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We talk a lot about hunter dps, and how to measure your dps. We talk about the heroic target dummy, and how Patchwerk is a real-life target dummy, and our dps in 10-mans, 5-mans, and 25-mans. But the one thing we never addressed is how to find out what your dps is!
The best way to measure your dps is with a free Addon called Recount. Recount measures a lot of stuff, including dps, damage done, healing done, healing taken, damage taken, etc. As hunters, we’re pretty much only concerned with damage done, and maybe a little bit in hit percentage, crit percentage, damage by shot, etc.
What Recount Looks Like:
Generally you’ll be looking at this little box. Some people keep it up in the corner of their screen all the time. Some people just check it out after boss fights, or at the end of a raid. But this is what people are talking about when they talk about measuring their dps (note that I’ve changed other ppls names on this one):
Now, if you click on anyone’s name, you get a screen that gives you a breakdown of all of your abilities, how much damage each one did, how often you missed, crit, etc. It looks something like this (I added the yellow circle — this is a recycled image from another guide):
How to Get Recount
Very simple. You can download Recount Here.
Then you just put the recount folder into your Addons folder. You can find your addons folder at:
C:>Program Files > World of Warcraft > Interface > Addons
If you have a Mac, the process is a bit harder. You first have to go purchase a PC, install WoW, and watch your quality of life improve.
Once the Recount folder is inside the Addons folder, you’re good to go. Launch WoW (or relaunch it) and you can just type: ” /recount show ” to see the little box. From there, play around with it a bit. It’s big fun, and an essential tool of the hunter trying to maximize his or her dps.
Where to Go For Best Results
In the real world… well, the real world of warcraft… your actual results are measured in your raids and dungeons. But those are not good ways to compare different talent specs, or gear choices, or shot cycles. The reason is that one raid is very different from another. What other classes were there and what buffs did you have? Were you missing some buffs? Were some debuffs applied to some bosses and not others? It’s very changing.
So when we test our dps we do it against a Target Dummy. These can be found in the main old world cities. I recommend the Ironforge target dummy, because why would you want to go to any other city? I mean, really.
The Target Dummy you’re looking for is the Level 83 Heroic Target Dummy. This is the one that represents a raid boss in terms of hit chance, crit chance, armor, etc. To measure your dps to the following:
- Be in Aspect of the Hawk
- Put up Hunter’s Mark
- Send pet in to attack
- Use your optimal shot cycle
Keep shooting until you run out of mana, and note your dps there at the end. I recommend not using any big red pet or rapid fire or anything with a long cooldown. Now, you’ll want to do this at least three times, preferably five times, because with the randomness of luck you’ll see that every result is slightly different. Doing it several times will give you a good mean result.
And now you know what your baseline dps is, self-buffed only. That is something you can quote to compare to other hunters, or other classes.