Survival Hunter DPS Starter Guide - Shadowlands 9.2.5
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Welcome to our Survival Hunter starter guide, which covers everything you need to start playing a new character in Shadowlands. While our other guide pages go into more individual detail, this simple starter guide covers all the basics in one place, whether you're a new Survival Hunter, a returning player to Shadowlands, hardcore, or casual alike, it's the best place to get a beginners overview on the class. Included are basic talent builds, simplified rotations, stats, legendary recommendations, and more to get you started as quickly as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get players started quickly as an introduction, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Survival Hunter Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page, and if you're leveling up in Shadowlands, you can take a look at our
S3 Season 3
S3 Cheat Sheet
S3 Raid Tips
S3 Talent Builds
S3 Support Buffs
S3 Tier Set Bonus
Abilities & Talents
Macros & Addons
About the Author
Hello! My name is Doolb and I am a huge fan of Survival. I've been playing WoW since 2006 and have been a huge fan of Survival ever since Legion's pre-patch and we picked up the spear. You can always find me hanging around one of my favorite places on the internet:
—the best Hunter Discord server around. This guide is a collaborative effort between myself and Thyminde (aka Velratha) and will be frequently updated. Feel free to stop by TSL and ask anything you need!
Best Covenant for Beginning Survival Hunters in Shadowlands
In 9.2, your best Raiding Covenant relies entirely on if you have access to our two-piece set bonus:
If you don't, it is recommended you stay Venthyr for Raid.
If you do, it is recommended you Raid as Night Fae for single-target or low target fights, and Kyrian for more AoE focused fights.
For Mythic+, Kyrian is still the optimal selection.
Best Covenants for Survival Hunters
Best Survival Hunter Covenants and Soulbinds for Raid
Single Legendary (No Tier)
Double Legendary (No Tier)
Double Legendary (with 2-piece Tier)
Best Survival Hunter Covenants and Soulbinds for Mythic+
Best Survival Hunter Covenant
Recommended Legendaries for Beginning Survival Hunters in Shadowlands
Generally for a new player the best Legendary to craft is
, simply due to ease of use and it's usefulness across all of the content, especially in dungeons. This is especially true when you have access to our two-piece tier set bonus,
, as it is incredibly powerful and very centralizing for talents and playstyle.
Survival Hunter Legendaries Guide
Recommended Talents for Beginning Survival Hunters in Shadowlands
This Survival Hunter build is well rounded and suited for all types of content, without focusing on any one thing in particular. For a deeper look at each talent and more specialized builds for specific activities, see the Survival Hunter Talent Guide.
Survival Hunter Talents Guide
Stat Priority for Beginning Survival Hunters in Shadowlands
Survival Hunters should prioritize items with Haste, and for pieces of similar item level, use the following stat priority. You can find more information on how stat work in the Stats Guide.
Critical Strike / Versatility
Enhancements for Beginning Survival Hunters in Shadowlands
Tenet of Haste
Rotation for Beginning Survival Hunters in Shadowlands
This Survival Hunter rotation uses the talent build listed above to outline a basic priority. For the full rotation including talent variations, you can consult the Survival Hunter Rotation Guide.
to maintain the damage over time effect on your primary target.
if you will hit at least two targets.
if you will not exceed your maximum Focus.
to spend extra focus.
Survival Hunter Rotation Guide
Best Races for Beginning Survival Hunters in Shadowlands
All races are fairly competitive, but these are the absolute best for Survival Hunters.
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