Classic Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Apr 25, 2020 at 01:00 by Impakt 38 comments

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

1.

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.

2.

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.

3.

Hunter Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Blackwing Lair and Zul'Gurub

This is the gear we recommend you to chase in the Blackwing Lair and Zul'Gurub.

Hunter's Tier 2, Dragonstalker Armor has some fantastic bonuses that make this set a must have for Hunters in raids. The 3-piece bonus increases makes your Aspect of the Hawk Icon Aspect of the Hawk 20% stronger, the 5-piece bonus makes your pet more resilient, and the 8-piece bonus has a chance to debuff your target, increasing the Ranged Attack Power of anyone hitting them by 450 for 7 seconds. The 8 piece bonus is where this set truly shines, and once multiple Hunters in your raid get this full set, you will see all of your damage rise substantially. It is worth noting however, that the Tier 1 set is still quite strong, and it only becomes worth using the Tier 2 set once you have all 8 pieces, assuming you are wearing the full 8 pieces of Tier 1. If you do not have 8 pieces of either set, there are other options in most slots that are still quite strong, but your priority should be to get the full 8 pieces of Tier 1 or Tier 2 as quickly as possible.

While the main focus is on Blackwing Lair gear, the list below also contains some gear from older raids, epic PvP sets (above rank 11) and world bosses, when warranted, in order to create a good list for players who regularly clear the raids up to Tier 2.

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulders
Back
Chest
Wrists
Hands
Waist
Legs
Feet
Rings
Trinkets
Melee Weapons
Ranged Weapon
Quiver BiS: Ancient Sinew Wrapped Lamina Icon Ancient Sinew Wrapped Lamina From the same quest chain as Rhok'delar
Arrows

*While we are only listing the Horde versions of the PvP set and PvP reputation gear, equivalent versions can be found on the Alliance side, with the same requirements, cost and stats.

**You craft the shells using Engineering and exchange them for the arrows at an NPC in Orgrimmar or Ironforge.

4.

Best in Slot for Hunters Pre-Blackwing Lair

4.1.

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.

4.2.

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.

5.

Hunter PvP Best in Slot Gear

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

6.

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!

7.

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.

8.

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.
9.

Changelog

  • 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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