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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Apr 17, 2017 at 17:23 by Azortharion 445 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Beast Mastery Hunters. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.

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. Artifact Progression

The Titanstrike Artifact leaves you with a number of directions you can head in once you branch out from the base traits. The one we present on this page is recommended for any kind of raiding.

1.1. Early Progression

Artifact Progression

The goal of the path is to reach  Icon Master of Beasts as soon as possible, following this path to the other golden traits as well.

Whilst this path does skip on some single-target traits like  Icon Spitting Cobras at first, the pursuit of the golden traits as quickly as possible makes this worth it.

  1.  Icon Hati's Bond
  2.  Icon Beast Master
  3.  Icon Focus of the Titans
  4.  Icon Mimiron's Shell
  5.  Icon Jaws of Thunder
  6.  Icon Master of Beasts
  7.  Icon Furious Swipes
  8.  Icon Unleash the Beast
  9.  Icon Surge of the Stormgod
  10.  Icon Pathfinder
  11.  Icon Pack Leader
  12.  Icon Wilderness Expert
  13.  Icon Titan's Thunder
  14.  Icon Spitting Cobras
  15.  Icon Spirit Bond
  16.  Icon Natural Reflexes
  17.  Icon Hunter's Advantage

1.2. Patch 7.2 Progression

Artifact Progression Above Level 35
  1. Bond of the Unseen Path Icon Bond of the Unseen Path (new in 7.2)
  2. Slithering Serpents Icon Slithering Serpents (new in 7.2)
  3. Thunderslash Icon Thunderslash (new in 7.2)
  4. Cobra Commander Icon Cobra Commander (new in 7.2)
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Jaws of Thunder
  6. Fourth rank of  Icon Pack Leader
  7. Fourth rank of  Icon Furious Swipes
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon Unleash the Beast
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Wilderness Expert
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Spitting Cobras
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon Focus of the Titans
  12. Fill out the utility trait ranks as you see fit from here.
  13. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall (new in 7.2)

2. Artifact Ability

The Beast Mastery Artifact opens with the passive ability,  Icon Hati's Bond. This causes an additional pet in the form of Hati, a lightning wolf, to fight alongside you and your main pet. It will use auto attacks and Basic Attacks alongside your pet, and several mechanics of the Artifact tree build onto Hati as well.

3. Traits versus Item Level

This is a spreadsheet showing the weapon item level value of each trait. It is based on a generalized Nighthold gearset, and if you got two close options, you should sim your own character for an optimal result. For almost all cases, you can rely on this however.

Beast Mastery Relics versus Item Level

4. Relic Choice

As you can see in more detail in the Simulation section, your Relic choice will mostly come down to the traits. If you are playing Beast Mastery for raiding,  Icon Pack Leader and  Icon Jaws of Thunder are both excellent choices, being essentially the same Relic with different packaging. If you just intend to play Beast Mastery for Mythic+, you should try and get Furious Swipes Relics wherever possible. Relics are generally much more important than item level for Beast Mastery.

5. ChangeLog

  • 17 Apr. 2017: Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Artifact path updated for 7.2, and traits vs iLvl chart added.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Expanded slightly on Relic choice.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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