1-60 Hunter Leveling Guide by Kargoz



  • 1-60 Hunter Leveling Guide

    Class Overview, Talents, Rotation, Bow Progression, and more!
    A World of Warcraft 1.13 Guide by Kargoz

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    Introduction

    Greetings prospective Hunters, my name is Kargoz and I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for a long time. Starting my journey in 2004, I’ve since mained Hunter on three different Classic realms, once during retail vanilla progressing through AQ, again during Nostalrius, and most recently on Elysium’s Zeth’Kur. Out of all the classes in the game, Hunter has always resonated with me the most, primarily because it’s the most self reliant, independant class in the game. It is a core part of the Hunter ethos to be alone in the field relying only on yourself and your trusty pet to get the job done. Highly attuned to nature and its beasts you are cunning and resourceful, a master survivalist capable of dealing lethal damage at long range with surgical precision. Hunter’s are a blast to play in Classic offering an incredibly rewarding and flavorful playstyle. While this guide may not be perfect it is my hope that it will help set up new hunters for success.

    Hunter Leveling

    Pros

    Fastest Leveling
    Movement Boosting Abilities + Talents
    Multi-Target Proficiency
    Low Gear Dependance
    High Sustain
    High Self Reliance
    Strong Open World PvP

    Cons

    Ammo + Food Dependance
    Reduced Inventory Space
    Taming Lupos / Brokentooth
    Keeping Pets up to date

    Which Hunter Race is BiS?

    Alliance Races

    Best in PvE = Night Elves, Best in PvP = Dwarf or NE

    Night Elves: 17 Strength 28 Agility 20 Stamina 20 Intellect 21 Spirit
    Shadowmeld, 1% Dodge, Wisp Spirit, 10 Nature Resist

    Dwarves: 22 Strength 19 Agility 24 Stamina 19 Intellect 20 Spirit
    Stoneform (Immune to Bleed, Poison, Disease, +Armor CD) +5 Guns, 10 Frost Resist

    Horde Races

    Best in PvE = Troll, Best in PvP = Orc

    Orc: 23 Strength 29 Agility 23 Stamina 17 Intellect 24 Spirit
    Blood Fury +AP CD, 25% to Resist Stuns, +5 Axe Specialization

    Tauren: 25 Strength 18 Agility 23 Stamina 15 Intellect 23 Spirit
    War Stomp Stun CD, Nature Resist, +5% HP, +5 Herbalism

    Trolls: 21 Strength 25 Agility 22 Stamina 16 Intellect 22 Spirit - Berserking (Burst on CD Spell Haste), Bonus HP Regen), Beastslaying (+5% Beast Dmg)

    Before You Start Leveling

    It is CRUCIAL to setup an Auto Shot Timer. Use either YAHT or Rai’s Auto Shot.

    Setup Quality of Life binds optimized for leveling. (Use your mouse scroll wheel!)

    Setup Pet Attack and Recall Macros.

    Bake your Auto Shot into your offensive Abilities through simple macros.

    Auto Shot Timer

    Before you get started it is of VITAL important that you download and setup an Auto Shot Timer.

    What is an Auto Shot Timer?

    An Auto Shot Timer is an addon that allows you to monitor the time between your natural auto attacks (Auto Shots) in a visual, precise way. It is useful to know this information so you can use abilities or move freely without clipping into your natural Auto Attack cycle and consequently losing damage. It is extremely important to have this addon from 1-10 as we don’t have a Pet to tank for us and we have to create kite mobs solo.

    While the bar is loading to full it means you can move freely - you are not wasting any damage. As it starts to fill back up this signals that your auto attack cooldown has almost reset and you should position yourself to fire again.

    Life 1-10

    Engage mobs at max range with the following rotation.

    Hunter’s Mark -> Max Range Auto Shot -> Move while firing Concussive Shot -> Auto Shot
    -> Move while firing either Arcane OR Serpent sting -> Auto shot -> Melee till death.

    Level 10 Considerations
    Choose an Optimal Pet (see next slides)

    Load up on ample food (buy the cheapest option 2-3 stacks)

    Upgrade your bow from vendor or with a BoE green if you can snag one for a good price.

    Upgrade your Ammo

    Upgrade your Bags if you still have money left.

    Buy all skills minus Track Humanoids.

    All About Pets

    Choosing Your Pet:

    Pets in vanilla are balanced around 10% stat modifiers with each species of pets having a different profile.

    These stat modifiers are as follows:

    Damage: -10 to 10%
    Armor: -10 to +13%
    Health: -10 to 10%

    Generally you want to tame pets with higher attack speed.
    If you are a Night Elf Hunter grab an Owl.
    If you are Orc / Troll grab a Pet with a Rank 2 focus dump.

    Level 2 Focus Dump Pets

    Claw 2: Pet Level 8 (4 TP). Claw the enemy, causing 8 to 12 damage.

    Young Forest Bear (8-9, Elwynn Forest) * Claw 2
    Thistle Bear (11-12, Darkshore) * Claw 2
    Ferocious Grizzled Bear (11-12, Silverpine Forest) * Claw 2
    Mangeclaw (11, Dun Morogh) * Claw 2
    Bjarn (12 Rare, Dun Morogh) * Claw 2
    Encrusted Surf Crawler (9-10, Durotar) * Claw 2
    Tide Crawler (12-14, Darkshore) * Claw 2
    Strigid Hunter (8-9, Teldrassil) * Claw 2
    Death Flayer (11 Rare, Durotar) * Claw 2, Scorpid Poison 1
    Venomtail Scorpid (9-10, Durotar) * Claw 2, Scorpid Poison 1
    Bite 2: Pet Level 8 (4 TP). Bite the enemy, causing 16 to 18 damage.

    Loch Crocolisk (14-15, Loch Modan) * Bite 2
    Vicious Night Web Spider (9-10, Tirisfal Glades) * Bite 2
    Forest Lurker (10-11, Loch Modan) * Bite 2
    Webwood Silkspinner (8-9, Teldrassil) * Bite 2
    Giant Webwood Spider (10-11, Teldrassil) * Bite 2
    Lady Sathrah (12, Teldrassil) * Bite 2 * Caster
    Tarantula (15-16, Redridge Mountains) * Bite 2
    Oasis Snapjaw (15-16, The Barrens) * Bite 2
    Worg (10-11, Silverpine Forest) * Bite 2, Furious Howl 1
    Timber (10 Rare, Dun Morogh) * Bite 2
    Prowler (9-10, Elwynn Forest) * Bite 2
    Starving Winter Wolf (8-9, Dun Morogh) * Bite 2
    Prairie Wolf Alpha (9-10, Mulgore) * Bite 2
    Coyote (10-11, Westfall) * Bite 2
    Coyote Packleader (11-12, Westfall) * Bite 2, Furious Howl 1

    Talent Progression

    Start in Beast Mastery Tree:

    1 Imp Hawk -> 4 Endurance Training -> 2 Imp. Revive Pet
    -> 3 Thick Hide -> 1 Bestial Swiftness -> 2 Pathfinding
    -> 5 Unleashed Fury -> 2 Ferocity -> 1 Intimidation ->
    3 Ferocity -> 1 Endurance Training -> 5 Frenzy -> 1 Bestial Wrath

    Proceed into Marksmanship Tree:

    5 Efficiency -> 5 Lethal Shots -> 1 Aimed Shot -> 3 Hawkeye -> 1 Hunter’s Mark -> 5 Mortal Shots

    Life 10-20


    Engage mobs with the following rotation if you are doing sustained grinding:

    Hunter’s Mark Macro (with pet attack baked in)-> Auto Shot -> Serpent Sting -> Auto Shot -> Arcane Shot -> Auto shot till death

    If you need to burn the target integrate multishot which you get a level 18 in addition to more arcane shots.

    Skip training Eagle Eye, Eyes of the Beast, Scare Beast, Mongoose Bite, Track Undead

    Stay up to date with Pet Training.

    Life 20-30

    Engage mobs with the following rotation if you are doing sustained grinding:

    Hunter’s Mark Macro (with Pet attack baked in)-> Auto Shot -> Rapid Fire -> Serpent Sting -> Auto Shot -> Arcane Shot -> Auto Shot till death

    If you need to burn the target integrate multishot which you get a level 18 in addition to more Arcane Shots.

    Skip training Scorpid Sting, Track Hidden, Track Elementals

    NOTE: Don’t be shy -use your offensive cooldowns every time they are available!

    Life 30-40

    Engage mobs with the following rotation if you are doing sustained grinding:

    Hunter’s Mark Macro (with Pet attack baked in)-> Auto Shot -> Rapid Fire -> Serpent Sting -> Auto Shot -> Arcane Shot -> Auto Shot till death

    Skip training Flare, Track Demons, Viper Sting, Track Giants, Volley, Explosive Trap

    Try to tame Brokentooth. He is a level 37 rare cat with 1.0 attack speed in the Badlands.

    NOTE: Use Feign Death to finesse your way through content. Dismiss your pet run through areas and feign to leap frog through otherwise impassable areas.

    Life 40-50

    Engage mobs with the following rotation if you are doing sustained grinding:

    Hunter’s Mark Macro (with Pet attack baked in)-> Auto Shot -> Rapid Fire -> Bestial Wrath -> Serpent Sting -> Auto Shot -> Arcane Shot -> Auto Shot till death

    Continue to try and fail to tame Brokentooth.

    Skip training Volley, Aspect of the Wild, Track Dragonkin

    Life 50-60

    Engage mobs with the following rotation if you are doing sustained grinding:

    Hunter’s Mark Macro (with Pet attack baked in)-> Aimed Shot -> Rapid Fire -> Bestial Wrath -> Serpent Sting -> Auto Shot -> Arcane Shot -> Auto Shot

    Continue to try and fail to tame Brokentooth.

    Skip training Volley, Aspect of the Wild, Track Dragonkin

    Stat Priority

    Agility
    Increases attack power with melee weapons by 1 and ranged weapons by 2
    Increases your crit chance by 0.0189% (1% crit per 52.91 Agility)
    Increases Armor by 2 and Dodge by 0,0377% (1% dodge per 26.5 Agility)
    Strength
    Increases attack power with melee weapons by 1.
    Stamina
    Increases health points by 10 per point.
    Intellect
    Increases mana points by 15 per point and the rate at which weapon skills improve.
    Spirit
    Increases health & mana regeneration rates.

    Agi > Int > Spirit > Stam > Strength
    10 AP = 1.37 DPS
    1 Crit = 4.8 DPS
    1 Crit = 35,03 AP
    1 AP = 0,0285% Crit

    Alliance Bow Progression

    Hornwood Recurve Bow - 2.4 DPS - Bowyer Vendor - Requires lvl 3
    Ashwood Bow - 3.8 DPS - Reward from Teldrassil Vial Quest “Crown of Earth”
    Hunting Bow - 4.6 DPS - BoE Green - Requires lvl 6
    Laminated Recurve Bow - 5.8 DPS - Bowyer Vendor - Requires lvl 11
    Daryl’s Hunting Bow - 5.9 DPS Reward from Loch Modan Quest “A Hunter’s Boast”
    Fine Longbow - 7.4 DPS - BoE Bowyer Vendor Green - Requires lvl 14
    Reinforced Bow - 7.5 DPS - Bowyer Vendor - Requires lvl 16
    Naga Heartpiercer - 10.6 DPS Naga Heartpiercer in Blackfathom Depths
    Raptor’s End - 12.1 DPS - Reward from Quest Ormer’s Revenge in Wetlands
    Sturdy Recurve - 13.0 DPS - Darnassus / Ironforge Bow Vendor Requires lvl 27
    Master Hunter’s Bow - 19.4 DPS - Stranglethorn Value Quest Reward for “Big Game Hunter”
    Massive Longbow - 22.0 DPS - Darnassus / Ironforge Bow Vendor Requires lvl 42
    Sylvan Shortbow - 22.8 DPS - Bowyer at Feralas, Darnassus, Winterspring
    Verdant Keeeper’s Aim - 28.2 DPS - Maraudon Quest “Corruption of Earth and Seed”
    Thornflinger - 26.6 DPS - Wildkin of Elune Quest in Winterspring
    Satyr’s Bow - 29.8 DPS - Diremaul Drop off Zevrim Thornhoof 20%
    Riphook - 30.2 DPS - Shadowhunter Voshgajin LBRS Drop 8%

    Horde Bow Progression

    Hornwood Recurve Bow - 2.4 DPS - Bowyer Vendor 2 Silver 85 Copper
    Hickory Shortbow - 3.8 DPS - Reward from Harpy Quest “Securing the Lines” in Durotar
    Orcish Battle Bow - 5.5 DPS - Reward from Barren’s Quest “Centaur Bracers”
    Laminated Recurve Bow - 5.8 DPS - Bowyer Vendor - Requires lvl 11
    Fine Longbow - 7.4 DPS - Bowyer Vendor Green - Requires lvl 14
    Reinforced Bow - 7.5 DPS - Bowyer Vendor Green - Requires lvl 16
    Bow of Plunder - 11.3 DPS - Reward from Quest “Dangerous” in Hillsbrad Foothills
    Venomstrike - 11.5 DPS - Drops in WC off Lord Serpentis
    Cliffrunner’s Aim - 12.0 DPS - Reward from Quest “The Sacred Flame” in Thunderbluff
    Raptor’s End - 12.1 DPS - Reward from Quest “Ormer’s Revenge” in Wetlands
    Sturdy Recurve - 13.0 DPS - Undercity / Thunderbluff Bow Vendor Requires lvl 27
    Master Hunter’s Bow - 19.4 DPS - Stranglethorn Value Quest Reward for “Big Game Hunter”
    Massive Longbow - 22.0 DPS - Undercity / Thunderbluff Bow Vendor Requires lvl 42
    Hightland Bow - 23.6 DPS - Reward from Hinterland’s Quest Return to Primal Torntusk
    Verdant Keeeper’s Aim - 28.2 DPS - Maraudon Quest “Corruption of Earth and Seed”
    Satyr’s Bow - 29.8 DPS - Diremaul Drop off Zevrim Thornhoof 20%
    Riphook - 30.2 DPS - Shadowhunter Voshgajin LBRS Drop 8%

    Ammo Progression

    Rough Arrow - +1.5 DPS - Level 1
    Sharp Arrow - +3.5 DPS - Level 10
    Razor Arrow - +7.5 DPS - Level 25
    Jagged Arrow - +13 DPS - Level 40
    Thorium Headed Arrow - 17.5 DPS - Level 52

    Macros

    Auto Shot Macro
    /script if GetUnitName("target")==nil then TargetNearestEnemy() end
    /run if CheckInteractDistance("target", 3) and (not PlayerFrame.inCombat) then AttackTarget() elseif not IsAutoRepeatAction(3) then CastSpellByName("Auto Shot") end

    Macros
    This two-line macro will:

    • Automatically target anything in front of you if you don't have a target.
    • Begin using Auto Shot if you're at the appropriate distance to strike.
    • Prevent Auto Shot from being toggled off if you hit the key again.
    • Swap to melee auto attack if you're too close to Auto Shot.
      Cast Hunter’s Mark + Pet Attack
      /cast Hunter’s Mark
      /script if GetUnitName("target")==nil then TargetNearestEnemy() end
      /script CastPetAction(2);
      /script CastPetAction(10);
      /script PetAttack(target)
      /cast Charge
      /cast Dash

    This macro's six lines do the following:

    • Automatic targeting.
    • Pet will follow you when disengaged from combat.
    • Pet will act passively when disengaged from combat.
    • Pet will attack the target specified.
    • If available, your boar will Charge the target specified.
    • If Charge isn't available or possible, Dash will be enabled instead.

    Macros

    Call Pet Back

    /script PetFollow("Your Name")
    /script CastPetAction(10);
    /cast Dash
    Send Pet to Attack
    /script if GetUnitName("target")==nil then TargetNearestEnemy() end
    /script CastPetAction(2);
    /script CastPetAction(10);
    /script PetAttack(target)
    /cast Charge
    /cast Dash

    Closing Thoughts

    Thank you so much for your time - I hope this guide was of some help!

    If you have further questions you can contact me in our community discord:

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    About the Author

    I am an entrepreneur, U.S. Army soldier, and lifelong gamer from NYC and currently living in San Francisco. I stream and make video content on YouTube primarily for WoW Classic. I hope to continue to build my channel and this project and to become a positive influence in the Classic WoW community. I hope that more people can enjoy the same life changing experience I had when I stepped into Azeroth for the first time at age 13.


  • Initiate

    2 Questions, is this build viable in WPvP or I should invest my points elsewhere and do you have a sheet with guns progressions A/H or I should stick with bows?

    Nice Hunter leveling guide !


  • Initiate

    Think that this might be more like an open world leveling guide, for mob grinding. Instead, why not look for the answers in more advanced guides maybe? Like this one here for example, hope this helps 😉


  • Initiate

    This was the best levelling guide I found for Hunter by a good margin, you've got all the really important stuff in here so thanks for that!

    My one gripe would be a lack of clear routing information. Granted, I've been able to work a lot of this out for myself based on the information provided such as important weapons and pets, but any additional thoughts you have on that could be useful, maybe in a future video.