Survival Hunter Best Corruptions and Corrupted Items — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 24, 2020 at 12:35 by Azortharion 67 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn what the best corruptions and the best corrupted items are for a Survival Hunter in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. We also tell you how to handle corruption effects.



Corruption is a new Patch 8.3 feature (see our guide on Corrupted Items). It replaces Warforging and Titanforging for all gear in the patch. It gives items a type of affix, as well as an amount of Corruption. Corruption is a stat that negatively impacts your character the more of it that you have, but the more Corruption you have, the more powerful the affixes will be. Some Affixes are a lot more powerful than others, and you can see a guideline ranking for them below.


What Corruption Powers to Buy For a Survival Hunter

Echoes of Ny'alotha can now be used to buy specific corruption powers from MOTHER, in the Chamber of the Heart in Silithus.

This allows you to optimize the corruptions on your gear without any RNG involved, as long as you have enough Echoes to buy the corruptions you need.

You can learn all about this new system in our specialized guide for Echoes of Ny'alotha below.

For Survival we recommend that you focus on Expedient Icon Expedient Traits. You should apply these Corruptions to items that you are unlikely to ever replace. For this, our Gearing Section is a good start, as it offers a list of Best in Slot items. Raidbots offers a powerful tool that lets you simulate the best items and Corruptions to add to your gear as well, which can be helpful.

If you have nothing that is worth adding Corruption to here and now, you should still consider buying the Corruption consumables for good Corruptions like Expedient, Infinite Stars, and Racing Pulse. You never know when those Corruptions may be available on the vendor again.

You should still be mindful of how many Echoes of Ny'alotha you have, however. Generally speaking, if you do most of the content available, you will not be limited by the Echoes that you have. It is good practice to always have 5000 at some point each week, or ideally twice a week. This ensures you can always buy one of the best Corruptions when they come up, even if you are just storing them for the time being.


Best Corruptions for Survival Hunter

We have provided simulations below for all the different Corruptions, but we still feel the need to explain why some Corruptions are good and so on, as simulations rarely tell the full story.


S Tier Corruptions

Expedient Icon Expedient is by far the best Corruption for Survival Hunters in general, for practically all scenarios. Survival already loves Haste and this Corruption just gives even more of it.


A Tier Corruptions

Racing Pulse Icon Racing Pulse is a large 4-second Haste proc that will roughly have 30% uptime. It pairs well with Expedient and is a solid choice that works in practically all situations.

Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars can be S Tier on pure single-target encounters where you are only fighting a single meaningful target for the whole fight. If any AoE or multiple targets are introduced, it quickly loses value. On average, however, it's still a solid Corruption for most encounters.

Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound is a decent, cheap single-target damage proc. We do not recommend chasing after it.


B Tier Corruptions

Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation is only considered B-Tier for Mythic+ scenarios with moderate to heavy AoE. For single-target applications, it is F-tier.

Void Ritual Icon Void Ritual is a huge 20-second secondary stat proc with roughly 30% uptime. It only procs once per minute, but lasts for a long time and is a substantial DPS increase when you do have it.

Twisted Appendage Icon Twisted Appendage is a random damage proc that spawns a Mind Flay tentacle that deals damage for you. It is good single-target Corruption, but does not help your AoE much.


C Tier Corruptions

Surging Vitality Icon Surging Vitality gives you an occasional Versatility proc when you take damage. Different encounters can yield wildly different uptimes on this Corruption, but on average it is acceptable and has defensive benefits as well.

Honed Mind Icon Honed Mind is a simple occasional Mastery proc. It is not particularly strong for its Corruption, and Mastery is not an amazing stat for us.

Severe Icon Severe increases the Critical Strike you gain from all sources. Crit is a decent stat for Survival, but we do not have very much of it, making this a mediocre Corruption overall.

Deadly Momentum Icon Deadly Momentum gives you a 30-second stacking Crit buff. Crit is only a decent stat for us, so this Corruption is not preferred compared to ones that improve your Haste.


F Tier Corruptions

Masterful Icon Masterful increases the Mastery you gain from all sources. Survival avoids Mastery in most cases, so this is a terrible Corruption unless you have some Honed Mind on your gear as well, in which case it may be elevated to C Tier.

Echoing Void Icon Echoing Void deals ticking damage based on your health. It is terrible in all situations and is never worth using.

Glimpse of Clarity Icon Glimpse of Clarity is a proc that reduces the cooldown of your next spell cast. We are not particularly cooldown-limited so this is a terrible Corruption for us.

Versatile Icon Versatile increases the Versatility you gain from all sources. We do not chase Versatility on our gear and we have no meaningful Versatility procs other than Conflict and Strife, so this is a terrible Corruption all-around.

Strikethrough Icon Strikethrough increases your Critical Strike damage. On the surface, it looks good, but unfortunately this Corruption effect does not affect our pet's damage, which significantly impacts its value and makes it a terrible Corruption for us.


Corruption Simulations for Survival Hunter

Ineffable Truth Icon Ineffable Truth Rank 1 is a 10-second proc that increases the rate at which your cooldowns recover. Only Rank 1 Ineffable Truth is S-Tier, while Rank 2 is terrible and not worth using in almost any situation. The proc causes your cooldowns to tick down faster.


Single-Target DPS per Corruption Point

The top chart is more generally useful. Corruption is a resource that we want to minimize wherever we can, and the top chart provides you an idea of which Corruption affixes provide the most DPS for the Corruption they add to your gear. The bottom chart is more of a showcase of the DPS potential of the Corruptions.

For the complete simulation results, check out

Single-Target Corruption DPS Overall

We do not recommend making choices based off of this chart. We recommend using the "DPS per Corruption Point" chart instead.

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AoE DPS per Corruption Point

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AoE Corruption DPS Overall

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Tips for Dealing With Corruption Effects

Your Legendary Cloak, Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve, will have a special on-use effect that clears all Corruption effects from you. This should be used if you get hit by a Thing From Beyond while above 60 Corruption. Otherwise, use it whenever you are in a very sticky situation, such as being slowed inside a voidzone. You should also use it if you are meant to be stacked with your group, and you get an Eye of Corruption on you.


How Much Corruption Should I Run As A Survival Hunter

Generally speaking, anything below 40 is considered safe and can be used in all situations. If the content you are doing is easy, and you are confident that you can successfully Feign, Trap, or Stun almost all the Things from Beyond, then you can run up to 60. We do not recommend running above 60 in any sort of competitive environment.



  • 20 May 2020: Added a Tier List for Survival Hunter Corruptions and added a recommendation of what to buy with Echoes of Ny'alotha.
  • 24 Feb. 2020: Added page.
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