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Welcome to the Level 90 Mists of Pandaria Hunter Hit Cap and Hit Rating Guide, updated for patch 5.0.4. We’ll talk about everything you need to know in WoW about hunter hit, miss, hit chance, hit rating, hit cap, pet hit rating, how your hunter hit rating affects your pet hit rating and your pet hit cap. Every raid hunter should know the basics of hit and miss chances, what the hit cap is, and understand how this affects gear decisions.
The Hunter Hit Cap Basics
As a level 90 hunter, you sometimes miss when you shoot your target. Your chance to miss depends on what level mob you’re attacking. Both this percentage and the hit rating you need changed in Mists of Pandaria.
Level 90 Hunter vs:
|Level 90 mob: 3% miss chance
Level 92 mob: 6% miss chance (heroic boss)
Level 93 mob: 7.5% miss chance (raid boss)
This means that against a raid boss, for example, 7.5% of your shots miss – that’s your hit cap. By increasing your hit by 1%, you’ll have 1% more of your shots hit, therefore you’ll be doing about 1% more damage. So it’s very much in our interest to increase our hit chance. However, since we can’t hit more than “always,” going above 7.5% does not help us at all, which is why it’s referred to as the Hit Cap. It’s the cap of the amount of hit you can have that will benefit you.
We hunters increase our hit chance through “hit rating” found on gear (including gems/enchants/reforging).
Hunter Hit Rating
|For a level 90 hunter, 340 hit rating gives you 1% hit.
2,550 Hit Rating is needed to reach the Hit Cap
Therefore you would need 2,550 hit rating to reach the hit cap and ensure that you (and your pet) always hit against a raid boss.
Pet Hit Chance
Your pet is a level 90 character just like you. It has the same miss chance as you do, and the same hit cap as you do. So increasing your pet’s chance to hit by 1% increases your pets overall dps by 1%. But how do you do this?
Any bonus hit you get from gear with hit rating on it will transfer to your pet as 50% hit and 50% expertise — and your expertise works the same way. If you have 2% hit, your pet gets 1% hit and 1% expertise. It’s a little confusing but simple in practice: if you’re both hit and expertise capped, your pet will be both hit and expertise capped as well.
Blizzard set it up this way so that the caster pet classes, who have a 15% hit cap but no expertise, can still have pets that are appropriately hit and expertise capped.
Is Hit Rating the Best Stat Ever?
Hit rating is an important stat and every hunter should be hit-capped as well as expertise capped (with hunters needing expertise in Mists of Pandaria, hit and expertise have identical value). However, it’s worth stressing that hit is not the most important stat — one point of agility is worth more than one point of hit rating (actually more than twice as much).