I get asked about the best races for hunters a lot — which races give the best dps benefit for the hunter class. I have a sneaking suspicion that this is mostly a theoretical question. I doubt that many people are actually going out and paying to change their race based on the racials. Don’t get me wrong, the progression raiders are all about that, but then they already know where they stand.
At any rate, the hunter racials have never been more dramatically unbalanced than they are now in Cataclysm. Whichever faction you play, there is one race that is not just best, but that is leaps and bounds, heads and tails above the others.
Best Hunter Race
- If you’re horde: Orc is the best race (and it’s the best race overall). Orcs have Command , boosting the damage of their pets by 5% (like BM getting an extra 900 mastery), and Blood Fury, giving them another AP cooldown.
- If you’re alliance: Worgen is the best race. Worgen have Viciousness giving then 1% bonus crit to everything, and Darkflight gives them an incredibly useful movement cooldown (so tough that some top guilds are moving to all Worgen just because Darkflight is so useful for raiding).
- If you’re interested in good looks, charm, and being irresistible to women: Dwarf.
Alas with the current state of race balance, there’s a big difference between the best and the second best races. Whatever race is number 2 is certainly far, far, far less attractive than a dwarf, for example.