[Matticus Note: The Importance of Being Ernest. A 1500 word paper describing high British society and moral values that I need to do. Which is also due tonight at midnight. There is also a Canucks/Oilers game which I must watch. I doubt I get a lot of Hunters reading my blog, but in the event you have a Hunter alt, this might be the thing for you. This is another gear list which can be examined and use for Pre-Karazhan purposes.]
Gearing your Huntard… er… Hunter
By Doc Holiday
I am tired of seeing god awful hunters running around in god awful gear because they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what gear and stats are useful for us. Lets start with the basics
Agility – It improves our Critical chance and Attack power. These are both good things
Critical strike – Improves Critical strike chance
Hit rating – Very important but pretty much ignored by hunters who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what they are doing. 136 is our Hit rating cap. Having more then this wont help us out. So if your at this or close to hit you can stop looking for more hit. 89 hit rating for you surefooted hunters
Attack power – Increase your base damage
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the big four when it comes to stats we should look for
Intellect, Stamina and Mana per 5 are also good stats to have but not AS important as the ones noted above
Easy to obtain via a series of Quests while your leveling in BladeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Edge mountains. Huge amount of Agility, Stamina and Attack power as well as some nice mana per 5.
StalkerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Helm of Second Sight
Longer and somewhat more difficult quest chain in Shadow moon will get you the best pre Kara Helm. I recommend 4 hit and 4 agility gems as it is hard to find some +hit early in the game
Choker of Bloodied Feathers
I got this in an early quest from Terrokar. I never found a replacement until Karazhan because quite frankly it is that good an item especially Alliance side
Insignia of the MagÃ¢â‚¬â„¢hari Hero
Horde side only quest. Great neck with a little bit of everything including some precious hit
Beast Lord Mantle
Quite frankly there is no other shoulder that is better or equal to Beast Lord. Run Steamvaults as many times as you can to get this. Socket it with a 4 hit 4 agility and 8 agility and you will be set for quite awhile
Perfectly balanced Cape
You get this quite early on from a Blood furnace quest. Add 12 agility to this cape and you really won’t need anything else for quite awhile.
Delicate Green Poncho
Another great choice early on as well. Nice stats and that all important hit as well.
Easy to make this makes a great started chest piece. Add two 8 agility and one 4 agility and 5 stamina gem and you got a large amount of agility on this chest piece.
Obtained from the lower city at revered. I like this chest a lot. Large amount of stamina and huge critical strike bonus make this a nice and really easy chest to get. Considering most hunters will have obtained this rep quite easily
Easy to make and if your already wearing the other two pieces you get a nice set bonus
Nice reward from a simple Shadow Lab quest.
No reason not to have these gloves a 70 hunter. Very easy to get
Easy to make and a super nice set bonus makes an easier choice
Rune Engraved Belt
Alliance side quest only. Nice option if you are not a leatherworking or do not want to get the mats together for felstalkers. Large amount of hit is always good
Scaled Greaves of Patience
Probably the best pre 70 dungeon legs you can get. These come form Old Hillsbrad and will be easily obtainable at 70
Sky Hunter Swift Boots
Really nice boots from a fairly short and easy sub 70 dungeon Sethekk Halls. The only boots to get pre raiding in my opinion
Slayers Mark of the Redemption
Hit, agility and attack power in one easy quest makes this a must have.
Band Of Anguish
Hit, agility and attack power in one easy quest makes this a must have. Hey did I hear an echo?
If you are lucky enough to get one of these in Mana tombÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s then hold on to it for awhile. It might be the best hunter ring pre raiding.
Hour Glass of the Unraveller
I know its in Black Morass and you hate that place but I can tell you will not find a better blue trinket in the game. To give you an example of its usefulness I use this on my hunter today and I just started doing Hyjal and the Black temple. Get it.
Abacus of Violent odds
Oh no another trinket at a tough end boss in a 70 dungeon. Great trinket with a great use. Haste will be your friend in the future
The ONLY weapon a hunter should have pre raiding. Slap a 35 agility enchant on this baby and you set for a long long time. Trust me this thing is that good and while sucks you have to slog through shadow lab its worth it.
LognÃ¢â‚¬â„¢goron Bow of the Torn Heart
Easy weapon to get via a quest in Shadow moon. Nice starter bow with all the right stats and it looks cool to boot!
Worg Hide Quiver
Assuming you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have your epic one from the old quest you can get this exact replica by getting Honored with the Kurenai. Which is easy to do as you will get honored simply by doing quests in Nagrand anyways.
If you put it all together here is what you get
As a BM hunter (I am currently BM and I recommend this to all new hunters but more on that later) you will end up with
1800 Attack power self Buffed
20.9 Ranged Crit
57 hit rating
Now I added the following for socketing. Any red sockets I used 8 agility. Any Yellow sockets I used +4hit +4agility. Any blue sockets I used +4agility +6stamina. I enchanted the head with Glyph of ferocity, Shoulders with inscription of Vengeance, chest with +6 to stats, wrist with +24 to attack power, legs with cobrahide leg armour and put 35 Agility on the Sonic Spear. I left the gloves, boots and ranged weapon unenchanted. I felt the cost of enchanting those to be expensive for the time and use of the items.
Basically you are more then ready for Heroics or Karazhan at this point. You should also be able to out DPS everyone in 5 man dungeons quite easily.