Beast Mastery Hunter Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jun 18, 2020 at 13:11 by Azortharion 238 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over the Essence system in Patch 8.3 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 8.3 Essence Guide for more information about the new essences introduced in Patch 8.3 and to our Essence guide for more general 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.

For more information about essences, please check out the following:

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

2.

Best Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter

2.1.

Raiding: Best Major Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter

  1. Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection is the default Essence for raiding at high levels of gear. In particular, having 2 and ideally 3 Primal Instincts Icon Primal Instincts makes this Essence the best choice for almost all fights.
  2. Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy is a burstier and more AoE-centric alternative to Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection. It will outperform Vision of Perfection when used correctly, which means lining it up with Aspect of the Wild and using it when there are many adds up, or the boss is taking extra damage.
  3. Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance is only used if your gear is extremely poor and you do not have ideal Azerite Traits, such as Primal Instincts and Dance of Death.
2.2.

Raiding: Best Minor Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter

  1. Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection pairs extremely well with Whispering Eldritch Bow Icon Whispering Eldritch Bow to bring your Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild cooldown down to just over a minute, making it an excellent choice to pair with Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance. However, we do not always recommend using this Essence alongside Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy if you have the bow, as that will cause the cooldowns to be desync
  2. Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying is supreme for almost all boss fights, providing the greatest single-target DPS boost of any Minor Essence.
  3. Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris is another standard choice, only losing value on frequent target-swapping.
  4. Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife provides a passive, constant Versatility boost. This is very useful for damage and survivability and is the default choice if you can get it.
  5. The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame is a good single-target Essence, and will most likely take up a slot if you do not have both Breath of the Dying and Conflict and Strife on Rank 3.
  6. Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy is a Crucible of Flame alternative for multi-target encounters.
2.3.

Mythic+: Best Major Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter

  • Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy is the default choice for almost all Mythic+ and is a must if you are serious about Mythic+.
  • Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection is typically the ideal choice if you do not have Blood of the Enemy, although it requires you to have 2-3 Primal Instincts Icon Primal Instincts to be any good.
  • Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance is the last resort if you do not have either Blood of the Enemy or Vision of Perfection, or if you do not meet the gearing requirements for Vision of Perfection.
2.4.

Mythic+: Best Minor Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter

  1. Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection is an invaluable and hugely useful Essence for all Mythic+. It combines well with the Rapid Reload Icon Rapid Reload Azerite Trait to reduce your Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild cooldown significantly.
  2. Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife provides a passive, constant Versatility boost (see our stats page for more information on stats values). This is very useful for damage and survivability and is the default choice if you can get it.
  3. Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying is also good for almost all situations in Mythic+ and is the third choice in most situations.
  4. Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris may replace Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection Minor, if you are using the Vision of Perfection Major.
3.

Essences for Beast Mastery Hunters

3.1.

Major Essences

3.1.1.

Breath of the Dying

Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying is unlocked by doing the Patch 8.3 questline and doing Horrific Visions, as well as gaining Reputation with the Uldum Accord.

This Essence's Major Power, Reaping Flames Icon Reaping Flames is an ability on a 45-second cooldown that deals Fire damage to a single target. If it hits a target below 20%, its cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds. At higher ranks, this effect applies to targets above 80% health, and killing blows with this Essence will reduce its cooldown to 5 seconds and double its damage on the next cast. The Minor Power is Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes.

3.1.2.

Condensed Life-Force

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 (see our stats page for relative stats values). The Minor Power is Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force.

3.1.3.

Essence of the Focusing Iris

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. At Rank 3, it is castable while moving. The Minor Power is Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy.

3.1.4.

The Crucible of Flame

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.

3.1.5.

Worldvein Resonance

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. When used, this Major Power also increases the Agility gained from Lifeblood Shards by 300%. 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.

3.1.6.

Memory of Lucid Dreams

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.

3.1.7.

Blood of the Enemy

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 30000.

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.

3.1.8.

Vision of Perfection

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.

3.1.9.

The Unbound Force

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 critically strikes. Higher Ranks lower the cooldown to 45 seconds and causes critical strikes to make the ability hit more times.

3.1.10.

Purification Protocol

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.

On high Mythic+ levels, this can instantly kill very strong mobs. This damage does not appear on the damage meter, but you can be alerted when it happens and how much damage it did with this WeakAura by gwenddolau.

3.1.11.

Ripple in Space

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.

3.1.12.

Conflict and Strife

Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife is an Essence unlocked by doing rated PvP content. See our Beast Mastery Hunter PvP guide for more information.

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 Major Essence for PvE content.

3.2.

Minor Essences

3.2.1.

Breath of the Dying

Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying is unlocked by doing the Patch 8.3 questline and doing Horrific Visions, as well as gaining Reputation with the Uldum Accord.

This Essence's Minor Power, Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes, causes your spells to have a chance to deal extra Fire damage to the target. At higher ranks, it also heals you for 50% of the damage it deals, and will trigger 400% more often when the target is below 20% health.

3.2.2.

Essence of the Focusing Iris

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.

3.2.3.

Condensed Life Force

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 3%.

3.2.4.

Memory of Lucid Dreams

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.

3.2.5.

The Crucible of Flame

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.

3.2.6.

Conflict and Strife

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.

3.2.7.

Blood of the Enemy

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.

3.2.8.

Purification Protocol

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. In The Eternal Palace, that includes Orgozoa and Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha.

3.2.9.

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.

3.2.10.

The Unbound Force

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% Critical Strike chance.

3.2.11.

Vision of Perfection

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 Versatility bonus, and gives you a 5% self-heal when you activate Aspect of the Wild.

3.2.12.

Ripple in Space

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.

Essences' Effects on the Beast Mastery Hunter Rotation

Most Major Essences come with an active ability that must be used correctly to give you optimal DPS. We describe a few of them here. Here, we assume that you have read the content of our rotation page.

It is worth noting that Essence damage is not affected by Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath's damage bonus, or even Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild's Critical Strike bonus. They do not scale with Mastery under any circumstances.

  • Condensed Life-Force's Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth has a 3-minute cooldown, and should be used with strong cooldowns like Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild as much as possible. The Guardian does not benefit from Aspect, but it provides you with a damage and Haste buff that will be more powerful during Aspect. Most importantly, however, you should not delay the Essence so much that you lose a cast of it.
  • Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy has a 1.5-minute cooldown, and should be used on cooldown. It is worth saving it for multi-target scenarios, or Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath if you do not have to delay it too much. It is best to use right before entering Bestial Wrath, to benefit from the Critical Strike bonus during it.
  • The Crucible of Flame's Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame should be used on cooldown in situations where you would otherwise cast Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot. You should never cast two Concentrated Flames within 6 seconds of each other, as this will overwrite and waste ticks of the Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame DoT.
  • Essence of the Focusing Iris's Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam should be used when there are multiple targets up in the fight. If it is a single-target fight, you should mostly just use it on cooldown. It can often be worth delaying it so that you will not cast it during Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath, in order to leave room for abilities that actually benefit from Bestial Wrath.
5.

Essence Simulations and Rankings for Beast Mastery Hunter

These charts are provided by Bloodmallet, a website that provides simulation comparisons for all kinds of parameters for all classes.

This is based on a best-in-slot gear setup. Keep in mind that it is only a guideline, that sims do not always give the full picture, and that you should sim your own Essences to work out what is truly best.

5.1.

Single-Target Major Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter

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5.2.

AoE Major Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter

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5.3.

Single-Target Minor Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter

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5.4.

AoE Minor Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter

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6.

Changelog

  • 18 Jun. 2020: Updated the recommended Raiding Major Essences, and other small changes.
  • 04 Mar. 2020: Updated the recommendations for Vision of Perfection Major and Minor.
  • 12 Feb. 2020: Added a note about Breath of the Dying Major being useful for some situations, and especially Drest'agath.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: Reformatted and expanded on the cheat sheet for the best Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter.
  • 14 Jan. 2020: Added a cheat sheet for the best Essences for Beast Mastery Hunter.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: Added information about the new Breath of the Dying Essence.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Several large updates.
    • Updated Bloodmallet's Base Profiles to provide more accurate simulations across the board, and added a Bloodmallet Essence Simulation chart to the guide, replacing the manual ranking.
    • Restructured the page and re-ordered most Essences according to popularity and relevance.
  • 02 Aug. 2019: Updated the ranking of the Major Single-Target Essences and added rotational tips for every relevant Essence.
  • 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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