Survival Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 19, 2021 at 14:23 by Azortharion 9 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Survival Hunter in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.0.5.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS 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.


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

Patch 9.0.5 reintroduced the Valor currency. For more information on where to get Valor from, how it works, weekly caps and more, see our Valor page.

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 if you do not have a 220+ iLvl one already, this should be your first upgrade every single time.
  • Trinkets have a major impact on your DPS, particularly on-use ones such as Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device and Overcharged Anima Battery Icon 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, a comprehensive list of available trinkets for Survival are listed against each other below. Keep in mind that this is only a guideline, and that you should be simming your own character if you care about optimizing it.

For the complete simulation results, check out

Note on the Inscrutable Quantum Device

While the Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon 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.


Pre-Raid Best in Slot Gear for Survival Hunter

This does not include trinkets as they are covered in the above chart.

Slot Item Source
Helm Nathrian Usurper's Mask Icon Nathrian Usurper's Mask Lord Chamberlain in Halls of Atonement
Necklace Sin Stained Pendant Icon Sin Stained Pendant Halkias in Halls of Atonement
Shoulder Plagueborne Shoulderguards Icon Plagueborne Shoulderguards Margrave Stradama in Plaguefall
Cloak Drape of Twisted Loyalties Icon Drape of Twisted Loyalties Devos in Spires of Ascension
Chest Harness of Twisted Whims Icon Harness of Twisted Whims Mueh'zala in De Other Side
Wrists Fallen Paragon's Armguards Icon Fallen Paragon's Armguards Devos in Spires of Ascension
Gloves Absonant Construct's Handguards Icon Absonant Construct's Handguards Oryphrion in Spires of Ascension
Belt Executor's Prideful Girdle Icon Executor's Prideful Girdle Executor Tarvold in Sanguine Depths
Legs Lichbone Legguards Icon Lichbone Legguards Nalthor the Rimebinder in The Necrotic Wake
Boots Spatial Rift Striders Icon Spatial Rift Striders Dealer Xy'exa in De Other Side
Ring #1 Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet Icon Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet Blightbone in The Necrotic Wake
Ring #2 Bloodoath Signet Icon Bloodoath Signet Dessia the Decapitator in Theater of Pain
Weapon Halberd of the Aranakk Icon Halberd of the Aranakk Domina Venomblade in Plaguefall


  • 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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