Survival Hunter PvP Rotation and Playstyle (Shadowlands / Patch 9.1)

Last updated on Jul 03, 2021 at 16:45 by Mysticall 11 comments

PvP requires you to perform various actions in the course of a duel, match, or battleground: interrupting/silencing enemies, damaging them, bursting them down, defending yourself, keeping yourself alive, etc.. It is a game mode that fully utilizes your kit, especially spells that are rarely used in PvE. On this page, we go through all the spells you need to use in PvP as a Survival Hunter, how you should use them, and we explain what your playstyle should be.

This page is part of our Survival Hunter PvP Guide.

1.

Playstyle for Survival Hunters

The main role for a Survival Hunter is simple: use your mobility to land Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Traps on the enemy healer and use your strong single-target cooldowns to burst an enemy down. Unlike other melee classes, Survival Hunters have strong crowd control and kiting abilities. This makes them very hard to kill and extremely deadly.

1.1.

How to Crowd Control

Before going into how to deal damage as a Survival Hunter, it is important to know how to crowd control the enemy team. Hunter comps rely heavily on landing Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap on the enemy healer and requires some setup. Normally, you will have a Rogue or Paladin on your team that can stun before you Freezing Trap, but here are some ways you can crowd control an enemy without help from teammates:

  1. Using Intimidation Icon Intimidation:
  2. Using Harpoon Icon Harpoon:
  3. Using Tracker's Net Icon Tracker's Net:
1.2.

Before Gates Open

Make sure to use Camouflage Icon Camouflage before the gates open if you are using this regular talent. This will guarantee an opener from you. If you are playing against a team with stealth, make sure to use Flare Icon Flare to try to reveal them.

1.3.

The Opener

The opener refers to your team's opening crowd control chain and damage done as soon as you get out of the gates. The main goal in the opener is to force your enemies to use their cooldowns. If the enemy healer uses their trinket in the opener, they are in trouble. Survival Hunters have Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap, Intimidation Icon Intimidation and Spider Sting Icon Spider Sting, which can help to this end.

This is the rotation you should use on your target at the beginning of the game.

  1. Use and maintain Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark on your primary target.
  2. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command as often as you can to generate Focus.
    • Kill Command Icon Kill Command has a 25% chance to immediately reset its cooldown. Make sure to pay attention and use Kill Command Icon Kill Command again, unless you are about to fill up your Focus bar.
  3. Use Wing Clip Icon Wing Clip to slow your main target.
  4. Use and maintain Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting on your primary target.
    • Note that the range on Serpent Sting is 40 yards. This means that if you are kiting away from enemies, you can still deal damage from ranged.
  5. Use one charge of Wildfire Infusion Icon Wildfire Infusion.
  6. Use Carve Icon Carve if the enemy team is stacked.
  7. Use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite for single-target damage and start gaining stacks of Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury.
  8. Use your burst rotation.
  9. After your burst, perform your sustained damage rotation until your burst cooldowns are available.
2.

Offensive Rotation

2.1.

Burst Damage

When you have the enemy healer in crowd control and you are trying to kill an enemy, you use your burst damage.

The great part about Survival Hunters is that most of your burst comes from on-demand cooldowns and does not require Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury stacks when you start.

  1. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command.
  2. Use Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting.
  3. Use Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow if you are Kyrian to increase your damage against targets inside the area.
  4. Use Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot if you are Venthyr.
  5. Use A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows if you are talented into it.
  6. Use Chimaeral Sting Icon Chimaeral Sting if you are using this PvP talent.
  7. Use Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault.
  8. Use a charge of any bomb from your Wildfire Infusion Icon Wildfire Infusion talent.
    • Important Note: These bombs can break crowd control if the enemy healer is close by. You can skip using your Wildfire Infusion Icon Wildfire Infusion bombs if it can potentially break crowd control. Use it later in your burst rotation.
  9. If your Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb gives you Pheromone Bomb Icon Pheromone Bomb, use it and do the following:
  10. Use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite.
  11. Use Carve Icon Carve if the enemy team is stacked.
  12. Use your second charge of Wildfire Infusion Icon Wildfire Infusion, if you have it.
  13. Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle is not required for your burst rotation unless the enemy team is doing a great job at kiting your damage.
  14. Use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite.
  15. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command as soon as it is off cooldown.
  16. Keep using Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite for stacks of Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury.
  17. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command.
  18. Refresh Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting.
  19. Use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite.
  20. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command.
  21. Use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite.
  22. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command.
  23. Use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite.
  24. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot if your enemy is below 20% health.
2.2.

Sustained damage

Sustained damage is damage you do when your burst cooldowns are not available.

  1. Use and maintain Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark on your primary target.
  2. Use Wing Clip Icon Wing Clip to keep your main target slowed.
  3. Use Tar Trap Icon Tar Trap to slow entire teams and to help you land a Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap easier.
    • You can also use Harpoon Icon Harpoon to help you land the trap.
  4. Use Kill Command Icon Kill Command as often as you can to generate Focus.
    • Kill Command Icon Kill Command has a 25% chance to immediately reset its cooldown. Make sure to pay attention and use Kill Command Icon Kill Command again, unless you are about to fill up your Focus bar.
  5. Use and maintain Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Sting on your primary target.
  6. Use Chimaeral Sting Icon Chimaeral Sting if you are using this PvP talent.
  7. Use Carve Icon Carve if the enemy team is stacked.
  8. Depending on the situation, use Wildfire Infusion Icon Wildfire Infusion.
  9. Use Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow if you are Kyrian to increase your damage against targets inside the area.
  10. Use Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot if you are Venthyr.
  11. Use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite and start gaining stacks of Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury.
  12. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot if your enemy is below 20% health.
3.

Defensive Techniques

Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle is our main defensive cooldown. Use this when the enemy team is focusing you down and your healer can not heal you through the damage or is stuck in crowd control. Although you can not attack with this cooldown active, you still have the ability to trap. Using this to ignore incoming attacks and use Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap on an enemy healer could be crucial.

Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration is a very strong instant heal. Try to stagger Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle and Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration and you will be very hard to kill.

Roar of Sacrifice Icon Roar of Sacrifice is a great utility ability for you or your teammates. This makes the teammate you use this on immune to Critical Strikes by spells and transfers 20% of the damage they are taking to your pet. Use this when the enemy team is using their cooldowns on a teammate or yourself and when not many defensive cooldowns are available.

Master's Call Icon Master's Call removed all roots and snares on your target and makes them immune to these for 4 seconds. This can be used on you or your teammates and is best used when your team needs to kite away from enemies.

Tracker's Net Icon Tracker's Net will mostly be used for landing a trap on an enemy, but it can be used to kite enemy players when you are in trouble.

Mending Bandage Icon Mending Bandage instantly clears all bleeds, poisons and diseases from your target, and heals for 30% damage over 6 sec. Being attacked will stop you from using Mending Bandage Icon Mending Bandage. You should take this PvP talent when playing against specializations like Feral Druid or Assassination Rogues.

Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics causes Feign Death Icon Feign Death to remove all harmful magical effects, and reduces damage taken by 99% for 1.5 seconds. This is a mandatory talent when playing against classes with multiple DoTs (Affliction Warlock, Shadow Priest, Balance Druid). This reduces the enemies' overall damage and helps your healer with dispelling harmful effects. You can also use this to stop incoming spells that are being cast on you.

Scare Beast Icon Scare Beast is a unique ability that allows you to fear beasts. This can be used on Hunter pets and also on Druids that are in their forms. Keep this in mind when you are playing against a Feral Druid who is primarily in Cat Form Icon Cat Form.

4.

Macros

It is advised to use Macros to use abilities on enemies or allies without having to target them. For this reason, we have a page dedicated to them.

5.

Changelog

  • 03 Jul. 2021: Updated Burst and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 30 Mar. 2021: No updates needed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 05 Dec. 2020: Updated Rotations to include Covenant Abilities.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
  • 16 Oct. 2020: Added How to Crowd Control section.
    • Updated all Damage Rotation section.
    • Updated Defensive section.
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