5.3 PTR Patch Notes: Binding Shot and Intimidation

5.2 patch notes

Rygarius updated the Official 5.3 PTR Patch Notes today. In addition to the previously data-mined buffs to Aspect of the Hawk, Aspect of the Iron Hawk, Beast Cleave, and Bombardment, and the reworking of Blink Strike, the updated Official Notes also announce changes to Binding Shot and Indimidation: Binding Shot is now a level 30 Marksmanship ability, and Intimidation replaces it as the level 30 talent available to all hunters.

The Hunter Section of the 5.3 PTR Patch Notes as it currently stands:


  • Hunters now have 50 pet stable slots, up from 20.
  • Aspect of the Hawk now increases ranged attack power by 25%, up from 15%.


  • Aspect of the Iron Hawk now increases ranged attack power by 25%, up from 15%.
  • Binding Shot is no longer a talent and learned by Marksmanship Hunters at level 30.
  • Blink Strike has been renamed Blink Strikes and turned into a passive ability. The pet’s Basic Attacks deal 50% increased damage, can now be used from 30 yards away, and will instantly cause the pet to teleport behind their target.
  • Intimidation is now a level-30 talent available to all Hunter specializations and no longer learned by Beast Mastery Hunters at level 20.

Beast Mastery

  • Beast Cleave now deals 75% of the original damage, up from 50%.


  • Bombardment now increases the damage of Multi-Shot by 60%, up from 30%.

Item Sets

  • PvP 2-piece set bonus has been redesigned. Using Arcane Shot now causes the Hunter’s PvP Power to increase by 800 for 6 seconds.

The complete 5.3 PTR Patch Notes are available at the Official WoW Blog.

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