Editor’s Note: I’d like to welcome Shoot from Nightmare Asylum as another guest writer on Eyes of the Beast. Shoot has many world first hunter solo achievements under his belt. He is also one of the raid leaders of Team Hunter, the all-hunter raid group currently tearing its way through heroic MoP raids.
Hello, my name is Shoot and I’m a hunter raider and soloist in the WoW community.
Many WoW players in the community are enjoying the Warlords of Draenor beta raid testing and leveling, but a lot of people are curious what soloing is like and how the item squish affects it. Let’s start off by taking a look at older content on the live servers and compare it to beta servers from a hunter perspective.
Soloing on Live
- Tier 10 and lower: Bosses are fairly easy to solo and do not require a high amount of gear or damage.
- Tiers 11 – 13 (Cataclysm): Bosses are soloable; some bosses require mechanics that must be followed, but some bosses are still an all out damagefest and do not require much awareness or gear. Any boss in 25H is generally very difficult and requires a high amount of gear and special tactics.
- Tiers 14 – 16 (MoP): Most bosses are impossible to solo as a hunter. Currently there have only been two Mists of Pandaria raid bosses that were soloed by a hunter in 10 normal. You can watch those videos below.
I got into Zandalari Warbringer farming a few months ago when I was just looking for something else to do. I came for the mounts, and I stayed for the gold. Back in 5.2 when they were added to the game, they were camped 24/7 so I didn’t bother with them. Nowadays, I find them alive with regularity. I’ve made as much as 20,000 gold in a single day just from the stuff that these guys drop.
Hunters can solo them easily with a few simple tips. What prompted me to write this was seeing so many hunters fail at this. The Warbringers have hard-hitting abilities which can kill your pet very quickly, but if you know what abilities to watch out for, it’s a complete cakewalk.
Update for post patch 6.0: This strategy no longer works since pet ability cooldowns (Spirit Mend in this case) are now shared between pets. The good news is you can just skip Valithria if you want now.
Valithria Dreamwalker is usually the main stumbling block for pure DPS or DPS/tank classes in Icecrown Citadel solo progression. In order to beat this boss, you need to heal it to full health while dealing with adds.
Lucky for hunters, we have spirit beasts with Spirit Mend. A single spirit beast isn’t going to be enough with a 30 second cooldown on the Spirit Mend. You will need at least 4, preferably 5, so you can rotate them in succession. If you don’t have 5 unique spirit beasts yet, I would recommend taming a few copies of the spectral porcupines as they have a quick respawn and always seem to be up — Hutia, Degu, and Gumi. These are challenge tames which must be brought to 30% health before you can tame them.