Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Stat Priority in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 12, 2018 at 13:21 by Azortharion 172 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Beast Mastery Hunters in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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. The Basics of Stats for Beast Mastery Hunter

1.1. Single Target Stat Priority

The general single-target stat priority for a Beast Mastery Hunter is:

  1. Haste;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Versatility.

Note that all secondaries are extremely close for Beast Mastery, and they are subject to wild swings in value based on the traits and stats that already exist in your gear, so this is very much a generalized recommendation.

1.2. Multi-Target Stat Priority

The general multi-target stat priority for a Beast Mastery Hunter is:

  1. Mastery;
  2. Haste;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Versatility.

This stat priority is derived by using a SimulationCraft gear profile/setup that is relevant for current content. Then, all the stats are set to an equal amount. It is using a mixture of Azerite Traits, a very good one, an average one, and a bad one. No trinkets are used.

In a practical situation, your stat weights and priority will always be changing as you get more gear, trinkets and so on. This is a general stat priority that gives you an idea of what stats are good to have on your gear.

2. How To Choose Gear For The Beast Mastery Hunter

If you are ever in doubt about what items to wear for any given situation, the only way to truly figure it out for your character is to use Raidbots. This website allows you to easily compare gear you already have, as well as gear you do not have.

Gearing decisions will not always be clear-cut. This is obvious if you have ever had to choose between a high item level piece of loot with bad stats, and a lower item level piece of loot with perfect stats. These decisions and more are the reason we recommend using Raidbots to help simulate your character.

Raidbots takes everything into account, including procs, RNG elements, your specific gear, racials and more. If you have made sure you performed the simulation correctly, then you can generally trust Raidbots' results to be accurate.

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Agility is your primary stat. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do across the board.

Mastery, through Mastery: Master of Beasts Icon Mastery: Master of Beasts, increases the damage done by all the pets and creatures that you summon. This includes your main pet, Dire Beasts and more.

Haste increases your attack speed and Focus regeneration, reduces your Global Cooldown from 1.5 seconds to a minimum of 0.750 seconds, and reduces the cooldown on your Kill Command Icon Kill Command, Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot, and Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot abilities.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities, causing them to deal double damage. For Beast Mastery, in particular, Critical Strike increases the frequency of Wild Call Icon Wild Call procs, which gives auto-shot critical strikes a 20% chance to reset the cooldown of Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

3. Changelog

  • 12 Sep. 2018: Updated the stat priority and added a disclaimer note.
  • 04 Sep. 2018: Edited the single-target stat priority.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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