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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Apr 02, 2017 at 07:46 by Azortharion 449 comments

Table of Contents

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics

Beast Mastery is a strong single-target spec. It is quite simple in its execution and it is an ideal spec for someone new to raiding, or just WoW in general. It also has powerful stacked-target cleave.

2. Talent Choice

The talents listed below are selected either for ease of use, or for more a more simple to understand gameplay style. Whilst in a number of cases there are alternatives on the tree that will provide more if played well, they create much more room to play incorrectly and reduce your performance. Due to this, treat this as a starting point and a primer.

3. Stat Choice

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Mastery;
  2. Haste;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Versatility.

4. Basic Rotation

  1. Cast Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath and Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild on cooldown.
  2. Cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command on cooldown. Always have 30 focus when it comes off cooldown.
  3. Cast Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast on cooldown and whenever its cooldown randomly resets (it will glow).
  4. Cast Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot when you have nothing else to do. Do not cast it too much, else you will not have enough focus to cast Kill Command.

When fighting more than 1 target, use Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot to refresh the Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave buff on your pet, but no more often than what is needed to keep it refreshed. Use this WeakAura to track Beast Cleave.

5. Pet Types

All pets are ordered into 3 different specs. Any pet type can be respecced as you wish, but certain pet types have special abilities that you might be interested in. For DPS, your pet should always be specced Ferocity. Tenacity is a pet tanking spec, and Cunning is primarily a PvP pet spec.

All Beast Mastery Hunters should have a battle ressurrection pet and a Bloodlust pet ready to go. Quilens, Moths and Cranes bring battle ressurrection, and Nether Rays and Core Hounds bring Bloodlust. If your group already has Bloodlust in it, you should generally default to a battle ress pet in dungeons.

Finally, you can get an overview of what special abilities the different pet types bring on Petopia.

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.

6. ChangeLog

  • 02 Apr. 2017: Fixed WeakAura link for Beast Cleave.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Made a few changes, more info, but still easy mode!
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated WeakAuras.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 23 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode for Beast Mastery Hunters.
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