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Survival Hunter DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated Yesterday at 13:01 by Azortharion 122 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Survival Hunters. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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. Trinket Rankings

1.1. Single-Target

*Note that all trinkets are simulated at 850 item level unless noted, and unless that trinket cannot reach that item level, in which case it will be at its base item level.

Survival Trinket Sims

1.2. 3 Targets

Survival Trinket Sims - 3 Targets

(M) is for Melee (Survival-only trinkets). These trinket sims are fairly preliminary, as not all trinkets have been implemented in the simulator yet. It is recommended that you hold onto all trinkets that drop, in case this simulation result changes. All trinkets are simulated at 850 iLvl, except for some trinkets like the Infallible Tracking Charm that are simmed at 815 as that is the highest they will ever go, and where noted. The margin of error is 0.1%, so around 250-400 DPS.

2. Legion Legendaries

This is a comprehensive list of the non-spec specific legendaries that are available to Hunters in Legion. Legendaries can drop from daily loot chests, the Class Order Hall Mythic+ loot chest, the PvP loot chest, 5-man dungeons of all kinds, world bosses, and raid bosses from all difficulties. The spec-specific Legendaries will be listed under their respective class guide.

The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask Icon The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask is a Legendary helmet which heals you for 20% of your maximum health whenever you use Feign Death Icon Feign Death, as well as an additional 5% of your health every second for 10 seconds for as long as you remain feigned. This can be an extremely useful self-heal when needed during raid encounters and Mythic+ encounters.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus is a Legendary necklace which gives you an absorb shield for 15% of your health for 30 seconds if you do not take damage for 5 seconds. This effect can only trigger once every 30 seconds. This is not as useful as the Voodoo Mask for survivability, and you can not really control it beyond not taking damage, so it is not considered a very good legendary.

Roots of Shaladrassil Icon Roots of Shaladrassil are a pair of Legendary leggings that cause you to gain 4% health every 3 seconds for as long as you stand still. The first heal occurs 3 seconds after you stop moving. This adds up to a lot of passive healing during most boss fights, and is a very powerful, passive survivability boost.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is a Legendary ring that gives you 70% increased movement speed and 15% Haste for 10 seconds whenever you apply a crowd control effect (slow, stun, root and so on). This is generally considered to be a PvP legendary, but it can act as a damage and mobility boost on add-heavy encounters where you have to slow enemies.

2.1. Survival Legendaries

Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild are a pair of Legendary bracers which reduces the cooldown of all Aspects by 50%. This applies to Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild, Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah, Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle,and Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle for Survival Hunters as well. On top of being a very powerful DPS Legendary, it also brings a good survivability and mobility boost in reducing the cooldown of Aspect of the Turtle and Aspect of the Cheetah.

Helbrine, Rope of the Mist Marauder Icon Helbrine, Rope of the Mist Marauder is a Legendary belt that causes your Harpoon Icon Harpoon ability to increase your damage done by up to 30% for 10 seconds after using it on a target. The damage bonus increases the further away you were from the target when you pressed your Harpoon ability. This is an especially powerful opening burst legendary, and it can help when dealing with lots of adds in a large room. It goes without saying that you should attempt to use Harpoon Icon Harpoon from as far away as possible when using this Legendary.

Nesingwary's Trapping Treads Icon Nesingwary's Trapping Treads are a pair of Legendary boots which causes your traps to give you 15 focus whenever they are triggered. In a DPS context, this mostly applies to Explosive Trap Icon Explosive Trap, but it can also be a DPS gain when using Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap or Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap to deal with certain adds.

Frizzo's Fingertrap Icon Frizzo's Fingertrap is a Legendary ring that causes your Carve Icon Carve ability to spread the Lacerate Icon Lacerate debuff to another, nearby target whenever you use it on a target that already has the Lacerate debuff. This is a very powerful cleave Legendary, since the Lacerate ability does a lot of damage. Using it involves casting Carve Icon Carve on 2 or more targets to keep up Lacerate on a second target.

2.1.1. Survival Legendary Ranking

This is an approximately ranked list of the Survival-specific Legendaries based on DPS output in raiding and Mythic+ dungeons.

  1. Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild
  2. Helbrine, Rope of the Mist Marauder Icon Helbrine, Rope of the Mist Marauder or Frizzo's Fingertrap Icon Frizzo's Fingertrap depending on the situation.
  3. Nesingwary's Trapping Treads Icon Nesingwary's Trapping Treads

3. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Beast Mastery/Marksmanship Hunters, Monks, Shamans, and Warriors
Mail Armor Beast Mastery/Marksmanship Hunters and Shamans
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks Beast Mastery/Marksmanship Hunters, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

4. ChangeLog

  • 17 Oct. 2016: Made it clearer what item level trinkets are simmed at baseline.
  • 12 Oct. 2016: Updated trinket sims.
  • 07 Oct. 2016: Updated trinket sims.
  • 05 Oct. 2016: Updated trinket sims.
  • 30 Sep. 2016: Updated trinket sims.
  • 28 Sep. 2016: Added a few clarifications about Bloodthirsty Instinct and Naraxas' Spiked Tongue.
  • 20 Sep. 2016: Added Emerald Nightmare trinkets.
  • 13 Sep. 2016: Added the Tempered Egg of Serpentrix and multi-target trinket simulations.
  • 09 Sep. 2016: Trinket Sim Update.
  • 03 Sep. 2016: Removed note on Touch of the Void, as it was hotfixed.
  • 02 Sep. 2016: Added note on Touch of the Void.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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