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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we present you with various talent trees for Beast Mastery Hunters (WoW 4.3) that you can use in specific situations. We also explain in detail what the talents do, how they work together, and how you can customise your talent tree in order to adapt it to a particular boss. The other articles of our Beast Mastery Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the left.

1. Two Standard Builds↑top

In terms of maximising DPS and overall raid performance, Beast Mastery Hunters have only two options for talent point distributions, and the two differ very slightly. We will present you with both builds. It is up to you to choose which one you prefer, as the difference in efficiency is insignificant.

The following build is generally accepted to be the standard talent build for Beast Mastery Hunters. It grants you increased Critical Strike Rating with Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot on targets above 90% health, thanks to the Careful Aim Icon Careful Aim talent.

This build does not take points in Careful Aim Icon Careful Aim. Instead points are invested in Pathing Icon Pathing, which gives you a 2% haste increase.

2. Customising Your Build↑top

First, we will present and explain the relevant talents for a Beast Mastery Hunter before listing the various mandatory and optional glyphs.

2.1. Talents

  • 2/2 Improved Kill Command Icon Improved Kill Command: a very clear boost to one of your basic abilities, by increasing its chance to critically hit.
  • 3/3 One with Nature Icon One with Nature: increases your attack power while in Aspect of the Hawk Icon Aspect of the Hawk by 30% and provides some extra focus regeneration while in Aspect of the Fox Icon Aspect of the Fox.
  • 3/3 Bestial Discipline Icon Bestial Discipline: increases your pet's focus regeneration rate by 30%, allowing it to use its abilities more often.
  • 2/2 Spirit Bond Icon Spirit Bond: this talent is not a DPS increase, but it provides you and your pet with increased healing received, and is used to unlock the next talent tiers.
  • 3/3 Frenzy Icon Frenzy: provides your pet with a stacking attack speed increase buff, which increases its attack speed by up to 30%.
  • 1/1 Focus Fire Icon Focus Fire: provides you with a key ability in your rotation, which consumes all the Frenzy stacks from your pet, granting you increased ranged attack speed in return.
  • 1/1 Fervor Icon Fervor: a very straightforward DPS cooldown, which provides you and your pet with 50 focus on demand.
  • 3/3 Cobra Strikes Icon Cobra Strikes: causes your Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shots to sometimes make your pet critically strike, increasing its damage greatly.
  • 3/3 Longevity Icon Longevity: reduces the cooldown of one of your most powerful DPS cooldowns, and reduces the cooldowns of your pet's special abilities, all of which translates into a large DPS increase.
  • 2/2 Killing Streak Icon Killing Streak: rewards you for causing critical hits with your Kill Command by granting your following Kill Command increased damage and reduced focus cost.
  • 1/1 Ferocious Inspiration Icon Ferocious Inspiration: a raid-wide buff which increases damage done by 3%. It is also provided by Arcane Mages and Retribution Paladins.
  • 1/1 Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath: a very powerful DPS cooldown which increases the damage done by your pet by 20% for 10 seconds.
  • 1/1 The Beast Within Icon The Beast Within: causes your Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath to also grant you 10% increased damage and 50% reduced focus cost for its 10 second duration.
  • 2/2 Invigoration Icon Invigoration: provides you with 6 focus each time your pet critically hits with a basic attack.
  • 2/2 Kindred Spirits Icon Kindred Spirits: increases your focus pool and that of your pet by 10, allowing you to more easily manage the resource.
  • 1/1 Beast Mastery Icon Beast Mastery: grants you the ability to tame exotic pets, and also grants you an additional 4 pet talent points, which are used to unlock further DPS talents for your pets, thus granting additional DPS.
  • 3/3 Efficiency Icon Efficiency: another straightforward increase to your damage dealt, by reducing the focus cost of your Arcane Shot by 3.
  • 2/2 Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat: a straightforward increase to the damage your pet deals, by granting it more of its resource.
  • 2/2 Sic 'Em! Icon Sic 'Em!: grants your pet focus-free attacks, increasing its damage output.
  • 0/2 or 2/2 Careful Aim Icon Careful Aim: greatly increases your critical strike chance with Cobra Shot Icon Cobra Shot on targets above 90% health.
  • 1/3 or 3/3 Pathing Icon Pathing: provides 3% ranged haste which translates into a direct DPS increase.

2.2. Glyphs

Glyph choice as a Beast Mastery Hunter is very simple.

2.2.1. Prime Glyphs

The following three Prime Glyphs are mandatory:

2.2.2. Major Glyphs

Glyph of Bestial Wrath is mandatory. For the remaining two glyphs, you should choose between:

None of the other glyphs provide DPS increases, though Glyph of Raptor Strike provides you with excellent damage reduction, something that Hunters otherwise sorely lack.

2.2.3. Minor Glyphs

We recommend that you use the following Minor Glyphs:

Glyph of Aspect of the Pack can be useful to extend the range of your Aspect and help your raid run in quicker after wipes. In encounters, it seldom has any practical use due to the movement speed debuff that Aspect of the Pack Icon Aspect of the Pack causes when taking damage.

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