A huntard is a derogratory term given to hunter characters who do not know how to play their class well. The word is a derivative of retard, a person who is mentally disabled. While slang to describe badly-played classes is common, hunters have this stigma above all others.
Various reasons seem to exist to explain this. The class has an intuitive battle strategy, easily dumps aggro in particular onto the healer when in a group and previously had great flexability with weapons while also fighting long range, avoiding dangerous close combat. Huntards are especially disliked in low-level PUGs, where mismanaged growl-enabled pets can cause annoying and expensive wipes. Hunters also excel at solo PvE because of their kiting abilities.
Huntards are also infamous for rolling Need on items and equipment not considered true upgrades, if not outright ill-suited to their class, usually under the excuse of being used as "statsticks". One example of this is a hunter rolling need a 1-handed melee dps weapon and claiming it will enhance their ability to play. In addition, huntards are prone to frequent melee combat, something normally only done in emergencies. This not only puts their safety at risk and diminishes their damage output, but can lead to unnecessary competition in group loot rolls with other classes like rogues and shamans. They are notorious for being self-centered and egomaniacal, never taking the blame for a wipe.
Some people consider ALL hunters to be huntards, and avoid letting them into a group, guild, or raid which have caused many boycotts over realms. Many times it is innocent newbies and experienced hunters ridiculed and affected by this treatment, rather than actual huntards. Remember, Just because some people do not know how to play the class properly, does not mean that all people playing that class are that bad.
- Interestingly, many huntard traits have also become associated with death knights, leading to such terms as Death knoob and dunce knights.
- While the above used to be true in vanilla and Burning Crusade, Now-a-days, the term "huntard" is casually used to refer to almost all hunters. Example (to a guildy) "dude, go get your huntard, we need a ranged for this fight" or "LF 1M for TOC, need huntard for tranq shot"
- As you can tell by the "silly" title, thinking that calling a hunter "huntard" is derogatory now is kind of humorous. The best hunters on a server usually call themselves "huntard".