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Survival Hunter DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on May 07, 2017 at 10:21 by Azortharion 297 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 Vanguard. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Best in Slot List

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.

Slot Item Source
Helm Eagletalon Cowl Icon Eagletalon Cowl Grand Magistrix Elisande
Neck Radiant String of Scorpid Eyes Icon Radiant String of Scorpid Eyes Skorpyron
Shoulders Eagletalon Spaulders Icon Eagletalon Spaulders Tichondrius
Cloak Astromancer's Greatcloak Icon Astromancer's Greatcloak Star Augur Etraeus
Chest Eagletalon Tunic Icon Eagletalon Tunic Krosus
Wrists Thistle-Proof Thorngrabbers Icon Thistle-Proof Thorngrabbers High Botanist Tel'arn
Gloves Eagletalon Gauntlets Icon Eagletalon Gauntlets Star Augur Etraeus
Belt Emblazoned Duskwatch Belt Icon Emblazoned Duskwatch Belt Spellblade Aluriel
Legs Pertinacious Legplates Icon Pertinacious Legplates Trilliax
Boots Shal'dorei Weedstompers Icon Shal'dorei Weedstompers High Botanist Tel'arn
Ring #1 Ring of Exclusive Servitude Icon Ring of Exclusive Servitude Tichondrius
Ring #2 Ring of Braided Stems Icon Ring of Braided Stems High Botanist Tel'arn
Trinket #1 Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct Ursoc
Trinket #2 Eye of Guarm Icon Eye of Guarm (with your currently best stat as determined by stat weights, almost always Haste) Guarm
Storm Relic Collapsing Epoch Icon Collapsing Epoch Grand Magistrix Elisande
Iron Relic Lionshead Lapel Clasp Icon Lionshead Lapel Clasp Gul'dan
Blood Relic Phial of Fel Blood Icon Phial of Fel Blood Gul'dan

1.1. Legendary Tier Piece Alternatives

If you have certain Legendaries, it is obviously better to equip those instead of tier pieces in a given slot, so in order to fulfill the 4-piece set bonus, you will need to look for alternatives. Below is a list of the most important tier pieces to have, and in other words, the tier pieces you would go for first in the event that a Legendary breaks your set bonus. The top 4 set pieces are in the BiS list above, below the other pieces will be listed in order of how good they are, so if you have to replace a piece from the BiS list, go for these instead;

  1. Eagletalon Cloak Icon Eagletalon Cloak;
  2. Eagletalon Legchains Icon Eagletalon Legchains.

2. Trinket & Legendary DPS Rankings

Survival Trinket Sims

This trinket/legendary 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.

For Survival in particular, it is worth noting that when a simulation has a lot of one stat to start with, statsticks with that stat on it will be devalued somewhat. We recommend simming statstick trinkets for yourself to decide between them.

(M) is for Melee (Survival-only trinkets). If it does not say (M), it is either a ranged trinket, or the trinket is usable by both melee and ranged specs. The margin of error is 0.1%, so 300-450 DPS (depending on the DPS values of the sim itself).

2.1. Trinkets to Look For

All stat stick trinkets are very stong for their item level, and a stat stick trinket with your best stat on it will keep you happy for a long time. Stat sticks also scale indefinitely with multiple targets, while trinkets with single-target procs do not benefit your multi-target DPS in the same way. A ton of world quests can drop stat sticks with a random stat on them, and these are always worth doing if you don't have one. Additionally, Guarm in the Trial of Valor raid drops a statstick trinket with a random stat, and Nightbane from the Return to Karazhan dungeon drops a 875+ item level Mastery statstick.

Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct is a proc trinket that drops from Ursoc in the Emerald Nightmare. It has a small Haste proc that has a lot of uptime (40%+ on most encounters). It also procs more frequently on lower health targets.

Entwined Elemental Foci Icon Entwined Elemental Foci is a proc-based trinket that drops from Spellblade Aluriel in the Nighthold. It has a 0.7 RPPM proc rate that gives you a random selection of secondary stat buffs for 20 seconds. It does not proc often, but it is noticeable when it does and it averages out to be quite useful.

Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard is an extremely powerful dungeon trinket from the Arcway with a Haste proc. It can be combined with the Strand of the Stars trinket from Court of Stars to increase the potency of its proc. If you do not have access to Heroic Nighthold for the Foci, this is a good trinket to farm for.

Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates is a raid trinket that drops from Elisande in the Nighthold. Its special effect causes your attacks to sometimes reduce the cooldown of Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle by 5 seconds per proc. This is one of the best trinkets available for Survival, usually giving you another Aspect of the Eagle cast in the fight, and it is even more powerful when combined with the BiS Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild legendary.

3. Legion 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 are 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.

3.1. Survival Legendaries

Call of the Wild Icon Call of the Wild are 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 are 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.

3.1.1. Survival Legendary Ranking

This list seeks to rank all the Legendaries in terms of desirability. This will be done in different tiers rather than a hard 1-2-3 list. Tier 1 contains BiS legendaries for most encounters, Tier 2 are all contenders for the second BiS slot depending on the situation, while Tier 3 Legendaries are generally undesirable.

  1. Tier 1 - Best in Slot
  2. Tier 2
  3. Tier 3

4. 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

5. ChangeLog

  • 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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