Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Mythic+ Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5
In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Beast Mastery Hunter in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.
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.
Beast Mastery Hunter's' Role in Mythic+
Beast Mastery Hunter specializes in single-target damage, and is especially popular for Tyrannical keys where its high single-target DPS and powerful burst is valuable for killing bosses quickly, as well as dispatching adds that spawn in many Mythic+ boss encounters.
AoE is a big weak point for Beast Mastery Hunter, and the only strong source of burst AoE comes from Wild Spirits with Fragments of the Elder Antlers, which does not work on target counts above 5. It is possible to use alternative Legendaries to try and overcome this deficit, but as we discuss below, this is rarely worth it and you are better off leaning into Beast Mastery Hunter's strengths (single-target and burst) rather than trying to make up for its deficits.
Best Beast Mastery Hunter Mythic+ Build
For a more general overview of Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter, please visit our dedicated Talents page.
These are our recommended talents for Beast Mastery Hunter in Mythic+.
|15||✗ Killer Instinct||✓ Animal Companion||✗ Dire Beast|
|25||✓ Scent of Blood||✗ One with the Pack||✗ Chimaera Shot|
|30||? Trailblazer||? Natural Mending||? Camouflage|
|35||✗ Spitting Cobra||✓ Thrill of the Hunt||✗ A Murder of Crows|
|40||? Born To Be Wild||✓ Posthaste||? Binding Shot|
|45||✓ Stomp||✗ Barrage||✗ Stampede|
|50||✓ Aspect of the Beast||✗ Killer Cobra||✗ Bloodshed|
Best Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbind for Beast Mastery Hunter
For more information about the best Beast Mastery Hunter Covenants and Soulbinds, please check out our page below.
Best Mythic+ Legendary for Beast Mastery Hunter
Fragments of the Elder Antlers is the best Legendary for Beast Mastery Hunters in Mythic+. It has by far the best cleave and single-target of any Legendary. Its major downside is that it does not work on target counts above 5, which can be a lot of pulls in Mythic+.
Because of this, you may occasionally prefer to use Rylakstalker's Piercing Fangs, which supports your uncapped AoE in Beast Cleave and beats Antlers on large pulls. This is very rarely worth it, and should only be considered in Fortified keys with notoriously large pulls, such as Halls of Atonement, and nowhere else.
For more information on Beast Mastery Hunter Legendaries in different situations, please check out our page below.
9.2 Seasonal Affix: Encrypted
The Encrypted Affix will spawn three Relics on certain packs in the dungeon. These Relics buff the pack they are in, and should usually be killed as the highest priority.
Depending on the Relic that you kill first, you will get a buff once it does.
- Killing the Wo Relic first will grant you a 1-minute stealth and 45-second movement speed boost via Decrypted Wo Cypher.
- Killing the Vy Relic first will grant you a 15% Haste buff for 45 seconds via Decrypted Vy Cypher.
- Killing the Urh Relic first will grant you a 200% cooldown recovery rate buff for 10 seconds via Decrypted Urh Cypher.
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.
Mythic+ AoE Burst Opener for Beast Mastery Hunter
- Use Barbed Shot to send your pet in.
- Use Multi-Shot.
- Activate your Covenant Ability such as Wild Spirits alongside Aspect of the Wild.
- Use Barbed Shot on a new target.
- Use Multi-Shot.
- Use Bestial Wrath.
- Use Barbed Shot.
- Use Multi-Shot.
- Proceed with your normal rotation.
You should always end a Mythic+ mob pack with 0 charges of Barbed Shot remaining. This is partly to get the most out of its Bestial Wrath cooldown reduction so that you can have Bestial Wrath for the next pack. If you are using 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 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 as soon as there is less than 8 seconds remaining on 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 stacks per pack.
Key Abilities for Beast Mastery Hunter in Mythic+
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 plays the same role as 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. It can also be used to skip mobs or packs by trapping a mob, letting the group run past, grabbing aggro by running close to it, and then running away and using Feign Death.
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 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.
Binding Shot is one of the most unique utility spells you bring to Mythic+. It is an 8-second root that can affect any amount of targets that crosses over the arrow. This is used when the tank is kiting to save them from danger. It can also be used to ensure that mobs stay in place for a number of reasons, such as keeping them inside your Wild Spirits/ Resonating Arrow.
Tranquilizing Shot is simple. It is an offensive Enrage/Magic dispel that can be used to remove beneficial buffs from enemies. An underrated feature of this ability is that gives you 10 Focus if it successfully dispels something.
Finally, and perhaps above all, sim yourself using the DungeonSlice Fight Style on Raidbots.
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.
- 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
- 21 Feb. 2022: Updated information about the new Affix and updated the best Covenant, Legendary, and some rationale for the Legendary choice. Updated the Mythic+ Opener.
- 01 Nov. 2021: Added some information about the Legion Timewalking Affix "Infernal", and changed the recommendation of some Tormented Anima Powers.
- 02 Aug. 2021: Updated the optimal Covenant and Legendary for Beast Mastery Mythic+.
- 13 Jul. 2021: Added information about the best Tormented Anima Mythic+ Powers to take.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated the optimal Mythic+ Soulbind and Covenant to Pelagos for Kyrian.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
- 19 Apr. 2021: Added information about Binding Shot and Tranquilizing Shot to the utility spells section.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 07 Dec. 2020: Added information about best Covenants and Legendaries for Mythic+, and altered the AoE Burst Opener.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
- 19 Oct. 2020: Updated the talent recommendation section for Scent of Blood vs One with the Pack.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
- Awesome Hard Mode 4 Ahn'Qiraj Season of Mastery World First Clear Video
- Anduin as the Lich King (AI-Generated Art Piece)
- Wrath of the Lich King Classic Beta Invite Wave Went Out
- Patch 9.2.5 Hotfixes: June 24th - Class Tuning
- Upcoming Class Tuning: June 28th
- Will Dragonflight Release in November 2022?
- Dragonflight Pre-Order Pet Double the Size of the Player Character
- Naxxramas New Season of Mastery Features Teased