Survival Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 09:54 by Azortharion 66 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 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Hunter gear and best in slot.


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 set bonuses, 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.


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.


Mechagon Gear

Mechagon offers two unique types of gear. The first is the Pocket-Sized Computation Device Icon Pocket-Sized Computation Device Trinket, which has 3 sockets that can be filled with punchcards. Yellow Punchcards offer stats, Red Punchcards offer damaging effects, and Blue Punchcards offer unique utility.

The whole Trinket's item level scales with the item level of the punchcards in it, as an average of the Red and Yellow punchcards. The item level of the trinket affects the power of the punchcards in it.

Yellow Punchcards can be looted from Rares in Mechagon, or from bosses inside the Operation: Mechagon dungeon. They offer a large amount of one secondary stat, and a small amount of another. The best Yellow Punchcard for Survival Hunters is any high Haste punchcard, with a high item level.

There are two noteworthy Red Punchcards: Cyclotronic Blast Icon Cyclotronic Blast and Subroutine: Recalibration Icon Subroutine: Recalibration, the former being more interesting at lower gear levels and the latter being more interesting at higher gear levels.

The other type of gear are the set rings from Operation: Mechagon. By combining a "Logic Loop" ring like Logic Loop of Division Icon Logic Loop of Division with a "Bit Band" ring like Shorting Bit Band Icon Shorting Bit Band, you can combine the two effects to create a unique effect with a unique trigger. The Division and Shorting combo is the most potent for Hunters.


Weekly Mythic+ Chest

You should be completing at least one keystone at a high item level each week to make use of the weekly chest. Each week you will receive one piece of loot, and a fixed amount of Titan Residuum. The highest keystone you complete (up to a maximum of 15) will determine the final reward.

Mythic+ Level Loot iLvl - End of Dungeon Loot iLvl - Weekly Chest # of Loot - End of Dungeon Titan Residuum in Weekly Chest
Mythic+10 455 465 3 1700
Mythic+11 455 465 3 1790
Mythic+12 460 470 3 1880
Mythic+13 460 470 3 1970
Mythic+14 460 470 3 2060
Mythic+15 465 475 3 2150
Mythic+16 465 475 3 (40% chance of 4th piece) 2240
Mythic+17 465 475 3 (80% chance of 4th piece) 2330
Mythic+18 465 475 4 (20% chance of 5th piece) 2420


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.


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.

  • Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars has incredibly high single-target potential, but it is possible for its stacks to be wasted in AoE scenarios, as they can go randomly out on AoE targets that may die quickly. Despite this, it is still the cookie cutter single-target/raiding Corruption.
  • Expedient Icon Expedient is a significant buff to your Haste. It works well in all situations.
  • Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound is a single-target randomly procced DoT, but highly efficient and a solid choice.
  • Racing Pulse Icon Racing Pulse is a huge Haste buff with a short duration. Good for all situations, although not quite at the level of the 3 above.

Corruption Weapons for Survival Hunter

  • An'zig Vra Icon An'zig Vra is a staff that gives your auto-attacks a 25% chance to deal 2% of your health in damage, and healing you for that same amount. This is a fairly weak Corruption effect. This effect is called Devour Vitality Icon Devour Vitality.
  • Qwor N'lyeth Icon Qwor N'lyeth is a polearm that provides Echoing Void Icon Echoing Void, a stacking buff that has a chance to collapse, dealing damage for every stack, split between all enemies. This is a decent Corruption effect, making this the stronger of the two Corruption weapons in most situations.

Neither Corruption weapon is particularly strong, and they are prime candidates for being cleansed of Corruption, in favour of getting better effects on other items.


Corruption Simulations for Survival Hunter


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.

For the complete simulation results, check out

AoE DPS per Corruption Point

For the complete simulation results, check out

AoE Corruption DPS Overall

For the complete simulation results, check out

Tips for Dealing With Corruption Effects



Thanks to, a comprehensive list of available trinkets for Survvial 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


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.


Best in Slot Gear for Raiding

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

This list is based on Birds of Prey, as it is more popular for raiding.

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 Hood of Lightless Depths Icon Hood of Lightless Depths Blackwater Behemoth in The Eternal Palace
Shoulder Shoulderguards of Crushing Depths Icon Shoulderguards of Crushing Depths Lady Ashvane in The Eternal Palace
Cloak Drape of the Hatcher Icon Drape of the Hatcher Orgozoa in The Eternal Palace
Chest Corrupted Hexxer's Vestments Icon Corrupted Hexxer's Vestments Purchased from Azerite vendor for Titan Residuum Icon Titan Residuum
Wrists Ori's Tidal Bracers Icon Ori's Tidal Bracers Benthic Gear Tokens for Prismatic Manapearl Icon Prismatic Manapearls
Gloves Poen's Deepsea Handgrips Icon Poen's Deepsea Handgrips Benthic Gear Tokens for Prismatic Manapearl Icon Prismatic Manapearls
Belt Vim's Scalecrusher Chain Icon Vim's Scalecrusher Chain Benthic Gear Tokens for Prismatic Manapearl Icon Prismatic Manapearls
Legs Banded Cragscale Greaves Icon Banded Cragscale Greaves Crafted. Requires Leatherworking. 215 Haste and 86 Versatility is ideal.
Boots Akana's Reefstrider Treads Icon Akana's Reefstrider Treads Benthic Gear Tokens for Prismatic Manapearl Icon Prismatic Manapearls
Ring #1 Ascended Leviathan's Eye Loop Icon Ascended Leviathan's Eye Loop Crafted. Requires Jewelcrafting. 378 Haste and 151 Versatility is ideal.
Ring #2 Cursed Lover's Ring Icon Cursed Lover's Ring Queen Azshara in The Eternal Palace
Weapon Shiver Venom Lance Icon Shiver Venom Lance Abyssal Commander Sivara in The Eternal Palace


  • 14 Jan. 2020: Several Corruption-related updates.
    • Clarified the rankings, adding specific notes about some of the best Corruptions.
    • Added information about Corruption Weapons.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: This page will be updated with more specific information as simulation tools improve in Patch 8.3.
  • 25 Oct. 2019: Reworded the text about the Shiver Venom Lance. Updated the trait choices on the BiS Blur of Talons Azerite pieces.
  • 13 Jul. 2019: Updated the Best in Slot List, the list of the best Azerite pieces, and added information about unique Mechagon and Operation: Mechagon items.
  • 04 Jul. 2019: Added Vim's Scalecrusher Chain to the Benthic Gear List.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 01 May 2019: Added a number of new sections to the page, aimed mostly at newer players.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: Updated the Raid-based Best-in-Slot list for Crucible of Storms.
  • 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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