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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 27, 2016 at 10:10 by Azortharion 196 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Beast Mastery Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Beast Mastery Hunter in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Vanguard. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Class Overview

Beast Mastery has decent single-target and extremely strong AoE which makes it particularly powerful for Mythic+ dungeon content. It is also a respectable raid spec, but it is considered to be mechanically worse for most encounters in Emerald Nightmare than Marksmanship.

2. What Has Changed?

Beast Mastery in Legion has been completely redesigned, retaining only a few abilities from its Warlords of Draenor incarnation. The spec is centered around summoning a variety of beasts to deal damage for you. Finally, the Beast Mastery spec no longer manually generate Focus, but it passively generates Focus at an increased rate from Warlords of Draenor, at 10 Focus per second.

3. Strengths

  • Very high AoE damage
  • Strong burst damage
  • Unlimited mobility

4. Weaknesses

  • Cannot deal well with spread-out targets
  • Single-target DPS outside cooldowns is fairly weak

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Beast Mastery is considered to be worse than Marksmanship for raiding in Emerald Nightmare. It is, with the right amount of traits (13 traits and up, especially to 18), better for mostly AoE-heavy Mythic+ content due to its high AoE damage and consistency. It is also generally considered a better spec for outdoor world content (such as world quests). Thus it is recommended for serious raiders to put about 13 or 18 traits into the Beast Mastery artifact, before focusing on getting the Marksmanship artifact leveled up. You can perform these steps in any order.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 27 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 11 Nov. 2016 (simulations page): Added food sims.
  • 11 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims. Aran's Relaxing Ruby buff.
  • 08 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Changed potion in opener.
  • 06 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Added note to cast Titan's Thunder right after Dire Beast where possible.
  • 06 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Removed talent table at the beginning of the page.
  • 29 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 26 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated Beast Mastery potion recommendation to Prolonged Power.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.
    • Updated Posthaste's duration. Was changed in Patch 7.1 to be 5 seconds (down from 8).
    • Trailblazer replaces Dash.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (simulations page): Updated all sims and introduced a potion sim.
  • 18 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated legendary rankings.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Ordered statistics explanation in order of priority because OCD.
  • 12 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 09 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Added some notes to clarify frequently asked questions.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Fixed a small typo.
  • 07 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims. Added Unstable Arcanocrystal.
  • 30 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added a few clarifications about Bloodthirsty Instinct and Naraxas' Spiked Tongue.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added Emerald Nightmare trinkets.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Added note about Stampede vs Killer Cobra for Mythic+.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated some talent choice explanations.
  • 16 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Expanded on Surge of the Stormgod AoE rotation note.
  • 16 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added Fishbrul Special food.
  • 13 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added the Tempered Egg of Serpentrix and multi-target trinket simulations.
  • 10 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Applied the DB/KC shift to Multi-Target as well. Added note about rotational changes with Surge of the Stormgod.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Trinket Sim Update.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Revisited stat weights (new methodology), update your Pawn strings!
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Changed enchant recommendation, Saber's Eye of Agility is worth using (~200 DPS difference).
  • 07 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Swapped Kill Command / Multi Shot and Dire Beast lines in the opener.
  • 07 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Added Titan's Thunder to rotation.
  • 06 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Gave more detailed explanations on the trinket sim results.
  • 06 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated Bestial Fury vs Blink Strikes discussion.
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (simulations page): Rewrote explanations for Artifact traits.
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Clarified Volley explanations to make it more explicit that it is to be used at all times, even on a single target.
  • 03 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Removed note on Touch of the Void, as it was hotfixed.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added note on Touch of the Void.
  • 01 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Made Masterful Shadowruby the gem of choice for all sockets.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (simulations page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion expansion.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent simulations and recommendations to reflect kill times in HFC and methodology updates with the simulations.
  • 06 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priorities to take AoE into account, as well as using different talents as a base. This punishes Haste a lot.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Changed enchants, gems, and consumables to Mastery, following a tweak in the stat priority.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority to reflect kill times in Legion more accurately.
  • 28 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Very slight opener adjustment.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Removed Barrage from rotation to avoid confusion, added note about Crows in Cooldown section.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Added talent simulations, changed some stuff for tier 1 talents.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Added simulation results for Level 30 talents.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added Opener Sequence section.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added opener.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Gave more explanations as to why some talents are not currently viable.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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