WoW Classic 39 Hunter Twink Guide

Wow Classic 39 Hunter Twink Guide

Hunters are amongst the most rewarding and fun classes to play in World of Warcraft (WoW), while also being one of the least difficult to master.  In Player vs. Player, they excel at both ranged damage and Crowd Control (CC), with their various traps and specialty shot attacks.  They also offer mild team support with some of their Hunter’s Aspects that can augment the abilities of your allies in unexpected ways.  They also make excellent scouts.

Content

  • Races:  Which races can play as Hunter’s and which have traits that benefit a Hunter in PvP the most?
  • Professions:  Which professions are the most useful to a Twink and which offer the most benefits to Hunters?
  • Spells and Abilities:  What abilities are available to a Hunter at level 39 and how best can they be employed in PvP?
  • Talents:  Which talents are the best for Hunters engaging in PvP and which build specs are the most logical?
  • Gear:  What is the Best in Slot (BiS) gear for a level 39 Twink Hunter and how can It be acquired?
  • Enchantments:  Which enchantments offer the best benefits for a level 39 Twink Hunter?
  • Buffs:  Which potions, scrolls, elixirs and other consumables are available to a level 39 Hunter and which ones have noticeable benefits in PvP?

Hunters can be played by members of both factions and have a fair number of available races to choose from.  Here are the races that Hunters are able to play and the racial traits from those races, that are the best for Twinking a Hunter.

Alliance

  • Dwarf:  Gun Specialization and Stoneform are, by far, the best racial traits that Dwarves have for Hunters doing any kind of PvP.  Being better at range and being able to escape any form of CC are invaluable in PvP.  With Frost Resistance you get a bit of moderate protection that is useful to any class.  Find Treasure is great also, just for the extra bit of gold you’ll earn from the chests you find.
  • Night Elf:  Any form of magical resistance is great, which makes Nature Resistance a useful trait to have. Quickness is great as well.  While Shadowmeld might not always be useful, when it is, it really is.  You can combine it with Disengage to great effect in PvP arenas and BGs.  Finally, Wisp Spirit might not seem like much, if you don’t have a Healer to resurrect, being able to get back to your body faster is important.

Horde

  • Orc:   One of the best orc racial trait for Hunters is  Command and it might just be the best racial trait at all for the class.  Axe Specialization can get that weapon skill up faster.  While Blood Fury is good if you find yourself in melee range, make sure not to do it when you are at low health.  Hardiness is one of the best racial traits for PvP and probably even out of the CC escape traits in the game, as it is passive.
  • Tauren:  As with Night Elves, Nature Resistance offers a solid passive damage resistance that is good for just about any class.  Endurance is nothing any Tauren ever complained about, as all classes benefit greatly from just having more health than other races.  War Stomp, which gives you a quick burst of CC, is another great trait that saves you from being overwhelmed, or can just stop a retreating foe from escaping.
  • Troll:  Trolls have the most abilities that are of use to a Hunter out of all the other races.  Beast Slaying, is great for dealing with enemy Druids, or the pets of other Hunters.  It’s also useful for when you are leveling.  Berserking increases your attack speed, which increases your DPS and more DPS is always a good thing for a Hunter.  Is probably more useful than Throwing Specialization, but if you really want to be a Troll Axe Thrower, you can.  Lastly, Regeneration is, by and large, the best racial trait that the Troll offers for any class at all.

There are a lot of professions to choose from, which can make deciding which ones to go with hard.  Fortunately, one of the coolest professions is also an absolute necessity for a Twink of any class.  Engineering.  There are a plethora of gadgets, devices and bombs that are extremely useful within Battlegrounds and you won’t want to miss out on them.

While Engineering is a necessity, you’re other Profession is also important.  Which ones you’ll be interested in will largely depend on your class.

What follows is a description of each of the Professions that should be of interest to a level 39 Twink Hunter and why.

Engineering

For Twinks of any class, this profession is an absolute must-have.  Along with all of the engineering gadgets and doodads you get before reaching 230 in engineering, there are some seriously fantastic items at this level that are of extreme use in PvP.  Make sure you get all of them.

The Major Recombobulator is especially useful for countering the Crowd Control (CC) effects of Polymorph.  You’ll be the one that saved the day if you carry the Goblin Jumper Cables XL and can rez the Healer when your whole team gets ganked.  Other items of note are the   Alarm-O-Bot, which can help in detecting Rogues and other Druids and the Dark Iron Bomb, which is the absolute best bomb in early Classic WoW, with the most damage and longest CC duration.  There are also three energy reflectors; Gyrofreeze Ice Reflector, Hyper-Radiant Flame Reflector and Ultra-Flash Shadow Reflector, which all reflect their type of damage for 5 seconds.  This is extremely useful and can quickly turn the tables on any caster in the game.  Finally, there is the Arcane Bomb, which absorbs mana and does half of what is absorbed as damage to anyone in range.

All of these items are incredibly useful in PvP and are the best engineering has to offer at this level.  Not to mention all of the fun fireworks and pet companions you can make.

Enchanting

Enchanting is probably the best choice for players who are not supporting their Twink with another character.  It has few expensive reagents that must be truly gathered, most being products of disenchanting items you are already likely to pick up.  It also offers lucrative selling opportunities with the many materials you will acquire from breaking down all of the Green and Blue items you do not need.  It can also offset the cost of getting your own enchantments some, as higher level enchanters are sometimes on the lookout for lower level materials.

Alchemy

If you are being supplied herbs and reagents by another character, then Alchemy can be an extremely useful Profession to endeavor upon.  The ability to simply create the many potions and elixirs that offer decided advantages in PvP at this bracket, instead of having to go shop for them, almost pays for itself.  Alchemy can also be a great way to make money, especially if the reagents and materials can be acquired cheaply.

Other Professions

HerbalismMining, and Skinning should be avoided entirely, unless you are hoping to compliment your Engineering with Mining and take some pressure off of the character supporting your Twink.  This might also be a good way to make some gold, as ore and bars sell well.  Tailoring is completely useless to a Hunter, as is Blacksmithing.  Leatherworking is somewhat useful, as it allows you to craft your own Pre BiS armor.  That being said, it’s probably best to just stick with either Alchemy, or Enchanting.

Secondary Skills

Cooking

Cooking has but one benefit to any Twink at any level bracket.  The Well Fed Buff.  The food that offers the highest possible Well Fed bonus at this level is Spider Sausage, the recipe for which can be purchased from virtually any standard Cooking trainer.  Another fun and useful food the cooks can make at this level is Dragonbreath Chili, the recipe for which can be purchased from Helenia Olden (Alliance) or Ogg’marr (Horde) in Duskwallow Marsh.  It can also be purchased from Super-Seller 680 in Desolace.

First Aid

The only thing to worry about here is to get your First Aid maxed as high as it will go, so that you can use the Heavy Runecloth Bandage, which can heal you almost completely full with just one bandage.  To do this, you will need the three books Expert First Aid – Under WrapsManual: Heavy Silk Bandage and Manual: Mageweave Bandage.  The only trouble is that, because you still can’t get your Secondary Skills up to 300 yet, you’ll have to find someone to craft the bandages for you.  Alternatively, you could simply purchase them off of the AH.

Fishing

This skill is not as important at this level bracket, but it’s still a great way to increase your income, especially while you’re bored and waiting around near some water.  Take any opportunity you can to fish, because each time you fish is a chance to catch a rare fish that can earn you some good money.  It’s also not a bad way to get Cooking and Alchemy reagents to increase those skills.

The Hunter’s prowess at range is put simply, unmatched.  There are some who can compete with a Hunter for damage itself, but none that can compete in range.  Distance is a Hunter’s greatest weapon, but they also possess a number of powerful and useful abilities.  Hunter abilities can be broken down into three basic groups:  Beast Mastery, Marksmanship and Survival.  What follows is a list of the abilities that are available to a Hunter of level 39, that are also useful in PvP.

Beast Mastery

  • Aspect of the Hawk: Aspect of the Hawk should almost always be active when you are engaged in dealing any kind of ranged damage.  Unless you have another aspect active for a specific purpose, have this one active.
  • Mend Pet: You need this to heal your pet, so…yeah, it’s kind of important.  Seriously though, the ability to heal your pet without need of a spell, healer or bandage is invaluable and this one works amazingly between battles.
  • Scare Beast: You might be wondering why this one is on a list here, as it seems to only have application in PvE.  Well you’d be dead wrong.  Scare beast not only works on the pets of other hunters, but it works on Druids and Shaman in any of their respective animal forms.  It’s situational CC, but it’s still CC.
  • Aspect of the Beast: This ability finds use when a Hunter is up against another Hunter, OR a Druid using their own tracking abilities.
  • Aspect of the Cheetah:  This one is only kind of good for CTF, as the stun effect limits your ability to truly outrun your enemies.  That being said, if you couple it with a Swiftness Potionand put a great distance between you and your foes to begin with, this Aspect will carry you the rest of the way…hopefully.
  • Eyes of the Beast:  Become one with your beast and see through their eyes.  Excellent for scouting when you have a pet that can Prowl.
  • Eagle Eye:  This one is really great for spying on other groups and is kind of like a free Ornate Spyglass.  Really a good ability to have in a Battleground.
  • Tame Beast:  A Hunter’s pet is one of the most important aspects of the class.  So this ability is worth mentioning.  After you’ve completed a Hunter class quest, you can use this ability to tame your first pet.
  • Revive Pet:  Allows you to bring your pet back to life.  Very important, as your pet will likely take a few falls.
  • Aspect of the Monkey:  This Aspect can be of a great advantage if you have taken a lot of damage, or expect to and need a breather.  If not in this situation, then this Aspect should not be on at all and Aspect of the Hawk should be.

Marksmanship

  • Arcane Shot: This ability is going to be your workhorse.  Use it when you aren’t actively using anything else, especially when you have Aspect of the Hawk on, like you almost always should.
  • Viper Sting: A brand new ability at level 36!  This one is perfect for stymieing obnoxious casters and draining their mana.
  • Serpent Sting: Easily your most damaging ability, let alone shot. Serpent Sting does a crap load of DoT that will allow you to whittle down targets with higher HP faster.
  • Scorpid Sting: Really great to use against any class that relies on physical or ranged Attack Power.  Not as good on casters though.
  • Flare: Sick of getting snuck up on by annoying Rogues and Druids?  Try this handy dandy nope button for their stealth.  Also, works on characters using any kind of invisibility and allows you to be tracking something other than Hidden to see the stealthy.
  • Multi-Shot: Good for a little bit of soft AoE.  This one is really useful in PvP, because Threat is not at all a factor.
  • Rapid Fire: This is a great ability for when you want to do a huge amount of damage to a single foe.  Combine with Berserking, if you are a Troll, to really get that DPS into the stratosphere.
  • Hunter’s Mark: Really great to use in tandem with another hunter.  Increases damage to a single target and stops Rogues and Druids from using stealth, or prowl.  Even if you are alone, always have this active on your main target.
  • Concussive Shot: This ability is one that you are going to get a ton of use out of.  The mild, but constant CC advantage that it offers is worth every point of Mana.  Can be improved early on with talents.

Survival

  • Wing Clip: This is best employed on a fleeing opponent, or a FC that you’ve managed to catch up to.  Combines well with Concussive shot, or Frost Trap in a variety of ways.
  • Immolation Trap: A decent damaging track, but very situational, especially when you have Freezing Trap available.
  • Explosive Trap: Another great damaging trap, which does a lot of AoE.  Might be useful if you have a Mage or someone else to take care of CC, but also might not.
  • Tracking: The Hunter has a number of tracking abilities and most can find uses in PvP.  Track Demons, for example can be a good way of indicating that there is a Warlock nearby, or if you already know that there is, tracking them in particular.  Track Hidden is, of course, obviously useful, against Rogues and Druids who are using stealth.  Still, your most useful, or rather, regularly used tracking ability is likely going to be Track Humanoids, since all PCs are considered Humanoids, even the Undead.
  • Raptor Strike: You do not want to be in Melee range, but if you are you have this to help you.
  • Counterattack: Again, melee is not where you want to be, but this ability can make all the difference.  It can’t be avoided and gives you 5 second with which to freeze, stun, or run.
  • Mongoose Bite: Extremely situational, but might be worth having on your bar so that when it procs, you can get that little bit of extra damage in melee…where you shouldn’t be anyway.
  • Frost Trap: Amazing when combined with Concussive Shot and Wing clip to bring enemy egress to a crawl.
  • Freezing Trap:  The other main source of a Hunter’s CC repertoire.  Use these to lay down ambushes for unsuspecting foes.

Maintaining your distance is critical in PvP.  That isn’t to say that you won’t ever find yourself engaged in melee, which is why some of these abilities are available to the Hunter.  Just in case.  Let your pet and Allies do the intense close range stuff, and support them with covering fire from afar.

In PvP at just about any level, the main focus with a hunter is to be doing as much ranged DPS as possible.  To this end, your talent build should be one that maximizes your effectiveness as a ranged combatant.  You’re also going to want to make sure you get some of those talents that help with CC, so that you can keep bad guys at bay.  To that end, there’s pretty much only one talent build to worry about and this is it.

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To be clear, the last four points placed into Efficiency can go anywhere you like, this is just the most efficient (heh!) build.  Every other talent is a must have so get them all.

If you’re really dying to try it out yourself and don’t want to listen to the advice that this guide has provided for you specifically to play a Hunter to the best possible ability…then go ahead and check out the Hunter Talent Calculator.  Cause you’d know best, right?

For Twink Hunters, the name of the game is range.  So you are going to want to focus on the gear that builds on Agility the most, but also Stamina and Intellect (in that order).  Acquiring all of this BiS gear won’t be easy and it is advised that you get financial backing from a Main to get the items from the AH, which will make the task much easier.  Listed below are all of your BiS gear slot items and how, or where to get them. Good Luck!

Make sure to pick up the Heavy Quiver, which can be purchased from Benijah Fenner (Horde) or Marda Weller (Alliance), or if you go guns, the Heavy Leather Ammo Pouch which can be crafted from Leatherworking.  Either of these bags offers a more than 10% increase in ranged attack speed, which is too much of a bonus to overlook.

One of the most important aspects of any Hunter, Twink or not, is your Hunter pet.  Unlike in modern WoW, Hunters do not start out the game with their pets. At level 10 there is a quest called The Hunter’s Path, which has four different versions based on race and faction.  Upon completion of the quest, the Hunter learns the ability Tame Beast, which they can then use to acquire their first pet.

There are also far fewer choices of pets and pet abilities in WoW Classic, especially at this level.  There are also certain families of pets, such as the Turtle, that should simply be avoided, because their abilities are not at all helpful in PvP.  While other types, like Cats are often sought after for their PvP centric aspects.  What follows is a list of the best and most useful pets from PvP viable families available to a Hunter at level 39.

Broken Tooth

Cats are probably the best family of pets in Classic WoW for PvP, just because of their high attack speed and 10% increase to all damage.  Not to mention the fact that all Cats are able to learn Prowl with ease.  Broken tooth is the best, highest level Cat that can be acquired at level 39 and starts with the Dash ability.

Barnabus

Wolves are, more often than not, most Hunter’s second choice for of pet for PvP, though they are in reality more of an equal to the Cat family, just with a trade off.  Wolves tend to have a slightly slower attack speed to Cats, but are often heartier.  They can also all learn the Furious Howl ability, which is a decent buff that makes them welcome in groups.  Barnabus is the best Wolf at this level bracket and starts with a level 6 Bite attack.

Arikara

Windserpents are another highly sought after family of pets in Classic WoW, and also one of the rarest.  They are debatably just as useful to a Hunter in PvP, because they are the only Hunter pet in the game that can do ranged damage, using their Lightning Breath ability.  Because threat isn’t a factor in PvP, it’s not always necessary to have your pet engage at melee range, nor is it important that they can always soak up damage.  Being able to add damage to your own, especially when neither of you has been noticed yet, could be the difference between victory and defeat.  Arikara is the best Windserpent to be had at level 39, though it itself is only 28 and must train to use Lightning Breath.

Rotting Agam’ar

While less viable than other pets, especially at this level, Boars are still very useful, because of their charge ability, which some Hunters prefer over other PvP abilities.  Rotting Agam’ar is the best Boar that can be acquired at this level and he starts with charge, but is only level 28 himself.

If you’d like to search for the pet that suits you most yourself, take a look at our Hunter Pet Tool.

The enchantments for your gear are almost as important as the gear itself.  Make sure to get all of the best enchantments for each gear slot item that can be enchanted.  If your Main is not an enchanter, then acquiring these enchantments will be expensive, so keep that in mind.  Here are all of the best enchantments for a level 39 Twink Hunter.

There are a plethora of buffs to be had at this level and some of them are incredibly useful.  If you’ve taken Alchemy, you’ll be able to acquire most of these, fairly easily.  Otherwise, you can get them through other players who are Alchemists, or simply from the AH. Some of them are often sold by vendors in a limited quantity as well.

Remember that only one Battle and one Guardian Elixir can be active at a time.

Battle Elixirs

Guardian Elixirs

  • Elixir of Fortitude:  Not a single character in all of WoW has ever complained about having more health.  You shouldn’t either.
  • Mighty Troll’s Blood Potion:  This one is great to pop right before a long fight.  It helps mitigate damage to you and let’s your Healer take it a bit easier.
  • Elixir of Greater Defense:  More armor is always a good thing, especially in these quantities.
  • Gift of Arthas: Hard to come by and somewhat situational with respect to the resistance, but definitely worth the defensive proc.  Being able to disease opponents is very useful in PvP.
  • Elixir of Water Walking: This one might only be useful when running away from something, but when you can walk on water and your opponents can’t you’ll be glad you bought this.
  • Lesser Stoneshield Potion: One thousand extra armor?  Yes, you can easily find a situation where this is useful.
  • Invisibility Potion: Makes you invisible.  What’s not to love?
  • Swiftness Potion: No matter what bracket you’re in, no matter what class you play, this potion will never not be useful in some way in PvP and in CTF it is invaluable.
  • Restorative Potion: Expensive, but worth the price and extremely utilitarian.  You can just keep this in your back pocket just in case and rest east, knowing you have an answer for almost every debuff.
  • Jungle Remedy: You might have to spend a lot of time farming these, or a bit of gold buying them, but they are worth it.
  • Magic Resistance Potion: If 50 resistance in all schools of magic doesn’t seem like enough to you, you are wrong.  This potion is perfect for when every caster on the field is flinging different colored light at each other and
  • Dreamless Sleep Potion: Makes you vulnerable for a awhile but pretty much completely restores your health and mana.  Good to use right after a some kind of mass CC has just occurred, like Psychic Scream, or Fear.
  • Wildvine Potion: Kind of a gamble, but might be worth having for when things are really down and out.
  • Superior Healing Potion: The healing potion is a staple of adventurers everywhere.  Use it in good health.
  • Superior Healing Draught: Not as effective as the above, but plentiful and cheap.  You can only use them in BGs though.
  • Greater Mana Potion: As a hunter, you won’t always need one of these, but when you do, you do.

Use all of them if you are alone, because they are cheap and why not?

You gain a solid benefit from just about all of the long term team buffs out there.  Arcane Intellect will increase your mana pool, while Power Word: Fortitude increases your health pool.  Blessing of Kings is also a great buff that the Paladin gets access to at level 20.  So if you are Alliance, get it.  Mark of the Wild is the class buff that likely offers the best bonus for a Hunter all around.

  • Rumsey Rum Black Label: Being a little tipsy is a small price to pay for extra 15 Stamina.
  • Dragonbreath Chili: As stated above, this is a great little added boon that you can get easily if you cooking skill is high enough.
  • Spider Sausage: Again, make sure you have some of this sausage before heading out there.  The well fed buff shouldn’t be ignored.

Well there you go!  You now have everything you need to create the perfect level 39 Hunter Twink and dominate the Arenas and Battlegrounds of Azeroth!  Go meet new and interesting people…and kill them!  Have fun!

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