An Overview of Hunters Before Cataclysm
In World of Warcraft hunters, are damage per second(DPS) characters with mainly ranged attacks and a pet to help them fight. They can be played by dwarfs, dranei, and night elves on the Allaince as well as by taurens, blood elves, trolls, and orcs on the Horde. They use many traps, ranged attacks, forms of tracking, and stings to take out their opponents. They use mana as a source for their attacks and use crossbows, guns, and bows as their ranged weapons. They can wear cloth or leather armor until level 40 when they gain the ability to wear mail armor.
Changes to Hunters after Cataclysm
First of all lets take a look at the changes to all classes that will affect hunters. First of all talent trees are being reduced to 31 points each. To keep the leveling curve the same you will get one talent point every two levels instead of every level. Cataclysm will also change how you specialize in talent trees. When you reach level 10 you will be asked which talent tree you wish to specialize in. Choosing one will give you certain passive abilities from the very beginning. The new level cap will also be increased to 85.
Now down to the changes just for hunters after Cataclysm. First of all new players entering Azeroth will find it a lot easier than before.Hunters will start with a race appropriate pet at level 1, and be able to tame any other beast at level 10 as normal. Not to mention that Humans and Undead will be able to be hunters after Cataclysm, including the two new classes Worgens and Goblins.
Hunters will no longer use mana as they did before for their special attacks and other spells. Instead they will use focus, which is very similar to energy which rogues use. It generates like energy as well by building up. It will generate at about 6 focus per second. This will be a dramatic change to Hunters who generally use drinks and potions to replenish their mana normally. This will also make Intellect a waste to Hunters after Cataclysm.
Ammunition will also be removed for Hunters. Guns, bows, and crossbows will no longer use ammunition and will therefore not need it. This will make ammo obsolete, and quivers and ammo pouches will be turned into large bags when the switch takes place.
Hunters will also have a major change to their pets in World of Warcraft after Cataclysm. You will now be able to have two kinds of pets: active pets and stored pets. You can have three active pets at one time and switch between the three without having to go to a Stable Master. The stored ones can be swapped with one of the active ones any time at a Stable Master Also a hunter specializing in the Beast Mastery talent tree will be able to have 5 active pets at one time.
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Associated Content – Joshua Kickhaver