Survival Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (Dragonflight 10.2.7)

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

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.

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Best Dragonflight Talent Builds for Survival Hunters

Note that these builds are generic recommendations for arena. There are multiple viable Survival builds and tweaks that are very powerful in certain matchups. A description of each talent point is below.

2.

Dragonflight PvP Talent Builds for Survival Hunters in Arena

High Mobility (Spearhead build) High Mongoose Bite (Spear Focus build)
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High Mobility Talent Build for Survival Hunters

This build has mobility and burst from Spearhead Icon Spearhead.

This build loses some consistent damage from Spear Focus Icon Spear Focus and Ferocity Icon Ferocity.

Use this build in matchups where you feel that you would get value from the mobility of Spearhead Icon Spearhead.

Swap Bombardier Icon Bombardier for Birds of Prey Icon Birds of Prey if you need more cleave damage.

In games where cleave damage would be useful, you can change Poison Injection Icon Poison Injection for Hydra's Bite Icon Hydra's Bite for more aoe damage. An example of this would be playing into a Demonology Warlock where you can combo this with a Ferocity pet for leech via Predator's Thirst Icon Predator's Thirst.

In games where you feel an undispellable root would be valuable, take a point out of Arctic Bola Icon Arctic Bola and Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot to take a point in Serrated Shots Icon Serrated Shots and Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap (although most of the time you would not do this because Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot deals a lot of burst damage).

Note that you are still able to root enemies with Entrapment Icon Entrapment.

Be sure to make use of the 'Copy Export String' button to import the best build directly into your game!

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High Mongoose Bite Talent Build for Survival Hunters

This build has high Mongoose Bite damage from Spear Focus Icon Spear Focus which will help your overall damage as well as increase your burst damage when dumping focus. This build also adds consistent damage through Ferocity Icon Ferocity.

This build loses the mobility and some of the burst potential from Spearhead Icon Spearhead.

Use Bombardier Icon Bombardier in matchups where single target damage is preferred, but swap that for Birds of Prey Icon Birds of Prey when cleave damage would be useful.

In games where cleave damage would still be useful, you can change Poison Injection Icon Poison Injection for Hydra's Bite Icon Hydra's Bite for more aoe damage. An example of this would be playing into a Demonology Warlock where you can combo this with a Ferocity pet for leech via Predator's Thirst Icon Predator's Thirst.

In games where you feel an undispellable root would be valuable, take a point out of Arctic Bola Icon Arctic Bola and Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot to take a point in Serrated Shots Icon Serrated Shots and Steel Trap Icon Steel Trap (although most of the time you would not do this because Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot deals a lot of burst damage).

Note that you are still able to root enemies with Entrapment Icon Entrapment.

Be sure to make use of the 'Copy Export String' button to import the best build directly into your game!

5.

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 and matchups than others.

Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics is mandatory in almost all matchups, and the others can be replaced based on your team's composition, preference, and strategy.

5.1.

Powerful PvP Talents for Survival Hunters

Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics is the best overall PvP Talent. It turns Feign Death Icon Feign Death into your best defensive ability by negating damage for three seconds. This talent is very powerful into burst specializations when timed correctly. When facing specialisations that do not have spiky damage (for example Affliction Warlock), there are likely better options.

Chimaeral Sting Icon Chimaeral Sting is a versatile ability that can be used in many ways, for example:

  • To silence an enemy healer while bursting their partner (note that it does damage on application, and the silence only applies after 3 seconds, so you cannot chimaeral sting during or immediately after a trap)
  • To silence a healer before swapping to them (particularly good against priests as they cannot use Pain Suppression Icon Pain Suppression when silenced, when they would been able to if you swapped with Intimidation Icon Intimidation)
  • To peel a DPS on their go (for example, use Chimaeral Sting on a Mage when they cast Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath; they will still be able to Polymorph Icon Polymorph your healer, but will be silenced immediately afterward and not be able to capitalize on the Polymorph, or to cancel a Shaman's Lightning Lasso Icon Lightning Lasso when you know it is coming)
  • To cancel a Restoration Druid's Tranquility Icon Tranquility by casting Chimaeral Sting before they use it
  • To deny a healer's trinket by casting Chimaeral Sting when they are stunned (when they trinket the stun, they are instantly silenced)
  • To apply a powerful slow to a melee DPS when you have no other options

Mending Bandage Icon Mending Bandage is a powerful talent specifically into Feral Druids and Assassination Rogues. Use this to dispel bleeds and poisons from your party when they are stunned, or use it on yourself when you have high bleeds on yourself and are not stunned. Particular effects you will want to remove are Deathmark Icon Deathmark and Feral Frenzy Icon Feral Frenzy.

Tracker's Net Icon Tracker's Net is a situationally powerful crowd control on melee DPS. Use this when there is a melee on the other team that you do not intend to kill (as any damage over time effect will break the root) that doesn't have many root-breaking abilities available.

Sticky Tar Bomb Icon Sticky Tar Bomb is another powerful crowd control for melee DPS but is more versatile than Tracker's Net. Use this into any melee that requires a weapon (or Marksmanship/Beast Mastery Hunters) to counter their burst abilities. You can also use this ability to stop an Arms Warrior from being able to parry attacks during Die by the Sword Icon Die by the Sword, or to stop a Windwalker monk from being able to use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury during Serenity Icon Serenity.

Tranquilizing Darts Icon Tranquilizing Darts is a very powerful talent into Restoration Druids specifically (especially if they are playing with caster DPS or Demon Hunters who you can interrupt Counter Shot Icon Counter Shot for the maximum benefit) but has little value in other specializations. You should press Tranquilizing Shot Icon Tranquilizing Shot after Restoration Druids press Overgrowth Icon Overgrowth or Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend when using this talent.

Diamond Ice Icon Diamond Ice makes your Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap undispellable but reduces the duration and makes the target immune to all spells while active. This is useful:

  • Against Shadow Priests, Demon Hunters, and Affliction/Destruction Warlocks that are otherwise able to dispel your Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap
  • To crowd control DPS players without the healer being able to dispel the trap
  • To keep a target at low health (you can trap a target at low health and swap to another enemy, and their healer will not be able to recover the target's health during the trap). This is a strategy that is particularly effective in 2v2 arena

Interlope Icon Interlope is powerful into casters and hunters. You can Interlope Icon Interlope your healer when they are stunned, to eat an enemy Hunter's Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap or use it on yourself/your team to absorb spell casts. The pet positioning requirement of this spell can make it awkward to use, but when used properly, it is a very powerful defensive talent. (Remember that you need to talent into Misdirection Icon Misdirection to use this!)

5.2.

Niche or rarely used PvP Talents for Survival Hunters

Hunting Pack Icon Hunting Pack is a mobility talent that vastly reduces the cooldown of Aspect of the Cheetah Icon Aspect of the Cheetah and applies its buff to your teammates but requires your teammates to be within 15 yards. There are better talents available to you in most cases but this is occasionally worth taking.

Wild Kingdom Icon Wild Kingdom will help you keep your pet alive. With proper positioning of your pet and using Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet and Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration properly, your pet should not die often. Remember that if your team already has a Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike effect, you can use a Mechanical family pet, which will be significantly more tanky than a regular pet anyway.

6.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Added Season 4 meta talent builds.
  • 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
  • 11 Jul. 2023: Updated the Talent Build.
  • 09 May 2023: Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 30 Jan. 2023: Updated the recommended talent build.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 22 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 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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