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  1. #1
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    Hunter Improvement Help?

    I've been playing a hunter for a while, and so far things have been going pretty well, except for that fact that I am currently running around Angmar, and it seems to be going out of its way to inform me that I don't have the best build (and yes, I know Angmar has a lot of group content, but I'm a flippin' hunter and should be able to solo the solo quests without dying or fleeing all the time). I've been researching build recommendations and suggestions, but I've yet to find one that feels right.

    Currently, I have a level 49 Bree-Land hunter (Dunedain Ranger theme; I'm a compulsive roleplayer), equipped with the best bow (longbow, not crossbow) and sword/dagger pair that I can find (no Legendaries, because I'm not starting on Volume II till I finish Volume I). I know that Agility is the hunter's primary stat, and that (by extension) the trait Determination is a must. I love Precision Stance for the focus generation and crit rates, though if I couldn't have that I'd go for Endurance (though I really do love Precision). I tend to prefer class traits from the Bowman and Huntsman lines. I don't use buffs very often (aside from item buffs like weapon oils or the occasional bow chant), but I suppose I could learn to do so.

    I'd give a complete listing of traits, but unfortunately I'm having to re-install the game right now. Any assistance in developing a personalized and effective build would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited by Lenira; Jul 06 2013 at 02:13 PM.

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    Well,alot of elite mobs in Angmar that hit hard and since you dont have legendaries yet. I would suggest getting a little more vitality and learning how to kite mobs to your advantage. I used strenghtstance alot when I was leveling for kiting purposes.when you get your legendary items,things should go alot easier for you .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriotp3a View Post
    Well,alot of elite mobs in Angmar that hit hard and since you dont have legendaries yet. I would suggest getting a little more vitality and learning how to kite mobs to your advantage. I used strenghtstance alot when I was leveling for kiting purposes.when you get your legendary items,things should go alot easier for you .
    On my last hunter I used precision with barbed arrow and skipped str stance and quick shot altogether after the start levels.

    @OP: I do realize you absolutely will not run Walls of Moria prematurely, a choice I respect. If it doesn't clash with your plan of action, at 50 do that class quest for a very nice bow, it truly does make that much of a change. Barter for the stuff (at skirmish npc curiosities I think) or quest, buy, farm - you can look up in advance what items are needed and run around grabbing them since you're already in Angmar.

    Use regular regen food such as the Bree rep food, out of combat only but the buff lasts 20-30 minutes I think. With buffs it's a breeze, without buffs it's a pain. Oils, scrolls, foods, bow chants, focus pots and traps. I rarely use the lot, just whatever I can make myself (normally oil, foods) but it helps a lot and keeps me from worrying too much. Faced with a pull of two, always set a trap... What else...

    Try add stuff or traits that add hard points to morale rather than to vita (if given a choice).

    Too long? Use buffs at all times - it speeds things up and makes it rather more enjoyable.

    The 85 in my sig was very quick to lvl up despite being new to that server - but then I had good storage and owned all the game content and knew somewhat about the game.

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    So, basically, get to level 50 for the class quest and its reward, increase morale, and use lots of buffs. Got it, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenira View Post
    So, basically, get to level 50 for the class quest and its reward, increase morale, and use lots of buffs. Got it, thank you.
    Sadly I have no help available on Imladris but I find on the few servers I tried, many of the oldies are perfectly happy to help with some crafting and guidance - we all have more than we need and can use and it's always neat to grab someone random and hand them some help Have a great game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macroscian View Post
    Sadly I have no help available on Imladris but I find on the few servers I tried, many of the oldies are perfectly happy to help with some crafting and guidance - we all have more than we need and can use and it's always neat to grab someone random and hand them some help Have a great game
    i play also on imladris, always willing to help out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenira View Post
    So, basically, get to level 50 for the class quest and its reward, increase morale, and use lots of buffs. Got it, thank you.
    As for "crafting options for 48lv" department, net increase for 6x purple piece of medium armor, 2x earring and 2x bracelet (over what you're using according to that unreliable character page) =
    +112 Agility
    +65 Fate
    +97 Vit
    +540 Morale (or 831 with Vit)

    - didn't see crafted necklace/rings as too hot in comparison with what you have
    - increased Morale from above could allow to replace mainhand with something else
    - cloaks alternatives are pretty forgettable
    - no idea about your leveling speed - if you are going fast, could consider lv50 pieces instead (but these are a different story in terms of effort required)
    - Imlad Balchorth is... special, should feel less crazy with some () of GF quests anyway

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    To be honest, you've put yourself in a self-imposed handicap by not getting a legendary bow... and Angmar is HARD.
    105s: Aedfrith (HN), Aldnoth (CP), Brai (RK), Hrolfdan (MN), Aeldfryd (WD), Morriarty (CH), Aednoth (LM), Mishhar (BR), Hraldan (GR), Rummbold (BG). Tinies - Rumbelina (MN), Aenghus (CP)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenira View Post
    the trait Determination is a must.
    I would take issue with this. In solo play you don't always increase your individuality, but sometimes you look for weaknesses and correct them. (In a group you don't have to do this because you have a healer, someone to keep the mobs off you and/or someone for cc and you can mainly just dps.)

    Your best bet, of course, is keeping multiple mobs from hitting you at the same time, but since you can't always do that,
    perhaps more resistance would work better for you than a tad more agility, in this particular region of the world.
    Get the best morale potions/food you can find as well.

    Maybe (gasp) find another rp person to run with. ;p


    http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/Traitetermination

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    Things get easier as you level because you get better skills/gear/LIs/traits as well experience with the class. Though learning things like kiting effectively will not only help you with leveling but also in the end game. Hunters can kill targets really fast but can also die really fast. As for precisionf vs. strenght, its up to you. Do you need the slows more than the extra damage? Also timing your ccs and allowing for cooldowns help alot. Waiting on your legendaries is certainly holding you back and you will see a dramatic diff once you get them. Ask around public chats like glff for help with jewelries and armor or help in general, usually people are willing to lend a hand. Goodluck pewpewing
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