Level 80 Assessment of BM Talents:
Improved Aspect of the Hawk
- BM Hunter's are very close to the Steady Shot 1.5 second GCD with Serpent's Swiftness, so this talent only increases auto shot speed when it procs.
- Auto Shot cannot be done while moving, which PvP is all about. Endurance Training is usually preferred.
- Increased survivability is nice but not essential in PvE.
- Increased survivability is always helpful in PvP.
- 1-2% damage increase along with a buff to Kill Command is quite nice.
- Kill Command buff increases burst dps which is essential in PvP.
Improved Aspect of the Monkey
- Good vs Melee classes when they are attacking you from the front.
- If you use the Glyph of Aspect of the Monkey, than this talent can help in proccing the 30% increased movement speed for 6 sec.
- Only good if your pet is tanking or off tanking.
- A little more armor helps mitigate physical damage, but still, not a strong talent.
Improved Revive Pet
- Without this talent resurrecting your pet is only possible outside of combat.
- God awful, unless you find yourself wiping constantly in dungeons and need your party to feel better about itself with a quicker Aspect of the Pack.
- Aspect of the Cheetah is worthless in PvP because of the threat of being dazed for 4 seconds. The mount speed buff is okay in classic world pvp where you need to catch up to someone on their mount, but chances are they will be an Unholy Death Knight or a Paladin and you will feel like a nub for wasting talent points.
- While in DragonHawk you gain an additional 90 attack power (at level 80) and 5% reduction of incoming damage. In Viper your damage decrease is only 40% instead of 50%.
- 15% more damage from your pet is Big Time News as a BM Hunter (has great synergy with Kindred Spirits).
- When your hiding behind a pillar in Arena's because you get four shotted by every other class, you better believe your pet is fighting your battles for you on the other side, give him all the bonus damage you can because you have to LOS or you're dead.
Improved Mend Pet
- Essential if you find yourself solo'ing Elite mobs or questing, but once you get to 80 and start doing dungeons it is merely okay.
- It can be handy to remove dots or impairing effects on your pet, but it does not do it quick enough to be reliable.
- There are three ways to increase your pets critical chance, two are reliable, this is one of the reliable ways.
- Resilience makes it real tough for a BM Hunter pet to crit at all (with this talent); however, when this talent is combined with a Ferocity pet's 9% crit talent you can have a pet that can reliably crit in PvP, which is utterly essential for a BM Hunter (pet crits proc Ferocious Inspiration and Frenzy; 7 talent points of a BM Hunter).
- Health regen in combat is convenient and the 10% increased healing on you and your pet can be very helpful.
- Most bosses are immune to stuns and stunning trash is usually a waste of time, but for solo play it can be useful (it is required for Bestial Wrath).
- Stunning someone for 3 seconds is always useful in PvP, unfortunately its not instant so it is hard to time perfectly.
- Allows your pet to be less focus starved increasing its damage from specials significantly.
- Reduces targets chance to dodge and parry your pets attack by 2.5% each, which is a nice dps boost for your pet.
- Only need 3-4 talent points invested into this baby, depending if you have Cobra Strikes, and it will increase your pets attack speed, therefor decreasing time in between crits and maximizing up time of Ferocious Inspiration and Frenzy.
- 3% increased damage of all party and raid members. FI is almost always up if your pet is attacking a target.
- 50% additional damage for your pet for 18 seconds is great, the enraged effect is pure bonus.
- 3% dodge and 9% pet dodge is bad for 3 talent points. It is only decent if your pet is tanking instances, elites or is aoe'ing (gorilla).
- The only way this talent could be of any use is if your fighting completely melee teams and your going for max dodge on yourself.
- 1% mana on every pet crit is merely okay. Everytime I find that I've specced into it I have been completely dissapointed with how little mana I get back. I would only put points into it if you have extra points that your just going to waste otherwise.
- 20% ranged attack speed and 10% pet attack speed is absolutely essential in every BM build.
- 30% reduction of the cooldown on Bestial Wrath and Intimidation is enough to make this talent good, the 30% reduction of Pet Special Abilities is just a little extra icing on the cake.
- Glyph of Bestial Wrath with Longevity make Bestial Wrath only on a 1 minute and 10 second cooldown. BW is the bread and butter of BM Hunters.
The Beast Within
- 10% additional damage and 20% less mana on all spells while under Bestial Wrath is very good for only one talent point, and the enrage effect on yourself can be very useful on certain boss fights.
- The enrage affect is what keeps others from controlling the fight and owning you in an instant. In arena's you can use BW to kite around pillars and keep yourself alive, or you can use it offensively to burst someone. It is what makes a BM Hunter a BM Hunter in PvP.
- Steady Shot is the bread and butter shot of BM Hunters in PvE. This means that Cobra Strikes is up quite a bit in PvE causing your pet to crit quite a bit more on its specials. Cobra Strikes ensures Ferocious Inspiration and Frenzy are always up.
- Arcane Shot will be used quite a bit in PvP, and Kill Shot occasionally, which might increase your burst from time to time; however, it does procs far less in PvP. This is due to resilience and because your not spamming steady shot. I would not really recommended Cobra Strikes unless you seem to have extra talent points.
- 15% more pet damage synergizes great with Unleashed Fury making your pet a complete monster that takes no prisoners.
- Along with increased damage for your pet you get a 10% movement speed increase (which is actually pretty decent even though it is only 2% faster than a boot enchant) that can really help Hunters kite.
- Exotic pets are pretty interesting, but not that much better than normal pets (cats and scorpids can be better in PvE than any Exotic pet). The 4 extra pet skill points are very nice for every pet tree, but again, not really essential.
- Exotic pets have better pet specials than normal pets. The best pet special in PvP is Froststorm Breath, which is from the Chimaera. Unfortunately it is a Cunning pet, which makes the Chimaera weak in PvP. The four extra pet talent points are merely okay in PvP.
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