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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Uldir Boss by Boss in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 18, 2018 at 12:00 by Azortharion 168 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, you will find boss by boss strategies for your Beast Mastery Hunter for current content.

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. Disclaimer

This page will be a rough outline of the bosses and mechanics in the Uldir raid. This page will focus primarily on how a Beast Mastery Hunter can optimize its performance on the raid bosses in Uldir, and not on an actual raid strategy for the bosses. Initially, this page will focus on Heroic mode and lower, however, as more bosses are being killed on Mythic, the guide will also include optimizations for Mythic bosses.

2. Beast Mastery in Uldir

Beast Mastery Hunters have always been a popular choice for raiding, and Uldir is likely to be no exception. The spec offers well-balanced single-target and cleave damage, and it is the only ranged spec to be completely mobile, making it excellent for doing mechanics without any DPS penalty.

2.1. Talent Cheatsheet

Taloc M.O.T.H.E.R. Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth Vectis Fetid Devourer Zul, Reborn Mythrax the Unraveler G'huun

3. Taloc

3.1. Suggested Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter on Taloc

This encounter is moderately movement-heavy but for the most part it is pure single-target, so we recommend the usual spec.

3.2. Beast Mastery Hunter Playstyle on Taloc

You should be ready to instantly send in your pets to newly spawning adds using Kill Command Icon Kill Command. If there are no adds currently up, spam-click the center of the room while tapping your Kill Command to ensure maximum pet uptime.

If there are no adds up and your Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot is hitting 2 charges, then it is worth casting it on the boss to get the cooldown rolling and to give your pet some Frenzy Icon Frenzy stacks in preparation for add spawns.

4. M.O.T.H.E.R.

4.1. Suggested Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter on M.O.T.H.E.R.

4.2. Beast Mastery Hunter Playstyle on M.O.T.H.E.R.

This is mostly a single-target fight, and optimal performance is achieved by doing your single-target rotation as cleanly as possible, cleaving adds when possible (unless they are going to die in a second or so anyway), and saving your big cooldowns for the final boss room.

5. Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth

5.1. Suggested Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter on Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth

5.2. Beast Mastery Hunter Playstyle on Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth

You should save Stampede Icon Stampede and Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild for the first set of adds.

You should always attempt to cast A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows on the big adds that spawn.

Intimidation Icon Intimidation is a valuable stun for the big adds.

If you do not manage to cast your second Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath before 30 seconds of the fight has passed, then delay it until the first adds spawn.

6. Vectis

6.1. Suggested Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter on Vectis

6.2. Beast Mastery Hunter Playstyle on Vectis

Try to save Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot for when the add spawns throughout the fight.

Remember that Kill Command Icon Kill Command is a higher priority on the add than keeping up Beast Cleave Icon Beast Cleave all the time, but you should still attempt to do both as well as possible. Prioritize Kill Command especially when the add is under 35% health.

You should save A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows for all add spawns, and cast it on the add as soon as it spawns.

7. Fetid Devourer

7.1. Suggested Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter on Fetid Devourer

7.2. Beast Mastery Hunter Playstyle on Fetid Devourer

On Heroic, this is mostly a pure single-target fight with no special considerations, other than saving your cooldowns for when the boss reaches 35% health.

On Mythic, killing the adds quickly is a top priority and that is what these tips will be for.

Firstly, you should consider a Silithid pet. They have 30% more movement speed than other pets, which is useful for moving your pet across long distances.

Since Silithids are Cunning, they allow you to use Master's Call Icon Master's Call. This ability causes the pet to move to the target of the ability, which can be used to move your pet from one side of the room to another very quickly.

You should save Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild for the first set of adds. Unless you get extremely lucky on Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot resets, you should save your second Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath as well.

You can use your boss mod timers to anticipate the add spawns, and use your cooldowns 3 seconds ahead of time. This will allow you to focus entirely on killing the adds, instead of spending time casting your cooldowns which are on the GCD, when you should be killing the adds.

From the start of the fight, you should generally let Frenzy Icon Frenzy drop intentionally after you have refreshed the 3-stack once. Otherwise, if you get no procs, you will run out of Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot charges and have Frenzy expire when the adds spawn, which is when you need it the most. This rule does not apply as much if you got some good resets in the first minute.

8. Zul, Reborn

8.1. Suggested Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter on Zul, Reborn

8.2. Beast Mastery Hunter Playstyle on Zul, Reborn

You can use Intimidation Icon Intimidation to stun the Congeal Blood Icon Congeal Blood cast by the Bloodhexers. This prevents them from spawning the Ichor add, and thereby saves your raid a lot of damage. It is a fairly quick cast, so you should try to anticipate it.

Try to cleave the Crawgs from the boss, unless a Bloodhexer is very centered, in which case the Bloodhexer is the best target to cleave off of.

The Crusher is not an extremely high priority. Do not bother sending your pet after it when it steps out of the raid. Bloodhexers and Crawgs are your main focus.

If Crawgs are about to spawn, consider saving Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath a little bit.

9. Mythrax the Unraveler

9.1. Suggested Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter on Mythrax the Unraveler

9.2. Beast Mastery Hunter Playstyle on Mythrax the Unraveler

This fight is mostly a single-target encounter, with the add phase having some important cleave as well.

Phase One is straightforward from a DPS perspective. You want to maximize your single-target damage done to the boss while doing mechanics properly.

In Phase Two, you should use Kill Command Icon Kill Command to close the gap to the big add that spawns.

Be ready to cleave onto the smaller adds that spawn. You should use your Intimidation Icon Intimidation stun, Counter Shot Icon Counter Shot interrupt, and Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap aggressively to counter the adds that spawn. Cleaving off adds is generally better than cleaving off of the big add, especially if multiple small adds are clumped together.

Feign Death Icon Feign Death will stop the Mind Flay ability from the small adds casting on you.

10. G'huun

10.1. Suggested Talents for Beast Mastery Hunter on G'huun

10.2. Beast Mastery Hunter Playstyle on G'huun

G'huun is the final boss of the raid. The encounter consists of an upstairs minigame portion, as well as three downstairs phases.

Hunters can be a decent choice for the upstairs minigame, which involves mobility abilities that are independent of the movement speed reduction. Disengage Icon Disengage provides a way to do this, but we are inferior to many other specs in this regard.

Phase One is the add phase. Your focus in this phase is to cleave down all units, but have at least one target ready to be focused down. The priority is Blightspreader Tendril (Heroic and up), then Cyclopean Terror, and finally Dark Young. Make sure all casts during this phase are interrupted. The Dark Young add will cast an ability called Dark Bargain Icon Dark Bargain in a circle around itself. If you take one stack, you deal increased damage and healing but also take increased damage. If you get a second stack, you will be mind controlled. You can coordinate with your healers to get one stack of this for bonus DPS. You should make sure to line up your DPS cooldowns for this buff. During this phase, G'huun will also cast Explosive Corruption Icon Explosive Corruption on one random player. This player should move to the edges of the room, so they do not infect any other members. This ability will persist through the fight. You can simply Disengage Icon Disengage out and benefit from the Posthaste Icon Posthaste talent to get back to the raid.

When G'huun is forced from his lair, he stops spawning the adds from the previous phase and brings new mechanics to the fight. Be sure to spread to reduce stacks of Putrid Blood Icon Putrid Blood contracted from the Wave of Corruption Icon Wave of Corruption. A player will be targeted with Blood Feast Icon Blood Feast, rooting them to the ground. Stack up on that player to remove all stacks of Putrid Blood. He will spawn a Gibbering Horror, whose strength is increased by the number of Putrid Blood stacks that were removed. Focus this down when it is active and avoid being interrupted by Mind-Numbing Chatter Icon Mind-Numbing Chatter.

At 15% health, the final phase begins. The upstairs mechanics end and the raid takes a large amount of damage. Only two new mechanics are added to the phase, but you are no longer able to remove Putrid Blood Icon Putrid Blood, so spreading is very important. Malignant Growth Icon Malignant Growth (Heroic and up) must be moved away from if they spawn nearby. G'huun will also be casting Gaze of G'huun Icon Gaze of G'huun, which will fear you if you face him, so make sure to turn away right before it.

11. Changelog

  • 18 Sep. 2018: Added more tips for the first 5 bosses, now with a Mythic focus for some of them.
  • 07 Sep. 2018: Added much more specific content to all bosses except for G'huun.
  • 02 Sep. 2018: Added content.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Empty page for now.
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