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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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.

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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!

Level 29 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

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:

Head

The Enduring Cap is a random “blue” drop that sells well on the Auction House. Boasting +16 Intellect it will help boost your mana pool but not your looks—it’s as ugly as sin. Thank the maker for that “hide helmet” option.

Humbert’s Helm drops off Dun Garok Riflemen in the Hillsbrad Foothills so you can either farm for the item or keep an eye out on the Auction House. It boasts +7 Agility and +8 Stamina.

The Spirit Hunter Headdress is the quest reward for killing Frostmaw, a yeti in the Alterac Mountains north-west of Tarren Mill. It’s available from Melor Stonehoof in Thunderbluff after you’ve completed the quest (available at level 20) to kill Steelsnap a level 30 hyena. The leather headdress offers +10 Agility.

Shoulders

A random drop from Razorfen Kraul (RFK) in the southern Barrens there’s an opportunity to either farm the Mantle of Thieves or regularly checking the Auction House for these shoulders that add +10 Agility and +4 Stamina. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve ran RFK with my main hoping for this kit to drop. You’ll be getting very familiar with this dungeon as there are some nice weapons to be had from here also. Here’s what I said in the level 29 weapons post:

At level 23 you can get inside Razorfen Kraul (RFK)… But first, you’re going to clear the dungeon with your high-level main character as far as The Crone (Charlga Razorflank), making sure to leave Overlord Ramtusk and his two bodyguards alone as well as the Blind Hunter, a rare-spawn white bat. If the bat isn’t there, then you can reset the instance up to 5 times an hour. Once you get lucky, invite a high-level friend to join your group, make them the group leader and go get your hunter. Now you can kill Overlord Ramtusk, his bodyguards and the Blind Hunter.

Forest Tracker Epaulets (+11 Agility) are another random drop but I’ve always had luck off those yetis in the Hillsbrad Foothills. They crop up fairly regularly on the Auction House so again, check throughout the day.

Wrists

Barbaric Bracers are a crafted item and are easy to buy or get made for you. An easily-obtained item for once offering +4 Agility and +6 Stamina.

Hands

Razzeric’s Racing Grips. Now we’re making up for the ease of obtaining those bracers, these gloves are the final reward for a really long quest chain (10 quests). Available at level 29, you might need some help for some parts if only to ride shotgun as you find a downed blimp in Dustwallow Marsh. Seek out Pozzik in the Shimmering Flats of Thousand Needles to begin the quest chain with Load Lightening.

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The Tigerstrike Mantle is another randomly-dropping piece of armor so be on the lookout on the Auction House (and have deep pockets when it appears). +9 Agility and +7 Stamina.
The Parachute Cloak requires 225 engineering skill so if you’ve taken this profession and maxed it for your level you’ll be able to make it for yourself.

Chest

Two or more birds from one stone is cool, from the weapons post:

As soon as you hit level 28 head over to Hemet’s camp with an ungrouped high-level friend and pick up the first quest line, Panther Mastery. There are four parts to this quest with the final reward of Panther Hunter Leggings, very nice reward but as they are Bind on Pickup (BoP) we sadly won’t be able to put Clefthide Leg Armor on them. The next quest line is another four-parter for Tiger Mastery and gives Tiger Hunter Gloves as a final reward. The final pre-requisite is Raptor Mastery, again with four quests. The last quest requires the slaying of Tethis, a raptor hiding round the back of the Gurubashi Arena and rewards you with not only the unlocking of Big Game Hunter but also a Raptor Hunter Tunic. As you can see, we need to complete 13 quests for this rifle / gun and that’s a lot of XP. Start early, remain ungrouped, and just “tag” each beast with a shot before letting your friend finish it off.

So kill Tethis and enjoy the fantastic +16 Stamina of the Raptor Hunter Tunic.

If all that is too much effort or you’re in serious danger of tipping over into level 30 consider the player-crafted Raptor Hide Harness for +13 Stamina.

Waist

You’ll need 20 Arathi Basin Marks of Honor and 175 Honor Points before you can get the Defiler’s Chain Girdle. It won’t take long to get those Marks, so I settled for an Infiltrator Cord of the Monkey off the Auction House as an interim piece of kit.

Legs

I’ve scanned and scanned and scanned. Still no luck finding Troll’s Bane Leggings on the Auction House. +14 Agility and +4 Stamina makes them hot property. Petrolspill Leggings are a random drop from the Gnomeregan dungeon in north-western Dun Morogh—with two more points in stamina over the Troll’s Bane Leggings, these may be worth the long trip with your main character to see if they drop from the mobs inside. I have some standbys in place namely some player-crafted Barbaric Leggings and Infiltrator Pants of Agility.

Feet

Defiler’s Chain Greaves will cost 175 Honor Points and 20 Arathi Basin Marks of Honor so in the meantime the trusty Warsong Boots obtained through the quest Warsong Supplies at level 22 will continue in service.

Rings, Necklaces and Trinkets

The Rune of Duty trinket costs 139 Honor Points and 30 Warsong Gulch Marks of Honor from Kelm Hargunth in the northern Barrens and provides +4 Stamina and +3 health over 5 seconds.
For 2805 Honor Points the Insignia of the Horde will give you an opportunity to break free of movement-impairing effects once every five minutes. Switch this out whilst on its cooldown with the Defiler’s Talisman to enjoy some damage absorption.
The Scout’s Medallion is a necklace with +8 Agility and +4 Stamina from Kelm Hargunth. It will set you back 95 Honor Points and 20 Warsong Gulch Marks of Honor. The Advisor’s Ring and Legionnaire’s Band complete the ensemble from the Warsong Gulch PvP rewards.

Level 19 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

Head

Normally, you don’t get headgear with stats until sometime in your 20’s which is why you’ll see twinks have maxed their engineering profession skill (at 150) so that they can make and equip Green Tinted Goggles. Again, for a first-time player, taking up engineering and leveling it fast is expensive but either way I found this guide to leveling engineering to be very useful. The other (and indeed better) hat to get would be the Lucky Fishing Hat and is a reward for catching the rare Keefer’s Angelfish off the coast of Stranglethorn Vale during the fishing competition held every Sunday. Mind out for the crocs!

Shoulders

The Serpent’s Shoulders are a Bind-on-Pickup (BoP) drop from Lady Anacondra in the loot-heavy Wailing Caverns (WC) instance situated in the Barrens. You’ll be wanting to come here as early as possible with a high-level friend to do the killing for you if you want any chance of getting all the drops to yourself before you reach level 20. Alternatively you could pay a visit to Shadowfang Keep (SFK) and kill Rethilgore the cell keeper to get yourself some Rugged Spaulders, again BoP. The good thing about both these bosses though is that they are very close to the instance entrances so you should be able to reset the instance over and over until the item drops.

Wrists

These Forest Leather Bracers are Bind on Equip (BoE) and are a random drop from a wide range of mobs and zones. Best bet is to keep an eye on the Auction House.

Hands

Gloves of the Fang are a BoE drop from Druids of the Fang inside the Wailing Caverns. Keep a lookout in the Auction House if they don’t drop.

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The Wailing Caverns sure do provide a ton of gear! The Glowing Lizardscale Cloak is a BoP drop from Skum, a Thunder Lizard patiently awaiting you in his guarded enclosure. The Tail Spike dropped for me instead so I disenchanted it and ended up getting a cheap Sentry Cloak off the Auction House. I love it when people don’t install the Auctioneer addon 🙂 Naturally if it’s on the Auction House it’s BoE and that means it’s a random drop off mobs in the level 23-26 range.

Chest

What a complete bitch it is to get Blackened Defias Armor, the best chest item for hunters (and rogues) at this level. It is a BoP item off Edwin VanCleef, the end boss in the Deadmines of Westfall. That’s Alliance territory and an epic foot journey for the Horde starting in Booty Bay, southern Stranglethorn Vale. I think it’s the only piece I’ve never owned despite numerous runs with my rogues. Huge congratulations if this drops for you! Knowing the futility of it then I settled for a Bandit Jerkin of Power with +16 Attack Power off the Auction House for only a few gold. You might also want to consider the Prospector’s Chestpiece another random drop.

Waist

Again from the Deadmines but thankfully BoE the Blackened Defias Belt is de rigeur and on my server at least goes for a modest 5g. If you have a high level character you might just as well go and solo run the Deadmines for kicks and drops to sell / use. Alternatively for the Horde, there’s the Screecher Belt a quest reward from the quest Bloodfury Bloodline in the Charred Valley of Stonetalon Mountains. You need to be level 19 to get the quest (the second of a two-part quest line). You’ll most likely need help. The final (not to say lesser) option is the player-crafted Deviate Scale Belt made from components found in, you guessed it, the Wailing Caverns. If you’re a skinner, you might be lucky enough to collect the materials yourself and get a friendly leatherworker to make them for you.

Legs

Ok, the stats for Leggings of the Fang are pretty good but it’s a BoP item (a drop off Lord Cobrahn in, anyone…? anyone….? Wailing Caverns). Why’s that a problem? Enchants! Another post to follow but essentially you will want a level 60 to apply Leg Armor to your leggings—and this can’t be done with BoP items. The WoW Armory suggested Bluegill Breeches which are farmable *groans* from the Wetlands murlocs or as an alternative you could look out for Rigid Leggings of Power, both from the Auction House.

Feet

Here’s a turn up for the books, the BoP Footpads of the Fang drop from Lord Serpentis in Wailing Caverns. If you have deep pockets or a lucky drop then the Feet of the Lynx would be a suitable alternative.

Rings

The Seal of Sylvanas is a quest reward for Arugal Must Die set in Shadowfang Keep. Another ring of note is the Bounty Hunter’s Ring a quest reward for Hezrul Bloodmark a quest available from a bunker to the west of the Crossroads in the Barrens. Once you’ve got some PvP badges and honor points you will want to get a Legionnaire’s Band from Kelm Hargunth, the Warsong Supply Officer in the Barrens on the northern border with Ashenvale. You’ll need 95 honor and 20 badges to purchase this.

Necklace

I’m using a player-crafted +3 stamina necklace but the obvious choice once you have enough PvP points is the Scout’s Medallion reward, again purchased from Kelm.