Survival Hunter DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities — Dragonflight 10.0.2

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General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Survival Hunter in both single-target and multiple-target situations. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your DPS. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.2.

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

1.

Survival Hunter Rotation

Welcome to our Rotation page for Survival Hunters. On this page you will find everything you need to know about actually playing the spec in Raiding and Mythic+ scenarios.

1.1.

Easy Mode

If the rotations below seem overwhelming to you, you might benefit from visiting our Easy Mode page which outlines a close-to-optimal rotation in simpler terms.

1.2.

PvP

The content on this page is purely PvE-related. If you are looking for PvP Rotation Tips, please visit our PvP page below.

Important Abilities, Procs and The General Rotation of Survival Hunter

To play Survival Hunter, there are a few basic mechanics you must understand to fully unlock the potential of the spec.

The spec is mostly about maximizing the benefit of Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite and generating Focus for its use with Kill Command Icon Kill Command. On top of this, you have to react to Survival's extremely powerful Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot procs, while keeping Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb off two charges.

2.

Tier Set Impact on Rotation

Our tier set one major impact on our rotation; keeping Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb off two charges is a lower priority than spamming Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite during Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury windows.

2.1.

Talent Switch

Use the buttons below to select your talents to see how that changes the rotation. This affects both the single-target and multi-target rotation.

Note that some talents are pre-selected, based on our recommended builds from the Talents page linked below. We recommend that you de-select talents you are not using in your current situation to make the rotation easier to read.

Active Talents Passive Talents/Effects
Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle Coordinated Kill Icon Coordinated Kill
Butchery Icon Butchery Deadly Duo Icon Deadly Duo
Carve Icon Carve Hydra's Bite Icon Hydra's Bite
Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault Poison Injection Icon Poison Injection
Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram Ranger Icon Ranger
Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot Viper's Venom Icon Viper's Venom
Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike 2pc Tier Set Bonus
Fury of the Eagle Icon Fury of the Eagle
Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite
Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting
Spearhead Icon Spearhead
Stampede Icon Stampede
Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap
Terms of Engagement Icon Terms of Engagement
Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb
Wildfire Infusion Icon Wildfire Infusion
3.

Pre-Combat Checklist for Maximum DPS

4.

Best Survival Hunter Single-Target Rotation

  1. Use Harpoon Icon Harpoon on cooldown whenever circumstances have forced you more than 8 yards away.
  2. Cast Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram on cooldown, provided it won't Focus cap you, or right before Spearhead Icon Spearhead, always syncing them up on every second use.
  3. Use Spearhead Icon Spearhead on cooldown. Pool some Focus before using it. Always synchronize it with Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram.
  4. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot on cooldown while Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault is active.
  5. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command if it will not Focus cap you, and if it is about to cap on charges, when you have 2+ stacks of the Deadly Duo Icon Deadly Duo during Spearhead Icon Spearhead.
  6. Spam Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite during Spearhead Icon Spearhead.
  7. Use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite during Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury if it is about to expire.
  8. Cast Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot on cooldown.
  9. Use Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike on cooldown, with less than 60 Focus.
  10. Use Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault when your target is below 20% health Do not use it alongside Spearhead Icon Spearhead. They should always be desynced as their benefits conflict with each other.
  11. Use your Pheromone Bomb Icon Pheromone Bomb while Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury is down and you have less than 43 Focus. This is to ensure that you will not needlessly Focus cap when you spend the procs on Kill Command Icon Kill Commands.
  12. Cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command to prevent it from capping on charges, if you are below 71 Focus.
  13. Activate Spearhead Icon Spearhead with at least 61 Focus.
  14. Use Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb when it is close to reaching 2 charges.
  15. Spam Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite during Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury.
  16. Start a Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury window when you have 61 Focus or above.
  17. Use Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot on cooldown.
  18. Use Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb on cooldown.
5.

Best Single-Target Opener for Survival Hunter

This Opener assumes that you are using the recommended Raid Talents for Survival Hunter, which you can find on our Talents page.

  1. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram.
  2. Use Harpoon Icon Harpoon to reach the target, and to activate Terms of Engagement Icon Terms of Engagement.
  3. Cast Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb to get it off cooldown.
  4. Activate Spearhead Icon Spearhead.
  5. Start your Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury window with a Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite.
  6. Continue your normal rotation, according to the priority list above.
6.

Best AoE Rotation for Survival Hunter

The AoE rotation is all about maximizing your Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bombs, and reducing their cooldown with Butchery Icon Butchery which also does heavy damage in its own right. Underneath this, you still want to maintain a strong single-target rotation, especially since your Kill Shot Icon Kill Shots are going to cleave for heavy damage, making them a high priority.

The AoE rotation for a Survival Hunter is based on the following priority system.

  1. Cast Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb when it is about to reach 2 charges.
  2. Cast Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram on cooldown, provided it won't Focus cap you.
  3. Use Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault on cooldown.
  4. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot on cooldown while Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault is active.
  5. Use Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot on cooldown.
  6. Use Butchery Icon Butchery when it is about to reach 3 charges.
  7. Cast Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb on cooldown.
  8. Dump all of your Butchery Icon Butchery charges when Shrapnel Bomb Icon Shrapnel Bomb is active, to stack up its Internal Bleeding Icon Internal Bleeding effect on multiple targets.
  9. Use Butchery Icon Butchery on cooldown, provided that it will not overcap the cooldown of Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb. You should hold it if your next bomb is going to be Shrapnel Bomb Icon Shrapnel Bomb.
  10. Use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite to spend Latent Poison Icon Latent Poison (from Poison Injection Icon Poison Injection) stacks once they reach 8. Make sure to check all active targets for their debuff stacks. You never want it to exceed 8 on any target.
  11. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command when you have below 60 Focus, if it is about to cap on charges.
  12. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot on cooldown.
  13. Use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite. You should use it on targets that either do not have Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting active, or targets with a low duration remaining on it, due to Viper's Venom Icon Viper's Venom.
7.

Best AoE Opener for Survival Hunter

This Opener assumes that you are using the recommended Mythic+/AoE Talents for Survival Hunter, which you can find on our Talents page.

  1. Use Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb
  2. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram
  3. Activate Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault.
  4. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot
  5. Use Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot
  6. Use Butchery Icon Butchery
  7. Use Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb
  8. Continue your normal rotation, as defined by the priority above.
8.

Survival Hunter Tips and Tricks for Mythic+

For information about Mythic+ as a Survival Hunter, please refer to our Mythic+ page.

9.

Best WeakAuras for Survival Hunters

WeakAuras can have a tremendously positive effect on your performance. Since this is a broad topic, we made a page dedicated to it.

10.

Rotation Help for Survival Hunter

Thanks for reading my Rotation Guide for Survival Hunter. If you have any questions about it that you would like to ask me directly, feel free to drop into my Discord Server and drop me (Azortharion) a ping at any time.

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Changelog

  • 06 Dec. 2022: Rotational update for the Set Bonus.
  • 30 Nov. 2022: Updated mentions of Kill Command having 2 charges in the priority to "cap charges" to encompass both situations with and without Alpha Predator.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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