Ghostcrawler Speaks and Other Hunter News

During the class panel at today’s BlizzCon festivities, Ghostcrawler announced some of the major changes in store for Hunters with the next expansion, “World of Warcraft: Cataclysm”.

They are:

  • Mana will be gone. Hunters will now utilize focus.
  • Intellect will be a needless stat for Hunters.
  • Focus will regenerate at a rate of 6 focus per second.
  • Steady Shot improves the rate of focus regeneration to 12 focus per second.
  • Shots are estimated to cost between 30 and 60 focus.
  • Hunters will have fewer cooldowns on abilities.
  • Hunter ammo will be an item and no longer a consumable.
  • Ammo may possibly be purchasable via emblems or it could be a boss drop. This is undecided.
  • Human HuntersHumans, Undead, Goblins and Worgen will all have access to the Hunter class.

Other changes that affect Hunters:

  • Agility will now grant Hunters and Rogues 2 AP per point. AP will most likely not be an itemized stat any longer.
  • Armor penetration is going to be removed.
  • Haste will also increase the rate at which Hunters regain focus.
  • Shadowmourne, a 2H axe,  is the next legendary weapon that will be introduced. This will of course be available to Hunters. 😀

This is just a quick highlight of some of the more notable updates that will be affecting the Hunter class.

On a side note, the Worgen racials look amazing for PvP.

  • 70% movement speed increase for 6 seconds, on a 3 min cooldown.
  • They have a 1% passive damage bonus called Viciousness.
  • They have a passive ability called Abberation which reduces curse and disease durations by 15%.

The last racial is a +15 bonus to skinning which doesn’t really offer any benefits other than ease of leveling, but the fact that a skinning knife is not needed is pretty cool. Worgen skin their kills using their claws! That is pure win.

The Goblin racials are pretty great too.

  • Goblins will have a passive 1% increased attack speed with all spells and attacks called, “Time is Money”. lol

Goblins also have two rocket based racial abilities which share the same cooldown, so only one can be utilized every 2 minutes. They are:

  • A 20 yard Rocket Jump available every 2 minutes.
  • Fire a Rocket Barrage at any enemy within 30 yards, also on a 2 min cooldown.

Not to be left out of the profession bonuses, Goblins have a passive boost to Alchemy.

  • “Better Living Through Chemistry” gives Goblins a +15 bonus to Alchemy, along with a 15% bonus to health and mana regen from crafted potions.

The other Goblin racials are more for convenience and comic relief…

  • Goblins will receive the “Best Deals Anywhere” providing the best possible prices on goods and services regardless of reputation.
  • Goblins will have a personal servant called a “Pack Hobgoblin” which can be summoned every 30 minutes, and will offer bank access from anywhere in the world.

Well, that’s all I have for now… I’m watching a rebroadcast right now of the footage I missed earlier this afternoon.

There were a ton of exciting announcements made today, so if you were unable to attend the convention or view the pay per view event, head over to the new Cataclysm site that just launched today.

All I can say… HEROIC LEVEL 85 DEADMINES..! Woot!!!

6 thoughts on “Ghostcrawler Speaks and Other Hunter News”

  1. I have a bad feeling about the hunter updates. Intellegence no longer being used means that one of our most useful talents will no longer be usable. It also means that the majority of items we use will have lack luster bonuses. And if shots are between 30-60 focus then we can only use two or three shots at a time! This will severely slow down shot rotations. Bad Bad Bad day for hunters, this is gonna screw us up to no end.

    • Don’t fear Joshua… it’s going to be fine.

      Note that a lot of our current stats will automagically morph into other ones once Cataclysm hits. In orther words, don’t worry about wasted stats.

  2. yeah you’re right… in fact i think that having a bank in every single city is too easy. i think there should be only one bank and its in the middle of a raid instance.

  3. The two “Racials for Convince and comic relief” are in reality overbalanced. They get a discount so they don’t have to beg for mount money and in spite of a 1/2hr cooldown having a bank wherever is a pretty big deal…

    • yea i found this ridiculous seeing as they can buy a mount for 14k-16k that I had to buy for 20k….. real fair blizzard

      • Even after they rework all of the racials, I’m willing to bet that Goblins and Worgen will still be a bit more attractive than the other classes.

        Cataclysm is Blizzard’s way of keeping everyone hooked by getting them to re-roll. I know I will be… only hard part is, which one first?

        Goblin or Worgen?


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