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WOW Hunter Leveling & Quest Guide

WOW Hunter Guide
If this is the first time you have played a Hunter you should find this info helpful to help get you going. Here we will give a general overview of basic Hunter play and some points on getting your Hunter on it's way too the higher levels A.S.A.P.
A party needs someone to keep tracked of whats going on within the group, this is usually the Hunters job. The Hunter is often used to attract foe's from a distance and draw them close to the group to divide and conquer. Hunters are very adept in warning their party about long range enemies before the rest of the party would see them. The Hunters lack of self healing abilities are countered by their regular avoidance of hand to hand combat in group play.
Since the Hunter does not partake in melee combat they do not need to keep as much healing potions in their inventory therfore others might ask you to hold things for them. Don't think that the Hunter just cowards in the back of a party. With the Auto Shot ability, the hunter can rapidly fire any long range weapon. Being able to tame the wild creatures of world of warcraft to fight with the Hunter is a great help to the Hunter when they have to leave the team and play solo.
The Hunter can be a challenging character to play in the beginning but it is a very powerful class that is easy to level up and considered to be very valuable to any team when played correctly.

Racial traits you should review for your Hunter:

As a Hunter you will want to take your time deciding on what race you wish to be, it will make a difference on how you will play WOW. Although race selection is very important, deciding on Alliance or Horde is not as both work very well as a Hunter. The Alliance races to choose from are dwarf, night elf or if you have the Burning Crusade expansion, draenei. Dwarves specialize in the use of guns which naturally makes them a good choice to be a hunter if this is your first one. Naturally stealth is beneficial when playing a Hunter so the night elf is a great choice due to Prowl and Shadowmeld abilities. If you are for the alliance the night elf is a popular choice for a hunter. The draenei race has Heroic Presence and Gift of the Naaru which adds bonus to the hunter and the hunters pets along with healing properties.

Lets not forget the very effective horde races for the Hunter.
With their Bow Specialization and Berserker damage per second bonus, the troll makes a fine Hunter. The troll is especially effective in disposing of beast type monsters due to their Beast Slaying skill. And to top it off they can use Regeneration for health restoration. Warstomp is a great tauren Hunter talent for keeping your enemies at bay without getting to close to them. The orc race Hunter works a little differently, using its Hardness skill to resist an enemies stun attack by 15% and using Command to increase their pets damage by 5%. Blood elves (available with the Burning Crusade expansions) give the Hunter the Arcane Torrent skill effectively attacking enemy casters and replenishing mana much quicker.
New characters are not very versatile so play within your means. At first you should learn just how your character works and what are it's strenghts and weaknesses. Keep your fighting time short at first, don't be stubborn and get your character killed over and over again. Keep yourself out of the scrap in the beginning to prevent having your character die too often. Taking on more than one quest at a time will help your character acquire new items and assist in leveling as well. Always double check that you have done every quest in the area you are in and milk the ones that will help you in leveling up.

Be sure to learn as much as possible from your available trainer before moving on to another area of world of warcraft. And don't forget to look into what professions you might be interested in pursuing. Professions research is important, don't ignore them. Some professions are very good money makers, use this early level learning time to think about how you will build your character into the powerhouse you want it to be. It might be a little early to mention this but try to save a little gold. At level 20 you will be able to purchase a mount making it much quicker to travel in WOW.


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