Survival (WoW Talent Tree)  

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Survival is the utility-oriented tree for hunters. Whereas Beast Mastery and Marksmanship have different ways of increasing damage, survival works on the other aspects of the class, such as crowd control, support, and longevity. Most of the hunter's melee skills are considered survival, although melee is still not a strong focus for a hunter that focuses on this talent tree.

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Primary Role

A survival hunter in a raid or instance group not only bring superior DPS, but also brings the Replenishment buff to the group. Additionally, the survivalist has superior traps when they can be used. Despite outward appearances, survival is actually not the preferred spec for PvP, however many of the slowing effects early in the tree are advantageous to PvP'ers.


Tier 1

TalentDescriptionMax Points
Hunter vs. WildIncreases your total Stamina by 4/7/10%.3
PathingIncreases ranged haste by 1/2/3%.3
Improved Serpent StingYour Serpent Sting also does instant damage equal to 15/30% of its total periodic effect. Also increases the periodic critical strike chance of your Serpent Sting by 10%. 2

Tier 2

(Requires 5 points spent in Survival)
Survival TactisReduces the chance that your trap spells will be resisted by 2/4%, and reduces the cooldown of your Disengage ability by 2/4 sec.2
EntrapmentWhen your Ice Trap or Snake Trap are triggered you entrap all afflicted targets, preventing them from moving for 2/4 sec.2
Trap MasteryIce Trap and Freezing Trap - Increases the duration by 10/20/30%. Immolation Trap, Explosive Trap and Black Arrow - Increases the periodic damage done by 10/20/30%.

Snake Trap - Increases the number of snakes summoned by 2/4/6.

Point of No EscapeIncreases the ranged critical strike chance of all of your attacks on targets affected by your Ice Trap and Freezing Trap by 3/6%.2

Tier 3

(Requires 10 points spent in Survival)
Thrill of the HuntYou have a 5/10/15% chance when you use Arcane Shot, Explosive Shot or Black Arrow to instantly regain 40% of the base focus cost of the shot.3
CounterattackA strike that becomes active after parrying an opponent's attack. This attack deals AP*0.2+320 damage and immobilizes the target for 5 sec. Counterattack cannot be blocked, dodged, or parried.1
Lock and LoadYou have a 50/100% chance when you trap a target with Freezing Trap or Ice Trap to cause your next 2 Arcane Shot or Explosive Shot abilities to cost no focus and trigger no cooldown.2

Tier 4

(Requires 15 points spent in Survival)
ResourcefulnessReduces the cooldown of all traps and Black Arrow by 2/4/6 sec.3
Mirrored BladesWhen attacked by a spell while in Deterrence, you have a 50/100% chance to reflect it back at the attacker.2
T.N.T.When you deal periodic damage with your Immolation Trap, Explosive Trap or Black Arrow you have a 6/12% chance to trigger Lock and Load.2

Tier 5

(Requires 20 points spent in Survival)
ToxicologyIncreases the periodic critical damage of your Serpent Sting and Black Arrow by 50/100%.2
Wyvern StingA stinging shot that puts the target to sleep for 30 sec. Any damage will cancel the effect. When the target wakes up, the Sting causes 2736 Nature damage over 6 sec. Only one Sting per Hunter can be active on the target at a time.1
Noxious StingsIncreases your damage done on targets afflicted by your Serpent Sting by 5/10%. If Wyvern Sting is dispelled, the dispeller is also afflicted by Wyvern Sting lasting 25/50% of the duration remaining. 2

Tier 6

(Requires 25 points spent in Survival)
Sniper TrainingIncreases the critical strike chance of your Kill Shot ability by 5/10/15%, and after remaining stationary for 6 sec, your Steady Shot and Cobra Shot deal 2/4/6% more damage for 15 sec.3
Serpent SpreadTargets hit by your Multi-Shot are also afflicted by your Serpent Sting equal to 6/9 sec of its total duration.2

Tier 7

(Requires 30 points spent in Survival)
Black ArrowFires a Black Arrow at the target, dealing 3685 Shadow damage over 15 sec. Black Arrow shares a cooldown with other Fire Trap spells.1

Common Questions

What gear do I look for as a survivalist?

High agility gear is your primary concern. On most of your gem slots, you will ignore the bonus and just put in an agility gem, while using what is needed to keep your meta gem active if have one on. Survival is a crit-based build, so crit rating is also beneficial and attack power is not unwelcome. Survival hunters can be very focus starved so they will have to use a rotation and use it wisely to keep from constantly being out of focus.


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