Beast Mastery Hunter Talents
This section of the Beast Mastery Hunter guide provides an overview of all talents, information on which talents work well in different situations, and popular builds in Wowhead's talent calculator. This guide is written by
Eyes of the Beast
Hunting Party Podcast
. Updated for the latest patch.
Rotation & Abilities
Gear + Stats
Use the tabs below to view talent builds for different situations, including a new recommended build option for 7.2.5.
This build is focused on single target DPS, but can also cleave well in a pinch.
The only real change over the single target build is the use of
instead of Crows.
is also a fine option here for those who prefer it (especially in Mythic+ dungeons).
The Stomp Build (aka the "Crit Build" or "Beast Cannon")
New for 7.2.5 (thanks to baseline 2 charges on Dire Beast, among other things). This build is an alternative to the standard Dire Frenzy build, with the key talent changes being
. The reason we refer to it as the "crit build" is because it performs best when you have a high crit chance (30-40%), but it can still do well without tons of crit. It results in a lot of
procs and higher Bestial Wrath uptime. I recommend trying both the Dire Frenzy build and this build to see what you have more fun with, but remember that this build works best with at least 30% crit chance.
In Tier 19 gear, this build may result in slightly more DPS for you. In Tier 20 gear, it will fall slightly behind, but still be quite close.
For multiple target situations, you can use
instead of Crows.
Tier 1 Talents
: This talent gives you more chance to crit with Auto Shot and Cobra Shot on fresh targets, along with the potential for more
procs in that window. Works best in situations where there is a constant stream of fresh new targets to take advantage of it.
: Increases the damage of
based on how many pets you have active. In most cases this talent will give you a 30% buff to
(main pet, Hati, and a
) but any extra beasts from
procs will buff your
even more. The bonus is reduced to only 20% if you are using the
talent (tier 2), since there will be no
: Increases the Focus regeneration of your
from 12 to 24 Focus over its duration, and your
from 24 to 36 Focus.
is the best choice for pure single target DPS because
will be responsible for a good chunk of your single target damage.
is a good option in AoE sitations when using a lot of Multi-Shots instead of Cobra Shots.
provides less DPS than the others and is generally not recommended.
Tier 2 Talents
: If you're interested in turning your
s into genuine weapons, this is the talent for you. Whenever a newly spawned
reaches their target, they stomp the ground and deal significant AoE damage within 8 yards. It's even a fine choice for single target DPS.
(Patch 7.2.5: Focus now generates over time instead of instantly, range increased from 25 to 40 yards): Replaces your Dire Beast to make your main pet more powerful. It causes your main pet to deal similar damage that your
would have done, but does it all instantly with 5 quick attacks. In addition, it generates twice as much Focus (24 vs. 12). Lastly, it gives your pet a 30% (42% with
) attack speed buff for 8 seconds. The attack speed buff stacks if refreshed before it expires with a
proc. Because of its 40-yard range, it also aids in pet target swapping.
(Patch 7.2.5: Now deals significantly more damage, but cooldown increased from 9 to 15 sec): A shot stolen from the clutches of Marksmanship Hunters that deals frost and nature damage to 1-2 targets, and generates 10 Focus per target hit. It costs nothing to cast, and its cooldown is further reduced by your Haste stat.
is the best overall talent, especially strong in single target situations.
is good for any AoE situation, and can still do great single target DPS when used in the "crit build."
lags a little behind the other choices in DPS.
Tier 3 Talents
: Gives you a 60% movement speed increase for 5 seconds whenever you
: When your abilities crit, there is a 15% chance that
's cooldown will be reset.
: Whenever you haven't attacked a target for 3 seconds, your movement speed is increased by 30%. The movement speed buff is removed when you attack.
is the best talent here and is recommended for most situations.
is too random to rely on.
is more of a quality of life talent to help you get around faster. It can be useful for world content, transmog runs in old raids, that sort of thing.
has no real use in a raiding environment.
Tier 4 Talents
an additional 30% chance to proc (for a total of 50%). This is a key talent for the previously mentioned "crit build" and those who enjoy lots of procs will be interested in that build and this talent. Not really recommended for the Dire Frenzy build or with a low crit chance.
: Significantly buffs
damage. As you'll be spending a significant amount of time in
, this is a very strong talent.
: Increases your pet's Basic Attack (
) damage by 100% and allows them to teleport to their target once every 20 seconds. It is very strong in multi-target situations because it buffs Beast Cleave damage.
is the best choice for single target DPS and raiding in general.
is the recommended talent for the "crit build" but not recommended for use with Dire Frenzy.
is a versatile talent because it's decent in any situation -- especially for AoE damage -- but it is not a key component of any of the recommended builds.
Tier 5 Talents
: Beast Mastery's best overall Crowd Control ability. It requires the affected mobs to move slightly in order to trigger it.
: Incapacitates a single target for 30 seconds which breaks on damage.
: Unlike Binding Shot, this stun can be triggered on demand. It only affects one target, your pet must be in melee range of that target, and it has a longer cooldown than the other talents.
In most cases
will be your best bet because an AoE stun is one of the most potent crowd controls out there, especially in something like a Mythic+ dungeon where trash packs can be quite dangerous. There will always be situations where you want to lock down one particular mob for an extended period, and for that you can use
, but it is a bit redundant now that
has returned to Beast Mastery.
Tier 6 Talents
: Sends crows to attack your target and deal substantial damage over 15 sec. Costs 30 Focus on a 1 min cooldown. If the target dies with Crows active, the cooldown is reset. This is the best choice for single target DPS or for situations with priority adds that die quickly and are likely to trigger the cooldown reset.
: Deals burst AoE damage to targets in a cone in front of you. The main challenge here is pooling up 60 Focus to use this every 20 seconds. Without any active Focus regen, you have to do some planning to achieve this and it can be more trouble than it's worth for single target DPS.
: This talent is a simple toggle. When it's active, all of your auto shots will spend 3 Focus and deal AoE damage around the target. This is pretty nice sustained AoE damage, but you have to sacrifice a small amount of single target damage. Check the
of this guide for a Weakaura that will remind you to toggle it on.
is the best option for single target because of how much damage it deals to priority targets, and the cooldown reset potential. In 3+ target situations,
is recommended as long as the targets are clumped up (Mythic+ dungeons).
is generally not recommended for Beast Mastery, as that 60 Focus is better spent elsewhere (like more Kill Commands or activating Beast Cleave).
Tier 7 Talents
: Summons many pets from the wild to literally Stampede at your target. The tricky part is that the direction of the stampede will be the direction that your character is facing when you cast it. The beasts hit everything in their path up to 30 yards away, so to maximize this 3-minute cooldown you'll want to place as many targets between you and the primary target as possible (and hope that your tank doesn't move them out of the Stampede).
is buffed by
, so you should always use it during
: When Bestial Wrath is active, your
resets the cooldown of
. This results in high single target damage during
. Be sure to enter Bestial Wrath with a full Focus bar to fully take advantage.
: As long as your pet is in Ferocity spec, every
will do a little bit of extra bleed damage to the target. It's free extra damage without having to do anything. The bonus for Tenacity and Cunning pets are more focused around soloing and PvP, respectively.
is the best choice for pretty much every situation. Without it, Beast Mastery single target DPS suffers quite a bit.
is an OK choice for situations that demand multi-target burst, such as high level Mythic+ dungeons with difficult trash pulls.
has the least DPS potential, but it also requires no real change in gameplay to get its benefits. It's just a constant source of extra DPS, which may be preferable to some. It's also a decent choice for raid encounters where you spend the majority of your time casting Multi-Shots instead of Cobra Shots (thus not benefiting from Killer Cobra as much).
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