Hunter Class Changes for Shadowlands (Patch 9.0.2)

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 18:15 by Stan 3 comments

On this page, you will find a list of all Hunter changes coming in Shadowlands.

In addition to the class changes listed here, Hunters also gain access to class-specific Hunter Covenant Abilities that can be used anywhere in the open world, Legendary Powers obtained through Runecarving, Soulbind Conduits, and Anima Powers that only work in Torghast.


General Changes

  • Stable size has been increased to 200 (was 60).
  • Many new beasts can be tamed.
    • Runestag, larion, owl steed, death chimaera, death roc, mawrat, shadebeast, glimmerfly, vulpin, shadehound, gargon, gorm wasp, maw roach, skull boar, etherwyrm, tauralus, giraffe, ram, alpaca, pig, horse, flat snake, and more.
    • Many undead beasts are now tameable — Skeletal and mummy devilsaurs, raptors, eagles, zombie dogs, wind serpents, and hell hounds. Undead beasts are automatically tameable for the Forsaken while other races must acquire the Tome of Bone-Binding hidden somewhere within the Shadowlands.
    • Battle for Azeroth dungeon bosses — The Golden Serpent, K.U.J.O., The Sand Queen, Merektha, and Cragmaw.
    • Raid bosses — Guam and Skorpyron.
    • Cloud Serpents are automatically tameable by Pandaren while other races must acquire the How to School Your Serpent Tome after reaching Exalted with Order of the Cloud Serpents.
  • New pet families have been added:
    • Mammoth — Tenacity: Contains Mammoths and Elekk.
    • Courser — Ferocity: Contains Horses, Horned Horses, and Zebras.
    • Camel — Cunning: Contains Camels and Alpacas.
  • Some pet families have been renamed.
  • Rare, rare elite, and quest bosses retain their names upon taming.
  • Wing Clip Icon Wing Clip can now be used with bows, guns, and crossbows. Wing Clip will be replaced with Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot at level 13 for Beast Mastery and Marksmanship Hunters.
  • Revive Pet Icon Revive Pet now has a 4-second cast time (was 2 seconds).
  • All Hunters can now use the following abilities:
    • Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot — You attempt to finish off a wounded target dealing Physical damage. Only usable on enemies with less than 20% Health.
    • Scare Beast Icon Scare Beast — Scares a beast, causing it to run in fear for up to 20 seconds. Damage caused may interrupt the effect. Only one beast can be feared at a time.
    • Eyes of the Beast Icon Eyes of the Beast — Take direct control of your pet and see through its eyes for 1 minute.
    • Tranquilizing Shot Icon Tranquilizing Shot — Removes 1 Enrage and 1 Magic effect from an enemy target. Pets that used to have Tranquilizing Shot as their special family ability now remove 1 poison, magic, and disease effect from the pet on a 10-second cooldown.
    • Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark is no longer a Marksmanship Talent. Apply Hunter's Mark to the target, allowing the target to always be seen and tracked by the Hunter. Only one Hunter's Mark can be applied at a time.
    • Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot — A quick shot that causes Arcane damage.
  • PvP Talent changes:
    • Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics now reduces damage taken by 90% (down from 99%) and can now be used to reduce damage from spells that are already mid-air.

General Hunter Abilities Learned Above Level 50


Beast Mastery Hunter


Beast Mastery Hunter Talent Changes

  • New Talent: Bloodshed Icon Bloodshed — Command your pet to tear into your target, causing it to bleed over 18 seconds and increase all damage taken from your pet by 15% for 18 seconds. 1-minute cooldown.
  • Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast no longer costs focus.
  • Scent of Blood Icon Scent of Blood has been redesigned — Activating Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath grants 2 charges of Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot.
  • Venomous Bite has been redesigned and renamed to Spitting Cobra Icon Spitting Cobra. When Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath end, summon a Spitting Cobra to aid you in combat for 15 seconds. Each Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot used during Bestial Wrath increases the damage this Spitting Cobra deals by 10%.
  • Stampede Icon Stampede now has a 2-minute cooldown (was 3 minutes) and it is capped at 5 targets per beast per wave of Stampede.
  • Barrage Icon Barrage is now capped at 8 targets.

Beast Mastery Hunter Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Beast Mastery Hunters.


Beast Mastery Hunter Shadowlands Guide


Marksmanship Hunter

  • Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire reduced to 2 seconds (was 3 seconds). Total damage dealt by the ability remains unchanged.
  • Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot focus cost increased to 35 (was 30).
  • Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot focus cost increased to 20 (was 15).
  • Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot focus cost increased to 20 (was 15) and damage is now capped at 5 targets.
  • Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot is no longer a Talent and learned by all Marksmanship Hunters at level 33.
  • Trueshot Icon Trueshot now increases your Focus regeneration and Focus generation by 50% while active in addition to its current effects.

Marksmanship Hunter Talent Changes

  • New Talent: Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot — A two-headed shot that hits your primary target and another nearby target for reduced damage, dealing Nature damage to your primary target and reduced Frost damage to your secondary target. Replaces Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot, is instant-cast and costs 20 focus.
  • New Talent: Binding Shackles Icon Binding Shackles — Targets rooted by Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot deal 20% less damage to you for 8 seconds after the root effect ends.
  • New Talent: Dead Eye Icon Dead EyeKill Shot Icon Kill Shot has 2 charges, and causes Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to recharge 50% faster for 3 seconds.
  • New Talent: Volley Icon Volley (replaces Piercing Shot) — Rain a volley of arrows down over 6 seconds, dealing Physical damage to any enemy in the area, and gain the effects of Trick Shots Icon Trick Shots for as long as Volley is active. Volley is instant-cast and has a 45-second cooldown.
  • Master Marksman Icon Master Marksman has been redesigned — Your critical shots cause your target to bleed for 15% of the damage dealt over 6 seconds.
  • Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting's duration increased to 18 seconds (was 12 seconds).
  • Careful Aim Icon Careful Aim has had the low health benefit removed. Additionally, the bonus damage is applied to targets above 70% health (was 80%).
  • Steady Focus Icon Steady Focus has been redesigned — Casting Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot twice in a row now increases your Haste by 7% for 15 seconds.
  • Streamline Icon Streamline has been redesigned — Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire damage is increased by 15%, and Rapid Fire now also reduces the cast time of your next Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot by 30%.
  • Lethal Shots Icon Lethal Shots proc chance has been increased to 30% (was 20%).
  • Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load's proc chance has been increased to 8% (was 5%).
  • Barrage Icon Barrage is now capped at 8 targets.
  • Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot is now capped at 6 targets.

Marksmanship Hunter Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Marksmanship Hunters.


Marksmanship Hunter Shadowlands Guide


Survival Hunter

No general changes for Survival Hunters are coming in Shadowlands.


Survival Hunter Talent Changes


Survival Hunter Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Survival Hunters.


Survival Hunter Shadowlands Guide


More Patch 9.0.1 Class Changes

You can find other Patch 9.0.1 class changes linked below.



  • 23 Nov. 2020: New Hunter tames highlighted.
  • 16 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 11 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Pre-Patch.
  • 16 Aug. 2020: Marksmanship Hunter updated for Beta Build 35522.
  • 20 Jun. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34821.
  • 15 Jun. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34714.
  • 09 Jun. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34615.
  • 02 Jun. 2020: Updated intro with links to Anima Powers and Covenant Abilities.
  • 25 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34490.
  • 15 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34365.
  • 08 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34278.
  • 30 Apr. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34199.
  • 28 Apr. 2020: Updated for Alpha Build 34137.
  • 21 Apr. 2020: Page added.
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