Mists of Pandaria Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Gearing | How to Gear Enchant and Reforge a Beast Mastery Hunter in WoW PVP - Season 12 Patch 5.1

by Rugmouse // November 25, 2012

guide

This guide is a collaborative effort between Tosan, Tika, and Braindeadly, produced by SkillCapped. All of our written guides are available for free, and we encourage you to post them wherever you’d like as long as you use a link back!

Table of Contents

  1. Stat Priority
  2. Adjusting Stats As You Grind
  3. Optimal Final Stats
  4. Getting Started
  5. Honor Gear
  6. The Best Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Gear in Season 12
  7. Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Professions

stats

Stat Priority For Beast Mastery Hunters

Mandatory

Ranged Hit is by far the most important stat for Beast Mastery Hunters, and yet its importance is often times overlooked by the Hunter PvP community. The hit cap for melee/ranged classes in PvP is 3%, and until you have reached the 3% threshold, you should make obtaining Ranged Hit your number one priority.

The 3% threshold ensures that all of your Special Attacks, or Yellow damage numbers as they appear on screen, will never “Miss.” Auto attack damage, or White damage, still has a chance to miss on level 90 players. The amount of Melee Hit necessary to ensure all white damage lands on your target is extremely high, and does not warrant the loss of other secondary stats. Anything over the 3% hit cap will have a negligible impact on damage output, and thus, is a waste of secondary stat allocation.

You may notice that Melee/Ranged Hit required is much less than the amount of Hit necessary for Spell Casters (3% Ranged Hit compared to 6% Spell Hit required). The differential is due to physical damage classes having the additional requirement of Expertise. New to Mists of Pandaria, Hunter ranged attacks have a chance to be Dodged or Parried by your enemies. The current Expertise cap is 3%,  but many Hunters are choosing to exceed the 3% cap due to Strength and Agility classes having additional Dodge/Parry chance.  6% is the maximum Expertise level you should obtain.

Ideal Stat Gains

These are the stats you will focus on once you have achieved 3% hit. In this section, you will find a list of stats along with their descriptions; stats are ordered based on their importance. While gearing, you should focus on achieving the following stats based on this priority hierarchy:

  • PvP Power
    • PVP Power increases all of your damage against other players. This additional damage increases linearly and does not fall subject to diminishing returns, making this stat more and more effective as you gear your character. We won’t get into the calculations, but PvP Power is point-for-point better than any other stat you can get in terms of damage output in WoW PvP’s current state.
  • Agility
    • Agility increases your Attack Power and chance to score a Critical Strike.
    • As a Beast Mastery Hunter, much of your burst potential is based on having high Attack Power, coupled with high Crit chance. Since Agility adds to both of your most important secondary stats, achieving the highest Agility levels possible will maximize damage output.
  • PvP Resilience
    • PVP Resilience reduces the damage your opponent does to you. In a PvP scenario, increasing your damage is amazing, but decreasing the amount of damage you take can dictate how a PvP scenario plays out. You can’t do damage if you’re dead!
    • In the current state of the game, most Top Hunters are recommending more PvP Resilience to deal with the incredible burst many classes are capable of, and so is Skill-Capped!
  • Mastery
    • Beast Mastery Hunter mastery, [Mastery: Master of Beasts], increases the effectiveness of all your Pet’s damage. A significant portion of your damage will be dealt by your pet over the course of a PvP encounter, making Mastery a solid secondary stat to accumulate.
  • Critical Strike
    • Critical Strike, or Crit, is thought of as one of the best secondary stats for a Beast Mastery Hunter. Hunter play style centers around effective control of the opposing team, and lining up very strong burst damage in conjunction with your teammate. Critical Strike increases the likelihood of solid damage output during your important cooldowns, namely [Bestial Wrath], [Stampede], and [Kill Command].
  • Haste
    • Haste increases both the Hunter’s and their Pet’s attack speed. Faster attack speed will result in more damage output per second, but this damage will be predictable and lacks significant damage spikes when pressuring your target. PvP in Mists of Pandaria is very burst-oriented. The additional sustained pressure awarded from Haste does not justify the loss of other secondary stats that maximizes our burst potential.

So, your stat priority in the current Season 12 Patch 5.0 should look like this:

Stat Priority

Hit(3%) > Expertise(3%) > PvP Power > Agility > PvP Resilience >
Mastery > Crit > Expertise(>3%) > Haste

Note: We left out Stamina, as there will never be a situation where Stamina is better than any of these stats. Thus, you should never be Gemming or Enchanting Stamina on your gear.

Adjusting Stats As You Grind

Here we will be explaining exactly how to obtain, and what the optimal gear choices are while building up your character. While you are accumulating gear, it is important to recognize that until you have your completed set, your stats will constantly be changing. It is extremely important to be mindful of what stats are most important for your class as you work towards your optimal set, and make item selections based on what will have the most profound impact on your performance.

This may mean shifting a few gems around, reforging, or even swapping enchants to maintain your mandatory stats at all times.

  • Make sure you are always at 3% hit rating. If you are below 3%, swap out a gem in favor of a Hit gem, or reforge some Haste or Mastery into Hit until your gear improves.
  • Always try to accumulate as much PvP Power and Resilience as you can until you are in the best gear Season 12 offers. While you are gearing, how much damage you do to players, and how much damage they do to you, is significantly different than if you were in full gear, so it is not advised to prioritize Agility where you could get additional PvP Power and/or Resilience.

Optimal Final Stats For Beast Mastery Hunters

These stats reflect what we have researched and believe to be the best obtainable stats for Season 12 using Conquest gear with the Tier 2 weapon. These stats are here to give you a benchmark as you work towards completing your gear set.

  • Hit: 1,030
  • PvP Power: 13,444
  • PvP Resilience: 7,187
  • Agility: 11,069
  • Expertise: 2,037
  • Crit: 4,757
  • Mastery: 5,203
  • Haste: 1,345

gear

Getting Started

This section is geared towards people who have recently hit 90 for the first time, or have an under-geared alt that needs to be primed for beginning the PvP gear grind.

Upon achieving level 90, we do NOT advise you to just jump into an Arena, or start grinding Battleground’s, or do any sort of PvP for that matter fresh off of leveling in your leveling items. Chances are many of the enemies in a Battleground will significantly out-gear your fresh level 90, which means they will have a significant advantage over you in a PvP setting. Something that we promise will save you a lot of grief, speed up your grind, and make your PvP experience that much more enjoyable would be to obtain the crafted PvP gear right away. Here is a list of all of the items you should immediately obtain before you start PvP’ing in Mists of Pandaria:

Tip: It is normally much cheaper to get the materials for these items yourself and have someone craft them for you, rather than buying them off of the Auction House. Even if you just buy the materials off the Auction House and spam trade, it’s normally cheaper. Always check first for good deals on the Auction House, though!

Honor Gear

Why Should I get the Honor Gear?

Every season we get asked the same question:

Why would I grind out a full set of honor gear if I’m just going to replace it later with conquest point gear?

The answer is that you will have a significant edge over the large portion of the player base that chooses not to grind out their honor set early. While each stat on the honor gear is normally not much better than the previous season’s Conquest gear, (not the case here, as it’s a new expansion) when you look at the combined stat increase from all of the honor gear, it’s a massive difference.

Normally we show a stat comparison from last season’s conquest gear to the current season’s Honor gear, but this is unnecessary in the first Season of a new expansion. Honor gear is a 100% must have.

What Honor Gear to Get, and What Order

Below you will find a list of all of the honor gear pieces you can obtain. They are listed in order of their stat benefits to you. That is, if you go follow this list in order, you will get the best stats first. This is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but we feel if you are going to gear up, you might as well do it in an efficiently as possible.

Please Note: This order disregards your previous gear set up, and only orders the gear in an optimal way given all gear being equal beforehand. A lot of you will have Contender’s gear on, though, and that changes the order.

In the case of having the Contender’s set on, you should follow the order below EXCLUDING the Contender slots that you have first, and then double back and replace Contender’s with Dreadful. ALWAYS MAINTAIN YOUR MANDATORY STATS!

Hit cap will be achieved when you accumulate [Dreadful Gladiator's Chain Gauntlets], [Dreadful Gladiator's Wristguards of Accuracy], and [Dreadful Gladiator's Ring of Accuracy].

The Best Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Gear in Season 12

The most important section is upon us. Here you will find the best possible gear choices for Season 12 PvP. This list will be ordered by largest stat gains, just like the Honor gear section. It will list the piece or pieces of gear that are optimal – and denote any gems, enchants, and reforging that is required for your best-in-slot equipment.

Keep in mind, your reforging and gemming may vary as you are building your set since you may drop below 3% hit cap in the process. This is a full set optimization.

Head– 2,250 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Chain Helm]

  • Gems
    • Meta: [Agile Primal Diamond]
      • Directly increases our damage output and burst potential, two of the main factors that Beast Mastery PvP is all about.
    • Red: [Assassin's Imperial Amethyst]
      • PvP power increases in value as you stack Agility, so the hybrid gem is best here.  If survivability is a greater concern, substitute [Lucent Vermilion Onyx] in red slots for additional PvP Resilience.
  • Enchant
    • Head enchants were taken out of the game in Mists of Pandaria!
  • Reforge
    • None


Legs – 2,250 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Chain Leggings]


Save your points so you can purchase your Season 12 Weapons now [Malevolent Gladiator's Rifle], so you can upgrade to the Elite version later. Total Cost – 3,500 Conquest Points

Upgrade to 2/2 prior to collecting more gear


Trinket 1 – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Badge of Conquest]

  • Upgrade to 2/2 prior to collecting more gear
    • The On-Use trinket is preferred for PVP, as the majority of your kill attempts will revolve around coordinated set-up with your teammates. Having access to an On-Demand burst increase will help with those attempts.
    • There is a significant amount of PVP Power on the trinket as well – a Beast Mastery Hunter’s number one secondary stat.


Chest – 2,250 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Chain Armor]


Wrist – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Wristguards of Alacrity]


Ring 1 – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Ring of Accuracy]

  • Reforge
    • None


Feet – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Sabatons of Cruelty]


Weapon

[Malevolent Gladiator's Rifle]



Waist – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Links of Cruelty]

 


Back – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Cape of Cruelty]



Hands – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Chain Gauntlets]


Shoulder – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Chain Spaulders]


Ring 2 – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Ring of Cruelty]

  • Reforge
    • From Haste to Hit


Neck – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Necklace of Proficiency]

  • Reforge
    • From Crit to Mastery


Trinket 2 – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Malevolent Gladiator's Medallion of Tenacity]

  • No Changes

Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Professions

Our goal is to give you the absolute best gear set up you can achieve as a Beast Mastery Hunter in Season 12, and part of that is choosing the right professions. Before we tell you what the best professions are, we should note that when comparing professions, there is a very marginal benefit to your overall gear set, and you should not sacrifice a profession you really enjoy for the sake of a minor stat increase. Leveling a new profession can be costly!

That being said, here are the best professions for a Beast Mastery Hunters in Mists of Pandaria PvP:

Blacksmithing

This is the best Profession for a Beast Mastery Hunter because of the two extra gem slots that can be used to refine your stats. Blacksmithing offers you the best customization, as you are able to increase primary stats, along with the freedom to choose various secondary stats, such as Mastery, Crit, or even PvP Power and PvP Resilience! Other professions simply do not offer this much customization for your character.

The next two Professions were a split decision between our pros, and are totally up to what you want to do.

Engineering

This is our second favorite profession solely because of the glove enchant [Synapse Springs] that will increase your Agility by 1920 for 10 seconds. Great for that big burst window you set up when going for a kill. Note – [Synapse Springs] cannot be used in conjunction with [Malevolent Gladiator's Badge of Conquest], as use of one or the other will invoke a short cooldown. Utilizing both On-Use procs does, however, allow for stronger burst attempts while your PvP trinket is on cooldown.

Oh, and [Nitro Boosts] are the greatest things since sliced bread, but unusable in Arenas or Rated Battlegrounds.

Leatherworking

Leatherworking has the added benefit of [Fur Lining - Agility], which would replace your [Enchant Bracer - Greater Agility] enchant.  Plus, you are able to Enchant your legs for cheap!

Good Luck!

This guide is a collaborative effort between Tosan, Tika, and Braindeadly, produced by SkillCapped. All of our written guides are available for free, and we encourage you to post them wherever you’d like as long as you use a link back!

We hope this answers every question you’ve ever had about Beast Mastery Hunter Gear in Season 12, and is used as a reference point for your quest to obtain the best PvP gear out there. Let us know if we missed anything, or if there is something you need cleared up in the comments below, and we’ll be sure to get back!

Please let us know how the article was. Were we missing anything? Do you have any further questions? Was the format useful? We always want to improve our articles, and your feedback helps!

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    Rugmouse
    20 months ago
    It'll take a bit for our contributors to settle into the new season and determine what stat allocations and gear will be the best for next season. I will make sure I'm in constant contact with the contributors and will strive to get the information released and quickly as possible.
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    bookashade
    20 months ago
    Any idea of when the 5.2 bm gearing guide will come out?
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    Rugmouse
    22 months ago
    No problem - I also recently spoke with Tosan about the tendency that more and more hunters are moving towards more Resilience. We decided to add a 'Resilience alternative gem' for those of you that would like the extra survivability (if you find yourself being trained often, etc.). The PvP Power route is still very much viable, though - you'll have to decide for yourself which avenue best suits your play style =D
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    Ginrai
    22 months ago
    Thank you for the quick update and explanation Rugmouse =) Very well done!
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    Rugmouse
    22 months ago
    I have updated the guide to reflect the correct reforging that Mastery > Crit. I'm sorry for the confusion there.

    While the Prowess cloak does have a nice Mastery allocation, the additional Hit rating on the cloak would be a wasted statistic. Even when moving around some of the reforging from other pieces, you simply cannot get as close to the 3% threshold when utilizing the Prowess cloak. So, while the Prowess cloak may give you a slightly higher mastery level, you are giving away additional Crit for more Hit (which is completely worthless above 3% - Crit, while weaker than mastery, is still a solid secondary stat)

    I hope that makes sense...and thank you very much for your feedback!
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    Ginrai
    22 months ago
    Excuse me for asking a possibly obvious question but I am new to the hunter class.

    If Mastery > Crit, why does the cape choice have crit over the mastery one?
    (same question for the reforge where the haste on the shoulders and cape are reforged to crit and not mastery).

    Great guide, it's helping me cope with the new class so far. Thanks =)
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    Tosan
    23 months ago
    Great work Rugmouse ;)
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    Rugmouse
    23 months ago
    @Norjak - The 3% Expertise level (1020) is the cap value for casters, so they will not be able to dodge your ranged attacks at 3%. Classes that stack strength and agility gain additional chance to dodge and parry your attacks. By going above the 3% threshold, you're ensuring MORE of your skills land on agi/str opponents. The ~6% threshold was chosen as a solid target point, as you do not have to reforge out of any Mastery or Crit (only Haste) to get to those levels. The piece of mind of having your abilities land outweighs the additional attack speed by a significant margin.

    Keep in mind that str/agi characters will still have a chance to dodge or parry you, even at 6%, but the loss of other secondary stats does not merit the allocation. Races like Dwarves and Trolls will still benefit from their 1% Expertise gain and should probably just leave the gear selections and reforging the same as the guide. Those Hunters will just have that much more peace of mind when it comes to landing their attacks.

    Hope this helps!
 
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