DPS Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)

Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Beast Mastery Hunter. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Aspect: Aspect of The Hawk or Aspect of The Iron Hawk

DPS Priority: Execute the following priority for optimal DPS.

  1. Hunters Mark Maintain debuff.
  2. Serpent Sting Apply once. Refresh with Cobra Shot.
  3. Focus Fire with 5 Frenzy.
  4. Kill Shot Target below 20% Health.
  5. Kill Command on cooldown.
  6. Glaive Toss on cooldown.
  7. Arcane Shot Dump excess Focus.
  8. Cobra Shot Build Focus.

Hunters Mark and Focus Fire are your highest priorities. You do not want to lose these buffs. The only exception to this rule is to not cast Focus Fire if you’re going to use Bestial Wrath. It is better to let your pet keep its Frenzy stacks during Bestial Wrath. Maintain Serpent Sting by refreshing it with Cobra Shot. Also, you should only activate Focus Fire when you pet has 5 Frenzy for optimal uptime on Focus Fire.

Kill Command and Glaive Toss should be used on cooldown. Use Kill Shot when the mob is at or below 20% Health. Beyond that, use Arcane Shot to avoid hitting the Focus Cap, but do not use all of your Focus on Arcane Shot. Always keep at least 40 Focus so that you can Kill Command when it comes up. Use Cobra Shot when low on focus (0-50) and Kill Command is on cooldown.

AoE Rotation

If you are only attacking 2-3 mobs, it’s usually best to just resume your Single Target rotation. Otherwise, cast Multishot as needed to maintain Beast Cleave while using Glaive Toss and Kill Command as often as possible. With 5+ enemies, drop an Explosive Trap and continue with Multishot, Glaive Toss, and Kill Command. Use Cobra Shot as needed for additional Focus.

Effective Cooldowns

These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.