PVP Beast Mastery Hunter Guide (WotLK 3.3.5a)
Welcome to the Beast Mastery Hunter PVP guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Beast Mastery Hunter in the arena or a battleground. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips, Team setups.
1. Talent Tree
Head – Arcanum of Triumph
Shoulder – Inscription of Triumph
Cloak – Major Agility
Chest – Powerful Stats or Exceptional Resilience
Bracers – Greater Assault
Gloves – Crusher
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Frosthide Leg Armor
Boots – Greater Assault
Weapons – Superior Potency and Titanium Weapon Chain on the off-hand
Bow – Heartseeker Scope
5. Gameplay & Rotations
While playing a Beast Mastery Hunter your skill priority should be something like this:
Kill Shot > Aimed Shot > Arcane Shot > Serpent Sting > Steady Shot
The thing with Serpent Sting is that it may break some CC effects on the target. To go around this problem - apply Scorpid Sting or Viper Sting to the target. They will replace the Serpent Sting and deal 0 damage to the target, thus not break the crowd control.
Viper Sting will not be used a lot, but here's an example of when it's a good idea. Your team failed to win by bursting down the enemy and you see the enemy healer is low on mana. Now is the time to help him get OOM with Viper Sting, focus him down and finish the fight.
Tranquilizing Shot is a gamble, but you should definitely use it. It can dispell spells like Hand of Sacrifice, Power Word: Shield, Ice Barrier, Paladin’s wings and Hand of Freedom.
Don't use all of your cooldowns at once. Firing Bestial Wrath, Intimidation, and Rapid Fire at once leaves in a rather weak position. Use Rapid Fire if you are sure that you will be able to free cast untouched for about 8-10 seconds.
Chimaera is considered to be one of the best Exotic pets for PVP thanks to its special skill called Froststorm Breath. Froststorm Breath is a ranged skill that also slows the target by 50% for 5 seconds. The cooldown is low, resulting in a 70% uptime slowing effect. The slowing effect cannot be trinketed out of or dispelled.
You can also change this build by swapping points between Cornered and Bullheaded to Grace of the Mantis and Roar of Sacrifice.
Core Hounds are a bit too squishy but Battleground, but they really shine in the Arena. Their high DPS and special ability called Lava Breath is a great combo to burst down enemies. Lava Breath is a ranged fire-based spell with a 25% casting speed reduction debuff to the enemy.
You can also swap the Bloodthirsty and Heart of the Phoenix talents to Culling the Herd for maximum damage.
Worms are excellent pets for the Battlegrounds. They are really hard to kill due to their survivability and they also apply an armor debuff to the target. The worm is a Tenacity pet, which brings great abilities, such as Charge, Intervene, Roar of Sacrifice and Last Stand.
Add-ons improve your gameplay by a lot. It is necessary to utilize add-ons, since they play a vital role in your performance, whether you are in a raid, arena or at the auction house.
Check out our Add-ons Page which will provide you with a download link and some configuration info. The addon versions are for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a. The site has multiple versions of the add-ons, so if you need another version – you can also search for it there.
7. Team Setups
Here is a list of preferable partners in the 2v2 and 3v3 arena.
Protection Warrior + Holy Paladin
Unholy / Frost Death Knight + Holy Paladin
Feral Druid + Holy Paladin / Restor. Shaman / Discipline Priest
Retribution Paladin + Discipline Priest