Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Pet Talents — Dragonflight 10.0.7
On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Beast Mastery Hunter in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.7. 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 WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Beast Mastery Hunter talents.
- 1. Dragonflight Talent Explanations for Beast Mastery Hunter
- 2. Best Dragonflight Raiding Talent Build for Beast Mastery Hunter
- 3. Best Dragonflight Mythic+ Talent Build for Beast Mastery Hunter
- 4. Build Notes, Explanations, and Alternatives
- 5. Best Talent Build Explanations for Beast Mastery Hunters
- 6. Mythic+
Dragonflight Talent Explanations for Beast Mastery Hunter
On our Spells page below, you can see a full explanation of every Ability and Talent for Beast Mastery Hunter. We recommend checking it out to familiarize yourself before studying the build below!
Best Dragonflight Raiding Talent Build for Beast Mastery Hunter
This talent setup is mostly single-target focused, with very little active cleave. We explain the details of the build further below.
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Best Dragonflight Mythic+ Talent Build for Beast Mastery Hunter
This is our recommended build for encounters with cleave and intermittent AoE, as well as Mythic+ dungeons.
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Build Notes, Explanations, and Alternatives
Wailing Arrow in Mythic+
For AoE Encounters in the Raid, use Dire Command instead of Wailing Arrow. If you dislike the extra button, grab an extra point of Dire Command.
In our Mythic+ build, we choose Wailing Arrow as it is only a slight DPS loss (~0.5%) under Dire Beast for a big utility bonus, as you will silence every single mob in a pack for 3 seconds every minute. Especially early in an expansion where dungeons are still being learned, this is far more valuable than 0.5% DPS.
Note that as gear increases beyond the preraid level, Wailing Arrow may constitute a larger DPS loss and be replaced in favor of other talents.
Best Talent Build Explanations for Beast Mastery Hunters
Note that we do not explain EVERY Talent in the tree on this page. We only explain Talents that are part of our optimal builds for single-target and AoE. For full details and explanations of every Talent, please visit our Spells page via the button below.
Beast Mastery Hunter Class Tree Rationale and Explanations
- Kill Shot is a strong DPS button and a mandatory pick.
- Posthaste is essential as one of our strongest mobility talents.
- Improved Kill Shot is a passive, powerful increase to our Kill Shot's damage.
- Counter Shot is our main interrupt.
- Natural Mending provides incredible CDR to Exhilaration and is a must-pick for survivability. If you are not using Exhilaration very liberally, you can get away with dropping a point here for other utility.
- Tar Trap is not great, but it leads us on a path to better talents, as we need to get to the left side of the tree later on.
- Survival of the Fittest is a strong defensive for both one-shots and powerful DoTs.
- Tranquilizing Shot is useful for many scenarios and leads us to better talents on the left side of the tree.
- Nature's Endurance is a must-pick if you can get it, as it doubles the damage reduction of Survival of the Fittest.
- Born To Be Wild is a solid pick for lower Turtle and Cheetah cooldowns, making it strong for both survivability and mobility.
- Improved Tranquilizing Shot is a bit of an incentive to Tranquilizing Shot when we can, and leads us nicely to the left side of the tree, which becomes important.
- Intimidation is hugely useful for add control in Mythic+ and some Raiding scenarios.
- Binding Shot/ Scatter Shot are both viable options in this choice node and are necessary to pick up other essential Talents. For most Mythic+, we recommend Binding Shot, but Scatter Shot can be used as a single-target cast stopper, similar to Intimidation.
- Rejuvenating Wind increases our maximum health and gives our Exhilaration some extra power, which can be useful or weak depending on how liberal you are with Exhilaration usage. This is mandatory for the maximum HP.
- Camouflage is useful for skips and out-of-combat self-healing in Mythic+. Still, practically useless for Raiding.
- Hunter's Avoidance is a much-needed boost to our survivability on unavoidable mechanics.
- Pathfinding is a solid boost to movement speed, but you can drop a point here to pick up other utility as needed.
- Beast Master is a substantial DPS increase and is a mandatory pick.
- Keen Eyesight is a potent DPS increase and is a mandatory pick.
- Master Marksman is a substantial DPS increase and is a mandatory pick.
- Improved Kill Command is a considerable DPS increase and is a mandatory pick.
- Serrated Shots affects Barbed Shot and is a potent DPS talent.
- Alpha Predator offers flexibility in our rotation as we are not hard-locked to casting Kill Command on cooldown.
- Death Chakram introduces a mini-cooldown to our rotation, enhancing our burst a little and focusing on amplifying other damage, even though it does not do a ton of damage on its own.
Beast Mastery Hunter Spec Tree Rationale and Explanations
- Cobra Shot is one of our core abilities and mandatory to progress.
- Pack Tactics and Barbed Shot are also fundamental to our spec and are necessary to continue.
- Multi-Shot/ Beast Cleave/ Kill Cleave are our AoE talents, the main ones that differentiate our single-target build from our AoE build. We choose these whenever a fight has relevant AoE to do at a significant but worthwhile single-target DPS loss.
- Aspect of the Beast only improves the damage to your pet's Basic Attack ( Claw/ Bite/ Smack) but still represents a sizable DPS increase and leads us further in our tree.
- Training Expert is one of our most vital per-point talents and mandatory.
- Animal Companion is a significant DPS increase, despite reducing the overall DPS of our main pet by 35%. The doubling of Kill Command, Stomp, and pet auto-attack damage more than makes up for this. To change the visuals of your secondary pet, change the top-left pet at a Stable Master.
- Killer Command improves the damage of our strongest button and is always a worthwhile pick.
- Sharp Barbs is ideal in 2-5-target cleave situations when harnessed using Barbed Shot multidotting but is only barely stronger than alternative options when not perfectly played.
- Thrill of the Hunt shines in longer encounters where you can reliably maintain 3 stacks of Frenzy (and therefore also the Talent's buff) for long periods. The Crit from the Talent will give additional Wild Call procs, making it even easier to maintain once you get 3 stacks, to begin with.
- Bloodshed is a powerful single-target button, enhancing our burst by a little, and is great for any single-target focused encounter. This is usually exclusive to our single-target build.
- Dire Beast is a strong single-target button. It is also strictly optimal for Mythic+ DPS, but we prefer to omit it for Wailing Arrow.
- Bestial Wrath is our primary cooldown, if you can call it that. In practice, its cooldown is around 30 seconds and sometimes even shorter, as explained below.
- War Orders will give us significantly more Kill Commands as we regularly hit our Barbed Shots, one of our most powerful talents.
- Stomp is extremely powerful, especially on AoE, and will happen automatically as you cast Barbed Shot constantly as part of your normal rotation.
- Barbed Wrath is what allows our Bestial Wrath to have upwards of 50% uptime. Pair this with Wild Call and Thrill of the Hunt and a decent amount of Crit from our gear, and we can cast Bestial Wrath more as a rotational button than a cooldown.
- Wild Call will give us regular resets of Barbed Shot's cooldown, which fuels increased Frenzy uptime, Thrill of the Hunt uptime, and Barbed Wrath cooldown reduction, making it one of the pillars of any Beast Mastery Hunter build.
- Dire Command is more potent than it appears on the DPS meter since having a Beast active also improves Haste by 5%, inheriting the effect from the Dire Beast talent.
- Scent of Blood gives us additional Barbed Shots to enhance the effects mentioned above of Wild Call and more. You should try to dump your Barbed Shot before using Bestial Wrath to harness the power of this Talent.
- Dire Frenzy is a potent enhancer of the Dire Beast/ Dire Command effects and leads us on to one of our most vital single-target talents.
- Wailing Arrow is a substantial DPS increase but is particularly useful in Mythic+, where the silence can save the tank and group from a ton of damage.
- Brutal Companion will proc even when you are refreshing an existing 3-stack of Frenzy, enhancing our single-target and cleave significantly, as these empowered Basic Attacks ( Claw/ Bite/ Smack) also contribute to Beast Cleave.
- Dire Pack can be thought of as a cooldown, as its effect can be predicted using this WeakAura, allowing us to almost spam Kill Commands back-to-back when it procs. This will spawn more Dire Beasts, which will give more Dire Pack procs, leading to a cascading, positive feedback loop that is not only powerful but tons of fun to play.
- Piercing Fangs is a compelling, passive DPS increase, especially with the low cooldown of Bestial Wrath that we have.
Mythic+ can require a mix of AoE and Single-Target talents, depending on affixes and other variables. You should check out our page below if you want advice specific to Mythic+.
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.
Best Pet for Beast Mastery Hunter in Dragonflight
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 Tenacity Pet and, ideally, a Spirit Beast for the Fortitude of the Bear Ability, 5% max health, and Spirit Mend Ability. We would otherwise recommend a Ferocity pet, but the Leech offered by the Ability will mostly heal your pet, as it is doing the majority of your damage.
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 Spells Summary page of this guide.
Beast Mastery Hunter Dragonflight PvP Talents
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 of being "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.
PvP Talents (War Mode) for Beast Mastery Hunter
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
Best PvP Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter
- 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.
- 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 potent for rare mobs and quest mobs with much health.
- Chimaeral Sting offers a good amount of opening damage for single targets and is very useful against most enemy players.
You can consider the other options essentially down to preference.
For details on how to play in Beast Mastery Hunter PvP, please visit our Beast Mastery Hunter PvP page.
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.
- 20 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
- 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
- 12 Dec. 2022: Added a note that you should not use Wailing Arrow for AoE fights in the raid.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
- 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
- 01 Nov. 2022: Earlier changes reverted due to a simulation bug.
- 01 Nov. 2022: Updated the recommended Mythic+/AoE Talents in light of recent 10% nerf to BM.
- 30 Oct. 2022: Updated the optimal Mythic+/AoE Talents.
- 27 Oct. 2022: Updated optimal Class Tree talents.
- 24 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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