Survival Hunter PvP Best Races and Racials (Dragonflight 10.2.7)

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Slo 11 comments

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction. The races are sorted from highest impact in arena to lowest. However, all races below have their own unique ways of making an impact in a PvP match.

This page is part of our Survival Hunter PvP Guide.

1.

Best Alliance Races for Survival Hunters

1.1.

Night Elf

  • Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld
  • Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness
  • Nature Resistance Icon Nature Resistance
  • Touch of Elune Icon Touch of Elune

Night Elf is the strongest Alliance race for Survival Hunters as long as you get value from Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld.

You can use Shadowmeld to completely negate any projectile that has been cast on you. For example, if a warrior casts Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt and the bolt is in the air, you can Shadowmeld while it is flying, and the Storm Bolt won't hit you.

Shadowmeld can also completely negate any instant spell (eg. Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot) if your timing is absolutely perfect. This is not an easy thing to do, and unless you really know what you are doing, you will rarely be able to immune spells that are not projectiles.

Shadowmeld can also be used to drop combat to cast Camouflage Icon Camouflage when Feign Death Icon Feign Death is on cooldown.

Night Elves gain additional Critical Strike rating during the day and additional Haste rating at night through Touch of Elune Icon Touch of Elune. Haste is generally the better stat for Survival in PvP, so if you only play during the day, you lose some value as Night Elf.

1.2.

Human

  • Will to Survive Icon Will to Survive
  • The Human Spirit Icon The Human Spirit

Human is a reliably strong Alliance race for Survival Hunters and is more forgiving than Night Elf because its strength does not rely on pre-emptive Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld plays.

With Will to Survive Icon Will to Survive Human Hunters do not need to run a standard 2-minute cooldown PvP trinket (Verdant Gladiator's Medallion Icon Verdant Gladiator's Medallion) and can instead choose to play two different trinkets.

Verdant Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity Icon Verdant Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity has a high chance to proc, and when combined with Verdant Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Verdant Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity, you have a high chance of both buffs being active when the game starts and you first use cooldowns.

You can also run Verdant Gladiator's Emblem Icon Verdant Gladiator's Emblem to make yourself more difficult to kill while still while still gaining the benefits of a badge/insignia trinket.

The downside of playing Human is that your trinket can only be used on stuns and has a three-minute cooldown. In Solo Shuffle as Survival, this is not such an issue in most cases because your games will rarely last longer than two minutes and most of the time when you do trinket, it is to save yourself from a stun.

In 3v3 Arena if you are playing a composition where you are not often the likely kill target (e.g., playing Jungle Cleave) you may be better off playing with a standard 2-minute cooldown PvP trinket so you are able to remove crowd control effects that aren't stuns when you need to peel for your team (or make aggressive plays when being peeled).

Humans also gain The Human Spirit Icon The Human Spirit, a nice stat buff which automatically follows your stat priority (i.e. increases the stats you are already deliberately stacking).

1.3.

Dark Iron Dwarf

  • Fireblood Icon Fireblood
  • Forged in Flames Icon Forged in Flames

Dark Iron Dwarf sometimes competes with Human and Night Elf for the best Alliance race purely because of Fireblood Icon Fireblood. When DoT specializations like Assassination Rogue, Feral Druid, or Unholy Death Knight are very commonly played; this racial is an excellent counter to them.

When these specializations are not commonly played, Human and Night Elf are better races.

Note that Fireblood Icon Fireblood shares a 30-second cooldown with your Verdant Gladiator's Medallion Icon Verdant Gladiator's Medallion.

2.

Best Horde Races for Survival Hunters

2.1.

Orc

  • Blood Fury Icon Blood Fury
  • Command Icon Command
  • Hardiness Icon Hardiness

Orc is the best race for Horde Survival Hunters.

Hardiness Icon Hardiness is arguably the best racial ability in the game for the Arena.

Most classes and comps will aim to kill you in a stun, and this reduces the duration of all stuns, making it more likely you will narrowly survive and be able to use Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle or Feign Death Icon Feign Death.

Particularly into specializations like Subtlety Rogue, being an orc can make you a non-viable kill target because they will not be able to apply their second and third Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot whilst still using their damage rotation.

Blood Fury Icon Blood Fury is also an automatic racial ability - macro it with Trueshot Icon Trueshot or Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram, and you will get the maximum value from the racial without changing anything about your gameplay.

Command Icon Command is a passive damage increase that is nice to have, although it is not what makes Orc the best race.

3.

Other Races

In this section is a list of the other races available, the active and racial abilities they have and any benefits they might give a Survival Hunter.

3.1.

Alliance

3.1.1.

Dwarf

  • Stoneform Icon Stoneform
  • Might of the Mountain Icon Might of the Mountain
  • Frost Resistance Icon Frost Resistance

This is similar to Dark Iron Dwarf, but the race is less useful than Fireblood Icon Fireblood - when you use either into a bleed class, the damage reduction has little value because you've already dispelled their burst, so the agility buff is worth more than the damage reduction.

Note that Stoneform Icon Stoneform shares a 30-second cooldown with your Verdant Gladiator's Medallion Icon Verdant Gladiator's Medallion

3.1.2.

Gnome

  • Escape Artist Icon Escape Artist
  • Arcane Resistance Icon Arcane Resistance
  • Expansive Mind Icon Expansive Mind
  • Nimble Fingers Icon Nimble Fingers

Gnome can be good for kiting but not much else.

3.1.3.

Draenei

  • Gift of the Naaru Icon Gift of the Naaru
  • Heroic Presence Icon Heroic Presence
  • Shadow Resistance Icon Shadow Resistance

Gift of the Naaru Icon Gift of the Naaru doesn't do enough healing to be worth it.

3.1.4.

Worgen

  • Darkflight Icon Darkflight
  • Viciousness Icon Viciousness
  • Aberration Icon Aberration

Darkflight Icon Darkflight isn't needed as hunter.

3.1.5.

Void Elf

  • Spatial Rift Icon Spatial Rift
  • Chill of Night Icon Chill of Night
  • Entropic Embrace Icon Entropic Embrace
  • Preternatural Calm Icon Preternatural Calm

The only benefit to Void Elf is that Spatial Rift Icon Spatial Rift can sometimes be a good ability to kite with.

3.1.6.

Lightforged Draenei

  • Light's Judgment Icon Light's Judgment
  • Light's Reckoning Icon Light's Reckoning
  • Holy Resistance Icon Holy Resistance
3.1.7.

Kul Tiran

  • Haymaker Icon Haymaker
  • Brush It Off Icon Brush It Off
  • Child of the Sea Icon Child of the Sea
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner Icon Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Haymaker Icon Haymaker can sometimes be used to finish kills.

3.1.8.

Mechagnome

  • Hyper Organic Light Originator Icon Hyper Organic Light Originator
  • Combat Analysis Icon Combat Analysis
  • Emergency Failsafe Icon Emergency Failsafe
Emergency Failsafe Icon Emergency Failsafe will occasionally save you.
3.1.9.

Pandaren

  • Quaking Palm Icon Quaking Palm
  • Epicurean Icon Epicurean

Quaking Palm Icon Quaking Palm is on the same diminishing return as Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap and Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot and will rarely be useful (although can be nice if you are playing Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot so you can apply the incapacitate diminishing return to peel).

3.2.

Horde

3.2.1.

Troll

  • Berserking Icon Berserking
  • Da Voodoo Shuffle Icon Da Voodoo Shuffle
  • Regeneration Icon Regeneration

Berserking Icon Berserking isn't good enough to compete with Orc's Blood Fury Icon Blood Fury and Hardiness Icon Hardiness.

3.2.2.

Tauren

  • War Stomp Icon War Stomp
  • Brawn Icon Brawn
  • Endurance Icon Endurance
  • Nature Resistance Icon Nature Resistance

You can use Warstomp to set up traps, but it's awkward to use and there are other ways you can trap already.

3.2.3.

Undead

  • Will of the Forsaken Icon Will of the Forsaken
  • Cannibalize Icon Cannibalize
  • Touch of the Grave Icon Touch of the Grave
  • Shadow Resistance Icon Shadow Resistance

Will of the Forsaken Icon Will of the Forsaken is occasionally good in certain matchups against fear classes, but being able to break fears isn't essential as a hunter, and getting out of stuns faster is more useful than being able to break some fears.

Note that this shares a 30-second cooldown with your Verdant Gladiator's Medallion Icon Verdant Gladiator's Medallion

3.2.4.

Blood Elf

  • Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent
  • Arcane Acuity Icon Arcane Acuity
  • Arcane Resistance Icon Arcane Resistance

Situations where Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent has value are very rare.

3.2.5.

Goblins

  • Rocket Jump Icon Rocket Jump
  • Rocket Barrage Icon Rocket Barrage
  • Time is Money Icon Time is Money

Rocket Jump is situationally good for kiting.

3.2.6.

Nightborne

  • Arcane Pulse Icon Arcane Pulse
  • Ancient History Icon Ancient History
  • Magical Affinity Icon Magical Affinity
  • Arcane Resistance Icon Arcane Resistance

These racials are not competitive with the other races.

3.2.7.

Highmountain Tauren

  • Bull Rush Icon Bull Rush
  • Mountaineer Icon Mountaineer
  • Rugged Tenacity Icon Rugged Tenacity

These racials are not competitive with the other races.

3.2.8.

Mag'har Orc

  • Ancestral Call Icon Ancestral Call
  • Savage Blood Icon Savage Blood
  • Sympathetic Vigor Icon Sympathetic Vigor

The pet health increase is nice, but that and the DPS gain from Ancestral Call Icon Ancestral Call are unlikely to win you arena games.

3.2.9.

Zandalari Troll

  • Regeneration Icon Regeneration
  • Embrace of the Loa Icon Embrace of the Loa

Note that Embrace of the Loa Icon Embrace of the Loa gives:

  • Embrace of Akunda - Your healing abilities have a chance to heal their target.
  • Embrace of Bwonsamdi - Your damaging abilities have a chance to deal with Shadow damage and heal you for 100% of the damage done.
  • Embrace of Gonk - Increase movement speed by 5%.
  • Embrace of Kimbul - Your damaging abilities have a chance to cause the target to bleed over 6s. This effect stacks up to 3 times.
  • Embrace of Krag'wa - Taking damage has a chance to grant you additional Health and 66 Armor.
  • Embrace of Pa'ku - Your abilities have a chance to grant you 4% critical strike for 12 seconds.

The speed buff is significant and is a nice thing to have, but Regeneration Icon Regeneration is canceled on damage and, in 3v3 particularly, is useless.

3.2.10.

Vulpera

  • Bag of Tricks Icon Bag of Tricks
  • Fire Resistance Icon Fire Resistance
  • Nose For Trouble Icon Nose For Trouble

The racials here are not good at the only reason it is ever played is because Nose For Trouble Icon Nose For Trouble is very strong into Demonology Warlocks.

3.2.11.

Pandaren

  • Quaking Palm Icon Quaking Palm
  • Epicurean Icon Epicurean

Quaking Palm Icon Quaking Palm is on the same diminishing return as Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap and Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot and will rarely be useful.

4.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 23 Mar. 2024: Guide re-written.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.2
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5
  • 09 May 2023: Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 30 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 22 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 10 Nov. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 03 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 30 Mar. 2021: No updates needed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 16 Oct. 2020: This page was checked for patch 9.0.1 and no updates were necessary.
  • 28 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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