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Heyo, I looked through the stickies but there isn't anything about a spec for leveling. I know it really doesn't make a huge difference for a class like a Hunter, but I like being as efficient as possible. My Hunter's currently level 60, but I haven't played him in several years (pre-BC) so I'd like to know where to start off and what to aim for as I reach 80. I'm sure by then I'll know enough to figure out a DPS spec on my own, but for now I'm pretty clueless due to how long it's been and how much the class has changed.
Found this in the stickies after a 10 sec. look. Even though it says as of 3.2 it still hold true in 3.3. It also says upto 60 but I went BM all the way to 80 and even into 80 a little until my gear was better suited for SV. Until I hit 80 I was routinely 1st or 2nd in dps in all my groups majority of the time and when there was another hunter in the group that was SV or MM I was doing better than them as well. Once I hit 80 that changed however.:
What is the best leveling spec?
It depends on how you define the word “best” as it could mean the most enjoyable or most efficient or 5 man raid utility etc. Generally for leveling the word “best” would mean the most efficient spec. As of 3.2.0, BM is the best spec for solo leveling to at least 60 because of a couple of simple reasons;
A BM hunter’s pet will hold aggro best therefore wasting less time for kiting/meleeing to finish the target off. This is very important if you will be using AoE during your grind because you will need a pet who can hold aggro well.
The shot rotation for a bm hunter is very simple and efficient because as BM you will not be using the costy shots that MM hunters will use such as chimera shot. As BM, you will mainly be firing steady shots whilst keeping serpent sting up.
Efficiency means less downtime (with eating and drinking) and less time spent in Aspect of The Viper
So if you are looking to get leveling over and done with as fast as possible, the recommended spec would be BM (at least up till about 60) however if you prefer to play whichever spec is most enjoyable, you must test them for yourself as we can’t tell you what’s fun for you. All 3 specs are viable for leveling so feel free to try them all out.
Mkay, thanks. I was playing around with the calculator for a bit and I think I'm going to go for Beast Mastery because the idea taming a Devilsaur just seems too epic to pass up. Here's the starting spec at level 60:
And what I'll go for as I approach 80:
Now, the question is, first of all- is there any horrendously wrong with this for leveling? Any crucial talents missing/any useless talents taken?
And second, do I dip into Marksmanship ASAP to get Aimed Shot at level 70, or do I fill out Beast Mastery first? (Getting Aimed Shot at 80 seems pretty pointless to me since I'll be respeccing for something that will do more DPS in heroics and such anyways)
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