Beast Mastery Melee Hunter DPS Guide & Best Runes – Phase 4 Season of Discovery (SoD)

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Welcome to our Season of Discovery (SoD) Phase 4 Beast Mastery Melee Hunter DPS Guide!

This guide focuses exclusively on the Beast Mastery specialization, exploring key components such as Runes, Talent Trees, Stat Priorities, Rotations & Abilities, Best Professions, BiS (Best in Slot) items, and Race Choices. The new Rune System introduced in the Season of Discovery has granted the Hunter Class a large variety of tools that allow it to diversify its playstyles. Thanks to all the new abilities, a new type of playstyle was born, specifically Beast Mastery Melee Hunter which emphasizes strong pets and devastating close-quarters combat.


beast mastery melee hunter standard build phase 4 sod


Stat Priority

  1. Hit Chance
  2. Agility
  3. Attack Power
  4. Critical Strike Chance
  5. Strength
  6. Intellect
  7. Stamina

Rotations & Abilities

Single-Target Rotation

  1. Maintain Aspect of the Hawk
  2. Use Aspect of the Viper if you run low on Mana
  3. Prioritize Bestial Wrath for Burst Phases
  4. Cast Rapid Fire on cooldown
  5. Cast Immolation Trap on cooldown
  6. Cast Flanking Strike on cooldown to proc the damage-enhancing buff
    • Cast Flanking Strike on every reset to stack up the damage-enhancing buff & upkeep it
  7. Cast Raptor Strike on cooldown
  8. Cast Mongoose Bite on cooldown (When Cobra Slayer procs)
  9. Cast Wing Clip if everything else is on cooldown to trigger Windfury procs
  10. Cast Serpent Sting before reaching your target

AoE Rotation

  1. Swap to the Carve rune for AoE-intensive fights and spam it on cooldown
  2. Cast Explosive Trap on cooldown
  3. Cast Multi-Shot before you reach your target

Best Professions


Engineering has always been regarded as one of the most versatile and effective professions in both PvE and PvP. This remains true in the Season of Discovery as Engineering is one of the best professions you can acquire for the Hunter Class due to all the creative gadgets, bombs, and equipment it provides


Almost all of the newly crafted items in the Season of Discovery which are specifically tailored for Hunters come from Leatherworking, making it one of the best professions that you can acquire.


Skinning pairs fantastically well with Leatherworking, allowing you to easily get materials for crafting while also being a good way of generating gold.

Best in Slot

The Best-in-Slot (BiS) list will be updated once more information is available regarding the updated Phase 4 items!

Best Races

Alliance doesn’t have one superior race for PvE, however, Night Elf has a slight advantage over Dwarf for the Hunter Class, especially for its overall aesthetic look. The only situation in which Dwarf is superior is the case of using a powerful gun thanks to the Gun Specialization racial, although that is extremely situational as the best weapons are usually bows or crossbows.

Meanwhile, the Horde has strong PvE racial effects, with Troll being the best option thanks to Bow Specialization and Berserking racials, followed up by Orc with the Blood Fury and Command racials.


Night Elf





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Hey there folks, I am Nevermore and have been deeply passionate about WoW for more than a decade. Whether we talk about the hidden mysteries of Azeroth or the otherworldly Outland, my journey brought me here to share the things that I have experienced with you all.
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7 months ago

There are many things stated in this “guide” that are clearly not true. Very misleading

Reply to  Bob
7 months ago

Feel free to let me know what those things are so they can be corrected.

Reply to  Passion
6 months ago

literally the whole guide can be corrected, get a new job lmao

Reply to  Asmonbald
6 months ago

Why u are so trash ? Ur mom don’t learn to u the respect ?

Reply to  Bob
4 days ago

Exactly right. The “writer” babbled on about using traps repeatedly in rotation when beast master melee hunter doesnt use trap mastery. Absolutely clueless swill.
Along with using Aspect of the Hawk and Rapid Fire in melee range.
Utter nonsense.

Reply to  capstick
2 days ago

lol rapid fire gains 40% melee attack speed when runed now ya big derp., also, trapping is a net dps gain no matter what your spec…if your only other button to press at the moment is wing clip to fish for procs, why wouldnt you trap?

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