," in which you net an enemy (preferably a healer) and then drop a freezing right on top of them. They will have no choice but to succumb to 12 seconds of frustration. This trick also works very well with entrapment procs, imp wing clip procs, and allied abilities such as hammer of justice. Remember, teamwork wins fights.
4. Smart Aspect Usage
Your aspects are a big part of hunter pvp whether you realize it or not. You will probably have Hawk on the majority of the time, but cheetah and monkey can make a huge difference when the time comes. After practicing on your hunter for a while, you may start to be able to use cheetah in short bursts to make a difference in kiting or making up lost ground. Remember to cancel your cheetah by hitting the hotkey that activates it - this way you won't waste a global cooldown by simply changing aspects instead. If you have a chance between global cooldowns in a frantic melee situation (I know, it's really hard the majority of the time when jousting), aspect of the monkey can really up your damage mitigation in melee. You can really, really screw over warriors by dodging hamstrings or rogues by dodging crippling procs.
5. Smart Pet usage
Know where your pet is/what its doing at all times. Now that hunter pets scale based on the hunter's stats, they are more than just a minor annoyance. Make sure to keep them on casters for interrupts and make sure they ARENT attacking CCed targets or targets that are being called out to be CCed. (CC = crowd control). If you see a twink trying to sneak off to bandage, put your pet on him! That boar will charge right up to him and piss the @@@# out of him, buying valuable time for a serpent sting. Remember that your pets are also very valuable for keeping certain classes in combat, like warriors and rogues. Which brings me to:
Put serpent stings on rogues whenever you can, because they can't vanish out of a dot. Make sure to re-apply them when they are about to run out. But always be careful to never serpent sting targets that are going to be CC'ed. If a CC is coming and the sting is already on, don't panic - put scorpid sting on the target instead. Serpent sting only ticks every 3 seconds so it is VERY possible that you will switch them in time and the target will remain CC'ed. Speaking of scorpid sting, it really owns against melee classes and hunters, so if you have a chance make an effort to apply it whenever you can.
7. Be tricky with your bandages
If you're a real twink, you've got 225 first aid and you're well stocked in heavy runecloth bandages. Hunters have so, so many tools to get free of enemies for a quick bandage, or even a full one. Freezing trap + bandage of course, and any entrapment or imp wing clip proc can result in 1000 free hp before the enemy gets back to you again. Remember - when you get a proc like this and want to bandage, make sure you give your melee opponents a taste of their own medicine and deadzone them so they cannot use a ranged weapon to interrupt your bandage. Of course, this example wont work against casters. A lot of the time, you'll simply be able to snare enemies and cheetah away behind a pillar to bandage.
8. Conserve your mana
If you're in an intense or close arena battle, make sure to manage your mana properly. Stay outside the 5 second rule whenever possible if your mana situation is not looking good. Remember to not waste mana on multishot unless you really can do damage to 3 targets or you're trying to burst somebody down. Arcane shot is sufficient when you're DPSing on mail (plate) or twinks with the big quest armor shields.
All experience mentioned is quest xp only. Experience gained from killing mobs in the process is not included!