Survival Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Jan 21, 2019 at 15:27 by Azortharion 65 comments

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Survival Hunter in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.

1. The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Survival Hunter

At this stage in the game, 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 Azerite traits, trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.

2. Best Dungeons for Survival Hunter

This is a table containing all the currently available dungeons, and listing how many good items each dungeon can drop. We classify a "good item" as pieces that have a high amount of your best stat on it (Haste), as well as low/no Mastery. This will help guide you on what dungeons to focus on when farming for upgrades.

Dungeon Item Slots
Temple of Sethraliss Weapon, Chest, Bracers, Pants
Siege of Boralus Belt, Ring, Shoulders, Trinket
Kings' Rest Belt, Ring, Trinket
Freehold Bracers, Ring, Trinket
Atal'Dazar Boots, Ring, Helm
Shrine of the Storm Gloves, Trinket
Tol Dagor Bracers, Shoulders
The MOTHERLODE!! Cloak, Chest
The Underrot Belt, Pants
Waycrest Manor Boots

3. What Gear Do I Farm/Bonus Roll/Chase After?

When identifying what gear you should be aiming after, we recommend using RaidBots' Droptimizer feature. It requires the SimulationCraft Addon. Once you have the addon installed, write "/simc" into the chat in-game, and copy-pasting the contents into the RaidBots Droptimizer.

Simply select the raid and difficulty you are interested in, and RaidBots will take a while to figure out where you should spend your bonus rolls, and more.

4. Stats

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. Keep this in mind when considering gear.

5. Trinket Simulation for Survival Hunter

A generic ranking for the top 13 single-target Trinkets can be found here:

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

A generic ranking for the top 13 cleave Trinkets can be found here:

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

6. Recommended Battle for Dazar'alor Gear

This does not include items that are found outside of the raid, so this may be altered based on items you have available from outside sources. Note that this also does not include trinkets as they are covered in the above chart:

Also note that this is not a guide on which bosses to bonus roll. Refer to the Droptimizer guide above to plan out your bonus rolls!

Slot Item Source
Helm Target-Tracking Headgear Icon Target-Tracking Headgear High Tinker Mekkatorque in Battle of Dazar'alor
Shoulder Mantle of the Soulbinder's Caress Icon Mantle of the Soulbinder's Caress King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor
Cloak Loa Exultant's Shroud Icon Loa Exultant's Shroud Conclave of the Chosen in Battle of Dazar'alor
Chest Flag Officer's Overcoat Icon Flag Officer's Overcoat Lady Jaina Proudmoore in Battle of Dazar'alor
Wrists Icebinder's Bracers Icon Icebinder's Bracers Lady Jaina Proudmoore in Battle of Dazar'alor
Gloves Grips of Harmonious Spirits Icon Grips of Harmonious Spirits Jadefire Masters in Battle of Dazar'alor
Belt Goldenscale Girdle Icon Goldenscale Girdle Opulence in Battle of Dazar'alor
Legs Deathhunter's Legguards Icon Deathhunter's Legguards King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor
Boots Boots of the Gilded Path Icon Boots of the Gilded Path Opulence in Battle of Dazar'alor
Ring #1 Band of Multi-Sided Strikes Icon Band of Multi-Sided Strikes Jadefire Masters in Battle of Dazar'alor
Ring #2 Seal of the Zandalari Empire Icon Seal of the Zandalari Empire King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor
Weapon Hornridged Crusher Icon Hornridged Crusher Grong in Battle of Dazar'alor

7. Changelog

  • 21 Jan. 2019: Added a Recommended Gear List for Battle for Dazar'alor, and an introduction to the Raidbots Droptimizer feature.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 07 Sep. 2018: Updated the trinket simulation.
  • 30 Aug. 2018: Updated the trinket simulation to include the recent SimCraft changes to RPPM.
  • 26 Aug. 2018: Updated the trinket simulation to include buff to the Tiny Electromental in a Jar.
  • 24 Aug. 2018: Updated the trinket simulation to include various World Quest trinkets.
  • 23 Aug. 2018: Added a link to the origin spreadsheet for the simulation chart.
  • 21 Aug. 2018: Updated Trinket simulations.
  • 18 Aug. 2018: Gear and Trinket list updates.
    • Updated the trinket simulation.
    • Changed the BiS list to a more generally useful list of good dungeons to farm, as this will be relevant throughout the entire expansion.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2018: Made a few updates.
    • Updated Celerity of the Windrunners' Haste level from 2% to 3%.
    • Added Butcher's Bone Apron to the Legendary ranking.
  • 19 Jul. 2018: Made several updates.
    • Added a tier-piece alternative to the off-piece Best in Slot helm, if you are using both top Legendaries.
    • Fixed Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish's position in the Legendary rankings, so that it no longer appears twice under the multi-target list.
    • Updated the 2nd BiS trinket from the Shadow-Singed Fang to Gorshalach's Legacy.
  • 18 Jul. 2018: Updated Golganneth's Vitality to just be an Argus Personal Loot drop. Revised Legendary ranking and added Soul of the Huntmaster and Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish to it.
  • 18 Jul. 2018: Added Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish to the bottom of the single-target legendary ranking.
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