[Items] The Big List of Hunter Gems, Enchants and Glyphs


Update number 3: Added some more glyphs and removed old ones. Also added wowwiki links to all the factions, and some more buff food.

Update number 2: Added a consumables list!

Update: Added a bit more formatting to the list, Glyphs and more comments on enchant choices! Also added wotlkwiki links to the factions needed for head and shoulders enchant. These pages also provide reputation guides.

This list contains all the new Wrath of the Lich King gems, enchants and glyphs that are useful for a hunter. Other classes that benefit from almost the same stats (such as rogues) may find something useful in here as well. This list focuses mainly on agility, (ranged) attack power, hit, crit, intellect, stamina, haste, armor penetration and probably some other bizzare physical DPS stat that i forgot to mention here.

The items listed with the “Also good” tag are, as suggested, also good, but slightly inferior to the rest.

Sometimes I will be listing an optional hit rating enchant that, once you are hit capped, can be replaced with something else.

Any questions/suggestions and such will be taken into consideration, so feel free to leave feedback.

Anyway, enough talking, on with the list!

Quick links

  1. Enchants
  2. Gems
  3. Glyphs
  4. Consumables




Note: If you don’t have time to start farming the rep, the “old-world” versions of the head and shoulders enchants are a perfectly viable alternative if you can buy them.





Note: Generally, MM hunters should focus on attack power, SV on agility, while BM are given a bit more allowance, though keep in mind that agility will also give you crit rating. My advice for beast masters is to choose depending on your lowest stat: if you have low AP get an AP enchant, low crit rating means getting an agility enchant.



Note: These shouldn’t be very expensive as leatherworkers learn them from trainers and make them while they level up their profession skill.


Note: Same rules as the “Hands” section apply here.

Rings (Enchanters ONLY)

Two-Handed Weapon

Note: No, at the moment, there is no agility enchant higher than the BC one (35 agi). Sad, isn’t it? 🙁

One-Handed Weapon

Ranged Weapon

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The gems are classified under the color of the socket they can fill, followed by the color of the actual gem. Only the prefixes are listed. The wowhead links will take you to a list with all the gems that have those prefixes, thus being very handy for finding a gem of a certain quality.

Red sockets

Red gems:

Purple gems:

Orange gems:

  • Deadly – agility/critical strike rating
  • Deft – agility/haste rating
  • Glinting – agility/hit rating
  • Pristine – attack power/hit rating
  • Stark – attack power/haste rating
  • Wicked – attack power/critical strike rating

Yellow sockets

Yellow gems:

Orange gems:

See above

Green gems:

  • Forceful – haste rating/stamina
  • Jagged – critical strike rating/stamina
  • Lambent – hit rating/mp5
  • Sundered – critical strike rating/mp5
  • Vivid – hit rating/stamina

Blue sockets

Purple gems:

See above

Green gems:

See above

Note: I chose not to include any blue gems here simply because there are no blue gems that have better stats for a hunter than say a purple or green gem.

Meta sockets

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Major Glyphs

Note: I haven’t included all hunter glyphs in the list, as not all offer big DPS boosts. I chose to list only a select few. Nevertheless, here is the complete list.

Minor Glyphs

Note: Minor glyphs are really more utility-based than DPS, so I only list 2 that are the most useful. You can choose a third one from this list.

  • Glyph of Feign DeathLower FD cooldown means more efficient DPS as you can dump your aggro more often. Usable by all specs.
  • Glyph of Mend PetWill increase your pet’s happiness by 20 on the first tick. Useful for long boss fights when your pet suddenly decides he’s hungry or when you just resurrected him as an emergency in-combat Feed Pet. Usable by all specs.

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Buff food

Note: Plenty of buff food to choose from, so I recommend you follow the same advice I gave you on enchant choices. Also, most of the food below gives very similar buffs, and in some cases, even the same.

Flasks, elixirs and potions


Battle elixirs:

Guardian elixirs:




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And that concludes the list for now, but I will do my best to keep it updated.

Again, comments, suggestions and constructive criticism is encouraged!

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    Oct 20, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    Needs an updateWe are recently working on improving the quality of content here on, both by limiting low ranked guides and by moving out of date guides into archives. For more information, see [url=]the full news post detailing this process[/url].

    This guide needs an update to make sure it is current with patch 4.0. However it still has enough useful information that it will be left in it’s proper section as-is.

    This guide will be obsolete when Cataclysm is released, and will be moved to the archive section at that time.

    If someone else would like to adopt the guide, or if you have any questions about this process, feel free to comment here.

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    Aug 18, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    /facepalm How could I/facepalm

    How could I possibly miss that, thanks!

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    Aug 18, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    Yes, I intend to add that inYes, I intend to add that soon. It’s annoying to have to click on a link just to find out the stats the gem gives.

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    Aug 18, 2009 @ 11:08 am

    Just a heads up to tell youJust a heads up to tell you all that this list is now updated for 3.2. Yeah, I know I was lazy when I didn’t update for 3.1, but I’m not abandoning this guide.

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    Jan 17, 2009 @ 3:15 am

    Awesome list!What about updating the list in gems to include The base stats..

    IE under red gems:
    Bright – Attack Power
    Delicate – Agility


    Great list! It saved me a TON of time!

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    Dec 20, 2008 @ 5:08 am

    Quote:”Old-world”[quote][*]”Old-world” alternatives:

    – Greater Inscription of Vengeance (The Aldor – Exalted)
    – Greater Inscription of the Blade (The Scryers – Exalted)

    – Inscription of Vengeance (The Aldor – Exalted)
    – Inscription of the Blade (The Scryers – Exalted)

    r=Regular Inscriptions should be at [b]Honored[/b] 🙂

    Apart from that, great guide 🙂

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    Dec 20, 2008 @ 0:57 am

    Awsome!Thanks for the cool guide! I am a hunter but I never got far into BC raids. Because of this I was worried there would not be any guides for the Wrath stuff. 🙂

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    Dec 17, 2008 @ 17:01 pm

    Too bad I can’t get most 🙁
    Too bad I can’t get most of the enchants.
    Guess I better level up 🙂

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    Dec 10, 2008 @ 3:14 am

    thank you very much forthank you very much for this, i`ve found it to be very useful. 🙂

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    Dec 3, 2008 @ 10:15 am

    Very nice guide, for meVery nice guide, for me being a feral druid, the stats needed are almost the same so i found it very useful, thanks 🙂

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    Dec 2, 2008 @ 2:42 am

    Very nicely presentedVery nicely presented 🙂

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