• Jason
    Member

    I’m currently getting back into WoW and it’s nice to see that Noxxic’s got a forum (that, or I never saw it). But now I’m leveling up a hunter and wondering what spec I should be using. Currently I’m using survival because Noxxic tells me that it’s the best spec at 90 so I thought I’d stay at it, but I’m unsure if the other two specs will be more beneficial.

    revnoxrevnox
    Noxxic Team

    I’m currently getting back into WoW and it’s nice to see that Noxxic’s got a forum (that, or I never saw it). But now I’m leveling up a hunter and wondering what spec I should be using. Currently I’m using survival because Noxxic tells me that it’s the best spec at 90 so I thought I’d stay at it, but I’m unsure if the other two specs will be more beneficial.

    We just added forums yesterday actually :) For leveling, all three specs have their advantages. I’m a big quester when leveling, so I prefer Beast Mastery for the strong pet advantages. Some of the perks like Beast Cleave make a big difference for keeping threat on your pet, nice for killing big groups of mobs and keeping them on the pet. Also, for the occasional group quests (which usually have good rewards + XP), it’s much easier to solo them as Beast Mastery imo.

    Izaul
    Member

    I would echo of having Beast Master the prime spec of choice to level it has many tools for excellent single target damage

    RabidearRabidear
    Member

    Same, Beast Mastery is the best for questing also because Kill Command does more damage and takes more threat. It’s easier for the pet to tank as BM.

    gravnoxgravnox
    Noxxic Team

    I would echo of having Beast Master the prime spec of choice to level it has many tools for excellent single target damage

    In addition to the burst damage, BM has great survivability which can really help you solo elite quests without needing to track down a group.

    thoddiver
    Member

    Let me throw this out there just to toss a wrench in things. I will agree BM is probably the spec that adds the most survivability. Curiously enough though I found that leveling in particular has grown really forgiving. Because of this, and some key glyphs (namely the one that allows your MD to refresh on pet use) makes threat a non-issue. With that in mind, it is also another button you need to click, and one you don’t get at level 10.

    I found I could burn mobs down quicker with the Surv spec prior to patch 5.2. I’ve yet to try leveling a hunter in 5.2 so I have no idea. Maybe marksman will burn one down quicker.

    So yes, BM does sound like the obvious choice, and by no means am I saying these folks are wrong. They are bloody Noxxic for gods sake and know what they are talking about.

    What I am saying is that there is a few curious things out there, that honestly I think make survival a really interesting leveling spec. I know at 90 I run around pew pewing and not having any issues. I’ve solo’ed a lot of content, and I am not a raider. I do heroics though (clearly that makes me hard core and awesome, so listen to me damnit)! I have raided, but ultimately I’m one of those super casual “jump on for fun content and holidays” sort of player. I grind a level a lot. That’s about it.

    So what is the “best” I don’t know, these guys before me do. What is the most viable? Well that question I’ll say probably still BM, but the difference in the three specs for leveling, the only one I didn’t like was MM. Mostly because it felt like if the fight didn’t last for more than 25 seconds it wasn’t very effective. I still preferred Surv over BM though because it just “felt” more fun as I ran through.

    nemesis58
    Member

    Don’t know what level you are, so I going to assume you are going from the ground up. I leveled initially as BM and hated it. The damage is not as high and i thought it was quite boring to be honest. On top of that from personal experience I leveled through classic, BC, WotLK and Cata with mostly dungeons and only questing during downtime for group ques (which i quit and just started grinding on mobs which I felt was more exp) and I had outstanding success with survival. High damage I could solo mobs much higher than me and I did more dps in dungeons clearing them faster. Which helped alot because tanks/heals are more willing to stick with you if they see that you can pull really good numbers. I leveled someone between 60-85 in 2-3 days I think and I know that isn’t record breaking, however that not bad in my opinion. Once you get misdirection, glyph it. With survival it is amazing how much damage you do and how fast mobs will die. You may not have the survivability oh BM but to be honest if you play smart and know what you can kill there is no need. This is my opinion and I am not saying anyone is wrong just what I had success with personally. I do hope this was informative and helps you in your destiny. HAPPY HUNTINGS

    Kharazad
    Member

    I have played WOW for several years and just recently started a Hunter. Im lvl 66 and I’ve been leveling as BM which I have found both fun and enjoyable.
    Leveing through LFG almost leaves no time for questing so I havent really tried my big bear tank, hopefully Ill try that later.
    :-)

    beaststalker
    Member

    I have played WoW for quite a while now and have leveled a couple hunters in that time, the first time, I went BM, back in WotLK. It was ok, just not my play style really. Now that I have switched servers, I find myself again leveling a hunter, but this time my primary spec is Survival. I tamed a bear for a pet and let him run into whatever mob I want while I use my single target rotation. Most of the time, I kill the mobs before they get anywhere near me.

    As Karazad said, doing LFG does make it difficult to quest, especially at low level when it pops after a minute. So I have my pet for dps and when I get out of the dungeon, I switch back to the bear while my queue is going. It just makes it easier to switch between the 2 instead of switching specs entirely.

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