Hunter Class guide for World of Warcraft Classic

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Hunter Class guide for World of Warcraft Classic

Introduction

Hunters are one of the more interesting classes in Vanilla WoW. This is not because they deal exceptional damage or anything. It is because of their pets and the unique interaction the class has with them. The levelling experience of the class is flawless. 

The mage can take down big groups relatively faster, using AoE damage. The hunter can effectively kill very strong mobs, even elites, or those which are several levels above him. 

This way you can just farm your way up to the level cap of 60 without any problems. In raids, the hunters won’t top the damage meters. However, they bring utility such as Tranquilizing shot and Distracting shot. The first is needed to dispel the Frenzy effect off Magmadar in Molten Core or any other similar effect. 

The second one acts as a taunt ability and helps you with kiting when kiting is needed. These make the hunter a desired class in a raid, but due to the low damage usually not many find a spot in the raid group. In dungeon groups however, their utility shines stronger. 

With their kiting potential and with the multitude of traps they can easily find a group. When you gear up, you can even solo high level instances, like Maraudon, but we’ll come back at this later. 

Furthermore, the class excels in 1v1 situations, including open world PvP. However, remember that the class has a so called “dead zone”. This is within 8 yards of the player. At this distance you can neither shoot nor use your melee abilities. 

Most mages and warlocks will try to stay inside those 8 yards, so you have to be extra careful with them. Lastly, and we mean it, do not leave the major cities without ammo. You need to always make sure that you have enough bullets or arrows with you at all times. Otherwise, you’ll be like a warrior without a weapon.

Races and factions

The Alliance hunters can be dwarves and night elves. The Horde has trolls, orcs and tauren. In raids and dungeons, as a hunter you’ll benefit more if you are Alliance. This is because of the paladin buffs such as Blessing of Kings and Blessing of Might. If you play Horde, you’ll benefit from Bllodlust of course, but nothing more. 

This is so because shamans will typically use Windfury totem instead of the agility one and the Windfury does not affect you in any way. However, the Horde racial abilities are far more superior to the alliance one when it comes to hunters. Let’s see now why and how.

Dwarves

They have Stoneform, removing poisons and bleeds and increasing their armor by 10%. Furthermore, their weapon skill with guns is increased by 5.

Night elves

They have Quickness and Shadowmeld. The first one gives them 1% extra chance to dodge attacks and the second allows them to stealth in place. However the stealth effect is broken if they move. If you have a cat as a pet, you can both stealth and have some funny interactions in PvP. 

Taurens

Their most notable racial abilities are Endurance and War Stomp. Endurance increases your total health by 5% and while this is nice, it has no immediate impact on your playstyle as a hunter. War Stomp is an AoE stun in melee range. It is usful in PvP scenarios in order to get away from a melee class in case your traps and Scatter shot are on cooldown. 

Orcs

Most notable racial abilities here are Command and Hardiness. The first one will increase the damage of your pet by 5%, which of course is very nice, especially if you are with the Beast Mastery specialization. The second one is viable in PvP as it reduces the chance to get stunned by 25%. Blood Fury, one of the most iconic orc racials sadly do not affect you as a hunter, since it buffs only the melee attack power.

Trolls

This is hands down the best race for hunters in WoW Classic. Firstly, trolls get Beast Slaying, which increases their damage versus beast by 5% and is very useful not only while levelling and farming, but also in some raid encounters. Bow Specialization increases their weapon skill with bow by 5. Having in mind that during all phases your BiS weapons will be bows this is very useful, unlike the dwarves’ Gun specialization.

Regeneration allows 10% of your health regeneration to continue while in combat and since you have a pet to tank for you, this is again a very nice racial trait. Lastly, the most broken of all is the Berserking ability. It increases your attack speed by 10% to 30% depending on your current health. The less hit points you have, the more attack speed you gain. 

After analyzing all the races for hunters, we can see that the trolls are the best. If you, however, prefer playing Alliance, pick either a dwarf or an elf. The alliance racial traits for hunters are not impactful in any way and it comes down to your personal preferences and tastes. 

Hunter pets

The pets are the unique flavor of the class. Just like a real pet, you need to take care for your in-game one. You have to feed it, take care of it and, of course, you can also name it. So, if you have a boar and you don’t value originality, by all means name it Excaliboar. 

Speaking of pet names, it is actually a good idea to name your pet in a way similar to your character. This is so, beause if your enemies in PvP use any targeting addons, the addons may actually target your pet instead of you.

You’ll tame your first pet at level 10, meaning that you’ll have to endure being petless for the first couple of hours. You can only have beast as pets, meaning that dragonkin, undead, demons, etc. are off the charts. In later WoW expasions, hunters are able to get exotic beasts as pets but this is not the case in Classic WoW. 

While acquiring a companion, you have to be aware of some possible issues. While channeling the Tame pet ability, you lose 100% of your armor and cannot cast spells, shoot or do anything else. 

However, you can trap the animal you want to tame, since the channel of your spell does not deal damage and will not break the trap. You can also use Aspect of the Monkey if you cannot use Freezing trap, or ultimately ask a friend to help you with either healing you or tanking the beast you want to acquire. 

You can also ask a mage or a druid to either Polymorph or Hybernate your target. Finally, after level 40 and if you are Survival, you can simply use Wyvern Sting and put the animal to sleep while taming it.

Let’s now discuss your interaction with the stable master. This NPC will keep up to two different pets in his stable, and you can have one active with you at the same time. Having in mind that the different pets have different attributes, the stable master just makes your life easier. You can just visit him and change your pet at any time, so you have the best pet for the best situation. 

Additionally, as we mentioned it earlier, you need to feed your pet in order to keep it happy. You feed the different animals with different kind of food, just like in real life. When well fed and happy, your pet will deal 25% more damage. When content, its damage will be normal. When unhappy, however, the animal will deal 25% less damage.

Before you tame an animal, be sure to use your Beast Lore ability. It shows what your target’s diet is:

  • some pets eat bread, including that conjured by mages

  • some eat fish, some cheese, fruits, fungus (mushrooms) or meat

  • many pets can eat several types of food, depending on their family and type

Additionally, again based on their family and type, some pets have special abilities. Without further due, let’s see what each pet does and what its diet is. 

Family

Type

Special ability

Diet

 

Cheese

Bread

Fruit

Fish

Meat

Fungus

Bat

DPS

-

-

-

X

-

-

X

Bear

Tank

-

X

X

X

X

X

 

Boar

Tank

Charge

X

X

X

X

X

X

Bird

General

-

-

-

-

X

X

-

Cat

DPS

Prowl

-

-

-

X

X

-

Crab

Tank

-

X

-

X

X

-

X

Croc

Tank

-

-

-

-

X

X

-

Gorilla

Tank

Thunderstomp

-

-

X

-

-

X

Hyena

General

-

-

-

X

-

X

-

Owl

DPS

Screech

-

-

-

-

X

-

Raptor

DPS

-

-

-

-

-

X

-

Spider

DPS

-

-

-

-

-

X

-

Scorpion

Tank

Scorpid Poison

-

-

-

-

X

-

Tallstrider

General

-

X

-

X

-

-

X

Turtle

Tank

Shell Shield

-

-

X

X

-

X

Wind Serpent

DPS

Lightening Breath

X

X

-

X

-

-

Wolf

General

Furious Howl

-

-

-

-

X

-

 

As you can see from the table above, each family is classified in a different type. This works just like the playable classes. The pets with the most Hit Points and armor deal the least damage, but they can tank better in terms of survivability. The pets with less HP and armor deal more damage. 

The ones of the General family have average stats and deal average damage. Instead of making them bad, this makes them very versatile, because with them you can both conquer solo content and use them in raids. Furthermore, as you can see, several pets have special abilities. 

  • The boar’s Charge immobilizes the target for 1 second and adds 550 melee damage on the pet’s next attack (values are for a 60level boar).

  • The cat’s Prowl acts as the rogue's stealth ability. This is why we mentioned the night elf hunter with cat stealth combo in PvP. After attacking its target, your cat breaks stealth and receives 50% bonus to damage

  • The gorilla’s Thunderstomp deals around 130 damage to all enemies in 8 yards of it, making it very capable of AoE tanking

  • The owl’s Screech is similar to the warrior's Demoralizing Shout. It deals minor damage to the pet’s target and reduces the attack power of all enemies in melee range by 100. However, it does not have increased thread generation as the warrior’s ability

  • The scorpion’s Scorpid Poison deals 40 nature damage to its target and can stack up to 5 times, making this type of pet viable aggro holder for longer fights

  • The turtle’s Shell Shield, when used, reduces the damage it takes by 50% but increases the time between its attacks by 43%

  • The wind serpent’s Lightening Breath deals 100-ish spell damage (nature) to its target and it ignores armor

  • The wolf’s Furious Howl boosts the next physical attack (both ranged and melee) of any party members within 15 yards. However, in raids this will buff the damage of those, who are from the hunter’s party and will not affect the whole raid 

In later game expansions, such as the current retail version of the game Battle for Azeroth, the hunter pets after taming come with all their skills leaned and gain levels together with you. However, in Vanilla WoW this is not the case. In Classic some pets already have some abilities when you tame them. If not, you’ll need to visit a pet trainer, who it typically located next to the hunter trainers in major cities. 

The skills that are taught by trainers include Growl (a taunt ability), Greater Stamina (increasing the HP of the beat) and all the resistances possible. Similar to your own hunter’s abilities, your pets’ abilities also have ranks, which need to be learned from the trainer. When you learn a new pet ability, you need to spend the Training Points on your pet’s tab. 

You will find it when you open your spell book and it will have its own tab on the bottom, called Pets. Your pet gains training points depending on its level and how happy it is. At level 60 you will have a total of 300 points to spend on training your companion, just like you have talents. 

The best pets to obtain are a wolf, a cat and a wind serpent. The best wolf currently available in this version of the game world is found in LBRS. In later game phases you’ll want to change it with the wolves found in Alterac Valley. The best cat you can acquire is a rare spawn in the northern parts of Badlands, named Broken Tooth. 

This cat has the fastest attack speed in the game, making its damage output and thread in PvE insane and the spell pushback in PvP considerable. The best wind serpent is a Son of Hakkar, found in Sunken Temple. It is the best, because this is the only way to get Lightening Breath rank 6 on your pets. 

Specializations and talents

As the rest of the classes, hunters in Classic WoW have 3 talent specializations. Marksman, Survival and Beast Mastery. 

  • The first one maximizes your ranged damage and is usually the go-to build for raiding

  • the second one focuses on utility

  • the third one buffs your pet, making it to perform better in every aspect and is also the preferred levelling build

Maximum PvE DPS (2/31/18)

With this build you’ll get the hit cap. Furthermore, you’ll buff your physical damage dealers in raids with your Trueshot Aura, which increases the party members’ attack power by 50. However, unlike the paladin auras, this actually is a spell with a 30 minutes duration, so be mindful of that. Additionally, with these talents and in such a setup, you should use a wolf as a pet, due to its Furious Howl ability. 

This way the utility you bring to your party in a raid group will be maximized. If you play Alliance, these will be the only DPS increase that your rogues and warriors will receive. If you play horde however, you’ll find yourself in a similar group but with a shaman with Windfury in it. For maximum utility and damage putput, we recommend that as Horde you have several melee groups with a shaman and a hunter in each of them. 

With these talents you’ll also get Surefooted and Deterrence, which will boost your hit chance and your survivability. Once you get 9% hit without talents, you can take away the points in Surefooted and put them in Improved Aspect of the Hawk. You might be asked by your guild to also put those in Improved Hunter’s Mark, in order to boost the rest of the hunters in the raid. 

Alternative PvE DPS (20/31/0)

With this build you’ll boost your pet’s damage, without losing anything from your own. The 31 points of the Marksman tree will be the same as with previous build: you aim towards Trueshot Aura.  In general, this should have a better throughput than the previous build, but it is highly micromanagement intensive, since you have to constantly control your pet. In raids, your pet cannot constantly attack the bosses, due to the complicated mechanics some of them have. 

And having your pet killed is not cool at all, since you lose considerable amount of your own damage. However, if you are able to control your pet and twist your fingers on the keyboard in unimaginable ways, while still putting maximum effort into dealing damage with your character, then this is truly your build. For these talent choices we recommend you having a Wind Serpent with you, since it can still deal damage from afar, thus benefiting from your talent choices without putting itself in danger. 

Survival PvP (0/21/30)

In PvP the survival tree starts shining. Here you’ll get Deterrance and Counterattack, both very useful versus melee classes. The first increases your dodge and parry chance by 25% for 10 seconds and the second one gives you the opportunity to use it after parrying an attack. When use, Counterattack immobilizes your target for 5 seconds allowing you to get away and kite it effectively. 

The Survivalist talent will further increase your health by 10%, making you harder to kill. Lastly, the Lightening Reflexes will gain more and more value the better your gear is, since it gives you 15% more agility, a.k.a 15% more attack power and damage. Additionally, you’ll have on your disposal skills from the Marksman tree such as Scatter Shot and Aimed Shot, helping you with your overall damage and crowd control.   

Beast Mastery levelling build (31/20/0)

With this build your pet will deal most of the damage while at the same time tanking your target. Here, you aim towards the bottom of the Beast Mastery tree and Bestial Wrath. This ability is on a 2 minutes cooldwown and when used increases your pet’s damage by 50% and makes it immune to any crowd control effects, including fears, stuns, roots, etc. 

In addition to this, you’ll get Aimed Shot from the Marksman tree and put your last talent points into Mortal Shots. If you are not into raiding, you can use this build for solo farming. If you played any other class in Vanilla WoW, you’ll be surprised of the Beast Mastery hunter’s ability to solo very hard end game mobs.  

Rhok’delar bow & staff

As a hunter, you’ll get your first class quest at level 10 and upon completion, you’ll get the ability to have a pet. The quests vary depending on your race and faction but are easy to handle and short chains, that are self-explanatory. Therefore, we’ll focus on the more important class quest: obtaining Rhok’delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers. 

Upon completion, you’ll also receive Lock’delar, Stave of the Ancient Keepers. The quest starts from Ancient Petrified Leaf, which drops from the Cache of the Firelord, after defeating Majordomo Executus in Molten Core

From that chest, there is an equal chance for The Eye of Divinity to drop, which is required for the priest class quest. If you ask the hunters, the eye has 99% chance of dropping and the leaf only 1%. And if you ask the priests it will be the opposite.  

The Ancient Leaf

After right clicking the item, it will send you to Felwood to speak with Vartrus the Ancient. He is located in the northern part of the zone and specifically in the Iron Woods. After speaking to him, the rest of the Treebeard’s cousins will give you three more quests. 

 

Ancient Sinew Wrapped Lamina

 

This quest will require from you a Mature Blue Dragon Sinew. You can either buy it off the Auction House,, or farm it up in Winterspring. The farming location is where you turn in the last part of the Onyxia prequest chain. Basically you’ll have to kill the dragonkin there with the hope of getting the sinew. It has 0.5% drop chance. 

 

However, we recommend you farm it up, since while doing so, you’ll also get a fair amount of gold under the form of cloth, items of different quality and skins if you have skinning as a profession. Another option is to kill Azuregos in Azshara. He has a 100% drop rate. No matter the way you get the sinew, after turning the quest in you’ll get Ancient Sinew Wrapped Lamina, which is the best quiver in the entirety of WoW Classic. 

 

A Proper String. To complete it, you’ll need a Mature Back Dragon Sinew. It drops from Onyxia and has around 30% drop rate. 

Stave of the Ancients

 

This will require you to kill several demons and loot their heads. All of them have specifically defined weaknesses that you need to take advantage of while killing them. Furthermore, all of them appear humanoid and neutral and will engage only after speaking to them. Additionally, you need to kill these alone, since if you bring a friend, an NPC named The Cleaner will spawn and kill everyone.

 

  • Artorius the Doombringer is located in the northeastern parts of Winterspring. His weakness is Stinging Trauma, which is applied by Serpent Sting. This increases the nature damage he takes by a decent amount

  • Solenor the Slayer is in the southwestern parts of Silithus. You should exploit his weakness by using Wing Clip. When you do so, you’ll put a 30 seconds snare on him

  • Simone the Seductress is in the western part of Un’Goro Crater. Her weakness is Viper Sting, which when applied, silences her for the duration of the debuff

  • Klinfran the Crazed is located in the Burning Steppes, directly south of the Blackrock Mountain. His weakness is Scorpid Sting, which dispels his enrage and makes him to hit for 1 damage for the duration of the debuff

 

After looting the four heads and after obtaining all the sinews and other paraphernalia, go back to Felwood and speak with Vartrus. He will grant you an Ancient Rune Etched Stave, which when combined with the Enchanted Black Dragon Sinew rewards you with Rhok’delar. Voila! 

Speak with him again and he will rewards you with Lok’delar, Stave of the Ancient Keepers. The staff’s merits however are questionable at best. In terms of stats, it gives stamina and intellect. The secondary stats are 2% critical chance and 45 attack power when fighting demons. Lastly iit also give 10 nature resistance.  

Hunter gear and best in slot

The first dungeon sets are abysmal. They don’t give any hit or critical chance and the intellect and spirit on them are far too much. The primary stats, a.k.a. agility and stamina are not much either. Finally, the set bonuses are bad too. Therefore, you should opt for any other gear, including leather and chance the T0 and T0.5 as soon as you can. With this said, let’s see what the raid gear for hunters is. 

  • T1. The Giantstalker Armor set drops entirely in Molten Core. Its set bonuses buff mostly your pet, providing it with stamina and resistances and also improving your Mend Pet ability. The 8 pieces set bonus increases the damage of Multi-shot and Volley by 15%

  • T2. The Dragonstalker Armor is primarily obrained in Blackwing Lair. However, the pants are from Ragnaros in MC and the head drops from Onyxia. The set increases the effect of Aspect of the Hawk by 20% and increases the stamina and resistances of your pet. The 8 set bonus gives you a chance on hit to increase the ranged attack power of everyone attacking your target by 450 for 7 seconds

  • T2.5. In general you should avoid the Striker’s Garb. It is dropped in AQ40 and reduces the mana cost of your Arcane Shot by 10% and reduces the cooldown of Rapid Fire by 2 seconds. As there are not entirely bad, the items themselves give too much spell power and almost no hit and crit. The stats aren’t amazing either

  • T3. The Cryptstalker Armor set is dropped in Naxxramas and is the best you will get in Vanilla WoW. Most of its bonuses are oriented towards mana regeneration while the rest increase your attack power and increase the duration of Rapid Fire 

Conclusion

As we saw, the hunter is an interesting class with a unique game play, which plays an important part of the game lore. The class’ interaction with the various pets it can obtain is a separate science in its own right. Furthermore, the hunters are one of the fastest levelers, who can easily solo almost any content and endlessly farm for gold or materials. 

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