On his post about a post about my apparently pugnacious post, Big Bear Butt Blogger happened to mention an unrelated point that he was looking for a good resource for hunters who are looking for badge/Kara/Heroic level gear. While I really enjoy the Gearing for Karazhan guides that WoW Insider has provided, and of course BRK has written a nice guide there for Hunters… but it seems that the majority of the items there are BoE Auction House purchases.
I had a different stragegy. When I hit 70, I didn’t run to the AH to buy myself some sweet gear. Why not? Well, first of all, I’m a bit of a penny pincher. I rarely buy things on the Auction House, I’d much rather grind mats and badges and instances to get drops or crafted items. Second of all, when I hit 70, I was automatically in “saving for my epic flyer” mode. The first time I saw someone zoom past me on a Netherwing mount, I was determined to be just like them! I don’t have a problem with people gearing up using the AH, I mean, that’s what it is there for. But I thought I’d give a few additional pointers for other sources!
First of all, if you are a leatherworker it is time for you to start rounding up some mats for an [Netherscale Armor] set. Between the Bracers, Belt and Breastplate, you’ll net yourself a nice +20 hit rating. Your first goal as a newly 70 hunter is to achieve the hit cap, attack power, agility and crit will come along in time, but hit rating is really important to work at, and has a set maximum to get to. These three pieces of BoP leatherworking pieces lasted me straight through until the later part of T5, and I’m still wearing the chest.
If you aren’t a leatherworker, then your best bet is to find one and have them craft up a [Felstalker Armor] set. This set also the same +20 hit bonus, but the stats are a little less in areas like Stamina (which is pretty important for a new raider).
For a weapon, I can’t recommend the [Hellscream's Will] more. Do a bit of rep grind for Mag’har and this beauty is yours, and you can even get a pretty mount at the same time! I have grown to hate it, only because this electric guitar had been strapped to my back for a full year before I finally got a replacement. The hit rating on this is godly (+42!), and will make it a tough one to get rid of. If somehow hit rating isn’t an issue for you, two other great weapons are the [Sonic Spear], which drops from Murmur in regular Shadow Labyrinth (but refused to drop for me) and also the [Blackened Spear] (what I’m using now) from Thrallmar rep (Revered), which has more agility and less +hit.
For a ranged weapon, [Valanos' Longbow] is probably your best bet for a bow. If you are of the Gun Lovin’ variety though, I’d have to say you may want to spend the time and/or money to grab a [Ornate Khorium Riffle]. But if you happen to pick up a [Recoilless Rocket Ripper X-54], from Steamvaults (you’ll probably be running this to rep up for your Glyph), it’s nothing to scoff at either. In fact, this has got to be one of my favourite looking weapons in the game! +10 points for aesthetic!
One trinket that I sure hope you held on to is the [Bladefist's Breadth]. A quest reward from a level 63 quest on a 70? You bet! This is a great AP boost trinket, and there aren’t many you can replace it with. Another trinket that I might recommend as your very first badge purchase is the [Bloodlust Brooch] (41 Badges). And be sure to use it whenever you can, it’s a handy boost that really will make a difference.
The best ring I can point you to is [Angelista's Revenge] – but it’s a bit pricey at 60 badges, so I’m sure you’ll want something to hold you over until then. Some options are the [Ravenclaw Band] from Sethekk Halls, and the [Ring of Umbral Doom] from Botanica (both available on regular).
The boots I wore for the longest time, in fact I believe they were my last remaining greens – were the [Duro Footgear]. These are from a Netherstorm quest and they’re really decent. Of course, if you happen to get [Boots of the Endless Hunt] to drop from Warp Splinter (Bot Heroic)… good for you, hope he also drops the neck piece [Jagged Bark Pendant] as well, so you can fill two slots with one kill! But be prepared to stick with the green ones, as there isn’t a whole lot in between.
What am I missing… ah, head gear. [Dream-Wing Helm]. This lasted me through til I got my scary-looking drop from Shade of Aran. You can pick this one up off of Abmassador Hellmaw in Shadow Labyrinth! Edit: Rilgon Arcsinh was nice enough to point out that one of the best helms you can get is the [Surstrike Goggles 2.0], which only Engineers can use. So if Engy’s your thing… get on it!
For gloves, your best bet is [Handguards of the Steady] from heroic Mech.
Oh and if you didn’t pick up Bloodlust Brooch as your first badge loot, you’ll want to grab [Blood Knight War Cloak] for your back, in fact I’m still using this… and also for your neck, [Choker of Vile Intent]. These are both great pieces, and at only 25 badges each, they’re a steal! Grab ‘em up!
And if you are lucky on drops and such, the Desolation Armor (Dungeon 3 set) and the Beast Lord Armor set have some nice pieces, they are nothing to scoff at!
If you’re not lucky on drops… well, hit up the Auction House. Or do some PvP, there’s lots of excellent BG and Arena gear that will get you where you ought to be! I didn’t cover the PvP stuff because I haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to it, personally. OR just try to get in on a few Karazhan runs and see what you can pick up from there. even just Attumen drops a few nice Hunter pieces, and luckily the most important gear you need to be a successful hunter in Kara is SKILL! So get some practise, read some guides, and I wish you happy hunting!