Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.0.5)
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
|15||✘ Killer Instinct||✔ Animal Companion||✘ Dire Beast|
|25||✔ Scent of Blood||✘ One with the Pack||✘ Chimaera Shot|
|30||✘ Trailblazer||✔ Natural Mending||✘ Camouflage|
|35||✘ Spitting Cobra||✘ Thrill of the Hunt||✔ A Murder of Crows|
|40||✘ Born To Be Wild||✔ Posthaste||✘ Binding Shot|
|45||✔ Stomp||✘ Barrage||✘ Stampede|
|50||✔ Aspect of the Beast||✘ Killer Cobra||✘ 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 is the best choice in this tier. This will help increase your overall damage.
Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents
Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
A Murder of Crows is the best choice in this tier. This is a significant increase to your burst damage.
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
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 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, you can potentially break it with this ability.
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
Aspect of the Beast is the best choice in this tier. This is another talent that increases your overall sustained damage.
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.
Mandatory PvP Talents
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.
Wild Protector causes your pet protects allies within 8 yards, reducing damage taken by 10%. If you are playing with a melee DPS that will be close to your pet often, this is a staple PvP talent to take.
Situational PvP Talents
Dire Beast: Basilisk summons a slow-moving basilisk near the target for 25 seconds that attacks the target for heavy damage. If your team wants to play very aggressive, this is the talent that will help you. You can replace Spider Sting with this talent.
Survival Tactics causes 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.
Spider Sting stings the target with potent spider venom for 4 seconds, causing their next offensive spell cast to silence the target for 4 seconds. When playing against classes that cast most of their spells (Mages, Warlocks, Elemental Shamans), this talent can be helpful. You can use it to interrupt their burst damage or crowd control.
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, by far the best pet ability to have. To get the Mortal Wounds debuff from your pets, you will need one of the following pets:
- 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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