Survival Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.0.2)
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
Alpha Predator is the best choice in this tier. This will simply increase your overall damage output.
Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents
Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents
Camouflage is the best choice in this tier if your team wants a strong opener or if you are playing 2v2 arena. This gives Survival Hunters and their team more control in the opener and prevents teams from focusing you at the beginning of the game.
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
Bloodseeker is the best choice in this tier. This talent works well with the Alpha Predator talent, as you can use Kill Command much more often when it has 2 charges. The Bloodseeker talent is an increase to your overall damage output.
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
Born To Be Wild is the best choice in this tier. This reduces the cooldown of Aspect of the Turtle and Aspect of the Cheetah and is useful for increasing your survivability. If you think you will be the primary target for the enemy team and want to kite, Posthaste is a great talent to help you do this.
Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents
Mongoose Bite is the best choice in this tier. This is a very large increase to your overall damage output. The buff you get from this spell stacks up to 5 times. You can also use Aspect of the Eagle to allow you to use Mongoose Bite from range.
Note that Mongoose Fury cannot be refreshed. It is crucial to have as many stacks, 3-5, as you can during your burst rotation.
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
Wildfire Infusion is the best choice in this tier. This gives you a variety of choices, depending on the situation. Shrapnel Bomb causes Mongoose Bite and Carve to apply a bleed that stacks up to 3 times. Pheromone Bomb makes Kill Command have a 100% chance to reset against targets hit by this bomb. Volatile Bomb deals damage and refreshes your Serpent Stings. All of the options are a significant increase to your overall damage output.
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.
Mandatory PvP Talents
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.
Tracker's Net allows you to hurl a net at your enemy, rooting them for 6 sec. While within the net, the targets chance to hit is reduced by 80%. Any damage will break the net. This is a great defensive talent with a very short cooldown. You should use this when the enemy team is using their burst cooldowns and you want to avoid incoming damage. This is a mandatory PvP talent.
Situational PvP Talents
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. You should take this PvP talent when playing against specializations like Feral Druid or Assassination Rogues.
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.
Spider Sting stings the target with potent spider venom for 4 seconds, causing their next offensive spell cast to silence the target for 4 seconds. When playing against classes that cast most of their spells (Mages, Warlocks, Elemental Shamans), this talent can be helpful. You can use it to interrupt their burst damage or crowd control.
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 Master's Call ability, 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:
- 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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