Beast Mastery Hunter talents guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 9th Aug, 2022
Huntoper Beast Mastery Hunter Author

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Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

Beast Mastery Hunter Killer Instinct TalentKiller InstinctPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Animal Companion TalentAnimal CompanionPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Dire Beast TalentDire BeastInstant

Killer Instinct: This talent increases Kill Command damage to targets below 35% health by 50%. Might be good in fights where you need more execution damage if not Animal Companion gives more damage overall.

Animal Companion: This will summon an additional pet from your first slot in the stable. This talent reduces your main pet’s damage by 40%. Your second pet is imitating the main pet. It’s the best choice in the row at the moment.

Dire Beast: Summons a pet to attack the target for 8 seconds and gives 5% over this duration. Other 2 talents are just way better than this, not even worth trying.

Tier 2 (25)

Beast Mastery Hunter Scent of Blood TalentScent of BloodPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter One with the Pack TalentOne with the PackPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Chimaera Shot TalentChimaera ShotInstant

Scent of Blood: Grants 2 charges of Barbed Shot after using Bestial Wrath. This talent helps a lot with maintaining your Frenzy stacks, which is very important. So far this is the best talent in this row since One with the Pack scales with crit and now we don’t have much secondary stats.

One with the Pack: Increases the chance of a Wild Call proc from 20% to 40%. Scales really good with crit so for now, it’s not that powerful.

Chimaera Shot: This ability will deal damage up to 2 targets generating 10 focus per target hit. This talent is good with low % crit, but Scent of Blood is better because Frenzy stacks have more value.

Tier 3 (30)

Beast Mastery Hunter Trailblazer TalentTrailblazerPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Natural Mending TalentNatural MendingPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Camouflage TalentCamouflageInstant

Trailblazer: After 3 seconds of not attacking increases your movement speed by 30%. This Talent can be useful in scenarios when you're not attacking for a long time or have a boss fight with an intermission where nothing can be attacked.

Natural Mending: Every 30 focus you spend, this Talent reduces the cooldown of your Exhilaration by 1 second. Very useful for raiding and m+.

Camouflage: On a 1-minute cooldown, this ability puts you in stealth for 1-minute healing you for 2% of your maximum health every second. Camouflage should only be picked when you need stealth, can’t be used in combat so useless in raid.

Tier 4 (35)

Beast Mastery Hunter Spitting Cobra TalentSpitting CobraPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Thrill of the Hunt TalentThrill of the HuntPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter A Murder of Crows TalentA Murder of CrowsInstant

Spitting Cobra: When Bestial Wrath ends, summon a Spitting Cobra for 15 seconds. Her damage is increased by 10% for each cobra shot used during Bestial Wrath. This talent is not good because cobra’s damage itself is too low and we can’t use enough Cobra Shots to make the damage impactful.

Thrill of the Hunt: This passive talent gives you an 8 seconds stacking buff each time you press Barbed Shot, each stack increases your Critical Strike by 3% up to 3 times. Additional crit helps to maintain Frenzy stacks.

A Murder of Crows: Applies a 15 second DoT to the target, if your target dies while having this DoT up the cooldown will be reset. Good talent if you need some burst damage, otherwise Thrill of the Hunt is better.

Tier 5 (40)

Beast Mastery Hunter Born To Be Wild TalentBorn To Be WildPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Posthaste TalentPosthastePassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Binding Shot TalentBinding ShotInstant

Born To Be Wild: Reduces the cooldown of your Aspect of the Turtle and Aspect of the Cheetah by 20%. Making them both 2 minutes and 24 seconds. Good talent if immunity is important in the fight.

Posthaste: After using Disengage you will gain 50% increased movement speed for 4 seconds. It also removes all movement impairing effects like slows or roots. Really good if Binding Shot is not needed and if there are slows/roots in the fight or you need a movement boost.

Binding Shot: On a 45 seconds cooldown you're able to place down an arrow. If an enemy comes within 5 yards of the arrow they will gain the Binding Shot debuff. When they move more than 5 yards away from the centre of the arrow they will be rooted for 8 seconds. Good choice if any kind of cc is needed for the fight, also very useful for m+ to help with kiting.

Tier 6 (45)

Beast Mastery Hunter Stomp TalentStompPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Barrage TalentBarrageChanneled
Beast Mastery Hunter Stampede TalentStampedeInstant

Stomp: Barbed Shot causes your pet to stomp, dealing AoE damage to all nearby enemies. This is by far the best talent for Single Target and consistent AoE and should be picked all the time.

Barrage: For a cost of 60 focus you're able to deal AoE damage up to 8 targets in a cone in front of you. Not worth picking at the moment because it costs too much focus.

Stampede: You are able to summon a huge amount of pets that run across to your target dealing damage to all the enemies in their path. Stampede is a fixed ability taking place where you cast it meaning enemies can be moved out of it. This talent provides huge AoE burst damage but there is no need for such a special talent at the moment so it's often not worth it.

Tier 7 (50)

Beast Mastery Hunter Aspect of the Beast TalentAspect of the BeastPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Killer Cobra TalentKiller CobraPassive
Beast Mastery Hunter Bloodshed TalentBloodshedInstant

Aspect of the Beast: Increasing the damage of your pet's basic attacks by 30% and enhances your pet's spec passive effects by 50%. Which means Leech from Ferocity is increased by 5%, maximum health from Tenacity is increased by 2.5% and Movement Speed from Cunning is increased by 4%. This is generally the best choice for M+ and Cleave Fights and helps you out in all situations.

Killer Cobra: This passive talent causes your Cobra Shot to reset the cooldown of Kill Command when Bestial Wrath is up. Loses a lot of value on Cleave/AoE fights.

Bloodshed: Applies DoT on target and increases all damage taken from the main pet by 15% for 18 seconds. Bloodshed and Killer Cobra are head to head but this one doesn't lose that much on cleave.