Survival Hunter DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1
This page will guide you through the new Azerite trait system, helping you find the best traits and items to use. To get the most out of the Azerite system for your Survival Hunter in World of Warcraft's Battle for Azeroth Pre-9.0.1 Patch, we recommend also reading our complementary Heart of Azeroth guide, which explains the Heart of Azeroth, the item that opens up the Azerite system.
Choosing Azerite Gear as a Survival Hunter
Your choice of Azerite Gear pieces will almost always come down to the item level first, and the traits that it has second. Note that the traits you will look at when choosing gear are the Outer Ring traits, as these are the ones with the biggest impact on your gameplay.
The general rule is that if an item is a 15+ item level upgrade over another item, you should use it. If the difference between the two items is less than 15 item levels, then you should choose the one with the better Outer Ring trait. As we said, though, this is a general rule and there are exceptions; for example, if you are comparing an extremely bad trait ( Ruinous Bolt) to an extremely good one ( Blur of Talons). It is nearly impossible to take every single variable into account without using a tool like Raidbots to simulate the difference for yourself.
It is worth noting that if the difference between the traits is very small, then the higher item level pick will be more desirable. Azerite pieces have a high amount of Stamina, increasing your maximum health. A tiny difference in that regard can be the difference between dying and surviving, so item level is almost always king.
Choosing Azerite Traits as a Survival Hunter
In the sections that follow, we will look at the best traits to choose. While the traits are ordered by power, this order is not a very strict priority, but more of a guideline. If you are primarily interested in Mythic+, then we advise you to check out the Azerite section of our Survival Hunter Mythic+ guide.
The Outer Ring traits are the first ones you unlock, and they are by far the most important from a DPS perspective. You can see the simulation comparison of these traits below.
Blur of Talons is the best pure single-target trait for Survival Hunters and generally the best overall choice for raiding. It is best used with the Birds of Prey talent as they synergize extremely well.
Primeval Intuition is another powerful Trait that we recommend having one of in most circumstances. It increases your maximum Focus to 120, and causes Mongoose Bite to give you a stacking Crit buff. Only the first level of this Trait is significant.
The Middle Ring traits are all fairly close, and they will rarely affect your choice of Azerite Gear. You can see the simulation comparison of these traits below.
Overwhelming Power has the highest DPS potential of the traits in this ring, but it will lose efficiency whenever you take damage, which can be very often in some raid encounters.
The Inner Ring consists mostly of defensive or utility traits.
Duck and Cover reduces Feign Death's cooldown to 25 seconds, and it causes Feign Death to give you a small absorb shield. Because this one is actually entirely in your control, it can be a lifesaver at the right moment. Being able to Feign Death more often can allow you to negate certain spells in Mythic+ more often as well, so it is definitely the best trait in this tier.
Resounding Protection is an absorb shield that automatically gets applied every 30 seconds. This is one of the best defensive traits to have, as you will always be able to benefit from it.
Impassive Visage is one of the stronger self-healing traits, and since it is triggered whenever you take damage, there is no chance of it overhealing you or being wasted.
Azerite Traits Rotation Changes and Details for Survival Hunter
Some of your Azerite Traits in Battle For Azeroth can have a small effect on your rotation. They generally do not change the fundamentals, but they allow you to use their effects to squeeze just a little bit more damage out than your competition.
- Latent Poison usage is optimized by ensuring that no target ever reaches 10 stacks. If a target is at 9 or 10 stacks, especially in multi-target situations, you should swap to that target and cast Raptor Strike to spend the stacks. There is no particular value in waiting for the debuff to stack up, you are only going to lose DPS by playing too much around this trait.
- Blur of Talons causes Birds of Prey to become the best single-target talent. You should try to maintain the buff as much as possible, but this is usually not very problematic. You should not use or refresh Serpent Sting at all during Coordinated Assault when using this trait/talent combination. Your Focus is better spent on Raptor/Mongoose to keep the buff alive. It is still worth spending Viper's Venom procs.
Relative Strength of Azerite Traits for Survival Hunter
Below we have listed the relative strength of the most relevant Azerite Traits, as far as they are implemented in our simulation tools at the moment.
Because you can have the same trait multiple times, and because some traits can change the rotation if you stack it multiple times, we have listed the relative strength of the traits depending on how many of them you have.
We are not including different item levels of Azerite pieces, because in most situations you are going to want the highest item level piece regardless. As with any rule, there are exceptions and you should always sim your own character's traits with Raidbots to be sure.
The Outer Ring traits are the first ones you unlock, and they are the most important from a DPS perspective.
Here we have listed a ranking for the Outer Ring traits in terms of single-target DPS. Because of the sheer amount of Azerite traits, we have only listed the best 25.
The Middle Ring traits are shared for all classes and specs. For any DPS spec, you should always pick among the DPS options and ignore the defensive or heal options for PvE.
Here we have listed a ranking for Middle Ring traits in terms of DPS for single-target situations.
AoE/Cleave Azerite Traits Comparison for Survival Hunter
Here we have listed a ranking for the Outer Ring traits in terms of DPS for AoE/Cleave situations. Because of the sheer amount of Azerite traits, we have only listed the best 10.
Here we have listed a ranking for Middle Ring traits in terms of DPS for AoE/Cleave situations.
Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power
In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Survival Hunter. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).
If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.