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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
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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

The three hunter talent trees, Beast Mastery, Marksmanship,and Survival, are all viable for raiding when used skillfully.

That said, hunters entering Karazhan generally deal substantially more damage with Beast Mastery than with other specs. Most hunters should spec Beast Mastery if they intend to raid Karazhan.

Beast Mastery Edit

Beast Mastery hunters do more damage because they shoot faster while their pets get large boosts to damage, all while using less mana. With the improvements to pets since version 2.0 of the game, the pets can survive in raid fights, and this makes all the difference. Also, with Ferocious Inspiration, the Beast Mastery hunter offers a damage bonus to everyone in his group, including casters.

There are still a few people who think that Beast Mastery hunters do less damage in raids, and who think that hunters should put their pets away in raids. Those people are trapped in Molten Core in 2006. Pets survive well in all fights in Karazhan.

To deal the most damage with Beast Mastery, take the damage-dealing talents in the Beast Mastery tree, up to The Beast Within. Take only 41 points, and include Improved Aspect of the Hawk, Improved Revive Pet, Animal Handler, and Serpent's Swiftness. Take only four of five points in Frenzy, as that is enough to keep it up most of the time.

Take 20 points in Marksmanship, to get Go for the Throat and Mortal Shots. Note that this means that you will not be able to take Hawk Eye, and you will be stuck with a 35 yard range. You also cannnot get Scatter Shot. This is fine for Karazhan. If you are the only hunter in your raid, take Improved Hunter's Mark. If there is another hunter that already has the skill, take Efficiency, instead.

Depending on personal preference, considerable variation in talent selection is possible while maintaining a viable raiding spec. When in doubt, though, the cookie cutter Beast Mastery build generally offers the maximum damage possible for Karazhan raiders.

Other specs Edit

The Markmanship talents offer good burst potential with high-damage shots, an aura that grants attack power to the group, and some nice utility.

The Survival talents offer good survivability, extra hit rating, excellent trapping utility, and a very nice debuff.

A special note about other specs: Even though other specs work well enough for Karazhan, this guide purposely avoids discussing them in much depth. Most raids new to Karazhan, especially once they get past the Opera event, benefit more from high damage output than from anything else a hunter can give them. That is easiest to get with Beast Mastery, so this guide focuses on Beast Mastery. Discussing the other builds would take a lot of work and add considerably to the length and complexity of the guide. Therefore, dear reader, if you feel that there really needs to be a discussion of other specs in Karazhan, just write it up in a separate guide! This page would be greatly improved by a link to another guide.

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