It is easy to Play a Hunter in World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft Hunter is a damage class combination of the marksman/archer classes that are familiar in most other RPGs, and an animal specialist. The hunter specializes in ranged damage dealt by means of a bow, crossbow, or gun with the help of an animal pet. The hunter also employs a series of traps for damaging or disabling enemies. If this sounds like the kind of class that you’d like to play, read on.

  1. Choose what race you’re going to play as. The following Alliance races can play as hunters: Dwarves, Night Elves, and Draenei. Among Horde races, orcs, Trolls, Tauren and Blood Elves can play as hunters. For more detailed information on the advantages of the various races, see the “Tips” section.
  2. Choose Which Talent Tree You’re Going To Use
    • Marksmanship The tree’s main purpose is to deal major amounts of ranged damage, and it does so by increasing the overall damage of the hunter, using talents such as Ranged Weapon specialization, Lethal Shots and Mortal Shots, and bonuses to specific damage skills—such as Barrage and Improved Stings. it also offers an additional high-yield skill, the Aimed Shot, which can deal massive amounts of damage. You may want to check out WoW Marksmanship for more information on the Marksmanship talent tree.
    • Beast Mastery This talent tree focuses primarily on increasing the damage output, and the tanking ability of your pet. A fully buffed pet will have the tanking and damaging potential approaching that of a feral druid. This is one of the more popular talent trees for use when the hunter is leveling because it allows you pet to hold aggro well, tank, and deliver lethal damage, especially to casters. You may want to check out this page for more information on the Beast Mastery talent tree.
    • Survival The survival tree is generally considered to be a “utility” oriented tree. It emphasizes a more defensive and utilitarian overall strategy, it is designed for the “worst case scenario”,which, for a hunter, is being forced into a melee fight. From the beginning, talents that increase damage via melee attacks contrast with the ranged talents of the marksmanship tree, or the pet buffs of the Beast Mastery tree, allowing you to stay out of melee combat all together. However, near the middle and further downward, this tree moves in an entirely different direction, breeding one of the deadliest (if rarely used) character builds in the game. You may want to check out WoW Survival for more information on the Survival talent tree.
  3. Choose the right pet for your needs. Your success at playing a Hunter in World of Warcraft also depends on the type of pet you choose. A good hunter will know the difference between the three types of pets, and when to use each one. A great hunter will not only know which pet to use, but how to use it. There are generally three different types of pets (See “Tips” for additional details on pets):
    • Defensive pets are mostly used for solo grinding and questing, or, if you’ve gone down the beast mastery tree, these pets can also be viable as backup tanks, or even main tanks in lower level instances. Defensive or ‘tank’ type pets often have high hit points, high armor class, or both.
    • Offensive pets are generally used for instances, raids, and PvP. Offensive or ‘DPS’ type pets tend to deal more base damage.
    • Balanced pets are a balance between the two.
    • Elite pets such as Bellygrub(elite boar in Redridge Mountains), are far better than others. Usually Bellygrub beats most non-elite bears and wolves. Try to tame the pets with a golden dragon around their name tag(they usually have names) as much as you can. I`m not joking when I say an elite boar can easily beat a bear or wolf, maybe two.
  4. Learn to command your pet effectively. Whenever one of your pets is out a “pet bar” will appear above your normal action bar. This is your main interface for interacting with your pet. When you train your very first pet, there probably won’t be very much on there besides the basic commands; Attack, Follow, Stop, and Aggressive, Defensive, and Passive. The first three commands are pretty self explanatory, so let’s move on to the latter three.
    • Aggressive
      • Your pet will attack any hostile enemy within range.
      • Mainly used for solo questing, or grinding, or when soloing instances.
    • Defensive
      • Your pet will attack anything that attacks you, or it first.
      • This is the pet stance that you’ll be using the most often
    • Passive
      • Your pet won’t attack anything unless you target something and press the attack button.
      • Mainly used when running instances or raids, to prevent accidents.
  5. Train your pet to augment its skills. Training Points can augment a pet. Pets can be trained to have higher health (Great Stamina) or armor class (Natural Armor), as well as all the major classes of resistance (Arcane, Fire, Nature, Frost, Shadow). There are other offensive and defensive skills available. Some are taught by a pet trainer, which are found in most major cities. Others, are learned as the hunter journeys around the world. Some pets have extra skills once you’ve tamed them, and after using that pet in combat for a few minutes, you’ll learn that skill, and will be able to pass it on to any of your other pets that can learn it. Examples of these skills are prowl, dash, swoop, thunder stomp, and charge. These skills may also be added to the pet bar, and be be used manually by left clicking on them, or they can be set to auto-cast by right clicking the skill so that there is a bright dotted line surrounding it.
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