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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated Today at 02:52 by Azortharion 88 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Beast Mastery Hunters. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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. The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Beast Mastery Hunter

At this stage in the game, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using RaidBots. The website can help you choose set bonuses, Azerite traits, trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.

2. Best in Slot Items for Beast Mastery Hunter

This is a list of some of the best available items for the Beast Mastery Hunter at the current stage of the game. This can vary with different talent setups, Azerite traits and so on. If you could have the gear you wanted on a whim, this is what you should choose.

Trinkets are left out, and we refer to our trinket simulation as a general guideline further below.

Slot Item Source
Helm Hood of the Dark Reaper Icon Hood of the Dark Reaper Overseer Korgus (Tol Dagor)
Shoulders Hook-Barbed Spaulders Icon Hook-Barbed Spaulders Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)
Cloak Parrotfeather Cloak Icon Parrotfeather Cloak Skycap'n Kragg (Freehold)
Chest Corrupted Hexxer's Vestments Icon Corrupted Hexxer's Vestments Avatar of Sethraliss (Temple of Sethraliss)
Wrists Arc-Glass Bindings Icon Arc-Glass Bindings Adderis (Temple of Sethraliss)
Gloves Torcali's Grips of the Bounty Icon Torcali's Grips of the Bounty Reputation Reward (Zandalari Empire, Exalted)
Belt Torga Scale Girdle Icon Torga Scale Girdle Reputation Reward (Talanji's Expedition, Exalted)
Legs Nettle-Scarred Greaves Icon Nettle-Scarred Greaves Sister Solena (Waycrest Manor)
Boots Akunda's Grounding Boots Icon Akunda's Grounding Boots Reputation Reward (Voldunai, Exalted)
Ring #1 Lord Waycrest's Signet Icon Lord Waycrest's Signet Lady Waycrest (Waycrest Manor)
Ring #2 Charged Sandstone Band Icon Charged Sandstone Band Galvazzt (Temple of Sethraliss)
Weapon Hallowed Ossein Longbow Icon Hallowed Ossein Longbow Rezan (Atal'Dazar)

3. Stats

Many people have a tendency to overthink the distribution of their secondary stats. An important thing to remember is that a higher quantity of stats is nearly always better than a better quality of stats. Because of this, wearing higher item level gear with worse stats tends to be better than lower item level gear with great stats. Keep this in mind when considering gear.

4. Trinket Simulation for Beast Mastery Hunter

5. ChangeLog

  • 16 Aug. 2018: Updated the best in slot helmet.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2018: Updated Celerity of the Windrunners' Haste level from 2% to 3%.
  • 18 Jul. 2018: Updates to the BiS list and Legendary ranking.
    • Updated Golganneth's Vitality to just be an Argus Personal Loot drop.
    • Revised Legendary ranking and added Soul of the Huntmaster and Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish to it.
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