I'm starting this forum thread in relation to the hunter class. I would love if the major hunter raiders would come in here and just toss around a couple tips and perhaps we can all learn something from each other.
Just to get things started, i usually raid in tower on weekends, T2 Saturdays and T1 Sundays.
My class traits for my DPS build are; Swift and True, Fast Draw, Critical Eye, True Shot, Deadly Precision, Deep Concentration, and Strong Draw. I use these for Major DPS and power control with Deep Concentration. Any feedback on things to change?
And this Resolute Aim trait, is it even worth the time to trait?
It all depends on your tank and whether he can take aggro from any dps'er. If he can, then stay with your major dps traits. The selection you have given is for single-target dps, which is fine since that is our main purpose, and this set will be one of the greatest for the ToO bosses. But if you want AoE dps (For the adds that come out in some boss fights), switch out True Shot for the Red 'Rain of Arrows' trait, and (if you have an LM) switch out Deep Concentration for the Blue 'Rain of Arrows' trait.
Also, if you don't trait it already, Bow of the Righteousness is fairly awesome for power saving, and reduces all skill power costs by an average of 15%.
Don't bother with Resolute Aim; that is a moors only trait, unless you are an official Hun'tank.
Recently I have made the step out into the Ettenmoors! Currently I am rank 3 1/2. Anyone suggest any good traits that i could use and survive more out there with?
There really isn't any survival out in the Moors for a hunter. It's best to try and kill something before it can kill you. Hunters have excellent burst dps w/ improved focus. I suggest using that excellent 5s buff to your advantage. I generally camo and wait for something to come along, burnhot, needful haste, a quick tap of improved focus to top back off my focus and insure I have the buff it gives when I initiate combat, and then swift bow, pen pen pen pen pen pen pen pen pen using focus pot and intent concentration in the mix as needed to replenish focus. In my opinion, Burst dps > Sustained dps in the moors since most fights generally don't last too long. For that reason, I trait 5r for the cool burn legendary. Another plus of going red line/strength strance as opposed to blue line/precision is the slow you get from quick shot. Here's how I roll out there.
-Swift and True
-Resolute Aim (absolute must)
-Rain of Thorns
-Needful Haste duration
-Max AoE targets
-Agile Rejoinder Heal Chance
-Find the Path Movement Speed
-Critical Magnitude in Precision (This is kinda useless for me in the Moors since I run S:S but I couldn't be bothered to get a separate melee LI for pvp)
*I also did not spend many points ranking up the dps of the melee since I mostly fight from range. I maybe increased it 3x, and that was after everything else was maxed out.
Also, here is a link to a spreadsheet w/ the stats of the hunter pvp sets and various combinations. Of the various options, I prefer mix 2. Also, another helpful link to see how you measure up against others of your class is Lotro Stat Check
Thank you very much for that advice! I'll check out the trait sets and hopefully do some more damage, i'll also look into the legacies on my bow. I have a first age bow level 75 with all 3 star lit crystals on it. The legacies on it are;
-Induction bow power cost
-Focus bow power cost
-Induction bow crit mult
-focus bow crit mult
-focus bow threat down
-induction bow threat down
-heart seeker damage
Back again, and with professional advice...and cookies. So on my quest to find different ways to play the hunter class, i found myself arguing with XBammyx. I know I know, i looked ignorant, but i had a private chat with Bammy and learned some great tips and helpful trait sets to really pack a punch in these orthanc runs.
Trait line; 'well my idea for hunter playing is Dps, dps, and more dps.' -Xbammie.
I found this statement to be obviously true, but also wise. So here's a list of the traits that bammy reccomends.
Fleetness legendary is pretty great out in the Moors if you know how to play with it. I use to duo (RK healer) with a hunter who had fleetness legendary and used the ToO PvE set. He could kill pretty much anything even if it tried running away unless it had outside help (multiple healers or bubble).
Some hunters carry their ToO set while out in the MOors and swap it in instead of audacity depending how things are. Being able to fire off 9+ penshots while moving at 120% runspeed isn't too shabby. With a RK I can easily raise a hunter to 29% crit chance and 10% dev chance. Creeps really hate a hunter who has support.
Last edited by timmyloo22546; Jul 07 2012 at 07:23 PM.
PvP and PvE for me are both the same really, super DPS. In Moors I prefer the Red trait line with Swift and True, Resolute Aim, Strong Draw, Swift Mercy, Barbed Fury, and Fast Draw (Sometimes I switch out Barbed for True Shot, depends on the action out).
As for PvE I prefer Blue line with Resolute Aim, Swift Recovery, Deadly Precision, Rapid Recovery, Strong Draw, Fast Draw, and Critical Eye, depending on the T2 Wing we are doing I'll swap out Rapid Recovery for Arrow-storm (T2 Shadow). I usually parse around 3.5k+ (Highest DPS I've had so far was roughly 4.6k in Acid [with double burn hot] in Acid/Shadow/Lightning t2, Frost/Flame I sustain ~2.8 due to Grims.
But as Halirandir said, my idea for huntering is EXTREME dps. (I wouldn't recommend copying my build due to the fact that I pull alot of aggro and my tank does not like it, and that it lowers your morale to about 5.7-6k.)