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Survival Hunter DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:05 by Azortharion 274 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Survival Hunters. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5.

The other pages of our Survival Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Vanguard. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

The Talonclaw artifact is essentially mirrored when it comes to its architecture. For obvious reasons, we simply pick the side that gives the best DPS traits early on by moving clockwise.

2. Artifact Ability

The Survival Artifact opens with the active ability,  Icon Fury of the Eagle. It is a 4-second, channeled frontal cone attack on a 45-second cooldown. It has no cost, and the damage it deals is based on how many stacks of Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury that you have active. It also adds its own cast time (4 seconds before Haste) to the remaining duration of Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury.

2.1. Recommended Path

The goal of the path is to reach  Icon Aspect of the Skylord as soon as possible, following this clockwise path to the other golden traits as well.

Whilst this path does initially skip on some single-target traits like  Icon Sharpened Fang at first, the pursuit of the powerful golden traits as quickly as possible makes this worth it.

  1.  Icon Fury of the Eagle
  2.  Icon Iron Talons
  3.  Icon Hellcarver
  4.  Icon Raptor's Cry
  5.  Icon Explosive Force
  6.  Icon Aspect of the Skylord
  7.  Icon Hunter's Guile
  8.  Icon Lacerating Talons
  9.  Icon Eagle's Bite
  10.  Icon Fluffy, Go
  11.  Icon Embrace of the Aspects
  12.  Icon Bird of Prey
  13.  Icon Talon Strike
  14.  Icon Sharpened Fang
  15.  Icon My Beloved Monster
  16.  Icon Terms of Engagement
  17.  Icon Hunter's Bounty

3. Relic Choice

As you can see in more detail in the Simulation section, your choice of artifact relic will almost always come down to artifact level. 1 item level is worth ~600 DPS, while going from the worst to the best DPS relic is about ~1300 DPS, therefore 2-3 item level will mean more than the specific choice of artifact relic. For single target applications, Sharpened Fang is the best trait while Hellcarver wins out when dealing with multiple targets, vastly increasing Butchery Icon Butchery damage on mass AoE.

4. ChangeLog

  • 28 Jan. 2017: Expanded slightly on relic choice.
  • 11 Jan. 2017: Updated best AoE relic to Hellcarver.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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