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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Apr 18, 2017 at 13:45 by Azortharion 455 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Beast Mastery Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Beast Mastery Hunter in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

All the specs have very similar single-target output in patch 7.2. Beast Mastery has superior cleave to Marksmanship in general, but worse potential for burst AoE than both Marksmanship and Survival. It is infinitely mobile, which is its biggest asset, and it can deal lots of damage in the hands of a player at any skill level.

2. What Has Changed in 7.2?

3. How Does it Work?

  • Focus is the primary resource. It is generated passively at a base rate of 10 focus per second, but certain abilities will amplify this.
  • Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast generates a small amount of focus each cast and also deals damage for its duration.
  • Kill Command Icon Kill Command deals high damage to your pet's current target. This ability will take up most of your DPS.
  • Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave causes Multi-Shot to give the pet a 4-second buff that causes its automatic attacks (not Kill Command) to also hit all other targets around it. Combining this with pet-damage increasing cooldowns gives the spec immense AoE capabilities.
  • Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath increases your overall damage done.
  • Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild increases focus regen massively and also increases critical strike chance by 10% across the board.

4. Strengths

  • Best single-target damage given ideal conditions (The Mantle of Command Icon The Mantle of Command legendary).
  • Very easy to play.
  • Unlimited mobility.
  • Strongest cleave, most reliable on-demand burst single-target.

5. Weaknesses

  • Limited target-switching capabilities due to damage being pet/AI-based.
  • Relies more on correct legendaries and set bonuses than other specs.

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Beast Mastery's main strength now and in the past has been its unlimited mobility and relative ease of play compared to the other Hunter specs. This still holds true in the Nighthold, and that, along with its other strengths and manageable weaknesses, makes it an ideal raiding spec for Nighthold. The biggest problem, and the one that is completely out of the player's hands, is that it relies on legendaries to be good. The good news in that regard is that it has a lot of decent Legendaries, and one of its good Legendaries, Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild, is also the best in slot Legendary for Survival Hunters. If you have no DPS legendaries for other specs already, Beast Mastery is a very solid choice, especially for less hardcore scenarios.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

8. ChangeLog

  • 18 Apr. 2017 (simulations page): Removed some simulations that no longer make sense/are adequately covered elsewhere.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (artifact page): Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (gear page): Trinket sim updated.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (enchants page): Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (stats page): Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 12 Apr. 2017 (gear page): Update legendary simulation and ranking for the recent hotfix.
  • 07 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Fix One with the Pack reference that is no longer relevant. Fix opener typo.
  • 06 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Expanded the Mantle of Command rotation section further. Updated regular opener. Added Mantle of Command opener.
  • 04 Apr. 2017 (stats page): Remove noted about Crit for Shoulder-wearing BM Hunters as that build relied on One with the Pack which is no longer optimal.
  • 02 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Recommended Dire Frenzy for multi-target as well.
  • 02 Apr. 2017 (easy mode page): Fixed WeakAura link for Beast Cleave.
  • 02 Apr. 2017 (enchants page): Started recommending Mark of the Claw as the default neck enchant.
  • 02 Apr. 2017 (simulations page): Updated racial sim.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (gear page): 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.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updates Level 60 talent recommendations for Legendary Shoulders.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Made note of eating from the feast when possible, as it gives more stats than regular buff food.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added note about legendary changes to the list of changes in 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Added paragraphs about how certain Legendaries affect the rotation.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Artifact path updated for 7.2, and traits vs iLvl chart added.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 21 Mar. 2017 (simulations page): Legendary sims have been moved to the spreadsheet alongside the trinkets.
  • 21 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Update BiS trinket for BM (though it is very close between CoF and Foci, CoF is consistent).
  • 21 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Give Blink Strikes its own paragraph to clear up confusion.
  • 21 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Added Titan's Thunder to opener.
  • 17 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated note about BiS legendaries.
  • 17 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated note about Bestial Fury/Blink Strikes.
  • 14 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Opener fix.
  • 09 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Added note about Aspect of the Beast being really nice with the Qa'pla Legendary Boots.
  • 01 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Added note about Crit with the Mantle of Command legendary.
  • 27 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Trinket sim update.
  • 25 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary items and trinkets.
  • 16 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Add link to trinket sim spreadsheet.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Added new trinket sims. These sims test trinkets at a ton of different item levels, color coded for easy comparison.
  • 09 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Added note about 4pc hotfix for Dire Frenzy, making it the best single-target choice.
  • 08 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Updated "trinket to look for section", and legendary rankings + Frizzo description.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Trinket sim update.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Revise AoE rotation and get a bit more in-depth.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Expanded slightly on Relic choice.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Made a few changes, more info, but still easy mode!
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added a BM-specific Critical Strike statistic explanation. Updated stat weights.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Treat the Talent Cheet Sheet more like an actual quick glance, rather than an easy-mode thing with overly simple answers.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Changed recommendation to Trained Soldier. It is more versatile and consistent than a random proc.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (this page): Revised wording in viability section.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added reasoning for Farsight Spiritjewel > Manatoxin Gland Relic.
  • 26 Jan. 2017 (simulations page): Added Legendary trinket.
  • 26 Jan. 2017 (gear page): 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.
  • 26 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Added set bonus talk.
  • 25 Jan. 2017 (simulations page): Updated Relic simulation.
  • 24 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Added note about One with the Pack with The Mantle of Command.
  • 20 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated BiS list.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated viability section, weaknesses and strengths.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated BiS trinkets, as Draught of Souls damage has been nerfed for ranged.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Add BiS list table for Nighthold. Trinket sims updated.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated single-target recommendation to Way of the Cobra now that Cobra Shot got buffed.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Fix Call of the Wild and Apex Predator's Claw descriptions. Add Legendary trinket to description (but not ranking yet).
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Fresh trinket sims. Added Mantle of Command to legendary ranking. Removed Aran's Relaxing Ruby as it was nerfed.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority and removed Agility from the listing as it does not do anything but confuse at this point.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (simulations page): Further updates.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Further fixes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated WeakAuras.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5. Added The Mantle of Command.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 08 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated for 7.1.5.
  • 23 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Beast Mastery Hunters.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (enchants page): Added note about Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 11 Nov. 2016 (simulations page): Added food sims.
  • 08 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Changed potion in opener.
  • 06 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Added note to cast Titan's Thunder right after Dire Beast where possible.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Removed talent table at the beginning of the page.
  • 26 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated Beast Mastery potion recommendation to Prolonged Power.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.
    • Updated Posthaste's duration. Was changed in Patch 7.1 to be 5 seconds (down from 8).
    • Trailblazer replaces Dash.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (simulations page): Updated all sims and introduced a potion sim.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Ordered statistics explanation in order of priority because OCD.
  • 09 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Added some notes to clarify frequently asked questions.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Fixed a small typo.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Added note about Stampede vs Killer Cobra for Mythic+.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated some talent choice explanations.
  • 16 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added Fishbrul Special food.
  • 16 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Expanded on Surge of the Stormgod AoE rotation note.
  • 10 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Applied the DB/KC shift to Multi-Target as well. Added note about rotational changes with Surge of the Stormgod.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Changed enchant recommendation, Saber's Eye of Agility is worth using (~200 DPS difference).
  • 07 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Added Titan's Thunder to rotation.
  • 07 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Swapped Kill Command / Multi Shot and Dire Beast lines in the opener.
  • 06 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated Bestial Fury vs Blink Strikes discussion.
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (simulations page): Rewrote explanations for Artifact traits.
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Clarified Volley explanations to make it more explicit that it is to be used at all times, even on a single target.
  • 01 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Made Masterful Shadowruby the gem of choice for all sockets.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion expansion.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (simulations page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 06 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent simulations and recommendations to reflect kill times in HFC and methodology updates with the simulations.
  • 06 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priorities to take AoE into account, as well as using different talents as a base. This punishes Haste a lot.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority to reflect kill times in Legion more accurately.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Changed enchants, gems, and consumables to Mastery, following a tweak in the stat priority.
  • 28 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Very slight opener adjustment.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Removed Barrage from rotation to avoid confusion, added note about Crows in Cooldown section.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Added talent simulations, changed some stuff for tier 1 talents.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Added simulation results for Level 30 talents.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added Opener Sequence section.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added opener.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Gave more explanations as to why some talents are not currently viable.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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