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Survival Hunter DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 11, 2017 at 22:06 by Azortharion 239 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Survival Hunters in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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. Basics

The stat priority for a Survival Hunter is:

  1. Haste;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Mastery.

All the stats for Survival are extremely close in value, and we strongly advise using SimulationCraft to generate stat weights for your own character. Generally, it will be the case that the stat you have the least of, will also be the best one. Therefore it makes sense to try and maintain a rough 1:1:1:1 ratio between your stats (keep them at around the same). Since Agility is much better than any secondary stat, in practice your gearing decisions will mostly always be iLvl above all, and because Versatility is much less frequent on gear, that is what you should be gemming and enchanting in almost all cases as well.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

2. Getting a Better Understanding

2.1. Choosing Gear

Pawn is an add-on that calculates the value of items based on the stat weights you input for your character. Below you will find importable Pawn strings that you can and should use with the addon, unless you have used SimulationCraft to generate Pawn strings that are specific to your character, which is always the better option.


( Pawn: v1: "Azor-Marksmanship": CritRating=11.90, Agility=10.85, HasteRating=10.77, MasteryRating=13.45, Versatility=9.17, Dps=33.35, RangedDps=33.35 )

Beast Mastery

( Pawn: v1: "Azor-BeastMastery": CritRating=9.02, Agility=12.19, HasteRating=9.86, MasteryRating=11.33, Versatility=7.55, Dps=4.72, RangedDps=4.72 )


( Pawn: v1: "Azor-Survival": CritRating=9.49, Agility=14.67, HasteRating=10.80, MasteryRating=7.22, Versatility=9.32, Dps=14.67, MeleeDps=14.67 )

2.2. Stat Softcaps, Distributions & Other Clarifications

Survival has a Haste softcap that unlocks an additional GCD in Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle (which can allow you another stack of Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite for  Icon Fury of the Eagle. This Hastecap is at around 15.2% Haste. Note that Haste remains the best stat past this point.

2.3. Statistics Explanations

Agility is your primary statistic. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do across the board.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Haste increases you and your pet's attack speed and Focus regeneration, reduces your Global Cooldown from 1.5 seconds to a minimum of 0.750 seconds, and reduces the cooldown on your Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike, Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite, Throwing Axes Icon Throwing Axes, and Butchery Icon Butchery abilities.

Mastery, through Mastery: Hunting Companion Icon Mastery: Hunting Companion gives all of your pet's attacks a chance to generate a charge of Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite. As of Patch 7.1, this also includes auto-attacks, which has vastly increased Mastery's value due to the additional chances. Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike has double the chance of a normal pet attack to give you a charge based on your Mastery value.

3. ChangeLog

  • 11 Jan. 2017: Updated stat priority and removed Agility from the listing as it does nothing but confuse at this point.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 06 Nov. 2016: Updated Pawn string and stat priority.
  • 29 Oct. 2016: Updated Pawn string for Patch 7.1, added note about how the top 3 stats are very close together in value.
  • 27 Oct. 2016: Updates to Mastery description and value.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Ordered statistics explanation in order of priority because OCD.
  • 09 Oct. 2016: Added some notes to clarify frequently asked questions.
  • 02 Oct. 2016: Updated stat prio to be in line with Pawn weights as it should.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Aug. 2016: Updated stat weights after Mastery got buffed by Blizzard.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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