WoW Hunter Guide: Combat

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 Solo Play

Playing solo as a Hunter is
rather easy and won’t require much skill or thinking on your
part. For any additional information needed visit our href=""
target="_blank">Hunter 1-40 guide. 

Group Play 

Hunters can be a valuable asset to a group as they provide excellent
damage, and much utility. Hunters are easily able to fill various rolls
in a group and if played correctly can make any instance much easier.
The roles Hunters typically fill in groups are: Puller, Off-Tank (pet),
Crowd Control, or basic DPS.

Hunters are ideal for pulling mobs thanks to their handy Misdirection
shot. Misdirect can be placed on any target, and that target will then
receive the threat caused by the Hunter’s next damaging
attack, and all other actions taken for 4 seconds afterward. Using
Misdirection will lessen the chances of accidental pulls and reduce the
risk of your group wiping to a hoard of unexpected, and angry mobs.

Pulling well is not the only trick Hunter’s have up their
sleeve; Hunters can also be excellent sources of crowd control. Who
needs Mages anyway? Using a well placed Freezing Trap Hunters can keep
almost any mob at bay for an unlimited amount of time. The easiest way
to achieve this is to lay the Freezing Trap before a pull, and lure the
mob into the trap once the pull is made. Once the mob is effectively
trapped walk a short distance away and lay another trap. Eventually the
old trap will break and the mob should run right into the new trap.
Rinse and repeat as needed.

In times of need Hunters can also use their pet to step up and take the
role of tank or off-tank. Tenacity pets tend to be better suited to
this job (Bear, Gorillas, Turtles, etc.) but any pet can do the job in
a crisies. Simply turn your pet’s aggro gaining ability on
and send it into the fray. This should at least buy your group some
valuable time for the mob to be killed, a real tank to pick it up, or
to allow your group time to retreat. Also please note that while playing in a group setting keep your pet
on Defensive, turn off any aggro gaining abilities it might have unless
it’s tanking, and also avoid anyd AoE damage until after all
crowd controlling is done.

For the most part Hunters will be called upon to provide basic DPS, and
Hunters truly do shine in this department especially when not hindered
by other duties. Hunters can easily push out massive amounts of damage
and keep stride with or even bypass other DPS classes. With their
ability to drop aggro (Feign Death), Hunters are truly made to be pew
pew machines.

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Hunters can be
a force to be
reckoned with in PvP, to learn more feel free to visit the Hunter PvP
Basics page located href=""
target="_blank"> here.

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Aspects are very similar to the blessings or auras of the Paladin
class. They have many beneficial effects such as increasing your dodge,
range attack or run speed. They do not have a time limit and will
remain on until you activate another aspect or until you turn them off.
Only one Aspect can be active at a time. Each Aspect has it’s
benefits and it’s certain place where it can and should be

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of the Hawk: Increases your ranged attack power, increasing the overall damage you are able to do. This aspect should be used whenever possible.

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of the Cheetah: Increases your movement speed. Best used while traveling, but do not use while in combat as your movement will be slowed when attacked.

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of the Pack: 
Increases the movement speed of the Hunter and all raid members within 40 yards. Great for traveling, however like Aspect of the Cheetah do not use while in combat as any damage will cause you to be dazed for 4 seconds.

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of the Wild: Increases Nature resistance for the Hunter, group and raid members within 30 yards. Best if used when high Nature Resistance is needed.

Aspect of the Fox: Available at level 83 this aspect allows the Hunter to shoot Steady Shot and Cobra Shot while moving. Also causes the Hunter to gain two Focus whenever a melee attack is received.

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Shot Overview

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Shot - A ranged cast time shot that deals physical damage and tends to be a basic filler shot. Steady Shot also generates Focus, allowing the Hunter to use other abilities.

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Shot - (Marksman Hunters Only) -
A powerful ranged shot that deals a large amount of damage. Use this shot as your first attack on enemies when possible.

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Shot - (Marksman Hunters Only) - An instant shot that causes ranged weapon damage plus additional damage. Also refreshes the duration of your Serpent Sting and heals you for 5% of your total health.

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- Fires several missiles, hitting your current target and all enemies within 8 yards of that target for 55% of weapon damage.

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Shot - (Survival Hunters Only) - A core ability of any Survival Hunter this shot is a powerful ranged attack that deals fire damage over 2 seconds. This shot can be partially resisted and also shares a cooldown with Arcane Shot.

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Shot - A ranged instant shot that causes Arcane damage to the target.

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Sting - Stings the
target, causing nature damage over 15
seconds. Every Hunter should strive to keep this sting active at all times.

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Arrow - (Survival Hunters Only) - Fires a Black Arrow at the target, dealing Shadow damage over 15 seconds. Black Arrow shares a cooldown with other Fire Trap spells.

style="font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline;">Cobra Shot- Available at level 81 this shot deals weapon damage plus additional Nature damage. Also increases the duration of Serpent Sting on the target by 6 seconds and generates 9 Focus.

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Shot Rotation

This macro can be
used with or
without the second line, which is
there for beast mastery hunters. If you do not have kill command simply
remove the line. The macro ensures that you can not interupt your
autoshot with a steady shot and lower your damage. Simply replace your
steady shot on your toolbar with this macro.

Steady Shot

/castrandom [target=pettarget,exists] Kill Command

/castsequence reset=2/target !Auto Shot, Steady Shot

/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear();


This macro with
misdirect to
your focus target (which should be set
to your tank with /focus "tanks name") or if the tank is dead or not
set, to your pet.

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[target=focus,help][help][target=pet,exists,nodead] Misdirection

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