Introduction to the Beast Mastery Hunter

Beast Mastery is the only ranged specialization in WoW that can do 100% of its damage while moving, and they do very well at soloing because their pet acts as a personal tank. Despite being ranged, most of their damage comes from their pets, which have to be in melee range of the target. A large portion of this pet damage is controlled by the Hunter rather than happening automatically.

Beast Mastery Hunters are the only Hunter specialization that can tame Exotic beasts, which have at least two special abilities or passives instead of the one that regular pets have.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Beast Mastery Hunter, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Beast Mastery Hunter


  • Strongest single-target and AoE damage
  • Full mobility
  • Great at soloing


  • Dependence on pet AI can be annoying
  • Will rarely be topping the meters over other ranged classes and specs when all other things are equal (except for high movement fights)


15Killer Instinct Killer InstinctAnimal Companion Animal CompanionDire Beast Dire Beast
30Scent of Blood Scent of BloodOne with the Pack One with the PackChimaera Shot Chimaera Shot
45Trailblazer TrailblazerNatural Mending Natural MendingCamouflage Camouflage
60Venomous Bite Venomous BiteThrill of the Hunt Thrill of the HuntA Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows
75Born To Be Wild Born To Be WildPosthaste PosthasteBinding Shot Binding Shot
90Stomp StompBarrage BarrageStampede Stampede
100Aspect of the Beast Aspect of the BeastKiller Cobra Killer CobraSpitting Cobra Spitting Cobra

Rotation of the Beast Mastery Hunter

The basic rotation of the Beast Mastery Hunter is as follows:

  • Cast Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot when the Frenzy Icon Frenzy buff on your pet is about to expire or when you are close to 2 charges of Barbed Shot, refreshing Frenzy as late as possible without dropping it
  • Use Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot when you have a lot of Focus to burn, and when Kill Command Icon Kill Command is not coming off cooldown within 2.5 seconds
  • Cast Barbed Shot Icon Barbed Shot as a filler if it will reach 2 charges before your Frenzy Icon Frenzy buff expires


Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath is the main offensive cooldown for Beast Mastery. It increases all damage done by you and your pet by 25% for 15 seconds on a 1.5-minute base cooldown.

Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild increases your critical strike chance by 10%, and your Focus regeneration by 5 Focus per second for 20 seconds.

Stat Priority

The stat priority for the Beast Mastery Hunter is:

  1. Critical Strike
  2. Haste = Versatility
  3. Mastery