Attention: The following info is pretty ancient, but I’ve left it available on the site for those of you that wish to wax nostalgic or are perhaps running an old version of WoW.
The following list contains all of the best enchants, arcanums, inscriptions and various other item enhancements for hunters. The guide includes recommended enchants for both PvE and PvP, as well as profession-specific enhancements.
For information on gemming your hunter, please see my other guide – GarsNotes: Hunter Gems.
Arcanum of Triumph (PvP) – This arcanum can be purchased from the Wintergrasp Quartermaster for the low price of 40 Stone Keeper’s Shards. This arcanum is better itemized for PvP use due to the resilience, but the 50AP makes it a worthwhile enchant for PvE if one lacks the necessary KotB reputation for the Arcanum of Torment.
Greater Inscription of the Axe – This enchant can be purchased from the Sons of Hodir at exalted reputation, at the cost of 80G. Lesser Inscription of the Axe, which has slightly fewer stats, can be obtained at honored reputation.
Inscription of Triumph (PvP) – This inscription is available from the Wintergrasp Quartermaster for 30 Stone Keeper’s Shards. Like the Arcanum of Triumph, this shoulder enchant is for PvP.
Master’s Inscription of the Axe (Inscription Only) – If you have Inscription as one of your professions, then this is the shoulder enchant to use.
Powerful Stats – This enchant adds 10 to all stats. This is the best chest enchant for hunters, period. Super Stats, which provides +8 to all stats, is the cheaper alternative for leveling hunters or the hunter on a budget. 😉
Major Agility – This enchant adds 22 agility. This is the best cloak enchant for a hunter unless you’re an Engineer – in that case it’s…
Flexweave Underlay (Engineers only) – This enhancement adds 23 agility to your cloak, plus it also turns your cloak into a parachute. Awesome… simply awesome.
Fur Lining – Attack Power (Leatherworkers only) – This Leatherworker-exclusive enchant provides 130 attack power to bracers.
Major Agility – This enchant provides 20 agility to gloves. The best enchant for Marksmanship and Survival hunters.
Crusher – 44 attack power to gloves. This is the best glove enchant for Beast Mastery hunters.
Precision – Adds 20 hit rating to gloves for hunters that need hit.
Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket (Engineers only) – Enables engineers to fire a rocket, which can crit, every 45 seconds. The best all-around glove enchant if you’re a hunter engineer. For PvP, it’s best to use when needed, but for PvE it can be macro’d into all shots for added DPS because it’s not on the Global Cooldown. Just add /use 10, which is the glove slot item, to any shot macro.
#showtooltip Steady Shot
/cast [pettarget, exists] Kill Command
/cast Steady Shot
Eternal Belt Buckle – This adds a gem socket to a belt.
Leg Armor Kits
Icescale Leg Armor – This armor kit provides 75 attack power and 22 critical strike rating. This is the best DPS leg enchant available for hunters. Nerubian Leg Armor is the cheaper alternative, providing 55 attack power and 15 critical strike rating.
Frosthide Leg Armor (PvP and soloing) – This leg armor adds 55 stamina and 22 agility. It adds a bit of added DPS by way of the 22 agility, but it also provides some extra survivability for PvP and soloing situations. Jormungar Leg Armor is the lesser and cheaper alternative, which is good while leveling.
Superior Agility – Adds 16 agility to boots. Best DPS enchant for MM and SV hunters not in need of additional hit rating.
Greater Assault – Adds 32 attack power to boots. Best DPS enchant for Beast Mastery hunters not in need of hit.
Icewalker – Adds 12 critical strike rating and 12 hit rating to boots. Best enchant for all hunters in need of hit rating.
Tuskarr’s Vitality (PvP) – This adds 15 stamina and an 8% movement speed increase to boots. This is the best PvP boot enchant for Marksmanship and Survival hunters unless you’re an engineer, then in that case it’s…
Nitro Boosts – These add 24 critical strike rating to boots, plus they have an on-use effect that increases run speed by 150% for 5 seconds. This is the best PvE and PvP (sorry, but not in arena) boot enchant for engineers.
Note: Nitro Boosts cannot be used in arena.
One Hand Weapon Enchants
Exceptional Agility – 26 agility to melee weapons. Good for dual wielding Marksmanship and Survival hunters.
Superior Potency – 65 attack power to melee weapons. Good for dual wielding Beast Masters.
Accuracy – This enchant adds 25 critical strike and hit rating. For hunters in need of hit rating.
Titanium Weapon Chain (PvP) – This item reduces disarm effects by 50% and adds 28 hit rating. While not the best choice for PvE, this enhancement is invaluable for PvP due to the reduced time on disarm effects. This item should be on one of your 1h weapons if you PvP.
Two Hand Weapon Enchants
Massacre – 110 attack power to a 2H weapon. This is the best 2H weapon enchant for hunters.
Titanium Weapon Chain – 50% reduced disarm effects and 28 hit rating. For PvP only.
Ranged Weapon Scopes
Heartseeker Scope – This scope adds 40 critical strike rating to a bow or gun. This is the only scope a hunter should ever use, period.