Survival Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Sep 09, 2020 at 11:49 by Mysticall 1 comment

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

Level Choices
15 Viper's Venom Viper's Venom Terms of Engagement Terms of Engagement Alpha Predator Alpha Predator
30 Guerrilla Tactics Guerrilla Tactics Hydra's Bite Hydra's Bite Butchery Butchery
45 Trailblazer Trailblazer Natural Mending Natural Mending Camouflage Camouflage
60 Bloodseeker Bloodseeker Steel Trap Steel Trap A Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows
75 Born To Be Wild Born To Be Wild Posthaste Posthaste Binding Shot Binding Shot
90 Tip of the Spear Tip of the Spear Mongoose Bite Mongoose Bite Flanking Strike Flanking Strike
100 Birds of Prey Birds of Prey Wildfire Infusion Wildfire Infusion Chakrams 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 Icon Alpha Predator is the best choice in this tier. This will simply increase your overall damage output.


Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Guerrilla Tactics Icon Guerrilla Tactics is the best choice in this tier. This gives your Wildfire Bomb Icon Wildfire Bomb 2 charges and increases its initial damage. This talent increases your already strong sustained and burst damage.


Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Camouflage Icon Camouflage is the best choice in this tier. 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 60) Talents

A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows is the best choice in this tier. This is a significant increase to your burst damage.


Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Born To Be Wild Icon Born To Be Wild is the best choice in this tier. This reduces the cooldown of Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle and Aspect of the Cheetah Icon 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 Icon Posthaste is a great talent to help you do this.


Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Mongoose Bite Icon 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 Icon Aspect of the Eagle to allow you to use Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite from range.

Note that Mongoose Fury Icon 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 100) Talents

Wildfire Infusion Icon Wildfire Infusion is the best choice in this tier. This gives you a variety of choices, depending on the situation. Shrapnel Bomb Icon Shrapnel Bomb causes Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite and Carve Icon Carve to apply a bleed that stacks up to 3 times. Pheromone Bomb Icon Pheromone Bomb makes Kill Command Icon Kill Command have a 100% chance to reset against targets hit by this bomb. Volatile Bomb Icon Volatile Bomb deals damage and refreshes your Serpent Sting Icon Serpent Stings. All of the options are a significant increase to your overall damage output.


PvP Talents for Survival Hunters

The first PvP talent tier will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless Icon Relentless, and Adaptation Icon Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for removing crowd control on you that your healer cannot dispel. Normally, you should save your trinket for Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle.

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 Icon 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 Icon 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 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.

Spider Sting Icon 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.


Pet Talents

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 Icon Master's Call ability, by far the best pet ability to have. To get the Mortal Wounds Icon Mortal Wounds debuff from your pets, you will need one of the following pets:

  • Devilsaur
  • Ravager
  • Scorpid
  • Wasp


  • 09 Sep. 2020: Updated Pet Talents.
  • 20 Feb. 2020: Updated PvP Talents.
  • 28 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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