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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Pet Talents (Legion 7.3)

Last updated on Sep 06, 2017 at 06:39 by Azortharion 574 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Beast Mastery Hunters in World of Warcraft Legion 7.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Solaris. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Talent Cheat Sheets

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

"Zoo" Build — Best for Everything with T19 2pc or High Critical Strike

This build strongly favours the T19 2-piece bonus, but it does not requires it to be better than Dire Frenzy. To know which build you should go for when raiding and doing Mythic+, we recommend simming your best combination of talents using the video tutorial found in the "Simulations" section of this guide.

It is called the Zoo Build due to One with the Pack Icon One with the Pack combined with a high Critical Strike chance giving you a lot of Wild Call Icon Wild Call procs that reset the cooldown of your Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast ability, letting you send a lot of beasts at your target.

Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast can be better than Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra when you have such low Mastery that Kill Commands are worth relatively little compared to Cobra Shots. There is no defined breakpoint for when this happens, but you should instead use the RaidBots.com website in conjunction with the SimPermut AddOn to simulate your talent combinations for your specific gearset.

Raiding Alternative to Zoo Build — Better with High Mastery / No T19 2pc

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

2. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Big Game Hunter Big Game Hunter Way of the Cobra Way of the Cobra Dire Stable Dire Stable

Tier 1 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your DPS.

  • Big Game Hunter Icon Big Game Hunter causes your auto shot and Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot abilities to have a 60% increased critical strike chance on targets that are above 80% health.
  • Way of the Cobra Icon Way of the Cobra causes your Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot to deal 10% increased damage for each pet or guardian you have active. This includes your main pet, Dire Beast(s), and your Artifact pet.
  • Dire Stable Icon Dire Stable causes your Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast ability to generate an additional 12 Focus over its duration, so that it generates 24 Focus over its duration instead of the standard 12.

Way of the Cobra Icon Way of the Cobra is the best choice for single-target fights where you will not often be using Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot over Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot. Dire Stable Icon Dire Stable is the best choice for most other situations, giving you extra Focus to maintain Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave while not losing as many Kill Command Icon Kill Commands.

3. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Stomp Stomp Dire Frenzy Dire Frenzy Chimaera Shot Chimaera Shot

Tier 2 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your DPS.

  • Stomp Icon Stomp causes your Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast to do high AoE damage when they are first summoned.
  • Dire Frenzy Icon Dire Frenzy is an active ability that replaces Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast. It causes your pet to rapidly deal high Physical damage over 5 attacks, and gives your pet a buff that increases its attack speed by 30% for 8 seconds. This buff may stack up to 3 times.
  • Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot is an active ability that deals high damage on a 15-second cooldown which is reduced by Haste. It can hit up to 2 targets that are close to each other, and it generates 10 Focus for each target hit.

Stomp Icon Stomp is the strongest choice in most situations, unless you have high Mastery compared to Critical Strike and Haste. It provides a good single-target boost, especially with the Tier 19 2-piece set bonus, and also cleaves automatically. It is part of the most optimal builds for Beast Mastery and is thus the default choice. There is no exact cutoff point for "high" Mastery, and in almost all cases you are better off simulating the difference between the two builds for yourself.

Dire Frenzy Icon Dire Frenzy is the best choice for all situations when you have extraordinarily high Mastery, combined with Bestial Fury Icon Bestial Fury and Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra, but while it has the theoretical maximum output, it is much more difficult to get the gear required than a Stomp Icon Stomp-based build, so it is not recommended unless you are one of the lucky people with good gear, and very high Mastery. There is no exact cutoff point for "high" Mastery, and in almost all cases you are better off simulating the difference between the two builds for yourself.

Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot is not desirable in any situation and should not be chosen as part of any optimal build.

4. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Posthaste Posthaste Farstrider Farstrider Trailblazer Trailblazer

Tier 3 talents offer you a choice between 3 means of improving your mobility.

  • Posthaste Icon Posthaste causes Disengage Icon Disengage to free you from all movement-impairing effects and boost your movement speed by 60% for 5 seconds.
  • Farstrider Icon Farstrider causes your damaging ability critical strikes to have a 15% chance to reset the cooldown of Disengage Icon Disengage.
  • Trailblazer Icon Trailblazer increases your non-mounted movement speed by 25% after you have not attacked anything for 3 seconds. It expires when you attack something again.

Your default choice should be Posthaste Icon Posthaste, as it will make you much better at covering long distances on a regular basis. You can use Farstrider Icon Farstrider if you never have to move more than the distance a single Posthaste Icon Posthaste will take you. Trailblazer Icon Trailblazer is only really worth using for non-mounted periods where you will be moving between combat zones for a long time. Since dungeons have nearly constant combat, and World Quests allow you to mount up, there are not many places where you can reliably do this. There is a conceivably use for it for Survival in dungeons, since the spec does not have a lot of mobility when running between packs besides its Harpoon Icon Harpoon ability.

5. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

One with the Pack One with the Pack Bestial Fury Bestial Fury Blink Strikes ? Blink Strikes

Tier 4 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your DPS.

  • One with the Pack Icon One with the Pack vastly increases the chance for your Wild Call Icon Wild Call passive ability to reset the cooldown of Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast and Dire Frenzy Icon Dire Frenzy.
  • Bestial Fury Icon Bestial Fury increases the damage bonus of Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath by an additional 15%, to make it 35%.
  • Blink Strikes Icon Blink Strikes grants your pet a passive ability, causing its Basic Attacks to deal 100% increased damage. Moreover, when Blink Strikes is taken, the pet uses its Basic Attacks from up to 30 yards away (with a minimum range of 10 yards) from the target, instantly teleporting behind the target. The teleportation effect has a 20-second internal cooldown.

Bestial Fury Icon Bestial Fury should be chosen for all situations when using the Dire Frenzy Icon Dire Frenzy talent.

One with the Pack Icon One with the Pack gives you significantly more Dire Frenzies and Beasts, which leads to pet attack speed uptime and Dire Frenzy attacks in general. It is the best choice for most AoE for this reason. It is used in all situations where you would also use Stomp Icon Stomp, meaning all builds that do not use Dire Frenzy Icon Dire Frenzy. The talent benefits enormously from Critical Strike, and so does the Stomp-based "Zoo" build.

Blink Strikes Icon Blink Strikes is rarely used in a competitive raiding setting. While it is very good for multi-target as it enhances pet damage significantly, which translates into more Beast Cleave damage, it is very rare that AoE is the main priority point of a fight. Additionally, Blink Strikes loses value compared to Bestial Fury whenever the AoE is bursty in nature (which is nearly all the time in both raids and Mythic+). So while it performs very well in sims, it is generally not worth picking in the Tomb of Sargeras or Mythic+ dungeons.

6. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Binding Shot Binding Shot Wyvern Sting ? Wyvern Sting Intimidation ? Intimidation

Tier 5 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that provide you crowd control and utility.

  • Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot fires an arrow at a targeted location on the ground. If an enemy comes within 5 yards of the arrow, and then steps more than 5 yards away from it again, they will be stunned for 5 seconds. This ability has a 45-second cooldown.
  • Wyvern Sting Icon Wyvern Sting puts the target to sleep for 30 seconds. The ability has a 45-second cooldown. Any damage done to the target will break the effect.
  • Intimidation Icon Intimidation commands your pet to stun the target for 3 seconds, with a 1-minute cooldown.

While none of these talents will have any effect on your DPS, Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot can bring some raid utility, as it can be used as a reliable stun for fights with adds. It can also be used as an interrupt, since placing it so that the add is at the edge of the targeted area will instantly stun it, regardless of whether or not it moves.

You should choose the talent that best suits your situation, but Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot should generally be your default choice.

7. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows Barrage ? Barrage Volley Volley

Tier 6 talents offer you a choice between 3 active abilities that increase your DPS in different ways.

  • A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows summons a flock of crows to attack your target for 15 seconds, with a 1-minute cooldown. If the target dies while under attack, the cooldown of A Murder of Crows is reset. It costs 30 Focus.
  • Barrage Icon Barrage is a channeled spell that fires a barrage of shots at all targets in front of you, dealing moderate damage over 3 seconds (a total of 16 shots in quick succession) to all of them. It does not hit targets that are invisible or in stealth.
  • Volley Icon Volley is an activated ability that causes your auto shots to also launch a volley of shots that deal moderate Physical damage to your target, and all other targets within 8 yards. While Volley is active, it will drain 3 Focus per autoattack (about 1 Focus per second on average).

A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows is currently the best talent in this tier for 1-3 target situations. It does extremely high damage for a low cost of Focus and time, because it benefits from Beast Mastery's Mastery, which increases pet damage.

Since Barrage Icon Barrage was nerfed significantly in 7.1.5 on single-target, it is now only worth taking on heavy, spread out AoE. This essentially means that it will fall short of Volley Icon Volley in nearly all realistic situations, because Volley has much more powerful AoE in general. Barrage should only be taken if all of the heavy AoE in an encounter is spread out further than Volley can reach it.

8. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Stampede ? Stampede Killer Cobra Killer Cobra Aspect of the Beast ? Aspect of the Beast

Tier 7 talents offer you a choice of various means of enhancing your DPS performance.

  • Stampede Icon Stampede summons a variety of beasts to charge towards your target, dealing massive damage to all enemies in their path for 12 seconds. This ability has a 3 minute cooldown.
  • Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra causes your Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath ability to always make Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot reset the cooldown of Kill Command Icon Kill Command.
  • Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast is a passive ability that enhances your Kill Command Icon Kill Command ability in different ways, depending on the spec of your current pet.
    • For Ferocity, which is your preferred pet DPS spec, it causes Kill Command Icon Kill Command to also deal low Physical damage to the target over 6 seconds.
    • For Tenacity, it gives your pet a 30% damage taken reduction for 6 seconds.
    • For Cunning, it reduces the target's movement speed by 50% for 4 seconds.

Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra is the best choice for pure single target applications in almost all situations.

Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast is only strong when you AoE so much that Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra cannot be leveraged, which is mostly on sustained AoE encounters of which there are essentially none in the Tomb of Sargeras. It is worth noting that in rare situations, it can be better than Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra for single-target when your Mastery is very low. This is because a low Mastery and high Critical Strike/Haste shifts your damage potential from Kill Command and over to Cobra Shot, making it more beneficial to minimize time spent casting Kill Command Icon Kill Command. The only way to know which is better for you is using RaidBots.com to simulate your character's talent setups, which is usually done in conjunction with the SimPermut AddOn. To figure out your best course of action in this and other talent tiers, we strongly recommend simming yourself using the video tutorial found in the simulations section of this guide.

Stampede Icon Stampede is only useful for burst AoE. This is quite rarely useful, because the single-target penalty you take for this burst AoE is generally not worth it.

The choice between Killler Cobra and Stampede for Mythic+ dungeons will depend on the exact dungeon. Killer Cobra prefers dungeons with few heavy AoE segments where boss and single-target damage is important, and Stampede the opposite.

9. Pet Talents

Pets do not have talent trees. Instead, you can simply choose one of three specialisations for your pet (Ferocity, Tenacity, and Cunning). You can change your pet's specialisation at any time (while out of combat), free of cost.

Each specialisation grants your pet a few specific abilities. Currently, Ferocity provides the highest DPS in a raid environment, so it should be the default choice for all specs.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 06 Sep. 2017: Removed the Mythic+ talents cheat sheet as it does not really differ from whatever your "Main" talents are (Dire Frenzy or Stomp builds), making it obsolete.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 08 Aug. 2017: Wrote some clarifications about having to simulate the different builds to know which is better.
  • 05 Aug. 2017: Rewrote One with the Pack/Bestial Fury, and Stomp/Dire Frenzy sections.
  • 20 Jul. 2017: Removed an obsolete section about Stampede.
  • 18 Jul. 2017: Added a lot of notes about Aspect of the Beast and notes about Zoo build usage, and a lot of references to the importance of simming yourself for these character-specific choices.
  • 13 Jul. 2017: Removed obsolete mentions of the Nighthold.
  • 30 Jun. 2017: Dubbed the Stomp build the "Zoo" build.
  • 22 Jun. 2017: Added note about using Stomp instead of Dire Frenzy when using the T19 2-piece.
  • 17 Jun. 2017: Fixed some ambiguous wording and made it clear that the Stomp build is best with T19 2pc and not beyond.
  • 14 Jun. 2017: Swapped a talent recommendation for the Stomp/OWTP build and fixed the graphic. Reworded the "title" of the OWTP build, and when to use it.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Changed some recommendations slightly for 7.2.5 changes and reworded the whole level 100 talent choice explanation. Put the Raid Encounters cheat sheet above the Mythic+ one. Reverted some One with the Pack wording that was based on a reverted change.
  • 04 May 2017: Edited recommended talents for M+ in the cheat sheet.
  • 17 Apr. 2017: Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 02 Apr. 2017: Recommended Dire Frenzy for multi-target as well.
  • 30 Mar. 2017: Updates Level 60 talent recommendations for Legendary Shoulders.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 21 Mar. 2017: Give Blink Strikes its own paragraph to clear up confusion.
  • 17 Mar. 2017: Updated note about Bestial Fury/Blink Strikes.
  • 09 Mar. 2017: Added note about Aspect of the Beast being really nice with the Qa'pla Legendary Boots.
  • 09 Feb. 2017: Added note about 4pc hotfix for Dire Frenzy, making it the best single-target choice.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Treat the Talent Cheet Sheet more like an actual quick glance, rather than an easy-mode thing with overly simple answers.
  • 24 Jan. 2017: Added note about One with the Pack with The Mantle of Command.
  • 17 Jan. 2017: Updated single-target recommendation to Way of the Cobra now that Cobra Shot got buffed.
  • 11 Jan. 2017: Further fixes.
  • 08 Jan. 2017: Updated for 7.1.5.
  • 30 Oct. 2016: Removed talent table at the beginning of the page.
  • 25 Oct. 2016: Updated for Patch 7.1.
    • Updated Posthaste's duration. Was changed in Patch 7.1 to be 5 seconds (down from 8).
    • Trailblazer replaces Dash.
  • 08 Oct. 2016: Fixed a small typo.
  • 20 Sep. 2016: Added note about Stampede vs Killer Cobra for Mythic+.
  • 18 Sep. 2016: Updated some talent choice explanations.
  • 06 Sep. 2016: Updated Bestial Fury vs Blink Strikes discussion.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2016: Updated talent simulations and recommendations to reflect kill times in HFC and methodology updates with the simulations.
  • 21 Jul. 2016: Added talent simulations, changed some stuff for tier 1 talents.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Added simulation results for Level 30 talents.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Gave more explanations as to why some talents are not currently viable.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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