------------- Rotations and Play Styles ----------------
This section is incredibly important, and it’s one of the main reasons why I believe certain talent choices to be less useful than others. I’ll be going into how I solo stuff mostly and my own rotations, however keep in mind that there are possibly other ways to play effectively and you should try out what works for you. This is simply how I play and how I find the best results for soloing.
For all of my soloing specs, I spec into Glyph of Mend Pet and Glyph of Misdirection. The third glyph depends on whichever spec I’m using as well as the encounter I’m working on. Here are the general rules of thumb to how the rotation should go for each spec.
1) Hunter’s Mark before pulling, attempt to keep it up throughout the fight if possible.
2) Keep Mend pet up at all times. This should always be active.
3) Misdirect to your pet whenever possible. This will help prevent any threat issues as well as giving you utility uses with FD since you won’t be needing it for threat reduction purposes.
4) Apply Serpent’s Sting and keep it active.
5) Make use of pet CDs as necessary.
Now let’s go into the more specific details involved for each spec.
BM) Along with keeping up with the general rules of thumb for each spec, for BM you need to be able to use KC (kill command) every time it’s off of CD if possible, and using extra focus on your arcane shots. When necessary, cobra shot to regen focus. Depending on glyph choices, you should use Beastial Wrath (BW) every time it’s off CD to reduce focus costs as well as increase your damage output. If you’re glyphed for BW, try to make use of BW as much as possible to increase your damage output, but also try to predict when your pet may die so you can keep it up with a good use of BW.
If you’re about to BW for damage, be sure that you’ve pooled enough focus to spam your attacks during BW, and also be sure that a fresh Mend Pet is active on your pet so you won’t have to interrupt your damage rotation.
MM) For MM you should attempt to keep to the general rules (as should all specs) in addition you should Chimera Shot every time it’s off CD. The only time you shouldn’t is to either keep up with the mandatory rules of thumb, or if you’re expecting damage to make smart use of your heal. You should always attempt to keep your Improved Steady Shot active (ISS), however it is not nearly as important as the other rules of thumb. Any time your Master Marksmen (MMM) procs, you should cast aimed shot for a free instant aimed shot.
Surv) As for the other two specs, keep to the general rules of thumb. Be sure to keep black arrow (BA) and Explosive Shot (ES), up at all times if possible. Cobra shot as needed.
Play Styles and Tips – For many fights these may come in handy but aren’t always useful nor are they mandatory.
Master’s Call - Make use of master’s call! Seriously! This ability is underrated in terms of soloing purposes. This ability can be a great way to save your pet’s life if the boss cannot be affected by Distracting shot. By quickly switching your pet to passive, activating master’s call and making a run for it, you can allow your pet to receive extra ticks from Mend Pet while the enemy attempts to catch up to you and your pet!
Distracting Shot – This ability is great for relieving pressure from your pet. It’ll allow your pet extra mend pet ticks without taking serious damage. Keep in mind that this is not a real taunt and that the target will go back to fighting the pet when it wears off. This ability however is great when used in combination with deterrence. In addition, this spell can be useful for when a boss is casting an ability that only hits players excluding the tank. A great example is Marrowgar’s Bone Spike from ICC. When used during his cast, the bone spike will fail to hit you or the pet as the spell will not affect tanks and will not affect pets. This is incredibly useful and should be kept in mind.
Stampede – With the addition of this spell in MoP, this ability allows for all sorts of possible extra utility from your pets. Be sure to either use this ability for bursts, as a defensive CD, or utility depending on the fight and your glyph choices. If your pet dies and you haven't popped this spell yet, now would be a good time to get agro on to your summoned pets giving you time to rez your current pet.
Feign Death – This ability may come in handy for fights where several adds may be agroe’d to you, this ability can save your life if you know you’re going to wipe or if you need to get threat back to the pet.
Readiness – This is by far one of your most useful abilities. This can be used for extra burst, however I highly recommend saving this for utility or defensives as needed. The extent of this ability is far, so I’ll briefly state this, try to make wise use of it and avoid using it before you’ve used up all of your current CDs.
------------- Macros -------------
In this section I'll just quicky post a few of my own macros, and I'm hoping this will allow everyone to have a more successful run at soloing.
/cast [@focus,help][help][@pet,exists] Misdirection
This macro will allow you to always apply Misdirection to your pet without having to target him. In addition, if you have a focus target that is friendly it will cast it on them instead (assuming they can receive misdirection).
/cast [@focus,help][help][@lazyguide,exists] Spirit Mend
This macro will allow Spirit Mend to always be cast on yourself. If you have a focus target it will cast on that target instead (assuming if friendly). Of course, you'd take out my name and put your own in instead.
If you want spirit mend to only target you, use this macro.
#showtooltip Spirit Mend
/cast [target= lazyguide] Spirit Mend
Again, changing lazyguide to your own name.
#showtooltip Distracting Shot
/cast Distracting Shot
This macro allows you to cast distracting shot the moment you need it, so in case you're using a casted shot it will stop the casted shot and immediately cast Distracting Shot. For fights like Marrowgar this will really help.
#showtooltip Silencing Shot
/cast silencing shot
This macro will allow you to cast your silencing shot on demand. There are just some moments where you need to stop your current cast and silence your target, this macro allows you to do that.
#showtooltip Last Stand
/cast Last Stand
This macro will allow you to quickly activate last stand if you find you're having troubles with the pet's action bar. It'll free up space so you can watch more of the CDs.
/cast rapid fire
/cast roar of Recovery
/cast call of the wild
This macro is useful for any fight where extreme amounts of damage are needed to burst through certain phases. The 13 and 14s represent your trinket item slots, which will allow on use items to be used by just using this macro. If you're BM I don't recommend using this at the same time as BW due to spells like Rapid Fire and Lifeblood (if you're a herbalist), providing less overall damage when used in conjunction with BW. So if you're BM and need some burst I recommend this next macro...
Bestial Wrath Burst Macro (BM only)
#showtooltip Bestial Wrath
/cast call of the wild
/cast Bestial Wrath
This macro will activate some of the abilities from the previously mentioned macro without using the ones that will lower your overall DPS. This macro also activates your trinkets slots, however if you have a trinket that activates your haste or attack speed, it is wiser to make use of that in the other burst macro and take it out of this macro.
All of the mentioned macros should make your life easier. I'll continue to update this section as I find other macros to make use of.
------------ Helpful Youtube Channels and Videos ---------
This section will remain brief, it will have a small compilation of some of my own more difficult solo'd content, as well as mentions and links to other very good soloers.
Festergut Solo[ 10 Man/b]
In this video, from the proof from parses and from other videos, this is done by me at level 85 making for the third person in the world to solo (as far as I can/could tell).
Heroic Wise Mari
This is a two part video of me soloing Heroic Wise Mari from Temple of the Jade Serpent. This was not an incredibly challenging fight, and I believe there is other level 90 content we should be able to solo.
Gluth 10 Man
This video is a video of me soloing Gluth, one of the bosses I personally believes takes more finesse in performing correctly. I did this at 85 however, so it maybe easier now.
I'll be making more videos as well, and I have several others if you wish to watch them. Here's the link to my youtube channel.
There are others who I believe are amazing at pushing the limits of the class as well as putting up useful guides for a fight to fight basis.
Stevenash (a poster on these same forums) is incredibly good at soloing content and creates video guides with commentary to explain the fight as needed. I highly recommend checking out his channel.
Durendil, another amazing hunter who solos content pushing the class to the limits. He has several world first hunter solos under his belt, he writes guides for the more difficult content (with links to them), and I feel he deserves a mention as I personally find him to be one of my inspirations for soloing content.
----------- Reasons to Solo ------------
Over the course of playing WoW for over eight years, I see people ask me this question over and over, "Why would you want to solo stuff when you can play with friends?" It's a good question, and in this section I'll quickly go over just some of the reasons why I find soloing entertaining and how it can be practical for you. This section is a bit more personal, so please keep that in mind.
First, I'd like to answer the question as to why would I want to solo content when I can play with friends. I find the answer simple, I do not always have time to play when my friends are currently playing. I'm not one to let that stop me from enjoying my fun though, so with that I gladly take on the challenge that comes from soloing both old and new content. I enjoy pushing myself to the limits, and achieving goals that should take anywhere from 5-25 people feels rewarding to me!
Recently, there was a decrease in the amount of gold a player could earn from a boss that they solo'd. This has discouraged players from soloing because they are in it for the amount of money it can bring in. While the nerf to the bosses has lowered the amount of gold per boss kill substantially, this does not mean soloing content is a bad way to earn gold.
By simply going into a raid dungeon alone (let's say Naxxaramas as an example) and you're killing all of the mobs + bosses, you can easily make thousands of gold. By looting each mob, including all of their items (from gray to epic) and selling those items either back to a vendor (mostly for grays - greens) or on the AH (blues or epics normally) you can earn tons of gold very quickly.
That's not to say soloing is the best way to earn gold, because it's not. But it is still a viable option if you want to earn money and have some fun while you're at it. Not only that, but you can still do other things (such as dailies) in conjunction with soloing to earn as much gold as you possibly can.
----------- Other Useful Sites and Information --------------
This is just a brief section I've added, as I've had requests to make the guide bigger with more in depth details on bosses and such. I unfortunately do not have the time to make this guide as in depth as that, however I've found other sites that have information on fights that have guides as well which I've used myself previously. These sites should be able to help cover any information I may have missed.
http://www.warcrafthuntersunion.com/ -------- Warcraft Hunter's Union
This site hasn't always been the most accurate in terms of making your character as optimal as possible. HOWEVER, with that said it is a great place to find information if you want to get into soloing, or need to learn more about the class itself. It also has useful guides for some of the rougher solos for mounts which can be useful.
http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/961522-Hunter-Soloing-old-stuff-Compilation-%28Update-in-progress%29 ------- MMO Champs Soloing Compilation
This thread is currently in the process of being updated, however inside the thread if you read on there are other posters who give very excellent detailed posts on how to solo certain bosses. Previously before the update began the OP had a huge guide for several bosses, so when that is done all of the information should be compiled neatly in the first post. With that said, because it's updating the URL may change when it is done updating so I recommend if the URL has changed to keep an eye on Asiralol's profile and you should be able to find the thread that way.
http://www.mmo-champion.com/members/585658-Asrialol -------- That is a link to his profile, just in case there are issues with the URL link I posted earlier.
----------- [b]Hunter Path to Success -------------
I hope you’ve all enjoy this guide, and I hope all of you can find success with the tips and ideas used in this guide. Please leave any criticism or praise and let me know of any changes I should make. Thank you!
Edited by Lazyguide on 3/12/2013 3:05 PM PDT