When we talk about Extreme Hunter Soloing, we’re talking about just hunter and pet soloing instances on normal mode, or instances from previous expansions, including 40-man raids from vanilla or BC. We are not talking about questing or leveling — that’s just soloing. We don’t consider doing a group quest two levels higher than you extreme soloing, because that’s just what we expect from the hunter class.
This guide will go into talents and glyphs for extreme soloing.
These strategies rely on you knowing the Extreme Soloing Basics. Specifically, the four basic strategies employed on bosses. To review:
- Tank & Spank: You send your pet in and you shoot. You keep up mend pet, and you heal more damage than your pet takes. The fight is eventually won. This covers a surprising amount of extreme soloing fights. These fights are basically just a simple check of your gear and your talent choices.
- Burn: sometimes your pet is taking slightly more damage than you can heal, often on bosses with mini-bosses, or groups of mobs. In these fights it’s important to single target burn down one of them as fast as possible, so that your healing can once again out heal the incoming damage.
- Superpet: on fights where there is AoE or other unavoidable damage that you take yourself, a solid strategy is often to just let your pet do all the tanking, and all the dpsing. Typically this works by sending your pet in, and then running out of range of the damage. You then sit just out of range, and step in every time you need to refresh mend pet, then run back out. If you take a bit of damage, you can bandage while waiting for the next Mend Pet.
- Kiting: every now and then you find a boss where the best strat is just to kite him. You set your pet aside, and jump shot kite the boss to death.
These strategies will not always exist in a vacuum. Be prepared to mix and match in certain encounters, and to find unique encounters that don’t fall into any of these categories.
The choices are BM and MM. Like Cata soloing, MM is still our default. This is primarily because, while all specs got a self-healing buff in MoP, Chimera Shot pushes MM to the head of hunter self-heals. Threat should never be an issue with Misdirect and Feign Death. BM will be most useful for “Superpet” strategies and various miscellaneous encounters.
Tenacity, with extremely rare exceptions.
Lvl 15 Talent
Lvl 30 Talent
Any of the talents are potentially useful. Depending on the situation (boss with dispellable debuffs, trash pulls, individual trash mobs) the choice may vary.
Lvl 45 Talent
If Aspect of the Iron Hawk is your best mitigation talent, chances are you as a hunter are taking too much damage to live for long. So that’s out. Spirit Bond is the default recommendation; for most fights it will produce the most overall heals. But Exhilaration can be amazing when used well. Specifically, in “Burn” strategy bosses, where your pet is taking more damage than can be healed through, you can dps until your pet is about to die, keep him alive for a while using the Glyph of Endless Wrath, then cast Exhilaration for a full heal. Then use Readiness to do the same thing a second time. Rinse, repeat. A potentially powerful strategy.
Lvl 60 Talent
Lvl 75/90 Talents
Use whatever will yield the best dps gain. These shouldn’t change much from our general PvE recommendations.
Glyph choice is extremely crucial in soloing. I’ve broken them into categories because there aren’t 3 glyphs that are right all the time.
Glyph of Chimera Shot (MM only)
Healing is usually our #1 concern in extreme soloing. We’ll rarely deviate from these.
Glyph of Endless Wrath – BM spec only. This will be great for keeping our pet alive during large damage phases.
Glyph of Mend Pet – When our pet is dying to dispellable debuffs.
Glyph of Disengage – I can’t see this being practical, but in theory it COULD be used in “Kiting” strategies.
Glyph of Misdirection – Threat management in soloing is always possible without this. This would be a nice quality-of-life glyph, but we have better options.
Glyph of Distracting Shot – Same as MD.