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Patch 5.2: Throne of Thunder & Raid Schedule | Isle of Thunder | World Boss Nalak Guide | World Boss Oondasta Guide & Loot Table | Season 13 Armor Preview | Tier 15 Armor Set Preview
Mists of Pandaria: New Race: Pandaren | New Class: Monk | New Dungeons and Raids | New Class Talent System | New Pet Battle System | New Challenge Modes
Patch 4.3: S11 Sets | Legendary Daggers | New Mounts | New Dungeons and Raid: End Time Well of Eternity Hour of Twilight Dragon Soul | Void Storage | Transmogrification | Classic Two-handed Swords | Two-handed Axes | Coming Soon
Tier 13: Warrior | Druid | Paladin | Shaman | Warlock | Mage | Rogue | Pirest | Hunter | Tier 13 Set Bonuses
Overview: Deathwing | System Changes | Underwater Kingdom | Guild System | Tips
New Races: The Goblins (Horde) | The Worgens (Alliance)
Revamped Areas: Orgimmar | Stormwind | Azeroth
Classes Changes: Paladin | Death Knight | Druid | Hunter | Mage |
Priest | Rogue | Shaman | Warlock | Warrior
New Battleground: Twin Peak
In this article, we deplayed hunter's gear below for you, and now is still the PTR, so everything is changeable. We don't yet know where most of this drops. Different stats benefit different hunters in different amounts, depending on your spec, and all the rest of your gear.
In 4.3 we're going to see the introduction of the Raid Finder, and along with it, a new, lower level of raid gear. So rather than just normal and heroic versions of gear, we'll have Raid Finder, normal, and heroic. We're also going to have ways of upgrading gear, including the ability to upgrade some valor gear to turn it into heroic gear, though I haven't heard anything about that in a long while.
The stalker naming theme is back with the hunter tier 13 gear set, Wyrmstalker. This set is the final set of the expansion and should, in theory, have the greatest set bonuses -- and the goal with the tier 13 set bonuses seems to be to have us drowning in focus!
Here are the Wyrmstalker set bonuses:
Two-piece Steady Shot and Cobra Shot generate double the amount of focus.
Four-piece Your Arcane Shot ability has a chance to grant 30% haste to you and your pet for 10 seconds.
Keep in mind that the two-piece bonus doubles the focus regen of the shots, not your total focus regen. Thus instead of regenerating 9 focus every time you fire a Cobra Shot or Steady Shot, you'll regenerate 18 focus. That's a whopping big difference that will absolutely change your base rotations, making them so focus-positive that you have a lot more focus to dump on Arcane Shot.
The set bonuses are pretty good, but they will make playing your hunter feel a bit different as you adjust to the crazy incoming focus. Well, now let's move to the loots:
* Wyrmstalker's Spaulders
Two guesses on what shoulders you should wear. Actually, I suspect that the Wowhead database just isn't complete yet. I'm sure we'll have another set of shoulders available somewhere. I certainly hope so, anyway.
* Batwing Cloak
Our only option makes it our best option! Sadly, this will not give us truly awesome bat wings like the rogues are getting with their legendaries.
* Dragonflayer Vest
* Wyrmstalker's Tunic
We want to go with the Wyrmstalker's Tunic here. The larger socket bonus plus the extra socket make it a win in the agility department -- besides which, if we're wearing Zeherah's helm, then we need all the rest of our tier slots to collect our awesome bonuses.
* Arrowflick Gauntlets
* Sporebeard Gauntlets
* Wyrmstalker's Gloves
Your choice here is between the set gloves and Sporebeard Gauntlets. (Any relation to sporebat? If so, those are gonna be some badass gauntlets.) If you're using Zeherah's helm, then you'll want the set gloves. But to be fair, Sporebeard Gauntlets have a nice agility lead and are technically the better item by a small margin.
* Belt of the Beloved Companion
* Cord of Dragon Sinew
* Dragoncarver Belt
Belt of the Beloved Companion is our belt of choice, which is appropriate for hunters. I hope the Beloved Companion is referring to our pet. Or ... maybe not. Would that imply that our beloved companion died and we skinned him and made a belt out of his hide? Might explain why it's such an awesome belt, but still. Ew.
* Ruinblaster Shotgun
* Horrifying Horn Arbalest
* Vishanka, Jaws of the Earth
After totally screwing Dwarves out of their raiding guns for the entire bloody expansion, we finally have a gun available for us.
Depending on your point of view, the fact that the gun is only ilevel 397 is either good or bad. The crossbow has a heroic ilevel 410 version and the bow, the damned bloody bow again, looks like it drops from Deathwing with an ilevel 416 version and takes the top ranged spot a-frickin-gain.
On the one hand, that means that guns are the worst ranged weapon of the tier. On the other hand, it means that you'll be able to easily get your hands on a gun, whereas if you want the bow you have to kill Deathwing first -- at which point you just beat Cataclysm and are ready to hang up your gear until it's time to replace it with greens.
Well, not really ... but you see the point. We get to use our gun to kill Deathwing. The bow is just the "I Killed D-Wing" T-shirt memento.
Earlier Related Articles:
* Patch 4.3: Hunter Tier 13 and Visual Retrospective
* Tier 13 Preview: Priest and Hunter
* WoW Patch 4.3: Tier 13 Set Bonuses
* WoW 4.2: Firelands Hunter Gear Guide
* WoW 4.3: T13 Armor Sets Model of All Classes
* WoW Transmogrification: Hunter T1, T2 High Imitation Sets