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Survival Hunter DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Apr 17, 2017 at 17:23 by Azortharion 292 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Survival Hunters in World of Warcraft Legion 7.2, 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 Vanguard. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Basics

The stat priority for a Survival Hunter is:

  1. Haste;
  2. Mastery (if you have the 2pc bonus, until 12%);
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Mastery (if you don't have the 2pc bonus OR once you reach 12% with the bonus)

Haste is essentially always the superior stat for Survival. Mastery is solid, but quickly tapers off once you get a meaningful amount of it. With the Tier 19 2-piece set bonus, Flanking Strike gets a 100% chance to recharge Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite at 16% Mastery, though you should stop going for Mastery over Crit/Vers already at ~10-12% (specifics depending on your character, sim yourself!) Past that point, it is really not worth going for any more, and you should try and go for Critical Strike and Versatility instead. In general, focus on item level first, and then try and go for a lot of Haste, followed by Mastery. The rest does not matter much.

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

2. Getting a Better Understanding

2.1. Choosing Gear

Pawn is an add-on that calculates the value of items based on the stat weights you input for your character. Below you will find importable Pawn strings that you can and should use with the addon, unless you have used SimulationCraft to generate Pawn strings that are specific to your character, which is always the better option.

Marksmanship - "Meme" Build

( Pawn: v1: "Azor-Marksmanship-Memebuild": Agility=20.05, Ap=19.36, CritRating=18.29, HasteRating=15.29, MasteryRating=22.33, Versatility=17.17, Dps=50.03 )

Marksmanship - Standard Trick Shot Build

( Pawn: v1: "Marksmanship": Agility=13.66, Ap=12.98, CritRating=14.65, HasteRating=13.74, MasteryRating=15.67, Versatility=13.04, Dps=43.57 )

Beast Mastery

( Pawn: v1: "Beast Mastery": Agility=16.89, Ap=16.16, CritRating=11.79, HasteRating=13.23, MasteryRating=15.10, Versatility=11.31, Dps=7.01 )


( Pawn: v1: "Survival": Agility=19.15, Ap=17.98, CritRating=13.20, HasteRating=18.37, MasteryRating=12.68, Versatility=14.13, Dps=21.92 )

2.2. Stat Softcaps, Distributions & Other Clarifications

Survival has a Haste softcap that unlocks an additional GCD in Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle (which can allow you another stack of Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite for  Icon Fury of the Eagle. This Hastecap is at around 15.2% Haste. Note that Haste remains the best stat past this point.

2.3. Statistics Explanations

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

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

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

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 your Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike, Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite, Throwing Axes Icon Throwing Axes, and Butchery Icon Butchery abilities.

Mastery, through Mastery: Hunting Companion Icon Mastery: Hunting Companion gives all of your pet's attacks a chance to generate a charge of Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite. As of Patch 7.1, this also includes auto-attacks, which has vastly increased Mastery's value due to the additional chances. Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike has double the chance of a normal pet attack to give you a charge based on your Mastery value.

3. ChangeLog

  • 17 Apr. 2017: Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 24 Feb. 2017: Not really worth going all the way to 16% Mastery before Crit/Vers. Just 12%.
  • 07 Feb. 2017: A more nuanced, detailed talk about stat priorities for Survival.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Updated stat weights.
  • 11 Jan. 2017: Updated stat priority and removed Agility from the listing as it does nothing but confuse at this point.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 06 Nov. 2016: Updated Pawn string and stat priority.
  • 29 Oct. 2016: Updated Pawn string for Patch 7.1, added note about how the top 3 stats are very close together in value.
  • 27 Oct. 2016: Updates to Mastery description and value.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Ordered statistics explanation in order of priority because OCD.
  • 09 Oct. 2016: Added some notes to clarify frequently asked questions.
  • 02 Oct. 2016: Updated stat prio to be in line with Pawn weights as it should.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Aug. 2016: Updated stat weights after Mastery got buffed by Blizzard.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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