Some people will feel like they’ve re-discovered the Diablo 2 class, “Amazon” while playing the hunter. The hunter is the only class that can deal ranged physical damage. With a bow, crossbow, or a gun as his main weapon, the hunter defeats most melee opponents before they can even land their first blow. To increase the distance between him and his opponents, he can lay traps that would use ice to decrease their movement speed. In case an opponent does come within striking range, the hunter can keep his cool. After all, he’s pretty tough; hunters can also wear mail armor (but only after level 40).
To enter into melee battle without thinking is still never something a hunter should do! For this sort of thing, he’s got his very own assistants: the hunter is the only class that can tame wild animals (cats, raptors, wasps, moths, gorillas, birds, snakes, spiders, bats, and much more) and use them as pets in battle. Pets have individual skill trees now. Get yourself a bear to be your tank, or a tiger to deal some serious damage. And since he’s got a thing for animals, the hunter can even take on aspects of certain animals (aptly named animal aspects), that grant him additional bonuses. When all else fails, he simply feigns death and doesn’t stand up again until the coast is clear.
Specialize your hunter
Beast Mastery: Are you an animal lover? Through this tree, you can improve many aspects of your pet, including damage and/or armor and even improve the “animal aspects”. Heal your pet more efficiently, resurrect him and ensure better focus regeneration for more pet damage. The prime ability of the hunter is “Beast Mastery”: Tame exotic animals and increase the talent points of your pet by 4!
Marksmanship: Jealous that your pet deals more damage than you do? Then marksmanship is the tree for you: Many ranged attacks are improved in this tree. Critical strike rates and damage can be increased. Mana cost for shots and stings can be decreased by 15%! Silencing shot is a hit in PvP due to the silencing effect (doesn’t allow opponents to cast spells!). Chimera Shot provides the main event and guarantees a hefty damage bonus and refreshes the effects of “Serpent Sting” and heals you for 5% of your total health.
Survival: For ranged fighters, survivalists, and trappers. At first glance, it may appear that this tree is made for the improvement of melee battle. However, if you want to play efficiently, you should not try to invest too much in melee skills – the hunter is not an innate melee fighter! For normal gameplay, gamers usually only invest points in “Pathing” to increase their ranged attack tempo by 3%.
Allowable Races: Blood Elf, Draenei, Dwarf, Night Elf, Orc, Tauren, Troll, Human, Undead, Goblin, Worgen