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Survival Hunter DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Pet Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Jul 28, 2016 at 07:49 by Azortharion 70 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Survival Hunters in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Animal Instincts Animal Instincts Throwing Axes Throwing Axes Way of the Mok'Nathal Way of the Mok'Nathal
30 A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows Mortal Wounds Mortal Wounds Snake Hunter Snake Hunter
45 Posthaste Posthaste Farstrider Farstrider Dash Dash
60 Caltrops Caltrops Improved Traps Improved Traps Steel Trap Steel Trap
75 Sticky Bomb ? Sticky Bomb Ranger's Net Ranger's Net Camouflage ? Camouflage
90 Butchery Butchery Dragonsfire Grenade Dragonsfire Grenade Serpent Sting Serpent Sting
100 Spitting Cobra Spitting Cobra Expert Trapper Expert Trapper Aspect of the Beast Aspect of the Beast

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city).

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

2.1. For General Use

This build is an excellent starting point for questing, dungeons, or general purpose usage.

2.2. For Raid Encounters

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Animal Instincts Animal Instincts Throwing Axes Throwing Axes Way of the Mok'Nathal Way of the Mok'Nathal

Tier 1 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your DPS.

Currently, we recommend using Throwing Axes Icon Throwing Axes for single-target situations, and Way of the Mok'Nathal Icon Way of the Mok'Nathal for multi-target situations. The two talents are nearly equal on single-target, but Throwing Axes is significantly easier to use. In multi-target situations, Throwing Axes does not benefit your damage in any way (besides its single-target damage), while Way of the Mok'Nathal buffs all your damage.

Animal Instincts Icon Animal Instincts is not desirable. Firstly, it has a 33.3% chance of not increasing your DPS at all, and the other two possible procs are fairly lackluster. You also do not generally use Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike on cooldown, so your uptime on these buffs will be limited.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows Mortal Wounds Mortal Wounds Snake Hunter Snake Hunter

Tier 2 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your DPS.

  • A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows summons a flock of crows to attack your target for 15 seconds, with a 1-minute cooldown. If the target dies while under attack, the cooldown of A Murder of Crows is reset. It costs 30 Focus.
  • Mortal Wounds Icon Mortal Wounds causes the ticks of your Lacerate Icon Lacerate DoT ability to have a 2% chance to grant you a charge of Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite.
  • Snake Hunter Icon Snake Hunter is an active ability that instantly gives you 3 charges of Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite. Remember that you can only have a maximum of 3 charges of Mongoose Bite. Using this ability when you have any charges of Mongoose Bite left will waste some of the charges that it generates.

Snake Hunter Icon Snake Hunter is the strongest choice in this tier for all situations. It can and should be stacked with the legendary ring, and Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle.

Mortal Wounds Icon Mortal Wounds simply does not offer enough of a chance to get you more Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bites than Snake Hunter does, and Snake Hunter allows you to choose when you get them, which will help your burst damage (especially with the legendary ring), and thus increase your overall damage.

A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows does not do enough damage to outweigh the benefits of Snake Hunter giving you 3 charges of Mongoose Bite on demand.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Posthaste Posthaste Farstrider Farstrider Dash Dash

Tier 3 talents offer you a choice between 3 means of improving your mobility.

  • Posthaste Icon Posthaste causes Harpoon Icon Harpoon to free you from all movement-impairing effects and boost your movement speed by 60% for 8 seconds.
  • Farstrider Icon Farstrider causes your damaging ability critical strikes to have a 10% chance to reset the cooldown of Harpoon Icon Harpoon.
  • Dash Icon Dash increases the duration of Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah by 3 seconds, increasing the total duration to 15 seconds.

Your default choice should be Posthaste Icon Posthaste, as it will make you much better at covering long distances on a regular basis. You can use Farstrider Icon Farstrider if you never have to move more than the distance a single Posthaste Icon Posthaste will take you. Dash Icon Dash is never worth using, it just does not provide enough of a movement benefit on average to be worth it.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Caltrops Caltrops Improved Traps Improved Traps Steel Trap Steel Trap

Tier 4 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase both your DPS and utility.

  • Caltrops Icon Caltrops replaces Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap, which is similar to the Ice Trap ability in Warlords of Draenor. It spreads caltrops on a targeted location on the ground, and deals moderate Bleed damage to enemies that step on them, as well as reducing their movement speed by 70% for 6 seconds (up from 50% from Tar Trap).
  • Improved Traps Icon Improved Traps reduces the cooldown on your Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap ability by 15%, and your Explosive Trap Icon Explosive Trap and Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap abilities by 50%.
  • Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap replaces Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap. As well as immobilizing the target for 30 seconds like Freezing Trap, it deals high Bleed damage over 30 seconds. Any damage done to the target while immobilized breaks the immobilization effect, but not the damage.

Improved Traps Icon Improved Traps, Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap and Caltrops Icon Caltrops are all very close on single-target, with Improved Traps pulling ahead on multi-target encounters. Additionally, Improved Traps is much easier to use, as it does not change your rotation. Therefore, you should always use Improved Traps.

Since all the options are fairly close in terms of damage, you may sometimes prefer to use something other than Improved Traps Icon Improved Traps for some encounters. You will have to judge the situation for yourself to figure out if the enhanced slow effects of Caltrops Icon Caltrops will be worth more than more frequent Tar Trap Icon Tar Traps through Improved Traps, for example.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Sticky Bomb ? Sticky Bomb Ranger's Net Ranger's Net Camouflage ? Camouflage

Tier 5 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your utility and survivability.

  • Sticky Bomb Icon Sticky Bomb is an active ability. It is a ranged ability that throws a grenade at your target. After 3 seconds, the grenade explodes, knocking back the target and all other nearby enemies.
  • Ranger's Net Icon Ranger's Net replaces Wing Clip Icon Wing Clip. It is a ranged ability that roots the enemy for 3 seconds, and reduces their movement speed by 50% for 15 seconds. Any damage done to the target will break the root effect, but not the slow effect.
  • Camouflage Icon Camouflage is an active ability that gives you stealth for one minute, and heals you for 2% of your maximum health every second. The stealth component of this ability does not work in combat.

You should choose the talent that best suits your situation, but Ranger's Net Icon Ranger's Net should generally be your default choice.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Butchery Butchery Dragonsfire Grenade Dragonsfire Grenade Serpent Sting Serpent Sting

Tier 6 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your DPS.

  • Butchery Icon Butchery is an active ability that replaces Carve Icon Carve. It has 3 charges with a 15-second cooldown, and costs 40 Focus. It deals high Physical damage to all targets within 8 yards.
  • Dragonsfire Grenade Icon Dragonsfire Grenade is an active ability. It deals high Fire damage to the target over 8 seconds and reduces its movement speed by 20%. Additionally, it deals moderate Fire damage to all targets near the main target over 8 seconds.
  • Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting causes your Raptor Strike Icon Raptor Strike and Carve Icon Carve abilities to apply a DoT to all targets hit that deals moderate Nature damage over 15 seconds.

Dragonsfire Grenade Icon Dragonsfire Grenade is recommended for all situations in this talent tier. Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting is a decent choice, but requires management and does not do more damage than Dragonsfire Grenade. Butchery Icon Butchery is a poor choice.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Spitting Cobra Spitting Cobra Expert Trapper Expert Trapper Aspect of the Beast Aspect of the Beast

Tier 7 talents offer you a choice between 3 talents that increase your DPS.

  • Spitting Cobra Icon Spitting Cobra is an active ability. It summons a small Spitting Cobra that deals minor damage to the target over 30 seconds. While it is active, you gain 3 Focus per second.
  • Expert Trapper Icon Expert Trapper improves your traps in different ways. It causes Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap to also reduce the target and all nearby enemies' movement speed by 50% for 4 seconds when the trap breaks. It increases the damage done by Explosive Trap Icon Explosive Trap to the target which triggered it by 75%. It gives Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap a chance to root enemies standing in it for 4 seconds. It also increases the damage done by Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap by 33.3%, by causing it to instantly deal 33.3% of its total damage when it is triggered. Finally, it increases the damage done by Caltrops Icon Caltrops by 50%.
  • Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast is a passive ability that enhances your Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike ability in different ways, depending on the spec of your current pet.
    • For Ferocity, which is your preferred pet DPS spec, it causes Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike to also deal moderate Physical damage to the target over 6 seconds.
    • For Tenacity, it gives your pet a 15% damage taken reduction for 6 seconds.
    • For Cunning, it reduces the target's movement speed by 50% for 4 seconds.

Expert Trapper Icon Expert Trapper is recommended for all situations. It increases both your single-target damage significantly by increasing the damage done by Explosive Trap Icon Explosive Trap. The other choices in this tier only affect your single target damage, and are weaker at that as well.

10. ChangeLog

  • 28 Jul. 2016: Updated stuff for the Caltrops row of talents to make it much clearer.
  • 25 Jul. 2016: Fixed error with Expert Trapper opinion.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Explained in more details why Snake Hunter is so much better than the other Level 30 options.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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