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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Mar 04, 2018 at 11:03 by Azortharion 625 comments

Table of Contents

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. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Solaris. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Best in Slot Gear for Beast Mastery Hunter

Bear in mind that all of this is subject to change based on Warforging and Titanforging happening on gear, so this is absolutely a guideline and not a rule. Note that it is also just dealing with gear from raid environments, so this could change if you are spending a large amount of time in Mythic+ and gaining different, rarer pieces.

The Pantheon trinkets are better than all other trinkets and are considered BiS, but you can only wear one of them. We also list the best non-Pantheon trinket choices, so you know what to go for if you have not gotten ahold of a Pantheon trinket yet.

Despite Tier 21 raid items occupying this Best in Slot list, if you have a full set of Mythic Tier 20 gear already, it is unlikely that you will be replacing this until you have a mostly full Mythic set of Tier 21 gear. As always, you should be simming your own character for these specific choices and keep in mind that this guide can only provide you a guideline/template for what items to go for.

All items drop from bosses in Antorus unless otherwise noted.

Slot Item Source
Helm Helm of the Awakened Soul Icon Helm of the Awakened Soul Argus the Unmaker
Neck Chain of the Unmaker Icon Chain of the Unmaker Argus the Unmaker
Shoulders Serpentstalker Mantle Icon Serpentstalker Mantle The Coven of Shivarra
Cloak Serpentstalker Drape Icon Serpentstalker Drape Antoran High Command
Chest Parsel's Tongue Icon Parsel's Tongue, otherwise Serpentstalker Tunic Icon Serpentstalker Tunic, possibly allowing for better offpiece in another slot. Legendary Chest, otherwise Tier Chest from Eonar the Life-Binder
Wrists Scalding Shatterguards Icon Scalding Shatterguards Kin'garoth
Gloves Serpentstalker Grips Icon Serpentstalker Grips Kin'garoth
Belt World-Ravager Waistguard Icon World-Ravager Waistguard Aggramar
Legs Serpentstalker Legguards Icon Serpentstalker Legguards Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Qa'pla, Eredun War Order Icon Qa'pla, Eredun War Order, otherwise Greatboots of the Searing Tempest Icon Greatboots of the Searing Tempest Legendary Boots, otherwise boots from Aggramar
Ring #1 Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Icon Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Argus the Unmaker
Ring #2 Zealous Tormentor's Ring Icon Zealous Tormentor's Ring or Band of the Sargerite Smith Icon Band of the Sargerite Smith depending on stat needs. (Others can be worthwhile too). The Coven of Shivarra or Kin'garoth
Trinket #1 (Pantheon, best choice) Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision, or Golganneth's Vitality Icon Golganneth's Vitality. The latter is generally worse. Rare Argus the Unmaker Personal Loot Drop
Trinket #1 (Non-Pantheon) Shadow-Singed Fang Icon Shadow-Singed Fang Felhounds of Sargeras
Trinket #2 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal (910+) Relinquished Trinket Random Drop (650x Veiled Argunite per Token)
Storm Relic Conch of the Thunderer Icon Conch of the Thunderer ( Icon Jaws of Thunder, extra item level) Argus the Unmaker
Arcane Relic Thu'rayan Lash Icon Thu'rayan Lash (Slithering Serpents Icon Slithering Serpents>) for Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast or Prototype Titan-Disc Icon Prototype Titan-Disc (Unleash the Beast Icon Unleash the Beast) for Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra. Varimathras and Aggramar
Iron Relic Decimator Crankshaft Icon Decimator Crankshaft (Slithering Serpents Icon Slithering Serpents) Kin'garoth or Antoran High Command

2. The Importance of "Simming Yourself"

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.com. The website can help you choose set bonuses, relics, trinkets, Legendaries 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.

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 DPS Rankings for Beast Mastery Hunter

Beast Mastery Trinket Sims

Right-click the image and open in a new tab, or access the sheet directly with the link below to see it in full.

This trinket simulation spreadsheet is inherited from this spreadsheet, where you can also see the underlying data. Note that sometimes the spreadsheet on this link may be slightly broken as it is tinkered with by me. The screenshot above reflects the most recent, up-to-date version of the trinket sim.

Keep in mind that you should be simming yourself for trinket choices, and that sometimes the best choice for yourself may differ slightly from the sim above. You should always prioritize your own sims over this trinket sim, because your own sims will be based specifically on your gear, while the sim above uses a generic set of gear for the current tier and may not always reflect what you are wearing.

5. Set Bonuses and Their Worth

In Antorus, we will have up to 3 potentially viable set bonuses to use. The Tier 19, Tier 20 and Tier 21 set bonuses are all useful for different situations. Given that our general item level is so much higher than Nighthold was, Tier 19 gearsets will be rare, but if you have good Titanforges on items from that era they could still be worth using. The Antorus Tier 21 set bonuses are generally underwhelming, especially the 4pc bonus, but you will generally want at least 2 pieces of it. You will most likely not be swapping to Tier 21 4pc until you have a full set of Mythic Antorus Tier gear. The bonuses of Tier 20 are too good to pass on until that point. As always, you should ideally sim yourself to know for sure if swapping out tier is worth it.

6. Legion Hunter Legendaries

This is a comprehensive list of the non-spec specific legendaries that are available to Hunters in Legion. Legendaries can drop from daily loot chests, the Class Order Hall Mythic+ loot chest, the PvP loot chest, 5-man dungeons of all kinds, world bosses, and raid bosses from all difficulties. The spec-specific Legendaries will be listed under their respective class guide.

The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask Icon The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask is a Legendary helmet which heals you for 20% of your maximum health whenever you use Feign Death Icon Feign Death, as well as an additional 5% of your health every second for 10 seconds for as long as you remain feigned. This can be an extremely useful self-heal when needed during raid encounters and Mythic+ encounters.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus is a Legendary necklace which gives you an absorb shield for 25% of your maximum health for 30 seconds, every 30 seconds. This makes it the strongest survivability legendary, especially since you will passively benefit from it. From a progression raiding standpoint where damage output is often not the primary concern, it is an incredibly strong legendary from a survivability standpoint, and it gives a lot of secondary stats which is a significant boost to DPS as well.

Roots of Shaladrassil Icon Roots of Shaladrassil is a pair of Legendary leggings that cause you to gain 3% health every second for as long as you stand still. The first heal occurs 1 second after you stop moving. This is the weakest survivability legendary, since the healing done does not add up to nearly as much damage prevented as Prydaz does, although the high item level of a high-budget item like legs makes it decent as far as non-DPS legendaries go.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is a Legendary ring that gives you 70% increased movement speed and 15% Haste for 10 seconds whenever you apply a crowd control effect (stun, roots, silenced and so on) to non-boss enemies. It also increases movement speed by 10% and Haste by 2% passively. It can act as a damage and mobility boost on add-heavy encounters where you have to slow enemies, and it is a decent legendary for most Mythic+ dungeons.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a Legendary trinket that gives you a ton of stats passively, and has an on-use proc with a 1:15 minute cooldown that deals heavy, critical AoE damage around the target it hits. This is a powerful burst AoE legendary, and its heavy base stats makes it very powerful in general. Because it always crits, it has good synergy with Marksmanship's Trueshot Icon Trueshot cooldown, which increases critical strike damage by 50%, and it should be used together with Trueshot as often as possible.

6.1. Beast Mastery Legendaries

Parsel's Tongue Icon Parsel's Tongue is a new Legendary chest item in Patch 7.2.5. It increases your total damage done by 1% and Leech by 2% for 8 seconds every time you use Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot, stacking up to 4 times.

Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster is a new Legendary ring that gives Beast Mastery Hunters the Bestial Fury Icon Bestial Fury talent without having to choose it. This allows you to run with 2 talents in the same row. If you are using it, you should use One with the Pack Icon One with the Pack in your talent UI, and let the ring activate Bestial Fury for you.

Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild is a pair of Legendary bracers which reduces the cooldown of all Aspects by 35%. This applies to Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild, Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah, Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle,and Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle for Survival Hunters as well.

The Mantle of Command Icon The Mantle of Command is a pair of Legendary shoulders for Beast Mastery Hunters. It increases the damage of all your pets by 5% for 8 seconds after using Dire Beast/Dire Frenzy.

Roar of the Seven Lions Icon Roar of the Seven Lions is a Legendary belt that causes Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath to also reduce the Focus cost of all your abilities by 15%.

Qa'pla, Eredun War Order Icon Qa'pla, Eredun War Order is a pair of Legendary boots that cause Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast to reduce the remaining cooldown on Kill Command Icon Kill Command by 3 seconds.

The Apex Predator's Claw Icon The Apex Predator's Claw is a Legendary ring that causes your pet to gain the passive abilities of all the three pet talent specializations, Cunning, Ferocity, and Tenacity, and also deal 5% additional damage. Noteworthy abilities that a Ferocity pet will receive include Boar's Speed Icon Boar's Speed which increases your pet's movement speed by 30%, and Great Stamina Icon Great Stamina which increases your pet's total health by 60%. If you get this Legendary, set your pet spec to Tenacity to gain the damage effect of the Charge Icon Charge ability.

6.2. Beast Mastery Legendary Ranking

6.2.1. Zoo Build

The following is an image showing the most popular Legendaries for Beast Mastery in Antorus Mythic (excluding Eonar). The image serves as a demonstration that any of the many Legendaries can potentially be the best. This does not mean that Prydaz and Roar are the best Legendaries you can use, only that they are very commonly the best Legendaries. The only way to know for sure what is better for you is to use the RaidBots.com Top Gear option to sim your different Legendary options.

6.2.2. Legendary Popularity — Mythic Antorus (All Builds Combined)

Beast Mastery Legendary Popularity

6.2.3. Legendary Average DPS — Mythic Antorus (All Builds Combined)

Beast Mastery Legendary Average DPS

6.2.4. Dire Frenzy Build

Best in Slot: Parsel's Tongue Icon Parsel's Tongue and Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild, generally.

Honorable Mentions & Notes:

  • Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus has for very good stats and an excellent survivability effect. It can sometimes be as good as Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret for the Zoo build.
  • In general, and particularly for the Zoo build, many Legendaries have the potential to be Best in Slot and the listings above are only generalizations based on what is successful for the majority of players. As always, you should sim your own character to find your best setup.
  • Beast Mastery does not have any Legendaries that have extraordinary value for multi-target situations, so the best legendaries for single-target should generally also be used for AoE.

7. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Marksmanship/Survival Hunters, Monks, Shamans, and Warriors
Mail Armor Marksmanship/Survival Hunters and Shamans
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks Marksmanship/Survival Hunters, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

8. ChangeLog

  • 04 Mar. 2018: Changed generic BiS legendaries for Dire Frenzy build (from Belt to Call of the Wild).
  • 17 Jan. 2018: Added note about simming and stats.
  • 16 Jan. 2018: Changed the BM Legendary section to show the distribution and average DPS output of different Legendaries from WarcraftLogs data.
  • 31 Dec. 2017: Added a wider selection of BiS relics based on whether you are using Aspect of the Beast or Killer Cobra.
  • 22 Dec. 2017: Updated BiS Iron Relic.
  • 05 Dec. 2017: Updated trinket sims.
  • 02 Dec. 2017: Added a number of other "BiS Legendary" candidates to the Zoo BiS list.
  • 27 Nov. 2017: Added small paragraph about tier gear decisions in Antorus.
  • 26 Nov. 2017: Updated the Best in Slot list for Antorus.
  • 22 Nov. 2017: Updated trinket rankings.
  • 19 Nov. 2017: Updated trinket sims to include Antorus trinkets. It is based on a T21 4p gearset and a Stomp build.
  • 07 Oct. 2017: Added a "TL;DR" BiS legendaries part for both relevant BM builds.
  • 03 Oct. 2017: Reworded section about Legendary choice and highlighted the Qapla+Sephuz optimal setup for the Aspect of the Beast-based build.
  • 01 Oct. 2017: Updated the Best in Slot list to be relevant for users of the Aspect of the Beast-build, as that is the best possible build at the moment. For this purpose, T19 sets from the Nighthold are included as they are essential for this build.
  • 05 Sep. 2017: Updated trinket simulations.
  • 28 Jul. 2017: Updated trinket sims.
  • 18 Jul. 2017: Accepted that ranking the legendaries for Beast Mastery is a pointless pursuit, and that the choice is so character-specific that it should be simulated.
  • 13 Jul. 2017: Added caveat about Engine's value in reality vs sims.
  • 28 Jun. 2017: Added list of tier pieces to use if you are using the Legendary Chest or Shoulders. Bumped the Legendary ring to Tier 1, but only if you are using the Stomp build.
  • 25 Jun. 2017: Updated trinket simulation as some trinkets - Tarnished Sentinel Medallion most notably - received tuning changes.
  • 22 Jun. 2017: Updated BiS list so that it does not have 5 set pieces. Replaced tier legs with good offpiece instead.
  • 17 Jun. 2017: Updated trinket simulations for 7.2.5. Updated Best in Slot list for the Tomb of Sargeras raid.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Added new Legendaries to the ranking and list. Removed "Trinket to look for section" and other sections that are now invalidated or no longer useful, to pave the path for something new in Tomb of Sargeras.
  • 17 May 2017: Updated Legendary ranking to be in a tiered system like Survival.
  • 17 Apr. 2017: Trinket sim updated.
  • 12 Apr. 2017: Update legendary simulation and ranking for the recent hotfix.
  • 30 Mar. 2017: Legendaries rankings and simulations updated to reflect the fact that Call of the Wild's value, when combined with Convergence of Fates, is significantly higher because of the new Thunderslash trait.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 21 Mar. 2017: Update BiS trinket for BM (though it is very close between CoF and Foci, CoF is consistent).
  • 17 Mar. 2017: Updated note about BiS legendaries.
  • 27 Feb. 2017: Trinket sim update.
  • 25 Feb. 2017: Updated legendary items and trinkets.
  • 16 Feb. 2017: Add link to trinket sim spreadsheet.
  • 13 Feb. 2017: Added new trinket sims. These sims test trinkets at a ton of different item levels, color coded for easy comparison.
  • 08 Feb. 2017: Updated "trinket to look for section", and legendary rankings + Frizzo description.
  • 07 Feb. 2017: Trinket sim update.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Added reasoning for Farsight Spiritjewel > Manatoxin Gland Relic.
  • 26 Jan. 2017: Updated trinket sims with all the changes in hotfixes since 7.1.5. Updated BiS list accordingly. Added information about second-best tier item slots in case you have a Legendary that breaks the set. Updated legendary ranking.
  • 20 Jan. 2017: Updated BiS list.
  • 19 Jan. 2017: Updated BiS trinkets, as Draught of Souls damage has been nerfed for ranged.
  • 17 Jan. 2017: Add BiS list table for Nighthold. Trinket sims updated.
  • 14 Jan. 2017: Fix Call of the Wild and Apex Predator's Claw descriptions. Add Legendary trinket to description (but not ranking yet).
  • 13 Jan. 2017: Fresh trinket sims. Added Mantle of Command to legendary ranking. Removed Aran's Relaxing Ruby as it was nerfed.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated for Patch 7.1.5. Added The Mantle of Command.
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