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Survival Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 27, 2016 at 11:16 by Azortharion 181 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Survival Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Survival Hunter in a raid environment and in Mythic+ 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

Survival Hunters, while on par with the other specs on pure single-target encounters, is not competitive with the other hunter specs. In addition, it is not very highly rated against other melee specs in general. It brings high single-target and single-target burst damage and utility, although the latter is not always very useful in a raid setting. Unfortunately, it does not bring anything else, as it has very lackluster AoE.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 27 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 11 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 11 Nov. 2016 (simulations page): Added food sims.
  • 08 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Opener update.
  • 06 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Added Throwing Axes back to the rotation since it is still worth using in some situations.
  • 06 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 15 and 30 talent recommendations/discussion.
  • 06 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 06 Nov. 2016 (enchants page): Changed enchants to Versatility, following stat priority change.
  • 06 Nov. 2016 (stats page): Updated Pawn string and stat priority.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Removed talent table at the beginning of the page.
  • 29 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Changed enchants to Haste.
  • 29 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Further Patch 7.1 updates regarding the Level 15 talents. Also added modified that pet section.
  • 29 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Patch 7.1 update with ability buffs and Way of the Mok'Nathal being the recommended talent.
  • 29 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated Pawn string for Patch 7.1, added note about how the top 3 stats are very close together in value.
  • 29 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updates to Mastery description and value.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the paragraph about Animal Instincts, following its change in Patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.
    • Updated Animal Instincts's description and added a note that the talent needs more extensive testing before its strength can be more properly assessed.
    • Updated Posthaste's duration. Was changed in Patch 7.1 to be 5 seconds (down from 8).
    • Trailblazer replaces Dash.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (simulations page): Updated all sims and introduced a potion sim.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Made it clearer what item level trinkets are simmed at baseline.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Ordered statistics explanation in order of priority because OCD.
  • 12 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 12 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Switch potion to Old War as it should be.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Slight opener change.
  • 09 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Added some notes to clarify frequently asked questions.
  • 07 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat prio to be in line with Pawn weights as it should.
  • 30 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added a few clarifications about Bloodthirsty Instinct and Naraxas' Spiked Tongue.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added Emerald Nightmare trinkets.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Now advising Mark of the Hidden Satyr instead of Mark of the Claw for neck enchant.
  • 13 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added the Tempered Egg of Serpentrix and multi-target trinket simulations.
  • 13 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Added Raptor Strike as a focus dump in the rotation.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Trinket Sim Update.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Put Fury of the Eagle in the Survival opener.
  • 07 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Added Pet Talent section, which was missing from the guide.
  • 06 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Survival Hunter opener to get the most out of the buff to Mongoose Fury (12s > 14s duration).
  • 05 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Fury of the Eagle guide.
  • 03 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Removed note on Touch of the Void, as it was hotfixed.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added note on Touch of the Void.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (simulations page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion expansion.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat weights after Mastery got buffed by Blizzard.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Better rotation.
  • 28 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated stuff for the Caltrops row of talents to make it much clearer.
  • 27 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated opener slightly.
  • 25 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Fixed error with Expert Trapper opinion.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Removed talents from rotation to simplify it, added notes about handling Mongoose Bite stacks that should be easier to understand and put into practice.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Explained in more details why Snake Hunter is so much better than the other Level 30 options.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added opener.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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