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The Hunter Guide
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The Hunter Class is available to these Races.

Night Elf, Dwarf, Orc, Troll, and Tauren.

Blizzard's Class Description:

"Azeroth is home to a wide variety of beasts. From the new world of Lordaeron to the old world of Kalimdor, all manner of creatures can be found. Some are friendly, some are ferocious and aggressive - yet they all have one thing in common. Each creature shares a special connection with Hunters. Hunters track, tame and slay all manner of animals and beasts found in the wilds. Whether they rely on bows or firearms, Hunters consider their weapons and pets to be their only true friends." Blizzard

Shadows Edge Class Description:

Long distance and pet class.

What we know so far about Pets

Blizzard announced in the Blizzard Mailbag - Insider #17 that Hunters can tame any creature in the beast category. Dragons are not part of that category. The Hunter is the master of pets and can control spiders and tigers among other beasts. All pets level up with their master and retains his name and comes when called. A Hunter can only tame a new pet when he permanently abandons his current pet. The pet can only level to 90% of the Hunter's current skill level.

Obviously, as the Hunter gains experience he will need to upgrade his pet to a higher level. This will be difficult for the hunter who has spent so much time training his pet. But a new more powerful pet will be required at higher levels. We also know that when the hunter dies the pet dies. We can assume that the pet will me resurrected with the Hunter as well.

Class Skills

As you would expect, the character class skills are geared towards that of roaming hunter. A hunter must be able to survive in the wilderness and take on any creature that may be lurking around the corner. The Hunter is equipped with a mix of defensive, melee and ranged class skills which includes firearm skills under 'Guns/bows'. The taming is one area of this class players will no doubt enjoy and animal mastery will play a key role in the development of the Hunter. The class skills we have seen Hunters with are:

  • Axe
  • Daggers
  • Defence
  • Dual Wield
  • Guns
  • Swords
  • Thrown
  • Unarmed
  • Animal Mastery
  • Combat Specialisation
  • Pathfinding
Beast Tracking Beast Tracking
Hunters can find and follow a wide variety of animal tracks, allowing them to locate their elusive prey with ease.
Beast Soothe Beast Soothe
Not every encounter with a beast is a friendly one, and Hunters can soothe ravenous animals whenever necessary.
Beast Taming Beast Taming
Beasts are found in all shapes, colors and sizes. It is the special journey of the Hunter to find which he is most connected to - and tame it. Once tamed, the beast will grow, learn and be the Hunter's constant companion.
Call Pet Call Pet
The ability to call forth his tamed pet.  The Hunter can call the pet at any time, however if it's died then there will be a short cooling off period before he can recall it.
Mend Pet Mend Pet
The ability to heal his pet.
Aimed Shot Aimed Shot
A more accurate long distance shot.
Dizzy Shot Dizzy Shot
Caused the target to become dizzy.
Fire Fire
Long distance shot of fire.
Head Shot Head Shot
Long distance shot that cause mind damage.
Improved Shot Improved Shot
More accurate long distance shot.
Personal True Shot Aura Personal True Shot Aura
Another long distance shot skill.
Shoot Shoot
Shoot your long distance weapon.
Sniper Shot Sniper Shot
More accuracte long distance shot.
Awareness Awareness
Improves the ability to find creatures.
Block Block
Ability to block.
Dodge Dodge
Ability to Dodge.
Flurry Flurry
A melee attack.
Hunter's Strike Hunters Strike
Improved melee damage.
Parry Parry
Ability to Parry.
Swift Strike Swift Strike
Attacks multiple times for each strike and could well increase that number with each additional skill point.
Throw Throw
Ability to throw.
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