Getting your hunter’s feet wet in PvP at level 70

Very short post pointing you off-site almost immediately. Lassirra over at The Hunter’s Mark has an excellent introductory article on easily-obtainable gear for hunters wishing to give PvP a go for the first time. I know I’ll be comparing notes once I’ve logged in to see what I’m missing, especially as I’m starting to get gear with gem sockets now.

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Movin’ on up

Been a while since the last post but I have been busy. Not only did I level my alliance PvE hunter to 43, but this past week I succumbed to the calling of the wild and started leveling Gebeorgan too.

I was very close to dinging level 30, maybe 4 bars away, so by the time I handed in a bunch of completed quests in Ashenvale, Stonetalon Mountains and the Barrens I was half-way through the next level without firing a shot. The rest of the level opened my eyes to one thing though and prompted a talent respec. With a hard-hitting PvP build and my lower-level Ghost Saber pet (I really wanted to use Shimmer more) I was over-aggroing—not a problem as the mobs died real quick, but it needed correcting. I am now a pure Beast Master. I have always wanted a 41/20/0 build so this is very pleasing for me. Now my pet has a chance to hold aggro and we can get on with killing quickly (as before) but with a lot more control.

With PvP twink gear I have excellent stats for my level (another factor my pet was dealing with) but with a full compliment of enchantments this really extends the shelf life of that gear beyond the level you’d normally be replacing it at. I had already collected most of the gear for fighting in the Battlegrounds at level 39 and I didn’t really want to enchant it just for PvE so I’ve actually sold a few pieces, including the Epic Nightbane sword (and for a profit to boot). To help me make the right choices I installed RatingBuster an addon that provides item stat breakdown, analysis and comparison. Although I’m sure my stamina may have suffered (which is not a big deal for a PvE Beast Master hunter) I discovered that I could equip the Nightscape Headband, Nightscape Tunic, Gloves of Holy Might and Imperial Leather Bracers yet still able to improve Ranged Attack Power and Crit Rating. I have yet to obtain a Shadowforge Bushmaster gun so I made the less-than-clearcut choice of using the Epic Bow of Searing Arrows.

I’ve also accepted the quest for Goblin engineering and Artisan cooking and completed the Triage quest for First Aid so everything’s moving along nicely. When I have some materials, I do need to visit the enchanter inside Uldaman though.

It feels good to be leveling again.

Level 39 PvP Hunter Twink Weapons

A twink is a player character that is disproportionately powerful for its level, possessing potent items and high-end enchants that are generally way beyond the means of other players at that level. Twink items are acquired through rare drops, drops off of bosses in instances, as rewards from very difficult to complete quests, as gifts, or from the Auction House. Twink items on the Auction House are usually very expensive. The enchantments twinks typically have on their equipment can be performed only by higher level characters at the top of the enchanting profession and are usually very expensive. Therefore, twinking usually requires significant assistance from high-level alts, friends, and / or guild members. However, there are examples of self-made twinks that generate the necessary gold from Auction House trading or other in-game methods. Twinks are mainly used in PVP fighting or in Battlegrounds. WoW Wiki

Some careful planning and a little bit of luck is needed for this next level of PvP twinking and you’ll need the assistance of a high-level friend for the best kit. So, without further ado and in order of most desirable:

Bow of Searing Arrows

The Bow of Searing Arrows is a random-drop Epic bow that’s quite reasonably priced when it appears on the Auction House at about 150-200g. Bearing in mind that I’ll be sat at level 39 for quite some time and that this bow will be adequate to level with afterwards too, it’s money you can recoup easily.

Monolithic Bow

Now the Monolithic Bow drops from mobs inside Uldaman so you can either farm it or keep an eye on the Auction House for it.

Shadowforge Bushmaster

For the gun lovers amongst you, the Shadowforge Bushmaster can also be found in Uldaman.

The Silencer

A random drop, The Silencer is another gun to consider.

Twinking is all about planning—read the WoWHead comments about all these weapons, do some math yourself even and then having made a decision as to which weapon suits you, make sure you skill up with that weapon class especially if you’re switching from guns to bows or vice versa. Me? I’m undecided at the moment despite already owning the Epic bow (and the Bushmaster).

Don’t forget to stock up on Engineer-crafted Hi-Impact Mithril Slugs for your rifles or Precision Arrows for bow users—noting that it’s a right royal pain in the ass to get those arrows. That’s the ranged weaponry identified, now let’s look at the melee stuff:

Nightblade

Another Epic random-drop and taking up a slot in my bank, the Nighblade is a 2-handed sword with a proc and high maximum damage for some good ol’ button mashing melee-mode.

Advisor’s Gnarled Staff

This staff is a PvP reward from the Warsong Outriders and will set you back 938 Honor Points and 40 Marks of Honor. With +14 Stamina, +9 Intellect and +6 Mana per second recovery the automatic choice of Epix is no longer automatic.

Conclusion

Once you leave the battlegrounds at level 30 you need to start planning. What’s your ranged weapon of choice? Is it a case of sticking with your bow or are you switching to a gun? if so, you’ll want a gun now and get skilled with it—and vice versa. Same goes for your melee weapon too. Be sure to check out the accompanying Armor for level 39 twinks post to help plan your leveling strategy.

Level 39 PvP Hunter Twink Armor

A twink is a player character that is disproportionately powerful for its level, possessing potent items and high-end enchants that are generally way beyond the means of other players at that level. Twink items are acquired through rare drops, drops off of bosses in instances, as rewards from very difficult to complete quests, as gifts, or from the Auction House. Twink items on the Auction House are usually very expensive. The enchantments twinks typically have on their equipment can be performed only by higher level characters at the top of the enchanting profession and are usually very expensive. Therefore, twinking usually requires significant assistance from high-level alts, friends, and / or guild members. However, there are examples of self-made twinks that generate the necessary gold from Auction House trading or other in-game methods. Twinks are mainly used in PVP fighting or in Battlegrounds. WoW Wiki

After all the careful planning and luck needed for level 29 this next level of PvP twinking is straightforward—camp the Auction House and run Razorfen Downs with a high-level friend. You could increase your chances of success by forewarning guildmates of your needs and get first dibs on random drops that they might find whilst playing their lower-level characters. Great if you can get them for free but be prepared—indeed offer first—to pay the going rate.

In some cases, I’ve only listed one option per equipment slot so if you really struggle to find this kit perform a manual search of the official Armory.

Head

Nightscape Headband is player-crafted and very easy to obtain. Gives +12 Agility and +11 Stamina.

Shoulders

Fleshhide Shoulders. Get yourself into Razorfen Downs and kill Glutton for a chance at these as they are Bind on Pickup. They give +15 Stamina, +6 Agility and +5 Strength.

Nightscape Shoulders. Player-crafted shoulders that give +11 Agility and +5 Stamina.

Wrists

Imperial Leather Bracers give +8 Agility and +4 Stamina.

Branded Leather Bracers give +4 Stamina and +14 Attack Power.

Hands

Gloves of Holy Might. Epix! And I has it my precioussss. +14 Critical Strike Rating, +20 Attack Power (+30 when fighting undead).

Shadowskin Gloves are player-craftable so should be easy to obtain. They boost +6 Stamina and increase Critical Strike Rating by 14.

Imperial Leather Gloves are a random drop giving +9 to both Agility and Stamina.

Bonefingers drop off Amnennar the Coldbringer, the End Boss of Razorfen Downs. +9 Stamina, +9 Intellect and 4 Mana per second recovery these gloves will help keep you shooting (hard) just that little while longer.

Back

Still Looking!Update 14 March: Austin K suggests via the comments the Bonelink Cape of Agility with +28 Armor and +10 Agility. Thanks Austin!

Chest

Nightscape Tunic. More player-crafted goodness for +15 Agility and +6 Stamina.

Waist

Ogron’s Sash. Luckily this dropped for me on another character and I stuck them in the bank for another alt. +9 to Agility, Stamina and Strength.

Warden’s Waistband. +8 Agility, +6 Stamina and +4 Spirit.

Legs

Basilisk Hide Pants. A very nice +21 Agility with +8 Stamina and +4 Spirit to boot.

Trickster’s Leggings of the Monkey give +10 or 11 Agility and Stamina (random enchant).

Feet

Player-crafted Dusky Boots with +11 Agility and +3 Stamina or Imperial Leather Boots for +11 Agility and +5 Strength.

Rings, Necklaces and Trinkets

From the Warsong Outriders you’re looking to update your rings of choice—the Legionnaire’s Band and/or the Advisor’s Ring and the Scout’s Medallion each for 207 Honor Points and 20 Marks of Honor. The Defilers let us down rather at this level as our next armor items are set at level 40 and are mail. The only thing you’ll want from them is the upgraded Defiler’s Talisman for 304 Honor Points and 30 Marks of Honor.

Edit: 7 March.
Out now! Level 39 PvP Hunter Twink WeaponsBooyah!

Epix: We has them

Nightblade and Bow of Searing Arrows

Now I haven’t been putting much effort into the Auction House this week but I’m only 42 gold down after buying these two babies for when I reach level 39 (plus a few other bits and sundries) and my next stopping point in the battlegrounds World Tour. I’ve compiled a list of armour and weapons ready for the article showing you what’s best for a level 39 hunter twink so stay tuned.

Update: 7 March.
Level 39 Weapons and armor posts are complete.

Completely twinked and sponsored too

Over the weekend I amassed enough Badges of Honor to complete my PvP setup and got one of the guild enchanters to sort out my last three enchants (I can’t be arsed with the head one before you mention it). Boy does it show. I’ve been running around the battlegrounds like a Kenyan which got me noticed by my new sponsor* in no time at all.

*may be a lie.