Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Mythic+ Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Aug 08, 2020 at 13:54 by Azortharion 238 comments
General Information

In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Beast Mastery Hunter in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

1.

Unique Challenges of Mythic+

Mythic+ Dungeons, especially high ones, are arguably the highest level of competitive PvE content that WoW has to offer aside from Mythic raiding.

In Mythic Dungeons as a Hunter, you will be responsible for a large part of the group's total damage output, while in a Mythic Raiding group, you may only be responsible for maybe 7% of it. The skill and execution from the individual players in the group is much more important.

Aside from just doing damage, in Mythic+ you will be responsible for many things to make the group's run faster and easier. Interrupting, offensively dispelling enemy targets, soaking mechanics, using your traps and stuns are all much more common in Mythic+ than your usual Mythic raid.

In this guide, we will talk about getting the most out of your Hunter in Mythic+ dungeons, including the best way to set up your character, how your rotation may change, and tips and tricks for using your abilities in the most optimal way.

If you are unfamiliar with Mythic+ and its associated general mechanics, you can read more about it on our dedicated Mythic+ page below.

2.

Beast Mastery Hunter Mythic+ Build

For Mythic+ Dungeons as a Beast Mastery Hunter, your focus will be on a mix of single-target and AoE damage. A big strength of Beast Mastery is that it can deal very high single-target damage while simultaneously doing high AoE.

Note that the talents recommended below are specifically for Mythic+. If you wish to see a more general overview of Beast Mastery talents, you can check our main page below.

These are our recommended talents for Beast Mastery Hunter in Mythic+

Level Choices
15 Killer Instinct Killer Instinct Animal Companion Animal Companion Dire Beast Dire Beast
30 Scent of Blood Scent of Blood One with the Pack One with the Pack Chimaera Shot Chimaera Shot
45 Trailblazer ? Trailblazer Natural Mending ? Natural Mending Camouflage ? Camouflage
60 Venomous Bite Venomous Bite Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows
75 Born To Be Wild ? Born To Be Wild Posthaste ? Posthaste Binding Shot ? Binding Shot
90 Stomp Stomp Barrage Barrage Stampede Stampede
100 Aspect of the Beast Aspect of the Beast Killer Cobra Killer Cobra Spitting Cobra Spitting Cobra
2.1.

Level 15 Talents for Mythic+ as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Killer Instinct Killer Instinct Animal Companion Animal Companion Dire Beast Dire Beast

Animal Companion Icon Animal Companion is the default choice for all situations.

Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast is never chosen.

2.2.

Level 30 Talents for Mythic+ as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Scent of Blood Scent of Blood One with the Pack One with the Pack Chimaera Shot Chimaera Shot

One with the Pack Icon One with the Pack should always be chosen. It enables a Critical Strike-heavy build that also uses Dance of Death Icon Dance of Death Azerite Traits.

2.3.

Level 45 Talents for Mythic+ as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Trailblazer ? Trailblazer Natural Mending ? Natural Mending Camouflage ? Camouflage

Generally speaking, we recommend using Natural Mending Icon Natural Mending. It will allow you to use your Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration self-heal much more often, which can save your life if you have made a mistake, or a very powerful spell has hit you.

2.4.

Level 60 Talents for Mythic+ as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Venomous Bite Venomous Bite Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows

A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows should not be picked under any circumstances.

Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt is the stronger choice for pretty much all Mythic+ situations.

2.5.

Level 75 Talents for Mythic+ as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Born To Be Wild ? Born To Be Wild Posthaste ? Posthaste Binding Shot ? Binding Shot

This tier is mostly a question about mobility, survivability, or utility.

Generally, we recommend using Posthaste Icon Posthaste for the helpful movement speed boost, but if you are doing a very high-level Mythic+ Dungeon, then you might find Born To Be Wild Icon Born To Be Wild more valuable, as it is more likely to save your life than Posthaste.

Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot is much more situational, and there would need to be specific requirements in the dungeon for you to use it. Remember that it is a root and not a stun, so its primary benefit is to help keep mobs stacked.

2.6.

Level 90 Talents for Mythic+ as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Stomp Stomp Barrage Barrage Stampede Stampede

Your choice in this tier largely depends on the damage composition of the dungeon, and what your priorities are.

We recommend Stomp Icon Stomp as the default option in all situations.

2.7.

Level 100 Talents for Mythic+ as a Beast Mastery Hunter

Aspect of the Beast Aspect of the Beast Killer Cobra Killer Cobra Spitting Cobra Spitting Cobra

Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast is a very small loss to pure single-target damage, but is significantly better as soon as AoE is introduced, and also has superior survivability. It should be chosen for all Mythic+.

3.

Rotational Considerations for Beast Mastery Hunter in Mythic+

For the most part, your rotation will remain the same as normal in Mythic+ dungeons. Because of the nature of dungeons, however, with mobs dying constantly and there sometimes being downtime in between packs, we recommend taking the following extra considerations.

Note that the information below specifically pertains to Mythic+. If you require more general information, you should go to the main Rotation page below.

3.1.

Opening on Packs

3.1.1.

With All Cooldowns

  1. Precast Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath and send your pet in.
  2. Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot
  3. Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot
  4. Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot
  5. Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild
  6. Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot
  7. Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot
  8. Proceed as normal.
3.1.2.

Without Aspect of the Wild

  1. Precast Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath and send your pet in.
  2. Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot
  3. Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot
  4. Kill Command Icon Kill Command
  5. Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot
  6. Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot
  7. Proceed as normal.
3.2.

Barbed Shot

You should always end a Mythic+ mob pack with 0 charges of Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot remaining. This is partly to get the most out of its Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath cooldown reduction so that you can have Bestial Wrath for the next pack. If you are using Stomp Icon Stomp, you will also get more value out of the talent by maximizing the Barbed Shot casts that you do.

Keeping up 3 stacks of Frenzy Icon Frenzy is still a very high priority. However, it is worth keeping in mind that mob packs in Mythic+ usually last for only a short time. Additionally, the most important damage tends to be front-loaded, since most packs have mobs of varying health levels. This means that later on in a pack, there is less damage to be done. Because of this, and the reasons above, we recommend focusing on refreshing Frenzy Icon Frenzy as soon as there is less than 8 seconds remaining on Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot's cooldown. This allows you to have 2-3 stacks much earlier in the pull than if you were to wait till the last moment to refresh. It still allows you to refresh to a higher stack count as long as you cast it as soon as the cooldown is gone. The basic point is to maximize the average amount of Frenzy Icon Frenzy stacks per pack.

3.3.

A Murder of Crows

This ability needs time to do its full damage potential. This generally makes it a higher priority as a "filler" than Kill Command Icon Kill Command, and we recommend casting it on the target with the highest health, especially if you are expecting it to die within the 15-second duration.

4.

Key Abilities for Beast Mastery Hunter in Mythic+

Intimidation Icon Intimidation is a 5-second stun. It can be used to interrupt otherwise uninterruptible effects on dangerous mobs, and in high Mythic+ situations, it should be used almost on cooldown to try and negate such casts.

Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap plays the same role as Intimidation Icon Intimidation for the most part, allowing you to interrupt dangerous casts that cannot be interrupted normally. It can also allow you to remove dangerous caster mobs from the equation. If there are caster mobs out of position hitting your group, those are ideal targets to be trapped until they can be pulled into the remaining group.

Counter Shot Icon Counter Shot is your main interrupt and will be used often in any Mythic+. As you get to know the dungeons, you should know which spells are worth spending your valuable, long-cooldown interrupt on, and which ones you can safely leave to those with shorter cooldowns. Chances are that you will have one of the only ranged interrupts in your group. Using this on caster mobs that are out of position in order to force them to run for the tank is extremely valuable.

Feign Death Icon Feign Death is an extremely powerful spell in Mythic+. It can be used to effectively nullify a lot of targeted effects that mobs and bosses channel on you. It can also be used to nullify targeted spells where you can see that it will land on you before the cast finishes. Using Feign Death can cause the boss to pick another target, or completely stop casting the ability.

5.

Azerite Traits for Beast Mastery Hunter in Mythic+

The best Beast Mastery Hunter traits for Mythic+ are usually ones that proc stats with a long duration, and ideally ones that are not reliant on mobs being alive for a long time.

Note that the information below specifically pertains to Mythic+. If you require more general information, you should go to the main Azerite page below.

5.1.

The Best Traits

  • Dance of Death Icon Dance of Death is the "bread and butter" trait for BM Hunters in almost all situations. Combining these with Primal Instincts and Rapid Reload will essentially always be the optimal setup.
  • Primal Instincts Icon Primal Instincts is mandatory to have at least one of, but having more than one is also fine. It amplifies your main cooldown for significant burst damage and combines well with Rapid Reload.
  • Rapid Reload Icon Rapid Reload is mandatory to have at least one of, allowing you to have extremely short cooldowns on Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild. This pairs very well with Primal Instincts.
  • Haze of Rage Icon Haze of Rage also amplifies your main cooldowns, and since you are most likely to use cooldowns when they are important, it allows you to capitalize and double down on your most powerful damage windows. Combining this with Primal Instincts Icon Primal Instincts is a deadly combination for burst DPS.
  • For Tier 2 traits, we recommend Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power, Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames and Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call.
5.2.

Traits to Avoid

  • Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back is a powerful pure single-target trait, but it loses value on multi-target scenarios. It also does less damage if you are attacking from the front. Finally, because its damage comes in the form of a stacking DoT, it is very undesirable when fighting big packs where mobs can often die before the DoT gets to do any damage, thereby wasting it.
  • Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules is a Tier 2 trait with the same problem as Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back. It applies a stacking debuff to a target, and it only does damage when that debuff hits 3 stacks. Because mobs die constantly in Mythic+ packs, you will waste a lot of Azerite Globules procs as mobs die with only a few stacks of the debuff.

To summarize Beast Mastery Azerite Traits for Mythic+, try and stick to the following guidelines:

  • Avoid traits and effects that stack debuffs on targets.
  • Avoid purely single-target traits. Thunderous Blast Icon Thunderous Blast is an exception because it is very overpowered, but generally speaking you want traits that give you more stats, as those will help both single-target and AoE damage.

Finally, and perhaps above all, sim yourself using the HecticAddCleave and DungeonSlice Fight Styles.

6.

Trinket Considerations for Beast Mastery Hunter in Mythic+

When choosing your trinkets, we recommend simulating yourself on Raidbots using the Patchwerk option for raids and single-target, and DungeonSlice (Mythic+/AoE Fights) Fight Styles. Usually, we recommend using trinkets that proc stats, rather than single-target damage dealers.

You can also get a quick overview of good Mythic+ Trinkets on our Gearing page, specifically the Simulation chart for multi-target scenarios.

7.

Changelog

  • 08 Aug. 2020: Stopped recommending Killer Cobra for any Mythic+ situation. Aspect of the Beast should always be chosen.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Updated the default recommendation from Crows to Thrill of the Hunt for practically all M+ situations.
  • 12 Nov. 2019: Altered the recommendation status of Animal Companion.
  • 25 Oct. 2019: Added Dance of Death to the optimal traits.
  • 13 Jul. 2019: Added information about the Beguiling Affix.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019: Made a number of small updates for Crucible of Storms.
  • 03 Feb. 2019: Added mention of Rapid Reload trait.
  • 22 Jan. 2019: Added some brief tips on how to open on packs.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 28 Sep. 2018: Removed Thunderous Blast from the list of desirable traits.
  • 31 Aug. 2018: Added more section to the Beast Mastery Mythic+ guide.
  • 30 Aug. 2018: Added an early look at the optimal Mythic+ Talents for Beast Mastery.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Page created.
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