Mists of Pandaria’s coming, and with it, a total change in the way all Hunter talents work – indeed, all talents across the board for WoW Patch 5.0. Whether you’re Marksmanship, Survival, or Beast Mastery, you’ll now choose from a single talent tree – one talent every 15 levels, from a choice of three.
Here’s the complete list of all the Hunter talents, as announced at Blizzcon, and subsequently updated on Blizzard’s site.
Updated 12th Dec to the latest talents, released on Blizzard’s site on the 7th Dec.
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Tier 1/ Level 15 talents: Frozen Arrows, Arcane Arrows, Venom Tipped Arrows
Venom Tipped Arrows
Tier 2/ Level 30 talents: Silencing Shot, Wyvern Sting, Intimidation
Tier 3/ Level 45 talents: Posthaste, Evasiveness, Exhilaration
Tier 4/ Level 60 talents: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera, Aspect of the Iron Hawk, Spirit Bond
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera
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Aspect of the Iron Hawk
Tier 5/ Level 75 talents: Fervor, Readiness, Thrill of the Hunt
Thrill of the Hunt
Tier 6/ Level 90 talents: Flash Freeze, Black Ice, Transmorph Trap
Want talents for other classes? Text of all 5.0 talent trees
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Survival: it’s great! It’s rubbish! It’s great again! It’s sort of OK! Survival’s been up and down like a Cataclysm healer’s mana (well, OK, that’s mostly down) -what will Patch 4.3 bring for your DPS? Read on for a guide to your updated rotation, best talent spec and glyphs, and how to reforge and gem in the new patch.
Updated 6th March 2012 for Patch 4.3
Survival Hunter changes in Patch 4.3
Survival Hunters have only seen one change in Patch 4.3 – a 15% buff to the damage from Explosive Shot. This is a very nice buff indeed, but as Explosive Shot is already our top priority, doesn’t change our shot rotation. It does make it more important than ever to get Lock and Load right, though!
You may hear that we also have a buff to the chance of Lock and Load – that doesn’t appear to have made it into the live realms, sadly.
Our two-and four-piece set bonuses for this tier are nice, but we don’t have solid info on how, if at all, they change our rotation yet.
Survival hunter rotation / Priorities
Survival Hunters use a priority system – use the ability that’s highest on the list and off cooldown at any given time.
Make sure you have Aspect of the Hawk up.
- Before the pull: Put Hunter’s Mark on the target and use Misdirect on the tank. Please, please remember Misdirect. Hunter aggro makes tanks cry.
- Top Priority: Apply Serpent Sting if it’s not on the target. Use Explosive Shot unless you’re in Lock and Load (see below).
- Second Priority: Use Kill Shot if possible, followed by Black Arrow if it’s off cooldown.
- Third Priority: Use Arcane Shot if you have plenty of Focus available, and Cobra Shot if you’re below 50 or so.
Lock and Load
When Lock and Load procs, we get 3 Explosive Shots in a row. However, since Explosive Shot is a DOT, we want to alternate using our Explosive Shots and another shot. Cobra Shot is, most of the time, the only sensible choice.
So, when you get Lock and Load, go into a rotation: Explosive Shot, Cobra Shot, Explosive Shot, Cobra Shot, Explosive Shot, then go back to your priorities.
If you’re very high on Focus (above 90) when Lock and Load procs, you can also use Arcane Shot after the first Explosive Shot.
Rapid Fire: Rapid Fire only really affects Cobra Shot and Auto Shot for Survival hunters. Hence, the best time to use Rapid Fire is when you’ve used up all your Focus. Other than that, use it as soon as it cools down. If you have other buffs (notably Potion of the Tol’Vir), use them at the same time.
Survival Hunter AOE Rotation
Put an Explosive Trap where the tank takes the mobs at the start of the pull, using Trap Launcher.
MAKE SURE TO USE MISDIRECT TOO, unless you want your tank to hate you.
Then simply spam Multi-shot until you run out of focus, then Cobra Shot, then Multi-shot again, until everything’s dead and your DPS resembles the national debt figures.
Note: You don’t need to use Serpent Sting in AOE – your Serpent Spread talent applies it automagically.
Survival talent spec:
Stats, reforging and gems as a Survival Hunter
Stats order: Agility > Hit (until hit capped at 961 or 841 if you’re a Draenai) > Critical Strike Rating > Haste > Mastery
- Reforge Mastery and Haste to Hit, then excess Hit and any remaining Mastery to Crit.
- Gem Agility. Always. Ignore socket bonuses unless they’re HUGE, then use an AGI/Hit or AGI/Haste gem.
Haste is a complicated stat for Hunters – these guides will work well for you, but if you want to tweak some more, see the Warcraft Hunter’s Union guide to Haste Plateaus.
Check to see if your profession supplies more appropriate enchants before putting these on! Inscription and Engineering in particular may have better options.
|Head||Arcanum of the Ramkahen|
|Shoulders||Greater Inscription of Shattered Crystal|
|Back||Enchant Cloak – Major Agility|
|Chest||Enchant Chest – Peerless Stats|
|Wrist||Enchant Bracer – Agility|
|Hands||Enchant Gloves – Greater Mastery|
|Belt||Ebonsteel Belt Buckle|
|Legs||Dragonscale Leg Armor|
|Feet||Enchant Boots – Major Agility or Enchant Boots – Assassin’s Step if you want run speed.|
|Weapon||Enchant Weapon – Mighty Agility|
|Ranged Weapon||Flintlocke’s Woodchucker|
Primes: Explosive Shot, Serpent Sting, Kill Shot.
Major: The only important one is Glyph of Disengage.
Minor: Feign Death is the only important Minor Glyph for Survival.
- Warcraft Hunter’s Union – the best resource for Hunters on the ‘net, IMO. Has 4.3 guides already
- WoW Insider’s hunter column – very informative, if wordy.
- Elitist Jerks’ Hunter guide – not yet updated for 4.3
- MMO Champion Survival guide – well-explained and worth reading, although the Lock and Load recommendations are odd.
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Everyone knows the worst creepy crawlies come out when the lights go out, right? Well, that’s quite literally what happens in Minecraft* – nighttime is notoriously unfriendly to downright dangerous. Bronte’s post over at Are we New at This proves how true this is – in fact, she says it was the “worst experience in her life”.
Worst, in, life – why am I featuring this? Bronte doesn’t say as much but I’d guess that while it was a pretty terrible experience in Minecraft terms she’s going to be going right back to play the next time she gets a craving to mine diamond, so there must’ve been some fun in it. What Bronte does manage to do is get across the feeling of danger, of being hunted, and how fatal making mistakes can be.
It was night time when I poured lava into that hole, not realizing that it was adjacent to wooden walls in the corner. A few moments later, as I had my back to the lava pool, putting new iron ore into the furnace for some hot, smelting action, I heard something sizzle and pop behind me. I turned around. The entire northern wall of my house was gone, only the glass cubes remained, and fire was quickly spreading
For anyone who’s yet to poke their nose in Minecraft like me, this is a great post. It reads like a mini-story and Bronte succeeds in giving us a window into it while still making us go “cool! I want to leave a build a house with all kinds of survival mechanisms and traps too!” Or maybe that’s just me….
What about you? Already play Minecraft and have tales to rival Bronte’s, or are you caving in and going to check it out now?
*I know Minecraft isn’t an MMO but… but… it’s Minecraft. And it might as well be given the coverage it gets.
_Quote taken directly from Bronte’s post_
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Your raid leader wants you to do PvP. Controversial, right? No, your raid leader didn’t slip me a quick mail asking me to drop a hint. It’s actually Chris from the team over at WoWPhiles who’s suggesting that raid leaders everywhere might carry this deep, dark secret of how they wish their raiders would improve their performance.
Chris’ logic is sound. In fact, his whole case is so simple that it might be blindingly obvious to some of us. But if you, like me, focus mostly on PvE content and slaying them tharr internet, scripted dragons, you might forget what PvP can teahc you.
The best way to increase your situational awareness in this game is by participating in PvP. I’ve learned first hand how much more effective you can be in the DPS role by having PvP experience. PvP requires you to react to unscripted sequences, do damage while on the run, and simply think clearly in hectic situations. Simple examples of what I’ve been doing in PvP that have translated well to raiding are..
Yep, he goes on to give examples of ways he’s learnt to use abilities better, from having to think on the move in PvP. Chris’ whole point is that DPSers are required to combine high DPS and survival (read: get out of the fire PDQ) more than ever in Cataclysm. And according to him, PvP is the arena – no pun intended – to learn it. He’s even had other PvE players of his spec and class look at him and say “how the friggle did you do that?”
Well, maybe not quite like that. But anyway, what do you think – are you off to learn valuable lessons from battlegrounds or can you learn everything you need to know by rote in PvE?
_Quote taken directly from Chris’ post
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This guide is out of date! But have no fear – go over to our Survival Hunter Rotation, Reforging, Talent Spec and More guide for 4.2 to get the latest info!
Logged in to your Survival hunter after WoW patch 4.0.1 and goggling at your screen? Hunters have had some big changes, not to mention the new focus bar shaking up the basics of huntering. You don’t need to fall prey to the patch. Let us show you what’s lying in wait so you can focus ready for the wild times to come in Cataclysm.
Survival hunter rotation:
Hunter’s Mark > Serpent Sting > Explosive Shot if you have focus, it’s off cooldown or you get a Lock and Load proc > Black Arrow > Serpent Sting if it’s fallen off the target > Arcane Shot if you have 70+ focus > Explosive Shot any time it’s off cooldown > Black Arrow…
If you need to regain Focus, use Steady Shot.
Survival talent spec:
Stats, reforging and gems as a Survival Hunter: <
Stats order: Hit (until hit capped at248) > Agility > Mastery > Critical Strike Rating > Haste
- Reforge Critical Strike Rating into Mastery.
- Gem Agility.
Major: Glyph of Disengage
Minor: Glyph of Feign Death
- TKA Something Hunter forums
- WoW Insider’s hunter column – very informative, if wordy. Currently still updating for 4.0.1.
- MMO Champion forums Hunter 4.0.1 guide
- Elitist Jerks’ 4.0.1 Hunter guide
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