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Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Oct 25, 2016 at 20:44 by Wordup 278 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Havoc Demon Hunters. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Havoc Demon Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

1. Best in Slot List

Bear in mind that all of this is subject to change based on Warforging and Titanforging happening on gear, so this is absolutely a guideline and not a rule. Note that it is also just dealing with gear from raid environments, so this could change if you are spending a large amount of time in Mythic+ and gaining different, rarer pieces.

Slot Item Source
Helm Mask of Multitudinous Eyes Icon Mask of Multitudinous Eyes Elerethe Renferal
Neck Blackened Portalstone Necklace Icon Blackened Portalstone Necklace Xavius
Shoulders Otherworldly Leather Mantle Icon Otherworldly Leather Mantle Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Cloak Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Icon Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Elerethe Renferal
Chest Tunic of the Grove Keeper Icon Tunic of the Grove Keeper Cenarius
Wrists Dragonspur Wristguards Icon Dragonspur Wristguards Dragons of Nightmare
Gloves Dreamsculptor's Gloves Icon Dreamsculptor's Gloves Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Belt Lifeless Buckled Girdle Icon Lifeless Buckled Girdle Nythendra
Legs Splotched Bloodfur Leggings Icon Splotched Bloodfur Leggings Ursoc
Boots Boots of Endless Betrayal Icon Boots of Endless Betrayal Xavius
Ring #1 Grubby Silver Ring Icon Grubby Silver Ring Nythendra
Ring #2 Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Icon Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Xavius
Trinket #1 Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda Ymiron the Fallen King
Trinket #2 Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command Viz'aduum the Watcher

1.1. Trinkets

With the trinkets listed, this assumes that you are comparing against equal item level pieces at Item Level 860, therefore in some cases due to the scaling effect, this list can be inaccurate. Due to that, there is a simulation of all trinkets against each other listed here:

Trinket Simulations

Some small disclaimers are due here, bear in mind that Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal is from a world boss, so relies on very high titanforging to keep up with powerful dungeon trinkets with high Item Level, or Mythic+ trinkets. This is why BiS recommendations may differ from the average Simulation results.

Also note some Karazhan trinkets are not currently working yet within Sims, and this will be updated ASAP with new changes to amend any new information.

1.2. Evaluating Upgrades with dynamic Item Levels

Due to the Warforging/Titanforging system, having a full comprehensive list of gear ranked against each other would be far too elaborate and confusing to compile, and as such it is recommended instead to evaluate upscaled items using rough stat weights. As always with weights, they can change depending on your gear and to get them perfectly accurate for your character, it is always advised to simulate it yourself, however for the purpose of this I will use example Havoc stat weights:

These were calculated using the Advanced build, and 840 Pre-Raid gear:

  • Agility: 1
  • Critical Strike: 0.79
  • Versatility: 0.73
  • Haste: 0.7
  • Mastery: 0.58

If we then compare two pairs of boots, we can get a rough evaluation of which to use. Starting with Stained Maggot Squishers Icon Stained Maggot Squishers, these come with 1287 Agility, 454 Haste, and 641 Mastery, so we can use this to calculate a relative value:

454×0.7 + 641×0.58 + 1287×1 = 1976.58

Then comparing to Boots of Endless Betrayal Icon Boots of Endless Betrayal, these come with 1287 Agility, 383 Critical Strike, and 712 Haste, which can be evaluated in a similar way:

383×0.79 + 712×0.7 + 1287×1 = 2087.97

Through this we can see that the value of Boots of Endless Betrayal Icon Boots of Endless Betrayal is higher than Stained Maggot Squishers Icon Stained Maggot Squishers, and are the better choice to use. As said though, these weights can differ depending on the content you are doing, your talent selections, and the other gear you are currently wearing, as many stats synergise with others and scale exponentially, increasing their value. This is especially true for Havoc given that stats are so close in value.

2. Racial Bonuses

Unlike most classes, Demon Hunters do not get a choice in their Race outside of Faction restrictions, and as such I do not feel Racial recommendations are necessary.

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 895, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Havoc legendaries are generally very specific to the situation or fight archetype you want to enhance. There are purely Single Target, Cleave, and large scale AoE choices, and as such making your choice if you have multiple items to choose from is decided by that.

For Single Target encounters, the go to is Anger of the Half-Giants Icon Anger of the Half-Giants, providing a massive buff to your active Fury generation (note this triggers from both Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite and Demon Blades Icon Demon Blades).

For Cleave, or any fight in which you can aggressively hit more than one target with Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive (assuming you have Bloodlet Icon Bloodlet taken), Mo'arg Bionic Stabilizers Icon Mo'arg Bionic Stabilizers is extremely powerful as the bonus damage is amplified by the subsequent Bloodlet Icon Bloodlet DoT.

For AoE there are two options. The first of these is Loramus Thalipedes' Sacrifice Icon Loramus Thalipedes' Sacrifice, further increasing the power of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush for each subsequent target you charge through, though recent changes have diminished how powerful this is. Alternatively, Raddon's Cascading Eyes Icon Raddon's Cascading Eyes increases the frequency in which you can use Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam, but the effect is very reliant on huge groups of enemies to trigger its effect aggressively, and without that the item can be somewhat lackluster.

Achor, the Eternal Hunger Icon Achor, the Eternal Hunger can provide a small increase to sustain adding an additional healing bonus whilst Blur Icon Blur is active, but its applications are limited.

Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote can be reduced down to a passive damage increase averaging out at around 3% increase over the course of a fight. It has some circumstances where bosses do not go through the entire Health pool (such as Odyn or Helya) where it shines even brighter. Note that the bonus damage it deals, whilst Physical, bypasses the targets armor and directly replicates 30% of the damage the triggering attack dealt. Its benefit however is limited to the first 10% on targets, so in some fights it can be a very minimal bonus.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret has some fringe bonuses for extra mobility and an extra Haste proc activating after crowd control effects, such as Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova, unfortunately this requires targets that are frequently vulnerable to stuns. This largely relegates the effect to dungeons.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus could have some powerful survivability uses to survive large bursts of raid damage if it syncs up with the recharge time and avoiding damage is possible, but it is too specific to recommend until more is known about the texture of the upcoming raids.

For the rest of your equipment, you should look for upgrades that match your stat priority. For that, we advise you to Ask Mr. Robot, by filling the form below.

Ask Mr. Robot

4. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Vengeance Demon Hunters, Paladins, Priests, and Warlocks
Leather Armor Vengeance Demon Hunters, Druids, Monks, and Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Feral Druids, Hunters Windwalker Monks Rogues, and Enhancement Shaman

5. ChangeLog

  • 25 Oct. 2016: Updated BiS trinkets and added trinket simulations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
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