I don't know how big of an update this would be, but we haven't seen anything new gameplay-wise. I do appreciate the small updates, the equipment and fixing bugs, but this is an idea that can add more flavor to the game.
Hunter class would be a summoner of sort, one that can fight alongside the monsters caught. (Mainly the animal NPCS - Boar/Bats/Coyotes/Leopards/Birds) I don't know how the stats would differ, or whether having different stats between the animals would matter; if this were to be implemented I'm leaving the numbers for you. The tamed monsters should be at a good balance between dmg and oppression.
With this class introduced two new weapons can be introduced;
Bow/Arrow: Bow is pretty much a gun that requires arrows to shoot. This weapon can be approached many ways. Be able to have different kind of arrows like this;
1: Light arrows: Very light arrows to use deal small amount of dmg but travels fast.
2: Medium arrows: Arrows that balances between speed and dmg.
3: Heavy arrows: Heavy arrows focus more on dmg and travel slowly.
You can also apply poison to the arrows giving you DOT dmg. ( If this were to be added, another status effect would have to be added which would be poisoned.)
This way Bow/Arrow aren't just a rip off of guns and are their own unique weapon, not just a reskin of guns. The dmg should be between swords/guns.
The second weapon would be;
Dagger: A small knife that prioritize speed over dmg. Can be dual wielded ( Making you attack twice at once. ) Dmg should be between fists and swords, not that high nor as low as fighters. Poison can also be applied, so dmg shouldn't be that high as u can attack twice and apply poison. There can be two types of daggers.
Jagged Daggers: As the name implies, these daggers and crafted in a way that makes cutting flesh efficient, leaving behind deep cuts. (Applies bleed every 4 attacks or so)(Can't have poison applied.)
Normal Daggers: Normal daggers that can have poison applied.
These weapons can be dual wielded, so each hand can have one of the two types; effectively making you capable of poisoning and causing you target to bleed.
(Again, I really don't know about the numbers, so yeah. )
Weapons aside, monsters should have their own levels so that you can train them. Monsters should start at lvl 1 after successfully taming them. They will lose all their skills. Skills will be unlocked as they level. ( This would make the class more engaging, and would prevent ppl from hunting stronger monsters to deal more dmg.) Needless to say, monsters can be killed to prevent them from being used. One minute cool down should be applied on each monster after being killed, to prevent people from summoning them back immediately.
Lvl 10 Skill - Tame: As the name suggest, you tame a monster. This can be either done through beating the monster and weakening them, then using the skill on them. Or it can be through fear, if you are higher level than the monster you get to have it, or the friendly way, you have to gather a specific set of items and offering them to the monster to gain it's affection, whichever route taken it shouldn't matter, the end goal is the same; using the monster. ( only 1 monster can be tamed. ) (Max monster level 25)
Lvl 15 Skill - Monster summon: A skill were the hunter calls his trusty monster companion to help him throughout the battle.
Lvl 20 Skill - Trap: You set down a trap, dealing a little bit of damage as well as stunning whoever stepped on the trap in place for a while.
Lvl 25 Skill - Multiple Shot/Strike: You take a focused stance where you shoot/strike three consecutive shots/hits at whatever target you are aiming at.
Lvl 30 Skill - Monster understanding: Allows you to tame and use another monster. (Making your max summon-able monsters 2)(Max monster level 50)
Lvl 35 Skill - Hunter senses: Due to being an experienced hunter, and due to being in tune with nature; your senses are heightened in this state you utilize your hearing and agility to dodge any three incoming attacks.
Lvl 40 Skill - Monster Command: You command your monsters to attack, as they hear your command they dash forward to complete whatever order given to them and gain your approval! (I'm thinking of having this skill with 2 effects? Like you can either set it to have the monsters attack dealing more dmg than usual, or a stun, where they go bite deal smool dmg and stun for a period of time.)
That's about it. Should add more flavor to the game, and a whole different playstyle. Needless to say, this is an agility class.
I understand, there are many things to digest, and adding such class with such description would require a lot of work, and I also understand that there is many ways to deal dmg with such build. I'm sorry, I'm not good with numbers, so balancing the dmg is up to yall if this were to be implemented. The dmg output should be between you, your passives and the dmg done by the summoned monster.