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WoW Guides: Gems and Enchants for Your Hunter

Updated Thu, Jul 07, 2011 by Mem

When you start to enter the raiding field as a hunter, you will learn that gear isn't the only important part of your arsenal. Finding the right gems and enchantments can help put a little extra sting in your shots and make sure in some cases that you don't miss quite as much.

There are a huge assortment of enchantments out there, but we're only going to look at the ones that will mainly benefit the hunter. Some enchantments are cheaper and can provide you with enough benefit on an item to get by until you find a better replacement. Enchantments aren't cheap, so using cost effective ones until you settle on better gear is a pretty good option. After all, if you blow a bunch of gold on rares and then pay to get a piece enchanted only to find a replacement the next week, you're not going to be too happy.

You can find enchantments in a number of forms. Reputation factions provide some of the cheaper ones, but you'll have to build up faction to get them. Enchanters make a large number of things, engineers make scopes that can be applied to our ranged weapons and leatherworkers can enchant their own gear or make some useful enchantments for others and even blacksmiths have a little enchantment power. All of these provide you with various options for obtaining enchantments. Some are a bit more cost effective than others, but you'll want to save the good stuff for that uber gear. Unless you're already rolling in gold this is a must.

In the table below you will find multiple options for gear enchantments based on your needs. Some of you may need to boost your hit rating to the cap while others simply need a little more kick. The options below are some of your best choices for both.

Hunter Enchantments

Enchantment Name

Slot

Description

Arcanum of Torment

Head

Reputation - Knights of the Ebon Blade
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.

Enchant Chest - Powerful Stats

Chest

Enchanting
Permanently enchant chest armor to increase all stats by 10. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Master's Inscription of the Axe

Shoulders

Inscription
Permanently adds 104 attack power and 15 critical strike rating to shoulder armor. Can only be applied to your own armor, and doing so will cause it to become soulbound.

Greater Inscription of the Axe

Shoulders

Reputation: The Sons of Hodir
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.

Fur Lining - Attack Power

Wrist

Leatherworking Self Only
Permanently enchant bracers to increase attack power by 114.

Can only be used on the leatherworker's bracers, and doing so will cause them to become soulbound. Fur Lining requires at least 400 skill in Leatherworking to remain active.

Enchant Bracers - Greater Assault

Wrist

Enchanting
Permanently enchant bracers to increase attack power by 50. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Weapon - Superior Potency

Weapon
(One-handed)

Enchanting
Permanently enchant a melee weapon to increase attack power by 65. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Weapon - Accuracy

Weapon
(One-handed)

Enchanting
Permanently enchant a melee weapon to increase critical strike and hit rating by 25. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant 2H Weapon - Massacre

Weapon (Two-handed)

Enchanting
Permanently enchant a two-handed weapon to increase attack power by 110. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

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Ranged Weapons

Engineer
Attaches a permanent scope to a bow or gun that increases its ranged hit rating by 30.

Heartseeker Scope

Ranged Weapons

Engineer
Attaches a permanent scope to a bow or gun that increases its ranged critical strike rating by 40.

Enchant Boots - Icewalker

Boots

Enchanting
Permanently enchant boots to increase critical strike and hit rating by 12. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Boots - Superior Agility

Boots

Enchanting
Permanently enchant boots to increase Agility by 16. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Icescale Leg Armor

Legs

Leatherworking
Permanently attach icescale armor onto pants to increase attack power by 75 and critical strike rating by 22.

Nerubian Leg Armor

Legs

Leatherworking
Permanently attach nerubian armor onto pants to increase attack power by 55 and critical strike rating by 15. Enchanting the item causes it to become soulbound.

Eternal Belt Buckle

Belt

Blacksmithing
Permanently attach an eternal belt buckle onto a belt, adding a socket to the belt. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Gloves - Precision

Gloves

Enchanting
Permanently enchant gloves to increase hit rating by 20. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Gloves - Major Agility

Gloves

Enchanting
Permanently enchant gloves to increase your Agility by 20. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Gloves - Crusher

Gloves

Enchanting
Permanently enchant gloves to increase attack power by 44. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Cloak - Major Agility

Back

Enchanting
Permanently enchant a cloak to increase Agility by 22. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Eternal Belt Buckle

Belt

Blacksmithing
Permanently attach an eternal belt buckle onto a belt, adding a socket to the belt. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Ring - Assault

Ring

Enchanting - Self Only
Permanently enchant a ring to increase attack power by 32. Only the Enchanter's rings can be enchanted, and enchanting a ring will cause it to become soulbound.

 

There are a few supplemental enchantments you can use if you want to wait on getting more permanent gear. These also work well if you need more time to work up reputation or to get the materials needed for the good stuff. While they aren't as good as what's listed above, these enchantments can still add a nice kick to the hunter's attacks and provide a huge benefit to stats.

In the table below you will find cheaper enchantments that still provide a nice boost to some needed stats.

Hunter Supplemental Enchantments

Enchantment Name

Slot

Description

Arcanum of Ferocity

Head

Reputation - Cenarion Expedition
Permanently adds 34 attack power and 16 hit rating to a head slot item. Enchanting the item causes it to become soulbound.

Enchant Chest - Super Stats

Chest

Enchanting
Permanently enchant chest armor to increase all stats by 8. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Lesser Inscription of the Axe

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.

Enchant Bracers - Striking

Wrist

Enchanting
Permanently enchant bracers to increase attack power by 38. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Weapon - Greater Potency

Weapon
(One-handed)

Enchanting
Permanently enchant a melee weapon to increase attack power by 50. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant 2h Weapon - Greater Savagery

Weapon (Two-handed)

Permanently enchant a two-handed weapon to increase attack power by 85. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Boots - Greater Assault

Boots

Enchanting
Permanently enchant boots to increase attack power by 32. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Jormungar Leg Armor

Legs

Leatherworking
Permanently attach jormungar armor onto pants to increase Stamina by 45 and Agility by 15. Can only be attached to leg armor in your inventory. Wearer must be level 70 or higher.

Enchant Cloak - Superior Agility

Back

Enchanting
Permanently enchant a cloak to increase Agility by 16. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

Enchant Gloves - Greater Assault

Gloves

Permanently enchant gloves to increase attack power by 35. Requires a level 60 or higher item.

 

Gems
Gems, like enchantments, can add a nice boost to hunter gear. There are a variety of different gems that can provide great benefits to gear. Most of the hunter gear most of us wear contain either red, blue, yellow, or meta slots. Certain gems like green and yellow can fit two different slots. You will find several options below that are popular Gem choices for the Hunter.

Hunter Gems

Enchantment Name

Gem Type

Description

Relentless Earthsiege Diamond

Meta

Jewelcrafting
+21 Agility and 3% Increased Critical Damage
Requires at least 1 Red gems
Requires at least 1 Yellow gems
Requires at least 1 Blue gems

Chaotic Skyflare Diamond

Meta

Jewelcrafting
+21 Critical Strike Rating and 3% Increased Critical Damage
Requires at least 2 Blue gems

Swift Skyflare Diamond

Meta

Jewelcrafting
+21 Critical Strike Rating and Minor Run Speed Increase
Requires at least 2 Yellow gems
Requires at least 1 Red gem

Glinting Dreadstone

Purple

Jewelcrafting
+10 Agility and +10 Hit Rating
"Matches a Red or Blue Socket"

Rigid Majestic Zircon

Blue

Jewelcrafting
+20 Hit Rating
"Matches a Blue Socket."

Delicate Cardinal Ruby

Red

Jewelcrafting
+20 Agility
"Matches a Red Socket."

Deadly Ametrine

Orange

Jewelcrafting
+10 Agility and +10 Critical Strike Rating
"Matches a Red or Yellow Socket."

Shifting Dreadstone

Purple

Jewelcrafting
+10 Agility and +15 Stamina
"Matches a Red or Blue Socket."

Delicate Dragon Eye

Red

Jewelcrafting
+34 Agility
*Jeweler's Only Gem* 

"Matches a Red Socket"

Nightmare Tear

Any

Jewelcrafting
+10 to All Stats
"Matches any Socket.

Maximum of one socketed in your equipment"

 

The Gems you eventually choose are really dependent on what you need at the time. If your Hit Rating isn't capped you can consider placing Gems that add to your Hit in your gear or if your Hit is fine, you would be better served to fill the slots with damage enhancing gems or Agility and Crit enhancers. In the end what Gems you choose for your Hunter is entirely up to you. Gemming your gear can be a road filled with pitfalls but if you first think about what type of stat your Hunter needs the most and then gem accordingly you will find yourself on the right track.


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