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Survival Hunter DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 13, 2017 at 20:18 by Azortharion 304 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Survival Hunters. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5.

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 Solaris. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Artifact Progression

The Talonclaw Artifact is essentially mirrored when it comes to its architecture. For obvious reasons, we simply pick the side that gives the best DPS traits early on by moving clockwise.

1.1. Early Progression

Artifact Progression

The goal of the path is to reach  Icon Aspect of the Skylord as soon as possible, following this clockwise path to the other golden traits as well.

Whilst this path does initially skip on some single-target traits like  Icon Sharpened Fang at first, the pursuit of the powerful golden traits as quickly as possible makes this worth it.

  1.  Icon Fury of the Eagle
  2.  Icon Iron Talons
  3.  Icon Hellcarver
  4.  Icon Raptor's Cry
  5.  Icon Explosive Force
  6.  Icon Aspect of the Skylord
  7.  Icon Hunter's Guile
  8.  Icon Lacerating Talons
  9.  Icon Eagle's Bite
  10.  Icon Fluffy, Go
  11.  Icon Embrace of the Aspects
  12.  Icon Bird of Prey
  13.  Icon Talon Strike
  14.  Icon Sharpened Fang
  15.  Icon My Beloved Monster
  16.  Icon Terms of Engagement
  17.  Icon Hunter's Bounty

1.2. Patch 7.2 Progression

Artifact Progression Above Level 35
  1. Ferocity of the Unseen Path Icon Ferocity of the Unseen Path (new in 7.2)
  2. Jaws of the Mongoose Icon Jaws of the Mongoose (new in 7.2)
  3. Talon Bond Icon Talon Bond (new in 7.2)
  4. Echoes of Ohn'ara Icon Echoes of Ohn'ara (new in 7.2)
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Sharpened Fang
  6. Fourth rank of  Icon Fluffy, Go
  7. Fourth rank of  Icon Hellcarver
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon My Beloved Monster
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Raptor's Cry
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Lacerating Talons
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon Explosive Force
  12. Fill out the utility trait ranks as you see fit from here.
  13. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall (new in 7.2)

2. Artifact Ability

The Survival Artifact opens with the active ability,  Icon Fury of the Eagle. It is a 4-second, channeled frontal cone attack on a 45-second cooldown. It has no cost, and the damage it deals is based on how many stacks of Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury that you have active. It also adds its own cast time (4 seconds before Haste) to the remaining duration of Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury.

3. Traits versus Item Level

This is a spreadsheet showing the weapon item level value of each trait. It is based on a generalized Nighthold gearset, and if you got two close options, you should sim your own character for an optimal result. For almost all cases, you can rely on this however.

Survival Relics versus Item Level

4. Relic Choice

As you can see in more detail in the Simulation section, your choice of Artifact Relic will usually come down to the item level bonus. Survival is not as item level-dependent as Marksmanship, but not nearly as trait-dependent as Beast Mastery. The best single-target trait is  Icon Sharpened Fang, while  Icon Hellcarver massively boosts your AoE through Butchery in particular.

5. ChangeLog

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  • 13 Jun. 2017: Updated relic/iLvl chart.
  • 17 Apr. 2017: Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Artifact path updated for 7.2 and traits vs iLvl chart added.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Expanded slightly on Relic choice.
  • 11 Jan. 2017: Updated best AoE Relic to Hellcarver.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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