Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Pet Talents — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Jan 09, 2021 at 15:10 by Azortharion 51 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Beast Mastery Hunter in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Hunter talents.

1.

Talent Choices for Beast Mastery Hunter

Level Choices
15 Killer Instinct Killer Instinct Animal Companion Animal Companion Dire Beast Dire Beast
25 Scent of Blood Scent of Blood One with the Pack One with the Pack Chimaera Shot Chimaera Shot
30 Trailblazer ? Trailblazer Natural Mending Natural Mending Camouflage ? Camouflage
35 Spitting Cobra Spitting Cobra Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows
40 Born To Be Wild ? Born To Be Wild Posthaste Posthaste Binding Shot ? Binding Shot
45 Stomp Stomp Barrage Barrage Stampede Stampede
50 Aspect of the Beast Aspect of the Beast Killer Cobra Killer Cobra Bloodshed Bloodshed

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Still Mind Icon Tome of the Still Mind and Codex of the Still Mind Icon Codex of the Still Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2.

Talent Cheat Sheets for Beast Mastery Hunter

These talent recommendations are based on simulations and logs/statistics to help you pick the best choice for any situation.

2.1.

Best Raiding Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter

This is the best build for almost all raiding and single-target fights.

2.2.

Best AoE and Mythic+ Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter

This is our recommended build for encounters with cleave and intermittent AoE, as well as Mythic+ dungeons.

2.3.

Raiding

The builds suggested above do not account for specific fights in the current raid tier. If you wish to have a boss-by-boss breakdown of talent choices, you should check out our dedicated page below.

2.4.

Mythic+

Mythic+ can potentially require a mix of certain AoE and Single-Target talents, depending on affixes and other variables. If you want advice that is specific to Mythic+, you should check out our page below.

2.5.

How To Use Beast Mastery Hunter Talents

Some talents will require you to play in a particular way to get the most out of them. You can find more information on how your rotation will look after selecting your talents on our rotation page below.

3.

Best Pet for Beast Mastery Hunter

Firstly, it is important to note that all pets do the same damage. They only differ in their utility and occasionally defensive capabilities.

For Raiding and Mythic+, we recommend using a Spirit Beast pet in pretty much all situations. They have a heal that you can cast on yourself or any other friendly target, and the ability to dispel harmful effects from itself. They are Tenacity pets as well, which gives you increased maximum health and a small defensive in the form of Survival of the Fittest Icon Survival of the Fittest. You should also keep the Spirit Mend Icon Spirit Mend auto-cast turned off, saving it for when you need it. We recommend turning off Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk too, but it is not significant.

For open-world content and leveling, we recommend using a Ferocity pet. The Special Abilities of Core Hounds and Scalehides are generally the best for such content. Ferocity pets give you a Leech bonus, which heals you when you do damage. This is an effective self-sustain when killing mobs and leveling.

Cunning Pets provide a movement speed bonus, trading in defensive passives for mobility. This is useful when you are farming old, trivial content.

You can see a list of all pet families and their special abilities on the //www.icy-veins.com/wow/beast-mastery-hunter-pve-dps-spell-summary page of this guide.

4.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter

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

This row consists of talents that improve your DPS in various ways.

  • Killer Instinct Icon Killer Instinct increases Kill Command Icon Kill Command's damage to targets below 35% health by 50%.
  • Animal Companion Icon Animal Companion allows you to summon an additional pet from your stable. This second pet will use auto-attacks, and it will use Kill Command Icon Kill Command when you use it along with your regular pet. It also reduces the damage done of your pet by 35%, as otherwise the talent would be too overpowered.
  • Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast is an ability that sends a pet to attack your target for 8 seconds, increasing your Haste by 5% for 8 seconds as well. It has a 20-second cooldown.

Animal Companion Icon Animal Companion is the best choice for all situations. Remember that the second pet is determined by the first slot (top left) in your stable, which is accessible by speaking to a Stable Master in-game.

Killer Instinct Icon Killer Instinct is an acceptable choice if you dislike dealing with two pets, but it is inferior in practically all situations.

Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast should never be chosen. It adds complexity in the form of an extra button, and it is significantly worse DPS overall.

For more information regarding how these talents affect your rotation, please refer to the Tier 1 talent section of our rotation page.

5.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter

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

This row consists of talents that improve your DPS in various ways.

One with the Pack Icon One with the Pack is not worth using in any situation.

Scent of Blood Icon Scent of Blood is the ideal choice for pretty much every situation.

Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot should not be chosen in any situation, as it adds an extra button on top of doing inferior DPS.

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For more information regarding how these talents affect your rotation, please refer to the Tier 2 talent section of our rotation page.

6.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter

This row consists of talents that improve your utility, mobility and survivability.

Trailblazer ? Trailblazer Natural Mending Natural Mending Camouflage ? Camouflage
  • Trailblazer Icon Trailblazer increases your movement speed by 30% whenever you have not attacked for 3 seconds. This is essentially just a helpful passive for moving between packs in Mythic+, or rare raid situations where you need to move for a while and are not able to attack anything.
  • Natural Mending Icon Natural Mending causes your Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration ability's remaining cooldown to be reduced by 1 second for every 20 (Marksmanship and Survival) or 30 (Beast Mastery) Focus you spend. We can generally expect a cooldown reduction of over 30 seconds.
  • Camouflage Icon Camouflage puts you in stealth for 1 minute and heals you for 2% of your maximum health every second. It has a 1-minute cooldown, and the cooldown only starts ticking once Camouflage has been cancelled.

Your choice of talent in this tier is mostly situational, but for general survivability in raids and dungeons, we recommend Natural Mending Icon Natural Mending by default.

7.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter

Spitting Cobra Spitting Cobra Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows

This row consists of talents that improve your DPS in various ways.

  • Spitting Cobra Icon Spitting Cobra spawns a Spitting Cobra whenever your Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath ends that lasts for 20 seconds, dealing damage over this period. Every Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot cast during Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath will increase the damage done by Spitting Cobra by 10%.
  • Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt causes your Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to give you an 8-second buff that increases your Critical Strike chance by 3%, stacking up to 3 times. This essentially works in tandem with the Frenzy Icon Frenzy buff that Barbed Shot applies to your pet. If you are keeping up one buff, you are automatically keeping up the other as well.
  • A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows is an ability on a 1-minute cooldown that applies a 15-second DoT to the target that deals heavy Physical damage. If the target dies while affected by the debuff, the cooldown of A Murder of Crows will reset.

Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt is the best choice for all situations.

A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows should not be chosen in any situation.

Spitting Cobra Icon Spitting Cobra should not be chosen in any situation.

For more information regarding how these talents affect your rotation, please refer to the Tier 4 talent section of our rotation page.

8.

Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter

This row consists of talents that improve your utility, mobility and survivability.

Born To Be Wild ? Born To Be Wild Posthaste Posthaste Binding Shot ? Binding Shot
  • Born To Be Wild Icon Born To Be Wild reduces the cooldown of your Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle, Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah and Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle (Survival) abilities by 20%, reducing their cooldowns to 2 minutes and 24 seconds, and 1 minute and 20 seconds respectively.
  • Posthaste Icon Posthaste increases your movement speed by 50% for 4 seconds after using Disengage Icon Disengage
  • 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 rooted for 5 seconds. This ability has a 45-second cooldown.

Your choice of talent in this tier is mostly situational, but for general survivability in raids and dungeons, we recommend Posthaste Icon Posthaste by default.

9.

Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter

This row consists of talents that improve your DPS in various ways.

Stomp Stomp Barrage Barrage Stampede Stampede
  • Stomp Icon Stomp causes Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to make your pet stomp the ground, dealing AoE damage to all nearby targets.
  • Barrage Icon Barrage is a 3-second channel that rapidly fires shots in a cone in front of you, dealing AoE damage to all targets. It has a 20-second cooldown, and it hits up to 8 targets.
  • Stampede Icon Stampede causes a huge collection of pets to run across your target, dealing heavy damage to your target and all other targets caught in their path. The Stampede will take place where the target was when you cast it, meaning that it can be moved out of their path and take no damage. It has a 2-minute cooldown, and it hits up to 5 targets.

Stomp Icon Stomp is the best choice for almost all situations.

Barrage Icon Barrage can be a good open-world and Torghast option when paired with Misdirection Icon Misdirection to your pet, as it can quickly gather aggro on a lot of mobs. For pure DPS, though, it is almost useless.

Stampede Icon Stampede is powerful for burst AoE, but the single-target DPS loss is so huge that we do not recommend it for any relevant situation.

For more information regarding how these talents affect your rotation, please refer to the Tier 6 talent section of our rotation page.

10.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter

Aspect of the Beast Aspect of the Beast Killer Cobra Killer Cobra Bloodshed Bloodshed

This row consists of talents that improve your DPS in various ways.

  • Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast increases the damage and healing done of your pet's abilities (including Spirit Mend Icon Spirit Mend) by 30%. It enhances your pet spec's passive effects by 50% as well. Leech from Ferocity is increased by 5%, maximum health from Tenacity is increased by 2.5%, and Movement Speed from Cunning is increased by 4%.
  • Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra causes Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot to reset the cooldown of Kill Command Icon Kill Command when Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath is up.
  • Bloodshed Icon Bloodshed is an ability that does heavy damage and increases the target's damage taken from your pet by 15% for 18 seconds. It has a 1-minute cooldown.

Killer Cobra Icon Killer Cobra should not be chosen for any situation.

Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast is a lot better than Bloodshed for AoE and Mythic+ scenarios. It only takes a little bit of AoE for this to beat Bloodshed overall, so in many ways, it is a default choice for fights that are not completely single-target.

Bloodshed Icon Bloodshed is usually going to be better than Aspect of the Beast for purely single-target scenarios. However, depending on gear, you may find that Aspect of the Beast is better for your character. This is best simulated on Raidbots.com, but if you are in doubt, then Aspect of the Beast is a perfectly fine choice.

For more information regarding how these talents affect your rotation, please refer to the Tier 7 talent section of our rotation page.

11.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

War Mode offers several benefits for you in the open world.

  • PvP talents enabled in the outdoor world.
  • At least 10% increase in World Quest rewards at maximum level.
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling.
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended to enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will make yourself available for open world PvP, and the possibility to be "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.

11.1.

Beast Mastery Hunter War Mode Talents

In this section, we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of all PvP Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter

11.1.1.

Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Talents

  1. Dire Beast: Hawk Icon Dire Beast: Hawk causes a hawk to circle a target area, dealing damage to all targets within. This is a great supplement to your AoE damage when doing big pulls in the open world.
  2. Dire Beast: Basilisk Icon Dire Beast: Basilisk is a powerful choice for bursty single-target damage. It is useful for world PvP if you can keep your opponent slowed enough for the Basilisk, and it is very powerful for rare mobs and quest mobs with a lot of health.
  3. Hunting Pack Icon Hunting Pack is a useful mobility option, allowing you to use Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah much more often.
  4. Wild Protector Icon Wild Protector reduces the damage taken by all allies near your pet by 10%. Since you are often close to the targets you encounter in the open world, this is very useful for survivability.

The Beast Within Icon The Beast Within, Interlope Icon Interlope, Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics, Dragonscale Armor Icon Dragonscale Armor, Viper Sting Icon Viper Sting, Spider Sting Icon Spider Sting, Scorpid Sting Icon Scorpid Sting, and Hi-Explosive Trap Icon Hi-Explosive Trap have limited use in PvE content in terms of increasing your damage in the open world, but they can be situationally useful.

12.

Pet Talents

Pets do not have talent trees. Instead, different types of pet belong to one of three difference specs: Ferocity, Tenacity, and Cunning.

Each specialisation grants your pet a few specific abilities. Currently, there is no DPS difference between the different pet specs. The only differences are in utility.

13.

Changelog

  • 09 Jan. 2020: Added some extra notes and caveats to the Level 100 Talent choice for single-target/raiding.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 19 Oct. 2020: Updated the recommendation section for Scent of Blood vs One with the Pack.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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