Season of Discovery Hunter Melee DPS Leveling

Last updated on Dec 16, 2023 at 10:00 by Impakt 1 comment

Welcome to our leveling guide for Melee DPS Survival Hunter. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Hunter in Classic - Season of Discovery.



Leveling as a Hunter will be nearly identical, regardless of what spec you choose. Your pet will still be your most important asset regardless of spec with how powerful they are in Season of Discovery.

That being said, melee Hunters are going to be at a noticeable disadvantage while leveling compared to ranged Hunters. While it is viable, it is not recommended for anyone looking for the fastest leveling experience.


Leveling Rotation

Leveling as a Hunter is all about utilizing your Auto-Shot optimally. Weave in Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting and Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot between Auto Shots, but try not to over-use your mana. You should be able to stay mana neutral with relative ease. Let your pet do most of the work, especially once you get the Beast Mastery Icon Beast Mastery rune.

If you are choosing to play as melee, just be prepared for how slow your kill speed will be early on. Try to get Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike as soon as possible, let your pet do most of the work, and use Raptor Strike Icon Raptor Strike on cooldown.


Hunter Abilities

Hunters have lots of different abilities to learn, some more useful than others. Gold is going to be scarce while leveling, so try to be concious about which skills to train. It is important to have an idea of what skills are worth having and what you can live without.

If you are planning to exclusively play as melee, you can choose to skip all of the ranged abilities below.


Recommended Skills to Upgrade as a Hunter

Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot, Wing Clip Icon Wing Clip, and Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap are all valuable disengage and crowd control tools for both PvP and PvE.



The best pet to get as a Hunter for leveling will either be a Cat or a Raptor. These are the pets that have the highest damage modifiers (+10%) and should therefore be prioritized. At level 40, a Cat will be best, so it's best to get one if you can early on. Make sure to level its Claw and Bite abilities when you can.


Hunter Leveling Weapons

Weapon upgrades are always going to be the single biggest upgrade you can get to increase your kill speed while leveling. Always be on the lookout for weapon upgrades from quests, vendors, dungeon drops, or on the Auction House.



  • 04 Feb. 2023: Updated for phase 2.
  • 15 Dec. 2023: Reworked leveling page.
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