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Beast Mastery represents the hunter's focus on his/her connection to nature and the beasts that live within in. Most Beast Mastery abilities and talents are centered around the hunter's pet, and the rest are on the use of aspects.
|Improved Kill Command
|Increases critical strike chance of your Kill Command by 5/10%.
|One With Nature
|Increases the attack power bonus of your Aspect of the Hawk by 10/20/30%, and increases the amount of focus restored by your Aspect of the Fox by 1/2/3.
|Increases the Focus regeneration of your pets by 10/20/20%.
|(Requires 5 points spent in Beast Mastery)
|Increases the speed bonus of your Aspect of the Cheetah and Aspect of the Pack by 4/8%, and increases your speed while mounted by 5/10%. The mounted movement speed increase does not stack with other effects.
|While your pet is active, you and your pet will regenerate 1/2% of total health every 10 sec., and increases healing done to you and your pet by 5/10%.
|Your pet gains 2/4/6% attack speed after attacking with a Basic Attack, lasting for 10 sec and stacking up to 5 times.
|Improved Mend Pet
|Gives the Mend Pet ability a 25/50% chance of cleansing 1 Curse, Disease, Magic or Poison effect from the pet each tick.
|(Requires 10 points spent in Beast Mastery)
|You have a 5/10/15% chance when you hit with Arcane Shot to cause your pet's next 2 Basic Attacks to critically hit.
|Instantly restores 50 focus to you and your pet.
|Consumes your Pets Frenzy effect, restoring 4 Focus to your pet and increasing your ranged haste by 3% for each Frenzy stack consumed. Lasts for 15 sec.
|(Requires 15 points spent in Beast Mastery)
|Reduces the cooldown of your Bestial Wrath, Intimidation and Pet Special Abilities by 10/20/30%.
|When you score two Kill Command critical hits in a row, your third will deal 10/20% more damage and have its cost reduced by 5/10 focus.
|(Requires 20 points spent in Beast Mastery)
|Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera
|Whenever you are hit by a melee attack, the cooldown of your Disengage is instantly reduced by 2/4 sec.
Whenever you are hit by a ranged attack or spell, the cooldown of your Deterrence is instantly reduced by 4/8 sec.
These effects have a 2 sec cooldown.
|Send your pet into a rage causing 20% additional damage for 10 sec. The beast does not feel pity or remorse or fear and it cannot be stopped unless killed.
|All party and raid members have their damage increase by 3% within 100 yards of your pet.
|(Requires 25 points spent in Beast Mastery)
|Increases you and your pets maximum focus by 5/10.
|The Beast Within
|While your pet is under the effects of Bestial Wrath, you also go into a rage causing 10% additional damage and reducing the focus cost of all shots and abilities by 50% for 10 sec.
|When your pet scores a critical hit with a Basic Attack, you instantly regenerate 3/6 focus.
|(Requires 30 points spent in Beast Mastery)
|You master the art of Beast training, teaching you the ability to tame Exotic pets and increasing your total amount of Pet Skill Points by 4.
How do I play a Beast Master?
All hunters play more or less the same during a group or raid, with the exception of the shot rotations used by Beast Mastery. Beast masters are also more likely to use Kill Command in their cycles. During PvP, beast masters rely heavily on The Beast Within to avoid crowd control effects long enough to defeat their opponents. They need their pet for this, and although many players ignore the pet, some will choose to attack it if it runs around a corner by itself...so Improved Revive Pet is handy, too!
Why skip Bestial Discipline?
The Marksmanship talent Go For the Throat also helps the pet regain focus. Since there is a limit to the amount of focus a pet can actually use up all their focus, there is often no need for both if your crit rate is high enough. The exception would be if using a Wind Serpent, since Lightning Breath uses focus more quickly than other abilities.
If talents are usually maxed, why only put 4/5 in Frenzy?
Frenzy gives the pet an effect. It's either there or it's not. The number of points you spend determines how likely it is to be active, but because of how often your pet will crit as a beast master, it's essentially always up with just 4 points spent. The fifth point becomes wasted, and Animal Handler is an excellent talent as well since it reduces pet misses.
What gear do I look for as a beast master?
All hunters generally look for the same gear. Survival has special interests in agility, and marksmanship wants more intellect and mana regen. Beast mastery doesn't have any special needs, other than maybe a slight focus on attack power since that directly benefits the pet as well. A beast master should still give attention to crit rating, hit rating, mana regen, etc.