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Survival Hunter DPS Stat Priority (BfA 8.0.1)

Last updated on Jul 16, 2018 at 22:14 by Azortharion 18 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Survival Hunters in World of Warcraft BfA 8.0.1, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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. Basics of Survival Hunter Stats

The general stat priority for a Survival Hunter is:

  1. Haste;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Mastery.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using SimulationCraft.

2. How To Choose Gear For The Survival Hunter

If you are ever in doubt about what items to wear for any given situation, the only way to truly figure it out for your character is to use RaidBots. This website allows you to easily compare gear you already have, as well as gear you do not have.

Gearing decisions will not always be clear-cut. This is obvious if you have ever had to choose between a high item level piece of loot with bad stats, and a lower item level piece of loot with perfect stats. These decisions and more are the reason we recommend using RaidBots to help simulate your character.

RaidBots takes everything into account, including procs, RNG elements, your specific gear, racials and more. If you have made sure you performed the simulation correctly, then you can generally trust RaidBots' results to be accurate.

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Agility is your primary stat. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do across the board.

Mastery, through Mastery: Spirit Bond Icon Mastery: Spirit Bond increases the damage of you and your pet's Focus-spending abilities, and causes you both to heal slightly every 5 seconds. The damage increase and healing per 5 seconds is all based on how much Mastery you have.

Haste increases you and your pet's attack speed and Focus regeneration, reduces your Global Cooldown from 1.5 seconds to a minimum of 0.750 seconds, and reduces the cooldown on many of your abilities, including Kill Command Icon Kill Command.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

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