Survival Hunter playstyle and rotation guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 9th Aug, 2022
Symex Survival Hunter Author
Symex

Playstyle & Rotation

Survival Hunter Rotation:

Opener:

  1. Cast Serpent Sting.
  2. Cast Wildfire Bomb.
  3. Cast Resonating Arrow, Wild Spirits, Flayed Shot.
  4. Follow your normal rotation from there.

General Rotation without the mad bombardier tier set:

  1. Cast Serpent Sting if not applied.
  2. Cast Resonating Arrow, Wild Spirits on cooldown.
  3. Cast Coordinated assault on cooldown
  4. Cast Kill Shot on cooldown.
  5. Cast Wildfire Bomb to keep it from reaching 2 stacks or if you have a mad bombadier proc.
  6. If you have the mad bombadier 2set cast Kill command while the pheromon bomb debuff is up even if at full focus.
  7. Cast Kill Command to regen focus, but make sure you don't cap out on focus.
  8. Cast Serpent Sting in the pandemic window (3.6 seconds before it falls off).
  9. Cast Raptor Strike.

Multi-Target without the mad bombardier tier set:

  1. Cast Carve to reduce Wildfire Bombs cooldown if it won't cause you to reach 2 bomb stacks.
  2. Cast Resonating Arrow, Wild Spirits.
  3. Cast Wildfire bomb if you have a mad bombadier proc.
  4. Cast Kill command  while the pheromon bomb debuffis is up.
  5. Cast Wildfire Bomb.
  6. Cast Kill Command to regen focus, but make sure you don't cap out on focus.
  7. Cast Serpent Sting on different enemies if not active or in the 3.6-second pandeming window.
  8. Cast Raptor Strike.

Playstyle:

With the Wildfire Infusion talent

While specced into Wildfire Infusion, you want to slightly change up your rotation to account for the different effects of your other bomb effects in both single target and AoE.

Single Target

If your next Bomb is Shrapnel Bomb, you want to be at enough focus to be able to stack the bleed up three times.

If your next bomb is a Volatile Bomb, you should hold the bomb to use it to refresh your Serpent Sting once there is less than 3.6 seconds of the dot remaining.

Pheromone Bomb lets you play a little more aggressively with your focus usage due to the guaranteed Kill Command reset chance.

All of these are small ways to min-max your Wildfire Infusion damage. It is never worth staying on two charges of Wildfire Bomb to play around with Wildfire Infusions' secondary effects.

Multi-Target

In AoE, you want to play around with Shrapnel Bomb by using it one global before you are about to Carve. This will result in you being able to use 2 Carves in the duration of one Shrapnel Bomb and therefore stacking 2 Internal Bleeding stacks instead of 1.

You want to play around with Volatile Bomb by having as many Serpent Sting on different targets as possible. This will cause them to explode for additional AoE damage.

All of these are small ways to min-max your Wildfire Infusion damage. It is never worth staying on two charges of Wildfire Bomb or delaying Carve to play around with Wildfire Infusions' secondary effects.

Pet Choice

For survival, you want to play with any pet with the ferocity specialization. Not only does it make you tankier by giving you 10% leech, but it also gives you a bloodlust effect with Primal Rage.

Cunning pets also have some niche uses with Master's Call, but ferocity pets are better in most situations.

Use Petopia to find out which pets have which specialization.