The relaunch of Classic is tonight! (Hype train! All aboard!) With that in mind, let’s take a few minutes to talk about keeping your Journeyman’s Backpack stocked and ready for anything!
New Equipment Slot: Projectiles
For those that have never seen it before, there’s a new equipment slot in town that is extremely important to take note of: the projectiles slot. You’ll need arrows for your bow or bullets for your gun to be able to stay in ranged combat–if you run out, you’ll be forced to melee, and that’s not typically the most efficient thing for Hunters. (Though, it’s not entirely the end of the world, if you’re prepared for it.)
So, what are these projectiles and where can you get them?
In most cases, you can pick up arrows and bullets from General Goods vendors, Weapons Merchants, Fletchers and Bowyers. In some cases, as noted, projectiles are crafted by other players and can be purchased on the Auction House.
- Rough Arrow
- Sharp Arrow
- Razor Arrow
- Jagged Arrow
- Ice Threaded Arrow — Reputation.
- Thorium Headed Arrow — Crafted.
- Light Shot
- Heavy Shot
- Solid Shot
- Hi-Impact Mithril Slugs — Crafted.
- Mithril Gyro-Shot — Crafted.
- Ice Threaded Bullet — Reputation.
- Thorium Shells — Crafted.
Projectiles will stack to 200 per slot. Stock up enough to fill your quiver or ammo pouch any time you enter a settlement, and you should always have plenty. (At later levels, especially once you start raiding, you may want to keep even more on hand.)
For the first few levels, this won’t be an issue, but once you’ve completed the quests to get your first pet, you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of supplies on hand to keep it happy! (See this guide about the care and feeding of pets for more information!)
A lot of the time, you won’t need to buy food for your pet, you’ll be able to pick it up as you quest. Meat is one of the most common foods for pets, and you can generally pick up the raw meat from beasts you kill in the wild, or, if you want to be really on-the-ball, you can train up Cooking to make the meats you pick up even tastier for your pets (and yourself)! Picking up the Fishing skill is also a great way to make sure that you don’t have to pay much for feeding your pet.
- Chunk of Boar Meat — Elwynn Forest, Dun Morogh, Loch Modan, Westfall
- Stringy Wolf Meat — Dun Morogh, Tirisfal Glades, Elwynn Forest, Mulgore
- Coyote Meat — Westfall
- Kodo Meat — The Barrens
- Bear Meat — Darkshore, Dun Morogh, Loch Modan, Silverpine Forest
- Tough Condor Meat — Redridge Mountains
- Big Bear Meat — Ashenvale, Hillsbrad Foothills
- Tender Crocolisk Meat — Dustwallow Marsh, Wetlands
- Tiger Meat — Stranglethorn Vale, Badlands
- Turtle Meat — Dustwallow Marsh, Hillsbrad Foothills, Thousand Needles, The Hinterlands
- Red Wolf Meat — Desolace, Badlands, Tanaris
- Heavy Kodo Meat — Desolace
- Tender Wolf Meat — Tanaris, Feralas, Badlands
(This is not a comprehensive list, but just a sampling of what’s available at different levels.)
Pets can also eat the foods you purchase from Food and Drink vendors (provided it’s of a type that fits their diet), so you can always pick up some fruit, fish or meat from vendors for your pets in a pinch.
Food items stack to 20 per slot. I would generally recommend having at least two stacks of food for your pet, in addition to two stacks of food and drink (each) for yourself.
Food and projectiles are probably the most important items to make sure you have stocked before you go out adventuring, particularly at lower levels. You’ll want to travel light as much as possible at lower levels, because bag space will be at a premium. At higher levels (when you’ve acquired more bag space and have more challenging content to face), that will change, but for now, these two things are the key focus.
Other items you may want to consider:
- Bandages — First Aid.
- Elixirs/Flasks — Alchemy. (Or Purchased/Dropped.)
Good luck, and happy hunting!
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