Hunters may not be the kings of single-target or even ranged DPS anymore; but we are undeniably the kings of threat generation. I for one have started to embrace the roll of main tank and have found it to be a lot of fun. Having the ability to pull and maintain agro while doing decent DPS can make us extremely valuable to any fellowship or raid.
Please use this thread to share any tanking tips you might have. I've listed some of the basics below, but I'm sure their are some better hunters out there that can improve on the information.
You definitely want 4 in BowMaster for the threat and DPS. I would also recommend having Resolute Aim and Swift Recovery slotted. Resolute Aim makes inductions non-interruptable while needful haste is up and Swift Recovery reduces the cooldown on needful haste.
Compassion for ranged tanking -5% ranged damage
Innocence for melee tanking -5% melee damage
Also consider Empathy, Loyalty and Honesty - common tanking traits for armor value and additional -melee damage.
Have a morale build and an icpr build.
I like to swap out the peerless turtle-shell bracelets, galadhrim dagger, treasury stone & book 7 cloak for incidious cuffs, galadhrim club, mini anvil & feanor. With end game gear, Captain buffs & food you can easily surpass 7k morale and still have 600 agility.
-Hunters in Melee range get their inductions setback and interrupted. Needful haste is a must to limit this problem. With fully traited needful haste & the full VM set you can have it up over 40% of the time. It also speeds up your inductions.
-Swift Stroke is your friend - the improved parry rating not only helps with avoiding damage, it helps with those nasty induction setbacks and interrupts when needful haste is down. Hit it 1st & keep it up.
-Healing - For major bosses you'll probably need a dedicated healer, preferably a mini.
-Captain's buffs - For quick fights you can get away with the crit buff; for longer fights you'll need the focus buff to make up for the missing icpr. You should never need that parry buff, Swift Stroke is your parry buff, many captains are not aware of Swift Stroke so you'll need to let them know.
Bosses that have been successfully hunter tanked:
DN - The Blind One phase 1
DN - The twin trolls
VM - The watcher
VM - Massive tentacles
Filikul - Nornuan
Radiance instances (GS, FG, Skum, Forges, 16th, DD, WW, HoM, HoC). - All except HoC final boss and DD 2nd & final boss. Has anyone tried these?