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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Pet Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Sep 20, 2016 at 19:12 by Azortharion 133 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Beast Mastery Hunters in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

The other pages of our Beast Mastery Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Big Game Hunter Big Game Hunter Way of the Cobra ? Way of the Cobra Dire Stable Dire Stable
30 Stomp Stomp Dire Frenzy Dire Frenzy Chimaera Shot Chimaera Shot
45 Posthaste Posthaste Farstrider Farstrider Dash Dash
60 One with the Pack One with the Pack Bestial Fury Bestial Fury Blink Strikes ? Blink Strikes
75 Binding Shot Binding Shot Wyvern Sting ? Wyvern Sting Intimidation ? Intimidation
90 A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows Barrage ? Barrage Volley Volley
100 Stampede Stampede Killer Cobra Killer Cobra Aspect of the Beast Aspect of the Beast

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

2.1. For Mythic+ Use

This build is an excellent starting point for questing, dungeons, or general purpose usage, but particularly Mythic+ content.

The choice between Stampede and Killer Cobra will usually depend on whether you want to prioritize AoE burst damage on trash packs (Stampede), or single-target damage on smaller packs and bosses.

2.2. For Raid Encounters

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Big Game Hunter Big Game Hunter Way of the Cobra ? Way of the Cobra Dire Stable Dire Stable

Tier 1 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your DPS.

  • Big Game Hunter Icon Big Game Hunter causes your auto shot and Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot abilities to have a 50% increased critical strike chance on targets that are above 80% health.
  • Way of the Cobra Icon Way of the Cobra causes your Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot to deal 8% increased damage for each pet or guardian you have active. This includes your main pet, Dire Beast(s), and your artifact pet.
  • Dire Stable Icon Dire Stable causes your Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast ability to generate an additional 12 Focus over its duration, so that it generates 24 Focus over its duration instead of the standard 12.

The choices in this tier are nearly indistinguishable. Dire Stable Icon Dire Stable is generally better for Mythic+ dungeons, while Way of the Cobra Icon Way of the Cobra is better for pure single-target raid encounters, of which there are very few. The best default choice is Dire Stable, since the difference is extremely small between all the three choices, and because any amount of sustained cleave will push it ahead of Way of the Cobra.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Stomp Stomp Dire Frenzy Dire Frenzy Chimaera Shot Chimaera Shot

Tier 2 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your DPS.

  • Stomp Icon Stomp causes your Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast to do high AoE damage when they are first summoned.
  • Dire Frenzy Icon Dire Frenzy is an active ability that replaces Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast. It causes your pet to rapidly deal high Physical damage over 5 attacks, and gives your pet a buff that increases its attack speed by 30% for 8 seconds. This buff may stack up to 3 times.
  • Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot is an active ability that deals high damage on a 9-second cooldown which is reduced by Haste. It can hit up to 2 targets that are close to each other, and it generates 10 Focus for each target hit.

Stomp Icon Stomp should be the default choice for all situations in this tier, since it provides the highest single-target and multi-target damage in a single talent. Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot is a lackluster choice for all situations, even when it can only hit 2 targets where it should be the most effective.

Dire Frenzy Icon Dire Frenzy is not a desirable talent and should not be taken in any situation, as it only directly improves your single-target damage, and does very low damage on top of that.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Posthaste Posthaste Farstrider Farstrider Dash Dash

Tier 3 talents offer you a choice between 3 means of improving your mobility.

  • Posthaste Icon Posthaste causes Disengage Icon Disengage to free you from all movement-impairing effects and boost your movement speed by 60% for 8 seconds.
  • Farstrider Icon Farstrider causes your damaging ability critical strikes to have a 10% chance to reset the cooldown of Disengage Icon Disengage.
  • Dash Icon Dash increases the duration of Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah by 3 seconds, increasing the total duration to 15 seconds.

Your default choice should be Posthaste Icon Posthaste, as it will make you much better at covering long distances on a regular basis. You can use Farstrider Icon Farstrider if you never have to move more than the distance a single Posthaste Icon Posthaste will take you. Dash Icon Dash is never worth using, it just does not provide enough of a movement benefit on average to be worth it.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

One with the Pack One with the Pack Bestial Fury Bestial Fury Blink Strikes ? Blink Strikes

Tier 4 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your DPS.

  • One with the Pack Icon One with the Pack increases the chance for your Wild Call Icon Wild Call passive ability to reset the cooldown on Dire Beast. By default, Wild Call Icon Wild Call grants your auto shot critical strikes a 20% chance to reset the cooldown on Dire Beast. This talent increases the chance for this to happen to 35%.
  • Bestial Fury Icon Bestial Fury increases the damage bonus of Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath by an additional 15%%, to make it 35%%.
  • Blink Strikes Icon Blink Strikes grants your pet a passive ability, causing its Basic Attacks to deal 50% increased damage. Moreover, when Blink Strikes is taken, the pet uses its Basic Attacks from up to 30 yards away (with a minimum range of 10 yards) from the target, instantly teleporting behind the target. The teleportation effect has a 20-second internal cooldown.

Currently, we recommend using Bestial Fury Icon Bestial Fury for most situations, while Blink Strikes Icon Blink Strikes pulls ahead for sustained multi-target scenarios where it will buff Beast Cleave through increasing Basic Attack damage. You should only really choose Blink Strikes for sustained cleave which is not as common as bursty cleave in Mythic+ scenarios.

One with the Pack Icon One with the Pack is undesirable because the chance of getting resets is extremely low already. The return on investment for this talent is just so insignificant, making it the worst choice for all situations.

Blink Strikes Icon Blink Strikes is a poor choice for almost all realistic raiding scenarios. The ability for your pet to blink behind targets is rarely useful, but for sustained AoE scenarios on 3+ targets in particular, this talent does quite well.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Binding Shot Binding Shot Wyvern Sting ? Wyvern Sting Intimidation ? Intimidation

Tier 5 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that provide you crowd control and utility.

  • Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot fires an arrow at a targeted location on the ground. If an enemy comes within 5 yards of the arrow, and then steps more than 5 yards away from it again, they will be stunned for 5 seconds. This ability has a 45-second cooldown.
  • Wyvern Sting Icon Wyvern Sting puts the target to sleep for 30 seconds. The ability has a 45-second cooldown. Any damage done to the target will break the effect.
  • Intimidation Icon Intimidation commands your pet to stun the target for 3 seconds, with a 1-minute cooldown.

While none of these talents will have any effect on your DPS, Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot can bring some raid utility, as it can be used as a reliable stun for fights with adds. It can also be used as an interrupt, since placing it so that the add is at the edge of the targeted area will instantly stun it, regardless of whether or not it moves.

You should choose the talent that best suits your situation, but Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot should generally be your default choice.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows Barrage ? Barrage Volley Volley

Tier 6 talents offer you a choice between 3 active abilities that increase your DPS in different ways.

  • A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows summons a flock of crows to attack your target for 15 seconds, with a 1-minute cooldown. If the target dies while under attack, the cooldown of A Murder of Crows is reset. It costs 30 Focus.
  • Barrage Icon Barrage is a channeled spell that fires a barrage of shots at the main target, dealing high damage over 3 seconds (a total of 16 shots in quick succession), while also dealing half damage to all other enemy targets in a cone in front you (a total of 8 shots in quick succession to each target). It does not hit targets that are invisible or in stealth.
  • Volley Icon Volley is an activated ability that causes your auto shots to also launch a volley of shots that deal moderate Physical damage to your target, and all other targets within 8 yards. While Volley is active, it will drain 3 Focus per autoattack (about 1 focus per second on average).

A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows is currently the best talent in this tier for 1-3 target situations. It does extremely high damage for a low cost of focus and time, because it benefits from Beast Mastery's Mastery, which increases pet damage.

For multi-target situations with more than 2 targets, you should generally pick Volley Icon Volley as it is very slightly stronger than Barrage Icon Barrage when dealing with a single target, and only gets stronger as you add more targets. Volley is only strong when the targets you are fighting are bunched up, however. As this is not always the case in Emerald Nightmare, you might want to pick Barrage Icon Barrage for when you are dealing with spread out targets. You must consider your specific situation and make the choice that will be the most beneficial to your raid.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Stampede Stampede Killer Cobra Killer Cobra Aspect of the Beast Aspect of the Beast

Tier 7 talents offer you a choice of various means of enhancing your DPS performance.

  • Stampede Icon Stampede summons a variety of beasts to charge towards your target, dealing massive damage to all enemies in their path for 12 seconds. This ability has a 3 minute cooldown.
  • Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra causes your Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath ability to always make Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot reset the cooldown of Kill Command Icon Kill Command.
  • Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast is a passive ability that enhances your Kill Command Icon Kill Command ability in different ways, depending on the spec of your current pet.
    • For Ferocity, which is your preferred pet DPS spec, it causes Kill Command Icon Kill Command to also deal moderate Physical damage to the target over 6 seconds.
    • For Tenacity, it gives your pet a 15% damage taken reduction for 6 seconds.
    • For Cunning, it reduces the target's movement speed by 50% for 4 seconds.

Stampede Icon Stampede is the best choice for any situation where you expect to be able to use it on 2 immobile targets or more, while Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra is the best choice for pure single target applications. Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast is not worth it in any situation. The choice between Killler Cobra and Stampede for Mythic+ dungeons will depend on the exact dungeon. Killer Cobra prefers dungeons with few heavy AoE segments where boss and single-target damage is important, and Stampede the opposite.

10. Pet Talents

Pets do not have talent trees. Instead, you can simply choose one of three specialisations for your pet (Ferocity, Tenacity, and Cunning). You can change your pet's specialisation at any time (while out of combat), free of cost.

Each specialisation grants your pet a few specific abilities. Currently, Ferocity provides the highest DPS in a raid environment, so it should be the default choice for Marksmanship and Beast Mastery hunters.

11. ChangeLog

  • 20 Sep. 2016: Added note about Stampede vs Killer Cobra for Mythic+.
  • 18 Sep. 2016: Updated some talent choice explanations.
  • 06 Sep. 2016: Updated Bestial Fury vs Blink Strikes discussion.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2016: Updated talent simulations and recommendations to reflect kill times in HFC and methodology updates with the simulations.
  • 21 Jul. 2016: Added talent simulations, changed some stuff for tier 1 talents.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Added simulation results for Level 30 talents.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Gave more explanations as to why some talents are not currently viable.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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