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    Hunter Builds, Updated for Patch 4.3


    These hunter builds are for the Cataclysm Expansion before the Mists of Pandaria expansion was released.

     

    Beast Mastery Builds updated for Cataclysm Patch 4.3

    Hunter beast master builds have the best burst DPS of all of the trees and is often preferred for PVP, leveling and solo'n. Beast Mastery builds are also good for raids as all 3 of the trees are doing good dps now.

     

    Beast Master Hunter Builds:

     

    31/7/3 - Best Beast Master Raid Spec For 4.3

     

    31/9/1 - Beast Mastery Raid Spec

     

    31/5/5 - Beast Mastery Raid Spec #2

     

    Beast Mastery Hunter Shot Rotation Priority:

    Hunter's Mark (try to have this up before combat starts and keep it up)

    Kill Command (if your pet is on the mob)

    Serpent Sting (if the mob will live threw the tics of this shot otherwise is wasted)

     

    Also don't forget to use your major cooldowns:

    Bestial Wrath - your pet goes into a rage causing 20% additional damage for 10 sec and cannot be feared or stopped until killed. You also go into a rage causing 10% additional damage and reduce focus costs of all your shots and abilities by 50% for 10 sec. Cooldown depends on glyphs and talents.

    Rapid Fire - ranged attack speed increased by 40% for 15 secs, 5 min cooldown

    Fervor - restore 50 focus to you and your pet, 2 min cooldown

     

    Stay in Aspect of the Hawk when in PVE fights.

     

    Hunter Beast Master Stat Priority(keep this in mind when reforging or gemming your gear):

    Agility
    To Hit (till hit cap) 8% or 961 hit rating
    Attack Power
    Crit
    Mastery
    Haste

     

    Marksmanship Builds updated for Cataclysm patch 4.3

    Hunter Marksmanship builds focus on talents that increase hunters ranged damage.

    Any marksmanship PVE spec should include the following talents to max your dps:

    • Go for the Throat,

    • Efficiency

    • Sic’Em

    • Improved Steady Shot

    • Careful Aim

    • Piercing Shots

    • Rapid Recuperation

    • Master Marksman

    • Readiness

    • Posthaste

    • Chimera Shot

     

    Marksmanship Builds:

     

    8/31/2 - Best Hunter Marksman Build for Raid DPS - This is the best raid dps build for raid dps for marksmanship hunters as of patch 4.3. Remember you can remove non-critical talents to best fit your play style or what your roll maybe in the raid. For instance if you are going to be interrupting you may want to drop Termination and take Silencing Shot.

     

    9/31/1 - Marksmanship Raid Spec

     

    8/31/2 - High Raid DPS Hunter Marksman Build

     

    7/31/3 - Hunter Instance Solo Build - This is a marksmanship instance solo build, for maximum pet survivability you will want to use 2 pieces of tier so your pet is healed for 15% of the damage you do. You can use armor with better stats but it will effect your pets survivability. The key to soloing is survivability of your pet not your dps. You want to be able to keep your pet up for as long as possible so you can keep doing damage.

     

    Marksmanship (level 80 - 85) Leveling Build - Level 80 start of spec looks like this , you then take Spirit Bond and Hunter vs. Wild to fill out your spec. Your leveling rotation is just cast Misdirection on your pet, then use Chimera Shot or Arcane Shot until your target is dead.

     

    Marksmanship Rotation Shot Priority:

    Hunter's Mark (keep up buff)

    Serpent Sting (keep up debuff, you can also put this on multiple targets that will be up for more than 12 seconds to maximize dps)

    Chimera Shot (try to keep enough focus to cast this whenever it is available, also make sure to use this to refresh your Serpent Sting)

    Use free Aimed Shot proc when available or use Aimed Shot to bleed off excess focus when target is >90% health.

    If target health is below 20% use Kill Shot.

    Use Arcane Shot to bleed off excess focus (when target is <90% health)

    Use Steady Shot to regen focus - Use Steady Shot in pairs to maintain max Improved Steady Shot buff.

     

    So basically you want to keep up your spells on the target, manage your cd's/procs and use aimed/arcane shots as your focus dump (depending on the stage of the fight) and use steady shot to regain focus. Use kill shot if your target is below 20% health. Always have Aspect of the Hawk up when in battle.

     

    Marksmanship Hunter Stat Priority(keep this in mind when reforging or gemming your gear):

    Agility

    To Hit (till hit cap) 8% or 961 hit rating

    Attack Power

    Crit

    Haste

    Mastery

     

    Survival Builds updated for Cataclysm patch 4.3

    Survival Hunters are currently the highest AoE spec by quite a bit and they are actually do well now in raids in Cataclysm.

     

    Hunter Survival Builds:

     

    3/7/31 4.3 Hunter Survival Build, Max Raid DPS - This is the max dps raid build for survival hunters as of patch 4.2

     

    7/3/31 Raid Hunter Survival Build - This is also a high dps hunter build for survival.

     

    1/9/31 - Hunter Survival Raid Spec

     

    0/9/32 - Raid Hunter Survival Build #2

     

    Survival Single Target Rotation Priority:

    Hunter's Mark - Try to have this up before the fight starts.

    Serpent Sting - Try to initially cast this DoT at the start of the fight if the mob will live more than 12 seconds and try to cast Cobra Shot before it drops off as this adds 6 seconds to this DoT.

    Explosive Shot - This is the main damage attack and should be used whenever possible. You should always try to have enough focus to do this when this shot comes off of cooldown. Also note Lock and Load proc will reset CD as well so make sure you cast it when it is available.

    Black Arrow - This is a DoT with a 30 second cooldown, cast it when it is available.

    Kill Shot - Use this whenever possible when target is below 20% health, 10 second cooldown, not focus cost.

    Arcane Shot - till ~40 focus

    Cobra Shot - Used regain focus and add time to Serpent Sting.

     

    Survival Multi Target Rotation Priority:

    Serpent Sting - on multiple targets if they will live more than 12 seconds

    Multi-Shot - Whenever you have the focus for it.

    Explosive Trap - When off cooldown.

    Explosive Shot - if Lock and Load procs.

    Cobra Shot - Used regain focus

    Kill Shot - if all but one or two mobs are now dead and they are under 20% health use kill shot and switch to single target rotation.

     

    Stat Priority:

    Agility

    To Hit (till hit cap) 8% or 961 hit rating

    Attack Power

    Crit

    Haste

    Mastery