Some hunters focus their talents on melee weapons. These brave individuals take up the spear or axe and stalk dangerous creatures until they are close enough to pounce. They revel in the danger of their actions, feeling an unparalleled rush when they can bring a deadly creature down in equal combat - especially if they use their bare hands. Other hunters will prefer to use twin daggers, augmented by the elemental power of their traps, although their style of dagger fighting is much more loose and improvisatory than that of the Rogue.
The melee hunter's animal companion assists its master by distracting the enemy and flanking it.
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Hunters are primarily a ranged class, but some Hunter players focus on melee combat for its novelty. These players generally specialize in the Survival tree because of its melee talents. Melee hunters are rare, due to the fact that they have few melee abilities and do sub-par damage.