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Survival Hunter DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jan 19, 2018 at 21:17 by Azortharion 373 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

This page is a gear reference for Survival Hunters. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Survival Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Solaris. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Best in Slot List for Survival Hunter

Bear in mind that all of this is subject to change based on Warforging and Titanforging happening on gear, so this is absolutely a guideline and not a rule. Note that it is also just dealing with gear from raid environments, so this could change if you are spending a large amount of time in Mythic+ and gaining different, rarer pieces.

The Pantheon trinkets are better than all other trinkets and are considered BiS, but you can only wear one of them. We also list the best non-Pantheon trinket choices, so you know what to go for if you have not gotten ahold of a Pantheon trinket yet.

All items drop from bosses in Antorus unless otherwise noted.

Slot Item Source
Helm Helm of the Awakened Soul Icon Helm of the Awakened Soul Argus the Unmaker
Neck Chain of the Unmaker Icon Chain of the Unmaker Argus the Unmaker
Shoulders Serpentstalker Mantle Icon Serpentstalker Mantle The Coven of Shivarra
Cloak Serpentstalker Drape Icon Serpentstalker Drape Antoran High Command
Chest Serpentstalker Tunic Icon Serpentstalker Tunic Eonar the Life-Binder
Wrists Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild, otherwise Reality-Splitting Wristguards Icon Reality-Splitting Wristguards Legendary Bracers, otherwise bracers from Portal Keeper Hasabel
Gloves Serpentstalker Grips Icon Serpentstalker Grips Kin'garoth
Belt World-Ravager Waistguard Icon World-Ravager Waistguard Aggramar
Legs Battalion-Shattering Leggings Icon Battalion-Shattering Leggings Garothi Worldbreaker
Boots Deft Soulhunter's Sabatons Icon Deft Soulhunter's Sabatons Imonar the Soulhunter
Ring #1 Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret, otherwise Seal of the Portalmaster Icon Seal of the Portalmaster. Legendary Haste Ring, otherwise ring from Portal Keeper Hasabel
Ring #2 Zealous Tormentor's Ring Icon Zealous Tormentor's Ring The Coven of Shivarra
Trinket #1 (Pantheon, best choice) Golganneth's Vitality Icon Golganneth's Vitality, or Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision. The latter is generally worse. Rare Argus the Unmaker Personal Loot Drop
Trinket #1 (Best Non-Pantheon) Seeping Scourgewing Icon Seeping Scourgewing Varimathras
Trinket #2 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal (910+) Relinquished Trinket Random Drop (650x Veiled Argunite per Token)
Storm Relic Neuroshock Electrode Icon Neuroshock Electrode ( Icon Sharpened Fang) Varimathras
Iron Relic Mote of the Forgemaster Icon Mote of the Forgemaster ( Icon Fluffy, Go, extra item level) Argus the Unmaker
Blood Relic Cruor of the Avenger Icon Cruor of the Avenger ( Icon Sharpened Fang, extra item level) Argus the Unmaker

2. The Importance of "Simming Yourself"

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.com. The website can help you choose set bonuses, relics, trinkets, Legendaries 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.

3. 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.

4. Trinket DPS Rankings for Survival Hunter

Right-click the image and open in a new tab, or access the sheet directly with the link below to see it in full.

Survival Trinket Sims

This trinket simulation spreadsheet is inherited from this spreadsheet, where you can also see the underlying data. Note that sometimes the spreadsheet on this link may be slightly broken as it is tinkered with by me. The screenshot above reflects the most recent, up-to-date version of the trinket sim.

5. Set Bonuses and Their Worth

In Antorus, we will have 2 potentially viable set bonuses to use, both from the Tomb of Sargeras and from Antorus. The Tier 21 set bonuses are only decent, but the extra item level means that we will generally be swapping to them as soon as we get a hold of 2/4 pieces of Tier 21 gear. It is worth giving up on Mythic T20 set bonuses even from just Heroic Antorus gear. As always, you should ideally sim yourself to know for sure if swapping out tier is worth it.

6. Legion Hunter Legendaries

This is a comprehensive list of the non-spec specific legendaries that are available to Hunters in Legion. Legendaries can drop from daily loot chests, the Class Order Hall Mythic+ loot chest, the PvP loot chest, 5-man dungeons of all kinds, world bosses, and raid bosses from all difficulties. The spec-specific Legendaries will be listed under their respective class guide.

The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask Icon The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask is a Legendary helmet which heals you for 20% of your maximum health whenever you use Feign Death Icon Feign Death, as well as an additional 5% of your health every second for 10 seconds for as long as you remain feigned. This can be an extremely useful self-heal when needed during raid encounters and Mythic+ encounters.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus is a Legendary necklace which gives you an absorb shield for 25% of your maximum health for 30 seconds, every 30 seconds. This makes it the strongest survivability legendary, especially since you will passively benefit from it. From a progression raiding standpoint where damage output is often not the primary concern, it is an incredibly strong legendary from a survivability standpoint, and it gives a lot of secondary stats which is a significant boost to DPS as well.

Roots of Shaladrassil Icon Roots of Shaladrassil is a pair of Legendary leggings that cause you to gain 3% health every second for as long as you stand still. The first heal occurs 1 second after you stop moving. This is the weakest survivability legendary, since the healing done does not add up to nearly as much damage prevented as Prydaz does, although the high item level of a high-budget item like legs makes it decent as far as non-DPS legendaries go.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is a Legendary ring that gives you 70% increased movement speed and 15% Haste for 10 seconds whenever you apply a crowd control effect (stun, roots, silenced and so on) to non-boss enemies. It also increases movement speed by 10% and Haste by 2% passively. It can act as a damage and mobility boost on add-heavy encounters where you have to slow enemies, and it is a decent legendary for most Mythic+ dungeons.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a Legendary trinket that gives you a ton of stats passively, and has an on-use proc with a 1:15 minute cooldown that deals heavy, critical AoE damage around the target it hits. This is a powerful burst AoE legendary, and its heavy base stats makes it very powerful in general. Because it always crits, it has good synergy with Marksmanship's Trueshot Icon Trueshot cooldown, which increases critical strike damage by 50%, and it should be used together with Trueshot as often as possible.

6.1. Survival Legendaries

Unseen Predator's Cloak Icon Unseen Predator's Cloak is a new Legendary cloak. It causes you to have 10% increased critical strike chance against enemies that are affected by Explosive Trap Icon Explosive Trap, emphasizing the importance of using this on cooldown. It is moderately powerful.

Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster is a new Legendary ring that gives you the Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting talent without having to choose it, letting you choose another Level 90 talent to use at the same time. On AoE-based fights, this ring can be desirable as it allows you to use Butchery for the burst AoE, which will then spread Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting to everything it hits. For single-target, it is fairly weak.

Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild is a pair of Legendary bracers which reduces the cooldown of all Aspects by 35%. This applies to Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild, Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah, Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle,and Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle for Survival Hunters as well. On top of being a very powerful DPS Legendary, it also brings a good survivability and mobility boost in reducing the cooldown of Aspect of the Turtle and Aspect of the Cheetah.

Helbrine, Rope of the Mist Marauder Icon Helbrine, Rope of the Mist Marauder is a Legendary belt that causes your Harpoon Icon Harpoon ability to increase your damage done by up to 30% for 10 seconds after using it on a target. The damage bonus increases the further away you were from the target when you pressed your Harpoon ability. This is an especially powerful opening burst legendary, and it can help when dealing with lots of adds in a large room. It goes without saying that you should attempt to use Harpoon Icon Harpoon from as far away as possible when using this Legendary.

Nesingwary's Trapping Treads Icon Nesingwary's Trapping Treads is a pair of Legendary boots which causes your traps (and Caltrops Icon Caltrops) to give you 25 Focus whenever they are triggered. In a DPS context, this mostly applies to Explosive Trap Icon Explosive Trap and Caltrops Icon Caltrops // Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap, but it can also be a DPS gain when using Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap or Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap to deal with certain adds.

Frizzo's Fingertrap Icon Frizzo's Fingertrap is a Legendary ring that causes your Carve Icon Carve ability to spread the Lacerate Icon Lacerate debuff to another, nearby target whenever you use it on a target that already has the Lacerate debuff. This is a very useful cleave Legendary, since the Lacerate ability does a lot of damage. Using it involves casting Carve Icon Carve to refresh Lacerate instead of the Lacerate ability itself, as well as Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting, even on a single target.

Butcher's Bone Apron Icon Butcher's Bone Apron is a new Survival legendary chest added in Patch 7.1.5. It causes Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite to increase the damage of your next Carve Icon Carve or Butchery Icon Butchery by 10%, stacking up to 10 times, meaning that consecutive Mongoose Bites can stack up significantly, leading to extremely big hits of Butchery in Mythic+ particularly. It is a useful Legendary for Mythic+, and situationally very useful for AoE fights in raids.

6.1.1. Survival Legendary Ranking

The following is an image showing the most popular Legendaries for Survival in Antorus Mythic (excluding Eonar).


6.1.2. Legendary Popularity — Mythic Antorus (All Builds Combined)

Survival Legendary Popularity

The conclusion is that Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild, Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret and Butcher's Bone Apron Icon Butcher's Bone Apron are essentially all the Legendaries you will ever need to maximize Survival in most situations, with Butcher's Bone Apron Icon Butcher's Bone Apron typically replacing Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret on heavy AoE fights. For Kin'garoth in Antorus, the Helbrine, Rope of the Mist Marauder Icon Helbrine, Rope of the Mist Marauder is a huge help to robot burst damage and is recommended for that fight as the only one.

7. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Beast Mastery/Marksmanship Hunters, Monks, Shamans, and Warriors
Mail Armor Beast Mastery/Marksmanship Hunters and Shamans
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks Beast Mastery/Marksmanship Hunters, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

8. ChangeLog

  • 19 Jan. 2018: Added note about using Helbrine for Kin'garoth.
  • 17 Jan. 2018: Added note about simming and stats. Updated Legendary ranking to be based on WCL Statistics, drawing basic conclusions from this.
  • 05 Dec. 2017: Updated trinket sims.
  • 27 Nov. 2017: Added small paragraph about tier gear decisions in Antorus.
  • 26 Nov. 2017: Updated the Best in Slot list for Antorus. Updated the trinket sim with the Golganneth's Vitality fix in SimCraft.
  • 22 Nov. 2017: Updated trinket rankings.
  • 19 Nov. 2017: Updated trinket sims to include Antorus trinkets. It is based on a T21 4p gearset.
  • 09 Oct. 2017: Redid the Survival Legendary ranking.
  • 06 Sep. 2017: Updated trinket simulations. Rearranged and reworded Legendary rankings.
  • 12 Aug. 2017: Promoted Sephuz and Prydaz legendaries to Tier 1 due to their great secondaries.
  • 28 Jul. 2017: Updated trinket simulations.
  • 25 Jun. 2017: Updated trinket simulations.
  • 17 Jun. 2017: Updated trinket simulations for 7.2.5. Updated Best in Slot list for the Tomb of Sargeras raid.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Added new Legendaries. Removed "Trinket to look for section" and other sections that are now invalidated or no longer useful, to pave the path for something new in Tomb of Sargeras.
  • 07 May 2017: Removed a confusing paragraph about what tier you should pick if you have certain legendaries.
  • 06 May 2017: Added Convergence of Fates to trinkets to look for.
  • 04 May 2017: Added experimental way of ranking Legendaries.
  • 17 Apr. 2017: Trinket sim updated.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 17 Mar. 2017: The trinket spreadsheet now also has legendary sims in it.
  • 27 Feb. 2017: Trinket sim update.
  • 25 Feb. 2017: Update BiS belt and trinkets.
  • 18 Feb. 2017: Updated legendary ranking.
  • 16 Feb. 2017: Added link to trinket sim spreadsheet. Updated Legendary rankings. SimCraft's implementation of Aspect was fixed, vastly improving Call of the Wild.
  • 13 Feb. 2017: Added new trinket sims. These sims test trinkets at a ton of different item levels, color coded for easy comparison.
  • 11 Feb. 2017: Updated BiS legendary to Call of the Wild after SimCraft's issues with Aspect of the Eagle were fixed.
  • 08 Feb. 2017: Updated "trinket to look for section", and legendary rankings + Frizzo description.
  • 07 Feb. 2017: Trinket sim update.
  • 26 Jan. 2017: Updated trinket sims with all the changes in hotfixes since 7.1.5. Updated BiS list accordingly. Added information about second-best tier item slots in case you have a Legendary that breaks the set. Updated legendary ranking.
  • 17 Jan. 2017: Updated trinket sims. Add BiS list.
  • 14 Jan. 2017: Update Call of the Wild description. Add Legendary trinket to description (but not ranking yet).
  • 13 Jan. 2017: Legendary boots give 25 Focus, not 15 now.
  • 12 Jan. 2017: Fresh trinket sims. Update Legendary ranking.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
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