Raiding Preparation for the BM Hunter Part 1
Well, now that Grim has reached 70, its about time I got him ready for raiding. On that note, I started looking into what I’d need to get going. Matticus had a guest writer come in a while back and wrote an excelent post on what gear and enchants a fresh 70 Hunter should be trying to get . Matticus gave me permission to reproduce some of that here and I’d like to expand upon it a little bit, and possibly offer some differing opinions or alternate suggestions. I do realize most people are past the ‘get ready for kara’ stage, so this post is mostly for myself (or anyone else leveling an alt hunter and wanting to take them to Kara). Aside from Badge gear, if anyone knows of a quest reward or regular instance drop that is a clear upgrade from what I have listed, please feel free to make a note of it in the comments.
As the great one often says, the BM Hunter is all about achieving a balance with your stats. A BM Hunter who has insane RAP and Crit won’t be much use if their mana pool runs out after the first minute of combat. On that note, the stats that a BM Hunter is interested in are:
Agility, Stamina (HP), Ranged Attack Power (RAP), Crit, Intellect (Mana) and +Hit. Mp5 could also be considered, but core stats shouldn’t be sacrificed for a few more mp5 (it should really only be considered when debating between side-grades). As for the general targets to strive for when gearing for Kara, you’re going to want your paper doll to show something like this*:
HP : 8500
Mana : 6500
AP : 1400-1500
Crit : ~20%
Hit : 9% (142)**
*As I don’t have a Hunter who is/was geared for Kara (yet), these numbers are based off of what I found while researching this post. There may be disagreements with these numbers, which is fine. They are here only to provide a guideline.
** Hit should be stacked until you reach the hit cap at 142 (without Surefooted). After that, hit is wasted. I used BRK’s reasearch here for this calculation.
[Stalker's Helm of Second Sight] is the head piece that you should be looking at getting. This is the reward for two quest chains in Shadowmoon Valley. The first quest in the chain is called [Malefactor's Eyepatch] is another choice. It comes from a quest chain in BEM that starts with Baron Sablemane’s Poison and ends with Showdown .
[Insignia of the Mag'hari Hero] is a Horde only reward after you have finished all the Garadar quests. This piece contains +14 Hit so it is a nice choice for anyone trying to max out their chance to hit and not wanting to switch something out elsewhere.
[Beast Lord Mantle] drops from Warlord Kalithresh in the Steamvault. The set bonuses for the BL set are very nice, so if you can grab multiple pieces, I’d say go for it.
[Towering Mantle of the Hunt] is another option. It drops from Sarannis in the Botanica. These are not better than the BLM, so if you can get that, take it, but they are an alternative.
[Delicate Green Poncho] is a quest reward from Bring Me The Egg (Group) in Nagrand. This is another great choice having +14 Hit Rating again it can be used to max your hit so you can have options in other slots.
[Felstalker Breastplate] is a LW crafted item that is part of the 3 piece Felstalker set. The 3 piece bonus for the set is +20 Hit Rating, if you need the hit.
[Salvager's Hauberk] is a rep reward from the Lower City. Since there are a few other pieces that will require you to run Lower City rep instances, this may be a very easy solution, especially if you’re not a Leatherworker. Requires Lower City: Revered.
EDIT: As suggested by Daxe:
Beast Lord Curiass is a drop from Warp Splinter, the end boss in Botanica.
[Felstalker Bracers] is another piece of the Leatherworking crafted set.
[Ar'tor's Mainstay] is a quest reward from a quest chain in Shadowmoon Valley. The chain starts with The Bundle of Bloodthistle and finishes with The Cipher of Damnation – The Third Fragment Recovered .
[Gauntlets of the Redeemed Vindicator] is another choice. They are a quest reward in Netherstorm from the quest Deathblow to the Legion , which is a three part chain that starts with Socrethar’s Shadow (Group) .
[Felstalker Belt] is the third piece in the Felstalker LW crafted set. The pattern can be purchased at Friendly reputation with Thrallmar (or Honor Hold).
[Girdle of Gale Force] is a random world drop, so check for it on your local AH.
[Scaled Greaves of Patience] is a drop in Caverns of Time: Old Hillsbrad from Captain Skarloc. It has excellent stats and three gem slots, so its a very nice pair of leg armor pre-Kara.
[Beast Lord Leggings] drop from Warlord Kalithresh in the Steamvault and are another great choice.
[Sky Hunter Swift Boots] are dropped by Darkweaver Syth in Sethekk Halls.
[Slayer's Mark of the Redemption] is a quest reward from Dissension Amongst the Ranks (Group) in Shadowmoon Valley. The quest is the end of a 5-part chain that starts with The Path of Conquest . This is another piece that has Hit Rating (+10) and can be used to increase you to the hit cap.
[Band of Anguish] is a quest reward from News of Victory , the last part of a 6-part chain of quests in Shadowmoon Valley, starting with Bring Down the Warbringer! . Again, this ring has +10 Hit Rating.
[Longstrider's Loop] is dropped by Nexus Prince Shaffar in Mana-Tombs. It has +11 Hit Rating.
[Lightwarden's Band] is an option for any Aldor aligned players which can be obtained at Revered reputation. It doesn’t have hit, so it would be better to use this if you’re over the hit cap and want to swap something out.
[Hourglass of the Unraveller] is a drop from Caverns of Time: Black Morass, which happens to be my favorite instance in the game. (I know a lot of people hate it, but I like the fast paced challenge of it all.) It drops from Temporus and is fairly rare, so if you do get one, count yourself lucky. This is an excellent trinket with a very nice proc effect.
[Bladefist's Breadth] is a quest from Cruel’s Intentions (Group) in Hellfire Peninsula. Most people pick this up in their early 60′s and keep it for a long time as it is a very nice trinket. I’m still using it.
[Abacus of Violent Odds] is a drop from Panthaleon the Calculator in The Mechanar. It has an on use effect that gives you increased haste, which does stack with both Serpent’s Swiftness and Rapid Fire. ZOMG!!! BM Heaven.
[Sonic Spear] is a drop from Murmur in the Shadow Labyrinth. It comes with +24 Hit Rating, which is extremely nice to put you up at the hit cap.
[Blackened Spear] is a reputation reward for Thrallmar: Revered reputation. It also has +19 Hit Rating. The Alliance Hunters can always get the Honor Hold equivalent.
I decided not to go into too much detail for the Ranged Weapons. They are one of the most important features of a Hunter. So instead, I’m listing a bunch and letting you make up your mind about what works for you, what you like and which one you want to go look up for yourself.
While you’re out getting the rest of your stuff, you should be able to come across a couple of these that are drops. I’d suggest getting as many as you can so that you can switch them up as you see fit to better suit your play style.
[Lohn'goron, Bow of the Torn Heart]
[Melmorta’s Twilight Longbow]
[Recoilless Rocket Ripper X-54]
GEMS and ENCHANTS :
Okay, I was going to include this in this post, but its been taking too long and I haven’t had time to get around to it, so I’m going to work on putting that out as part two.