Survival Hunter DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

Last updated on Oct 12, 2020 at 22:14 by Azortharion 2 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Survival Hunter in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics of Survival

Survival is a versatile melee spec capable of quite powerful single-target and sometimes very powerful AoE. It also has great crowd control capabilities for a melee.

For a detailed explanation of all the abilities that Survival Hunter has, check out our Spell Summary page.


Talent Choice

The talents listed below are selected either for ease of use, or for more a more simple to understand gameplay style. Whilst in a number of cases there are alternatives on the tree that will provide more if played well, they create much more room to play incorrectly and reduce your performance. Due to this, treat this as a starting point and a primer.

You can find a more detailed guide on Talent choices that are designed for optimal DPS on our Talents page below.


Stat Choices of Survival Hunter

The general single-target stat priority for a Survival Hunter is:

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

Haste is the best stat for Survival by a significant margin, and you should be looking out for it on your pieces of gear. Item level should still be the primary concern, but a Haste piece might be better than a higher item level piece without Haste.

For more information, please visit our dedicated page.


Basic Single-Target Rotation

Remember to read and treat this rotation as a priority list. If the top option is not available), move on to the next and so on.

  1. Cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command on cooldown. Try not to be at high Focus when using it.
  2. Cast Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb on cooldown.
  3. Cast Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot on cooldown when your target is below 20% health.
  4. Maintain the Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting DoT by refreshing it whenever there is less than 5 seconds remaining on it.
  5. Cast Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite to spend Focus when there is nothing else to do. Try to never let your Focus reach maximum by using this ability aggressively when you are close to the Focus cap.

Multi-Target Rotation

On 3 targets and above, you should use Carve Icon Carve on cooldown. You should still focus on casting Kill Command Icon Kill Command and Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb on cooldown.



Use Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle when you will be out of range for a sustained period of time, allowing you to DPS from range.

Use Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault as many times as possible during the fight. Try and stack it with Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism.

Visit our dedicated rotation page below for more details on how to master the Survival Hunter rotation.


Azerite Traits

Generally speaking, the best traits for Survival Hunters are Latent Poison Icon Latent Poison andWilderness Survival Icon Wilderness Survival (one is enough). The best Middle Ring traits is by far Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power.

Azerite Traits play an important role for Survival Hunter. This means you need to decide which Azerite items you should choose. The traits are very close to each other in power, though, so we recommend our Azerite Trait Page below for more details.


Azerite Essences

For your Major Essence, we recommend Memory of Lucid Dreams (Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams) for Raiding, and Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam) for other types of content. Both are quite easy to get.

For your Minor Essences, we recommend Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying (Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes) Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy), and The Crucible of Flame (Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame), in that order of priority. You will not unlock all 3 Minor Essence slots until you have leveled up your Heart of Azeroth quite far.

Please refer to our dedicated Survival Essence page below, for more information.



  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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