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Welcome to the Hollowed Core

Hello everyone! My name is Bliky and I play a hunter on Shadow Council. Your fearless blog poster Psynister has been kind enough to let me guest post on his blog until I get off my lazy butt and make my own. That probably won’t be until Cataclysm hits so I’m here to write about one of my favorite topics in the mean time. What is this topic you might ask? Well, it’s Soloing Molten Core with your hunter!

Now, you might be saying to yourself “Molten Core?! Are you CRAZY?! No chance I’ll survive as a hunter in there!”. Actually, you will flourish in Molten Core as a hunter! It’s almost like the instance was made for you to solo. I wanted to write a few separate posts about this. This one being general spec/gear/buffs/pets stuff and the next one going way more in depth about all 10 of the bosses in Molten Core.


The first aspect of Hunter-Soloing I wanted to cover is your pet. Your tanking pet is the bread in the bread and butter hunter soloing sandwich. Honestly, I would not suggest anything other than getting a Turtle. Why? This is why: Shell Shield

Shell Shield is the turtle’s shield wall. It’s a 50% damage reduction cooldown that last’s for 12 seconds. In my opinion, this is game breaking. Sometimes your turtle will take a little damage, sometimes he will take A LOT. For the times when he take’s a lot, you have Shell Shield for that extra cushion.

The turtle I have is this one from The Hinterlands. You, of course, don’t need the one that I have as there are many different turtles in the game. Turtles

Spec & Glyphs

Both your spec, and pets spec, play the butter role in our bread and butter hunter-soloing sandwich. As with any spec, each talent and glyph have their own importance. Here is the Spec I use for all my Soloing Adventures:

Pet Spec for my Turtle:

I go deep enough into Marks to get Aimed Shot because I use the Tier5 Healing Bonus which I will talk about later. If you don’t have the T5 bonus and wanted to focus more on pet health this spec might be more your style:

Focusing more on the Beast Matery tree, lets look at some talents that are more or less gamebreaking for Hunter Soloing. I’m not going to cover everything because some talents should just be self-explanitory.

Improved Mend Pet: Your pet will be doing 100% of the tanking and sometimes he will get a Debuff put on him by a boss. What’s better than your constantly rolling heal being able to cleanse just about every Debuff there is?! Also, the mana reduction isn’t bad either!

Spirit Bond: Personally, I love spirit bond! There are some fight’s in Molten Core and other instances that will, at some point, do a little damage to you. Now, unless you’re a Draenei you really have no way to heal yourself. Spirit Bond help’s with that as it heals you, as well as your pet, for 2% of your total health every 10 seconds. Also, the 10% healing increase is very nice to help you boost your Mend Pet ticks.

Intimidation: Intimidation is basically a 3 second stun and causes your pet to generate some threat. Well with misidirect you shouldn’t really need the threat but you will need the stun. Since the BM Solo Spec doesn’t have access to Silencing Shot in the Marks tree you really have no way to interrupt a mob’s heal. This is where Intimidation come’s in handy. If you don’t need it for the threat, use it to interrupt a heal or two.

Longevity: At first glance, Longevity seems like a simple talent, right? It just reduced the cooldown of a few abilities BUT it also reduces the cooldown of your Pet Special Abilities. Why is this important? It reduced the cooldown of some pet abilities like Cower, Shell Shield, Growl, and Last Stand. Cower, Shell Shield, and Last Stand are all defensive cooldowns for your pet so having these avaliable quicker is better.

Glyph of Mending: Glyph of Mending is the most important of the three major glyphs I mentioned in the spec above. I mean, 40% more healing on your one pet heal that should be constantly be rolling, who wouldn’t want that!

Uncrittable Pet

This is one of the most important things you can do to help your pet out tanking. When a boss crits, it crits hard so we want to make our pets Crit-Immune just like regular raid tanks. Now, we already have Grace of the Mantis which gives our pet a 4% reduced chance to be critically hit but we still need two percent to be immune. Go grab a few pieces of PvP gear because you need 132 resilience to give your pet that extra two percent to become completely Crit-Immune.


Obviously, you should use Misdirection every time you can on your pet so he can keep threat. Here is my prefered macro for this:
“/cast [@Gordon] Misdirection”

Of course, you would want to replace “Gordon” with the name of your turtle pet.

Tier 5 Bonus

Tier 5?! That’s like 5 tiers ago Blik! Why would I ever want that? Well, basically, this: Tier 5 2 Piece Bonus. 15% of the overall damage you deal heal’s your pet. It’s a VERY nice thing to have, but not absolutley necessary for soloing things like Molten Core. If you have access to two pieces of T5 get them!


When soloing it’s always a good idea to bring a few self buff’s with you for the extra health cushion for you and your pet. When I solo I always bring these things with me:

Drums of the Wild
Drums of Forgotten Kings
Runescroll of Fortitude
Flash of Stoneblood
Spiced Mammoth Treats
Any type of food that give’s the 40 Stam buff.

Well, that should cover just about everything you’ll need to prepare for your trip into Molten Core! In my next post I will cover how to approach each boss fight with the different strategy’s and mechanics I’ve found best to use to defeat each boss. If you have any other questions leave a comment below or message me on twitter at @_Bliky.


Posted by on September 26, 2010 in Guest Post, Guide, Hunter


Kris Kringle: FAQ for Newbs

I’ve read several of Psynister’s guides this week while deciding what to write, and he’s got some solid information here. There are so many nuances to leveling or to leveling a particular class that having someone there to guide you in the right direction is a bonus.

But there’s something Psynister has missed…it’s slight, but I think it’s the perfect thing for me to cover. See, there are even broader questions that come up when you’re a newbie (newb and noob are two entirely different people in my book, by the way), and I think someone needs to be there to answer them.

FAQ for Newbs

Don’t all condors have wings? Don’t all goretusks have livers? Etc.

No. Biology is wrong. Whether or not that cat is going to have 1 paw or 4 is entirely up to RNG (random number generator). You’re very lucky, in fact, that you were born with two ears, as even human hunters in the Borean Tundra appear to often be one-eared.

Truthfully, I like to think that maybe one of the wings gets broken in the heat of battle and becomes noncollectable. You’d think my characters would learn to hit a little softer after the 75th one-winged bird, but alas, they’re wrecking machines.

How do I get a farm?

Go to Facebook. Type in “Farm.” Choose one of the 42 applications listed.

Farming is an expression used to describe spending time collecting an item to craft with or sell in order to level professions, earn gold, or earn rewards. People “farm honor” by doing lots of battlegrounds. They “farm cloth” for tailoring by killing lots and lots (and lots) of humanoids. Lots of people (like me) claim they’re farming when they’re actually just really bored and terribly addicted to WoW.

Who is Leeroy Jenkins and why does everyone want his title?


Leeroy Jenkins came to fame as part of a YouTube event that we later found out to be staged but still found hilarious. Raiders…well, we can be some pretty serious folks. The Leeroy Jenkins video shows a group preparing to raid Upper Black Rock Spire (UBRS). Halfway through their strategizing, Leeroy returns from being AFK to get chicken, says, “Let’s do this!” and runs headlong into the fight shouting “Leeeeeeeroy Jenkiiiiiins!” The group all dies spectacularly. In Patch 2.4, Blizzard added the Jenkins title as an earnable reward by killing 50 rookery whelps in UBRS in 15 seconds.

I have both the title and some chicken.

Where did this gorilla keep that dagger that dropped?

If the gorilla wasn’t wearing pants, then trust me when I say: you don’t want to know.

Your character can eat and drink at the same time?!

I can count at least 10 people (including myself) who were amazed the day they discovered this. I had been eating and then drinking since the game started, and I think I was around level 15 before I found this out.

Protip: It pays to read the loading screen.

PAQ – Possibly Asked Questions

Who are you?

I’m Ambermist (aka Battlechicken) of Tastes Like Battle Chicken. I make a profession of being a noob (why doesn’t that profession exist yet in game?!). I’m a full-time raider on my moonkin, but I’ve recently been trying out some casual play and twinking on low-level toons, thanks to a little push from Cynwise and Psynister.

Speaking of Psynister, what have you done with him?

Well, besides following him on Twitter and chatting him up in-game, nothing. He’ll be back to posting something useful for you very soon. As a matter of fact, I might be here just to help you appreciate him even more. You’re welcome.

Why did you hijack our favorite resource for leveling tips?

WoW Bloggers hang out in two places: Twitter and BlogAzeroth. Admittedly, I haven’t spent as much time on BlogAzeroth as I probably should, but Twitter and I are quite friendly (I think my husband’s getting jealous). It was during a rendezvous with Twitter that I learned of a blogging exchange happening at BlogAzeroth and signed up. Poor Psynister got stuck with me.

Seriously, though, this blog is full of great information. I’ve learned a few things from glancing through the posts, and I thought I was an old pro at this stuff. Thanks, Psynister, for allowing me to steal a bit of your blogspace, and for being a great addition to the WoW blogosphere.

Have a very Merry Christmas from TLBC & BlogAzeroth!

See you in-game!


Posted by on December 25, 2009 in Blog, Guest Post, World of Warcraft


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