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Spec Overview

Survival Hunter is currently the second best DPS class in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.It ranks #2 on our WoW DPS Tier List Unlike the other two Hunter's specializations, Survival is melee and offers unparalleled mobility for a melee character. At the same time, it has a very high single-target and AoE DPS and is one of the most well-rounded classes in World of Warcraft. Survival Hunter can also control Pets, and you can time your powerful attacks with them. Survival Hunter utilizes two-handed weapons, mainly Spears and Staves, and if you decide to min-max your build, it appears that Gnome race leads by a small margin on the DPS charts.

Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (3)ProsBest Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (4)Cons
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (5)Very high burst AoE damageBest Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (6)Hectic AoE rotation
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (7)High single-target DPSBest Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (8)You will never find a room for two Survival Hunters in a Raid party
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (9)Amazing mobility for a melee classBest Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (10)Mediocre defenses compared to other melee classes
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (11)Easy and powerful single-target rotation
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (12)Decent crowd-control

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Statistics Priority

  1. Agility - your basic attribute which increases Attack Damage and the damage of most of the Survival Hunter's abilities
  1. Haste - by far the best secondary attribute for a Survival Hunter. It increases the Attack Speed of your character and your Pet, as well as, reduces the cooldown on some of your attributes
  1. Critical Strike -grants increased chance to Critically Hit with your attacks and abilities dealing double damage
  1. Versatility - increases all your damage done, and reduces all damage taken
  1. Mastery - increases the damage you deal with abilities that cost focusand also provides moderate self-healing

The Best Talent Choices

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Level 15:
Recommended choice - Alpha Predator
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (16)Alpha Predator -which gives your Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (17)Kill Command two charges, and causes it to deal 30% increased damage. It's one of the two recommended options on this tier, while it provides the highest DPS in the hands of a more experienced player, it is slightly more difficult to master than playing withBest Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (18)Viper's Venom.
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (19)Viper's Venomis another viable choice on this tier. It gives your Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (20)Raptor Strike a chance to cause your next Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (21)Serpent Sting free and do an additional 250% damage initially. It's fairly easy to use and fits into most of the possible situations, making it a more suitable choice for general usage. Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (22)Terms of Engagement, on the other hand, increases the damage of Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (23)Harpoon and makes it generate 20 Focus over 10 seconds. It has no use in higher tier content, but can be very useful during leveling and exploring.
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Level 30:
Recommended choice - Guerrilla Tactics
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (25)Guerrilla Tactics -which causes yourBest Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (26)Wildfire Bomb to have two additional charges and deal 100% increased damage, is the best choice on this Tier. It is the best choice for both single-target DPS and when burst AoE damage is required.
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (27)Hydra's Biteshines when you can apply multiple poisons using Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (28)Serpent Sting combined with Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (29)Latent Poison. However, it has greatly reduced usability in short fights and when you have to deal with multiple targets. Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (30)Butchery is a decent AoE attack which helps you deal with multiple enemies instantaneously.
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Level 45:
Recommended choice - Natural Mending
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (32)Natural Mending -Reduces the remaining cooldown of Hunter'sBest Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (33)Exhilarationby one second for each 20 Focus you spend on abilities; This gives you on average a 30 seconds cooldown reduction. This grants very good self-healing in Raids and Mythic+ Dungeons boosting your survivability greatly
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (34)Trailblazerincreases your movement speed by 30% if you have not attacked for 3 seconds which is a nice mobility bonus between packs, but in general quite useless in actual encounters.Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (35)Camouflage grantshealing over time and puts you into stealth for one minute. It grants considerably less healing compared to Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (36)Natural Mending and is usually used in PvP builds
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Level 60:
Recommended choice - Bloodseeker
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (38)Bloodseeker - causes your Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (39)Kill Command to inflict bleeding on your target for 8 seconds, and increases your (and your Pet's) attack speed by 10% for every bleeding enemy. It is the single best pick for this Tier which is useful in all types of situations. It makes you deal considerably more damage than other Talents here, and it truly shines in fights against several targets
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (40)Steel Trapdeals a moderate amount of damage and immobilizes your target for 20 seconds. It deals way less damage than Bloodseeker, and can only be considered as a crowd-control skill. On the other hand,Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (41)A Murder of Crows has near to none usability, making it only viable during leveling and open world farming when the cooldown reset makes it a valid choice.
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Level 75:
Recommended choice - Posthaste
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (43)Posthaste -Using Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (44)Disengagewill remove all movement impairing effects and grant 50% increased movement speed for a short duration. It's our recommended Talent choice for this tier which grants decent mobility bonuses and greatly helps out with repositioning yourself.
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (45)Born to be Wild reduces the cooldowns ofAspect of the Cheetah and Aspect of the Turtle which is the best option when it comes to pure mobility.Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (46)Binding Shotis an AoE snare which lets you snare multiple enemies if they move 5 yards away from the position of the arrow. Since it is no longer an AoE stun, it has greatly reduced utility and is very situational.
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Level 90:
Recommended choice - Mongoose Bite
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (48)Mongoose Bite - replacesBest Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (49)Raptor Strikeand becomes a powerful attack that deals increased damage with each consecutive hit, stacking up to 5 times. This scales greatly with high Attack Speed/Haste making it the best pick on this tier. It works best during single-target fights.
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (50)Tip of the Spearcauses Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (51)Kill Command to increase the damage of your Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (52)Raptor Strike by 20%, stacking up to three times. Overall, a very competitive choice when it comes to DPS in both AoE and single-target fights, however, we find it more suitable with characters with slightly lower Haste Rating. Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (53)Flanking Strike makes you and your pet charge on your target dealing high burst damage. It can be found useful in Mythic+ Dungeons. It could also be used in PvP to finish off your enemies, but in general, it grants significantly less DPS than Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (54)Mongoose Bite.
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Level 100:
Recommended choice - Wildfire Infusion
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (56)Wildfire Infusion - casting Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (57)Wildfire Bomb makes your next cast have an additional effect. It grants the highest bonus DPS out of all Talents on this tier and since you can see which bonus you got, you can adjust your rotation accordingly for optimal performance.
Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (58)Birds of Preymakes your Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (59)Raptor Strike and Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (60)Carve increase the duration ofBest Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (61)Coordinated Assault by 1.5 seconds with each cast. This is the preferred choice if it comes to solely increase your single-target DPS. Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (62)Chakrams, on the other hand, is a decent AoE/cleave ability, however, because of high cost and cooldown, it's not recommended.

Basic Survival Hunter Rotation

Survival Hunter'srotation may seem complex at first because of various effects Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (63)Wildfire Infusion can have, and how it's affected by Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (64)Alpha Predator. If you have played other builds, you may see how it affects the decision making for Survival Hunters.

Use the following priority list to maximize your Single Target Damage output:

  1. Coordinated Assault should be always cast at the beginning of your fight. It's your primary offensive cooldown
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  1. Serpent Stingshould be used whenever the DoT falls off

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  1. Wildfire Bomb should be used when it's close to reaching two stacks. For additional effects when using Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (67)Wildfire Infusion you can read below
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  1. Mongoose Bitewhich is your core rotational ability. It should be heavily prioritized if you have five stacks of Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (69)Mongoose Fury
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  1. Kill Command should be used to put iton cooldown and generate extra Focus. Remember to dump it into extra casts ofBest Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (71)Mongoose Biteif you are lucky with the cooldown resets
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  1. Reapply Serpent Sting when it's about to expire
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  1. Use Wildfire Bomb when there is nothing else to do. Remember to take into consideration the extra effect
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  • Volatile Bomb refreshes your Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (76)Serpent Sting cooldown, and it should be used shortly before its DoT is about to expire or when you are about to reach two stacks of Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (77)Wildfire Bomb.Not reaching two stacks should be one of your priorities
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  • Shrapnel Bomb causes Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (80)Raptor Strike/Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (81)Mongoose Biteto inflict bleeding that can stack up to three times. It should be used if you have at least 60 Focus to make sure that you can apply all three stacks during its effect
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  • Pheromone Bomb coats enemies in Pheromones, giving your Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (84)Kill Command a 100% chance to reset cooldown when used against affected enemies. It should be used when you want to build up Focus or when there is nothing else to do in your rotation. Just make sure you dump excess Focus on Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (85)Mongoose Bite before using it
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Multiple Targets Rotation is very similar to your single-target rotation, just make sure to:
  1. Apply Serpent Sting's DoT on every enemy youare fighting
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  1. Follow up the same rules when using Wildfire Bomb, just make sure that you have both (all preferably all the other) enemies in the radius of your Wildfire Bomb
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  1. Use Carve for good AoE/cleave damage and to reduce your Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (91)Wildfire Bomb's cooldown
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  1. Use Kill Command whenever off-cooldown to generate Focus since multi-target fights are much more demanding in that matter
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Survival Hunter's offensive cooldowns:
  1. Coordinated Assault is your primary offensive cooldown and should be used whenever you engage enemies
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  1. Aspect of the Eagle increases the range of your attacks which increases your DPS in fights against multiple targets and where repositioning is required
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Survival Hunter's offensive cooldowns:
  1. Exhilaration isvery solid self-healing ability which greatly increases your survivability in Radis and Mythic+ Dungeons
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  1. Aspect of the Turtle is Survival Hunter's core defensive cooldown. It makes you immune to most attacks and abilitiesand reduces your damage taken by 30%. However, during its effect, youare unable to attack
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  1. Survival of the Fittest is a very solid defensive ability which reduces all damage taken by youand your pets by 20% for 6 seconds
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Survival Hunter's utility cooldowns:
  1. Aspect of the Cheetah grants increased movement speed. Initially, it grants a very strong burst followed by a smaller one
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  1. Feign Death allows you to drop threat from enemies and avoid some of the skills targeting you
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  1. Flare reveals stealth and invisibleenemies
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  1. Mend Pet heals your Pet for 35% of its total life
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  1. Tar Trap is a very powerful AoE slow
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  1. Muzzle interrupts spell casting and prevents spells from the same school to be cast in the next 3 seconds
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  1. Intimidation commands your Pet to stun a single-target for 5 seconds
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  1. Misdirection allows you to redirect the threat from you to a selected party member (or your pet). It is a great Raid/team utility skill which can help you manage adds
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  1. Harpoon makes you jump to your target and root it in place
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Tips and Tricks for Improving your Gameplay

  1. Learn how to manage your primary Resource - Focus. Never run on capped Focus, nor have it too low to pop in your cooldowns when needed. Excess Focus is best spent on Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (108)Mongoose Bite
  1. Make sure to understand the core mechanics of each fight and how to use your defensive cooldowns. Survival Hunter offers middling defensive capabilities for a melee class
  1. Try to never fight with two stacks of Best Survival Hunter DPS build for PvE/Raiding [BFA 8.2] (109)Wildfire Bomb, always make sure you can it regardless of your rotation whenever it's getting close
  1. Always analyze and try to improve upon your mistakes, because practice makes perfect

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END NOTE

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