Introduction to the Survival Hunter

Survival is the Melee Hunter spec. It has a versatile toolkit with lots of Crowd Control potential, very high burst AoE damage potential, and good single-target damage. Survival lies somewhere between Marksmanship and Beast Mastery. While it does not have Spirit Mend, it can use any pet type for any situation just like Beast Mastery.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Survival Hunter, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Survival Hunter


  • Very strong single-target damage.
  • Versatile builds that allow for very good cleave or very good single-target.


  • Can only do one thing really well at the same time.


15Viper's Venom Viper’s VenomTerms of Engagement Terms of EngagementAlpha Predator Alpha Predator
30Guerrilla Tactics Guerrilla Tactics Hydra's Bite Hydra’s BiteButchery Butchery
45Trailblazer TrailblazerNatural Mending Natural MendingCamouflage Camouflage
60Bloodseeker BloodseekerSteel Trap Steel TrapA Murder of Crows A Murder of Crows
75Born To Be Wild Born To Be WildPosthaste PosthasteBinding Shot Binding Shot
90Tip of the Spear Tip of the SpearMongoose Bite Mongoose BiteFlanking Strike Flanking Strike
100Birds of Prey Birds of PreyWildfire Infusion Wildfire InfusionChakrams Chakrams

Rotation of the Survival Hunter

The basic rotation of Survival Hunter is as follows:

  • Cast Kill Command Icon Kill Command on cooldown, if it will not Focus cap you
  • Cast Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite to spend Focus, always trying to prevent yourself from hitting the Focus cap.


Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault is Survival’s primary DPS cooldown. It increases all your damage done by 20%, and increases Kill Command Icon Kill Command‘s chance of resetting its cooldown by 25% for 20 seconds. It has a 2-minute cooldown

Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle increases the range of your Raptor Strike Icon Raptor Strike to 40 yards for 15 seconds, on a 1-minute and 12-second cooldown

Stat Priority

The stat priority for the Survival Hunter is

  1. Haste
  2. Versatility
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Mastery