Survival Hunter talents guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 9th Aug, 2022
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Recommended Talents

Survival Hunter Viper's Venom Talent
Survival Hunter Terms of Engagement Talent
Survival Hunter Alpha Predator Talent
Survival Hunter Guerrilla Tactics Talent
Survival Hunter Hydra's Bite Talent
Survival Hunter Butchery Talent
Survival Hunter Trailblazer Talent
Survival Hunter Natural Mending Talent
Survival Hunter Camouflage Talent
Survival Hunter Bloodseeker Talent
Survival Hunter Steel Trap Talent
Survival Hunter A Murder of Crows Talent
Survival Hunter Born To Be Wild Talent
Survival Hunter Posthaste Talent
Survival Hunter Binding Shot Talent
Survival Hunter Tip of the Spear Talent
Survival Hunter Mongoose Bite Talent
Survival Hunter Flanking Strike Talent
Survival Hunter Birds of Prey Talent
Survival Hunter Wildfire Infusion Talent
Survival Hunter Chakrams Talent

Recommended Single Target Raiding Build for Survival Hunters

Survival Hunter Viper's Venom Talent
Survival Hunter Terms of Engagement Talent
Survival Hunter Alpha Predator Talent
Survival Hunter Guerrilla Tactics Talent
Survival Hunter Hydra's Bite Talent
Survival Hunter Butchery Talent
Survival Hunter Trailblazer Talent
Survival Hunter Natural Mending Talent
Survival Hunter Camouflage Talent
Survival Hunter Bloodseeker Talent
Survival Hunter Steel Trap Talent
Survival Hunter A Murder of Crows Talent
Survival Hunter Born To Be Wild Talent
Survival Hunter Posthaste Talent
Survival Hunter Binding Shot Talent
Survival Hunter Tip of the Spear Talent
Survival Hunter Mongoose Bite Talent
Survival Hunter Flanking Strike Talent
Survival Hunter Birds of Prey Talent
Survival Hunter Wildfire Infusion Talent
Survival Hunter Chakrams Talent

Recommended AoE / Cleave Raiding Build for Survival Hunters

Survival Hunter Viper's Venom Talent
Survival Hunter Terms of Engagement Talent
Survival Hunter Alpha Predator Talent
Survival Hunter Guerrilla Tactics Talent
Survival Hunter Hydra's Bite Talent
Survival Hunter Butchery Talent
Survival Hunter Trailblazer Talent
Survival Hunter Natural Mending Talent
Survival Hunter Camouflage Talent
Survival Hunter Bloodseeker Talent
Survival Hunter Steel Trap Talent
Survival Hunter A Murder of Crows Talent
Survival Hunter Born To Be Wild Talent
Survival Hunter Posthaste Talent
Survival Hunter Binding Shot Talent
Survival Hunter Tip of the Spear Talent
Survival Hunter Mongoose Bite Talent
Survival Hunter Flanking Strike Talent
Survival Hunter Birds of Prey Talent
Survival Hunter Wildfire Infusion Talent
Survival Hunter Chakrams Talent

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

Raid Bosses

Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

Survival Hunter Viper's Venom TalentViper's VenomPassive
Survival Hunter Terms of Engagement TalentTerms of EngagementPassive
Survival Hunter Alpha Predator TalentAlpha PredatorPassive

Viper's Venom gives your Raptor Strike a chance to make your next Serpent Sting cost no focus and increases its initial hit dmg by 250%.

Terms of Engagement changes Harpoon into a DPS ability which applies a bleed, restores 20 focus over 10 seconds, and has the additional effect of resetting harpoon's cooldown if anything nearby dies.

This talent is under-tuned and very clunky to use due to the harpoon having a minimum range.

Alpha Predator increases Kill Commands' damage by 30% on top of giving it a second charge which smoothes out survivals rotation with the added bonus, making your rotation a lot more forgiving. This is your best talent in this row if you are not playing the trapping build.

Raiding: Alpha Predator

Mythic+: Alpha Predator

Tier 2 (25)

Survival Hunter Guerrilla Tactics TalentGuerrilla TacticsPassive
Survival Hunter Hydra's Bite TalentHydra's BitePassive
Survival Hunter Butchery TalentButcheryInstant

Guerrilla Tactics is the best overall talent in this row for both m+, raid, and even PVP. This talent makes your rotation a lot less clunky due to it letting you slightly hold bombs. This talent also synergizes well with your Wildfire Infusion talent and the Flame Infusion conduit.

Butchery changes your Carve into a harder-hitting AoE spender, which still reduces the cooldown of your Wildfire Bomb. Unfortunately, this talent is under tuned and performs badly even with the Butcher's Bone Fragments legendary.

Hydra's Bite increases your Serpent Sting damage by 20%, and Serpent Sting now fires 2 additional Serpent Sting on 2 nearby targets. Unfortunately, this talent is under-tuned and performs badly even with Viper's Venom talent.

Raiding: Guerrilla Tactics

Mythic+: Guerrilla Tactics

Tier 3 (30)

Survival Hunter Trailblazer TalentTrailblazerPassive
Survival Hunter Natural Mending TalentNatural MendingPassive
Survival Hunter Camouflage TalentCamouflageInstant

Trailblazer gives you a buff that increases your movement speed by 30% if you didn't attack in the last 3 seconds. This talent is generally pretty niche and only sees play on bosses with intermissions where the boss is untargetable, and there's nothing to hit for extended periods of time.

Natural Mending reduces your Exhilaration cooldown by 1 second for every 20 focus you spend. This is your go-to raiding talent, and it can also be used in m+ if you don't plan on going for any skips.

Camouflage give you a stealth for 1 minute while healing you for 2% of your max health every second. This can only be used while out of combat, so it has little to no use in raids, but it is your go-to m+ talent for skips.

Raiding: Natural Mending / Trailblazer

Mythic+: Camouflage / Natural Mending

Tier 4 (35)

Survival Hunter Bloodseeker TalentBloodseekerPassive
Survival Hunter Steel Trap TalentSteel TrapInstant
Survival Hunter A Murder of Crows TalentA Murder of CrowsInstant

Bloodseeker passively makes your Kill Command apply a bleed to targets hit and increases your auto attack speed by 10% for every bleeding enemy around you. It is worth noting that the passive attack speed can be any bleed, including Wildfire Infusions Internal Bleeding or even bleeds from other specs such as Guardian druids Thrash or rogues Garrote.

This is the best talent in this row.

Steel Trap hurls a damaging trap which roots and bleeds enemies hit by it.

A Murder of Crows summons a flock of crows to your target, which damages your target over 15 seconds. If your target dies while affected by A Murder of Crows, the cooldown is reset.

Unfortunately, this talent is very under-tuned, so it is never worth playing.

Raiding: Bloodseeker

Mythic+: Bloodseeker

Tier 5 (40)

Survival Hunter Born To Be Wild TalentBorn To Be WildPassive
Survival Hunter Posthaste TalentPosthastePassive
Survival Hunter Binding Shot TalentBinding ShotInstant

Born To Be Wild is a niche talent that reduces the cooldown of your Aspect of the Turtle, Aspect of the Cheetah, and Aspect of the Eagle by 20%, which let them sometimes line up with raid mechanics better.

Posthaste makes Disengage free you from all slows and roots and increases your movement speed by 50% after casting it. This talent massively increases your mobility and is, therefore, your best raiding talent in this row.

Binding Shot fires down an arrow that roots all targets trying to escape the 5-yard zone for 8 seconds. While Binding Shot has some niche uses in raids, this talent really shines in m+ and is, therefore, a must-have for it.

Raiding: Posthaste

Mythic+: Binding Shot

Tier 6 (45)

Survival Hunter Tip of the Spear TalentTip of the SpearPassive
Survival Hunter Mongoose Bite TalentMongoose BiteInstant
Survival Hunter Flanking Strike TalentFlanking StrikeInstant

Tip of the Spear increases Raptor Strikes damage by 20% for each Kill Command cast, stacking up to 3 times. This is your best talent for a mix of single target and AoE.

Mongoose Bite changes your Raptor Strike into Mongoose Bite. Casting Mongoose Bite grants you Mongoose Fury, a 14-second stacking buff that increases the dmg of consecutive Mongoose Bites by 15% up to 5 times.

Additional stacks don't increase the duration of this buff.

This talent is the highest performing single target option for this row.

Flanking Strike is a hard-hitting ability that also regenerates 30 focus for you and your pet. This is your best talent for only AoE situations but generally lacks in single target compared to the other options.

Raiding: Tip of the Spear

Mythic+: Tip of the Spear

Tier 7 (50)

Survival Hunter Birds of Prey TalentBirds of PreyPassive
Survival Hunter Wildfire Infusion TalentWildfire InfusionPassive
Survival Hunter Chakrams TalentChakramsInstant

Birds of Prey increase the duration of  Coordinated Assault by 1.5 for each  Raptor Strike, Mongoose Bite, Carve, or Butchery cast on the same target that your pet is attacking.

Wildfire Infusion changes your Wildfire Bomb into Pheromone Bomb, Shrapnel Bomb, and Volatile Bomb randomly cycling through all 3 of them.

If a target is affected by Pheromone Bomb then Kill Command will always reset its cooldown.

Targets affected by Shrapnel Bomb and are hit by Raptor Strike, Mongoose Bite, Carve, or Butchery are affected by a bleed which stacks up to 3 times.

And Volatile Bomb refreshes the duration of Serpent Sting, and for every target affected by Serpent Sting, Volatile Bomb will additionally explode, dealing aoe damage an additional time.

This talent is great for AoE since all 3 bombs count as different spells. This lets you stack multiple dots on targets which aren't possible without this talent and is, therefore, your go-to m+ talent.

Chakrams hits all targets in a line between you and your target.

Raiding: Wildfire Infusion

Mythic+: Wildfire Infusion