Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

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General Information

Welcome to our Beast Mastery Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. 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 WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS 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.
  • +Can do full DPS while moving.
  • +Easy to play.
X Weaknesses
  • -Relies on the Pet's AI to do good damage.
  • -Low burst DPS, especially single-target.
3.

Recent Changes for Beast Mastery Hunters

We are maintaining a list of changes for Hunters for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below.

Beast Mastery Hunter is largely staying the same in Shadowlands. A few talents that were never used have either been reworked or removed entirely to pave the way for new ideas.

The most notable change for Beast Mastery Hunter is not specific to the spec. A lot of Hunter Class Abilities from the old days are making a return, and this will be the biggest change for Beast Mastery Hunters going into the Shadowlands expansion.

The biggest change to your DPS rotation will be the introduction of Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot, and perhaps Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot, although the spec will be designed in a way that makes Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot the ideal choice over Arcane Shot in pretty much any situation.

4.

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.

5.

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.

6.

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.

7.

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.

8.

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.

9.

Changelog

  • 01 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Added optimal Cloak Enchant.
  • 29 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Added Barbed Shot with two charges to the Rotation section.
  • 27 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Removed a duplicate line from the Opener Sequence.
  • 27 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated the BiS Cloak and Trinket Sims.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reordered sections.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (WeakAuras page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this 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 (talents page): Updated the recommendation section for Scent of Blood vs One with the Pack.
  • 19 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated the talent 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 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents 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 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (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 (WeakAuras 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 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (WeakAuras 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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