I just started playing WoW at the turn of the month. My gaming group convinced me to start… But were very stalwart in saying to NOT play a rogue right off the bat (one of my favored classes for P&P and many MMOs). After having them all wax on about their favorite class and debate with each other on which class and race (And faction) were best to start with.
Anyways, I started with a Druid Worgen (Worgen are awesome!) after reading up on them and learning that they can tank, heal, AND DPS, they have free “mounts”, and I felt the best place to start was with them.
Anyways, long story short my Aunt informed me she still played… But on Durotan not The Scryers. So I made a new character (a Night Elf Hunter this time – she’s got an Alliance guild) and hit the whetstone. Now I’m almost Lv 50 as a Beastmaster, and the thought dawns on me…
What exactly do I need to do? I’ve figured out the stats I need to look for, but what about Pets? Talents? Glyphs? Which spec should I have as my off-spec?
I really like the whole Hunter thing, its really fun so far (guns are loud and annoying, that is all.). I’m kinda annoyed at my friends though, they keep outleveling me then jumping onto another character. Silly Heirlooms gear…
Sorry if I’m rambling. Anyways, thanks for helping!
PS: Arasteor is my Hunter on Durotan
June 21, 2008
Good job leveling a hunter. Very wise choice. Night Elf was a good call, too. ;D
I wouldn’t worry too much about which pets to use — just go out and tame whatever. You can swap specs for any pet these days, so it pretty much boils down to which model you like & of course, their special ability. The pet specials aren’t going to be terribly important as you level. The main thing to remember would be to swap your pet’s spec to ferocity if you plan on running any dungeons while leveling, then as you solo-level, you’ll probably want to swap to tenacity (with Growl on).
I say just go out and tame what you like, and experiment with the different abilities.
Talents…well, at 50, you only have to worry about 3. I would advise you go with Spirit Bond – as a leveling hunterling – but the other two are up to you. Personally, I like Posthaste and Silencing Shot, but Binding Shot would be a good leveling ability, as would Narrow Escape.
Glyphs aren’t too terribly important while you’re leveling, but the following may be good choices for you:
Animal Bond – Boosts the Spirit Bond effect
Mending – Boosts the Mend Pet ability
Misdirection – Resets the CD on Misdirection when used on your pet. Helpful for pet tanking/soloing.
Pathfinding – mainly for the increased speed while mounted.
Fetch – Added convenience factor.
Tame Beast – Makes it very easy to tame just about anything – even without a Freezing Trap.
I am dual specced BM/BM. It’s the only way to roll. However, if I were to suggest a different off-spec, I’d say to play around with Survival. It’s my distant second favorite. It’s relatively easy to play, while still being interesting.
Thanks for stopping by, and hope to hear from you again.
Thanks Garwulf! I dinged 63 the other day, (love flying, by the way! Reminds me of FlyFF) and so far its pretty interesting. Except the part where I can’t fly in the normal world until I get Cata (birthday present, hopefully – 2 weeks and I can drink legally!)
Got my first PvP experience the other day, too. Camped on top of a DK in Hellfire Peninsula for a good hour, even killed a couple of her friends before I thought I should bugger off xD
My current Talents are Narrow Escape, Binding Shot, Aspect of the Iron Hawk, and Thrill of the Hunt. I’ll probably be resetting and changing the first two to Posthaste and Silence Shot, and possibly swapping Iron Hawk for Spirit Bond.
My current pets are a Brown beetle, a tan Wolf, and a pink Serpent. I really like the beetle for tanking, and the serpent for its 2min attack buff.
Last question – you’re dual specced as Beastmaster + Beastmaster? what’s the benefit in that?15
June 21, 2008
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May 6, 2010
Hello Blade, and welcome to the Lodge!
I agree with Gar: Beast Mastery is the ONLY way to roll! I dual spec BM as well so that I can talent and glyph one spec for PvE action and one spec for PvP action. (I am NOT a good player to get PvP advice from, though, as my goal is to figure out how to maximize my survivability as well as my ability to really mess with the opposition….Gar once called me the “John McClane of PvP” and that’s probably a pretty accurate depiction…I take a crapton of abuse in order to score my kills, but I LOVE it!)
As for pets, this is the golden age of pet choice in WoW since you can now swap pet specs whenever you like. Do you have a foavorite pet? Spec him to tank when you fight big guys. Most of the time, though, you can spec your pet to DPS and not worry about threat as long as you glyph for and use Misdirection liberally (once you get it, that is). Aside from personal preference based on appearance, the biggest consideration to me is the buff that the pet brings. Spirit Beasts carry a smart heal, T-Rexes have the crit buff, Core Hounds have Heroism (although I know the pet version of it is called something else).
I personally LOVE the hutner class. It is by far the class I have the most fun playing. If you stick around here enough on a regular basis you will come to know me as “the guy who won’t shut up about the fact that Gnomes can’t be hunters”. And I AM pi$$ed about that. Gar was kind enough one time to put a poll on the front page for me and despite the fact that many of the inferior races came to the site just to troll that poll (as you can guess, the result was to deny Gnomes the hunter class), I still hold out hope that SOME DAY I will be able to give Blizz $25 of my hard-earned dollars and race change my hunter to a Gnome and name him Trackinz.
The best advice i can offer you is to scour the Macros page on this here site. I think no other class benefits from the proper use of macros than hunters do and Gar has put together a PHENOMINAL macro resource. PvP macro’s: check. PvE macros: check. Macros just to make huntering even cooler and more fun: check.
Enjoy yourself and welcome to the Brotherhood of the Lodge!
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