Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Sep 03, 2021 at 09:57 by Azortharion 83 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Beast Mastery Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. Here, you will learn how to play as a Beast Mastery Hunter in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Beast Mastery Hunter guide.

1.

Beast Mastery Hunter Overview

Beast Mastery Hunter is a highly mobile ranged DPS spec. It is the only Ranged spec in the game that is able to fully execute its rotation while moving. This makes it incredibly useful for dealing with mechanics in raids and dungeons, as it can do these things with no damage penalty.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Best utility of the Hunter specs.
  • +Similar single-target DPS to Marksmanship.
  • +Can do full DPS while moving.
  • +Easy to play.
X Weaknesses
  • -Relies on the Pet's AI to do good damage.
  • -Low burst DPS.
3.

Patch 9.1 Changes for Hunters

We are maintaining a list of changes for Hunters, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Beast Mastery's specific changes this patch.

4.

Covenant Recommendation Change in Patch 9.1

ATTENTION

As of Patch 9.1 the recommended Covenant for Beast Mastery Hunter HAS CHANGED. Please check out the Covenant page of this guide for more information.

5.

Leveling a Beast Mastery Hunter

If you want to play a Beast Mastery Hunter, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

Once you reach max level, it can be somewhat overwhelming to completely change the way you play by suddenly implementing a large number of addons in a short space of time, especially if they have a heavy visual impact on your UI. We recommend using some of the more basic addons recommended on our Addons page below while leveling, so that you have more time to get used to them during the easier phases of playing your class.

6.

Basics of Beast Mastery Hunter Gameplay

Beast Mastery Hunter is a spec about buff, cooldown, and pet management all at the same time. The fundamental rotation is simple, focused on spending Focus exclusively, since you have no active Focus generators.

Most of your time will be spent casting Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot and Kill Command Icon Kill Command, with Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot being used to maintain your pet's Frenzy Icon Frenzy buff, another big part of the spec. You will also regularly be using your main cooldown, Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

If you are already somewhat familiar with Hunters, you can head straight to the Talents and Rotation pages to jump right into the more complex, detailed information.

7.

How to Gear Up as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Despite the fact that gearing has become more challenging, due to the huge number of variables that depend on your character, you can find information on how best to gear as Beast Mastery on our dedicated gearing page, which includes the current Best in Slot from this tier.

Once you have started to gear, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page for exactly this, as shown below, as well as the stats page, where you can find more information on the possibility of a changing stat priority and the necessary changes you may need to make for consumables.

8.

End-Game as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Starting off as Beast Mastery can look very different from the absolute end-game raiding and progression as one. Our Mythic+, Torghast, Raiding, and PvP guides can guide you to performing as well as possible, regardless of your focus in end-game content.

9.

Improving as a Beast Mastery Hunter

If you are finding your performance lackluster, but are not sure where you are going wrong, you can check out the pages below for potential tips, or answers to questions you may have.

10.

Changelog

  • 03 Sep. 2021 (gear page): Updated the optimal Domination Shard Set Bonus and individual Shards.
  • 03 Sep. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added a section for the best Enhanced Soulbind Conduits.
  • 18 Aug. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Added a tip for the Eye of the Jailer.
  • 18 Aug. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated the Legendary ranking for BM Hunters on single-target.
  • 18 Aug. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated the optimal Soulbind for Night Fae Mythic+.
  • 10 Aug. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated the description of the Bag of Munitions as it is simmable now.
  • 10 Aug. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated the optimal Soulbind for Night Fae.
  • 02 Aug. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated the optimal Covenant and Legendary for Beast Mastery Mythic+.
  • 02 Aug. 2021 (gear page): Updated the optimal Domination Gem Set Bonus after Blood Link was buffed.
  • 02 Aug. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Added a tip for The Nine.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Legendaries): Added the Night Fae, Necrolord, and Venthyr Legendaries to the rankings, as they are easily quantifiable.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Added tips for most of the bosses.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated thoughts on all of the Covenant-specific Legendaries, and added the July 13th Hunter Buffs to the changes.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated the Covenant and Soulbind recommendations and trees.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added information about the best Tormented Anima Mythic+ Powers to take.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated the recommended Covenant and Soulbind.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (Legendaries): Added a note that the Pact of the Soulstalkers Legendary stacks.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page added.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (simulations page): Added a link to the Icy Veins Guide to Simming Yourself.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated the ranking of the Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere Endurance Conduit.
  • 01 Jul. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Several changes.
    • Removed the Renown stepping where Pelagos gets better at 46. Night Fae is better until Renown 57.
    • Added the Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere Endurance Conduit to our rankings.
    • Simplified the Covenant/Soulbind table slightly and clarified that it is based on max Renown.
    • Added a note that it is recommended to sim your Covenants and Soulbinds to find out when you might want to switch.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated the optimal Mythic+ Soulbind and Covenant to Pelagos for Kyrian.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (WeakAuras page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 10 Jun. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Added information about the Venthyr-specific Legendary.
  • 12 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Added information about 4 new Covenant-specific Legendaries.
  • 10 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created with initial information.
  • 19 Apr. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added information about Binding Shot and Tranquilizing Shot to the utility spells section.
  • 31 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Updated the viability status of Killer Cobra.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated the Potency Conduits section for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated the BiS Legendaries and general recommendations for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added a section dedicated to Valor Point upgrades.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Updated the Spitting Cobra description to reflect Patch 9.0.5 changes.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (this page): Updated the Strengths and Weaknesses to better reflect the Patch 9.0.5 Meta.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 02 Feb. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated the recommended Talents for Sludgefist.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Several changes.
    • Cleaned up the Soulbind Tree section.
    • Updated the gaps between Covenants.
    • Updated the description of the Bonesmith vs Emeni choice for Necrolords.
    • Updated the Conduit recommendations.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (enchants page): Updated the ideal Chest and Weapon Enchants.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (stats page): Updated the general stat priority slightly.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (this page): Added information about the recent 5% buff.
  • 18 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated the recommended Talents for some bosses.
  • 09 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Added note about the Inscrutable Quantum Device and updated the Best in Slot list.
  • 09 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Added some extra notes and caveats to the Level 50 Talent choice for single-target/raiding.
  • 09 Jan. 2021 (Legendaries): Added note about which stats to put on your Legendary Item.
  • 16 Dec. 2020 (Torghast): Updated the Tier List location of the Amplifying Mirror Anima Power.
  • 16 Dec. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added note about Bloodletting competitiveness with low Haste.
  • 16 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added a pet choice tip for Hungering Destroyer.
  • 11 Dec. 2020 (Torghast): Updated the Tier List location of Soulsteen Pinion and Lens of Elchaver.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated the page with recommended Talents, Legendaries, and some early playstyle tips for Heroic week.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Added information about best Covenants and Legendaries for Mythic+, and altered the AoE Burst Opener.
  • 06 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Updated the paragraph about Rylakstalker's Piercing Fangs to make it more clear how it stacks up against Soulforge Embers.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Added Armor Kits to the Chest Enchants section.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (addons page): Added [@cursor] macros for Wild Spirits and Resonating Arrow.
  • 03 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Removed the BFA Agility Gem suggestions from the guide as they were nerfed.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Added optimal Cloak Enchant.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 29 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Added Barbed Shot with two charges to the Rotation section.
  • 27 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated the BiS Cloak and Trinket Sims.
  • 27 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Removed a duplicate line from the Opener Sequence.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reordered sections.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (WeakAuras page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 19 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 27 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Added separate openers for Scent of Blood and One with the Pack.
  • 24 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Added a paragraph to talk about Potion usage, and removed it from the opener.
  • 19 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated the talent recommendation section for Scent of Blood vs One with the Pack.
  • 19 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Updated the recommendation section for Scent of Blood vs One with the Pack.
  • 16 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Multi-Target Rotation Changes.
    • Added Kill Shot usage to the multi-target rotation section.
    • Added Barbed Shot Multidotting to the multi-target rotation section.
  • 16 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Added new, useful macros.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (WeakAuras page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (WeakAuras page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for more bosses.
  • 10 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated some tips and added two very important ones for Orgozoa and Queen's Court.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for most bosses on Heroic difficulty.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (WeakAuras page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Beast Mastery tips for Uu'nat.
  • 01 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Beast Mastery tips for The Restless Cabal.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (WeakAuras page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added boss tips for Beast Mastery Hunter in Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 16 Dec. 2018 (WeakAuras page): Page added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Added tips for Mythic G'huun.
  • 18 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added more tips for the first 5 bosses, now with a Mythic focus for some of them.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added much more specific content to all bosses except for G'huun.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added content.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Empty page for now.
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