Survival Hunter DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

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General Information

Welcome to our Survival Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. 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 WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS 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.
  • +Consistently high damage.
X Weaknesses
  • -Has some reliance on pet AI to deal damage.
  • -Relatively weak burst DPS.
4.

Recent Changes for Survival Hunters

We are maintaining a list of changes for Hunters for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below.

Survival is generally the least changed Hunter spec in Shadowlands, with most of the changes being tuning on existing Talents and toolkit abilities.

The most notable change for Survival is not specific to the spec. A lot of Hunter Class Abilities from the old days are making a return, and this will be the biggest change for Survival Hunters going into the Shadowlands expansion.

The biggest change to your DPS rotation will be the introduction of Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot, an execute ability that is available only on targets that are below 20% health. Despite its name, it can be used with Melee weapons, but it is also able to be used from range.

5.

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.

6.

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/Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite, as well as casting Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb off cooldown and maintaining your Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting DoT. The difficulty of the spec comes from knowing when to ignore Wildfire Bomb and Serpent Sting in favor of casting Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite (the popular, meta talent) to maximize your benefit from its Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury buff.

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.

7.

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.

8.

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.

9.

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.

10.

Changelog

  • 27 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated the Trinket Sims.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (WeakAuras page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 24 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Added a paragraph to talk about Potion usage, and removed it from the opener.
  • 16 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Added new, useful macros.
  • 15 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Updated the BiS Bracers, Belt, Gloves, and Rings.
  • 14 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated the recommended pet section.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (WeakAuras page): Page added.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 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 (The Eternal Palace 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.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Uldir 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 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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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