PVE Survival Hunter DPS Guide WotLK 3.3.5a

Game: Wrath of the Lich King
Content Type: Gaming Guides

Welcome to the Survival Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Survival Hunter in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

Survival Hunter Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.

Yellow gems should be picked depending on the required stats. Hit rating should be a priority.

Survival Hunters don’t have a rotation, just some basic rules.

Hit -> Agility -> Crit -> Attack Power & Armor Penetration -> Haste

Hit cap for raids is 8% (263 rating). New hunters should aim for at least 5% (164 rating) to always hit level 80 mobs. 3% can be obtained from Focused Aim, another 1% from Draenei passive Heroic Presence.

Agility is the main stat for Survival Hunters. No cap here, stack as much as possible as it converts into damage. Next, you should aim for 60% Crit Chance while buffed. Haste is down the list, probably one of the least required stats in the build.

Pve Marksmanship Survival Hunter Pet Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

Now, let’s talk about Pets.

First of all, we have to decide which pet do we need. In terms of PVE and Raiding our top 3 pets are:

  • Wolfs – Furious Howl is what makes this pet #1
  • Wasps – Sting can be a powerful debuff, but it doesn’t stack with similar effects on the target.
  • Raptors & Cats – Less DPS than Wolfs and Wasps, but still viable.

The talent tree for our pet is Ferocity. Unlike Beast Mastery Hunters we can’t tame Exotic Creatures and don’t have those extra 4 talent points.

Don’t forget to use Kill Command and other pet skills when you can!


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The talent tree is not good for early hunters below crit cap, you want 2 points on expose weakness because bonus does not increase and the procs are solid enough at 66% and max tactician always due to it increase crit chance which is one of your main stats, in that state glyph of explosive shot is pretty much mandatory, 3 points is a waste.
Once you hit crit cap you can change the mentioned glyph for steady shot glyph and go with just 1 point on expose weakness.
-> for the rotation part you can add that during lock n load they let all the ticks of explosive shots do effect instead of using other explosive shot and interrupting the last tick, this is crucial for dps.
-> professions combos are missing, Eng-Jc for example, tinkers and the gems are massive upgrades comparing to the enchants listed, or alchemy, mixology guru thoughts is bis basically all naxx, also cooking, food is crucial when managing stats, hit or agi food for example.
->If you are in extreme need of hit, sacrifice 1% crit for 1% hit depending on your socketing it can work well sometimes, just 1 point. 32.79 hit rating = 1% hit, important to know if not using tools as rawr.
-> haste cap which is 15.94% = 523 points in order to not clip steadys with your explosive shots, is not prio but need to keep in mind.
-> its necessary some useful macros like explosive shot stopcasting in case it recharges while steady cast or a lock and load proc:
#showtooltip Explosive Shot
/cast Explosive Shot
/use 10
also you want to control call of the wild from the pet and leave rabid automatic:
#showtooltip Rapid Fire
/cast Rapid Fire
/cast Call of the wild
/cast Berserking
/use 13
/use 14
—– (berserking in case you are a trol)
#showtooltip Misdirection
/cast [target=yourtankhere] Misdirection
—–or the MD one
This comment in based on simulated data from a hunter on his seventh run of wow tlk.


u said nothing about stats…
what is the main stat for this class?
what is the hit cap for it?


can you sey whate is bis for bm and survival hunter like mmplz?


On both the pve guide for mm & survival it state Tyrant Devilsaur as best PVE pet, but its non tamable unless you are BM hunter. Could you add some alternatives?

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