Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.2.5)

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

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Beast Mastery Hunter and gives you the best combinations you can take.

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


Talent Choices for Beast Mastery Hunters

Level Choices
15 Killer Instinct Killer Instinct Animal Companion Animal Companion Dire Beast Dire Beast
25 Scent of Blood Scent of Blood One with the Pack One with the Pack Chimaera Shot Chimaera Shot
30 Trailblazer Trailblazer Natural Mending ? Natural Mending Camouflage Camouflage
35 Spitting Cobra Spitting Cobra Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows
40 Born To Be Wild Born To Be Wild Posthaste Posthaste Binding Shot Binding Shot
45 Stomp Stomp Barrage Barrage Stampede Stampede
50 Aspect of the Beast Aspect of the Beast Killer Cobra Killer Cobra Bloodshed Bloodshed

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.


Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Animal Companion Icon Animal Companion is the best choice in this tier. This will help increase your overall damage.


Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents

Scent of Blood Icon Scent of Blood is the best choice in this tier. This increases your burst damage when you activate Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath.


Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents

Camouflage Icon Camouflage is the default choice for nearly all situations, allowing you to open from Stealth. Natural Mending Icon Natural Mending can be used as an alternative, but it is rarely better.


Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents

Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt is the best choice in this tier. This increases the critical strike chance of Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot, stacking up to 3 times. This will increase your sustained damage after your burst cooldowns expire.


Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents

Posthaste Icon Posthaste is the best choice in this tier. This will help you avoid incoming damage from both melee and ranged classes. You can use it to run away and keep dealing damage or use it to get out of line of sight of incoming damage.


Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents

Stomp Icon Stomp is the best choice in this tier. This is a solid increase to your overall sustained damage. It is important to note that this ability does deal area of effect (AoE) damage. This means that if an enemy is in crowd control and you use Stomp Icon Stomp, you can potentially break it with this ability.


Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents

Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast is the best choice in this tier. This is another talent that increases your overall sustained damage, as well as buffing the movement speed bonus from your Cunning pet.


PvP Talents for Beast Mastery Hunters

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.


Primary PvP Talents

Roar of Sacrifice Icon Roar of Sacrifice instructs your pet to protect a friendly target from critical strikes, making attacks against that target unable to be critical strikes, but 20% of all damage taken by that target is also taken by the pet. It lasts 12 seconds and this is a powerful defensive cooldown that is helpful for you and your teammates. With a cooldown of only 1 minute, this is an ability that your healer can call-out to use if they are stuck in crowd control.

Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics causes Feign Death Icon Feign Death to remove all harmful magical effects, and reduces damage taken by 99% for 1.5 seconds. This is a mandatory talent when playing against classes with multiple DoTs (Affliction Warlock, Shadow Priest, Balance Druid). This reduces the enemies' overall damage and helps your healer with dispelling harmful effects. You can also use this to stop incoming spells that are being cast on you.


Situational PvP Talents

Kindred Beasts Icon Kindred Beasts is another strong PvP talent that should be used in almost any situation. This reduces the cooldown important pet abilities that you can activate, such as Master's Call Icon Master's Call.

Chimaeral Sting Icon Chimaeral Sting has 3 different effects that switch after 3 seconds. It starts by reducing the movement speed of the target then silences them. After these two effects, it will reduce the damage and healing the target does. This is a great talent if your team needs additional slows or crowd control


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, by far the best pet ability to have. To get the Mortal Wounds Icon Mortal Wounds debuff from your pets, you will need one of the following pets:

  • Hyena
  • Raptor
  • Rodent

You can also use a Ferocity pet which grants 10% Leech if you are not comfortable using Master's Call Icon Master's Call, though we highly recommend it:

  • Carrion Bird
  • Devilsaur
  • Ravager
  • Scorpid
  • Wasp


  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Updated the recommended talents and PvP talents. Updated the recommended pets.
  • 10 Nov. 2021: Updated Tier 4 Regular Talent.
    • Updated PvP Talents.
  • 09 Jul. 2021: Updated PvP Talents.
  • 06 Jul. 2021: Updated Tier 3 regular talents and updated PvP talents.
  • 07 Jun. 2021: Updated Best Pets.
  • 23 Mar. 2021: Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tiers 1 and 2 Regular Talents.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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