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There are generally two talent builds that Survival will use throughout the whole expansion, the ”single target build” and the ”AoE build”

Notable Talents

  • https://www.wotlkdb.com/?spell=52788 – Increases damage done to beasts, humanoids, elementals, and more, while tracking them by 5%. However, you do not have to track every individual type to gain the 5% damage increase from it. If you track humanoids you gain 5% damage from all the types of mobs listed, same goes for tracking any of the types of mobs listed, so you do not have to ‘’track dance’’ as some hunters may think!
  • Trap Mastery – Increases the duration of all your traps by up to 30% when maxed out — this is a Survival Hunter’s bread and butter when it comes to explosive trap damage.
  • Lock and Load – Speaking of bread and butter, this is probably THE talent that makes people want to play Survival. When it procs you get three explosive shots in a row, without a cooldown. Do not spam an explosive shot 3 times in a row, however — either weave in a different shot or wait until the last tick of the previous explosive shot is about to expire, before firing a new one. Frost Trap will not trigger this effect on a boss, but it will guarantee a proc on slowable targets as long as the internal cooldown is up.
  • Hunting Party – This is a deceptively bad talent. You probably still want to spec 1 out of 3 just for the replenishment, but the 1% Agility gain is very neglectable — even if you had 1,000 Agility, this talent would only give you a 10 AGI increase. And while we do love AGI, these are very low numbers to work with — a different talent is often better.
  • Hunter vs Wild – This increases your attack power based on 30% of your stamina, a cool little talent. Although this is only a small amount, it’s still something to be aware of when you are playing survival.
  • https://www.wotlkdb.com/?spell=53304 In my opinion a clunky talent for a very mobile class and spec – rewarding you for not moving, and making it increase your damage It’s very easy to keep up for your single target build since you aren’t moving around to trap too often but you are going to want to pay good attention in your AoE trap spec.
  • Focused aim – Preferably, you want this maxed out, however, due to gear issues this may not always be optimal. When you have too much hit (how much is too much?) to go for this talent you may want to consider Improved aspect of the hawk, especially once you gain more gear.

Talent Builds

This is what a single target build should look like, preferably with 3/3 Focused Aim. The glyphs are not contestable early and are the better choice for single-target without trapping. The only exception to the rule is if you run 3 or more hunters, in which case it’s worth it for one of them to go [Glyph of Hunter’s Mark] and Improved Hunters Mark talent.

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This far more AoE-focused build replaces Glyph of Serpent Sting with Glyph of Explosive Trap . You will want to trigger lock and load using traps instead of black arrow using this spec, however it is still wise to spec it for moments where you absolutely cannot be in melee range.

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Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs

some of these glyphs may prove useful in combat as well – so those will be the ones listed.

Glyph of Feign Death – Reduces the cooldown of feign death
Glyph of Revive Pet – Reduces knockback when you’re trying to revive your pet.


About the Author


I'm Jamie I have played WotLK since launch in 2008, until its demise when the lich died, after Cata and MoP I was done with retail and rekindled that spark in 2015 til 2022. Which means I've spent give or take ~10 years on this expansion alone. I've always played hardcore - going for either realm firsts or higher. I stream on https://www.twitch.tv/jamielolx2 sometimes for 100 hours in a row during Wrath once it releases. Currently playing in Avatar on Earthshaker EU, Knokploeg on Gehennas EU and Instinct on Faerlina-US preparing for another dose of fresh wrath. I've played 28 specs - missing feral and enhancement but have a slight forte towards healers and ranged DPS.
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Survival Superstar
Survival Superstar
2 months ago

I don’t agree with not using explosive trap glyph in your single target spec. Even on single target, the glyphed explosive trap will do FAR more damage than black arrow, even with the 6% damage modifier to all your other abilities. On static boss fights, you don’t even need to move for explosive traps – You just stand at minimum ranged attack range and due to how traps are being placed slightly in front of you, the trap will proc instantly. Another way to properly gauge the range is to stand slightly behind your pet.
There are maybe like 2-3 fights in entire WoTLK expansion where you are strictly forced to use black arrow.

Survival Superstar
Survival Superstar
Reply to  Survival Superstar
2 months ago

To add onto to this, if you check beta logs you can see that glyphed expl trap does 2-2.5x damage over a fight and this is with template gear. At P1 BiS you would be looking probably at 3x-3.5x damage diff between abilities. It’s probably only not worth it, if you’re a horrible hunter player and you’re losing 3-4 auto shots everytime you’re going to place a trap

Pet talents
Pet talents
2 months ago

Where did the pet talents go?

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