Mists of Pandaria Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Gearing | How to Gear Enchant and Reforge a Beast Mastery Hunter in WoW PVP - Season 13 Patch 5.2

by Rugmouse // March 23, 2013

guide

This guide is a collaborative effort with Tosan, 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. Conquest Gear
  7. The Best Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Gear in Season 12
  8. 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 target level for Expertise this season, which gives you additional peace of mind that your attacks will land, while not giving up much in terms of other secondary stats.

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 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!
  • 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 a decent Crit chance. Since Agility adds to both of these important secondary stats, achieving the highest Agility levels possible will maximize damage output.
  • 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 another excellent stat 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], [Powershot] 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 Resilience > PvP Power > Agility >
Mastery > Crit > Expertise(6%) > 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.

  • 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 13 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 13 using Conquest gear with the Elite gear set. These stats are here to give you a benchmark as you work towards completing your gear set.

  • Hit: 1,047
  • PvP Power: 13,290
  • PvP Resilience: 9,465
  • Agility: 13,456
  • Expertise: 2,044
  • Mastery: 7,132
  • Crit: 5,884
  • Haste: 1,413

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

Should I get the Honor Gear?

The short answer: 0/2 Malevolent Season 12 conquest gear is roughly in-line with Malevolent Season 13 gear.  1/2 and 2/2 upgraded Malevolent Season 12 gear is better than Malevolent Season 13 gear. Don’t get the honor gear this season for any conquest pieces you upgraded in season 12.

The detail: Not only is there a new arena season in patch 5.2, but also new PvE content. Blizzard did not want Honor PvP gear to have the same (or higher) item level as the PvE gear available from the Looking For Raid system.  The decision was made to reduce the item level of the Malevolent Season 13 gear available for purchase, while increasing the Stamina, PvP Power, and PvP Resilience values to offset the differential.  Season 12 gear that was earned last season is not effected by the change.

If you did not participate in Season 12, honor gear should be accumulated to increase your characters power.  The stat differential going from the Crafted Dreadful set to Malevolent Season 13 gear is significant and will greatly increase you chances of success in a a PvP setting.

Malevolent season 12 gear that was not upgraded is essentially in line with the Malevolent season 13 gear.  The differential between 0/2 upgrade Malevolent season 12 and Malevolent season 13 gear is minuscule, if any differential at all, so it is NOT NECESSARY to upgrade.  If you have any upgraded season 12 gear (1/2 or 2/2), those pieces will be superior to the lower item level gear available for honor and those items should be retained.

What Honor Gear to Get, and What Order

If you did not participate in season 12, you should upgrade your gear using the Malevolent Season 13 set available at the honor vendor.  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 assumes you have acquired your Crafted Dreadful set, or at the very least you are at or slightly above the 3% hit cap.  If for whatever reason you chose not to craft or purchase the Dreadful set, be sure to maintain your 3% hit cap.  This may mean you must reforge away from some of your more favorable damage secondary stats temporarily.

If you already own the Season 12 equivalent of this gear, simply skip over that item and proceed to the next!

ALWAYS MAINTAIN YOUR MANDATORY STATS!

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


Conquest Gear

What Conquest Gear to Get, and What Order

This season, there are two tiers of conquest gear.  In hopes of creating a more level playing field, Blizzard has decided to do away with rating requirements for all items (except for a weapon enchant to help differentiate players that have attained a high rating).  This means that all players will have access to the best PvP gear available, provided they earn enough conquest points to purchase the items.

The second tier of conquest gear, or “elite” gear, is only available for purchase once you’ve amassed a certain number of conquest points for this season.  Once 27,000 Conquest points are earned, it will unlock the “elite” tier gear.  It is also important to mention that a new honor quartermaster will also be made available, which will have the non-elite gear available for honor points!  This will be of particular value to hybrid classes, as they can participate in Battlegrounds to purchase their off-set PvP items.

Please Note: The order below assumes you have acquired your Honor set, or at the very least you are at or slightly above the 3% hit cap.

If you have a mix of upgraded and non-upgraded gear from last season, prioritize the gear that has NOT been upgraded.  The stat gains will be greater.

ALWAYS MAINTAIN YOUR MANDATORY STATS!

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


Chest – 2,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Chain Armor]

Head– 2,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical 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: [Lucent Vermilion Onyx]
      • With burst damage extremely prominent this season, PvP Resilience offers extra security by reducing the incoming damage enemy players can dish out.  The Agility provided by this gem also adds to our own damage output.
  • Enchant
    • Head enchants were taken out of the game in Mists of Pandaria!
  • Reforge
    • None


Weapon – 3,500 Conquest Points

NOTE: this item has the same item level as the fully upgraded ELITE weapons available last season (ilvl 498).  It is advised you skip this item if you were able to acquire the Elite weapons last season.

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Heavy Crossbow]

  • Enchant
  • Reforge
    • From Crit to Mastery


Trinket 1 – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Badge of Conquest]

  • 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.


Legs – 2,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Chain Leggings]

  • Gems
    • Red: [Lucent Vermilion Onyx]
    • Blue: [Vivid Wild Jade]
      • PvP Power yields the highest damage increase of any secondary stat and should be used in Blue sockets. The hybrid gem with PvP Resilience is recommended for blue sockets for the additional survivability.
  • Enchant
  • Reforge
    • From Haste to Mastery


Waist – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Links of Cruelty]

Feet – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Sabatons of Cruelty]

Shoulder – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Chain Spaulders]

Hands – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Chain Gauntlets]

Wrist – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Wristguards of Alacrity]


Ring 1 – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Ring of Accuracy]

  • Reforge
    • From Hit to Crit


Neck – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Necklace of Proficiency]

  • Reforge
    • From Crit to Mastery


Back – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Cape of Prowess]


Ring 2 – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Ring of Cruelty]

  • Reforge
    • From Haste to Mastery


Trinket 2 – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Medallion of Tenacity]

  • No Changes


The Best Beast Mastery Hunter PvP Gear in Season 13

Elite Gear is available for purchase after earning (not necessarily spending) 27,000 Conquest Points.  Any piece of gear that actually alters the appearance of your character will have an Elite upgrade (in other words – chest, helm, legs, shoulders, gloves, belt, boots, and weapon).

Remember, once you earn 27,000 Conquest Points this season, you will also be able to purchase Non-Elite Conquest gear with Honor Points!  This is of particular value to hybrid classes that would like to switch specs, from say a healer, to a dps class.  Instead of having to use additional Conquest Points on your off-spec gear, you can farm Battlegrounds for your gear!  Note: the 27,000 Conquest Point threshold is essentially a full set of conquest gear.

Follow the same gemming and enchanting template that was used in the previous section.


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



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 with Tosan, 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!

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  • 0
    Aphra
    16 months ago
    you have listed Mastery as a Higher Priority stat than Haste , if im right Haste is generally thought as higher priority for pve . how much of a dps loss would you expect having haste before mastery in pvp ? i mean will there be a massive loss ?
  • 3
    soik
    17 months ago
    updates for 5.3?
  • 0
    Ghostkilled
    18 months ago
    A very helpful guide! Thank you for this.
  • 3
    Screamin
    18 months ago
    What 5 pets should we use this season?
  • 0
    Rugmouse
    19 months ago
    Sorry guys - I haven't been keeping up on the comments =/

    When interviewing Tosan, he preferred the extra damage from pets that Mastery provides marginally over stacking additional Crit. He did mention that these two stats are very close in terms of performance, though. I know, not a very convincing argument...but come on, it's Tosan =D
  • -1
    xargo
    19 months ago
    I'd like to know also about the mastery vs crit. ATM running full out on mastery (about 33.5 % mastery unbuffed / 43% with pet buff spirit beast) Is it worth going for full crit ??
  • -1
    Rekra
    19 months ago
    Since this is for BM hunters i will recommend running with 2 dmg trinkets (not just for humans). When using bestial wrath for cc breaking i find that i rarely use my actual pvp trinket. Running with one on use trinket and the other the proc variation really ups your pvp power and damage
  • 2
    harrjaso
    19 months ago
    Any chance of updating this with the changes outlined in the 5.3 Patch Notes that released 5/23/13?

    Mahalo
 
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