Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Rotation and Playstyle (Shadowlands / 9.0.2)

Last updated on Nov 29, 2020 at 23:34 by Mysticall 11 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.


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.


Before Gates Open

If you are playing against a team with stealth, make sure to use Flare Icon Flare to try to reveal them.


The Opener

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 Intimidation Icon Intimidation, Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap and Spider Sting Icon Spider Sting, which can help to this end.

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

  1. If you are playing against a team that can be Stealthed, use Flare Icon Flare to potentially get them out.
  2. Use Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark on your primary target.
    • It is important to always keep this on your kill target. If you are swapping targets, also swap your Hunter's Mark.
  3. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to generate Focus.
  4. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command.
  5. Use Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot.
  6. Use Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot to slow your target. You can also use it on the enemy healer to make it easier to land a Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap.
  7. Use Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot at high Focus and to reduce the cooldown of Kill Command.
  8. Use your burst rotation.
  9. After your burst, perform your sustained damage rotation until your burst cooldowns are available.

Offensive Rotation


Burst Damage

When you have the enemy healer in crowd control and you are trying to kill an enemy, you use your burst damage. Try to use Viper Sting Icon Viper Sting on the enemy healer when your team is using offensive cooldowns.

  1. Use Blood Fury Icon Blood Fury (if you are an Orc) or Berserking Icon Berserking (if you are a troll) or Fireblood Icon Fireblood (if you are a Dark Iron Dwarf).
  2. Use Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath.
  3. Use Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild.
  4. Use Dire Beast: Basilisk Icon Dire Beast: Basilisk if you are using that PvP talent.
  5. Use A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows.
  6. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command.
  7. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot.
  8. Use Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot.
  9. After that, you will want to use Kill Command Icon Kill Command as often as you can and use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot as a filler when you are at high Focus.

Sustained damage

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

  1. Use Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot to generate Focus.
  2. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command as soon at it is available.
  3. Use Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot as soon as it is available to deal cleave damage and generate Focus.
  4. Use Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot at high Focus.
  5. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot as a filler if you have Focus.

Pet Talents

Pets do not have talent trees, and instead have their own types of specialization (Cunning, Ferocity, or Tenacity).

Each specialization gives your pet a few abilities. Cunning provides the ability Master's Call Icon Master's Call and the Mortal Wounds Icon Mortal Wounds debuff, so we consider it to be the best specialization.


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.



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.



  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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