Beast Mastery Hunter

Patch 9.0

Written by Huntoper Last Updated: 20th Nov, 2020

Some content in this guide is based on beta or early data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.

Covenants

The best build for both single target and AoE/Cleave:

Covenants

Kyrian:

Resonating Arrow on 1-minute cooldown deals damage at the target location for 10 seconds and applying debuff on all targets within the area. The effect causes your attacks to ignore line of sight and increases critical strike chance against them. Thanks to line of sight this is a perfect choice for PvP. 

Night Fae:

Wild Spirits on 2 minutes cooldown dealing damage at the target location to all enemies and applying Hunter’s Mark for 15 seconds to them(Hunter’s Mark does nothing). While it’s active each damaging ability including a pet against a target in the area deals some damage up to 5 nearby targets. This is a very good AoE burst cooldown.

Venthyr:

Flayed Shot on 30 seconds cooldown fires a bleed on target for 14 seconds. Each time Flayed Shot deals damage it has a 10% chance of causing the next Kill Shot to be free and usable on any target regardless of its health. Damage of it is too small making it the worst covenant at the moment.

Necrolord:

Death Chakram on 45 seconds cooldown throws chakram at current target dealing damage 7 times bouncing to other targets if they are nearby. Each time it deals damage its damage is increased by 15% and generates 3 focus. Damage and focus generation is too low to be a viable choice.

Soulbinds and Conduits

Soulbinds

Kyrian

The only choice here is Pelagos with his Combat Meditation.

Night Fae

All 3 soulbinds are decent, but the best one is Dreamweaver thanks to Field of Blossoms that gives a lot of haste to make more value from Wild Spirits.

Venthyr

Nadjia the Mistblade is best soulbind here with her Thrill Seeker which gives a very high haste burst.

Necrolord

Plague Deviser Marileth grants some stats for using Fleshcraft next to corpses thanks to Volatile Solvent. The other option is Emeni granting 5% main stat and 2% to nearby allies after using Death Chakram for 10 seconds, also 5% more for each ally affected by it up to 15%.

Conduits

There are 3 types of Conduits: Potency, Endurance and Finesse.

Each covenant has its unique conduit: Enfeebled Mark (Kyrian), Necrotic Barrage (Necrolord), Spirit Attunement (Night Fae), Empowered Release (Venthyr).

Potency

Ferocious Appetite - Kill Command’s critical hits reduce the cooldown of Aspect of the Wild by 2.2 seconds (rank 7). Not worth picking because Aspect of the Wild is not a good cooldown.

One With the Beast - Bestial Wrath increases all damage including pets by an additional 4% (rank 7). Second best conduit for single target.

Bloodletting - Barbed Shot’s recharge is reduced by 1 second and its damage is increased by 8% (rank 7). One of the best conduits to pick for every scenario, helps maintain Frenzy stacks and adds little extra damage.

Echoing Call - Wild Call has an 8% (rank 7) increased chance to reset the cooldown of Barbed Shot. Great conduit to help maintain Frenzy stacks but also synergizes with Stomp talent because of more Barbed Shot procs.

Endurance

Harmony of the Tortollan - Reduces Aspect of the Turtle cooldown by 19 seconds (rank 7). Combined with Born To Be Wild is a good option if in the fight immunity is useful.

Markman’s Advantage - Hunter’s Mark decreases damage taken from that target by 6% (rank 7). Hunter’s Mark is finally useful with this conduit, it’s the best choice here because flat damage reduction is permanent. Only works if used on a target which is in combat at the moment.

Rejuvenating Wind - Exhilaration heals additional 17.5% (rank 7) of maximum health over 8 seconds. Worth picking If the fight needs more healing than damage reduction.

Resilience of the Hunter - After ending Feign Death grants 7.8% (rank 7) damage reduction for 8 seconds. Really good conduit for incoming damage.

Finesse

Ambuscade – Reduces the cooldown on Disengage.

Cheetah’s Vigor – Extends the bonus movements speed from Aspect of the Cheetah by 3 seconds.

Reversal of Fortune – Interrupting an enemy with Counter Shot grants you 5 focus.

Tactical Retreat - Disengage slows nearby enemy movement for 3 seconds.

The Finesse traits are not useful unless you have a very specific need for more movement speed. Better to take an Endurance trait.

Legendaries

Soulforge Embers - Using Flare into Tar Trap dots up to 5 targets currently best legendary for every scenario. Positioning of Tar Trap is very important. Can use a second Flare into the same Tar Trap.

Rylakstalker’s Piercing Fangs - During Bestial Wrath, the pet's critical damage is increased by 20%. Second best legendary for single target, Soulforge Embers performs better in other scenarios. Scales well with critical strike.