Beast Mastery Hunter Frequently Asked Questions in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 12, 2018 at 23:33 by Azortharion 182 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list all of the frequently asked questions for a Beast Mastery Hunter in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1.

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 for many years. He is an accomplished player with dozen of top parses for all specs throughout the game's history. He is also the Admin of Trueshot Lodge, the Hunter Class Discord, and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Battle for Azeroth Frequently Asked Questions

This section will go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Beast Mastery Hunters in Battle for Azeroth.

1.1. Should I Delay Aspect of the Wild for Bestial Wrath?

Yes. Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild and Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath are extremely good cooldowns when stacked up. Bestial Wrath increases your damage and Aspect of the Wild allows you to cast more due to its Focus regeneration. It is worth delaying Aspect of the Wild to line up with Bestial Wrath. It is usually not worth to delay Bestial Wrath for Aspect of the Wild. You lose more on average by delaying a short cooldown like Bestial Wrath, compared to Aspect of the Wild which is a fairly long one.

1.2. 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.

1.3. Why Is Animal Companion Not The Best Talent?

An important thing to note about Animal Companion which it does not show on the tooltip is that it reduces the damage of your pet by 40%, and then copies that reduced damage onto the additional companion. It is still a decent talent, but it is not as good as it looks on paper.

1.4. 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.

1.5. 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:

1.6. How Much of X Stat Should I Have?

For the most part, there is no set "amount" of any stat that you should have. Nor are there stat goals or a particular distribution of stats that you want to go for. It is very common for people to overestimate the importance of having the "right" secondaries, when in reality, having a higher quantity of stats will almost always beat having "better" stats. Having 120 of your worst stat is often better than having 100 of your best stat, the differences are not as big as many people think.

2. Changelog

  • 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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