Classic Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Dec 02, 2020 at 00:44 by Impakt 53 comments

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

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Hunter gear and best in slots:


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.


Season of Mastery Lists

As WoW Classic's Season of Mastery consists of Phases that are separate from the regular branch of Classic, we have created unique gear lists for its pre-raid and Phases. In addition, you may find it useful to look over our Fire Resistance Gear guide for your specialization, which is applicable for either version of Classic.


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.


Naxxramas Hunter BiS

This is the gear we recommend for Hunters in the Naxxramas patch. As with the rest of WoW Classic, this will be optimized for Marksmanship Hunters where Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and Auto Shot Icon Auto Shot are your main damage sources for single target.

Naxxramas is the final destination of the original World of Warcraft, and as such carries the best gear and the most difficult bosses.

Hunters Tier 3, Cryptstalker Armor is perhaps one of the most iconic Hunter sets of all time, and is excellent for Hunters in WoW Classic. The full 8 pieces are quite strong and definitely worth using, both for the set bonuses and the stats that they provide. However, it is not worth switching to the tier 8 set until you have most of the pieces if you are currently using the full 8/8 T2 set.

Slot Item Source
  • Cryptstalker Headpiece Icon Cryptstalker Headpiece
  • Prestor's Talisman of Connivery Icon Prestor's Talisman of Connivery
  • Cryptstalker Spaulders Icon Cryptstalker Spaulders
  • Grobbulus, Patchwerk, and Gluth in Naxxramas
  • 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
  • Cryptstalker Tunic Icon Cryptstalker Tunic
  • Cryptstalker Wristguards Icon Cryptstalker Wristguards
  • Faerlina, Anub'Rekhan, and Gluth in Naxxramas
  • Marshal's Chain Grips Icon Marshal's Chain Grips
  • Rank 12 PvP set armor
  • Cryptstalker Girdle Icon Cryptstalker Girdle
  • Cryptstalker Legguards Icon Cryptstalker Legguards
  • Cryptstalker Boots Icon Cryptstalker Boots
  • Instructor Razuvious, Gothik the Harvester, and Gluth in Naxxramas
  • Ring of the Cryptstalker Icon Ring of the Cryptstalker
  • Band of Reanimation Icon Band of Reanimation
  • Blackhand's Breadth Icon Blackhand's Breadth
  • Slayer's Crest Icon Slayer's Crest
Melee Weapons
  • Kingsfall Icon Kingsfall
  • Iblis, Blade of the Fallen Seraph Icon Iblis, Blade of the Fallen Seraph
Ranged Weapons
  • Nerubian Slavemaker Icon Nerubian Slavemaker
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
  • Lieutenant Commander's Chain Helm Icon Lieutenant Commander's Chain Helm
  • 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
  • Lieutenant Commander's Chain Shoulders Icon Lieutenant Commander's Chain Shoulders
  • 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
  • Striker's Hauberk Icon Striker's Hauberk
  • 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
  • Ossirian's Binding Icon Ossirian's Binding
  • 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
  • Ring of the Godslayer Icon Ring of the Godslayer
  • Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight Icon Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight
  • 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
  • Drake Fang Talisman Icon Drake Fang Talisman
  • Royal Seal of Eldre'Thalas Icon Royal Seal of Eldre'Thalas
  • Jom Gabbar Icon Jom Gabbar
  • Earthstrike Icon Earthstrike
  • Devilsaur Eye Icon Devilsaur Eye
  • Renataki's Charm of Beasts Icon Renataki's Charm of Beasts
Melee Weapons
  • Harbinger of Doom Icon Harbinger of Doom
  • Claw of the Frost Wyrm Icon Claw of the Frost Wyrm
  • Hatchet of Sundered Bone Icon Hatchet of Sundered Bone
  • 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
  • Ashjre'thul, Crossbow of Smiting Icon Ashjre'thul, Crossbow of Smiting
  • 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.


Frost Resistance Gear for Hunters

In order to smooth out the Sapphiron encounter, it is advised that most players use a good amount of Frost Resistance gear, in order to reduce the high raid damage intake to manageable levels. We made a list with good options for almost every slot, so that you can face down the undead dragon while prepared:


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.


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.

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.



  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated for Phase 6.
  • 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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