Beast Mastery Hunter Frequently Asked Questions — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 13, 2020 at 13:30 by Azortharion 234 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Beast Mastery Hunter in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.


How much Haste should Beast Mastery Hunters have? / Is there a Haste cap?

For Beast Mastery, there is no particular Haste softcap. At 100% Haste, your global cooldown (GCD) will be 0.75 seconds, and it cannot go lower. This cap is unreachable with any gear currently available, although you can reach it with particular Haste buffs and Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism combined.

As far as your gear goes, however, there is no minimum Haste or Haste cap.

For more information, please refer to our stats page.


Which Race/Racial Ability is the best for Beast Mastery Hunter?

You can see a ranked list of all the Racials on our Simulations page.


What Pets Should I Use?

We recommend Spirit Beasts as your default pet for PvE content. Their Spirit Mend heal is strong in a pinch and they provide increased maximum health and a defensive cooldown from being Tenacity.

For Leveling and Open World content, we recommend Ferocity pets. They provide a Leech bonus that heals you when you do damage, and they allow you to cast Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism every 10 minutes to help you on big pulls and difficult enemies. They are also more handy for world PvP. There are no Ferocity pets that stand out far above the others.

Cunning Pets are useful mostly when there is no need for any defensive ability, such as when you are doing open world content that is trivial for your gear level. Silithid pets have 30% increased movement speed by default, and all Cunning pets provide a small movement speed bonus to you as well.


When Should I Use Multi-Shot/Beast Cleave?

You should start sacrificing Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shots for Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot already at 2 targets, but you should still prioritize casting Kill Command Icon Kill Command on cooldown. When you are fighting 3 targets, then keeping up Beast Cleave takes priority over Kill Command.


What Piece is Better, X or Y?

The answer to this question in any context will always be to simulate it. This is because what is an upgrade for you may not be an upgrade for someone else. In other words, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all answer, even when talking about 2 completely identical comparisons from you to another person. Everything in your gear has an effect on everything else.

This applies to gear, trinkets, Azerite Traits, and even talents in certain situations.

The only exception to this rule is when a specific fight dictates a certain set of optimal talents, for example. If you are curious about what kind of setup to go for a specific fight,'s rankings and statistics are a good place to see what others are doing.

We have a guide on how to sim yourself here:



  • 13 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 17 Dec. 2018: Added several new questions and answers.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Removed note about Bestial Wrath/Aspect of the Wild delay as it is no longer relevant and tips on this front are incorporated into the Rotation section.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 01 Aug. 2018: Added a few more frequently asked questions.
  • 31 Jul. 2018: Added two additional frequently asked questions.
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