Beast Mastery Hunter Leveling Guide From 1 to 70 for TBC Classic
On this page, you will find our level-by-level Beast Mastery leveling guide for TBC Classic. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Hunter leveling guide. We also have an Marksmanship Hunter leveling guide and a Survival Hunter leveling guide.
Level by Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills
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Leveling Talent Tree & Build
Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.
- Levels 10 to 14 — 5 points in Improved Aspect of the Hawk
- Levels 15 & 16 — 2 points in Improved Revive Pet
- Levels 17 & 18 — 2 points in Focused Fire
- Level 19 — 1 points in Thick Hide
Improved Aspect of the Hawk is a huge damage gain when it procs, making it a solid choice for both leveling and at Level 70, regardless of spec. Improved Revive Pet is highly important for those times your pet ever dies during combat. It also helps to make it easier to cast in general. Focused Fire is just a solid damage gain. Thick Hide will reduce the damage your pet takes. Endurance Training is a mediocre alternative, but increased Max Health is worse than reducing damage taken.
- Level 20 — 1 point in Bestial Swiftness
- Levels 21 to 25 — 5 points in Unleashed Fury
- Levels 26 & 27 — 2 points in Improved Mend Pet
- Levels 28 & 29 — 2 points in Ferocity
Pathfinding will improve your travel time, which will make your life much easier until you get a mount. However, once you get a mount, you can drop these 2 points from your tree. Bestial Swiftness will improve your pet's ability to engage enemies and run to new enemies as you need it to, reducing the amount of time you need to wait before you can attack new enemies. Unleashed Fury and Ferocity are solid damage increases for your pet which will also increase its threat generation. Thanks to Mend Pet being a heal-over-time effect on your pet instead of a channeled ability, Improved Mend Pet is now incredibly valuable while leveling!
- Level 30 — 1 point in Intimidation
- Level 31 to 33 — 3 points in Ferocity
- Level 34 & 35 — 2 points in Bestial Discipline
- Levels 36 to 39 — 4 points in Frenzy
Intimidation is a great ability to have for threat generation, crowd control, and as a survival tool. You should talent it before finishing Ferocity, or as soon as you hit Level 30. Bestial Discipline is an excellent talent that lets your pet generate more Focus, meaning it both deals more damage and generates more threat. Frenzy is one of the most powerful talents you will pick up, and will help your pet's damage and threat immensely. It is also worth noting that once you pick up this talent, pets with faster attack speeds become much stronger due to the higher uptime they will have from this talent. Note that you only need 4 points in Frenzy for full uptime.
- Level 40 — 1 point in Bestial Wrath
- Levels 41 & 42 — 2 points in Animal Handler
- Levels 43 to 45 — 3 points in Catlike Reflexes
- Levels 46 to 49 — 4 points in Serpent's Swiftness
Bestial Wrath is an incredible damage cooldown that you should use whenever possible. Animal Handler is both a solid damage increase from getting your pet some hit chance and also incredibly important once you get a mount since it increases your mount speed. Catlike Reflexes is possibly the best defensive talent in the entire tree for your pet, and will be very valuable while leveling solo. If you are not leveling solo, however, you can choose to skip these 3 points. Finally, Serpent's Swiftness is extremely powerful for the attack speed it gives.
- Level 50 — 1 point in The Beast Within
- Level 51 — 1 point in Serpent's Swiftness
- Levels 52 to 54 — 3 points in Ferocious Inspiration
- Levels 55 & 56 — 2 points in Spirit Bond
- Level 57 to 59 — 3 points in Lethal Shots
This is where you finish off the Beast Mastery tree. The Beast Within is a huge upgrade to Bestial Wrath, Serpent's Swiftness is worth finishing, and Ferocious Inspiration is another solid damage increase. You could choose to jump into the Marksmanship tree at this point, but Spirit Bond is probably worth the two points for most solo players as a constant source of health regen for both you and your pet. After those final points, start talenting into the Marksmanship tree with Lethal Shots.
- Levels 60 & 61 — 2 points in Lethal Shots
- Level 62 to 66 — 5 points in Efficiency
- Levels 67 & 68 — 2 points in Go for the Throat
- Level 69 — 1 point in Aimed Shot
- Level 70 — 1 point in Rapid Killing
Finish off Lethal Shots, then put 5 points into Efficiency for better Mana efficiency. You can choose to put these points into Improved Hunter's Mark if you are doing dungeons with melee players, but this is not worth it while solo. Go for the Throat is another huge DPS increase for your pet. Finally, you can pick up Aimed Shot and Rapid Killing in your last couple of levels.
- Command your pet to attack the target;
- Hunter's Mark;
- Kill Command whenever available;
- Bestial Wrath;
- Auto Shot;
- Steady Shot;
- Auto Shot;
- Serpent Sting;
- Steady Shot;
- Auto Shot;
- Arcane Shot if you are fine on Mana;
- Multi-Shot if you are fine on Mana;
- Auto Shot until the enemy is dead.
- Alternate Auto Shot and Steady Shot until the enemy is dead.
The key at any level is getting as many Auto Shots off as possible before the target reaches you. The best way to accomplish this is by kiting backwards, moving in between each shot. At Level 8 Concussive Shot can help with this.
Do your class quest to get your pet. Once you have your pet, your kill speed and efficiency should become much better. Make sure you are careful with your threat, and try to let your pet tank whenever possible.
Multi-Shot is a powerful attack, but can cause you to pull aggro off your pet if you use it on multiple enemies. It is incredibly powerful, but losing Auto Shots from enemies running into your dead zone will be a bigger damage loss.
Feign Death is a great way to drop threat while fighting enemies. You can combine this with Aimed Shot or Multi-Shot to deal a burst of damage right before dropping threat to ensure your pet keeps aggro.
Steady Shot is a spammable ability, and is one of your best DPS spells. This will be most of your damage from here on out. Just make sure to weave in Auto Shots in between your casts.
List of Trainer Skills to Buy
All Hunter specs benefit from upgrading the same skills, so our list of skills to buy from trainers is the same, regardless of the spec. For this reason, you will find that list in our general Hunter leveling page.
- 19 May 2021: Page added.
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