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Introduction.

Hi there, and welcome back to my "Do you want to level one" series of Guides, aimed at players who have yet to step foot into WoW, or those struggling on whether to play a certain class! This time, I am to help you decide on whether or not it's a good idea to level up a Hunter.


The first thing I think that I should inform you of is what exactly a Hunter is. the tricky thing is, that a Hunter is a different 'thing' at different levels - for ease, I'll split it up into three categories - levels 1-10, 10-80 and end game - I will only cover the leveling of the Hunter.
So, let's begin!


Levels 1-10

Some people are frankly put off by these levels. Here you essentially shoot something in the distance, and then struggle to kill it as it gets within melee range of you! Do you really want this? I say yes. You have some tools that really help you, such as Concussive Shot for increasing the time in which the mob takes to get to you, and Aspect of the Monkey and Raptor Strike for when it does. It really isn't all that difficult if you learn to 'strafe' - essentially moving sideways and backwards at the same time. (Moving backwards slows your movement speed by 75%!!!)

Levels 10-80 - the true Hunter.

If you've never leveled anything before, this is cool. If you've ever leveled a Warrior, you'll cry. This is so easy, it's untrue. "E-Z Mode", you'll hear it referred to. No joke, combat goes something like this :

Sent pet -> Attack from far away -> kill mob. Repeat.

Seriously though, at this level, your pet will have a similar amount of armor and health points as an average-geared warrior. You won't often take the aggro off of an enemy - as in, it won't attack you no matter what! And you can go, using a basic 'shot rotation' - or series of spells in a set order - for almost all of eternity without having to stop to eat or drink.

You can easily solo elites thanks to certain spells that help you heal your pet, and basically level faster than any other class when played right. Sounds good huh? Well, here are the cons.

- People won't take you seriously, or lightly. There are so many 'bad' Hunters out there, to them, that they are all the same. Sucks.
- Difficult to find a group. Why take a 'Huntard' when you could have a Mage?
- Boring! It's so easy, it really is sometimes boring killing mobs over, and over, and over again.
- Difficult at first to define a role for a Hunter - perhaps you'll have trouble getting into a raiding Guild later on??

That's it. Make your own mind up! As in my last guide, I'm now going to cover each of the races and why you should/shouldn't pick them for your Hunter!!!



Blood Elf (Horde)



Dwarf (Alliance)


Draenei (Alliance)


Night Elf (Alliance)


Orc (Horde)


Tauren (Horde)


Troll (Horde)

Comments

Jiyambi's picture

Needs an update

This guide needs an update to make sure it is current with patch 4.0. However it is still useful as is and will be left up in the hunter section. If anyone would like to adopt this guide and update it, please leave a comment.

On Dwarf Find Treasure

While it is true that it doesn't seem incredibly useful to some, I have found the find treasure ability from the dwarven racial very helpful. I used it a lot just recently in Tek forest when I was looting the Olemba Seeds for the quest of the same name. Seems things like this can be tracked as lootable objects like chests now Smiling very helpful for quick completion of those quests.

Graven

Harper1990's picture

I've never really bothered

I've never really bothered with it, but I'll put that in the guide, thanks Smiling

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Gethe's picture

I have a few disagreements

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- People won't take you seriously, or lightly. There are so many 'bad' Hunters out there, to them, that they are all the same. Sucks.

this may be true in the early levels but I think for the most part if you take the time to get to max level, and have gear appropriate for your level and class (ie. not wearing lower level gear with str or SP on it), then most will let you in a group.

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- Difficult to find a group. Why take a 'Huntard' when you could have a Mage?

I don't have to much trouble finding a group, whenever i log-in(daily) I can get into at least one pug, which is what leads me to my point above. Now, that may or may not be low compared to other classes (my highest level of another class is a 60 DK), but the way your guide reads it sounds as if hunters might get a group once a week if they're lucky.

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- Boring! It's so easy, it really is sometimes boring killing mobs over, and over, and over again.

Grinding mobs is boring no matter what class your playing. period. How "easy" it is doesn't matter.

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- Difficult at first to define a role for a Hunter - perhaps you'll have trouble getting into a raiding Guild later on??

How could it be difficult they're DPS, there's a blizz forum for it. Aside from that they can be back up CC with Freazing Trap and Freazing Arrow, and have nice party/raid buffs Ferocious Inspiration(BM), Trushot Aura(MM), and Hunting Party(SV). Add in Misdirection, their other traps, and group aspects and you'll have not only an awesome DPS but some pretty good utility. Why not bring/play a hunter?

I will also note that the "EZ-MODE" you speak of is mostly BM, MM and especially SV have much more going on that you have to pay attention to in order to play them well, "play them well" being the operative phrase.

Harper1990's picture

I do appreciate, and enjoy,

I do appreciate, and enjoy, criticism. However, it feels that there may be an underlying sense that this isn't criticism, as there are no positive points. I will point out exactly what I meant by some of the statements.

"- People won't take you seriously, or lightly. There are so many 'bad' Hunters out there, to them, that they are all the same. Sucks."

- I stick by this. Remember that this guide is not aimed
at raiders, but at new players/re rollers. A good 50% or above likely won't ever see a raid, or get good enough gear for it. I can assure that, from my perspective, a lot of people are wary of Hunters.



"but the way your guide reads it sounds as if hunters might get a group once a week if they're lucky."

- No, it doesn't. It merely poses a question that a lot of raiders and good PUGs ask - why should we bring this hunter when we have this mage? A mage has superior CC and DPS (Especially at low levels, mages own hunters in DPS in my experience:D ).



"Grinding mobs is boring no matter what class your playing. period. How "easy" it is doesn't matter."

I disagree. Let me make an analogy. Running for me is boring. Running with music isn't. But I'm still running. This is similar to playing a Hunter - because it's so easy it can get boring. However, if I play my Prot Paladin I don't get bored, because when I AoE mobs I'm thinking all the time. And I don't grind - I quest.



"Why not bring/play a hunter?"

Mages can sheep and slow, warlocks can fear and slow, a lot of classes can stun and take care of trash. So hunters are not a unique class in its entirety. Now I don't agree with this - but I'm sure it's a possible view for a raid.


I will also note that the "EZ-MODE" you speak of is mostly BM,"

any Hunter trying to level to get into raids, as you seem to link back to a lot, will either level BM or know nothing about Hunters!!! Haha no but really, Hunters are easier than any class to level IMO. And as this is my guide, I think my opinions may be in it somewhere Eye



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...Or who knows why my mother keeps calling me.

"Wise is the man who knows he does not know"...
...Or who knows why my mother keeps calling me.

Gethe's picture

I apologize, I did not

I apologize, I did not intend to have my earlier comment so negative. This is a really great guide, I just thought that the cons you made may deter newer players from rolling a hunter and possibly reinforcing the stereotype. If played right, a hunter can and will do the highest dps of anyone there, even against mages, and are a valuable addition to any group/raid, at least in my experience.

Also, I don't grind either but there are allot of grinding quests out there, so either way you're going to be grinding. Whether it's for a rare quest drop or just X amount of mobs, grinding happens. In Wrath, Blizz has done allot better with those kinds of quests. The Nessingwary quests in Sholozar don't even feel like your grinding because your doing at least one other quest at the same time and the drop rates aren't to bad either, but I digress.

It's obvious that we have very different views about the hunter class, so lets just agree to disagree and leave it at that.

Harper1990's picture

It's fine: I realise that

It's fine: I realise that you weren't going out of your way to be negative and I tried to explain my points incase you got the wrong end of the proverbial stick. I apologise that my own points seem so harsh, looking back!!

And yes we have different views. Blizzard have done a better job than anyone could imagine then, if we agreed I think it would be a linear game and not one I would be playing!!

"Wise is the man who knows he does not know"...
...Or who knows why my mother keeps calling me.

"Wise is the man who knows he does not know"...
...Or who knows why my mother keeps calling me.

Well this converation is

Well this converation is maybe over but i HAVE to agree the points in the guide...
In my 3 looooong years of playingo wow AS a hunter i find tons of player without a pet or tanking? YES i went to a party with 2 hunters (me and another one) and the the other hunter not only wanted to tank but had his/her pet in passive!!

In my opinion yes we could be the bests DPS on the group ( i managed to be first on the dps meter vs a mage with better equip AND a rogue with 2 tier parts). So i think i can do the job well done.

Yea i didnt have problems getting groups together mainly becasue i always went with a healer (my boyfriend is a shammy) so i grouped a lot with him..but that doesnt count i was kicked off the party for other dps if they were avaible so i know very well when you say that almost all take you lightly more because im a hunter+ a girl!
But that didnt stop me and my hunters are well respected in my guilds...
YEA ALMOST ALL HUNTERS ARE DOWNRATED BUT THATS WHY WHEN YOU REALLY ARE A GOOD PLAYER YOU REALLY SHINE!


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Deea's picture

Best Looking Hunter Blood

Best Looking Hunter

Blood Elf females get my vote. Adds a little "class" to the ragged and wild aspect of hunters in general. Sticking out tongue



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Jame's picture

Don't forget to rate guides!

Guys, don't forget to rate guides. Not only it is an important feedback tool, but it also allows us to sort out which are the best guides of each category.

All you have to do is click on the stars at the top of the guide. And you can RE-VOTE if the guide gets updated in the future.

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Yeah! Get 'em rated! "Wise

Yeah! Get 'em rated!

"Wise is the man who knows he does not know"...
...Or who knows why my mother keeps calling me.

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Jiruru's picture

Just one thing, the Night

Just one thing, the Night Elf Nature Resistance is "Reduces chance to be hit by nature spells by 2%." not the +1 to resist you have listed. Not that that's any better, but still.

http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=20583

Harper1990's picture

Thanks, updating now.

Thanks, updating now. Smiling

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Jiruru's picture

Ah, it's actually +2%, not

Ah, it's actually +2%, not just +2, but that's really nitpicky on my part.

Harper1990's picture

Nono that's a completely

Nono that's a completely different concept so you're right, I'll change that now!! Thanks!

"Wise is the man who knows he does not know"...
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Shinke's picture

Quote: - Difficult to find a

Quote:
- Difficult to find a group. Why take a 'Huntard' when you could have a Mage?
Unquote

I completely agree. I wasted 2 hours waiting to get a group for the heroic daily!! I do about 2900 DPS but NOBODY CARES!!!! They really do think all huntards are the same!!!

BTW, AWESOME GUIDE!!! Eye


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Harper1990's picture

aye, it's a terrible

aye, it's a terrible stereotype. Hopefully i did something to dispell some of this!
Anyway, Druid next so look out for it hehe. will be a lot shorter I think!!

"Wise is the man who knows he does not know"...
...Or who knows why my mother keeps calling me.

"Wise is the man who knows he does not know"...
...Or who knows why my mother keeps calling me.

Night_Hawk's picture

Great guide mate, just one

Great guide mate, just one small thing.

You said it was hard to define a role for hunters end game. I know of several times when groups have asked for hunter specifically, especially after them getting Frost Arrow making them a useful Crowd Control class. Also hunter misdirection really is priceless in dungeons and raids. Add that to some awesome DPS that they can put out and no raid should be without one. Sticking out tongue

Harper1990's picture

Aye, true mate. What I

Aye, true mate. What I meant was that at low levels it is difficult to define a role, or for those not used to raiding - I didn't really intend this guide to aim towards raiding as I have no knowledge of it (Or at leastn, not first hand Eye )

"Wise is the man who knows he does not know"...
...Or who knows why my mother keeps calling me.

"Wise is the man who knows he does not know"...
...Or who knows why my mother keeps calling me.