Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 14, 2024 at 07:20 by Azortharion 123 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Beast Mastery Hunter in both single-target and multiple-target situations. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your DPS. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Beast Mastery Hunter rotation.

1.

Beast Mastery Hunter Rotation for Dragonflight

Welcome to our Rotation page for Beast Mastery Hunters. On this page, you will find everything you need to know about actually playing the spec in Raiding and Mythic+ scenarios.

1.1.

Best Talent Builds for Beast Mastery Hunter in Dragonflight

We highly recommend you go and grab the best Talent Builds for the spec before diving into the Rotation. Check out our dedicated Talents page below:

1.2.

Simplified Beast Mastery Hunter Rotation for Beginners

If the rotations below seem overwhelming to you, you might benefit from visiting our Easy Mode page, which outlines a close-to-optimal rotation in simpler terms.

1.3.

PvP

The content on this page is purely PvE-related. If you are looking for PvP Rotation Tips, please visit our PvP page below.

2.

Beast Mastery Hunter Rotations

Each of the sections below explain the rotation for Beast Mastery Hunter at different target counts. Click the boxes to switch to the desired damage type.

3.

Beast Mastery Hunter Rotation

The buttons below can be used to select between curated Single-Target and AoE/Mythic+ loadouts. You can also use the switches below to add or remove individual talents you may also be using:

Single-Target Mythic+/AoE
Talent Selections, etc.
Alpha Predator Icon Alpha Predator A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows Barrage Icon Barrage
Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave Bloodshed Icon Bloodshed Bloody Frenzy Icon Bloody Frenzy
Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast
Improved Kill Shot Icon Improved Kill Shot Poison Injection Icon Poison Injection Savagery Icon Savagery
Scent of Blood Icon Scent of Blood Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting Stampede Icon Stampede
Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow Wild Call Icon Wild Call
Wild Instincts Icon Wild Instincts Ashes of the Embersoul Icon Ashes of the Embersoul Bandolier of Twisted Blades Icon Bandolier of Twisted Blades
Beacon to the Beyond Icon Beacon to the Beyond Darkmoon Deck Box: Dance Icon Darkmoon Deck Box: Dance Erupting Spear Fragment Icon Erupting Spear Fragment
Globe of Jagged Ice Icon Globe of Jagged Ice Manic Grieftorch Icon Manic Grieftorch Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows
Irideus Fragment Icon Irideus Fragment Algeth'ar Puzzle Box Icon Algeth'ar Puzzle Box Storm-Eater's Boon Icon Storm-Eater's Boon
Witherbark's Branch Icon Witherbark's Branch
Beast Mastery Explained Single-Target Rotation AoE Rotation
3.

Single-Target Rotation Goals for Beast Mastery Hunter

  • Casting Kill Command Icon Kill Command as much as possible, both on single-target and AoE.
  • Managing your Focus — Never capping it but also ensuring you have enough Focus to cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command off cooldown.
  • Maintaining 3 stacks of Frenzy Icon Frenzy by using Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot intelligently.
4.

AoE Rotation Goals for Beast Mastery Hunter

  • All the same goals as the single-target Rotation.
  • Maintaining Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave (by using Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot) at 100% uptime, ensuring that all your pet abilities are constantly dealing AoE damage.
  • Being extra careful with Focus management to ensure that you can always refresh Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave as late as possible while simultaneously casting all your Kill Command Icon Kill Commands on cooldown.

Important Note: 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.

  • /cast [@pettarget]Claw
  • /cast [@pettarget]Bite
  • /cast [@pettarget]Smack

We recommend adding these 3 lines to the end of your macros.

This ensures that you will always cast your pet's Basic Attack on cooldown since Blizzard's automatic cast will delay each cast by up to 0.1 seconds. It is a very small but real DPS increase. For more macros, please refer to our Beast Mastery Hunter macro page.

4.1.

Rotation WeakAuras for Beast Mastery Hunter

I recommend that you grab my Barbed Shot Helper WeakAura. It will pop up when it is time to cast Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot automatically, and it lets you focus on the rest of the Rotation.

In the Single-Target and AoE sections, you will find a highly detailed priority list breakdown of the Rotation, as well as optimal openers.

5.

Single-Target Opener for Beast Mastery Hunter in Dragonflight

  1. Ensure Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark is active on the target from you or another Hunter in the group!
  2. Use 2x Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shots
  3. Use Bloodshed Icon Bloodshed
  4. Use Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath
  5. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to get it off 2 charges.
  6. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram
  7. Use Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild alongside most on-use Trinkets here. Use Trinkets with a cast time before this.
  8. Activate your Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power Icon Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power.
  9. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command
  10. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot
  11. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command
  12. Proceed with your normal Rotation according to the priority list below.
6.

Single-Target Rotation for Beast Mastery Hunter

This priority list describes the optimal single-target Rotation for Beast Mastery Hunter.

  1. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to refresh Frenzy Icon Frenzy when it is about to fall off. If Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath or Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild are off cooldown, spend all of your Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot charges before pressing them, if Frenzy Icon Frenzy has fewer than 3 stacks.
  2. Cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command if it about to reach 2 charges.
  3. Use Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild on cooldown.
  4. Use Bloodshed Icon Bloodshed on cooldown.
  5. Use Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath on cooldown.
  6. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram on cooldown.
  7. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command on cooldown.
  8. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to prevent it from reaching 2 charges. With Savagery Icon Savagery specced, you can just mindlessly cast Barbed Shot off cooldown.
  9. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot on cooldown.
  10. Use Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot when you have nothing else to do.
7.

AoE Opener for Beast Mastery Hunter

  1. Ensure Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark is active on the highest-health target from you or another Hunter in the group!
  2. Use 2x Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot, on different targets.
  3. Use Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild
  4. Use Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath
  5. Activate your Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power Icon Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power along with any on-Use Trinkets.
  6. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command
  7. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot, ideally on a third target.
  8. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command
  9. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram
  10. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command
  11. Use Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast
  12. Proceed with your normal Rotation according to the priority list below.
8.

AoE Rotation for Beast Mastery Hunter

This priority list describes the optimal AoE rotation for Beast Mastery Hunter.

  1. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to refresh Frenzy Icon Frenzy when it is about to fall off. If Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath's cooldown is less than 12 seconds, you should also use a Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to bring it off cooldown as a high priority. If Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath or Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild are off cooldown, spend all of your Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot charges before pressing them, if Frenzy Icon Frenzy has fewer than 3 stacks.
  2. Use Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot to apply and maintain the Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave buff on your pet. You should try to refresh it as late as possible, generally, but without wasting other globals.
  3. Use Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath on cooldown.
  4. Use Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild on cooldown.
  5. Cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command on cooldown.
  6. Use Bloodshed Icon Bloodshed on cooldown.
  7. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram on cooldown.
  8. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to prevent it from reaching 2 charges. With Savagery Icon Savagery specced, you can just mindlessly cast Barbed Shot off cooldown.
  9. Use Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot if Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave has less than 2 GCD's remaining on its duration.
  10. Use Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot when you have more than 80 Focus.
8.1.

Addons for Beast Mastery Hunter Rotation

Check out our Addons page below for some recommended Addons to get the most out of your Beast Mastery Hunter!

8.2.

Macros for Beast Mastery Hunter Rotation

Check out our Macros page below for some recommended Macros to get the most out of your Beast Mastery Hunter!

8.3.

Mythic+ Tips and Tricks for Beast Mastery Hunter

For information about Mythic+ as a Beast Mastery Hunter, please refer to our Mythic+ page.

8.4.

WeakAuras for Beast Mastery Hunters in Dragonflight

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

9.

Questions for the Author

Thanks for reading my Rotation Guide for Beast Mastery Hunter. If you have any questions about it that you would like to ask me directly, feel free to drop into my Discord Server and drop me (Azortharion) a ping at any time.

10.

Changelog

  • 14 May 2024: Added explicit Grieftorch and Puzzle Box lines to the openers.
  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Season 4.
  • 19 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 20 Jan. 2024: Updated Barbed Shot usage in the AoE rotation slightly, and updated Witherbark's Branch usage.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Updated for Patch 10.2.5
  • 10 Jan. 2024: Small opener update.
  • 06 Dec. 2023: Updated the opener.
  • 12 Nov. 2023: Updated the AoE Opener with Bloody Frenzy slightly.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.7
  • 14 Aug. 2023: Restructured the page.
  • 17 Jul. 2023: Added on-use trinkets to the rotation.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 29 Jun. 2023: Updated Kill Command's place in the AoE rotation slightly.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Clarified that you should Barbed Shot Multidot with the mouseover macro offered on the guide.
  • 08 Jan. 2023: Added a checkbox for the Neltharax Bow and appropriate rotational changes.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Fixed an issue where Dire Beast was missing from the opener.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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