The Basic BM Shot Rotation
First, at the start of a boss fight:
Then, always hit the highest shot available on this list:
In general this means most of the time you'll be hitting one of three buttons: Arcane Shot, Multi-Shot, or Steady Shot. You also generally want to use Bestial Wrath and Rapid Fire any time they're available. There are some other nuances and ways to optimize your rotation and DPS but those are beyond the scope of our Beast Mastery 101 class.
For AOE situations you'll just use Volley
Gemming your BM hunter is pretty simple, and requires you to wrap your head around one simple concept: socket bonuses are not always worth it. Think of your socket bonus like an elf -- fancy looking and probably a dirty hippie and useful in some situations, but certainly not something you'd ever go out of your way to get.
You have a few options for glyphs, and we're going to look at the top four choices.
- Glyph of Steady Shot: This flat 10% bonus to Steady Shot damage is well worth it for BM hunters, who use Steady Shot far more than any other.
- Glyph of Bestial Wrath: Lowering the cooldown of Bestial Wrath makes this glyph a must-have for any starting BM hunter.
- Glyph of the Hawk: BM hunters have a faster rate of fire than any other spec, meaning your Improved Aspect of the Hawk will be proccing more often than for other specs.
- Glyph of Serpent Sting: extending the duration of Serpent Sting essentially allows you to get in more Steady Shots over the course of fight.
For minor glyphs you're certainly going to want Glyph of Mend Pet
and Glyph of Feign Death
Enchants for Endgame
And that wraps up our Beast Mastery 101 course! Of course there is more you can do and more you can learn -- you certainly want an understanding of threat and aggro, how stacking cooldowns works, managing movement, maximizing Bestial Wrath, mana management, understanding how to time abilities depending on fight mechanics, the list goes on and on.
But start off with the information here, and you'll be 90% of the way there. The vast majority of what you need to do to optimize your DPS is the basics. That last 10% is where all the work comes in, and check in here on Mondays and Thursdays for a continuing disucssion of how to squeeze every last drop of DPS out of your hunter.
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