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This guide will list best hunter enchants for your level 85 hunter gear in Cataclysm. A hunter running around without enchants may as well be naked – don’t be that hunter. In Cataclysm, hunter enchants got yet another boost, and the enchants now add a lot of dps to your hunter.
The Best Level 85 Hunter Enchants
We’ve listed the best hunter enchant for each slot, including crafted modifiers and reputation rewards. We have not included anything that is profession specific — you should always use your profession enchants, of course.
While there are a handful of hit rating hunter enchants available in Cataclysm, you really don’t want to use those. You’re typically giving up a larger amount of a desirable stat (agility) to get the hit enchants — you’d much rather reforge your crummiest stat into hit rating, and then use the best available hunter enchant for the slot. As a result we’ve removed any hit enchants from this list. Again, you do not want to use hit rating enchants for your hunter gear in Cataclysm.
|Best Cataclysm Hunter Enchants|
|Slot||Best Hunter Enchant
|Head / Helm
||Arcanum of the Ramkahen||Ramkahen Revered Rep
|Shoulders||Greater Inscription of Shattered Crystal||Therazane Exalted Rep
D’lom the Collector
|Back / Cloak
||Greater Critical Strike (for most hunters)
Major Agility (Wrath enchant if your agility is worth more than 3x crit)
|Wrists / Bracers
||Enchant Bracer – Agility||Enchanting|
|Hands / Gloves
||Major Agility (Wrath enchant)||Enchanting|
|Waist / Belt
||Ebonsteel Belt Buckle||Blacksmithing|
|Legs||Dragonscale Leg Armor||Leatherworking|
|Feet / Boots
A Note on Boot Enchants
Unlike other slots, we actually have three options for our feet enchant. The Assassin’s Step provides us with less of a dps advantage than the straight Major Agility enchant, but also provides a slight movement speed increase.
Theories on the advantage of this vary — some top raiding guilds claim it’s essential and force all their raiders to take it. On the other hand some of the highest dps hunters in the world claim it’s totally unnecessary. Basically it will help you get where you need to go in movement heavy fights a tiny bit faster, get out of void zones sooner, and start dpsing again sooner. On the other hand if your situational awareness is good and you have good movement skills (including aspect dancing & using disengage), you’ll see no advantage from the enchant.
So whether to use the enchant is your call — but if you find that you get caught in or clipped by void zones a lot, it’s probably a good idea to take it.