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World of Warcraft Classes Hunter «Beast Mastery»

Beast Mastery Hunter PvE Guide (WoW BfA 8.1.5)

A Beast Mastery Hunter has perfected the skills of taming and controlling animals. The major share of the damage is dealt by their pets.

 

Contents

Introduction

Let’s take a closer look at the weakest and the strongest aspects of this specialization:

Advantages:

  • Extremely simple in handling;
  • Has the capacity to do short runs with zero DPS loss;

Disadvantages:

  • The AoE damaging highly depends on the enemies’ positioning and on the position of the pet;
  • You might lose in your switch if the new target is far away. This happens because your pet wastes time on short runs.

Basic information on the spec:

Like any other Hunter spec, Beast Mastery uses Focus as their key resource. The Hunter deals damage from a distance while the pets need to be in their target’s Melee zone.

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Glossary

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Main abilities

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Talents

General information. On achieving several new levels you’ll get access to new talent ‘Tiers’. Talents may have different effect on abilities: add new features, replace old ones, modify passively different effects and spells. Talents can be changed in Sanctuaries or any recreational zones. However, if you don’t have any of those places nearby you can use the Codex of the Tranquil Mind which allows you to switch channels within a minute. You can’t change talents in combat. You can’t change a talent if the talent you’ve picked in the last Tier is on Cooldown. You’ll have to wait until it’s restored first.

Tier 1. Lvl 15

Tier 1 Talents Beast Mastery Hunter

  • Killer instinct. Kill command deals 50% increased damage against enemies below 35% health.
  • Animal companion. Your call pet additionally summons the first pet from your stables. This pet will obey your  Kill command , but cannot use pet family abilities.
  • Dire beast – Summons a powerful wild beast that attacks the target and roars, increasing your haste by 5% for 8 sec.

*Killer instinct. is used for any situation, granting an increase for AOE and solo target damage.

Tier 2. Lvl 30

Tier 2 Talents Beast Mastery Hunter

  • Scent of blood. Barbed shot generates 8 additional focus over its duration.
  • One with the pack. Wild call has a 20% increased chance to reset the cooldown of Barbed shot
  • Chimaera Shot. You receive the additional ability that hits the main target and the enemy closest to it dealing Nature damage to the main target and Frost damage – to the secondary one. Restores 10 Focus per each target hit. CD 15 secs.

Chimera shot. Would be the best in any situation so it is used by default.

Tier 3. Lvl 45

Tier 3 Talents Beast Mastery Hunter

  • Trailblazer. Your movement speed is increased by 30% anytime you have not attacked anyone for 30 seconds.
  • Natural mending. For every 20 spent Focus reduces the remaining time on Exhilaration  by  1 second
  • Camouflage. You and your pet  gain stealth for 1 min with 1 min cd

*Talents of this tier are designed for survivability of your character, choose what you like the most. It is more profitable to use  Natural mending in raid for minor heal increase. In mythic mode it would be more reasonable to take Camouflage allowing you to pass by packs in stealth.

Tier 4. Lvl 60

Tier 4 Talents Beast Mastery Hunter

 

*A murder of crows. Is used by default because grants better additional damage.

Tier 5. Lvl 75

Tier 5 Talents Beast Mastery Hunter

  • Born to be wild. Reduces the cooldowns of your aspects for 20%
  • Posthaste. Disengage frees you from all movement impairing effects and increases your movement speed by 50% for 4 sec
  • Binding shot. You fire an arrow tethering all enemies within 5 yards,  the arrow explosion roots the enemy for 5 sec.

 

* You should choose what talent is the best for you because they all grant unique abilities without affecting your dps.

Tier 6. Lvl 90

Tier 6 Talents Beast Mastery Hunter

  • Stomp. When your Dire Beast attacks the enemy, the closest enemies also receive medium physical damage.
  • Barrage. Costs 60 Focus. Over 3 secs, you are going to shoot all your enemies in front of you dealing them major physical damage. Ca be used on the go. CD 20 secs.
  • Stampede. Allows you to summon a pack of beasts that damage your enemies for 12 secs.

*Stomp – is the strongest talent in the tier,granting good single target and AOE.It is used by default although it is optional to take  Barrage or Stampede that also deal good AOE damage but then keep in mind you will lose single target damage.

Tier 7. Lvl 100

Tier 7 Talents Beast Mastery Hunter

*Aspect of the beast would be the optional choice. It works passively and grants better benefits than other talents in this tier. de a very powerful AoE burst, but in any other situation is proves weaker than the other two talents.

The standard build looks like this:

  1. Killer instinct
  2. Chimaera Shot
  3. Natural mending
  4. A murder of crows
  5. Posthaste
  6. Stomp
  7. Aspect of the beast

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Azerite traits

BfA introduced a new trait system. Now helmet, shoulders and chest are special items with traits  improved by azerite.

Beast mastery has only a few top traits you need to obtain:

Primal instincts this is the best class trait for BM granting great additional bursting damage. You need to collect as more as you can of those.

Dire consequences – also quite good trait for additional damage but it is worth to collect only one of such trait because the maximum increase you get only with the first trait like that

Feeding frenzy – as previously it is worth to collect only one of such trait

Haze of rage– quite good trait that grants additional agility when using Bestial wrath .

Rapid Reload – is a must have trait at any AoE or Cleave encounter. King of the mythic+.

The rest of the class traits are not that good to collect. You need to obtain a lot of Primal instincts. Also there is a good raiding trait Treacherous covenant that grants agility. It could be even better than Primal instincts in some situations. You can use chart on herodamage.com if you don’t know what would be the best option  or go on raidbots.com to see the best stats for your character.

Apart from major traits there are also minor traits which increase stats a little bit or some damage.

The best minor trait for Survival is Overwhelming power – when it procs it grants haste which is your primary stat. Another good trait is Gutripper for its increased chance for execution proc. It is useful on mythic bosses where the most difficult fights are the last phases.

Stats for AzeritePowerWeights:

( AzeritePowerWeights:1:"herodamage.com - Stacks_1T_T23":3:253: 366=10, 367=7.87, 562=7.78, 193=7.13, 82=7.01, 522=6.95, 526=6.90, 518=6.65, 192=6.63, 161=6.54, 196=6.46, 501=6.36, 479=6.35, 483=6.32, 157=6.25, 478=6.22, 211=6.21, 504=6.15, 494=6.14, 488=6.14, 505=6.08, 195=5.81, 489=5.76, 495=5.76, 481=5.73, 485=5.69, 194=5.58, 521=5.56, 482=5.50, 480=5.44, 523=5.38, 492=5.33, 486=5.33, 561=5.18, 30=5.07, 107=5.06, 498=4.83, 156=4.80, 500=4.61, 493=4.30, 487=4.30, 31=4.17, 22=4.06, 21=4.06, 459=4.02, 499=3.95, 560=3.75, 541=3.67, 18=3.61, 461=3.57, 462=3.52, 491=3.41, 497=3.41, 496=3.20, 490=3.20, 369=2.21 )

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Rotation

  1. Battle potion of agility
  2. Aspect of the wild
  3. Bestial wrath
  4. Barbed shot
  5. Kill command
  6. A murder of crows
  7. Chimera shot
  8. Cobra shot
  9. Kill command
  10. When Frenzy on your pet is not active anymore, use Barbed shot refreshing the buff
  11. Cobra shot
  12. Kill command
  13. Follow the rotation

If you have Primal instincts trait use 1 stack of  Barbed shot  before Aspect of the wild

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Stats

The basic priority rating for the characteristics is as follows:

Crit>Mastery ~ Haste~ Versatility

Remember – all the stats of Beast Mastery are very close in value and depend from your current gear and azerite traits a lot. Check your character’s stats on raidbots.com in Stat weights tab. You can also use Pawn addon to import the information from the site into the game.

The current specialization’s Mastery increases the damage dealt by the pets.

Haste reduces the restoring time for such abilities of yours as Kill Command, Dire Beast, Barbed shot and Chimaera Shot; induces Focus regeneration, reduces GCD and allows you to trigger automatic shots and pet attacks more often.

It is recommended, once you receive new equipment, you use Simcraft or Raidbots.com. There is no way to get a more precise answer to which stat to focus on first, but through a simulation.

Based on the aforementioned characteristics and results of your character’s own simulation results, you can draw conclusions on Gems, Chants and Raid Chemicals.

 

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Macros

Counter Shot with a modifier, with the Shift key held, the ability is applied on a remembered target, without – on the current one.

/stopcasting
/cast [mod:shift,@focus][]Counter Shot

 

Aspect of the Turtle and Feign Death with stopcasting:

/stopcasting
/cast Feign Death

 

or

/stopcasting
/cast Aspect of the Turtle

 

Cancel Aspect of the Turtle – you can’t always be in it because you can’t attack while it’s active.

/cancelaura Aspect of the Turtle

 

Trap macros. There are two convenient options: you can set your macros to place a trap under your character or at your cursor’s position. Here are the respective examples:

/cast [@player] Freezing Trap

or

/cast [@cursor] Freezing Trap

 

It is also recommended to have macro for all your offensive abilities that will also force your pet to attack your target:

#showtooltip Kill Command
/petattack
/cast Kill Command

 

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What’s next?

 

  1. Leveling. If your character has been inactive since the previous expansions, the best  option to level up it is by Timewalking dungeons. You will gain a lot of experience, but there is one big disadvantage of leveling this way. Timewalks are available only for one week during a month, but Overgear is always here.
  2. Equipment. At high level, the most important thing for you will become your gear. WoW is a multiplayer game, that’s why we recommend for you to play it with your friends, or to find a new friends for mythic+ runs. If you have any trouble with it – Overgear may help you to find not just friends for a run, but a complete well geared and experienced group that also will be glad to trade all the loot you need.
  3. Raids. Raids are the top-tier PvE content in the game. That’s why the equipment’s base ilvl is higher than anywhere else. These dungeons require knowing all the tactics and have a good gear to kill the bosses. The possibilities of Overgear might let you skip those criteria.

Azerite. It is also not the best idea to forget about the Heart of Azeroth and not to feed it with more Azerite. Ignoring this won’t make your character stronger. The easiest way to do it – just complete all the world quests with Azerite rewards everyday. You can get extra azerite from Island Expeditions. Companions can be found at Overgear.