Updated Mon, Apr 04, 2011 by gunky
Cruising for a decon at level 30
Hunter Legendary items come in two flavors: ranged weapon and melee weapon. Hunters and Wardens are the only two classes that get two weapons as legendary items - all other classes get a weapon and special class item. Feel special? You should.
With the new system implemented in Update 2: Echoes of the Dead, it is much, much easier to get an ideal Hunter legendary item than ever before. It just might take a bit more work.
The Major legacies to look for on the ranged weapon are the Critical Multipliers: Focus Bow Critical Multiplier and Induction Bow Critical Multiplier. No foolin', you want both. Of the Minor legacies, the one that stands above the rest is Barbed Arrow Bleed Damage, which is about the same DPS increase as either of the Critical Multipliers when you work Barbed Arrow into regular shot rotations. Pretty much everything else is gravy, but you may also want reduced power cost legacies, extra damage from Heart-seeker or something disposable to replace with a Vitality or Agility legacy. Regardless, if your current bow doesn't have both critical multiplier legacies, find yourself a trash bow that has the one you are missing, level it to 30, select that legacy and apply the scroll to your main bow.
For the melee weapon, you want to have as many Major legacies
as possible. The Major legacies to look for are Beneath Notice Cooldown
(your aggro-dropper, important for running with groups), Needful Haste
Duration (shoot faster for longer), Max Targets for AoE (Rain of Thorns
can root up to 9 mobs instead of only 5), Critical Magnitude in
Precision (shots hit harder) and Find the Path Movement Speed.
The most important characteristic of your bow or crossbow is not so much the legacies, but the DPS. Level the DPS first and the legacies after, and always keep an eye out for the bow that might be better than the one you have now. Maxed-out higher level items do more damage than maxed-out lower-level ones, regardless of what Age they are. The difference between a level 60 First Age bow and a level 61 Third Age is very, very small and not likely enough to merit switching considering the strength of the legacies of the lower level weapon, but this difference is more evident between a level 60 First Age bow and a level 65 Third Age. The lower-quality, higher-level Third Age will out-DPS the First Age, and this does merit an upgrade.
For melee weapons, the opposite is true. DPS is less important than having loads of good, high-tiered Major legacies. In fact, if you get a good melee weapon with the right combination of Major legacies, you may decide not to bump up the DPS at all.
Considering how easy it is to get level 65 Second Age items these days, there's no reason to stick with that level 60 First Age sword you ran the turtle raid six times to get. The legacy scrolls from deconning one of these bad boys won't work on level 65 items and they can't hold the top relics. Scrap it and use the item XP rune on something worthwhile.
More information on LI legacies can be found on the Lorebook.