Hunter 1-70 Leveling Guide

To get the best result from our World of Warcraft The Burning Crusade Classic Speedleveling Guide, it takes more than just taking the fastest route. We’ll show you how to play your class most effectively with our guide.


One of the best changes for hunter in TBC is the reduced range for your ranged attacks. Where previously in Classic the minimum range was 8 yards, now in TBC it is only 5 yards (melee range). This change allows the hunter to use the advanced tactic of melee weaving.

Understanding your auto-shot attack timer

Your auto shot has a 0.5s cast timer and a cooldown proportional to your ranged attack speed, while your auto-shot is off cooldown, you have to stand still for half a second. While your auto shot is on cooldown you are free to move around.

We highly recommend getting a swing timer addon to have a better grasp at the auto-shot mechanics.

Melee Weaving

Melee weaving is the art of moving in to melee the mob between your auto shot cooldown.  Using this tactic can greatly increase your kill speed and leveling efficiency.

Auto Shot -> Move in -> Melee -> Move out -> Auto Shot

Getting a swing timer addon for your ranged and melee weapons will greatly aid you in executing this tactic.  Timing this correctly is essential – make sure to only weave between your auto shot cooldown.


Serpent Sting (4)

Hunters Mark (6)

Arcane Shot (6)

Raptor strike is only useful early game, it deals decent damage but it’s very inefficient, only use that if you have mana to spare or if you need to burst down your target

Hunters Mark

Pet Attack

Serpent Sting

Arcane Shot

Melee weaving becomes a lot easier when you have a pet, since you can just dip in and out of melee range in between auto-shots.

Hunters Mark

Pet Attack

Steady Shot (between auto shots)

Arcane Shot and Serpent Sting can be used as well on difficult mobs or to increase speed at the cost of mana efficiency
At level 64, Aspect of the Viper will significantly reduce your downtime.
At Level 66 use Kill Command on cooldown for greater power


Use two handed weapons exclusively for best damage during melee weaving

Stat prioritization
1.Hit (up to 5%)
3.Attack Power


Ravager / Cat / Raptor / Owl
  • Choose an offensive pet from the ravager, cat, raptor or owl families. These will provide the most damage for solo play.

You need to keep your pet abilities up to date, the pet system in classic WoW/TBC is quite convoluted, we recommend you reading this pet training guide.



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