Table of Contents

Phase 1

  1. All Hunter Runes and Locations: Chest Slot
    • Aspect of the Lion Rune
    • Master Marksman Rune
    • Lone Wolf Rune
    • Cobra Strikes Rune
  2. All Hunter Runes and Locations: Legs Slot
    • Kill Command Rune
    • Serpent Spread Rune
    • Sniper Training Rune
    • Flanking Strikes Rune
    • Beast Mastery Rune
  3. All Hunter Runes and Locations: Gloves Slot
    • Chimera Shot Rune
    • Explosive Shot Rune
    • Carve Rune

Phase 2

  1. All Hunter Runes and Locations: Waist Slot
    • Expose Weakness Rune
    • Melee Specialist Rune
    • Steady Shot Rune
  2. All Hunter Runes and Locations: Feet Slot
    • Dual Wield Specialization Rune
    • Invigoration Rune
    • Trap Launcher Rune


Hunter Runes in the Season of Discovery (SoD) introduce new gameplay mechanics by providing additional spells and abilities, offering players the opportunity to customize their class playstyle. These runes are scattered across the open world and can be obtained through various means. Most are accessible to characters of any race or faction, except those tied to specific quests or faction-friendly mobs.

Phase 1

In Phase 1 of the Season of Discovery, there are a total of 12 Hunter Runes available. Let’s explore each one and their locations:

Chest Slot

  1. Aspect of the Lion Rune
    • Description: Grants the hunter and nearby allies a 10% increase in total stats, with an additional 10% increase for the hunter.
    • Location: Drops from the level 25 Elite Owl Carrodin in the spider cave located at coordinates [42.2, 64.1] within the Wetlands.
  2. Master Marksman Rune
    • Description: Increases critical strike chance by 5% and reduces the mana cost of all Shot abilities by 25%.
    • Location: Obtainable through various methods depending on the player’s race.
  3. Lone Wolf Rune
    • Description: Increases damage dealt by 15% when the hunter does not have an active pet.
    • Location: Available for purchase from Grizzby in Ratchet after completing specific pre-quests.
  4. Cobra Strikes Rune
    • Description: Critical hits with Shot abilities cause the hunter’s pet’s next 2 special attacks to critically hit.
    • Location: Requires using Freshwater Snapper Bait from Zixil in Hillsbrad Foothills to spawn a level 25 elite turtle southeast of Tarren Mill.

Legs Slot

  1. Kill Command Rune
    • Description: Increases the hunter’s pet’s damage from special attacks by 60% for 30 seconds.
    • Location: Obtained through the Wild Wyvern Wrangling questline in Stonetalon Mountains.
  2. Serpent Spread Rune
    • Description: Multi-Shot applies Serpent Sting to targets hit.
    • Location: Purchasable for 4 gold and 50 silver when reaching Honored with the appropriate faction.
  3. Sniper Training Rune
    • Description: Increases critical strike chance for Shot abilities when the hunter has not moved for the last 6 seconds.
    • Location: Drops from specific elite mobs depending on the player’s faction and race.
  4. Flanking Strikes Rune
    • Description: Simultaneously deals melee damage with the hunter’s pet, increasing the damage of certain abilities.
    • Location: Requires farming specific mobs and using bait to summon rare elites.

Gloves Slot

  1. Chimera Shot Rune
    • Description: Deals weapon damage and triggers different effects based on the current Sting on the target.
    • Location: Obtained through class-specific quests depending on the player’s race.
  2. Explosive Shot Rune
    • Description: Fires an explosive charge at the enemy target, dealing fire damage over time.
    • Location: Drops from specific elite mobs in various zones depending on the player’s race.
  3. Carve Rune
    • Description: A sweeping attack that strikes all enemies in front of the hunter.
    • Location: Obtained through specific quests requiring the use of bait to tame critters.

Phase 2

In Phase 2 of the Season of Discovery, hunters have access to six new runes. Let’s delve into each one and how to obtain them:

Waist Slot

  1. Expose Weakness Rune
    • Description: Melee and ranged critical hits increase attack power.
    • Location: Requires completing a questline involving defeating Dustbelcher Ogres in the Badlands.
  2. Melee Specialist Rune
    • Description: Cooldown reduction and enhancements for specific hunter abilities.
    • Location: Involves defeating Dark Rider Elites in different zones after obtaining Ariden’s Sigil.
  3. Steady Shot Rune
    • Description: A steady shot dealing ranged weapon damage.
    • Location: Drops from Needletooth, a large fish in Arathi Highlands.

Feet Slot

  1. Dual Wield Specialization Rune
    • Description: Enhances dual-wielding capabilities and increases damage for specific abilities.
    • Location: Requires defeating a Bloodscalp Guerrilla in Stranglethorn Vale.
  2. Invigoration Rune
    • Description: Mana regeneration upon pet critical hits.
    • Location: Involves catching bugs in specific zones and returning them to Amaryllis Webb in the Swamp of Sorrows.
  3. Trap Launcher Rune
    • Description: Enhances trap placement and cooldown management.
    • Location: Requires completing a questline involving various tasks in Desolace and Booty Bay.

This comprehensive guide provides hunters with detailed information on all available runes and their locations in both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Season of Discovery. Happy hunting!

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