Zeherah has implemented the changes slated thus far for 5.3 on the beta version of her Femaledwarf online spreadsheet, and the theory-crafters at Elitist Jerks have been working to establish a best-in-slot gear list for hunters that takes the changes into account. Currently, the hunter BiS list for 5.3 stands as shown below.
Items are the same for all three specs except for bracers and belt. For bracers, the Crit version of the randomly-enchanted Beady Eye Bracers is favored for Survival while the Haste version is favored for Beast Mastery and Marksmanship. For the belt, Links of the Disintegrator with three agility gems is slightly ahead for SV, while Jingling Fetishgirdle is better for BM and MM.
Keep in mind that the best item for a particular slot may vary depending on which other items you currently have equipped, your gems, enchantments, reforging, etc. This list shows the best possible combination as determined using Zeherah’s spreadsheet.
*For those who do not yet have access to Ra-den, I’ve suggested alternatives to Ra-den’s drops.
- Head: Gaze of Gara’jal Drops from the Council of Elders in ToT.
- Neck: Quadra-Head Brooch Drops from Megaera. (Asssuming Necklace of the Terracotta Archer is not available in a heroic version. See this post for discussion)
- Shoulders: Saurok Stalker’s Spaulders Token is dropped by Iron Qon in ToT.
- Chest: Saurok Stalker’s Tunic Token is dropped by Dark Animus in ToT.
- Back: Tigerfang Wrap Quest reward from Cloak of Virtue, part of the Wrathion legendary questline, that will become available in Patch 5.3. (The best pre-5.3 choice is the Pinionfeather Greatcloak, dropped by Ji-kun in ToT).
- Legs: Saurok Stalker’s Legguards Token is dropped by Ji-kun in ToT.
- Feet: Treads of the Sanguine Volley Contained in the Cache of Storms, a lootable chest that spawns after Ra-den is defeated in heroic ToT. (*Non-Ra-den alternative is Quakestompers, dropped by Tortos in ToT).
- Gloves: Saurok Stalker’s Gloves Token drops from Council of Elders in ToT.
- Ring 1: Raden’s Swift Seal Contained in the Cache of Storms, a lootable chest that spawns after Ra-den is defeated in heroic ToT. (*Non-Ra-den alternative is Sign of the Bloodied God, droppped by Jin’rokh the Breaker in ToT).
- Ring 2: Gore-soaked Gear Drops from Dark Animus in ToT
- Trinket 1: Renataki’s Soul Charm Drops from Jin’rokh the Breaker in ToT
- Trinket 2: Bad Juju Drops from Council of Elders in ToT.
- Ranged: Voice of the Quilen Drops from Iron Qon in ToT
To view the complete best dps set-ups using Femaledwarf (as of 4/19/13) for all three hunter specs including talents, enchantments, reforging, gems, shot priorities, etc. see the profiles created by Effinhunter:
- Femaledwarf Beast Mastery 219,972.64 dps
- Femaledwarf Marksmanship 205,877.89 dps
- Femaledwarf Survival 209,655.71 dps
Effinhunter also created profiles with no Ra-den loot and they are available at:
For further discussion of current BiS gear for hunters see the Best Possible DPS with Zeherah’s Hunter DPS Analyzer (femaledwarf.com) thread in the Elitist Jerks Hunter Forum, the Quick look at a BiS list thread in the MMO Champion Hunter Forum, and Scattered Shots: Patch 5.2 hunter gear. Check the latest entries for the most up-to-date information.