Survival Hunter DPS Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.2

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General Information

Welcome to our Survival Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.2. Here, you will learn how to play as a Survival Hunter in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Survival Hunter guide.

1.

Survival Hunter Overview

2.

Introducing the Survival Hunter

Survival is the Melee Hunter spec. It is a relatively mobile Melee spec with a lot of heavily themed abilities. It has a very unique playstyle compared to any other Melee spec, and it is also one of the least played specs in the game, although this is not because it is bad by any means.

3.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Very high Leech due to Ferocity pets, extremely strong self-healing and survivability.
  • +Relatively easy to play.
  • +Good single-target DPS.
X Weaknesses
  • -Competes with other Melee specs for raid spots that have stronger utility.
  • -Weak group utility in general.
  • -Low AoE damage.
4.

Dragonflight Changes for Hunters

We are maintaining a list of changes for Hunters, so you can see what changes with every patch of Dragonflight.

4.1.

Survival Hunter Changes in Dragonflight

The biggest change of Survival in Dragonflight is the introduction of our new Talent System. This widens the scope of our abilities significantly, and changes the feel of the spec fundamentally. There are far more choices than you will be used to, and a lot of previously baseline abilities and passives must now be talented into, such as Muzzle Icon Muzzle, Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb, and Harpoon Icon Harpoon.

Outside of the Talent System, our fundamental spec has not changed all that much, and the gameplay will not be totally foreign to you. The spec is still about maximizing Raptor Strike Icon Raptor Strikes on single-target, and Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb benefit in AoE situations.

5.

Is Survival Hunter Good in Dragonflight?

Survival's biggest strength in Dragonflight is raw single-target, beating the other two specs in this area. AoE is a large weakness, however, and it is one of the worse AoE specs in the game, though it can do most of its AoE damage without deviating too much from the single-target spec.

6.

Leveling a Survival Hunter

If you want to play a Survival Hunter, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

Once you reach max level, it can be somewhat overwhelming to completely change the way you play by suddenly implementing a large number of addons in a short space of time, especially if they have a heavy visual impact on your UI. We recommend using some of the more basic addons recommended on our Addons page below while leveling, so that you have more time to get used to them during the easier phases of playing your class.

7.

Basics of Survival Hunter Gameplay

Survival Hunter is a spec that is heavily about Focus management, and knowing your priorities.

The core of the gameplay is generating Focus with Kill Command Icon Kill Command and spending it with Raptor Strike Icon Raptor Strike, while maintaining your Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting DoT, and keeping your Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb on cooldown while reacting appropriately to the Wildfire Infusion Icon Wildfire Infusion types of your bomb.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

Below, you will find the most important pages for learning the intricacies of the spec.

8.

How to Gear Up A Survival Hunter

Despite the fact that gearing has become more challenging, due to the huge number of variables that depend on your character, you can find information on how best to gear as Survival on our dedicated gearing page, which includes the current Best in Slot from this tier.

Once you have started to gear, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page for exactly this, as shown below, as well as the stats page, where you can find more information on the possibility of a changing stat priority and the necessary changes you may need to make for consumables.

9.

Endgame as a Survival Hunter

Starting off as Survival can look very different from the absolute end-game raiding and progression as one. Our Mythic+, Torghast, Raiding, and PvP guides can guide you to performing as well as possible, regardless of your focus in end-game content.

10.

Improving as a Survival Hunter

If you are finding your performance lackluster, but are not sure where you are going wrong, you can check out the pages below for potential tips, or answers to questions you may have.

11.

Changelog

  • 28 Nov. 2022 (WeakAuras page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (FAQ page): Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (how to improve page): Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (simulations page): Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (easy mode page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (spells page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (addons page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (enchants page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (stats page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (rotation page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (talents page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 29 Oct. 2022 (talents page): Updated the recommended low-target AoE Venthyr build further.
  • 29 Oct. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated the Venthyr Mythic+ Build Talents.
  • 27 Oct. 2022 (talents page): Updated the recommended low-target AoE build and fixed an issue with the string.
  • 26 Oct. 2022 (mythic+ page): Added a Kyrian build that is superior for heavy AoE keys.
  • 26 Oct. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated descriptions.
  • 26 Oct. 2022 (talents page): Added a Kyrian-based Talent Build that emphasizes strong burst, primarily for high-target Mythic+ keys.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Legendaries): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Torghast): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (WeakAuras page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (FAQ page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (how to improve page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (simulations page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (addons page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (enchants page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (stats page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Castle Nathria page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Sanctum of Domination page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (rotation page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (talents page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (spells page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (easy mode page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 15 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Page added with initial thoughts and information.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated thoughts on all of the Covenant-specific Legendaries, and added the July 13th Hunter Buffs to the changes.
  • 10 Jun. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Added information about the Venthyr-specific Legendary.
  • 12 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Added information about 4 new Covenant-specific Legendaries and updated some of the "highlighted" Soulbind Abilities.
  • 03 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created with initial information.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Oct. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for Mythic TEP Bosses for Survival. Thank you to Thyminde for providing most of the tips!
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for more bosses.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Survival tips for Uu'nat.
  • 01 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Survival tips for The Restless Cabal.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added boss tips for Survival Hunter in Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added content to the page.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
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