Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA 8.3)

Last updated on Jan 21, 2020 at 15:33 by Mysticall 11 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Hunter PvP guide.


Spec Overview / Place in the Current Meta for Beast Mastery Hunters

Beast Mastery Hunters are in a very strong position in the meta right now. They not only have some of the best single-target sustained damage, but they are also one of the hardest classes to connect to for melee. Because their pets are the main damage dealers for Beast Mastery Hunters, even when they are in crowd control, they are still capable of dealing large amounts of damage. They use abilities like Disengage Icon Disengage to kite enemy teams and Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap to lock a healer down.


Strengths of Beast Mastery Hunter

  • Great control
  • Decent mobility
  • Strong consistent damage

Weaknesses of Beast Mastery Hunter

  • Hard to get crowd control without the help of teammates
  • Weak to teams with multiple stuns
  • Very few defensive cooldowns

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.



  • 21 Jan. 2020: Reorganized the guide in 7 different pages.
  • 16 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for patch 8.3 and no updates were necessary.
  • 24 Aug. 2019: Updated Horde races.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: Updated Alliance races.
  • 04 Jul. 2019: Updated Guide for Patch 8.2.
    • Added Azerite Essence section.
    • Added Major and Minor Essences sections.
    • Updated Gear section.
    • Updated Burst and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 28 Apr. 2019: Made several changes to the guide.
    • Updated Azerite Traits section.
    • Updated Gear section.
  • 14 Mar. 2019: No major changes needed for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 27 Jan. 2019: Updated Gear Recommendations section and Item Recommendations.
  • 13 Dec. 2018: Updated Azerite traits section.
  • 12 Dec. 2018: No major changes needed for Patch 8.1.
  • 07 Nov. 2018: Added Gear Recommendations section.
  • 08 Oct. 2018: Added talent table.
  • 02 Oct. 2018: Revamped guide.
    • Removed PvP Gear and War Mode sections.
    • Added Azerite trait section.
  • 30 Aug. 2018: Updated guide for Patch 8.0.1.
    • Updated Introduction and spec overview.
    • Added Stat priority.
    • Updated all regular talents sections.
    • Added PvP (War Mode) talents and gear sections for the new BfA system.
    • Updated Racial Bonuses section.
    • Updated Burst Damage and Sustained Damage sections.
    • Updated Pet section.
    • Updated Macros section.
    • Removed Gear section.
    • Removed Artifact Traits and Relics sections.
  • 21 May 2018: Added an Arena Compositions section.
  • 10 Apr. 2018: Made several updates to the guide and its structure.
    • Added sections for Macros, Strengths, and Weaknesses.
    • Moved Gear, Artifact Traits, and Relics sections to the end, since they are not that important.
  • 13 Feb. 2018: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.5.
  • 24 Dec. 2017: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.2.
  • 21 Oct. 2017: Added Pet Talent section.
  • 21 Sep. 2017: Several changes made for Patch 7.3
    • Removed Artifact Trait descriptions.
    • Changed recommended tier 4 regular talents.
    • Changed recommended tier 4 honor talents.
    • Updated burst damage rotation.
  • 16 Jul. 2017: Changed recommended Tier 1 and 2 regular talents and recommended Tier 6 honor talents. Also updated sustained and burst damage rotation.
  • 11 Apr. 2017: Beast Mastery Hunter Hunter PvP guide created.
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