Season 15 Hunter PvP Gear Guide
How to Gear, Gem, Enchant, and Reforge any Hunter spec for in WoW PVP – Season 15
Updated for patch 5.4.2 and Season 15 Gear. This was originally a Skill Capped guide, reprinted with permission and updated to season 15 by GotWarcraft. (The original page is here: BM S12 Gearing.) If you want to join Skill Capped, go here.
When it was first written this page focused on Beast Mastery, but many of the details will apply to both Marksmanship and Survival and we’ve added notes to that effect. Just use your stat priorities (shown below) instead of BMs and gem/reforge appropriately.
Patch 5.4 Note: The Resilience equation has changed, it’s not 72% and will be 77% soon. PvP Power was crushed in 5.3, big time. See here for info.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Stat Priority
- Hunter PvP Gems
- Hunter PvP Enchants
- Adjusting Stats As You Grind
- Getting Started (You’re freshly 90)
- Honor Gear
- The Best Hunter PvP Gear in Season 15
- Hunter PvP Professions
- Credits and Comments
Stat Priority for Hunter PvP
- Beast Mastery & Survival: Hit(3%) > Expertise(3%) > Agility > Mastery > Crit > Haste > PvP Power > PvP Resilience
- Marksman: Crit > Haste > Mastery.
Mandatory for any Hunter:
Ranged Hit is by far the most important stat for the Beast Mastery, or any other, Hunter, and yet its importance is often times overlooked by the Hunter PvP community. The hit cap for melee/ranged classes in PvP is 3%, and until you have reached the 3% threshold, you should make obtaining Ranged Hit your number one priority.
The 3% threshold ensures that all of your Special Attacks, or Yellow damage numbers as they appear on screen, will never “Miss.”
You may notice that Melee/Ranged Hit required is much less than the amount of Hit necessary for Spell Casters (3% Ranged Hit compared to 6% Spell Hit required). The differential is due to physical damage classes having the additional requirement of Expertise.
Expertise keeps the enemy from dodging your attacks, 3% is fine for PvP and your gear will bring you closer to 4%+. This is good for dodgier classes, such as Rogues.
Your pet inherits 50% of your Hit and uses your Expertise to add to its own Hit. So if you’re at the cap for both then your pet will be fine.
The Other Stats
These are the stats you will focus on once you have achieved 3% hit. In this section, you will find a list of stats along with their descriptions; stats are ordered based on their importance. While gearing, you should focus on achieving the following stats based on this priority hierarchy (Note that gems for all secondary stats have twice the value of Agility, eg. 320 Crit Vs 160 Ag.)
PvP Power and Resilience gems now have the same value as Agility gems and PvP Power was nerfed n 5.3.
- Agility increases your Attack Power and chance to score a Critical Strike.
- As a Beast Mastery Hunter, much of your burst potential is based on having high Attack Power, coupled with high Crit chance. Since Agility adds to both of your most important secondary stats, achieving the highest Agility levels possible will maximize damage output.
- PVP Power increases all of your damage against other players. This additional damage increases linearly and does not fall subject to diminishing returns, making this stat more and more effective as you gear your character. However it was nerfed in 5.3. It’s nice on your gear, but you don’t need to gem for it.
- Beast Mastery Hunter mastery, Mastery: Master of Beasts, increases the effectiveness of all your Pet’s damage. A significant portion of your damage will be dealt by your pet over the course of a PvP encounter, making Mastery a solid secondary stat to accumulate.
- Critical Strike, or Crit, is thought of as one of the best secondary stats for a Beast Mastery Hunter. Hunter play style centers around effective control of the opposing team, and lining up very strong burst damage in conjunction with your teammate. Critical Strike increases the likelihood of solid damage output during your important cooldowns, namely Bestial Wrath, Stampede, and Kill Command.
- Haste increases both the Hunter’s and their Pet’s attack speed. Faster attack speed will result in more damage output per second, but this damage will be predictable and lacks significant damage spikes when pressuring your target. PvP in Mists of Pandaria is very burst-oriented. The additional sustained pressure awarded from Haste does not justify the loss of other secondary stats that maximizes our burst potential.
- PVP Resilience reduces the damage your opponent does to you. Increasing your damage is amazing, but decreasing the amount of damage you take can dictate how a PvP scenario plays out. You can’t do damage if you’re dead! Fortunately you start at 72% Resilience now (and 77% in a future patch.). Unfortunately, so does everyone else.
- Hunters have several escape and crowd control mechanics to help minimize the amount of damage you take from your opponents. When used effectively, Scatter Shot, Disengage, Deterrence and your trap arsenal (Freezing Trap, Explosive Trap when used with Glyph of Explosive Trap, and Ice Trap), can be used to negate a large amount of incoming damage.
- In the prior state of the game (5.2,) most Top Hunters recommended more PvP Resilience to deal with the incredible burst many classes are capable of. Now, in 5.4, the recommendation is to stack offense, which means agility.
Hunter PvP Gemming
Skip any gems with PvP Power or Resilience. You wont need or want them for your Season 15 gear. Just stick to Agility and your primary stat.
- BM & Survival: Ag and Mastery
- MM: Ag and Crit
Gemming your gear
Note that with PvP Power being so much less than it once was a PvP Power socket bonus isn’t so hot. If a socket bonus has PvP Power (such as on your boots) then go ahead and drop a pure Agility gem there, instead. You do want to match sockets when there is an Agility bonus.
- Meta: Agile Primal Diamond until you can get the Tyrannical Primal Diamond. The legendary PvE gem adds a nice bit of random damage and might be worth playing with if you raid.
- Red, belt buckle, and blacksmithing slots: Delicate Primordial Ruby
- Yellow: Grab an orange gem, with Agility and your best stat. (Ag/Mastery or Ag/Crit)
- Blue: Assassin’s Imperial Amethyst
|Gems for Hunting Players|
|Meta||Capacitive Primal Diamond: +324 Critical Strike, and chance on melee or ranged hit to gain Capacitance. Not a bad choice if you raid. The Capacitance procs can do a nice bit of damage.
Agile Primal Diamond: 216 Agil & 3% Increased Crit Effect
Tyrannical Primal Diamond: +665 PVP Power and +775 Resilience, requires 27k earned conquest points and iLevel 476, cost 1k conquest points. (Must earn 25k CPs in one season to see his gear, 27k to be allowed to buy it.)
|Red||Delicate Primordial Ruby: 160 Agility|
|Yellow||Quick Sun’s Radiance: 320 Haste
Fractured Sun’s Radiance: 320 Mastery
Smooth Sun’s Radiance: 320 Crit
|Blue||Stormy River’s Heart: 160 PvP power
Rigid River’s Heart: +320 Hit
|Orange||Lucent Vermilion Onyx: 80 Agility, 80 Resilience
Deadly Vermilion Onyx: 80 Agility, 160 Crit
Adept Vermilion Onyx: 80 Agility, 160 Mastery
Deft Vermilion Onyx: 80 Agility, 160 Haste
|Purple||Assassin’s Imperial Amethyst: 80 Ag, 80 PvP Power|
|Green||Sensei’s Wild Jade: +160 Hit and +160 Mastery
Piercing Wild Jade: +160 Critical Strike and +160 Hit
Lightning Wild Jade: +160 Haste and +160 Hit
Shattered Wild Jade: +160 Haste and +80 PvP Power
|Prismatic||Delicate Primordial Ruby: 160 Agility|
|Cogwheel||Smooth Tinker’s Gear: 600 Crit – requires an engie helm, such as this.
Fractured Tinker’s Gear: 600 Mastery
Quick Tinker’s Gear: 600 Haste
Enchants for Hunter PvP
Short on gold? If you want to buy the best enchants, fund all of your alts, donate to the guild, etc., but don’t have the cash, then see what the Tycoon Addon can do about about improving your situation.
Helm enchants are gone in Mists of Pandaria, shoulder enchants all come from the Inscription profession.
The chest item is the only Resilience enchant, there are no PvP Power enchants.
|Ranged Weapon||Lord Blastington’s Scope of Doom: Sometimes add 1,800 Ag for 10 seconds. Note that this is a random proc
Enchant Weapon – Glorious Tyranny: 600 PvP Power, 50% Disarm duration. It depends on how annoying you find being disarmed to be.
|Shoulders||Secret Tiger Claw Inscription 520 Ag, 100 Crit, requires Inscription 575
Greater Tiger Claw Inscription: 200 Agility, 100 Crit
|Cloak||Swordguard Embroidery: Sometimes pops 4k AP for 15 sec. Requires Tailoring.
Enchant Cloak – Superior Critical Strike: 180 Crit rating
|Chest||Enchant Chest – Super Resilience: 200 Resilience
Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats: 80 to all Stats – a good choice, esp. with 5.4+ resilience being so high.
|Bracers||Fur Lining, Agility: 500 Agility, requires Leatherworking.
Enchant Bracer – Greater Agility: 180 Agility
Socket Bracer: Self only, Blacksmithing, pop in a nice Agility gem.
|Gloves||Enchant Gloves – Greater Haste: 170 Haste
Enchant Gloves – Superior Mastery: 170 Mastery
Socket Gloves – Self only, Blacksmithing, pop in a nice gem.
|Belt||Living Steel Belt Buckle: put a nice gem into this slot.|
|Leggings||Shadowleather Leg Armor: 285 Agility & 165 Crit rating|
|Boots||Enchant Boots – Blurred Speed: 140 Agility and Slight run speed increase.|
|Rings||Enchant Ring – Greater Agility: 160 Agility, Requires Enchanting 550|
ADJUSTING STATS AS YOU GRIND
Here we will be explaining the optimal gear choices while building up your character. While you are accumulating gear, it is important to recognize that until you have your completed set, your stats will constantly be changing. It is extremely important to be mindful of what stats are most important for your class as you work towards your optimal set, and make item selections based on what will have the most profound impact on your performance.
This may mean shifting a few gems around, reforging, or even swapping enchants to maintain your mandatory stats at all times.
- Make sure you are always at 3% hit rating. If you are below 3%, swap out a gem in favor of a Hit gem, or reforge some Haste or Mastery into Hit until your gear improves.
- Always try to accumulate as much Agility and Mastery (Haste if you’re MM) as you can until you are in the best gear Season 15 offers.
GETTING STARTED GEARING UP
Is PvE gear viable? It is, in low level PvP, if the PvE gear is high enough level. The PvP Power on yoiur gear tilts things strongly in favor of PvP gear if the item levels are anywhere close. 5.4 gear has a 522 item level and should crush PvE gear for PvP, even with the PvE gear being 540+.Season 15 gear is iLevel 540.
Also in the battlegrounds and the arenas PvE gear is scaled down, so that nice piece of 555+ PvE gear will be 512 or so in competitive PvP.
This first section is geared towards people who have recently hit 90 for the first time, or have an under-geared alt that needs to be primed for beginning the PvP gear grind.
Upon achieving level 90, we do NOT advise you to just jump into an Arena, or start grinding Battleground’s, or do any sort of PvP for that matter fresh off of leveling in your leveling items. Chances are many of the enemies in a Battleground will significantly out-gear your fresh level 90, which means they will have a significant advantage over you in a PvP setting.
Something that we promise will save you a lot of grief, speed up your grind, and make your PvP experience that much more enjoyable would be to obtain the crafted PvP gear right away. Here is a list of all of the items you should immediately obtain before you start PvP’ing in Mists of Pandaria:
Patch 5.4 Crafted Gear
As of early Feb there is no announcement of season 15 crafted gear. See the gems and enchants above for enhancing your gear.
- BM: Belt – Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Links of Cruelty – Crit & Mastery, blue socket
- MM: Belt – Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Links of Accuracy – Hit and Haste, blue socket
- BM Boots – Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Sabatons of Cruelty – yellow socket
- MM Boots – Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Sabatons of Alacrity – yellow socket
- BM & MM – Bracer – Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Wristguards of Accuracy – no socket
- Chest – Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Chain Armor – red and yellow sockets
- Gloves – Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Chain Gauntlets, blue socket
- Head - Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Chain Helm, meta and red sockets
- Legs – Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Chain Leggings, red and blue sockets
- Shoulders – Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Chain Spaulders, yellow socket
Tip: It is normally much cheaper to get the materials for these items yourself and have someone craft them for you, rather than buying them off of the Auction House. Even if you just buy the materials off the Auction House and spam trade, it’s normally cheaper. Always check first for good deals on the Auction House, though! (See these pages if you need more gold.)
Your Honor Gear
Why Should I get the Honor Gear?
Every season we get asked the same question: Why would I grind out a full set of honor gear if I’m just going to replace it later with conquest point gear?
The answer is that you will have a significant edge over the large portion of the player base that chooses not to grind out their honor set early. While each stat on the honor gear is normally not much better than the previous season’s Conquest gear, (not the case here, as it’s a new expansion) when you look at the combined stat increase from all of the honor gear, it’s a massive difference.
What Honor Gear to Get, and What Order
Below you will find a list of all of the honor gear pieces you can obtain. They are listed in order of their stat benefits to you. That is, if you go follow this list in order, you will get the best stats first. This is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but we feel if you are going to gear up, you might as well do it in an efficiently as possible.
While grinding this gear keep in mind:
- Always maintain that 3% Hit
- Your weakest gear should be upgraded first.
- If you don’t have the PvP “escape” trinket, then that should be your #1 choice.
- See above for gems and enchants. Remember that BM values Mastery & Crit, while MM values Haste & Crit.
- Season 14 honor gear is Tyrannical, Season 15 is Grievous and the season 15 gear is shown below. Just substitute “Tyrannical” for “Grievous” if you’re interested in the season 14 gear. The order and notes are the same.
The Honor Gear List
See above for gems and enchants. You do want to match socket bonuses.
- Grievous Gladiator’s Chain Gauntlets – Gloves may not have the highest stat increases, but they come with the added benefit of reducing the cooldown duration of your traps by 2 seconds, which is nice for serious fights.
- Grievous Gladiator’s Chain Armor – Head, chest, and legs are all comparable. The order here was chosen due to the Mastery and Critical Strike values on the Chest.
- Grievous Gladiator’s Chain Helm – The helm is second between the chest/legs/helm category because it has Mastery and Expertise, and also offers a Meta Socket, which should be socketed with Agile Primal Diamond for the Agility and the bonus critical strike damage.
- Grievous Gladiator’s Chain Leggings – The Legs give you similar stats by number, but has a high Haste allocation for its secondary stats, making them inferior to the head and chest piece.
- Grievous Gladiator’s Chain Spaulders – Next in line dues to the completion of the 4 piece set bonus, with the focus regeneration boost and the added PvP Power.
- Grievous Gladiator’s Links of Cruelty – Out of boots/belt, belt comes first because it has Mastery and Crit and high Primary stat values and the additional Gem socket from Living Steel Belt Buckle. MM Hunters may prefer the Links of Accuracy for the Haste.
- Grievous Gladiator’s Sabatons of Cruelty – The boots are next, for BM Hunters, because due to the stat advantage of Crit as opposed to Haste. MM Hunters will prefer the Boots of Alacrity.
- Grievous Gladiator’s Badge of Conquest – Significant PvP Power, plus the additional On-Use Agility makes this item a strong addition.
- Grievous Gladiator’s Wristguards of Accuracy – Hit Bracers are appropriate, as there is no “Cruelty” suffix (Crit and Mastery secondary stats) Bracers available. The Hit Belt is not taken because of [Grievous Gladiator’s Waistband of Cruelty
- Grievous Gladiator’s Ring of Accuracy – Bracers and one ring next, because they both have hit, and we love that hit!
- Grievous Gladiator’s Necklace of Proficiency
- Grievous Gladiator’s Cape of Cruelty
- Grievous Gladiator’s Ring of Cruelty – Neck before Cloak and Ring because of the Crit/Expertise allocation, which is superior to Haste/Crit according to our stat priority
- Grievous Gladiator’s Medallion of Cruelty – Due to this item’s lack of primary stats, this should be your last pick-up, provided you have a PvP trinket from a previous season. If you do not already have a trinket that removes movement impairing effects, THIS SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST PICK-UP. It also completes your trinket set bonus, awarding added Resilience.
The Best Hunter PvP Gear for Season 15
Here you will find the best possible gear choices for Season 15 PvP. This list will be ordered by largest stat gains, just like the Honor gear section. It will list the piece or pieces of gear that are optimal – and denote any gems, enchants, and reforging that is required for your best-in-slot equipment.
Keep in mind, your reforging and gemming may vary as you are building your set since you may drop below 3% hit cap in the process. This is a full set optimization.
PvP Power & Resilience Note: As mentioned above patch 5.3 greatly nerfed the former and changed the latter. Resilience is at 72%. Add in the trinket set bonus and you probably don’t need any more.
Offensive gemming - keep in mind that is a socket has PvP Power bonus then you should skip it and just drop a pure agility gem into that socket. If it has an Agility bonus, then go ahead and match it. For example, in your chest piece go ahead and do double red Ag gems.
- Meta socket: Agile Primal Diamond until you can get Tyrannical Primal Diamond
- Red sockets: Delicate Primordial Ruby - +160 Ag.
- Yellow:BM & Survival use Adept Vermilion Onyx (Agility/Mastery,) MM will use Deadly Vermilion Onyx (Agility/Crit)
- Blue: Assassin’s Imperial Amethyst - 80 Ag, 80 PvP Power
- Prismatic sockets (belt buckles, Blacksmithing:) Delicate Primordial Ruby - +160 Ag.
All the items below are gemmed with “Defense First,” and not the revised 5.3 gemming. You will have to experiment and see what works well for you, though changing to pure offense might not be a bad idea. See our gold guide if you need more gold to pay for the gems and enchants.
Season 15 Prideful Gladiator Gear
See above for gems and enchants. You do want to match Agility socket bonuses, PvP Power bonuses can be skipped.
Reforging: watch your 3% Hit and Expertise, it’s better to be slightly over than under. Once you have that …
- BM & Survival: Mastery first, then crit. Get rid of Haste
- MM: Haste first, then crit, lose the Mastery.
Head – 2,250 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Chain Helm
- Gems: Meta and Red
- Enchants: None.Head enchants were taken out of the game in Mists of Pandaria!
Legs – 2,250 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Chain Leggings
- Gems: Red and Blue
- Enchant Shadowleather Leg Armor – (can be found on Auction House, or crafted by a Leatherworker if that’s too expensive.)
- Save your points so you can purchase your Season 15 Weapons now,
Trinket 1 – 1,750 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Badge of Conquest
- The On-Use trinket is preferred for PVP, as the majority of your kill attempts will revolve around coordinated set-up with your teammates. Having access to an On-Demand burst increase will help with those attempts.
Chest – 2,250 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Chain Armor
- Gems: Red and Yellow
- Enchants: Go with Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats for the offense, otherwise Enchant Chest – Super Resilience
Wrist – 1,250 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Wristguards of Alacrity
- Gems: none
- Best Enchants: Enchant Bracer – Greater Agility
Ring 1 – 1,250 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Ring of Accuracy
- Gems: Yellow
- Enchants: Enchant Boots – Blurred Speed
Waist – 1,750 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Links of Cruelty
- Gems: Blue and prismatic from Living Steel Belt Buckle
Back – 1,250 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Cape of Cruelty
- Enchants - Enchant Cloak – Superior Critical Strike
Hands – 1,750 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Chain Gauntlets
- Gems: Blue
- Enchants: Enchant Gloves – Superior Mastery
Shoulder – 1 ,750 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Chain Spaulders
- Gems: Yellow
- Enchants: Greater Tiger Claw Inscription
Ring 2 – 1,250 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Ring of Cruelty
Neck – 1,250 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Necklace of Proficiency (for the Expertise)
Trinket 2 – 1,750 Conquest Points – Prideful Gladiator’s Medallion of Tenacity
Hunter PvP Professions
Our goal is to give you the absolute best gear set up you can achieve as a Beast Mastery Hunter in Season 15, and part of that is choosing the right professions. Before we tell you what the best professions are, we should note that when comparing professions, there is a very marginal benefit to your overall gear set, and you should not sacrifice a profession you really enjoy for the sake of a minor stat increase. Engineering is perhaps the only exception. Leveling a new profession can be costly!
That being said, here are the best professions for a Beast Mastery Hunters in Mists of Pandaria PvP:
This is the best Profession for a Beast Mastery Hunter because of the two extra gem slots that can be used to refine your stats. Blacksmithing offers you the best customization, as you are able to increase primary stats, along with the freedom to choose various secondary stats, such as Mastery, Crit, or even PvP Power and PvP Resilience! Other professions simply do not offer this much customization for your character.
If all you will ever do with those slots is add Agility gems then Blacksmithing is no better than the others.
The next two Professions were a split decision between our pros, and are totally up to what you want to do.
This is our second favorite profession solely because of the glove enchant Synapse Springs that will increase your Agility by 1920 for 10 seconds. Great for that big burst window you set up when going for a kill. Note – Synapse Springs cannot be used in conjunction with Malevolent Gladiator’s Badge of Conquest, as use of one or the other will invoke a short cooldown.
Utilizing both On-Use procs separately does, however, allow for stronger burst attempts while your PvP trinket is on cooldown.
Oh, and Nitro Boosts are the greatest things since sliced bread, but unusable in Arenas or Rated Battlegrounds.
(See here for the rest of the professions)
Besides gathering up herbs for sale this profession comes with a very nice Haste cooldown: 2880 Haste for 20 seconds. In addition, you will find life spirits, which heal 120k over 6 seconds.
Credits and Comments
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