Survival Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.2.5)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Survival Hunter and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Survival Hunter PvP Guide.
Talent Choices for Survival Hunters
|15||✔ Viper's Venom||✘ Terms of Engagement||? Alpha Predator|
|25||✔ Guerrilla Tactics||✘ Hydra's Bite||✘ Butchery|
|30||✘ Trailblazer||? Natural Mending||✔ Camouflage|
|35||✘ Bloodseeker||✔ Steel Trap||✘ A Murder of Crows|
|40||✔ Born To Be Wild||✔ Posthaste||✘ Binding Shot|
|45||✘ Tip of the Spear||✘ Mongoose Bite||✔ Flanking Strike|
|50||✘ Birds of Prey||✘ Wildfire Infusion||✔ Chakrams|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents
Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
Steel Trap is the best option in this tier. It is an extremely useful CC that also can be used to deal damage in some situations. We talk more about it in our Rotation and Playstyle section.
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
Posthaste is always chosen for this tier, providing additional mobility and a way to break slows, snares, and roots on a regular basis.
Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents
Tip of the Spear is ideal here, providing the best damage with no extra buttons in your kit.
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
Wildfire Infusion is the best choice in this tier, providing substantial benefits to your bombs with no extra buttons added to your kit.
PvP Talents for Survival Hunters
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.
Primary PvP Talents for Survival Hunters
Roar of Sacrifice instructs your pet to protect a friendly target from critical strikes, making attacks against that target unable to be critical strikes, but 20% of all damage taken by that target is also taken by the pet. It lasts 12 seconds and this is a powerful defensive cooldown that is helpful for you and your teammates. With a cooldown of only 1 minute, this is an ability that your healer can call-out to use if they are stuck in crowd control. This is a mandatory PvP talent.
Situational PvP Talents for Survival Hunters
Survival Tactics causes 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. This is a mandatory talent when playing against a DoT class.
Chimaeral Sting does offer an interesting range of effects. When used, this will apply a slow, then a silence, then a damage/healing reduction on your target. This could be used if your team wants to focus a healer or caster for most of the game. Use this during your burst rotation.
Mending Bandage instantly clears all bleeds, poisons, and diseases from your target, and heals for 30% damage over 6 seconds. Being attacked will stop you from using Mending Bandage. You should consider this PvP talent when playing against specializations like Feral Druids or Assassination Rogues, or if you are against another Venthyr Hunter as you can clear Flayed Shot using this ability.
Never ever take Sticky Tar, as it is bugged and can lead to DPS increases for the enemy team.
Pets do not have talent trees, and instead have their own types of specialization (Cunning, Ferocity, or Tenacity).
Each specialization gives your pet a few abilities. Cunning provides the ability Master's Call, by far the best pet ability to have. To get the Mortal Wounds debuff from your pets, you will need one of the following pets:
You can also use a Ferocity pet which grants 10% Leech if you are not comfortable using Master's Call, though we highly recommend it:
- Carrion Bird
- 29 Jul. 2022: Reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
- 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
- 22 Feb. 2022: Updated the recommended talents.
- 10 Nov. 2021: Updated Tier 6 Regular Talent.
- Updated PvP Talents.
- 03 Jul. 2021: Updated PvP Talents.
- 30 Mar. 2021: No updates needed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 16 Oct. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
- Updated Tiers 3 and 4 Regular Talents.
- Updated PvP Talents.
- 09 Sep. 2020: Updated Pet Talents.
- 20 Feb. 2020: Updated PvP Talents.
- 28 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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