Survival Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Survival Hunter in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1.
If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Survival Hunter gear and best in slot.
Gearing a Survival Hunter
Welcome to our Gearing Page for Survival Hunter, this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.
For more detailed information on Stat Priority, please visit our Stats page.
For more detailed information on Gems and Enchants, please visit our Gems and Enchants page.
We also have a page dedicated to simulations for different aspects of your character. These can be found on our Simulationspage.
Patch 9.1 Domination Gems Ranking for Survival Hunter
Best Domination Gem Set Bonus for Survival Hunter
Best Domination Shards for Survival Hunter
Now that we know our strongest Set Bonus, we have to identify the best Shard combination. You will need all three Unholy/Purple Shards to activate the Unholy Set Bonus, so you do not have a choice here, but you can freely choose between all of the Unholy and Frost Shards for your final two Domination Sockets. We have only ranked the Domination Shards that increase your DPS.
If you would like to know more about the remaining Domination Shards' effects, their set bonuses, or how to upgrade their effects into even more potent forms, please see our official guide detailing everything about this new system of Patch 9.1:
The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Survival Hunter
At this stage in the game, and despite the stat priority, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose items, trinkets, Legendaries, Enchants/Gems, and even Covenants, Soulbinds, Conduits, and so on.
Upgrading Survival Hunter Gear with Valor Points
Survival Hunters should upgrade the items with Valor that will benefit the most in the moment. The easiest way to figure out what is best for your specific character is by using Raidbots' Droptimizer. You can select "+10 Weekly Chest" as a replacement for the highest item level Valor upgrade. Below is a list of item slots that you might want to upgrade first.
- Your weapon is by far your strongest item, and should always be the top priority to upgrade.
- Trinkets have a major impact on your DPS, particularly on-use ones such as Inscrutable Quantum Device and Overcharged Anima Battery.
- Aside from this, the best scaling items tend to be Helms, Chests, and Leg items. Wrists and Cloaks are low-priority as they have relatively little Agility on them.
Thanks to Bloodmallet.com, a comprehensive list of available trinkets for Survival are listed against each other below. Keep in mind that this only a guideline, and that you should be simming your own character if you care about optimizing it.
Note on the Inscrutable Quantum Device
While the Inscrutable Quantum Device trinket performs exceptionally well in simulations, we generally recommend not using it for Raids. This is because it has a lot of potential effects when pressed, including healing and giving Mana to others in your group, all of which will not help your DPS.
This means that your second and third usages in raids will often not give a DPS benefit, significantly reducing the actual DPS value of the Trinket. For Mythic+ Scenarios, it is basically as good as it sims and a very strong choice.
Many people have a tendency to overthink the distribution of their secondary stats. An important thing to remember is that a higher quantity of stats is nearly always better than a better quality of stats. Because of this, wearing higher item level gear with worse stats tends to be better than lower item level gear with great stats. The exception for Survival Hunters would usually be Mastery, which is terrible in all cases and should be avoided, but keep this general principle in mind when considering gear. For more detailed stats information, please refer to our dedicated page.
Raiding BiS List for Survival Hunter
This does not include trinkets as they are covered in the above chart.
Non-Raiding BiS List for Survival Hunter
This list contains exclusively items that are not obtained from the Raid, for players who prefer not to Raid.
|Helm||Nathrian Usurper's Mask||Halls of Atonement|
|Necklace||Sin Stained Pendant||Halls of Atonement|
|Shoulders||Wintersnap Shoulderguards||Mists of Tirna Scithe|
|Cloak||Drape of Twisted Loyalties||Spires of Ascension|
|Chest||Harness of Twisted Whims||De Other Side|
|Bracers||Fallen Paragon's Armguards||Spires of Ascension|
|Gloves||Hakkari Revenant's Grips||De Other Side|
|Belt||Executor's Prideful Girdle||Sanguine Depths|
|Legs||Lichbone Legguards||The Necrotic Wake|
|Boots||Spatial Rift Striders||De Other Side|
|Ring #1||Bloodoath Signet||Theater of Pain|
|Ring #2||Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet||The Necrotic Wake|
|Weapon||Collector's Pulse Staff||De Other Side|
- 03 Sep. 2021: Updated the optimal Domination Gem Set Bonus and individual gems.
- 02 Aug. 2021: Updated the optimal Domination Gem Set Bonus after Blood Link was buffed.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 19 Mar. 2021: Added a note that Mastery should nearly always be avoided.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Added a section dedicated to Valor Point upgrades.
- 09 Jan. 2021: Added note about the Inscrutable Quantum Device.
- 27 Nov. 2020: Updated the Trinket Sims.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
- 15 Oct. 2020: Updated the BiS Bracers, Belt, Gloves, and Rings.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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