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Hunter Leveling Guide 100-110 (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Sep 01, 2016 at 01:26 by Azortharion 24 comments

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This guide outlines how to efficiently leveling from Level 100 to 110 with a Marksmanship Hunter.

1. Talent Suggestions

Due to the nature of the Marksmanship artifact, it is recommended to level as Marksmanship. Whenever you kill an enemy, the cooldown of Exhilaration is reduced by 30 seconds, which allows you to use Exhilaration almost constantly when leveling, and even more so when you make larger pulls. This makes Marksmanship an incredible leveling spec.

2. Useful Skills

When leveling, the idea is to tag as many mobs as possible. The best way to do this is with Barrage Icon Barrage and Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders, ideally using Barrage to pull as many targets as possible, and then using Sidewinders to mark them, and Marked Shot Icon Marked Shot to deal damage to them. At this point, most mobs will be dead.

Additionally, the cooldown of Black Arrow Icon Black Arrow is reset whenever you kill an enemy, so after Barraging it should be applied immediately to the primary target, which is generally the most dangerous enemy you are dealing with, since Black Arrow also summons a Dark Minion which will tank the enemy for as long as the debuff is active. Once the primary target dies, apply Black Arrow to the next enemy that is not going to die anytime soon, and so on.

3. Sustain and Healing

Your main survivability comes through Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration which heals you for 30% of your total health. Whenever you kill an enemy, the cooldown of Exhilaration is reduced by 30 seconds, allowing you to use it very often when dealing with many mobs in a short period of time.

4. Mobility

Your main mobility will come through a combination of Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah and Posthaste Icon Posthaste when you are not mounted. Stacking these buffs on top of each other does not work, so use them separately and often.

5. Artifact

Throughout the course of your journey to 110, you will accrue a reasonable amount of Artifact Power tokens just from completing quest chains, and usually will end up somewhere in the region of 2000-2500 total gained by 110, which should fund your first 5-6 traits. Make sure to spend them whenever you return to your Class Hall, since any bonus will help you.

Be aware that in situations where you have 2 or more Artifacts, the one you currently have equipped will consume any Artifact Power tokens you use (to the detriment of your non-equipped Artifacts). So, be aware of that and use your tokens on specs that you intend to play at 110!

6. Gear

As all gear acquired from quests now scale to your level, that means that rewards increase in power the higher you go. At 100, quest rewards will generally be in the 685~ range, scaling all the way up to 800 when you complete quests at 110. Many Marksmanship Hunters will still have their Tier 18 4-piece set bonus when heading into Legion which makes you endlessly mobile. It is generally not recommended to replace this set bonus until you can have items to replace all 4 pieces that are at least 20 item levels higher.

7. Zones, Quests and Dungeons

7.1. Zones

The Broken Isles comes with 4 zones, and all players will have to complete a majority of each of them to reach 110 in most circumstances. They can be broken down into short zones (usually netting roughly 2 levels) and longer zones (netting 3 slightly more). Ultimately, the difference between zones is very small and your decision is not particularly important, as doing a chunk of every zone is required to hit Friendly reputation and unlock World Quests. That said, some notes on the process are below:

Short zones

  • Val'Sharah
  • Azsuna

It is best to start off with a short zone, as it lines up well with your leveling process and hits a sweet spot for returning to the Class Hall at both 101 and 102 to continue the campaign chain and begin your 4 hour mission. Note that Azsuna can have some quite punishing enemies if you do it later in the process that can slow some bonus objectives, when the effects of gear begins to diminish, which may affect your decision.

Long zones

  • Highmountain
  • Stormheim

Doing a longer zone second again lines up well with returning to your Class Hall at 104/5 to complete further campaign quests and usually fill out time for the 4 hour mission to complete. Finishing on a long zone is also great as you usually will not complete it, but always have quests to make it to Friendly and get to 110 without having to go off track. Highmountain has benefits both as your second or fourth zone as it is the longest zone to wait out the Class Hall mission, but also has the least punishing mob scaling with level.

With all zones, Bonus Objectives really smooth out the process as do some of the more opportune side quests (particularly in Val'Sharah). It is not required to do every single one to reach 110 comfortably, but if you are in an area completing quest chains, it is definitely worth completing them along the way. Also make sure to complete any main chain questlines that you are given breadcrumbs in each area.

7.2. Profession Quests

Profession quests are often very time consuming and can be cross-zone fetch or dungeon quests. If you come across a hand-in for a breadcrumb from Dalaran you are already in, do it for the experience, but do not go out of your way to complete the more time consuming objectives, leave them until 110.

7.3. Dungeons

Each zone comes with a subsequent dungeon quest when you finish the main zone storyline, rewarding a piece of Item Level 800 gear and a large boost of experience, usually totalling around 30-35% of a level inside the dungeon. You can do dungeons along the way as they are worth the time, but only if you have the appropriate quest.

  • Val'Sharah: Darkheart Thicket
  • Azsuna: Eye of Azshara
  • Highmountain: Neltharion's Lair
  • Stormheim: Halls of Valor

Do not, however, level exclusively through dungeons. The experience they reward is very poor on their own, and they are all quite lengthy compared to simply questing in the open world.

7.4. Rares and Treasures

Unless you specifically want the rewards, doing any rares or grabbing treasures is not worth the time. If you run into a chest you mightaswell open it for the Artifact Power, but do not go out of your way to grab these, as they do not give any experience unlike in Warlords of Draenor. Rares also give very limited experience for the time taken, so is not worth it.

7.5. Class Hall

You should always be looking to go back to your Class Hall when new quests are available. This comes at 101, 102 and finally at 104 when you complete the Troops in the Field mission. You can opt out of returning at 102 which will delay that mission, but when you do go back to Dalaran at 102/3 after your first zone, make sure to catch up on everything there.

When you complete your second zone (which should put you at 104/5), when you return if Troops in the Field is complete, do any quests that appear.

8. Leveling as a Group

In Legion, leveling as a group confers a lot of benefits (such as shared mob taking and quest items, alongside Bonus Objective progression speed). This can be great and there is not any significant downsides to group leveling, however if you choose to do this it is strongly advised you complete all dungeon quests at the end of each zone and do not skip any Bonus Objectives, as it is much tighter reaching 110 with the diminished mob experience.

9. Misc

9.1. Mob Tagging

Legion has expanded mob tagging to allow for up to 5 players of the same faction to tag any and all mobs in the open world, not just quest enemies. Faction tagging however is still a thing, so be aware of other opposing players around you. Take advantage of this by landing a hit on creatures other players are attacking for bonus credit toward completion.

9.2. Bonus Experience

The guild banners provide bonus experience on a short cooldown and are worth picking up.

9.3. Consumables

If you are pushing as fast as possible, grab some regular consumables to speed up the process. These are just the standard Warlords of Draenor consumables that were being used in raids.

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