Survival Hunter Gear Recommendations
This section of the Survival Hunter guide covers everything about Gear: stat priorities, gear recommendations from dungeons and raids, and legendary item rankings. This guide is written by
the Thrill of the Wild
the Hunting Party Podcast
. Updated for the latest patch.
Rotation & Abilities
Gear and Stat Prioritization
Survival Hunters use Agility Mail gear.
The most used Stat Priority for SV hunters is:
Agility > Haste > Critical Strike > Versatility > Mastery
However, unlike most other specs, SV hunters don't benefit from min/maxing their stats. That is to say, you'll never want to take all Haste/Crit gear at the cost of not having any Versatility/Mastery gear. Instead, SV hunters do best when they have similar amounts of each stat, with a slight preference for Haste over the other secondary stats. Regardless, Agility will always be more important than any secondary stats, and Weapon Damage will be our most important attribute. As such, Ilvl increases will, in most cases, be better than secondary stat prioritization.
Critical Strike: grants you and your pet a chance to deal double damage on each attack at a rate of 1% per 350 crit rating.
: provides a chance on every pet attack to restore one charge of Mongoose Bite at a rate of 1% per 800 mastery rating.
Haste: Increases your and your pets auto attack speeds and Focus regeneration rates and reduces the cooldowns of some abilities at a rate of 1% per 325 haste rating.
Versatility increases all the damage you do at a rate of 1% per 400 versatility rating, and reduces all damage taken at a rate of 1% per 800 versatility rating.
When to start using Set Bonuses & How they affect each rotation
's tier 19 set is the
. Set bonuses for Survival are as follows:
now has 3 times the normal chance to trigger
reaches 6 applications, you gain 20% increased damage to all abilities for 10 sec.
Both set bonuses can have a large effect on your DPS.
will give you a 60% - 100% chance at gaining an extra charge of Mongoose Bite, depending on how much mastery you have on your gear. The only time this will affect your rotation is if you're close to the end of
, and you have no charges of
moves up in your priority list. This becomes even more important with
, failing to get to 6 stacks of
costs you a large DPS buff. Other than that,
shouldn't affect your rotation too much if you're performing it optimally. Keeping Damage over Time effects at close to 100% up-time will be more important, but should be part of learning the rotation regardless of the set bonuses.
Recommended Gear from
Because of the possibility to get gear that is Titanforged, Warforged, has a socket, or some combination of the three, there's no sense in calling anything a best-in-slot list. Furthermore, if you've been unlucky with Legendaries, you might need to completely re-evaluate which 4 of the 6 possible tier pieces you'll be able to use. As agility is more valuable than any secondary stat, and no secondary stat is significantly better than any other secondary stat, you can generally go for the highest ilvl increase during progression.
If you're also playing Marksmanship, or Beast Mastery, you may find it helpful to seek more mastery on your gear, as those specs hurt severely without lots of mastery, though it may be best to start collecting a second set of gear, at least in some slots, to balance out the different needs. It's also possible to select your talents based on what stats you have on your gear, as some talents will benefit more from different stats.
Legendaries & How they affect each rotation
The most powerful legendary item you can get your hands on is
, by a long shot.
provides a strong option for a second legendary, with a good on-use ability and a solid chunk of stats.
provides a huge DPS boost for both sustained AoE and burst AoE/add waves, but has little single target use.
is the only other legendary that can yield a noticeable increase in damage, and only on fights with multiple enemies.
are the best defensive legendaries, granting you a very powerful self-heal on a short cooldown and 25% max health, respectively. That said, due to legendary items' high item level, you will likely want to equip any orange item you can get your hands on.
- These bracers allow you to use
every 60 seconds (or even less, depending on your artifact progress). This means you can have
up for every second salve of
s. Paired with Fury of the Eagle and the Aspect of the Skylord artifact trait, this item makes for a very powerful DPS increase. Additionally, the cooldowns of both
are also cut in half. Definitely the most powerful Legendary you can get your hands on.
- Allows you to have the
debuff on multiple enemies. Great for cleave fights, especially in conjunction with the
- Very useful when single-target burst is required on newly spawning enemies, such as
s during the Socrethar the Eternal encounter in
. A strong, but situational Legendary.
- Decent increase in Focus gain. If you're running into Focus issues while using
, these boots might be just what you need!
- A very strong defensive legendary that doesn't affect your DPS rotation.
- Strong self-heal for encounters where you do not have to move a lot. Given the fact that Survival is a melee specialization, the buff from these legs probably won't have a great uptime.
- Gives you a nice sprint when you
an enemy. Not very useful.
- Grants you a nice self heal on a short cooldown.
- Good stats and a strong on-use damaging ability.
- Very strong AoE buff that feels good, in that it rewards you for performing your rotation well.
Finding Gear on Wowhead
From simple recommendations to advanced filters, Wowhead can help you find the gear you want.
is a great way to search for gear if you are new to Wowhead's filtering system.
Choose what item category, gear slot, and class specialization you're interested in, and it will return results for you. You can further narrow it down by source--including gear from LFR and heroic dungeons.
You can find the Item Finder via Tools > Item Finder or Database > Items > Item Finder.
returns personalized gear suggestions for you and shows which content has the most upgrades.
Simply load up the
with you preferred character and it will list gear recommendations in a 20 ilvl range for you. It will also list how many gear upgrades each boss has so you can plan out bonus rolls. Finally, the character planner will perform an audit and let you know if you have any missing enchants, glyphs, or gems.
If you have a character in our
which is great for tracking vanity collections and viewing your character in our 3D modelviewer, you can click on the "Planner" button in the header to access the tool. If you don't, you can just enter your information in at Tools > Character Planner.
Wowhead utilizes a powerful system of item filters to narrow down the gear you need.
, you can enter in some basic options at the top--the name of the item, its item level, the level the players needs to be. The "Usable by" dropdowns cover factions, class, and role.
The dropdown menu right above "Stat Weights" opens to display a variety of advanced options. These cover the following:
General item info such as Added in Expansion/Patch, BoE/BoP, Unique-Equipped, Class-Specific.
Stats: All primary stats, secondary stats, defensive stats, and weapon stats.
Source: All in-game sources, ranging from raid difficulties to the Black Market Auction House to sold by a vendor.
Miscellaneous: Many of these filters are not relevant to equippable gear such as Crafting Reagents and Toys, but you can filter for items that are currently obtainable.
Once you've selected a filter from the menu, click on Apply filter for search results. You can repeat the process to filter for multiple criteria at once--for example, Agility gear that is found in Mythic Foundry.
Over on the right-hand side of the page, you can select a particular Gear Slot or Quality to narrow results even further.
Finally, you can quickly view a subset of items at once using the Database Menus. Head to Database > Items and mouseover the Weapon and Armor options for quick links to gear arranged by armor type and slot.
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