- Author: Jamielolx
- Date: July 12, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Pre-raid is also known as ”Pre-BiS”, and refers to the gear you should be shooting for before raids start. As you’ll see below, hunters have it extremely easy, since many of the Pre-Raid items they want can be purchased with badges of heroism.
I do not think it is going to be likely for anyone to get Pre-BiS in a week, so you should save your badges whenever possible and fill the holes with alternatives if you’re missing something. Don’t buy gear with awful stats, though. Refer to the Stat Priority section when making gearing decisions, and note the alternatives listed below.
This requires Engineering 400. If you aren’t leveling that profession, Plunderer’s Helm (a drop from Utgarde Keep) is a viable alternative.
Alternatively, you can use the BoE cloak Ice Striker’s Cloak if you’re already at or near the Hit Rating cap. it has haste but we do not have many cloak options.
Do not get the two Tier 7 parts available unless you have no other choice, they both have suboptimal stats.
https://www.wotlkdb.com/?item=39579 and https://www.wotlkdb.com/?item=39582 total up to 140 badges and are IMO a waste of time.
However, https://www.wotlkdb.com/?item=37800 is a relatively good and cheap ”freshly” dinged alternative item, however. (BoE from the AH, but with a high drop-rate from Drak’Tharon Keep Mobs) It is weaker than the tier I advised you not to get, but it will not take you hours upon hours to get.
Alternative: Hemorrhaging Circle — yes, it has expertise, and you will piss off a lot of melees, but the amount of Agility on it makes up for it. In fact, it is actually considered BiS for Survival if you do not need any more Hit rating.
DMC is a must if you’re going to be serious about your survival hunter, you’re going to use it for a long time, probably multiple phases!
https://www.wotlkdb.com/?item=37166 (drop from Nexus Heroic dungeon)
https://www.wotlkdb.com/?item=37390 (drop from Utgarde Pinnacle Heroic dungeon) -only use it if you have too much hit to use Dragon Essence, the proc is terrible and it is best to avoid the trinket entirely.