The first thing you need to know about playing hunter is you want to be doing as much ranged damage as possible. So keep the following in mind:
You want to be getting as much agility as possible to increase your damage and critical strike chance. Apart from agility the other main stats you want to be thinking about are Stamina and Intellect.
A simple way of looking at it is this: For PVP prioritise Stamina (to stay alive for longer) and for PVE prioritise Intellect (to be able to use more abilities before running out of mana for higher DPS).
We have listed 3 builds below. One is centered around Marksmanship, one around Beast Mastery and the other is PVP orientated. You can follow the link to “db.vanillagaming” to see what each talent does and test out tweaking the builds to suit you.
Any beast you come across in Vanilla Wow can be tamed and used as a pet. We have listed every single available pet in the game including their name, what level they are, where you can find them and what skills they have. Check out one of the following lists to find them all:
Vanilla Wow Hunter Pets by Level
Vanilla Wow Hunter Pets by Type
Vanilla Wow Hunter Pets by Zone
Your pet can learn skills. New skills are taught by using “Beast Training” (found in your spell book).
There is a Pet Trainer (usually found near the hunter trainer) that teaches abilities like Growl (taunt), Great Stamina and Natural Armour. But there are other skills available to pets that can only be learnt by taming certain beasts. For example, Cats can use Claw, Boars can use Charge & bats can use Dive.
To learn these skills you have to find a beast that knows the skill, tame it and use the skill a few times to learn it. You can then teach that skill to any other pet you have that is eligible. We have a list of all the skills, their different ranks and what beast you have to tame to learn it on our Vanilla Wow Pet Skills page.
When it comes to dealing damage as a hunter there are mainly two abilities you need to think about: Aimed Shot and Multi-Shot. They are both abilities that can be used in between your Auto Shot (normal attack with your ranged weapon). The rotation is as follows:
Auto Shot is ready to go and starts “reloading” after being fired (the reload time depends on the speed of your ranged weapon). So you want to cast Auto Shot and then cast Aimed Shot as soon as it’s fired. Auto Shot will be “reloading” during Aimed Shot cast time. As soon as Aimed Shot is fired, Auto Shot will have finished “reloading” and fire again. It will then start “reloading” again. Now cast Multi-Shot before Auto Shot finishes “reloading”. If timed right you can cast both abilities while Auto Shot is “reloading” without losing any Auto Shot damage.
To get the perfect timing it is essential you use a hunter timer. This is an addon that shows you when your Auto Shot is “reloading”. This allows you to know exactly when to use your Aimed Shot and Multi-Shot. We suggest using YaHT (Yet Another Hunter Timer) which you can find on our Vanilla Wow Hunter Addons page.
Most hunters like to use a slower weapon because your Multi-Shot and Aimed Shot will do more damage. This is especially good for Multi-Shot as it is an instant cast and Aimed Shot critical strikes for big damage. Slower weapons are also more efficient for timing your Aimed Shot in between Auto Attacks.
There are many addons that are essential for hunters. As mentioned earlier (in the rotation section) having a hunter timer is crucial. It will help you time your attacks perfectly and maximise your DPS.
Another addon we consider essential is OmniCC. This times your abilities’ cool downs and displays the count down so you know exactly when your abilities are ready to use again.
You can find both these addons and others on our Vanilla Wow Hunter Addons page.
Macros will make your life easier and more efficient. You can put different spells in to one macro instead of having several keybindings for them. This makes it easier – helping you avoid human error. It also allows you to cast them faster – pressing the same key three times is quicker then pressing three different keys. You can also set certain conditions – for example: Only casting Viper Sting if the target has mana.
Here are a few macros as an example. For our full list visit our Vanilla Wow Hunter Macros page.
Auto Shot & Aspect of the Hawk
Starts Auto Shot & if Aspect of the Hawk is not active it will cast it.
Mark, Pet Attack & Shoot
The Big Melee Macro
This macro is to be spammed while in melee to cast Aspect of the Monkey (if it is not already active), start attacking, then cycle through your melee abilities if they are available to use.
If you want to start raiding you are going to need Pre-Raid Bis (best in slot) gear. Which means the best possible item for every slot available (shoulder slot, wrist slot, etc).
Visit our Vanilla Wow Hunter Pre-Raid BIS page for the best item for every slot and how to get them.