Demon Hunter Class Changes for Shadowlands (Patch 9.0.2)

Last updated on Nov 16, 2020 at 09:30 by Stan 9 comments

On this page, you will find a list of all Demon Hunter changes coming in Shadowlands.

In addition to the class changes listed here, Demon Hunters also gain access to class-specific Demon Hunter Covenant Abilities that can be used anywhere in the open world, Legendary Powers obtained through Runecarving, Soulbind Conduits, and Anima Powers that only work in Torghast.


General Changes

  • Newly created Demon Hunters start at level 8.
  • Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura is no longer a Havoc talent and it is learned by all Demon Hunters through their initial questing experience or at level 10.

Havoc Demon Hunter


Havoc Demon Hunter Abilities Learned Above Level 50


Havoc Demon Hunter Talent Changes


Havoc Demon Hunter Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Havoc Demon Hunters.


Havoc Demon Hunter Shadowlands Guide


Vengeance Demon Hunter

Vengeance received a handful of minor talent changes. The overall playstyle is very similar to Battle for Azeroth. The biggest addition is Fel Devastation Icon Fel Devastation, which is now a baseline ability that costs 50 Fury. Additional talents were changed to work with Fel Devastation Icon Fel Devastation. For instance, the Demonic Icon Demonic talent will now trigger Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis for 6 seconds, mimicking the same talent that Havoc players have been using since Legion.

There are currently two different play styles. The first resembles the common Spirit Bomb Icon Spirit Bomb build that has existed since the end of Legion. Spirit Bomb was moved to a different tier, which allows for players to use both Spirit Bomb and Demonic. This build revolves around massive AoE damage, since Spirit Bomb currently does not have a target limit. The second build revolves around maximizing Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand uptime in Mythic+ when combined with a legendary. The rotation uses Fiery Brand and spreads it to all enemies in the pull, in order to maximize damage mitigation in Mythic+. This build is dependent on acquiring the legendary that lowers Fiery Brand uptime based on souls consumed by Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave.

  • Vengeance Demon Hunters now use Fury as a resource instead of Pain.
  • Demonic Wards Icon Demonic Wards increase to Armor and Stamina has been moved into a new Passive: Thick Skin Icon Thick Skin which increases Stamina by 65% and Armor by 100%.
  • Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave replaces Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike, Shear Icon Shear replaces Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite, and Infernal Strike Icon Infernal Strike replaces Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush when selecting the Vengeance specialization.
  • Fel Devastation Icon Fel Devastation is no longer a Talent and will be learned by all Vengeance Demon Hunters at level 11. The spell now costs 50 Fury.
  • Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave now heals you for an additional amount for each Soul Fragment consumed. It is now capped at 5 targets.

Vengeance Demon Hunter Abilities Learned Above Level 50


Vengeance Demon Hunter Talent Changes


Vengeance Demon Hunter Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Vengeance Demon Hunters.


Vengeance Demon Hunter Shadowlands Guide


More Patch 9.0.1 Class Changes

You can find other Patch 9.0.1 class changes linked below.



  • 16 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 11 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Pre-Patch.
  • 05 Sep. 2020: Updated for Beta Build 35755.
  • 15 Jul. 2020: Unbound Chaos reworked in Alpha Build 35078.
  • 03 Jul. 2020: Demon Hunter reworked based on recent Alpha changes.
  • 20 Jun. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34821.
  • 15 Jun. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34714.
  • 09 Jun. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34615.
  • 02 Jun. 2020: Updated intro with links to Anima Powers and Covenant Abilities.
  • 25 May 2020: Added Essence Break (Havoc) distance change.
  • 14 May 2020: Updated for Alpha Build 34365.
  • 08 May 2020: Updated for Alpha Build 34278.
  • 28 Apr. 2020: Updated for Alpha Build 34137.
  • 21 Apr. 2020: Page added.
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