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Hunter's Guide to Karazhan
Your Roles

Deal damage
Protect squishies
Utility
Stay alive

Stats and Gear

Hit rating
Agility
Attack power
Crit rating
MP5 and Intellect
Stamina
Haste
Armor penetration
Melee weapons
Ranged weapons
Scopes
Head enchant
Shoulder enchant
Gear recommendations
Gem recommendations
Reputation rewards

Talent Spec

Beast Mastery
Other specs
References

Your Pet

Choice of pet
Choosing pet talents
A warning about pet bigots

Shot Rotations

Definitions
Shot timing
Beast mastery rotations
Testing shot rotations
References

Configuration

Add-ons
Macros
Voice communication

Getting Your Key
Raid Preparation

Consumables
Buffs and grouping
Target assignment

Combat

Review of skills
Dealing damage
Managing threat
Freeze trapping
Protecting squishies
Staying alive
Controlling pulls

The Bosses

Servants' Quarters
Attumen the Huntsman
Moroes
Opera Event
Maiden of Virtue
The Big Bad Wolf
Romulo and Julianne
Wizard of Oz
The Curator
Shade of Aran
Terestian Illhoof
Netherspite
Chess Event
Nightbane
Prince Malchezaar

List of Tables

Hunter gear
Hunter gems
Reputation rewards
Raid pets
Addons
Consumables
Bosses
Raid buffs
Group buffs
Raid debuffs
Skills
Skills timing

This page is just a convenient place to find tables used elsewhere in this guide.

Hunter gear Edit

Slot Gear Enchants
Feet

[Duro Footgear] (q)
[Auchenai Boots] (q)
[Outland Striders] (d)
[Sky-Hunter Swift Boots] (d)
[Vindicator's Chain Sabatons] (p)

[Enchant Boots - Dexterity]
[Enchant Boots - Greater Agility]

Legs

[Leggings of Beast Mastery] (a)
[Sunfury Legguards] (q)
[Beast Lord Leggings] (d)
[Greaves of Desolation] (d)
[Scaled Greaves of Patience] (d)

[Nethercobra Leg Armor]
[Cobrahide Leg Armor]

Waist

[Felstalker Belt] (c)
[Girdle of Gale Force] (a)
[Shattrath's Champion Belt] (q)
[Tarren Mill Defender's Cinch] (q)
[Blessed Scale Girdle] (r)
[Vindicator's Chain Girdle] (p)

Chest

[Thick Netherscale Breastplate] (c)
[Felstalker Breastplate] (c)
[Salvager's Hauberk] (r)
[Beast Lord Cuirass] (d)
[Laughing Skull Battle-Harness] (d)

[Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats]
[Enchant Chest - Restore Mana Prime]

Wrists

[Auchenai Bracers] (q)
[Felstalker Bracers] (c)
[Vindicator's Chain Bracers] (p)

[Enchant Bracer - Assault]
[Enchant Bracer - Stats]
[Enchant Bracer - Restore Mana Prime]

Hands

[Ar'tor's Mainstay] (q)
[Gauntlets of the Redeemed Vindicator] (q)
[Swiftsteel Gloves] (c)
[Felfury Gauntlets] (c)
[Netherdrake Gloves] (c)
[Beast Lord Handguards] (d)
[Gauntlets of Desolation] (d)

[Enchant Gloves - Superior Agility] (recommended)
[Enchant Gloves - Assault]

Shoulders

[Pauldrons of Surging Mana] (a)
[Beast Lord Mantle] (d)
[Exotic Spiked Shoulders] (q)

[Inscription of the Blade]
[Greater Inscription of the Blade]
[Inscription of Vengeance]
[Greater Inscription of Vengeance]

Head

[Coif of the Wicked] (q)
[Earthcaller's Headdress] (r)
[Earthwarden's Coif] (q)
[Far Seer's Helm] (r)
[Stalker's Helmet of Second Sight] (q)
[Netherdrake Helm] (c)
[Storm Helm] (c)
[Beast Lord Helm] (d)
[Helm of Desolation] (d)

[Glyph of Ferocity]

Back

[Skyguard's Drape] (r)
[Cloak of the Inciter] (d)
[Delicate Green Poncho] (q)
[Cloak of Malice] (d)
[Vengeance Wrap] (c)
[Sergeant's Heavy Cloak] (p)

[Enchant Cloak - Greater Agility]

Ranged Weapon

[Valanos' Longbow] (a)
[Lohn'goron, Bow of the Torn-heart] (q)
[Gyro-Balanced Khorium Destroyer] (c)
[Don Santos' Famous Hunting Rifle] (a)
[Crystalline Crossbow] (r)

[Biznicks 247x128 Accurascope]
[Stabilized Eternium Scope]
[Khorium Scope]

Melee Weapon

[Sonic Spear] (d)
[Crystalforged War Axe] (a)
[Terokk's Quill] (q)
[Blackened Spear] (r)
[Hellforged Halberd] (r)
[Hellscream's Will] (r)

[Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Agility] (recommended)
[Enchant 2H Weapon - Savagery]

Neck

[Choker of Bloodied Feathers] (q)
[Natasha's Choker] (q)
[Earthen Mark of Razing] (q)
[Talon Lord's Collar] (q)
[Braided Eternium Chain] (c)
[Jagged Bark Pendant] (d)
[Necklace of the Deep] (c)

Finger

[Aggressor's Mark of the Sha'tar] (q)
[Band of Anguish] (q)
[Conquerer's Band] (q)
[Lightwarden's Band] (q)
[Slayer's Mark of the Redemption] (q)
[Naliko's Revenge] (q)
[Ravenclaw Band] (d)

See the Reputation rewards section for more rings.

Trinket

[Bladefist's Breadth] (q)
[Ogre Mauler's Badge] (q)
[Uniting Charm] (q)
[Ancient Draenei War Talisman] (q)
[Core of Ar'kelos] (q)
[Skyguard Silver Cross] (r)
[Crystalforged Trinket] (r)
[Alchemist's Stone] (c)
[Bloodlust Brooch] (b)
[Hourglass of the Unraveller] (d)
[Abacus of Violent Odds] (d)

Quiver

[Smuggler's Ammo Pouch] (r)
[Worg Hide Quiver] (r)
[Clefthoof Hide Quiver] (r)
[Knothide Quiver] (c)
[Knothide Ammo Pouch] (c)

Codes

(a) Auction house (World BoE)
(b) Badge reward
(c) Crafted
(d) Dungeon drop (BoP)

(p) PvP award
(q) Quest reward
(r) Reputation reward

Hunter gems Edit

Color Gems
Red Gems [Delicate Living Ruby]

[Bright Living Ruby]

Blue Gems [Solid Star of Elune]

[Lustrous Star of Elune]

Yellow Gems [Smooth Dawnstone]

[Rigid Dawnstone]

Orange Gems [Glinting Noble Topaz]

[Wicked Noble Topaz]

Purple Gems [Shifting Nightseye]

[Balanced Nightseye]
[Infused Nightseye]

Green Gems [Dazzling Talasite]

[Jagged Talasite]

Meta Gems [Relentless Earthstorm Diamond]

[Swift Skyfire Diamond]
[Thundering Skyfire Diamond]

Reputation rewards Edit

Reputation Reward
Friendly [Violet Signet]
Honored [Violet Signet]
Revered [Violet Signet]

[Mysterious Arrow]
[Mysterious Shell]

Exalted [Violet Signet of the Master Assassin]

Raid pets Edit

Pet Family Damage Multiplier Focus Dump Skill Food High-Level Location
Bat 7% Screech Fruit and Fungus Karazhan (Servant's Quarters)
Cat 10% Claw Fish and Meat Hills above Skettis
Owl 7% Screech, Claw Meat Heroic Sethekk Halls
Raptor 10% Claw Meat Netherstorm, far northern tip
Ravager 10% Gore Meat and Raw Meat Netherwing Shelf mine
Wind Serpent 7% Lightning Breath Fish and Bread Netherstorm, near Tempest Keep

Addons Edit

Add-ons Comments
Threat Meter

KLH Threat Meter
Omen/Threatlib Threat Meter

Omen (Threat 1.0) is generally becoming more popular due to its ability to track threat on multiple targets.
Raid Warning

Deadly Boss Mods
BigWigs BossMods

Deadly Boss Mods is more popular, but these are both great.

Damage Meter

SW Stats
Recount
Recap
WoW Web Stats (WWS)

SWStats, when calculating damage per second, divides the damage done by the entire time anyone is in combat.

WWS is not an add-on, but is used to post stats on a Web page after the raid.

Timer

Kharthus's Hunter Timers
Quartz

Consumables Edit

Consumable Comments
Battle Elixirs

[Elixir of Major Agility]
[Fel Strength Elixir]
[Elixir of Mastery]
[Onslaught Elixir]

Most hunters take the Elixir of Major Agility.

Guardian Elixirs

[Elixir of Major Mageblood]
[Elixir of Draenic Wisdom]
[Elixir of Major Fortitude]

Major Mageblood is considerably better than Draenic Wisdom for boss fights.

Flasks

[Flask of Relentless Assault]

Buff Food

[Blackened Sporefish]
[Grilled Mudfish]
[Ravager Dog]
[Spicy Hot Talbuk]
[Warp Burger]
[Talbuk Steak]
[Mok'Nathal Shortribs]
[Clam Bar]
[Buzzard Bites]

Most hunters prefer agility food.

Some of the stamina food is being changed with Patch 2.4 to give 720 stamina for 30 seconds.

Weapon Oil

[Superior Mana Oil]
[Brilliant Mana Oil]

Dual-wielding hunters can use two weapon oils at once.

Unfortunately, sharpening stones have no effect on ranged attacks.

Regular Pet Food

As appropriate.

Hunters know what their pets eat. This section is here just to remind them to bring a full stack of it.

Bears, boars, crabs, wind serpents, and spore bats eat bread that mages conjure.

Buff Pet Food

[Kibler's Bits]
[Sporeling Snack]

Potions

[Super Healing Potion]
[Super Mana Potion]
[Super Rejuvenation Potion]
[Healing Potion Injector]
[Mana Potion Injector]
[Fel Mana Potion]
[Mad Alchemist's Potion]
[Haste Potion]

Fel Mana potions are the best ones for hunters to use, as the debuff from that potion does not affect them.

Ammunition

[Adamantite Shells]
[Adamantite Stinger]
[Felbane Slugs]
[Halaani Grimshot]
[Halaani Razorshaft]
[Hellfire Shot]
[Warden's Arrow]
[Blackflight Arrow]
[Ironbite Shell]

Bring a full bag. Nothing is more embarrassing than running out of ammunition in the middle of a raid.

The Adamantite ammunition is best for hunters new to Karazhan, as it has the highest damage boost of any ammunition available to them, and is not soulbound. The machines to make it are made by engineers. One [Adamantite Arrow Maker] creates 1000 [Adamantite Stinger]s. One [Adamantite Shell Machine] creates 1000 [Adamantite Shells].
See the Reputation rewards section for more ammunition.

Bosses Edit

Boss Best Pet Spec Hunter Loot
Servant's Quarters

Armor (for trash)

[Ravager's Bands]
[Glider's Sabatons]
[Lurker's Belt]

Attumen the Huntsman

Armor (for trash)

[Stalker's War Bands]
[Worgen Claw Necklace]
[Steelhawk Crossbow]

Moroes

Armor

[Emerald Ripper]

Maiden of Virtue

None

[Gloves of Quickening]

The Big Bad Wolf

None

[Beastmaw Pauldrons]
[Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle]
[Big Bad Wolf's Paw]

Romulo and Julianne

Armor

[Beastmaw Pauldrons]
[Romulo's Poison Vial]
[Blade of the Unrequited]

Wizard of Oz

Armor

[Beastmaw Pauldrons]
[Legacy]

The Curator

Arcane Resistance

[Demon Stalker Gauntlets]
[Garona's Signet Ring]

Shade of Aran

Arcane Resistance and Frost Resistance

[Drape of the Dark Reavers]
[Steelspine Faceguard]
[Saberclaw Talisman]

Terestian Illhoof

Armor

[Girdle of the Prowler]

Netherspite

Shadow Resistance

[Rip-Flayer Leggings]

Chess Event

None

[Fiend Slayer Boots]

Nightbane

Fire Resistance and Armor

[Ferocious Swift-Kickers]
[Scaled Breastplate of Carnage]

Prince Malchezaar

Shadow Resistance and Fire Resistance

[Demon Stalker Greathelm]
[Sunfury Bow of the Phoenix]
[Ring of a Thousand Marks]
[Farstrider Wildercloak]
[Malchazeen]

Raid buffs Edit

Raid Buffs
Class Raid Buff Effect Comments
Druid Gift of the Wild Increases armor by 340, all attributes by 14 and all resistances by 25
Mage Arcane Brilliance Increases intellect by 40
Paladin Greater Blessing of Might Increases attack power by 220 Pets should have Might, too.
Greater Blessing of Kings Increases all stats by 10% Pets should have Kings, too.
Greater Blessing of Wisdom Restores 41 mana every 5 seconds Very useful for long fights
Priest Prayer of Fortitude Increases stamina by 79 Increases stamina by up to 102 when fully talented
Prayer of Spirit Increases spirit by 50 Requires discipline talents
Prayer of Shadow Protection Increases shadow resistance by 70

Does not stack with Shadow Resistance Aura.
Great for Netherspite.

Group buffs Edit

Group Buffs
Class Group Buff Effect Comments
Druid Leader of the Pack Improves critical strike chance by 5% Feral talent activated in bear and cat form. When fully talented, heal yourself by 4% of your total health when you get a critical strike.
Hunter Ferocious Inspiration All damage increased by 3% for 10 seconds after the hunter's pet gets a critical strike. Beast Mastery talent. Stacks with multiple hunters.
Trueshot Aura Attack power increased by 125 Marksmanship talent. Does not stack.
Aspect of the Wild Nature resistance increased by 70 when within 45 yards of the hunter. Does not stack with itself or with nature resistance totems. The hunter using it loses considerable damage output because Aspect of the Hawk is not available. Only one hunter per group needs to turn this on.
Paladin Concentration Aura Gives a 35% chance to ignore spell interruption when damaged

Useful for casting Steady Shot when taking damage.
When fully talented, has a 40 yard range, 50% chance to ignore interruption, and reduces the duration of silence effects by 30%.

Devotion Aura Gives 861 additional armor to party members Adds 1205.3 armor when fully talented. Great for Nightbane.
Fire Resistance Aura Gives 70 additional Fire resistance Does not stack with fire resistance totems.

Hunters do not take much fire damage in Karazhan, but possibly handy for Prince Malchezaar and Terestian Illhoof.

Frost Resistance Aura Gives 70 additional Frost resistance Nice for the Shade of Aran's elementals.
Shadow Resistance Aura Gives 70 additional Shadow resistance Does not stack with Prayer of Shadow Resistance.

Great for Netherspite.

Priest Vampiric Embrace 15% of Shadow spell damage caused by casting priest heals the priest's group.

Shadow talent
Increases to 25% when fully talented.

Vampiric Touch Priest's party gains mana equal to 5% of Shadow spell damage caused by the priest. Shadow talent.
Shaman Fire Resistance Totem Increases fire resistance by 70 Does not stack with Fire Resistance Aura.
Frost Resistance Totem Increases frost resistance by 70 Does not stack with Frost Resistance Aura.
Grace of Air Totem Increases agility by 77
Healing Stream Totem Heals 18 damage every two seconds.
Mana Spring Totem Restores 20 mana every two seconds.
Mana Tide Totem Restores 24% of your mana over 12 seconds. Restoration talent.
Nature Resistance Totem Increases nature resistance by 70 Does not stack with Aspect of the Wild.
Strength of Earth Totem Increases strength by 86. Does not improved ranged attacks, but substantially increases pet damage.
Warlock Blood Pact Increases stamina by 70 Imp aura.

Increases stamina by 91 when fully talented.

Warrior Battle Shout Increases melee attack power by 305 Increases melee attack power by up to 382 with talents.

Does not increased ranged damage, but does increase pet damage.

Commanding Shout Increases maximum health by 1080.
Increases maximum health by 1350 when fully talented.

Raid debuffs Edit

Raid Debuffs
Class Raid Debuff Effect Comments
Druid Faerie Fire Decrease armor of target by 610 With Balance talents, also improves chance to hit the target by 3%.

Does not stack.

Hunter Expose Weakness Increase the attack power against the target by 25% of the agility of the hunter. Survival talent.

Does not stack.

Hunter's Mark Increases ranged attack power against the target by 110 to 440. With Marksmanship talents, also increases the melee attack power against the target by 110.

Does not stack.

Paladin Judgement of Wisdom Chance to restore 74 mana when attacking the target. Extremely valuable in boss fights. Allows hunters to use haste potions instead of mana potions.
Judgement of the Crusader Increases holy damage taken by the target by up to 219. Fully talented, also increases the crit chance of all attacks against the target by 3%. Requires the Improved Seal of the Crusader talent from a retribution paladin to get the 3% crit chance.
Rogue Expose Armor Reduce armor of target by up to 2050. Reduce armor by up to 3075 with assassination talents.

Does not stack with Sunder Armor.

Warlock Curse of Recklessness Reduces target's armor by 800, but also increases its attack power by 135 and makes it immune to fear effects. Each warlock gets only one curse per target.
Warrior Sunder Armor Reduces armor by 520 Stacks up to five times with itself.

Does not stack with Expose Armor.

Skills Edit

Skill Description Mana Cast Time Cooldown Comment
Aimed Shot

A shot that increases damage by 870 and reduces healing on the target by 50% for 10 seconds.

370

3.0 sec

6.0 sec

Does not increase DPS, because it resets the Auto Shot timer.
Use it with Misdirection and on targets that might get healed.
Cast time is reduced by haste.

Auto Shot

Hits the target for ranged weapon damage plus attack power and scope bonuses.

0

0.5 sec

Weapon speed

Basic attack, and a large fraction of hunter damage.
Cooldown (from weapon speed) is reduced by haste.

Arcane Shot

Hit target for 273 + 15% of your ranged attack power in arcane damage. Also, dispel one beneficial magic effect from the target.

230

Instant

6 sec

Not mana efficient, but useful to do damage while moving. Also useful to dispel effects on Attumen trash, Moroes (when Berrybuck is around), Romulo, and Julianne.

Bestial Wrath

Fully talented, increase pet damage by 50%, increase hunter damage by 10%, reduce mana costs of spells by 20%, and make both hunter and pet immune to most crowd control. Lasts 18 seconds.

10% of base mana

Instant

120 sec

Defining Beast Mastery talent. Use at the same time as Rapid Fire and other racial and trinket buffs to greatly increase damage for a short while.

Concussive Shot

Slows target by 50% for four seconds.

8% of base mana

Instant

12 sec

Useful for protecting squishies and for slowing targets to build more threat on them before they go into a Freezing Trap.

Deterrence

Increase chance to dodge and parry by 25% each.

0

Instant

300 sec

Survival talent. May let you survive if you get melee attacks. It is usually better for the raiding hunter not to get melee attacks at all, though.

Explosive Trap

Drop a trap that hits enemies within 10 yards for 201-257 fire damage followed by 330 fire damage over 20 seconds. The trap itself lasts 60 seconds.

520

Instant

30 sec

Can do a lot of damage, but tends to generate unwanted threat. Use only when the tank can hold on to every monster it will hit, or use Snake Trap, instead.
Useful on Moroes trash.

Feign Death

Play dead, permanently removing all threat from monsters aware of the hunter.

80

Instant

30 sec

Use this to stay under the tank's threat, or when you are about to die to trash.
Allows the hunter to safely do a lot of damage, even with a tank that does not generate a lot of threat.

Freezing Trap

Drop a trap that will freeze a target for 20 seconds. The trap itself lasts 60 seconds.

100

Instant

30 sec

The best hunter crowd control. Considerably improved by Survival talents. See the discussion on Freeze Trapping.

Frost Trap

Drop a trap that will slow nearby enemies for 30 seconds. The trap itself lasts 60 seconds.

60

Instant

30 sec

Useful for Moroes, Moroes trash, Attumen trash, Servant's Quarters, and some Shade trash. Very nice for kiting.

Intimidation

The pet's next attack generates a large amount of threat and stuns the target for 3 seconds.

4% of base mana

Instant

60 sec

Beast Mastery talent. Useful mainly for protecting squishies.

Kill Command

The pet instantly attacks for an additional 127 damage.

75

Instant

5 sec

Available only after the hunter lands a critical strike.
Does not trigger the global cooldown, so it should be used every time it is available.

Misdirection

Threat caused by your next 3 attacks is redirected to the target raid member.

9% of base mana

Instant

120 sec

One Multishot uses up all three charges if it hits. Put this on the tank every time he could use more threat.

Multishot

Fire multiple shots, hitting up to three targets, for 205 extra damage each.

275

0.5 sec

10 sec

Mana inefficient way to do extra burst damage on a single target, or massive damage when hitting multiple targets.
Much stronger with Marksmanship talents, but Beast Mastery hunters should use it only when hitting multiple targets.

Rapid Fire

Increase ranged attack speed by 40% for 15 seconds.

100

Instant

300 sec

Trigger this at the same time as trinket and racial abilities that increase attack power for a massive surge of damage.
Use Feign Death to avoid pulling aggro when doing this.
The Rapid Killing talent reduces the cooldown to 180 seconds.

Raptor Strike

Your next melee attack does 140 extra damage.

100

Next hit

6 sec

If you happen to be in melee range of your target, use this before you run back out to range.

Scorpid Sting

Reduces the target's chance to hit by 5%. Lasts 20 seconds.

9% of base mana

Instant

None

Greatly reduces the damage done by a boss on a tank. Keep it up at all times.
Hunters can have only one sting each per target.
Does not stack, but due to high mana cost, rotate Scorpid Sting duty amongst any other hunters in the raid.

Scatter Shot

Deal 50% of normal shot damage and causes the target to wander aimlessly for 4 seconds. Range is 0 to 50% of normal shot range.

8% of base mana

Instant

30 sec

Marksmanship talent. Very handy for staying alive. Gives time to drop a Freezing Trap.

Serpent Sting

Sting the target for 660 damage over 15 seconds.

275

Instant

None

Usually a mana-inefficient waste of a global cooldown. Use a Steady Shot instead.
Use to do damage when moving, someone else is maintaining Scorpid Sting, and Arcane Shot is on cooldown.
Damage is increased slightly by ranged attack power.

Silencing Shot

Deal 50% of normal shot damage and silences the target for 3 seconds.

6% of base mana

Instant

20 sec

Marksmanship talent. Forces casters into melee. Very useful on Moroes, Shade of Aran trash, and Netherspite trash.

Snake Trap

Drop a trap that releases five snakes to attack your enemies for 15 seconds. The trap itself lasts 60 seconds.

305

Instant

30 sec

Good AoE damage without the threat generated by Explosive Trap. Also good for fooling enemies into attacking a snake instead of a player character. Poison from the snakes breaks crowd control.

Steady Shot

Shoot the target for 100 + 20% of ranged attack power physical damage.

110

1.5 sec

None

After Auto Shot, most important skill for doing damage. Use it as much as possible.
Cast time is reduced by haste.

Viper Sting

Drain 1368 mana over 8 seconds.

270

Instant

15 sec

Not useful in Karazhan, unless your raid is trying to get the Shade of Aran to do his Pyroblast before he brings out his elementals.

Volley

Do 105 arcane damage every second for 6 seconds to enemies in an 8 yard radius.

585

6 sec

60 sec

Do AoE damage to multiple enemies once an Explosive Trap or Snake Trap is used. Use when the tank has a means of holding on to multiple targets, or you may get unwanted attention.
Useful on Moroes trash.

Wing Clip

Deals 50 damage and reduces movement speed of the target by 60%.

60

Instant

None

Useful for kiting, protecting squishies, and doing a small amount of extra damage when stuck in melee.

Skills timing Edit

Skill Cast Time Cooldown Global Cooldown
Auto Shot 0.5 sec Weapon Speed No
Steady Shot 1.5 sec None Yes
Multishot 0.5 sec 10.0 sec Yes
Arcane Shot Instant 6.0 sec Yes
Kill Command Instant 5.0 sec No
Aimed Shot 2.5 sec 6.0 sec Yes

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