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Survival Hunter Overview
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Rotation & Abilities
With the onset of Legion, Survival is a brand new spec, moving from a ranged spec with increased elemental damage compared to other hunter specs, to now being a melee class that relies on a mixture of pet damage, melee weapon damage and a revamped set of traps. Focus remains the primary resource for SV hunters for most special weapon attacks and pet attacks, though SV no longer has any active regeneration, but instead relies on higher passive regen and weaving in focus-free traps. Survival has reasonably good Single Target options, strong burst AoE through talents, and can be one of the more mobile melee specs when talented into
along with the new
Changes in patch 7.2
In Patch 7.2, Survival Hunters are receiving five new artifact weapon traits, and all previously existing artifact weapon traits that could be upgraded three times now can be upgraded a maximum of 4 times. Perhaps the most noticeable change for those playing Survival will be new spell animations and sounds. Check out the
section of this guide for more information on those new traits.
New and Changed Legendaries
New crafted legendary gloves.
Roots of Shaladrassil
now has additional Critical Strike rating.
The Shadow Hunter's Voodoo Mask
now has additional Critical Strike rating.
now grants a bonus 2% Haste and 10% movement speed at all times, which increases to 25% Haste and 70% movement speed when proc'ed.
Artifact Trait Changes
Acuity of the Unseen Path
- Increases damage by 10% and Stamina by 10%.
Jaws of the Mongoose
- Increases the critical strike damage of Mongoose Bite by 5%.
- When Talon Strike triggers, your pet immediately attacks 2 times.
Echoes of Ohn'ara
- Flanking Strike has a 10% chance to summon the spirit of Ohn'ara to smite your foe for (1000% of Attack power) Nature damage.
What Makes Survival Special
After years of working with
, one of the strongest hunter NPCs in World of Warcraft, hunters finally have a chance to take a similar fighting style with the change of Survival as the first playable Melee Hunter spec. We can now fight right beside our pets, even timing some abilities with our pets to simultaneously attack an enemy from both sides.
While all hunters feel a calling to the wild, some serve as a reflection of its brutality. To them, the hunt is defined by unrelenting ferocity, where survival means facing one’s enemy eye-to-eye . . . and is always accompanied by merciless bloodshed. Weapons of great range are abandoned for instruments of close-quarters combat. Survival hunters are instinctive and crafty on the prowl, employing loyal beasts and laying deceptive traps to see their enemies undone. For these hunters know that to truly understand what it means to survive, one must first become familiar with the cruel face of death.
All races, including Gnomes, can play Hunters.
Survival Hunters are now melee; they favor two-handed weapons such as polearms, 2H axes and swords.
Iconic Survival Hunter abilities:
Mastery: Hunting Companion
: Your pet's attacks have a 2.0% chance to grant you an additional charge of Mongoose Bite.
Not sure what race to play? Below is a breakdown of each race for this spec among players with updated
. Data is updated once per week.
Hunters have numerous vanity glyphs:
Glyph of Stellar Flare
Glyph of the Goblin Anti-Grav Flare
modify your flare,
Glyph of Arachnophobia
summons spiders with Dire Beast, and
Glyph of the Skullseye
Glyph of the Bullseye
modify Hunter's Mark.
They can equip the legendary weapons
Thori'dal, the Stars' Fury
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
All of these items are sold by
in Sholazar Basin except for Fireworks, which is
Pet Training Manual: Play Dead
Fireworks Instruction Manual
The Art of Concealment
Aspect of the Chameleon
Pet Training Manual: Fetch
: effect of old Glyph of Aspects
How to Use This Guide
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Follow the database links for more detailed information on spells and items. Our spell pages include many technical details as well as a log of changes for each data build and recent hotfixes.
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