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.
Stat Priorities start with:
Haste > Mastery > Critical Strike > Versatility
Until Mastery is > around 12.5%, then switch to:
Haste > Critical Strike > Versatility > Mastery
However, unlike most other specs, SV hunters don't benefit from traditional min/maxing of 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 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.
Tier 20 set:
Storm Relic -
Iron Relic -
Blood Relic -
For AoE fights,
is a very strong option, if you have it available. will work best on AoE fights, so for single targets you may be able to find a strong option from mythic+ dungeons or even world quests.
- Haste over Crit
- Mastery over Haste
- Haste over Versatility
Having both Haste rings will be a huge DPS increase. Using
in the place of one of them is also a great option in the case that you can get consistent interrupts to proc the legendary effect.
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 on AoE fights, 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.
are the best defensive legendaries, granting you a very powerful self-heal on a short cooldown and 25% max health, respectively.
Of the new Legendaries in patch 7.2.5,
can provide a good AoE bonus, and allows you to keep up extra single target damage while using your AoE burst.
also gives a primarily AoE focused buff, as
isn't one of our better abilities in single target. It's still worth using if you don't have anything better, but doesn't give the best possible buffs.
- 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. This is a good choice for cleave fights, but doesn't increase your
damage quite as much as you might expect.
- Useful when single-target burst is required on newly spawning enemies, but very underwhelming in most cases. A strong, but situational Legendary.
- Decent increase in Focus gain. If you're running into Focus issues while using
, these boots can help a bit.
- A strong defensive legendary with lots of three great stats for us. Not a first choice, but decent if you don't have anything better, or if your group is struggling with healing.
- 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.
- With the increased stats in patch 7.2, this can be a decent legendary if you don't have better options, but requires raid planning to make sure you can get enough interrupts to take advantage of the proc.
- 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. This is the top choice for AoE fights with a priority target, and is a fairly good choice on nearly all fights in Nighthold.
- Crafted legendary gloves. The legendary ability on these isn't going to provide much of any gain for instance PvE content. However, these have good stats, and the three gem slots lets you customize the stats, or just pile on more Haste.
New Legendaries in Patch 7.2.5
- Grants you the talent
, allowing you to take another talent from that tier in addition.
Gain 10% increased Critical Strike chance against enemies burning from your
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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