BM Talents Overview: Tier 6

Animal HandlerAnimal Handler

2 Point Talent

Increases your pet’s attack power by 5/10%, and increases the duration of your Master’s Call effect by 3/6 sec.

Overview

Animal Handler increases the attack power of the Hunter’s pet, and also adds to the duration of the Master’s Call ability. It provides a damage buff, as well as increases survivability.

Why take it?

Animal Handler provides a nice DPS boost for Beast Mastery Hunters. No Beast Mastery build should be without 2/2 in this talent. 10% more attack power for an already high-powered pet is a bargain for only 2 points.

This talent is doubly great for PvP. Along with the nice AP boost, 2 points in Animal Handler aslo provides the Hunter with 6 additional seconds of immunity to roots and snares while under the Master’s Call effect. This is incredibly useful for Beast Mastery Hunters since it provides up to 28 seconds of immunity to movement impairing effects when used immediately following The Beast Within.

I love this talent. Go 2/2… end of story.

Why not take it?

If you’re Marksmanship or Survival.

FrenzyFrenzy

5 Point Talent

Gives your pet a 100% chance to gain a 30% attack speed increase for 8 sec after dealing a critical strike.

Overview

Frenzy increases your pet’s attack speed by 30% after dealing a critical strike. The proc can refresh itself while under the Frenzy effect, similar to how Improved Aspect of the Hawk works. The proc chance is increased by 20% for each point invested, all the way up to a guaranteed chance with 5 points.

Why take it?

A 30% increased attack speed for the Hunter pet provides a tremendous DPS gain. Not only that, but it can be a great spell interrupt in PvP. Frenzy is a pretty staple talent for all Beast Mastery builds.

However… due to its 8 second duration, it is not necessary to invest 5 points into this skill. 4 points in Frenzy alone provides the pet with an 80% chance to refresh the effect within 8 seconds. An 80% chance is typically all that is needed to maintain uptime, especially when used with a Ferocity pet talented 3/3 in Spider’s Bite.

For raiding Beast Mastery builds, 3 points in Frenzy is enough to do the job. The reason being is, the Cobra Strikes talent which appears 3 tiers down from this one, provides the pet with up to a 60% chance of back to back guaranteed crits based on criticals from 3 of the Hunter’s special abilities. Raiding BM Hunters need only invest 3 points in Frenzy provided they put 3/3 into Cobra Strikes. The synergy with Cobra Strikes provides a solid uptime of Frenzy when in a situation where the Hunter is allowed to stand back and pew-pew.

For PvP, I recommened 4 points in here. Rather than go 5 points in Frenzy for PvP, I suggest 4 in this talent and 1-3 in Cobra Strikes for the added burst. 5 points in this talent for PvP isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but the 5th point can arguably used for something more beneficial.

Why not take it?

If you’re Marksmanship or Survival.

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