Beast Mastery Hunter

Patch 8.3

Written by Meeres Last Updated: 14th Feb, 2020

Recommended Talents

Recommended Raiding Build

Pure Single Target:

Priority Damage with Cleave:

Recommended Mythic+ Build

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

Raid Bosses

Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

Killer InstinctPassive
Animal CompanionPassive
Dire BeastInstant

Killer Instinct: This Talent increases Kill Command's damage to targets below 35% health by 50%. By far the safest talent it should be picked for AoE/Cleave fights.

Animal Companion: This will summon an additional pet from your stable. This talent reduces the damage done by your main pet by 40%. The second pet will use auto-attacks and Kill Command (it will not beast cleave). This Talent is competitive with Killer Instinct and the best choice for pure single target fights.

Dire Beast: On a 20 second cooldown for 25 focus this ability will summon a pet to attack the target for 8 seconds giving you 5% haste during its duration. This talent is not that bad but not worth using because the talents Killer Instinct/Animal Companion are just superior.

Tier 2 (30)

Scent of BloodPassive
One with the PackPassive
Chimaera ShotInstant

Scent of Blood: With this talent your Barbed Shot will now generate 8 additional focus over its duration from 20 focus to 28. BM hunter doesn't have focus problems, so this talent is never worth it.

One with the Pack: This Talent will increase the chance of a Wild Call proc (resetting the cooldown of Barbed Shot) from 20% to 40%. The best Talent by far when you are going for the Dance of Death Build, which is recommended as a BM Hunter right now.

Chimaera Shot: On a 15 second cooldown with no focus cost, this ability will deal damage up to 2 targets generating 10 focus per target hit. This Talent should be picked if you are not going for the Dance of Death Build.

Tier 3 (45)

TrailblazerPassive
Natural MendingPassive
CamouflageInstant

Trailblazer: After 3 seconds of not attacking this Talent increases your movement speed by 30%. This Talent can be useful 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 20 focus you spend this Talent reduces the cooldown of your Exhilaration by 1 second. This is very useful in Raid and M+ and should be picked almost all the time.

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, for example in Freehold for the dog event, when your group is playing without a rogue.

Tier 4 (60)

Venomous BitePassive
Thrill of the HuntPassive
A Murder of CrowsInstant

Venomous Bite: Every Cobra Shot will reduce the cooldown of Bestial Wrath by 1 second. Resulting in a reduction of around 7-8 seconds because the effective cooldown of Bestial Wrath is already around 35 seconds. This talent is just not good compared to A Murder of Crows.

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. Should be your default Talent in this Tier.

A Murder of Crows: On a 1 minute cooldown this ability applies a 15 second DoT to the target, if your target dies while having this DoT up the cooldown will be reset.

Tier 5 (75)

Born To Be WildPassive
PosthastePassive
Binding ShotInstant

Born to be Wild: This talent reduces the cooldown of your Aspect of the Turtle and Aspect of the Cheetah by 20%. Making them both 2 minutes and 24 seconds.

Posthaste: After using Disengage you will gain 50% increased movement speed for 4 seconds. This should be your default choice if you don't need the root from Binding Shot in M+.

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 center of the arrow they will be rooted for 5 seconds. This talent can be good in M+ if you need to kite.

Tier 6 (90)

StompPassive
BarrageChanneled
StampedeInstant

Stomp: With this talent 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: On a 20 seconds cooldown and for a cost of 60 focus you're able to deal AoE damage to all targets in a cone in front of you. This ability has a 3 second channeling time. This talent is not worth picking at the moment.

Stampede: On a 3 minutes cooldown you're 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 (100)

Aspect of the BeastPassive
Killer CobraPassive
Spitting CobraInstant

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.
The strongest Single Target Talent with the current Dance of Death Build, but loses a lot of value on Cleave/AoE fights.

Spitting Cobra: On a 1.5 minutes cooldown you're able to summon a ranged cobra for 20 seconds that deals damage to the target and generates 2 focus per second for you. Spitting Cobra is sadly not as good as the other two talents and should never be picked.