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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on May 17, 2017 at 09:43 by Azortharion 466 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 Vanguard. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Best in Slot List

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.

Slot Item Source
Helm Eagletalon Cowl Icon Eagletalon Cowl Grand Magistrix Elisande
Neck Beleron's Choker of Misery Icon Beleron's Choker of Misery Krosus
Shoulders Netherbranded Shoulderpads Icon Netherbranded Shoulderpads Gul'dan
Cloak Eagletalon Cloak Icon Eagletalon Cloak Trilliax
Chest Arcanochitin Hauberk Icon Arcanochitin Hauberk Skorpyron
Wrists Thistle-Proof Thorngrabbers Icon Thistle-Proof Thorngrabbers High Botanist Tel'arn
Gloves Eagletalon Gauntlets Icon Eagletalon Gauntlets Star Augur Etraeus
Belt Emblazoned Duskwatch Belt Icon Emblazoned Duskwatch Belt Spellblade Aluriel
Legs Eagletalon Legchains Icon Eagletalon Legchains Gul'dan
Boots Sabatons of Burning Steps Icon Sabatons of Burning Steps Spellblade Aluriel
Ring #1 Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Icon Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Spellblade Aluriel
Ring #2 Ring of the Scoured Clan Icon Ring of the Scoured Clan Gul'dan
Trinket #1 Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct Ursoc
Trinket #2 Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates Grand Magistrix Elisande
Storm Relic Tempest of the Heavens Icon Tempest of the Heavens Star Augur Etraeus
Arcane Relic Farsight Spiritjewel Icon Farsight Spiritjewel Grand Magistrix Elisande
Iron Relic Lionshead Lapel Clasp Icon Lionshead Lapel Clasp Gul'dan

Note: The Farsight Spiritjewel is chosen over the Manatoxin Gland due to having +2 more weapon item level, making the Relics essentially equal on a single-target. The tiebreaker is that Farsight Spiritjewel affects AoE, while Manatoxin Gland is a Kill Command Relic, and thus less effective on AoE.

1.1. Legendary Tier Piece Alternatives

If you have certain Legendaries, it is obviously better to equip those instead of tier pieces in a given slot, so in order to fulfill the 4-piece set bonus, you will need to look for alternatives. Below is a list of the most important tier pieces to have, and in other words, the tier pieces you would go for first in the event that a Legendary breaks your set bonus. The top 4 set pieces are in the BiS list above, below the other pieces will be listed in order of how good they are, so if you have to replace a piece from the BiS list, go for these instead:

  1. Eagletalon Spaulders Icon Eagletalon Spaulders (unless you have the Court of Stars/Arcway set bonus, in which case you should pick the chest instead);
  2. Eagletalon Tunic Icon Eagletalon Tunic.

2. Trinket & Legendary DPS Rankings

Beast Mastery Trinket Sims

This trinket/legendary 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.

Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue requires you to stay 20 yards away from the target at all times, which is often not possible. So that trinket is overpowered somewhat in SimCraft compared to a more realistic scenario where you might be standing close to the boss for some periods.

2.1. Trinkets to Look For

All stat stick trinkets are very strong for their item level, and a stat stick trinket with your best stat on it will keep you happy for a long time. Stat sticks also scale indefinitely with multiple targets, while trinkets with single-target procs do not benefit your multi-target DPS in the same way. A ton of world quests can drop stat sticks with a random stat on them, and these are always worth doing if you don't have one. Additionally, Guarm in the Trial of Valor raid drops a statstick trinket with a random stat, and Nightbane from the Return to Karazhan dungeon drops a 875+ item level Mastery statstick.

Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct is a proc trinket that drops from Ursoc in the Emerald Nightmare. It has a small Haste proc that has a lot of uptime (40%+ on most encounters). It also procs more frequently on lower health targets.

Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal is essentially the best trinket in the game for its item level. It drops from the world boss Withered J'im which is not always up. When the world boss is up, you should absolutely use your bonus roll coins to try and get this trinket. Since it gives pure stats and has no procs, it is just as good for multitarget as it is for a single target.

Entwined Elemental Foci Icon Entwined Elemental Foci is a proc-based trinket that drops from Spellblade Aluriel in the Nighthold. It has a 0.7 RPPM proc rate that gives you a random selection of secondary stat buffs for 20 seconds. It does not proc often, but it is noticeable when it does and it averages out to be quite useful.

3. Legion 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 are 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.

3.1. Beast Mastery Legendaries

Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild are 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. As of Patch 7.2, this is a very useful legendary for all situations with the new Thunderslash trait making Aspect of the Wild significantly more powerful.

The Mantle of Command Icon The Mantle of Command is a new set of Legendary shoulders for Beast Mastery. It simply gives Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast // Dire Frenzy Icon Dire Frenzy an additional charge, which is a significant DPS increase for both single-target and multi-target. It is the BiS legendary for almost all situations.

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%. This is a powerful DPS legendary for both single-target and multi-target.

Qa'pla, Eredun War Order Icon Qa'pla, Eredun War Order are 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. This is a decent single-target legendary, but not very useful otherwise.

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.

3.1.1. Beast Mastery Legendary Ranking

This list seeks to rank all the Legendaries in terms of desirability. This will be done in different tiers rather than a hard 1-2-3 list. Tier 1 contains BiS legendaries for most encounters, Tier 2 are all contenders for the second BiS slot depending on the situation, while Tier 3 Legendaries are generally undesirable.

  1. Tier 1 - Best in Slot
  2. Tier 2
  3. Tier 3

4. 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

5. ChangeLog

  • 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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