Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Macros and Addons — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 13, 2020 at 13:30 by Azortharion 234 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find a number of useful macros and addons to make your life easier when playing your Beast Mastery Hunter in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Hunter addons and macros.


Macros for Beast Mastery Hunter


Generic Macros for Hunters


Aspect of the Turtle Cancelaura Macro

  • /cancelaura Aspect of the Turtle

This macro allows you to cancel your Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle, which is useful because while Aspect of the Turtle is active, you cannot perform any attacks. With this macro, you can use Aspect of the Turtle to avoid a specific boss ability and then quickly resume DPS.

We advise using the above macro separately from your normal Aspect of the Turtle keybind, even though having a single macro for both is common. The reason we advise against using the two together is that it is very easy to accidentally cancel Aspect of the Turtle, especially if you are spamming your keybind.


Misdirection Mouseover/Focus Macro

  • #showtooltip Misdirection
  • /cast [@mouseover,help,nodead][@focus,help,nodead]Misdirection

This macro will cast Misdirection Icon Misdirection on the target you are currently mousing over, provided that they are friendly and not dead. Otherwise, it will cast Misdirection on your Focus target, if they are friendly and not dead. If this is not a valid choice either, it will cast Misdirection on your current target.


Trap Macros for Survival

There have recently been added special macro modifiers that allow you to cast traps or other ground-targetable effects in different ways. To make use of these, simply make a macro that says "/cast [@???] Explosive Trap" for example, where "@???" can be replaced with:

  • @cursor to place the trap directly where your mouse is when you hit the bind.
  • @player to place the trap directly underneath your character.

Petattack Macros

It is a good idea to include a command to force your pet to switch to your current important target. We recommend tying this line to abilities like Kill Command Icon Kill Command for Beast Mastery Hunters, Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot for Marksmanship Hunters, and Kill Command Icon Kill Command for Survival Hunters, as these are abilities you tend to use on your primary target. For Beast Mastery, it should also be put in a Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot macro, so that you can use your Multi-Shot button to also manage your pet's target, and thus its position to maximize Beast Cleave benefit.

  • #showtooltip Kill Command
  • /petattack
  • /cast Kill Command
  • #showtooltip Multi-Shot
  • /petattack
  • /cast Multi-Shot
  • #showtooltip Aimed Shot
  • /petattack
  • /cast Aimed Shot

Specific Macros for Beast Mastery Hunters


Basic Attack Macros (to Be Put in Other Macros)

Because the in-game "auto-cast" system for Hunter pets is very slow, it is recommended to put these 3 lines into macros for all of your offensive spells.

  • /use Claw(Basic Attack)
  • /use Bite(Basic Attack)
  • /use Smack(Basic Attack)

Kill Command with Pet Attack

  • #showtooltip
  • /petattack
  • /use Kill Command

This macro makes your pet Kill Command Icon Kill Command your target, instead of its own. It is helpful for pet movement, and it ensures that your pet is always damaging the target you want. Please refer to the pet contribution section of our rotation page for more information on Kill Command.


"Oops, I Forgot To Summon My Pet" Macro

  • #showtooltip Kill Command
  • /petattack
  • /cast [pet] Kill Command; Call Pet 1

This macro will summon the first pet in your stable if it is not active already, when you attempt to cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command with no pet summoned. Please refer to the pet contribution section of our rotation page for more information on Kill Command.


Spirit Mend

  • #showtooltip
  • /use [@mouseover,help,nodead][@focus,help,nodead][@player]Spirit Mend

This macro will use your Spirit Beast's Spirit Mend Icon Spirit Mend on a friendly mouseover target first. If there is none, then it will cast it on your Focus target if it is a friendly unit (a squishy party member or your tank, usually). If there is none, then it will cast Spirit Mend on yourself.


WeakAuras for Beast Mastery Hunters

WeakAuras can have a tremendously positive effect on your performance. Since this is a broad topic, we made a page dedicated to it.


Addons for Beast Mastery Hunter


Generic Addons for Hunters



Here, at Icy Veins, we use ElvUI for all our characters. This addon is a complete replacement of the default User Interface. It comes with almost everything you need to perform properly: action bars, cooldown timers, proc display, etc.

We strongly recommend that you get this addon and our forum moderator Pandacho has written a quick configuration guide for it.


Weak Auras

WeakAuras is an extremely useful addon that allows you to have visual effects on your screen, helping you track your buffs, debuffs and cooldowns. It is highly customisable and it can make it much, much easier to keep track of your procs and play your spec more proficiently. It can also be used for a variety of other functions.


Boss Mods: Deadly Boss Mods or Bigwigs

Boss mods are addons that warn you about boss abilities and give you live advice on how to handle some mechanics. We strongly recommend you to get one such addon. At Icy Veins, we mostly use Deadly Boss Mods, the most popular boss mod. A good alternative is Big Wigs.



"Details!" Damage Meter is a real-time DPS/HPS meter with a lot of additional functionality such as being able to see cooldowns, buffs, debuffs, damage done to specific targets, and statistical analysis. In our opinion, it is superior to Skada in terms of functionality, although it is slightly more complicated to configure. We recommend Details! as your default damage meter, but if you prefer something easier, then Skada is still a good option.



GTFO is a lightweight addon that notifies you when you are standing in harmful effects or when you are making other such mistakes. It is very useful, even if your boss mod is already alerting you of such things.


Specific Addons for Beast Mastery Hunters

Currently, we feel that there is no need for additional addons to play a Beast Mastery Hunter to its full potential.



  • 13 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Added a line to the Intimidation Macro.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 07 Aug. 2018: Added a few useful macros.
  • 31 Jul. 2018: Added the Basic Attack macro.
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