Classic Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020 at 12:00 by Impakt 50 comments

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Hunter DPS in WoW Classic.


Gearing Strategy for Hunters

While a clear best in slot (BiS) list is always available in WoW Classic, the items contained might be extremely hard or expensive to get. Thus, we will try to give at least one alternative, for most slots in the list, so that you can pick where and how to farm them.


WoW Classic Phases

As stated by Blizzard, WoW Classic will have six phases, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon, and ending with Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion.

We will be linking best in slot gear lists for every raid tier in this guide, which can be helpful in order to understand how to progress from hitting Level 60, to getting pre-raid best in slot and from then to clearing all raid tiers.


Hunter Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Phase 5 (Ahn'Qiraj)

This is the gear we recommend for Hunters in the AQ40 patch. As with the rest of WoW Classic, this will be optimized for the Marksmanship specialization.

It is worth emphasizing that Hunters have quite an extensive list of options in most slots for pieces that are nearly identical in setup, with only slight variations in simulated output. The BiS list below is the most optimal setup, but only slightly so, with some of the pieces being quite difficult to obtain. Do not hesitate to swap out other pieces that might be easier to obtain, or more important do not hesitate to move around pieces to ensure you still reach the 8% hit cap required.

As for sets, both the full Tier 1 and Tier 2 sets are still strong, but are only competitive when you have access to all 8 pieces. Even then, the Tier 2 set bonus only becomes competitive when you have other Hunters in the raid who can benefit from the AP proc, but know that it also takes away a debuff slot, which is unrealistic in some raid compositions. There is also a "Tier 2.5" 5-piece set in the new raid, but it provides lackluster set bonuses, which do not make it worth pursuing. The chest piece specifically is in the BiS list due to its strong stats, but the rest of the set can be passed on, unless you do not have any better options.

Slot Item Source
  • Lieutenant Commander's Chain Helm Icon Lieutenant Commander's Chain Helm
  • Rank 10 PvP armor set
  • Prestor's Talisman of Connivery Icon Prestor's Talisman of Connivery
  • Lieutenant Commander's Chain Shoulders Icon Lieutenant Commander's Chain Shoulders
  • Rank 10 PvP armor set
  • Cloak of the Fallen God Icon Cloak of the Fallen God
  • Reward from the quest The Savior of Kalimdor which you get from the eye that C'Thun drops in AQ40
  • Striker's Hauberk Icon Striker's Hauberk
  • Reward from Striker's Hauberk, which requires a set token drop from C'Thun in AQ40
  • Dragonstalker's Bracers Icon Dragonstalker's Bracers
  • Marshal's Chain Grips Icon Marshal's Chain Grips
  • Rank 12 PvP set armor
  • Ossirian's Binding Icon Ossirian's Binding
  • Dragonstalker's Legguards Icon Dragonstalker's Legguards
  • Dragonstalker's Greaves Icon Dragonstalker's Greaves
  • Ring of the Godslayer Icon Ring of the Godslayer
  • Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight Icon Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight
  • C'Thun in AQ40
  • From the quest The Qiraji Conqueror in Silithus
  • If you need hit: Drake Fang Talisman Icon Drake Fang Talisman
  • Blackhand's Breadth Icon Blackhand's Breadth
  • Royal Seal of Eldre'Thalas Icon Royal Seal of Eldre'Thalas
  • On-Use: Jom Gabbar Icon Jom Gabbar
Melee Weapons
  • Silithid Claw Icon Silithid Claw
  • Fang of the Faceless Icon Fang of the Faceless
Ranged Weapons
  • Ashjre'thul, Crossbow of Smiting Icon Ashjre'thul, Crossbow of Smiting
Quiver BiS: Ancient Sinew Wrapped Lamina Icon Ancient Sinew Wrapped Lamina From the same quest chain as Rhok'delar

Alternative Gear for Hunters

Slot Item Source
  • Striker's Diadem Icon Striker's Diadem
  • Dragonstalker's Helm Icon Dragonstalker's Helm
  • Giantstalker's Helmet Icon Giantstalker's Helmet
  • Crown of Destruction Icon Crown of Destruction
  • Warlord's Chain Helmet Icon Warlord's Chain Helmet
  • Onyxia Tooth Pendant Icon Onyxia Tooth Pendant
  • The Eye of Hakkar Icon The Eye of Hakkar
  • Mantle of Wicked Revenge Icon Mantle of Wicked Revenge
  • Dragonstalker's Spaulders Icon Dragonstalker's Spaulders
  • Giantstalker's Epaulets Icon Giantstalker's Epaulets
  • Warlord's Chain Shoulders Icon Warlord's Chain Shoulders
  • Cloak of the Shrouded Mists Icon Cloak of the Shrouded Mists
  • Cloak of the Unseen Path Icon Cloak of the Unseen Path
  • Cloak of Firemaw Icon Cloak of Firemaw
  • Puissant Cape Icon Puissant Cape
  • Deathguard's Cloak Icon Deathguard's Cloak
  • Dragonstalker's Breastplate Icon Dragonstalker's Breastplate
  • Giantstalker's Breastplate Icon Giantstalker's Breastplate
  • Warlord's Chain Chestpiece Icon Warlord's Chain Chestpiece
  • Dragonstalker's Bracers Icon Dragonstalker's Bracers
  • Giantstalker's Bracers Icon Giantstalker's Bracers
  • Wristguards of True Flight Icon Wristguards of True Flight
  • Vek'lor's Gloves of Devastation Icon Vek'lor's Gloves of Devastation
  • Dragonstalker's Gauntlets Icon Dragonstalker's Gauntlets
  • Giantstalker's Gloves Icon Giantstalker's Gloves
  • General's Chain Gloves Icon General's Chain Gloves
  • Belt of Never-ending Agony Icon Belt of Never-ending Agony
  • Dragonstalker's Belt Icon Dragonstalker's Belt
  • Giantstalker's Belt Icon Giantstalker's Belt
  • Dragonstalker's Legguards Icon Dragonstalker's Legguards
  • Giantstalker's Leggings Icon Giantstalker's Leggings
  • General's Chain Legguards Icon General's Chain Legguards
  • Dragonstalker's Greaves Icon Dragonstalker's Greaves
  • Giantstalker's Boots Icon Giantstalker's Boots
  • General's Chain Boots Icon General's Chain Boots
  • Band of Accuria Icon Band of Accuria
  • Don Julio's Band Icon Don Julio's Band
  • Master Dragonslayer's Ring Icon Master Dragonslayer's Ring
  • Ring of the Qiraji Fury Icon Ring of the Qiraji Fury
  • Quick Strike Ring Icon Quick Strike Ring
  • Tarnished Elven Ring Icon Tarnished Elven Ring
  • Earthstrike Icon Earthstrike
  • Devilsaur Eye Icon Devilsaur Eye
  • Renataki's Charm of Beasts Icon Renataki's Charm of Beasts
  • Reward from Champion's Battlegear
  • Reward from The Green Drake in the Sunken Temple
  • Class Tier Trinket made by combining the item drops from Edge of Madness in Zul'Gurub
Melee Weapons
  • Warblade of the Hakkari Icon Warblade of the Hakkari
  • Core Hound Tooth Icon Core Hound Tooth
  • Brutality Blade Icon Brutality Blade
  • Barbarous Blade Icon Barbarous Blade
  • Melee Weave: Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood Icon Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
  • Melee Weave: Barb of the Sand Reaver Icon Barb of the Sand Reaver
  • Lok'delar, Stave of the Ancient Keepers Icon Lok'delar, Stave of the Ancient Keepers
  • Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds Icon Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds
Ranged Weapon
  • Rhok'delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers Icon Rhok'delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers
Quiver BiS: Harpy Hide Quiver Icon Harpy Hide Quiver Revered with the Alterac Valley reputation
  • Doomshot Icon Doomshot
  • Thorium Shells Icon Thorium Shells
  • Thorium Headed Arrow Icon Thorium Headed Arrow

Hunter PvP Best in Slot Gear

You can find our recommended gear for PvPing as a Hunter in the link below.


Fire Resistance Gear for Hunters

While not a massive concern for Hunters, a little bit of Fire Resistance can sometimes be helpful. Read this guide to figure out where and which pieces to wear!


Nature Resistance Gear for Hunters

This is not a normal set that you would ever wear, but is required for some classes in AQ 40 when fighting Princess Huhuran. It will be up to your guild or raid group if this is a required set or not.


Hunter Weapons

Since weapons are such a broad topic, we have written a full guide about Hunter weapons. We also have a guide on how to obtain Rhok'delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers Icon Rhok'delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers.


Special gear for Hunters

Some items, which are not powerful enough to be in the best in slot list, have special properties that make them very valuable to acquire for specific encounters or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items for the current phase, and their effects and application below.

  • Gnomish Battle Chicken Icon Gnomish Battle Chicken summons a chicken that attacks your enemies for 1.5 minutes, with a cooldown of 30 minutes. The chicken scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill), and buffs your group with 5% increased Attack Speed through Battle Squawk. This is what makes it well worth using while grouped.
  • Arcanite Dragonling Icon Arcanite Dragonling summons a dragon that attacks your enemies for up to 1 minute, with a cooldown of one hour. The dragon scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill) and causes a stacking debuff that increases Fire damage taken, which makes it worth using in later raids to boost Fire Mage damage.
  • Skull of Impending Doom Icon Skull of Impending Doom is given as a quest reward from completing Forbidden Knowledge in the Badlands. While generally undesirable, if you need to run somewhere fast, it can be a useful item to have.
  • Furbolg Medicine Pouch Icon Furbolg Medicine Pouch is sold by Gorn One Eye when you reach Honored status with Timbermaw Hold. This is a great item that you can swap during combat to provide you with a significant 1000 heal over 10 seconds. For comparison's sake, Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage heals you for 2000 over 8 seconds, but requires you to channel it, and you cannot take any sort of damage in the channel duration.
  • Tidal Charm Icon Tidal Charm allows you to instantly stun an enemy for 3 seconds. It has a 50% drop chance from Prince Nazjak, who spawns around 25,84 in Arathi Highlands. Due to his very high respawn timer it might be hard to get this trinket, but the stun it provides is a life saver and duel winner.
  • Linken's Boomerang Icon Linken's Boomerang allows you to potentially disarm or stun an enemy when used, which makes it useful in certain scenarios, especially in PvP. Its rewarded from the Un'Goro Crater quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
  • Luffa Icon Luffa removes a bleed effect, such as Garrote Icon Garrote, from yourself when used. You get this item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.
  • The Alliance-only Crystal of Zin-Malor Icon Crystal of Zin-Malor allows you to kill yourself easily, and you do not get durability loss if you die from its effect. This can occasionally be useful, such as when you regret getting on a fly path after you are already flying or if you need to talk with the Blackrock Depths key ghost NPC. You get it from starting the quest Tormented By the Past.

Best in Slot for Hunters Pre-Ahn'Qiraj


Hunter Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

In order to get ready for raiding, it is recommended that you follow this guide in order to learn which gear to gather for maximizing DPS before ever setting foot in raids, and probably also before getting your first epic loot. Even so, expect to get a few pieces that you will have a hard time replacing, such as Blackhand's Breadth Icon Blackhand's Breadth, Royal Seal of Eldre'Thalas Icon Royal Seal of Eldre'Thalas, and Tarnished Elven Ring Icon Tarnished Elven Ring.


Hunter Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Molten Core / Onyxia's Lair

Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair are the first raids in WoW Classic, and will probably award you with your first pieces of epic gear! The Tier 1 set here is quite strong, and very competitive with the gear found in Blackwing Lair, especially if you get the full 8 pieces.



  • 06 Aug. 2020: Reworked for Phase 5 BiS with alternatives.
  • 15 Jul. 2020: Added link to Ahn'Qiraj BiS.
  • 25 Apr. 2020: Added missing weapon.
  • 14 Apr. 2020: Updated for Zul'Gurub.
  • 13 Mar. 2020: Updated with Arathi Basin gear.
  • 12 Feb. 2020: Revamped page for Phase 3.
  • 10 Dec. 2019: Added link to PvP BiS section.
  • 05 Nov. 2019: Added Raid BiS list.
  • 22 Oct. 2019: Updated Pre-Raid BiS to include Dire Maul.
  • 25 Sep. 2019: Updated list to specify what is BiS, and made some changes to reflect 1.4 drops.
  • 12 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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