Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Mythic+ Tips in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 28, 2018 at 12:19 by Azortharion 172 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will various tips and pieces of advice for clearing high Mythic+ content with your Beast Mastery Hunter.

The other pages of our Beast Mastery Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec for many years. He is an accomplished player with dozen of top parses for all specs throughout the game's history. He is also the Admin of Trueshot Lodge, the Hunter Class Discord, and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

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.

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.

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

Generally speaking, we recommend Killer Instinct Icon Killer Instinct. It has the highest single-target damage, and you can use it on mobs with lower health for a damage boost throughout packs.

Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast is a good option as well, especially for large Mythic+ packs where the extra Haste can really help your Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave do a lot of damage. The downside of Dire Beast is that it adds a spell to your global cooldown, meaning that it can be annoying to fit in with all the other spells and priorities that you have to do, especially when you are also focusing on other things than just doing damage.

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

Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot is the only really viable choice here. All the talents are purely about DPS, and Chimaera Shot is by far the best at doing it.

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 is our recommended talent on this tier. It has by far the highest single-target potential, and even with a lot of AoE damage going on, the other talents are just barely competitive.

For Mythic+, the strength of Crows is that you can cast it on enemies that are expected to die within its 15-second duration, thereby resetting its cooldown and letting you use it again on other important targets.

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.

Usually, if you can use it effectively without ninja-pulling anything, we recommend Barrage Icon Barrage as it is generally the burstiest AoE option. It comes with a significant single-target damage loss, however. You will have to consider your dungeon and your situation to decide whether to use it.

For dungeons that are more single-target oriented, or dungeons where ninjapulling can pose a problem (such as Freehold), we recommend Stomp Icon Stomp, which can also dish out heavy burst AoE if you use multiple Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shots in a row.

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 the only truly viable choice in this row, providing superior damage to the alternatives in every way, as well as increased utility, survivability, and mobility, depending on your pet's spec.

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.

3.1. 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.

3.2. 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.

5.1. The Best Traits

  • Primal Instincts Icon Primal Instincts is generally the best Beast Mastery Azerite trait for Mythic+. It significantly amplifies your main cooldown, and it allows you additional Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot charges mid-combat, combined with the slightly alternative Frenzy Icon Frenzy playstyle that we described above.
  • 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 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.

6. Trinket Considerations for Beast Mastery Hunter in Mythic+

When choosing your trinkets, we recommend simulating yourself on both single-target, and 3-target fights. Usually, we recommend using trinkets that proc stats, rather than single-target damage dealers.

7. Changelog

  • 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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