Saturday, October 3, 2009

Patch 3.3 Hunter Changes

Oct. 16th Changes

  • Pet Leveling: Hunter pets now need only 5% of the experience a player needs to level, down from 10%.

The most annoying part about being a Hunter might just be fixed with this.  I like the idea of still having to level a pet (up to five levels), but the time it took was way too much.  This should help out a ton.


Oct. 13th Changes
  • Culling the Herd: When your pet's Claw, Bite, or Smack ability deals a critical strike, you and your pet deal 1/2% increased damage for 10 sec.

Oct. 7th Changes
  • Many of the tail sweeps with knockback effects will no longer hit players’ pets.
  • Pet Resilience: All player pets now get 100% of their master’s resilience.

  • Call Stabled Pet: Cooldown reduced from 30 minutes to 5 minutes.
  • Deterrence: Now also increases the chance for ranged attacks to miss the hunter by 100% while under its effect.
  • Avoidance: This talent has been replaced by Culling the Herd. Hunter pets now innately take 90% less damage from area-of-effect abilities like all other class pets. This does not apply to area-of-effect damage caused by other players.   
  • Cower: Redesigned. This ability no longer affects threat, and instead reduces damage taken by the pet by 40% for 6 seconds with a 45-second cooldown. While cowering, the pet’s movement speed is 50% of normal speed. Cower now only has a single rank and is available at pet level 20. 
  • Culling the Herd: This pet talent has replaced the Avoidance talent in the pet trees (Hunter pets now gain that benefit automatically without expenditure of talent points). Culling the Herd increases pet and hunter damage by 1/2/3% for 10 seconds each time the pet deals a critical strike with Claw, Bite, or Smack.
  • Demoralizing Screech: The attack power reduction from this ability has been increased by 40%, equaling the maximum possible attack power reduction from the abilities of other classes.
  • Improved Cower: Redesigned. This ability now reduces the movement penalty of Cower by 50%/100%.
  • Venom Web Spray: Range increased from 20 yards to 30 yards.
  • Web: Range increased from 20 yards to 30 yards.
  • Wolverine Bite: This talent is now enabled when the pet lands a critical strike rather than from the target dodging the pet’s attacks. In addition, this talent no longer has a prerequisite.

Oct. 1st Changes

  • Misdirection: Redesigned. Instead of having finite charges, it now begins a 4-second timer when the hunter using Misdirection performs a threat-generating attack, during which all threat generated by the hunter goes to the friendly target. In addition, multiple hunters can now misdirect threat to the same friendly target simultaneously.
Beast Mastery
  • Intimidation: If the hunter's pet is in melee range of its target, the stun from Intimidation will now be applied immediately instead of on the pet's next swing or attack.
  • Avoidance: Now reduces the damage your pet takes from area-of-effect damage by 30/60/90%, but no longer applies to area-of-effect damage caused by other players.

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Anonymous said...

That call stabled pet change is quite interesting. Doesnt having a 5 mins cooldown makes it usable in arena?
I guess we can change pets according to the comp we are facing in arena next patch

Shaedon said...

Ghostcrawler posted that this was not true. Hunters will not be able to use Call Stabled Pet in Arenas, no matter the cooldown.

Anonymous said...

Correct, still cant be used in arenas, but this is more so you can swap your pet for a single fight, then back to your original pet immediately after.

Magicslayer said...

i'm not sure what they changed in Servival tree, but my dps as a servival hunter has dropped, i was pulling 4.5 to 5k consistantly, now i burst to 4.5, but mainly stay around 2.5 to 3k

Anonymous said...

yeah i had to change up how i played my surv to keep my dps up. i changed my shot rotation, glyphs, and gemmed int in all yellow sockets.

seems to have helped

Anonymous said...

umm it actually buffed all specs, maybe ur just not playing it rite? or speccing it wrong? upped all hunters dps by a bit, we use to be on mid range dmge but now we can compete at the top matching just under rogues and mages

Anonymous said...

Hey all,
Just lvl'd my hunter to 80 and manged to get him in full T9 gear, my dps is around 3.8k can someone link their shot rotation if i should be hitting higher