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World of Warcraft Classes Hunter «Beast Mastery»

Beast Mastery Hunter PvE Guide (WoW Legion 7.3.5)

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;
  • Can resurrect allies.

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.

* Way of the Cobra is your best pick for single target or from time to time cleave.
Dire Stable becomes your AoE choice whenever you need to maintain Beast Cleave which demands significant Focus funds. This talent allows you to have Focus for both maintaining the effect but also to pay for Kill Command.
Big Game Hunter lose over the whole combat to the other two talents in any situation.

Tier 2. Lvl 30.

  • Stomp. When your Dire Beast attacks the enemy, the closest enemies also receive medium physical damage.
  • Dire Frenzy. Replaces Dire Beast. Has 2 charges and generates 24 Focus within 8 secs. Using the ability empowers your pet thus increasing the speed of attack by 30% for 8 secs and allows you to run a powerful attack on your target. The effect can be added up, up to 3 times.
  • 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.

* Stomp is your default choice.
Dire Frenzy can be better if you have a lot of Mastery.
Chimaera Shot is an inefficient talent in any situation.

Tier 3. Lvl 45.

  • Posthaste. Disengage now cancels any movement-impairing effects and increases your moving speed by 60% for 5 secs.
  • Farstrider. Your abilities’ critical strikes can instantly finish the restoring time of your Disengage.
  • Trailblazer. If you do not attack for 3 secs, your moving speed grows by 30%.

* The choice is up to you, but the default option is usually Posthaste.

Tier 4. Lvl 60.

* One with the Pack becomes the best choise with active Stomp. This talent should never be used with Dire Frenzy. Efficiency of this talent is growing with your Crit raiting.
Bestial Fury is used together only with Dire Frenzy.
If your top objective is AoE damage, then pick Blink Strikes as it significantly increases the share of damage during Beast Cleave. For burst AoE, Bestial Fury is still your best option.

Tier 5. Lvl 75.

  • Binding Shot. Allows you to select an area within the 30-m range in which you want to send a magical arrow with a 10-sec action and 5-m action range. All the enemies that get into that area get bound to that arrow. Once they try to go farther than 5 m of that arrow, they get stunned for 5 secs.
  • Wyvern Sting. Allows you to paralyze your target for 30 secs, has a 1.5-sec cast and can be used on the go.
  • Intimidation. Allows your pet to stun your target for 5 secs. CD 1 min.

* This tier is completely responsible for control and has no effect on your DPS. You are free to pick whatever you like so just adapt to encounters and pick the talent that would fit your situation best.

Tier 6. Lvl 90.

  • A Murder of Crows. Summon a flock of crows that attacks your target for 15 secs. If the target dies while under this effect, the ability’s restoring time ends instantly. CD 1 min.
  • 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.
  • Volley. You activate a constant aura that allows your automatic shots spend 3 Focus thus hitting a target and the enemies that are close to it and deal them minor physical damage. Restoring time 1.5 secs, active until cancelled.

* A Murder of Crows is the best talent to combat 1 to 3 enemies.
Starting with 4 enemies, Volley is the best pick.
Barrage can be more AoE-effective than Volley only in case your enemies are distributed unevenly, and Volley can’t damage all of them at once.

Tier 7. Lvl 100.

  • Stampede. Allows you to summon a pack of beasts that damage your enemies for 12 secs.
  • Killer Cobra. During active Bestial Wrath your Cobra Shot instantly finishes the restoring time of Kill Command.
  • Aspect of the Beast. Kill Command applies an additional effect depending on the type of the pet you’ve summoned:
    Ferocity. Your pet deals minor physical damage over 6 secs.
    Tenacity. Over 6 secs, your pet receives 30% less damage.
    Cunning. The target’s moving speed is cut by 50% for 4 secs.

Killer Cobra is a default choise for Dire Frenzy. Also it well combined with Roar of the Seven Lions.
Aspect of the Beast with Qa’pla, Eredun War Order is a great combo as well. Difference between this two combos is minimal. Simulations can always help you to choose the right one for your character.
Stampede can provide a very powerful AoE burst, but in any other situation is proves weaker than the other two talents.

So, we have several builds:

Stomp build:

  1. Way of the CobraDire Stable for AoE cleave
  2. Stomp
  3. Posthaste
  4. One with the Pack
  5. Binding Shot
  6. A Murder of Crows / Volley for AoE
  7. Killer CobraAspect of the Beast (depends on your character state – simulate this one for your own character)

Dire Frenzy build:

  1. Way of the CobraDire Stable for AoE cleave
  2. Dire Frenzy
  3. Posthaste
  4. Bestial Fury for single target / One with the Pack foer celave and AoE
  5. Binding Shot
  6. A Murder of Crows / Volley for AoE
  7. Killer Cobra default / Aspect of the Beast AoE focused

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Artifact

Unlike talents, in the weapons branch there is no choice of what you can and what you can’t take. With the current Artifact Knowledge, the order of artifact acquisition is insignificant as to open all the traits, you only need to earn 2.23 billion artifact power which is extremely easy to do just over the first few minutes after you’ve reached level 110.

Relics

Beast Mastery Hunter uses 1 Storm relic, 1 Arcane and 1 Iron.

Most traits are quite valuable related to weapon ilvl. For that matter there are 2 lists, one for each of the relevant builds according to the relic value and weapon ilvl equivalent:

Stomp build:

Trait Killer Cobra 4T20 + 2T21 Aspect of the Beast 2T20 + 4T21
Jasws of thunder 1) 8.4 2) 6.8
Pack leader 2) 6.6 4) 5.1
Unleash the beast 3) 6.1 3) 5.5
Slithering Serpents 4) 5.1 1) 7.5
Spitting Cobras 5) 2.8 5) 3.2
Wilderness expert 6) 2.3 6) 2.1

 

Dire Frenzy build:

  1. Jasws of thunder 9.3
  2. Slithering Serpents 8.3
  3. Pack leader 7.4
  4. Unleash the beast 6.9
  5. Wilderness expert 5.9
  6. Spitting Cobras 3

If you face situations where you’re not sure, we recommend you use the raidbots.com web-site which has a convenient interface for figuring out if it’s worth replacing Relic A with Relic B.

 

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Netherlight Crucible

Tier 1 of any relic allows you to increase your weapon’s ilvl by 5 points.

Tier 2. Here you face your first crucial choice between Light and Dark. The traits on this tier give more DPS than those on Tier 3. The general principle here is to pick out the way of the largest sum of the traits on the two Tiers:

Stomp build:

Trait Killer Cobra 4T20 + 2T21 Aspect of the Beast 2T20 + 4T21
Torment the weak 1) 9 1) 9.8
Shocklight 2) 8.8 5) 8.5
Infusion of the light 3) 8.4 3) 9
Secure in the light 4) 8.4 2) 9.2
Shadowbind 5) 8.4 4) 8.9
Light speed 6) 8.2 8) 7.6
Chaotic Darkness 7) 7.6 7) 7.8
Master of shadows 8) 7.5 6) 8.2
Murderous intent 9) 7.1 9) 7.1
Dark sorrows 10) 4 10) 4.1

 

Dire Frenzy build:

  1. Torment the weak 9.8
  2. Secure in the light 9.1
  3. Infusion of the lightShadowbind 9
  4. Master of shadows 8.4
  5. Murderous intent 8.2
  6. Chaotic Darkness 7.8
  7. Shocklight 7.5
  8. Light speed 6.8
  9. Dark sorrows 4.1

Tier 3. Same as relics raiting.

If you are using CrucibleWeight you can import this string into the game:

Dire Frenzy build:

cruweight^128861^ilvl^1^252799^8.03^252922^4.31^197038^7.52 6:6.89 7:6.13^252875^9.25^197080^8.13 6:7.93 7:8.13^252888^8.33^252091^9.29^197140^3.08 6:4.76 7:3.86^252906^9.99^197162^10.3 6:10.66 7:10.36^206910^7.34 6:7.64 7:7.57^238051^8.01 6:8.24 7:7.76^252088^8.26^252191^8.62^253070^8.85^253093^9.6^end

 

Stomp with Killer Cobra 4T20 + 4T21:

cruweight^128861^ilvl^1^252799^8.36^252922^3.44^197038^2.24 6:2.01 7:1.51^252875^7.62^197080^6.44 6:6.68 7:6.14^252888^7.16^252091^7.19^197140^2.99 6:3.91 7:3.06^252906^8.43^197162^8.52 6:8.33 7:8.47^206910^5.55 6:5.83 7:5.95^238051^5.04 6:4.3 7:4.8^252088^7.7^252191^6.9^253070^7.9^253093^7.96^end

 

Stomp with Aspect of the Beast 2T20 + 4T21:

cruweight^128861^ilvl^1^252799^8.46^252922^4.09^197038^2.1 6:2.29 7:2.23^252875^8.93^197080^5.1 6:5.68 7:5.34^252888^7.84^252091^8.19^197140^3.17 6:4.32 7:3.23^252906^9.79^197162^6.83 6:7.1 7:6.82^206910^5.48 6:5.95 7:5.65^238051^7.54 6:6.24 7:7.02^252088^7.62^252191^7.09^253070^9.22^253093^9.01^end

 

4T21 with Parel’s Tongue + Qa’pla, Eredun War Order:

cruweight^128861^ilvl^1^252799^10.3^252922^4.19^197038^4.19 6:4.13 7:3.31^252875^8.65^197080^5.94 6:5.93 7:5.97^252888^8.02^252091^9.13^197140^2.89 6:4.74 7:2.79^252906^9.58^197162^7.58 6:7.61 7:7.82^206910^6.7 6:6.1 7:6.59^238051^7.78 6:6.57 7:7.81^252088^9.34^252191^8.36^253070^8.65^253093^8.92^end

 

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Legendaries

A Beast Mastery Hunter has access to the total of 14 Legendaries.

The Shadow Hunter’s Voodoo Mask instantly restores 20% of your Health once Feign Death is used, and 5% per sec for 10 secs, if you remain in that condition.

Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus gives you an absorb once every 30 secs. The absorb covers 25% of your max HP; plus, it has multiple secondary stats and a socket. A good one for exploring new bosses.

The Mantle of Command makes your Dire Beast increase the damage dealt by your pets by 5% for 8 secs.

Parsel’s Tongue makes your Cobra Shot increase damage dealing to both you and your pets by 1%, and your self-healing – by 2%. Active time – 8 secs; stacks up, up to 4 times.

Call of the Wild reduces the restoring time for all your Aspects by 35%.

Vigilance Perch is good for a fresh character as long as you’re willing to lay out the gold and the resources for the craft part. It’s replaced instantly once any other Legendary comes along.

Roar of the Seven Lions makes your Bestial Wrath reduce Focus spending on all your abilities by 15%.

Roots of Shaladrassil restores you 3% of your max HP per sec while you’re not moving from your spot. This one is quite weak in terms of both survival and DPS.

Qa’pla, Eredun War Order helps your Dire Beast reduce the restoring time for your Kill Command by 3 secs.

Sephuz’s Secret gives you, passively, 2% Haste and 10% moving speed. The proc that is activated with your dispels, stuns and paralysis increases Haste by additional 25%, and the moving speed – by 70%. As weird as it may sound, this is one of the best single target Legendaries, even if you don’t have the opportunity to trigger its proc regularly.

The Apex Predator’s Claw grants your pet passive abilities of all the specializations, and makes it deal 5% more damage.

Soul of the Huntmaster gives you the talent Bestial Fury for free.

Kil’jaeden’s Burning Wish has a huge number of stats and an opportunity to deal massive burst damage once every 1.15 min.

Insignia of the Grand Army increases the efficacy of the Netherlight Crucible’s second Tier by 50%. Even with strongest traits of Netherlight Crucible it’s an average legendary.

The best Legendaries are:

With Stomp:

Sephuz’s SecretQa’pla, Eredun War OrderParel’s Tongue.

With Dire Frenzy:

Roar of the Seven Lions + Parel’s Tongue.

* Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opuscan become a very interesting Legendary in boss exploration. Its DPS bonus is approximately the same as Sephuz’s Secret.
Also keep in mind that, in many cases, it is more beneficial to combine different sets like, say, 2t20 and 4t21, so you won’t be able to wear Legendaries in those slots.

If you do possess various Legendaries that are not on the list of the best ones and you want to figure out which one would be best for you, it is recommended you use Simcraft.

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Rotation

 

 

 

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Stats

The basic priority rating for the characteristics is as follows:

Stomp build:

Crit > Haste > Mastery > Versatility > Agility

Dire Frenzy build:

Mastery > Haste > Crit > Versatility > Agility

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, Dire Frenzy 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.

  1. Gems:
  1. Chants:
  1. Food:
  1. Flasks and Potions:

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Set bonuses

t19:

  • 2 pieces: When using the ability Bestial Wrath, the damage dealt by all the Dire Beasts you’ve summoned by that point grows by 50% for 15 secs.
  • 4 pieces: The ability Dire Beast cuts the remaining restoring time of your Bestial Wrath by additional 4 secs.

t20:

t21:

 

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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