If this is the first time you have played a Hunter you should find this material helpful to help get you going. We'll be talking about the WOW Hunter and some proven strategies of play that will get you off on the right foot. WOW Hunter Leveling & Quest Guide
Hunters in WOW are often the defenders of the group they are with. 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. One downside of being a Hunter is that you will be asked to be the storage unit for the team, storing ammo food/water etc.. But the Hunter doesn�t just sit in the background. Being the only WOW character that is a master of long range weapons, the Hunter can use Auto Shot to rapidly fire long range weapons. Various wild animals in WOW can be tamed by the Hunter to fight besides him.
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. WOW Mage Leveling & Quest Guide
Some points to consider when choosing a Hunter race:
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. Both Alliance and Horde characters are very adept to being a Hunter. The Alliance races to choose from are dwarf, night elf or if you have the Burning Crusade expansion, draenei. I personally prefer dwarves as Alliance hunters because of their Gun specialization and Stoneform spell but that certainly doe's not mean dwarves are the only good Hunters. The night elf has the Shadowmeld and Prowl talents which are obvious advantages to being a hunter. Many players consider the night elf to be the best choice for an Alliance Hunter. Depending on your nature of play the draenei can be a excellent Hunter with it's Heroic Presence ability helping the Hunters pets and being able to heal themselves and their pets over time using Gift of the Naaru.
Lets not forget the very effective horde races for the Hunter.
Naturally the trolls Berserker DPS increase and Bow Specialization makes them formidable Hunters. The troll has the very effective Beast Slaying talent which increases their damage to beasts. The so called icing on the cake for the troll is that they can restore health using Regeneration. 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%. Finally if you have the Burning Crusade expansion you may choose the blood elf as a Hunter using Arcane Torrent as an effective strike against enemy casters and it also is a fast way to replenish the Hunters mana.
At the very start, no matter what character class or race you are playing I recommend keeping it simple. Every character is different and needs to be played differently, the sooner you learn how your character works the better. Letting your character die will only equal time wasted so back away from battle when the going gets tough. Use range weapons and spells to keep your character out of harms way. Being on a quest at all times will help your character get better items and make leveling up easier. 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. World of Warcraft Strategy Guide
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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