Survival Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 28, 2021 at 15:31 by Azortharion 18 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 9.1.

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

1.

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.

2.

Patch 9.1 Domination Gems Ranking for Survival Hunter

Patch 9.1 introduced a new, special type of gem socket and gem type which can be found on Raid Gear from the Sanctum of Domination.

There are Blood, Frost, and Unholy Gems, and 5 Gem Slots in total. These Domination Gems can be applied to Helms, Shoulders, Chests, Belts, and Boots from the Sanctum of Domination.

Combining 3 of the same color gem will activate a set bonus. The Blood Gem Set Bonus is Blood Link Icon Blood Link, the Frost Gem Set Bonus is Winds of Winter Icon Winds of Winter, and the Unholy Gem Set Bonus is Chaos Bane Icon Chaos Bane.

2.1.

Best Domination Gem Set Bonus for Survival Hunter

  1. Chaos Bane Icon Chaos Bane
  2. Blood Link Icon Blood Link
  3. Winds of Winter Icon Winds of Winter
2.2.

Best Domination Gems for Survival Hunter

Now that we know our strongest Set Bonus, we have to identify the best gem combination. You will need all three Unholy/Purple gems to activate the Unholy Set Bonus, so you do not have a choice here, but you can freely choose between all of the Blood and Frost Gems for your final two Domination Gem Sockets. We have only ranked the Domination Gems that increase your DPS.

  1. Shard of Bek Icon Shard of Bek
  2. Shard of Dyz Icon Shard of Dyz
  3. Shard of Cor Icon Shard of Cor

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:

3.

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.

4.

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 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 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.
4.1.

Trinkets

Thanks to Bloodmallet.com, 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.

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
4.2.

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.

5.

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. 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.

6.

Raiding BiS List for Survival Hunter

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

Slot Item Source
Helm Crest of the Fallen Icon Crest of the Fallen Remnant of Ner'zhul in Sanctum of Domination
Necklace Interplanar Keystone Icon Interplanar Keystone Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Shoulders Epaulettes of the Master Ranger Icon Epaulettes of the Master Ranger Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Cloak Dark Ranger's Quiver Icon Dark Ranger's Quiver Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Chest Colossus Slayer's Hauberk Icon Colossus Slayer's Hauberk The Tarragrue in Sanctum of Domination
Bracers Bands of the Fallen House Icon Bands of the Fallen House Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Gloves Grasps of Ancestral Whispers Icon Grasps of Ancestral Whispers Remnant of Ner'zhul in Sanctum of Domination
Belt Ceremonial Construct Clasp Icon Ceremonial Construct Clasp Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Legs Aradne's Lancer Legguards Icon Aradne's Lancer Legguards The Nine in Sanctum of Domination
Boots Greaves of Extermination Icon Greaves of Extermination The Eye of the Jailer in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #1 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #2 Miniature Breaking Wheel Icon Miniature Breaking Wheel Painsmith Raznal in Sanctum of Domination
Weapon Jotungeirr, Destiny's Call Icon Jotungeirr, Destiny's Call The Nine in Sanctum of Domination
7.

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.

Slot Item Source
Helm Nathrian Usurper's Mask Icon Nathrian Usurper's Mask Halls of Atonement
Necklace Sin Stained Pendant Icon Sin Stained Pendant Halls of Atonement
Shoulders Wintersnap Shoulderguards Icon Wintersnap Shoulderguards Mists of Tirna Scithe
Cloak Drape of Twisted Loyalties Icon Drape of Twisted Loyalties Spires of Ascension
Chest Harness of Twisted Whims Icon Harness of Twisted Whims De Other Side
Bracers Fallen Paragon's Armguards Icon Fallen Paragon's Armguards Spires of Ascension
Gloves Hakkari Revenant's Grips Icon Hakkari Revenant's Grips De Other Side
Belt Executor's Prideful Girdle Icon Executor's Prideful Girdle Sanguine Depths
Legs Lichbone Legguards Icon Lichbone Legguards The Necrotic Wake
Boots Spatial Rift Striders Icon Spatial Rift Striders De Other Side
Ring #1 Bloodoath Signet Icon Bloodoath Signet Theater of Pain
Ring #2 Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet Icon Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet The Necrotic Wake
Weapon Collector's Pulse Staff Icon Collector's Pulse Staff De Other Side
8.

Changelog

  • 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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