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Survival Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated Today at 21:17 by Azortharion 34 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Survival Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Survival Hunter in a raid environment, although most of the content also applies to normal and heroic dungeons.

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. Class Overview

The Survival specialisation has become a melee spec in Legion. It brings the most utility out of the Hunter specs, and it has strong single-target, at the expense of AoE damage, which suffers. Survival is able to set up windows of immense burst damage. Getting the most out of Survival can be quite difficult, especially for Hunters who have been ranged for a long time.

2. What Has Changed?

Survival in Legion has been completely redesigned as a melee spec. It is centered around the Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite ability and mechanic. Using many Mongoose Bites consecutively increases their damage greatly, and there are cooldowns which let you use more Mongoose Bites. Getting the most out of these burst windows and cooldowns while managing the otherwise fairly hectic rotation makes Survival probably the most complex Hunter spec in Legion. Finally, the Survival spec no longer manually generate Focus, but it passively generates Focus at an increased rate from Warlords of Draenor, at 10 Focus per second.

3. Strengths

  • High single-target burst damage
  • Powerful utility
  • High single-target damage in general

4. Weaknesses

  • Fairly complex spec
  • Weak AoE capabilities

5. Viability in the Current Patch

The role Survival Hunters will play in Legion remains to be seen, as it is no longer competing for ranged DPS spots, but must rather compete in the melee camp, which has received another new member in the form of Havoc Demon Hunters in the new expansion. Survival Hunters currently bring strong damage, but numbers are likely to change before the expansion releases. Strong single-target burst damage is generally considered to be one of the most important traits a spec can have, now and in the future, so it is possible that Survival will be a desirable spec.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 7 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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