Inside Karazhan

Here we are on our way to the Opera for the first time with this character, eschewing the tuxedo in favour of something more practical. Rather than getting thrown out by the stagehands we gained Access All Areas, wasted the cast and won the Beastmaw Pauldrons which go very well with my Stalker’s War Bands from a short run on Wednesday (the tank’s little boy took ill). Happy hunter, /pat Shimmer.

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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.

The alternative experience

Pike’s posted an interesting series of blogs starting with “The Alt Project” over at Aspect of the Hare. Rather than write a big-ass comment I thought I’d post my thoughts here instead.

Great idea first off! I’m sure we’ve all dallied with alt characters before—either for a break from your main when burnout threatens or perhaps you’ve tried lots of classes to find one that suited you. Me, I’m rogue all the way. If the game has some kind of thief class I’d have played it. Beta, launch, return. Rogue main character. I can’t believe I’d waited some 8 months before trying hunter. Needless to say I’m hooked.

So what other classes did I play before trying hunter:
Hello Boys

  • Another rogue lol (level 29, Blood Elf female into PvP and leather). The female blood elf model is by far the best one in this game.
  • Level 27 Blood Elf Warlock—DoT-tastic mate. With that stupid blue bubble demon it’s a bit like a hunter without the emotional attachment.
  • Level 25 Draenei Mage—boring as hell—casting time = zzzz time.
  • Level 52 Blood Elf Paladin (male this time). A tankadin, he’s slow but it’s immensely satisfying taking down 8 opponents at the same time. I created him because I had a level 40 epic shield random drop with my rogue in Feralas lol.
  • Level 14 Tauren Druid. Slooooooow. Deleted.
  • Level low Tauren Shaman. Slooooooow. Deleted :p

I like Pike’s ideas though, maybe I should give it a go and level a druid, shaman, warrior and priest “just to say I have”.

How to pull with your Hunter pet

No idea where I’d picked this up originally—possibly by accident— but in the comments section for BRK’s post Mania raised a point about not knowing how to pet-pull until level 66. Several comments later and Pablo provides the answer that bears highlighting:

How to pull your pet back to you:

  1. Click on the ‘follow’ icon
  2. He comes back to your side
  3. “but he’s already set to follow”…click it anyway, it works.

Personally, I send the pet to attack and hit the ‘Passive’ command to bring it (and the mob) closer to me before re-engaging with /petattack at the place of my choosing. Works like a dream. If you do a really long pull like BRK in the video you might even get two charges out of your boar.

Lady Jess notes that this can also be applied to pull a mob into an ice trap if things go a bit awry in a dungeon.

Don’t be a huntard all your life

BigRedKitty has produced a great 14-min movie on how to kite, pull and use your pet correctly so you don’t get into melee fights and act the huntard in Player versus Environment (PvE) situations. Played right, your hunter won’t die and will level very quickly with minimal downtime. Be sure to check out BRK’s Omen Threat Meter post too to learn some more about that great addon.

I gotta have a Grimtotem Spirit Guide

I wish we had more Stable spaces—all I want is a boar, a cat and a wolf—but one has to go if you need to tame another beast for a new skill. So far, the wolf has lost out which given the personal significance of my hunter’s name and the would-be pet’s name is a bit of a shame. Still, despite the PvP battlegrounds focus of this character, I can look forward to level 70 and taming the Grimtotem Spirit Guide.

Mania first reported the how-to back in November but I came across a video today via WoW Insider that I thought to highlight today.

Taming WoW, the Mulgore Safari

I found myself in Thunder Bluff earlier this afternoon so for a change of pace I set out on safari to tame the local wildlife. It took a little longer than expected, especially the level 5 boar, which incidentally you’ll find in the Brambleblade Ravine as a Bristleback Battleboar. Being my first safari I probably wasn’t as organised as I could have been with the search grid but I’ll know for next time.

Using the PetStat addon as previously mentioned here, I was able to gather wild and tamed data for the following pet families:

  • Boar: 3,4,5.
  • Carrion Bird: 5,6,7,8,9,10
  • Cat: 3,7,8,9
  • Tallstrider: 1,2,6,7,8,9
  • Wolf: 5,6,7,8,9,10

If I can figure out the Perl reporting script part of PetStat I shall amend this post with a screenshot of the results.