Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Rotation and Playstyle (Shadowlands / 9.2.5)

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 17:05 by Azortharion 31 comments

PvP requires you to perform various actions in the course of a duel, match, or battleground: interrupting/silencing enemies, damaging them, bursting them down, defending yourself, keeping yourself alive, etc.. It is a game mode that fully utilizes your kit, especially spells that are rarely used in PvE. On this page, we go through all the spells you need to use in PvP as a Beast Mastery Hunter, how you should use them, and we explain what your playstyle should be.

This page is part of our Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Guide.

1.

Playstyle for Beast Mastery Hunters

The main role for a Beast Mastery Hunter is simple: use your mobility to land Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Traps on the enemy healer and use your strong single-target cooldowns to burst your enemies down. Beast Mastery Hunters are a very mobile specialization and some melee will struggle to connect to you. Because most of your damage comes from your pet, you can stay safely away from enemy teams and still do maximum damage.

1.1.

Before Gates Open

Make sure to use Camouflage Icon Camouflage before the gates open if you are using this regular talent. This will guarantee an opener from you. If you are playing against a team with stealth, make sure to use Flare Icon Flare to try to reveal them.

1.2.

The Opener/Burst Rotation

The opener refers to your team's opening crowd control chain and damage done as soon as you get out of the gates. The main goal in the opener is to force your enemies to use their cooldowns. If the enemy healer uses their trinket in the opener, they are in trouble. Beast Mastery Hunters have Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap and Intimidation Icon Intimidation which can help to this end.

This is the rotation you should use on your target at the beginning of the game.

  1. Apply Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark to the target you expect to be dealing the most damage to you.
  2. Make sure to activate Camouflage Icon Camouflage, and to Flare Icon Flare out the enemy if one of them is stealthed.
  3. Use Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot.
  4. Use 2x Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to engage your pet on your primary target.
  5. Activate Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild.
  6. Use Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath.
  7. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot.
  8. Spam Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot and Kill Command Icon Kill Command.
  9. Above all, whenever you get Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot procs, use them, even if it disturbs the rotation above.
1.3.

Sustained Damage/General Rotation

Sustained damage is damage you do when your burst cooldowns are not available.

  1. Use Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath mostly on cooldown, or save it for your burst if it is imminent. Always spend all your Barbed Shot charges immediately before pressing Bestial Wrath.
  2. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot procs immediately.
  3. Cast Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot on cooldown.
  4. Maintain 3 stacks of Frenzy Icon Frenzy by refreshing it with Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot as late as possible.
  5. Cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command on cooldown.
  6. Cast Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot whenever Kill Command is on cooldown.
2.

Defensive Techniques

Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle is our main defensive cooldown. Use this when the enemy team is focusing you down and your healer can not heal you through the damage or is stuck in crowd control. Although you can not attack with this cooldown active, you still have the ability to trap. Using this to ignore incoming attacks and use Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap on an enemy healer could be crucial.

Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration is a very strong instant heal. Try to stagger Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle and Exhilaration and you will be very hard to kill.

Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah is a great way to kite away from enemy teams. If you are being focused or out of position on a map, use this to create distance between you and the enemy team.

Feign Death Icon Feign Death is also a good defensive when used correctly. This can stop any incoming crowd control on you and most importantly, it can buy you 1-2 seconds if an ability is almost off cooldown. After using Feign Death Icon Feign Death, you can quickly Disengage Icon Disengage away and get away from the enemy team.

Scare Beast Icon Scare Beast can be used on Feral Druids and other Hunter pets. If you find yourself in a situation where you are the primary target and need to keep yourself alive while your healer is in crowd control, this can stop some of the incoming damage.

3.

Macros

It is advised to use Macros to use abilities on enemies or allies without having to target them. For this reason, we have a page dedicated to them.

4.

Changelog

  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Restructured and updated the burst and general rotation.
  • 10 Nov. 2021: Updated Burst Damage rotation.
  • 16 Aug. 2021: Updated all damage rotations.
  • 25 Jul. 2021: Updated damage rotations.
  • 06 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 25 Apr. 2021: Updated Burst and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 23 Mar. 2021: Updated all damage rotations.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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