Upcoming Hunter Changes

Posted today by Ghostcrawler in the Damage Dealing forum.

Hunters of all specs, and particularly Beastmaster, are doing too much damage in PvE.


We tested this a lot internally in beta and knew hunters were high but we hoped other classes would be able to catch up in a way they have as yet been unable to do. We want to be careful not to hurt hunter dps too much in PvP, so we’re taking most of the damage out of Steady Shot and Volley. Beastmaster hunters are in addition losing some of their pet dps. We still want BMs to have the best pets, but pet dps numbers are a little high at the moment. We are also still concerned about hunter survivability in PvP and taking the opportunity to jazz up Deterrence into something that looks and plays a little more interesting.

These are not all of the changes we are working on for hunters, but those changes we feel are ready for testing. We hope to get these changes up on the PTR so players will have a chance to test them out and respond before they go live.

  1. Steady Shot – now only gains 10% of attack power as damage (down from 20%). Bummer.
  2. Volley – reduced the damage by about 30% for all ranks. Note that AE damage from many classes is very high right now and we are looking at all of them. Volley in particular had reached the point where some hunters were using it to the exclusion of most other attacks. My Gorilla and I are upset about this change.
  3. Readiness – no longer affects the cooldown of Bestial Wrath. There goes my plan for a 50/21/0 PvP dual spec.
  4. Deterrence – has been completely overhauled. It now allows you to deflect 100% of incoming melee or spell damage for 5 seconds, but prevents you from attacking while active. You still must be facing the attacker to deflect the damage (this is a limitation we are trying and might end up removing). 60 sec cooldown. Hmmm. Not sure about this one yet, but it sounds pretty decent.
  5. Kill Shot – cooldown reduced to 15 sec (from 35 sec). I likey.
  6. Kindred Spirits – now only grants 3/6/9/12/15% pet damage. /sad face
  7. Serpent’s Swiftness – now only grants 2/4/6/8/10% bonus attack speed to pet. (EDIT: Still grants the current bonus to the hunter.) /again with the sad face
  8. All hunter pet abilities with a cooldown longer than 30 sec have been moved off the global cooldown. Nice.
  9. Growl— threat generation increased by 20% (same for Voidwalker Torment). Cool.
  10. Call of the Wild – now benefits only the hunter and his or her pet. Sucks for you.
  11. Rake and Scorpid Poison – slightly nerfed to bring them into line with other pet abilities. Meh.
  12. Spirit Strike – reduced the period on the dot so it will work better with Longevity. Just in time.
  13. Improved Tracking – now benefits damage to all included creature types as long as you are tracking one of them. You don’t have to swap around what you are tracking as much. Nice.
  14. Aspect of the Wild – now raid-wide. Nice.

EDIT: The “only” on Serpent’s Swiftness meant 10% pet attack speed instead of 20%. The hunter bonus is unchanged.

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