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World of warcraft hunter guide

Apr 13, 2008
In World of Warcraft Hunters are the specialist wild beast tamers. They are supreme in all outdoor survival skills and talents. Their use of ranged weapons makes them supreme marksmen. Their outdoor mastery includes the use of pets to fight at their side and tracking of various units so they can either attack or defend with high precision. They also have the ability to melee fight if the need arises, and can set a range of traps to immobilize enemies. And to access even more abilities they can also assume the aspect of beasts like the hawk and the monkey.

1. Ranged weapon specialization is their best talent, even more so than their pet taming. The projectiles include 4 different types of stings that cause a debuff effect on targets causing great damage. They also have shots like Arcane Shot, Auto Shot and later in levels Steady Shot.

2. Melee fighting: Hunters can close fight but not in the same league as warriors. Useful to have if target gets too close or pet is impaired due to a spell or busy with other targets.

3. Combat pets the most important tool in their arsenal giving the hunter additional damage per second and tanking support as well as maintaining aggro received to a minimum.

4. Traps: At their disposal hunters have up to 5 traps used for crowd control, and to cause damage . Traps have a cool down period of 30 seconds. Once a trap is set another can be set up immediately afterwards. Here are the kind of traps available to hunters:

Freezing Trap - freezes approaching enemies.

Frost Trap - Slows enemies up to 60% in area where trap is set.

Immolation Trap - Burns enemies over 15 sec period.

Immolation Trap - Burns enemies over 15 sec period.

5.Aspects for hunters are abilities which only hunters can tap into. They allow them to assume aspects of 7 different types of animals. Only one at a time can be active and are especially useful for the hunter depending on what kind of combat he or she is about to engage with. A skillful hunter will know just which ones to use or mix up when the need arises. The seven available hunter aspects are:

Aspect of the Monkey: This can increase the chance to dodge by 8%.

Aspect of the Hawk: Increases "ranged" attack by "x" amount depending on level.

Aspect of the Cheetah: Can speed up the hunter speed by 30% but can also daze him for 4 seconds if suffering damage.

Aspect of the Beast: Allows hunters to become undetectable.

- Aspect of the Pack: The hunter and his/her group take on the characteristics of a pack of cheetahs, increasing all their movement speeds by 30%. If a pack member takes damage, they will be dazed for 4 sec.

- Aspect of the Wild: The Hunter and his group take on the characteristics of the wilderness, gaining +X resistance to Nature damage.

Aspect of the Viper: Regenerates mana equal to 55% of his intellect every 5 seconds

6. Hunters track 8 types of creatures or items in the game. Only one tracking "device" can be kept open at any time. Type of units they are able to track include: Beasts, Humanoids, Undead, Hidden, Elementals, Demons, Giants, and Dragonkin.

All the above abilities in this short WoW hunter guide point to the hunter being the best class to sole when you level up. Warlocks are equally as good but play different. Looking at forums, most who have used both classes tend to prefer hunters but this is subjective. The only weakness they have is when they are unable to use ranged weapons though they have limited melee abilities. All in all this is one of the most popular classes in wow due to its variety, versatility and power.
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James Ross is a currently active World of Warcraft player and guides buff as well as webmaster of the World of Warcraft Guides site.
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