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Survival Hunter Overview
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Rotation & Abilities
With the onset of Legion, Survival is almost completely 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 7.1.5
Patch 7.1.5 brought with it several buffs to the spec in general, but not a lot of core changes to how the spec plays, aside from talent swaps.
Aspekt des Wildtiers
: Flanking Strike causes an additional effect, based on your pet's Specialization.
Ferocity - The target also bleeds for 270% of Attack power Physical damage over 6 sec.
Tenacity - Your pet also takes 30% reduced damage for 6 sec.
Cunning - The target's movement speed is also reduced by 50% for 4 sec.
: Strike all nearby enemies in a flurry of strikes, inflicting 620% Physical damage to each. Cooldown changed from 15 sec recharge to 12 sec recharge.
: Scatters Caltrops in an area for 15 sec. Enemies who step on Caltrops will take 50% of Attack power Bleed damage every 1 sec, and have 70% reduced movement speed for 6 sec.
All of your traps are improved in the following ways:
Freezing Trap - When Freezing Trap's incapacitate effect ends, the victim and all neaby enemies' movement speed is reduced by 50% for 4 sec.
Explosive Trap - Increases Explosive Trap's damage to the triggering enemy by 75%.
Tar Trap - Enemies moving through the tar have a chance to be rooted in place for 4 sec.
Steel Trap - Your Steel Trap also deals an immediate (500% of Attack power) Bleed damage when triggered.
Caltrops - Increases Caltrops damage by 50%.
: Waylay's effects are further strengthened:
Freezing Trap will not break due to damage for the first 6 seconds.
Tar Trap reduces enemies' movement speed by 70% for the first 4 sec seconds.
Explosive Trap causes the target to miss their next 2 melee attacks.
Targets hit by your Raptor Strike and Carve are also affected by Serpent Sting, dealing 720%of Attack power Nature damage over 15 sec.
Instantly grants you 3 charges of Mongoose Bite. Cooldown changed from 1.5 min cooldown to 2 min cooldown
Summons a Spitting Cobra for 30 sec that attacks your target for 100% of Attack power Nature damage every 2 sec. While the Cobra is active you gain an extra 3 Focus every 1 sec.
Hurls a Steel Trap to the target location that immobilizes the first enemy that approaches for 30 sec and deals (1500% of Attack power) bleed damage over 30 sec. Other damage may break the immobilization effect. Limit 1. Trap will exist for 1 min.
Waylay: Fully arms after 2 sec, dealing 500% increased damage if triggered by an enemy that is not in combat.
Hurls a concussive grenade at your target which sticks to them and explodes after 2 sec, knocking back all nearby enemies. Cooldown changed from 30 sec cooldown to 25 sec cooldown
Weg der Mok'Nathal
Raptor Strike also grants you Mok'Nathal Tactics, increasing your attack power by 3% for 10 sec, stacking up to 4 times.
Hurls a fire trap to the target location that explodes when an enemy approaches, causing 350% of Attack power Fire damage and burning all enemies within 5 yards for 350% of Attack power additional Fire damage over 10 sec. Trap will exist for 1 min. Range changed from 5 yd range to 40 yd range
Tears a bleeding wound in the target, dealing Physical damage over 12 sec. Cooldown changed from 10 sec cooldown to None
After 2 sec, your Traps become fully armed, making them especially devastating:
Steel Trap deals 500% increased damage if triggered by an enemy that is not in combat.
Freezing Trap will not break due to damage for the first 4 sec.
Tar Trap reduces enemies' movement speed by 70% for the first 4 sec.
Explosive Trap staggers the target, causing them to miss their next melee attack.
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:
: 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:
Glyphe 'Goblinisches Antigravitationsleuchtfeuer'
modify your flare,
summons spiders with Dire Beast, and
Glyphe 'Ins Schwarze'
modify Hunter's Mark.
They can equip the legendary weapons
Thori'dal, Furor der Sterne
Donnerzorn, Gesegnete Klinge des Windsuchers
All of these items are sold by
in Sholazar Basin except for Fireworks, which is
Begleiterausbildungshandbuch: Tot spielen
Die Kunst der Verhüllung
Aspekt des Chamäleons
Begleiterausbildungshandbuch: Hol' die Beute
Hol' die Beute!
Ruf des Jägers
: effect of old Glyph of Aspects
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