Pre-raiding level 80 Hunter Gear – Part 1

EDIT:  This post was written before the Argent Tournament and some of the new BG gear.  As well as my list check out the gear that you can purchase with Champion’s Seals and Wintergrasp Marks of Honor here, some of this will be very useful additions to this list, and easy to get hold of.

We are both focussed on gearing up for raiding right now.  Soldiers of Fortune made its first test expedition into Naxx last weekend, with some mixed results (we’ll write about Naxx shortly).  Anelf and Tinuviel’s gear is about at the minimum entry level, and we are still working on improving gear in time for our next raids.  Hence, the homework and blogs on gear lists, which will hopefully be helpfully to those of you in the same position.

For my list, I have been a bit lazy (or smart, depending on how you look at it).  I have used the wowhead filter to create lists for you, for each item piece.  Click on the links to view them.  I have also pulled out a couple of key easy to obtain pieces, if you don’t want to trawl through the whole wowhead list (these are a range from some of the best to some of the easiest to obtain – I have sometimes missed out a very good piece, where I think there is an equally good, but easier to obtain item).  I have put a second link to the compare function on wowhead for the items, rather than link each of the items individually.  My list is subjective, look at the link to the whole list if you want to be thorough.  Oh, and the smiley face at the end of some rows, is Tinuviel’s current gear (my personal checklist).

A couple of key stats before we start.

Item Level

Item level – a number assigned by Blizzard to reflect the ‘usefulness’ of a piece and the level needed to wear it.  An appropriate item that is level 200 is usually, but not always, better for you than an item that is 174; it depends on a number of things, including your spec and your current gear and stats.  Remember balance is key, don’t neglect some key stats in your drive for one favorite one.

<174 – unless its exceptional, probably needs replacing for raiding at 80.

174 – mostly level 78 greens and quest rewards.

187 – rare items require less than level 80 to wear them (e.g. level 78 swiftarrow set)

200 – Exhalted rep gear; heroic end boss gear; emblem of heroism gear; Nax 10 man gear; Obsidium Sanctum 10 man gear; T7 10-man sets; S1 (Hateful) pvp gear; BOE craftables

Once you begin raiding….

213 – Nax 10 end boss (Kehl’thuzad); Obsidium Sanctum 10 man bonus loot 2; Eye of Eternity 10 gear; Emblem of valor gear; Nax 25 man gear; Obsidium Sanctum 25 man gear; T7.25 sets; S2 (Deadly) gear

226 – Nax 25 man end boss (Kel’thuzad); Obsidum Sanctum 25 man bonus loot 2; Eye of Eternity 25 man gear

As you can see, level 200 gear seems to be what we are aiming for for entry level Naxx.  It’s what drops in 10 man Nax, except for the end boss.  Level 187 gear should be reasonable too, but try to aim to minimize the number of pieces you have that are less than level 187, unless they are especially good.  This is me on the armory.  I currently have 1 item at 174 (trinket – although I do have another level 200 trinket, but it’s a less appropriate stamina one).

I replaced my shattered sun necklace with the necklace purchasable with Emblems of Heroism and obtained the Achievement Superior! This requires you to fit a level 187 item or above into every slot.  Not a bad point to aim for for starting raiding.

Hit rating at level 80

Hit is one of your most important stats (possibly the most important until you hit the hit cap), if you intend to raid.  The amount of hit you need to face a level 83 boss (in Nax) is huge.  Here are the numbers (thanks to Less QQ, more PewPew for these):

Hunter Hit Cap – [32.78 Hit Rating = 1% Hit]

262.24 Hit Rating – 0/3 Focused Aim
229.46 Hit Rating – 1/3 Focused Aim
196.68 Hit Rating – 2/3 Focused Aim
163.90 Hit Rating – 3/3 Focused Aim

I usually run with a Draenei, so that reduces my hit cap by a further 1%, my pally tank’s racial ability giving me an additional 1% to hit, which is a cap of 131.12. (Remember Snapper Extreme buff food that will increase your hit rating by 40 for 30mins, if you are still below the cap – which means 91.12 is the minimum from gear your could squeeze out if you were talented, well fed and shackled to a Draenei.)

Haste versus armor penetration

These are the relatively new boys on the block, we are seeing a lot of them, especially haste on hunter gear.  There is a lot of discussion and number crunching, some of which seems a bit confusing and contradictory to me.  What I’ve got out of it so far is that armor penetration is pretty nice for a BM hunter, haste not so much.  Haste is pretty sweet for a MM or Surv hunter (until they get their speed down to 1.5 – the cap), they also benefit from armor penetration too.  However, don’t neglect your primary stats hit, agility, attack power, int, and stam (the latter is especially important for surv hunters), in order to stack haste and or armor penetration – not unless you have done a lot of theorycrafting and know exactly what mix you have.

The Armor List

Head

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Truesight Iceblinders – engineer crafted BOP – item level 200

Plunder’s Helm – UK (H) – item level 200

King Drek’s Helm - Drak’Tharon Keep (H) – item level 200

Toothslice Helm – rep reward – The Oracles – revered – item level 187 :)

Swiftarrow Helm – crafted – item level 187

Neck

Good easy to get suggestions: err… I’m not sure there are many.  The Pendant of the Outcast Hero :) for 25 Emblems of Heroism – item level 200 – seems by far the best.  Just save up the badges and get that. :)  (the Jewelcrafted piece Titanium Impact Choker, is a reasonable alternative, but expensive on the mats, so expensive to make or buy, and not quite so good imo.)

Shoulders

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Spaulders of the Abomination – Meathook COS(H) – item level 200 :)

Spaulders of the Black Arrow – revered with the Ebon Blade vendor Icecrown – item level 200

Swiftarrow Shoulders – crafted BOE – item level 187

Back

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Ice striker’s Cloak – crafted BOE – item level 200 :)

Cloak of Holy Extermination – Argent Crusade Honored vendor Icecrown – item level 187

(Honored rep with Argent Crusade is easy to get, and then save up for Ice Striker. )

Chest

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Polished Regimental Hauberk – Argent Crusade Exhalted – item level 200

Heroes Cryptstalker Tunic – 80 Emblems of Heroism – Dalaran Vendor – item level 200

Aviary Guardman’s Hauberk – BOE Drak’Tharon Keep (H) – item level 200

Hauberk of Arcane Wrath – Anomalus The Nexus(H) – item level 200 :)

Razorstrike Breastplate – crafted BOE – item level 187

Assault Hauberk – quest reward Aces high! Coldarra – item level 174

Bracers

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Giantmain Bracers – crafted BOE – item level 200 :)

Hateful Gladiator’s Wristguards of Triumph – item level 200

Interwoven Scale Bracers – Keristraza The Nexus (H) – item level 200

Eaglebane Bracers – crafted – item level 187

Gloves

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Rusted-Linked Spiked Gauntlets – Nax BOE drop Ah – item level 200 – will be expensive :)

Heroic Cryptstalker Gloves – 60 EoH – Dalaran vendor

Handgrips of the Savage Emissary – Violet Hold (H) – item level 200

Grips of the Beast God – Gal’Darah Gundrak (H) – item level 200

Grips of Chronological Events – quest A Royal Escort – Culling of Strat – item level 187

Swiftarrow Gauntlets – crafted – item level 187

Belt

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Sovereign Belt – King Ymiron Utgarde Pinnacle(H) – item level 200

Veressa’s Silver Chain Belt – 40 Emblem of Herosim – Dalaran vendor – item level 200

Belt of Tassled Lanterns – Gundrak (H) – item level 200

Cord of Swirling Winds – Ionar Hall of Lightning (H) – item level 200

Waistband of Thuzadin – Salramm Culling of Strat (N) – item level 187 :)

Giant Ring Belt – Sons of Hodir Honored – item level 187

Swiftarrow Belt – crafted – item level 187

Leggings

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Giantmain leggings – crafted – item level 200 :)

Hollowed-Mandible Legplates – Azjol-Nerub(Heroic) item level 200

Leather-braced chain leggings – Loken HofL(Normal) – item level 187

Swiftarrow leggins – crafted – item level 187

Cannibal’s Leggings – Slad’ran Gundrak(Normal) – item level 179*

*These have great stats (especially for BMs) for the level.

Boots

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Boots of Twinkling Stars – Kirin Tor exalted – vendor Dalaran – item level 200

Hateful Gladiators Sabatons of Triumph – 49,000 honor points – vendor sw/org

Dragon Slayer’s Sabatons – Keristraza – The Nexus (H) item level 200 :)

Twin-Headed Boots – Violet Hold(H) – item level 200

Boots of the Terestrial Guardian – BOE drop – item level 187

Dragonstompers – crafted – item level 175

Rings

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Signet of Edward the Odd – BOE ah – item level 200 – if you want haste

Titanium Impact Band – crafted – item level 200 – expensive :)

Morbius Band – Chrono-Lord Epoch – Culling of Strat (H) – item level 200 :)

Stained Glass Shard – BOE ah – item level 200

Band of the Kirin Tor – Vendor Dalaran – item level 200 – if you have money to sink

Bjarngrim Family Signet – Quest Hall of Lightning (N) – item level 187

Signet of Bridenbrad – quest Icecrown – item level 174

Frog-Toe Band – quest Icecrown – item level 174

Trinkets

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 – includes non-hunter trinkets too)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

There are millions of Trinkets even some of the lower level ones are pretty good, choosing the best one for you is a headache, here are a pick of the best:

EDIT:  Titan forged Rune of Accuracy – item level 213 – lots of hit

Incisor Fang – King Dred Drak’Tharon Keep (H) – item level 200

Mighty Alchemists Stone – crafted BOP alchemists only – item level 200 :)

Mirror of Truth – 40 Emblems of Heroism Dalaran vendor – item level 200

Figurine – emerald boar – crafted BOP jc only – item level 200

Sphere of Red Dragons Blood – Keristraza The Nexus (H) – item level 200 :)

Darkmoon Card: Greatness – crafted – item level 200 (expect it to be expensive it takes an enormous amount of mats to create – I am trying to create one – but it is going to take months and thousands of gold in herbs, some of which I am picking, some I am buying)

Fezzik’s Pocketwatch – quests Icecrown – item level 174 (I couldn’t decide which of my lesser dps trinkets was best, I decided it was probably this one).

When I am soloing or tanking with my gorilla I use these two for the extra HP for the gorilla and the extra heals for him from the Brewmaid:

Indestructible Alchemists Stone – crafted BOP alchemists only – item level 200

Brightbrew Charm – Coren Direbrew during Brewfest – item level 128

2 handed weapons

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power usuable by a hunter)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

Hateful Gladiators Decapitator – arena – item level 200 (at the moment you have to do arena to get this; I BG’d back in the day to get my full Merciless armor set and Merciless Gladiators Decapitator, but have never set foot in an arena.)

Runeblade of Demonstrable Power – Revered with the Ebon Blade – item level 200 (I’ve just started rep grinding for this one – but notice the bags of hit on the Whale-Stick and the 1-h Fangs of Truth below – don’t replace those with this if your hit plummets.)

Whale-Stick Harpoon – Revered with Kal’uak – item level 187 :)

Wrymclaw Battleaxe – The Occulus (N) – item level 187

A note on Staves post 3.0.8

Many feral staves have had their stats changed.  In a lot of cases armor has been removed and the staves now provide attack power to non-druids as well as feral attack power to druids.  Some of these have become excellent hunter weapons.  Just use your common sense and judgement if you role against a feral druid for a stave.  On a side note, druids can now use polearms, so don’t be surprised if a druid asks to role against you on a suitable pole arm.  Here a is a list of all the staves with AP on in the 174-200 item range.  Note the first one is from Naxx, and the one from UP dropped by the plundered still has armor on it, and is the best pre-raiding feral druid stave in the game (according to rawr), so you should not roll again a druid on it.  The second on the list, from Violet Hold is the best choice for a hunter if you can get it.

Staves here.

1-handed weapons

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Good easy to get suggestions:

There are lots to choose from – so see the search

I will point one just one – The Fang of Truth :) – honored with the Wrymrest Accord – these are very easy to get and very good indeed for the item level – you can dual-wield them and they have bags of hit if you are short.  I have compared this to 3 others here.  Only one in my opinion is an upgrade and that it is the hugely expensive Avool’s Sword of Jin.

Ranged weapons

Wowhead filted search here (item level 174-200 with attack power)

Wowhead compare for the items I selected here

Good easy to get suggestions:

EDIT:  Blunderbuss of Khaz Modan – from the Argent Tournament dailies – item level 200

Drake-Mounted Crossbow – Ingvar the Plunderer Utgarde Keep (H) – item level 200

Nesingwary 400 – crafted boe – item level 200 :)

If you haven’t get the Drake-Mounted Crossbow or the Blunderbuss for free, buy the Nesingwary 4000.  Accept no substitute.  There is nothing better for a hunter to spend their money on than their ranged weapon (and don’t forget the scope while you are out shopping).

Now the Blundderbuss is available for a weeks worth of dailies (which also earn you a lot of cash), there is no excuse for not having one of the three above weapons.  Lesser temporary alternatives are (but I would expect these to be temporary):

Pierce’s Pistol – Culling of Strat (H) – item level 200

Titanium Compact Crossbow – Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom (H) – item level 200

Zombie Sweeper Shotgun – revered Argent Crusade vendor Icecrown – item level 200 (you should be grinding this rep anyway for the breastplate at exalted)

Don’t skip out on enchants/armor patches, gems, scopes, etc.  But that is another article.  Hope this was helpful.


External links to other gear lists:

QQpewpew – Gear from the Frozen North

The Hunter’s Mark – Faction Items for Hunters: Wrath Edition

BRK – GM Doesn’t Always Mean ‘Great Mind’

WOW Insider – Scatter Shot – 5-man heroic loot for hunters


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14 responses to “Pre-raiding level 80 Hunter Gear – Part 1

  1. You have made a very confused hunter very happy. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

  2. As for a one handed weapon, I personally would prefer “the Key” for H VH over the fangs. More agility and attack power less hit. A little harder to get…I think thats why I like em :)

  3. Thank you soo much for this info!!!

  4. A very useful article! Sorted out a lot of confusion. Thankyou = )

  5. An excellent and not too hard to obtain 2H is the Staff of Trickery from heroic Violet Hold. See comparison to the other 2H mentioned above:

    http://www.wowhead.com/?compare=42316;44249;44053;36962

  6. Thanks Legende, you are absolutely right. I have now added a note about staves post 3.0.8

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  8. Many thanks for the compact gear list, tells me where to put my money. :)

    One reminder for BM hunters: Focused Aim does not improve your pet’s hit rating, while your hit rating bonus does. Skip Focused Aim and put 5 points into Lethal Shots (5pt in Lethal should be a given for BM).

  9. Last week I got my complete set of pre-raiding gear. Had a list before I found this page, but this one gave me some new ideas of items.

    Have over 4000 attack power now and almost 30% crit with this gear. Entered VoA, for the first time, yesterday (heroic) and ended up second in the dps list.

    Also got lucky to get the Valorous Cryptstalker Handguards (won the roll against one other hunter) so now I have started getting the raiding replacements. :)

  10. Grutuflah – quite true about Focus Aim not improving your pets hit rating – grrr. Happily, the PTR for 3.1 currently has this changed so it now DOES improve your pets hit as well as your own. Hopefully, this will make it to live realms when the new patch comes out.

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  12. Thanks so much for putting this guide together. I am a relatively casual gamer, so having a guide like this really saves some time. Maybe someday soon I’ll be clearing Naxx :)

  13. Just wanted to let you know this was very helpful start to get into raiding. Your selection of gear and what to focus on was pretty spot on.

    I can happily report I am now wearing only 1 piece of gear in this guide thanks to you as the raiding has gone quite nicely.

    Thanks for this guide as well as part 2. Much appreciated!

    One thing to add to the trinket section. The battlemasters accuracy can be very helpful reaching the hit cap allowing you to free up 3 talent points. It’s very easy for a hunter of any spec to get within a few days of not much work doing wintergrasp and BG “dailies”.