Beast Mastery Hunter Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jul 09, 2019 at 18:00 by Azortharion 217 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Beast Mastery Hunter, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.

1. Azerite Essences for Beast Mastery Hunters

Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.

Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.

What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.

Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.

2. Single-Target Essence DPS Ranking for Beast Mastery Hunters

Keep in mind that this ranking is only a guideline, and it is based on a Crit-heavy and Crit-hungry One with the Pack Icon One with the Pack-based build. It exists to give you an idea of which Essences are strong for different situations, however we always recommend simming yourself.

The ranking is based on Rank 3 Essences and 55 Neck Level, where you unlock your first Minor slot.

2.1. Single-Target Major Essences

  1. Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force
  2. The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame
  3. Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris
  4. Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy
  5. The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force
  6. Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection
  7. Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife
  8. Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams
  9. Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space
  10. Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol
  11. Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance

2.2. Mythic+ Major Essences

  1. Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris
  2. Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy
  3. Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol
  4. Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force
  5. Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection
  6. The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame
  7. The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force
  8. Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams
  9. Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife
  10. Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space
  11. Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance

2.3. Single-Target Minor Essences

  1. Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance (with 5+ players using it in raid)
  2. Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife
  3. Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris
  4. The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame
  5. Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy
  6. Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force
  7. The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force
  8. Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams
  9. Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol
  10. Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection
  11. Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space
  12. Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance (less than 5 players using it in raid)

2.4. Mythic+ Minor Essences

  1. Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy
  2. Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife
  3. Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection
  4. Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol
  5. Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris
  6. The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force
  7. Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams
  8. The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame
  9. Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force
  10. Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance
  11. Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space

3. Full Essence DPS Ranking and Descriptions for Beast Mastery Hunters

3.1. Major Essences

3.1.1. #1: Condensed Life-Force

Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force is unlocked by doing the Eternal Palace raid. You get it by defeating Queen Azshara and collecting a unique currency to upgrade your Essence.

This Essence's Major Power, Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth is an ability on a 3-minute cooldown that summons a creature that does heavy damage over 30 seconds. At higher levels, it also grants you a Haste bonus the longer it is active. It is the strongest single-target Essence by some margin, offering immense burst damage that can be used when needed in a fight.

3.1.2. #2: The Crucible of Flame

The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame is the first Essence you unlock and you get Rank 1 as part of the questline of Nazjatar. You get Rank 2 from a quest when your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth reaches Level 54. Rank 3 comes at Level 60.

This Essence's Major Power, Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame, is an ability that deals heavy damage on a 30-second cooldown. At higher Ranks, it gains an additional charge. Use it on cooldown. When it gets a second charge, you can try and use it when you have a high Critical Strike chance from procs like Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames and more, just to squeeze a bit more damage out of each use.

3.1.3. #3: Blood of the Enemy

Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy is an Essence unlocked by earning Honor through PvP content. The first Rank is unlocked by winning a PvP Island Expedition, a Normal Battleground, and an Epic Battleground. Rank 2 is unlocked by earning 15000 Honor through PvP and Rank 3 is unlocked with 50000.

This Essence's Major Power, Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy, is an ability with a 1.5-minute cooldown that deals AoE damage around you and then increases your Critical Strike chance against them by 25% for 10 seconds. At higher Ranks, it also gives you a 5-second Critical Strike Damage buff. Use the Major Power on as many targets as possible and line it up with cooldowns like Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath.

3.1.4. #4: Essence of the Focusing Iris

Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris is unlocked by doing Mythic+ content. By doing high keys in Mythic+, you gain currency items that can be used to acquire the Essence.

This Essence's Major Power, Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam, is an ability on a 1.5-minute cooldown that deals heavy damage to all targets in front of you over 3 seconds. It is castable while moving.

3.1.5. #5: The Unbound Force

The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force is an Essence unlocked by earning Reputation with your faction's Nazjatar faction, either the Waveblade Ankoan for Alliance or The Unshackled for the Horde. Rank 1 is unlocked at Honored, Rank 2 at Revered, and Rank 3 at Exalted.

This Essence's Major Power, The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force, is an ability that deals a bit of damage on a 1-minute cooldown. The ability does 300% more damage if it crits. Higher Ranks lower the cooldown to 45 seconds and causes crits to make the ability hit more times.

This Essence's Minor Power, Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force, is closely tied with its Major, so we will explain it here. Whenever you do not Critical Strike, your spells have a chance to give you stacks of Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force. It does nothing on its own, but when it reaches 20 stacks, it will give you a 4-second buff (Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force) that increases your Critical Strike chance by 70%.

You should be using the Major Power when you have this 4-second buff, to ensure it does 300% more damage every time.

3.1.6. #6: Vision of Perfection

Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection is an Essence that drops from King Mechagon, the final boss in the Operation: Mechagon dungeon. Rank 2 can be crafted in the Mechagon Junkyard with items you earn from doing Mechagon Island content. Rank 3 is unlocked by killing King Mechagon multiple times to gather Progression Sprocket Icon Progression Sprockets.

This Essence's Major Power, Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection, gives your spells a chance to activate Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild for 25% of its normal duration, or 35% at higher Ranks. At higher Ranks, it also gives you and 2 allies a small Haste buff.

3.1.7. #7: Conflict and Strife

Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife is an Essence unlocked by doing rated PvP content.

This Essence's Major Power, Conflict Icon Conflict, allows you to use the PvP talent Hi-Explosive Trap Icon Hi-Explosive Trap in PvE content. This is very rarely useful, and the damage penalty is so great that you will most likely never use this Essence for PvE content.

3.1.8. #8: Ripple in Space

Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space is an Essence unlocked by doing world PvP content.

This Essence's Major Power, Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space allows you to put down an Azerite beacon on a 1-minute cooldown. After 2 seconds, you will teleport to the beacon and deal AoE Fire damage to all targets around you. You also take 10% reduced damage for 10 seconds after teleporting.

3.1.9. #9: Memory of Lucid Dreams

Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams is an Essence unlocked early on by doing the initial questline to the Nazjatar zone. The higher ranks are unlocked by gaining Experience with certain NPCs.

This Essence's Major Power, Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams, is an ability on a 2-minute cooldown that increases your Focus regeneration rate by 100% for 12 seconds. At higher Ranks, this lasts for 15 seconds, and it also gives you a bit of Leech. Because Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild already vastly increases your Focus regeneration rate on the same cooldown, and Beast Mastery is not particularly Focus-limited to begin with, this is a weak Major Essence.

3.1.10. #10: Purification Protocol

Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol is an Essence unlocked by gaining reputation with the Mechagon faction, the Rustbolt Resistance. Rank 1 is unlocked at Honored, Rank 2 is unlocked at Revered, and Rank 3 is unlocked at Exalted.

This Essence's Major Power, Purifying Blast Icon Purifying Blast, is an ability with a 1-minute cooldown that lets you choose an area on the ground where a beam will blast down for 6 seconds, dealing heavy AoE damage to all enemies in the blast. At higher ranks, it has a chance to instantly kill enemies in this blast. Also, at higher ranks, if an enemy dies in the blast, you gain 10% damage done for 8 seconds. This Essence is well-suited for Mythic+ content, so while it is low on the list for single-target applications, you should not overlook this trait for dungeon content. Use it on large packs when there are targets in it that are within 6 seconds of dying.

3.1.11. #11: Worldvein Resonance

Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance is an Essence unlocked by doing Island Expedition content. The first Rank is unlocked by doing a weekly Azerite cap. Rank 2 is unlocked by gathering 15 Fragment of Zem'lan's Lost Treasure Map Icon Fragment of Zem'lan's Lost Treasure Map items in Expeditions and doing the mission that it grants you with your Mission Table Followers. Rank 3 is unlocked by doing the same with 3 Worldvein Intelligence Reports Icon Worldvein Intelligence Reports items.

This Essence's Major Power, Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance, is an ability with a 1-minute cooldown that spawns Lifeblood Shards to erupt around you, which grants you and nearby allies using the same Essence a small primary stat bonus. You can benefit from 4 Shards at most at the same time. Use it when you are going to benefit from the Shards for a while and it is wise to have an idea of who else is using it in your raid, so that you can share each other's Lifeblood Shards.

3.2. Minor Essences

3.2.1. *#1: Worldvein Resonance

This Essence's Minor Power, Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood, gives your attacks a chance to spawn Lifeblood Shards with similar effects to the Major Power — this gives you and nearby allies with the same Essence a small primary stat bonus.

*The Worldvein Resonance Essence is only the best Minor choice if there are at least 5 other raid members using the Worldvein Resonance Minor Essence in the raid that you are able to share Lifeblood Shards with. If you are alone, or in Mythic+, it will be a lot worse.

3.2.2. #2: Conflict and Strife (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Strife Icon Strife, gives your abilities a chance to provide you with Strife, a stacking Versatility buff. In practice, it has almost 100% uptime on 8 stacks. You also gain stacks when you are crowd-controlled, but this is more common in PvP.

3.2.3. #3: Essence of the Focusing Iris (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy, gives your spells and abilities against the same target a chance to provide you with a stacking Haste buff. If you attack a new target, all the stacks will fall off. Your first attack when you have 0 stacks will instantly grant you 3 stacks.

3.2.4. #4: The Crucible of Flame (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame, gives your spells a small chance to either deal a small amount of Fire damage to your target, or heal an ally.

3.2.5. #5: Blood of the Enemy (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked, causes your Critical strikes to stack a buff called Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked, which increases your Critical Strike chance further by a small amount. When it reaches 40 stacks, it consumes all the stacks and gives you a large Haste proc for 8 seconds. At higher Ranks, it has a 25% chance of only consuming 30 stacks.

3.2.6. #6: Condensed Life-Force (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force, gives your spells and abilities a chance to fire Azerite spikes at the target that deal moderate Fire damage. These spikes also increase your damage done to the target by 5%.

3.2.7. #7: The Unbound Force (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force, is a stacking buff. Whenever you do not Critical Strike, your spells have a chance to give you stacks of Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force. It does nothing on its own, but when it reaches 20 stacks, it will give you a 3-second buff (Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force) that increases your Critical Strike chance by 50%. At higher Ranks, this buff lasts 4 seconds and gives you 70% Crit chance.

3.2.8. #8: Memory of Lucid Dreams (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams, causes your abilities to have a chance to refund 50% of their Focus cost, and also heal you for a small amount. At higher ranks, it also gives you a small amount of passive Versatility.

3.2.9. #9: Vision of Perfection (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection, reduces the cooldown of Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild by 15%, and this percentage is increased at higher Ranks. At higher Ranks, it also grants you a passive Versatiliity bonus, and gives you a 5% self-heal when you activate Aspect of the Wild.

3.2.10. #10: Purification Protocol (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol, gives your attacks a chance to to deal AoE fire damage. At higher ranks, it also heals you. This does 50% increased damage against Aberrations.

3.2.11. #11: Worldvein Resonance (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood, gives your attacks a chance to spawn Lifeblood Shards with similar effects to the Major Power - giving you and nearby allies with the same Essence a small primary stat bonus.

This ranking position assumes that you are the only one with Worldvein Resonance in the raid.

3.2.12. #12: Ripple in Space (Minor)

This Essence's Minor Power, Reality Shift Icon Reality Shift increases your movement speed by 5%, and causes you to gain an Agility buff for 20 seconds whenever you move more than 25 yards in 4 seconds.

4. Essence Comparison Simulations for Beast Mastery Hunters

As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use Raidbots.com to sim your own character.

This section will have some basic comparisons when the Essences are implemented properly in the simulation tools we use.

5. Changelog

  • 09 Jul. 2019: Updated the page to include all Essences and redid the rankings.
  • 29 Jun. 2019: Added a separate ranking position for the Worldvein Resonance Minor that takes into account whether there are others with Worldvein Resonance in the raid that you can benefit from.
  • 27 Jun. 2019: Added Vision of Perfection to the rankings.
  • 26 Jun. 2019: Rewrote most of the page and listed the currently relevant Essences in rough, preliminary single-target rank order.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: Added Page.
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