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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Beginner's Guide - Battle for Azeroth 8.3
2020/02/11 at 1:41 PM
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Looking to start playing a Beast Mastery Hunter in World of Warcraft and just want simple advice? Look no further! In this guide, we will cover everything you need to start easily playing a Beast Mastery Hunter in , without all the fuss of detailed guides Whether you're new to the spec, a casual achievement hunter, or a returning player looking to refamiliarize yourself with Beast Mastery in Battle for Azeroth, these easy guidelines, covering simple and effective talents, rotation, and gear setup, will get you into the action as easily as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get beginner players started quickly, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Beast Mastery Hunter Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page.
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This Beast Mastery Hunter build is well rounded and suited for all types of content, without focusing on any one thing in particular. It also assumes you are early in the gearing process and don't have fully optimal azerite yet. For a deeper look at each talent and more specialized builds for specific activities, see the
Beast Mastery Hunter Talent Guide.
This Beast Mastery Hunter rotation uses the talent build listed above to outline a basic priority. For the full rotation including talent variations, you can consult the
Beast Mastery Rotation Guide
only as needed to maintain Frenzy stacks on your pet, but do not let it sit at 2 full charges
Aspect of the Wild
if there is more than 1 target, just enough to keep
if there is 1 target, or to prevent Focus capping when you have nothing else to cast
Aside from Crit being at the top, Beast Mastery's secondary stats are close in value, and in most cases item level will determine upgrades. Because of this, we recommend using Raidbots to evaluate upgrades over relying on generic stat priorities to make gearing decisions. More in-depth information about stats can be found in the full
Beast Mastery Gear
Crit > Haste > Mastery/Versatility
Only two gear slots can be enchanted by all players in Battle for Azeroth: weapons and rings. There are also glove enchants which can assist with professions, Enchanter-only bracer enchants which modify hearthstone use, and Tailor-only cloak enchants which reduce threat slightly.
Crow's Nest Scope
Enchant Ring - Accord of Critical Strike
Enchant Ring - Pact of Critical Strike
Deadly Lava Lazuli
The most desirable Azerite trait for BM is
Dance of Death
and your goal is to get 3 of those, Having one or more
is also very beneficial. Here are some examples of good Azerite armor for Beast Mastery:
Azerite armor from Dungeons (or purchased with Titan Residuum)
Azerite armor from the current raid (Ny'alotha)
Fury of N'Zoth
N'Zoth the Corruptor
Horrific Visions Azerite Armor
This is some of the Azerite armor that can drop from Horrific Visions. There are two for each slot, and these are the best.
The Crucible of Flame
essence is a good general option and it's what you should be using for most content until you unlock better ones.
Essence of the Focusing Iris
Breath of the Dying
Essence of the Focusing Iris
Conflict and Strife
For more details on essences, check out the
of the guide.
If you want to be safe, you should keep your Corruption to 39 or less. Going any higher is dangerous when doing harder content or learning new bosses.
The following Corruption bonuses are the strongest overall for Beast Mastery Hunters, taking into account both their overall DPS contributions
their DPS per point of Corruption value (essentially how efficient they are).
- Even after the nerfs, this is still one of the most powerful single target Corruption bonuses, but it has a very high Corruption cost. Due to it hitting a random target, the stacking damage mechanic can only be used to its full potential when there is only one target for it to hit (and it's better the longer the fight lasts). It loses value in short encounters or where there's multiple targets. Furthermore, it scales with item level so it will most likely only be worth using up this much of your Corruption budget if it's obtained from Heroic or Mythic raiding (or equivalent ilevel). Anything lower and the DPS per Corruption will probably not be worth it.
- Since Beast Mastery Hunters primarily stack Critical Strike, this bonus is one of the strongest. All of your crit (and any crit procs) will be boosted by this. It also has a low Corruption cost, making it a very efficient use of your Corruption.
- A simple DoT on your target. What makes this one special is its efficiency. At only 15 Corruption it's very much worth it to use this bonus, especially at high item levels where it scales the best. Even after the recent nerf it received, it's still good because of its efficiency, but it may not be worth using at lower item levels (anything below 445).
There are many other Corruption bonuses that can be valuable, it all depends what drops for you. For more information, check out the
Beast Mastery Hunter Corruption Guide
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Our Beast Mastery Hunter guides are always updated with the latest information from in-game experience, simulations, and logs; make sure to check our changelog to this page, by clicking on
at the top of the page. If you are interested in more in-depth Beast Mastery Hunter guides for Visions of N'zoth, Battle for Azeroth's third and final content patch, make sure to browse the
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