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If you haven't done much raiding by level 80 you're going to
need to start amping up your hunter's gear before you start running
those Naxx raids. The good news is you have a wide assortment of places
you can start gathering gear from to aid you in those long nights out
with the guild. Reputation grinding, dungeon crawling and even crafting
can play a big part in converting your hunter from solo/group ready to
raid ready.

One of the first things you need to do as a hunter before
embarking on those raids is to boost up your stats. Your hit rating is
one of the most important things you can increase at this stage. Some
people put more emphasis on boosting haste and while that is important,
firing all the shots in the world at light speed is pretty useless if
they all miss. So work on getting your hit rating capped. There are a
number of ways to do this. You can get gear with hit increasing stats,
use gems that add to hit rating, or you can even buy food that will
offer you a temporary hit rating boost if you need it. Although I
recommend getting a more permanent hit rating solution as food of this
sort can come at an expensive price if you can't make it yourself.

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The Polished
Regimental Hauberk is one of the better chest pieces you can find for
pre-raid gear.

Reputation Gear

You may or may not have read my recent guide on Northrend reputation gear, but if you didn't href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/65670" target="_blank">give
it a look over as some of this next section will involve some
of the items acquired through these reputation vendors.

Reputation vendors can provide some useful stuff to help get
you started in the raid department. Once you get into those raid
dungeons you'll find a lot better stuff than most things you'll find
elsewhere, but for now the goal is to get you geared up to a decent level to
help out your fellow guild mates by being a valuable source of damage.
Much like dungeon crawling, earning reputation gear is a time consuming
process. You'll need to get your faction up high enough to actually be
able to buy and use the items you want and that can take a good amount
of time devotion since there are things you can use from several different
factions.

The Argent Crusade has three pieces that
can be used as intro raid gear. The Zombie Sweeper Shotgun provides a nice dps weapon with the added bonus of boosting your hit
rating by 14 points. The Polished Regimental Hauberk is one of the
better non-raid chest pieces you can find for the hunter and will
probably last you through more than a few raids before you find
something to replace it with. Lastly, you have the Cloak of Holy
Extermination
. While not the best cloak you can get at this point, it
does provide some useful stats and can be useful in filling the slot
until you find something better. You'll need to get your reputation up
to exalted in order to purchase the hauberk as it has the highest
requirement on the list, but it's well worth it.

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Veteran Crusader
Aliocha Segard - Argent Crusade Quartermaster


Argent Vanguard in Icecrown (87.5,75.6)
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Name
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Faction Rank
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Item Stats
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Zombie Sweeper
Shotgun
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Polished
Regimental Hauberk
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Cloak of Holy
Extermination
Revered
Gun

238-444 damage

speed 2.90

(117.6 dps)

Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 18

Improves hit rating by 14

Increases attack power by 68
Exalted
Chest

1254 Armor

+89 Agility

+69 Stamina

+68 Intellect

Yellow Socket

Socket Bonus +4 Hit Rating

Level 80

Equip: Improves hit rating by 49

Increases attack power by 104
Honored
Back

140 Armor

+39 Agility

+57 Stamina

Level 78

Equip: Increases your armor
penetration rating by 25

Increases attack power by 52

 

The Knights of the Ebon Blade will give you a few more options
to use for raiding. The Reaper of the Dark Souls sword is useful to
keep in your melee weapon slot as it adds 33 to your hit rating. The
damage and speed really doesn't matter as you're never going to swing
this thing even once if you're raiding. If you do the whole raid is probably
going to come to a complete stop. Your guildees, your guildees pets,
and the mobs are all going to stop and just look at you, and you are
going to suddenly feel really stupid. Don't be that guy! The Spaulders of the Black Arrow works well as a shoulder
piece until a more permanent piece is acquired, but you can find a few better options in some of the
heroic dungeons. The Arcanum of
Torment
enchantment can be useful for boosting critical strike and
attack power on a head slot item and is a useful enchantment for the hunter.

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Duchess Mynx -
Knights of the Ebon Blade Quartermaster

The Shadow Vault, Icecrown (43,20)

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Faction Rank
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Item Stats
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Reaper of Dark Souls

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Spaulders of the
Black Arrow

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Arcanum of Torment

Revered

One-Hand Sword

281-422 damage

130.2 dps

Speed 2.70

+24 Stamina

Level 80

Equip: Increases attack power by 66

Improves critical strike rating by 26

Improves hit rating by 33

Revered

Shoulders

909 Armor

+58 Agility

+42 Stamina

+44 Intellect

Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 33

Increases attack power by 88

Revered

Level 80

Use: Permanently adds 50 attack
power and 20 critical strike rating to a head slot item. Does not stack
with other enchantments for the selected equipment slot.

 

The Sons of Hodir can provide a few more items to consider. The Broken Stalactite dagger can be used to fill one of your melee slots for
additional hit rating points. Just don't hit anything with it on a raid
or your friends and guildees will point and laugh at you.The Giant Ring
Belt
can be a useful tool until you find better as it provides a fair
boost in stats and the Greater Inscription of the Axe enchantment can
be a nice boost for the hunter on a shoulder item.

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Lillehoff - Sons
of Hodir Quartermaster

Dun Niffelem, The Storm Peaks (66.2, 61.4)
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Faction Rank
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Giant Ring Belt

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Broken Stalactite

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Greater Inscription
of the Axe

Honored

Waist

659 Armor

+40 Agility

51 Stamina

34 Intellect

Level 78

Equip: Improves Critical strike
rating by 25

Increases attack power by 102

Revered

One-Hand Dagger

187-281

Speed 1.80

(130.0 dps)

26 Agility

Level 80

Equip: Improves Hit Rating by 28

Improves critical strike rating by 33

Increases attack power by 48

Exalted

Use: Permanently
adds 40 attack power and 15 critical strike rating to a shoulder slot
item. Does not stack with other enchantments for the selected equipment
slot.

 

The Frenzyheart tribe can offer one useful item in the form of
a trinket. The stats may not sound like a lot, but it can be useful in
some situations where you face a raid boss with adds. Drop one of those
and gain yourself a momentary increase in damage. There are certainly
better things out there, but we're just worried about getting you ready
to tackle the stuff that gives it.

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Tanak -
Frenzyheart Quartermaster

Sholazar Basin (55.5, 68.8)
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Exalted
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Trinket

Equip: Improves haste rating by 71.

Equip: Upon killing a creature that
grants you experience, you grow furious, dealing significantly more
damage for the next 10 seconds.

 

Dungeon Crawling Gear

You can find a great assortment of items running heroic dungeons.
However, these do take time and you may have to run the dungeons a
lot of times to get what you're looking for. This is probably
going to be one of your best bets for getting up some decent gear to prime
yourself for raiding. I have listed several items below and where you
can find them. Some are better than others and the reason I included
more was to give you a variety to choose from. There's nothing worse
than getting pigeon holed looking for one piece of gear that doesn't
drop after a month of running heroics. It does tend to happen at times and having an alternate piece can sometimes help out until you get what you want or need.

There are several dungeons you can go treasure hunting in. Some are more hunter friendly than others, but make yourself a loot table of things you want to get that go along with your spec and try to start gathering. Having a backup wish list is always useful in the event some item just refuses to drop.

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Gauntlets of the
Plundering Geist
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Titanium Compound
Bow
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Amanitar Skullbow
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Incisor Fragment
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King Dred's Helm
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Grips of the Beast
God
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Hemorrhaging Circle
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Helmet of the
Shrine
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Shroud of
Reverberation
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Cord of Swirling
Winds
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Hauberk of the
Arcane Wraith
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Dragon Slayer's
Sabatons
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Sphere of Red
Dragon's Blood
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Interwoven Scale
Bracers
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The Interrogator
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Azure Ringmail
Leggings
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Cloak of the
Gushing Wound
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The Key
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Twin-Headed Boots
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Handgrips of the
Savage Emissary
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Plunderer's Helmet
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Drake Mounted
Crossbow
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Massive Spaulders
of the Jormungar
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Sovereign's Belt
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Meteorite Whetstone
Ahn'kahet: The Old
Kingdom
Prince Taldaram
Hands

758 Armor

+38 Agility

+57 Stamina

+29 Intellect

Requires Level 80 Equip:

Improves critical strike rating by 44 (1.0% at 80).

Equip: Increases attack power by 116.
Ahn'kahet: The Old
Kingdom
Herald Volazj
Bow

238 - 444 Damage

Speed 2.90

(117.6 damage per second)

+24 Agility

+36 Stamina

Requires Level 80

Equip: Increases attack power by 48.
Ahn'kahet: The Old
Kingdom
Amanitar
Crossbow

272 - 409 Damage

Speed 2.90

(117.4 damage per second)

+28 Agility

+
25 Stamina

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves haste rating by 24

Equip: Increases attack power by 48.
Drak' Tharon Keep
King Dred
Trinket

Requires Level 80

Equip: Increases attack power by
148. Use: Increases your armor penetration rating by 291 for 20 sec. (2
Min Cooldown)
Drak' Tharon Keep
King Dred

Head

985 Armor

+55 Agility

+78 Stamina

+45 Intellect

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves hit rating by 52.

Equip: Increases attack power by 156.

Gundrak
Gal'darah - High
Prophet of Akali
Hands

758 Armor

+37 Agility

+57 Stamina

+30 Intellect

Red Socket

Socket Bonus: +4 Hit Rating

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves hit rating by 40.

Equip: Increases attack power by 100.
Gundrak
Gal'darah - High
Prophet of Akali
Finger

+49 Agility

+51 Stamina

Requires Level 80

Equip: Increases your expertise
rating by 33.

Equip: Increases attack power by 100.
Gundrak
Eck the Ferocious
Head

985 Armor

+62 Agility

+76 Stamina

+45 Intellect

Meta Socket

Yellow Socket

Socket Bonus: +8 Expertise Rating

Requires Level 80

Equip: Increases your expertise
rating by 35.

Equip: Increases attack power by 80.
Halls of Lightning
Volkhan
Back

145 Armor

+25 Agility

+64 Stamina

Requires Level 80

Equip: Increases your expertise
rating by 31.

Equip: Increases attack power by 86.
Halls of Lightning
Ionar
Waist

682 Armor

+39 Agility

+54 Stamina

+33 Intellect

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves haste rating by 42.

Equip: Increases attack power by 116.
The Nexus
Anomalus
Chest

1212 Armor

+56 Agility

+61 Stamina

+
43 Intellect

Blue Socket

Socket Bonus: +4 Agility

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 45.

Equip: Increases attack power by 154.
The Nexus
Keristrasza
Feet

833 Armor

+42 Agility

+38 Stamina

+25 Intellect

Red Socket x2

Socket Bonus: +9 Stamina

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves haste rating by 30.

Equip: Increases attack power by 100.
The Nexus
Keristrasza
Trinket

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves hit rating by 55.

Use: Increases attack power by 670
for 20 sec. (2 Min Cooldown)
The Nexus
Keristrasza
Wrist

549 Armor

+35 Agility

+54 Stamina

+29 Intellect

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 32.

Equip: Increases attack power by 100.
The Oculus
Drakos the
Interrogator
One-Hand Sword

145 - 271 Damage

Speed 1.60

(130.0 damage per second)

+48 Stamina

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves hit rating by 32.

Equip: Increases attack power by 70.
The Oculus
Varos Cloudstrider
Legs

1061 Armor

+52 Agility

+52 Stamina

+34 Intellect

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 78.

Equip: Increases attack power by 154.
The Violet Hold
Erekem
Back

145 Armor

+43 Agility

+64 Stamina

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves hit rating by 29.

Equip: Increases attack power by 56.
The Violet Hold
Lavanthor
One-Hand Axe

237 - 440 Damage

Speed 2.60

(130.2 damage per second)

+34 Agility

+28 Stamina

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves hit rating by 24.

Equip: Increases attack power by 64.
The Violet Hold
Lavanthor
Feet

833 Armor

+30 Agility

+45 Stamina

+29 Intellect

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 58.

Equip: Increases attack power by 116.
The Violet Hold
Cyanigosa
Hands

784 Armor

+65 Agility

+52 Stamina

+34 Intellect

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 36.

Equip: Increases attack power by 132.
Utgarde Keep
Ingvar the
Plunderer
Head

985 Armor

+60 Agility

+42 Stamina

+27 Intellect

Meta Socket

Red Socket

Socket Bonus: +12 Stamina

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 36.

Equip: Increases attack power by 124.
Utgarde Keep
Ingvar the
Plunderer
Crossbow

290 - 436 Damage

Speed 2.80

(129.6 damage per second)

+29 Agility

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike rating by 26.

Equip: Increases attack power by 56.
Utgarde Pinnacle
Gortok Palehoof
Shoulder

909 Armor

+41 Agility

+57 Stamina

+39 Intellect

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves hit rating by 33.

Equip: Increases attack power by 116.
Utgarde Pinnacle
King Ymiron
Waist

705 Armor

+51 Agility

+67 Stamina

+33 Intellect

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves hit rating by 43.

Equip
: Increases attack power by 132.
Utgarde Pinnacle
King Ymiron
Trinket

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 74.

Equip: Your melee and ranged attacks
have a chance to increase your haste rating by 444 for 10 sec.

 

Emblems of Heroism and Valor

While you're tearing your way through heroic dungeons make sure you pick up any emblems lying around on the bosses you take out. These can be used to purchase another form of gear from merchants in Dalaran. These merchants carry some decent quality gear than can be a good substitute for some of the other stuff I have mentioned in this guide. They will take a large number of emblems to get, but if you have luck with gear dropping like I do you'll probably get the emblems quicker.

Crafting Items

Crafting has some useful items to get your raiding
endeavors started. The Nessingwary 4000 is a great ranged
weapon if you haven't had a lot of luck in the dungeons. It also comes
with a yellow socket to stuff some sort of dps enhancing goody into.
There are various assortments of crafted goods you can take on that
will serve as good place holders until you start getting that raid loot
you always wanted.

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Craft
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Ring of Scarlet
Shadows
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Titanium Impact
Band
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Ice Striker's Cloak
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Nesingwary 4000
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Dream Signet of
the Marksman
Jewelcrafting
Finger

Blue Socket

Socket Bonus: +8 Attack Power

Requires Level 78

Equip: Improves hit rating by 38.

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 31.

Equip: Increases attack power by 60.
Jewelcrafting
Finger

+33 Agility

+51 Stamina

Yellow Socket

Socket Bonus: +4 Armor Penetration
Rating

Requires Level 80

Equip: Increases attack power by 84.

Equip: Increases your armor
penetration rating by 41.
Leatherworking
Back

150 Armor

+24 Agility

+75 Stamina

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves haste rating by 38.

Equip: Increases attack power by 100.
Engineering
Gun

254 - 472
Damage

Speed 2.80

(129.6 damage per second)

Yellow Socket

Socket Bonus: +8 Attack Power

Requires Level 80

Equip: Improves critical strike
rating by 21.

Equip: Increases attack power by 78.
Jewelcrafting
Finger

+42 Stamina

+28 Agility

+28 Hit Rating

 

Gems

Gems can help add a little extra kick to your hunter, but there are a
few different options you can roll with. One thing that remains
constant, regardless of your spec, is to get the hit cap to max. If you
need to use gems to make that happen then do it. If you already have
peaked your hit cap then use these slots to add in some additional
damage enhancing goodies.

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Hunters Gems
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Gem Name
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Socket Color
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Description
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Rigid Autumn's Glow
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Delicate
Dragon's Eye
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Rigid Dragons Eye
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Delicate Scarlet
Ruby
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Infused Twilight
Opal
style="background-color: rgb(165, 190, 106); text-align: left; vertical-align: middle;">
Tenuous Twilight
Opal
style="background-color: rgb(165, 190, 106); text-align: left; vertical-align: middle;">
Shifting
Twilight Opal
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Bright Scarlet Ruby
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Pristine Monarch
Topaz
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Glinting Monarch Topaz
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Deadly Monarch Topaz
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Wicked Monarch
Topaz
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Bright Dragon's Eye
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Jagged Forest
Emerald
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Chaotic
Skyflare Diamond
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Vivid Forest
Emerald
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Enchanted Tear
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Relentless
Earthsiege Diamond
Yellow

Adds 16 to Hit Rating.

Use this
if you're under your cap and need to get your Hit Rating to cap.

Any
Adds
27 Agility.
Prismatic

Adds 27 to Hit Rating.

Use this
to minimize the gem slots needed to reach your hit cap. It can be hard
to get your hands on the materials for these and to find a gem cutter
for a reasonable price, but if you can these make things a bit easier
in the socket department as they help cap you faster and you can use
left over slots for dps gems.

Red

Adds 16 to Agility.

Agility is a
big part of every hunter, but the marksman need it to keep those arrows
flying and impacting harder.

Purple
Adds 16 Attack Power and +3 Mana
every 5 seconds.
Purple
Adds 8 Agility and +3 Mana every
5 seconds.
Purple

Adds 8 Agility and 12 Stamina.

Red
Adds 32 to Attack Power.
Orange

Adds 16 Attack Power and 8 to hit
rating.

Orange
Adds 8 Agility and 8 to Hit
Rating.
Orange
Adds 8 Agility and 8 to Critical
Strike Rating.
Orange
Adds 16 to Attack Power and 8 to
Critical Strike rating.
Prismatic
Adds 54 to Attack Power.
Green
Adds 8 to Critical Strike Rating
and 12 to Stamina
Meta
+21
Critical Strike Rating and 3% Increased Critical Damage
Green
Adds 8 to Hit Rating and 12 to
Stamina.
Prismatic
Adds 6 to all stats.
Meta
Adds 21 Agility increases
Critical Damage by 3%.

 

Glyphs

Glyphs offer a nice perk to the hunters abilities. The three hunter trees can put pretty much the same glyphs with only a minor difference or two between them. Each one can utilize most of the same all be it with slightly different results.

Beast Mastery hunters will want to focus on bringing down the Bestial
Wrath
cooldown timer and increasing the damage of Steady
Shot
. For that, there are two valuable glyphs to choose.

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Beast Mastery
Glyphs
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Name
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Description
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Glyph of Steady
Shot
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Increases the damage dealt by Steady Shot by 10% when the target is afflicted with Serpent Sting.

This description says it all. As a Beast Mastery hunter
you will use Steady Shot a great deal on raids
and this glyph will add just a little more kick to it.

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Glyph of Bestial
Wrath

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Glyph of Serpent
Sting
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Glyph of Improved
Aspect of the Hawk

Decreases the cooldown of your Bestial Wrath by 20 seconds.

This is a must have glyph for Beast Masters. Chances are
if you invested that point into Bestial Wrath you
more than likely sprung one more for The Beast Within.
Anything you can do to bring down the Bestial Wrath timer is only going to help you put out more dps.

Increases the duration of your Serpent Sting by 6 seconds.

This glyph can be useful in combination with the Glyph
of Steady Shot
. You can pop off a couple of extra Steady
Shots
without having to refresh your sting which only keeps
the dps pumping.

Increases the haste bonus of the Improved Aspect of the Hawk effect by an additional
6%.

Here is where you will have to make a decision. Do you
want the combination of the Glyph of Serpent Sting and Glyph of Steady Shot or do you want that
extra 6% haste bonus? If you choose the haste I recommend dropping the Glyph
of Serpent Sting
. I view the other two as invaluable.

 

Marksman will focus on glyphs that will support their ranged
attacks. Ironically these are largely the same as the Beast Mastery ones.

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Marksman Glyphs
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Name
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Description
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Glyph of Serpent
Sting
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Glyph of Steady
Shot
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Glyph of Hunter's
Mark
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Glyph of Improved
Aspect of the Hawk

Increases the duration of your Serpent Sting by 6 seconds. This glyph can be useful in combination with the Glyph
of Steady Shot
.

This glyph is useful for the Marksman as well but for a
different reason. This glyph works well with Serpent Sting and the top
tier skill of the Marksman tree called the Chimera Shot. The
combination gives a nice little kick to an unfortunate enemy.

Increases the damage dealt by Steady Shot by 10% when the target is afflicted with Serpent Sting.
This description says it all.

It goes without saying that this serves the same use
here as it does with the Beast Mastery tree. However, you can see some
nasty combinations in here when you use the Serpent Sting and Steady
Shot
glyphs and throw in a Chimera Shot for good measure.

Increases the attack power bonus
of your Hunter's Mark by 20%.

This glyph can be useful if you
have more than one hunter in the raid. Otherwise you might want to fill
the slot with something more useful. If you find multiple hunters in
the raid then socket this use this and watch them love you.

Increases the haste bonus of the Improved Aspect of the Hawk effect by an additional
6%.

The added haste bonus given by this glyph can serve as
an extra kick for Marksman hunters. All you need to do now is decide
which three will benefit your raid force the most.

 

Survival hunters will use pretty much the
same thing as Marksman hunter. I know the trap glyphs may sount tempting but they won't help as much as you might think.

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Description
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Glyph of Serpent
Sting
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Glyph of Steady
Shot
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Glyph of Improved
Aspect of the Hawk

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Survival Glyphs

Increases the duration of your Serpent Sting by 6 seconds. This glyph can be useful in combination with the Glyph
of Steady Shot
.

This glyph is universally useful for all three trees and
will offer the same benefit for this one.

Increases the damage dealt by Steady Shot by 10% when the target is afflicted with Serpent Sting.
This description says it all.

If you haven't guessed already your not getting away
from using Steady Shot just because you became a Survival hunter. This
is still going to be a key element to your attack rotation and this
glyph will always help give it a bit more kick.

Increases the haste bonus of the Improved Aspect of the Hawk effect by an additional
6%.

 

Minor Glyphs can provide you with a few small perks in battle.
In most cases the same will be useful all around.

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Hunter Minor Glyphs
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Name
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Description
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Glyph of Feign Death
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Reduces the cooldown of your
Feign Death spell by 5 seconds.
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Glyph of Mend Pet
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Glyph of Revive Pet
Your Mend Pet spell increases

your pet's happiness slightly

Reduces the pushback suffered
from damaging attacks while casting Revive Pet by 100%.

 

Enchantments

As a hunter, you will want to make sure you get some useful
enchantments to go with all your gear. They add some nice perks and can
give you a good boost in dps. Here is a list of some of the
enchantments you should consider as a hunter.

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Hunter Enchantments
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Enchantment Name
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Slot
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Description
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Arcanum of Torment
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Enchant Chest -
Powerful Stats
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Greater
Inscription of the Axe
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Enchant Bracers -
Greater Assault
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Enchant Weapon -
Greater Potency
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Enchant Weapon -
Exceptional Agility
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Enchant 2H Weapon
- Massacre
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Heartseeker Scope
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Enchant Boots -
Icewalker
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Icescale Leg Armor
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Eternal Belt Buckle
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Enchant Gloves -
Precision
Head
Permanently adds 50 attack power
and 20 critical strike rating to a head slot item. Does not stack with
other enchantments for the selected equipment slot.
Chest
Permanently enchant chest armor
to increase all stats by 10. Requires a level 60 or higher item.
Shoulders
Permanently adds 40 attack power
and 15 critical strike rating to shoulder armor. Does not stack with
other enchantments for the selected equipment slot. Requires a level 60
or higher item.
Wrist
Permanently enchant bracers to
increase attack power by 50. Requires a level 60 or higher item.
Weapon (One-handed)
Permanently enchant a melee
weapon to increase attack power by 50. Requires a level 60 or higher
item.
Weapon (One-handed) Alternate
Permanently enchant a melee
weapon to increase Agility by 26. Requires a level 60 or higher item.
Weapon (Two-handed)
Permanently enchant a two-handed
weapon to increase attack power by 110. Requires a level 60 or higher
item.
Ranged Weapons
Attaches a permanent scope to a
bow or gun that increases its ranged critical strike rating by 40.
Boots
Permanently enchant boots to
increase critical strike and hit rating by 12. Requires a level 60 or
higher item.
Legs
Permanently attach icescale
armor onto pants to increase attack power by 75 and critical strike
rating by 22.
Belt
Permanently attach an eternal
belt buckle onto a belt, adding a socket to the belt. Requires a level
60 or higher item.
Gloves
Permanently enchant gloves to
increase hit rating by 20. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

 

All these enchantments can get pretty expensive if you keep
switching gear often so if you have a really good friend who happens to
be capable of enchanting or creating the enchantment you can come out a
great deal cheaper. Chances are if your guild is about to start raiding
you have one.

Consumables

When it comes to raiding you'll find that you need to have a hefty
supply of consumables on hand to give yourself a little extra edge when
going into those more difficult encounters. Luckily, there is an
assortment of goods available for just such a purpose.

Food/Drink

You have a few options for food and drink to choose from and the best
way to pick what you need to buy is to see what you need the most. If
you are a little short on hit rating for example, you can buy the
Snapper Extreme food to give yourself a +40 hit rating and +40 Stamina
boost for an hour. Choose carefully though as this food is quite
expensive if you can't make it yourself. Below I have included a short
list of food and drink you might find useful when you start raiding.

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Fish
Feast
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Blackened
Dragonfin
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Spiced
Mammoth Treats
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Snapper
Extreme
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Very
Burnt Worg

Set out a great feast that will feed your party!
Restores 15000 health and 12960 mana over 30 sec. If you spend at least
10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 80 Attack Power, 46
Spell Power and 40 Stamina for 1 hour.

Become the life of the guild party by bringing this
useful meal along.

Restores
15000 health and 12960 mana over 30 sec. If you spend at least 10
seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 40 Agility and 40
Stamina for 1 hour.

Increases the Strength and Stamina of your pet by 30.
Lasts 1 hour.

This is a useful food to bring along for your pet to
give them a little extra kick.

Restores
15000 health and 12960 mana over 30 sec. If you spend at least 10
seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 40 Hit Rating and 40
Stamina for 1 hour.
Restores
15000 health over 30 sec. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you
will become well fed and gain 40 Haste Rating and 40 Stamina for 1 hour.

 

Flask and Elixir

There are several flasks and elixirs that can add a little extra pain
to your attacks. Again, the thing you need to keep in mind when buying
these is what will benefit you or your raid the most. Perhaps you need
a bit more hit to cap out in which case you can use the Elixir of
Accuracy. If your hit rating is ok then you might choose to go with the
Flask of Endless Rage for an attack power boost. Keep these things in
mind when making your decision. There's no need to be redundant and use
a hit rating elixir when you're already capped.

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Description
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Flask
of Endless Rage
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Elixir
of Accuracy
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Elixir
of Lightning Speed
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Elixir
of Deadly Strikes
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Elixir
of Mighty Agility
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Guru's
Elixir
Increases
attack power by 180 for 2 hrs. Counts as both a Battle and Guardian
elixir. This effect persists through death.
Increases your Hit Rating by 45 for 1 hour. Battle Elixir.
Increases
your Haste Rating by 45 for 1 hour. Battle Elixir.
Increases
your Critical Rating by 45 for 1 hour. Battle Elixir.
Increases
your Agility by 45 for 1 hour. Battle Elixir.
Increases
all Stats by 20 for 1 hour. Battle Elixir.

 

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With the right gear acquired you'll be raiding in no time.

Ideal Stats

As a rule of thumb one of the first things you want to do
before you start raiding is to get your hit rating to the cap or
as close as you possibly can. This is the main thing to work on before
you start raiding. As for Agility, most people try to have at least 700-800 to begin preferably more. You can work up from there. The more your agility the better your damage. Once you're hit is capped you can work on boosting your armor penetration or critical strike rating. Just make sure hit gets capped first. I say again, you can fire volley after volley, but it does no good if all you get is air.

You'll find that there are more items out there that can help make you better prepared for raids, but what I have given you here should get you started on gearing yourself up to tackle some of the harder encounters to come. Enjoy the higher end dungeons once you get there and remember to keep that dagger sheathed. They will laugh at you I promise.


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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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