Demon Hunter Leveling Guide 98-120 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

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General Battle for Azeroth Leveling Tips

Welcome! While this leveling guide is specifically made for the class and specialization(s) listed, we also have a general Battle for Azeroth leveling guide that focuses on the specific features of the Battle for Azeroth expansion including preparation of your mission table that will be used to unlock new areas, progressing on your faction's War Effort to save time at Level 120, and a reminder to keep ALL of the gear you find for the Scrap-o-Matic 1000 or Shred-Master Mk1, which will greatly increase your resource generating capabilities. Please visit our 110 to 120 leveling guide for this information and more (including Heirloom and War Mode advice that also applies to players who are not yet Level 110.


Leveling 98-120 as Havoc Demon Hunter


Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. The only exception to this rule is if you have a Ring or Necklace with a slightly lower item level, but 2 secondary stats on it instead of 1.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 110

Talents to Level Up as Havoc Demon Hunter

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 99.

Your talent set up should be as follows.


Rotation to Level Up as a Havoc Demon Hunter

Unlike many classes, you start at Level 98. So, you begin with a good number of abilities already unlocked. Some additional abilities will only be unlocked as you progress through the Demon Hunter campaign on Mardum.

  1. Cast Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam on cooldown after unlocking it.
  2. Cast Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance (if you have taken the talent First Blood Icon First Blood, as suggested).
  3. Cast Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike whenever you have enough Fury.
  4. Cast Felblade Icon Felblade (which is the Level 99 talent we recommend).
  5. Cast Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite to generate Fury.
  6. Use Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis as frequently as possible (especially against tough enemies). This ability is not available right at the beginning, but is unlocked shortly after your start progressing your way through the starting area.
  7. Cast Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura in AoE situations or to generate Fury.
  8. Cast Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive whenever possible to pull faraway enemies.

Summary of Unlocked Abilities for Havoc Demon Hunters

  • You begin at Level 98 with access to a number of abilities due to how high your starting level is.
    • Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike is your primary Fury spender. This is used as frequently as possible whenever you have Fury to spare and forms the bulk of your damage.
    • Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite is your active Fury generator, used to gain Fury when you have no other actions available. It does low damage.
    • Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush is an extremely strong movement tool allowing you to both cover distance and deal AoE damage instantly on a short 10-second recharge time.
    • Glide Icon Glide allows you to deploy your wings and slow fall to survive falling from great heights.
    • Spectral Sight Icon Spectral Sight is an active tool that snares you, but reveals the location of nearby Demons and invisible enemies by outlining them in red.
    • Demonic Wards Icon Demonic Wards is a passive that provides a passive 10% Magic damage reduction at all times.
    • Double Jump Icon Double Jump allows you to jump a second time at the peak of your jump, allowing you to jump higher and navigate terrain more easily than other classes.
    • Mastery: Demonic Presence Icon Mastery: Demonic Presence is the Havoc Mastery that provides additional Chaos damage dealt, and movement speed at all times.
    • Shattered Souls Icon Shattered Souls causes slain enemies to spawn a Soul Fragment, which, when collected, will heal you for 20% of your maximum Health. If the defeated enemy was a Demon, you also gain 20% increased damage for 15 seconds.
    • Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam is the first ability you unlock during the starting quests on Mardum. It provides you with a medium cooldown, heavy burst AoE ability that is used as frequently as possible.
    • Disrupt Icon Disrupt is your interrupt tool, which is acquired next. This also has the benefit of granting Fury whenever you successfully interrupt an enemy, encouraging proper use.
    • Further into the area you will unlock Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive, which is a low damage ranged tool mostly used to pull far away enemies.
    • The final ability learned before moving to the Vault of the Wardens is Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis. This is an important cooldown that enhances your Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike and Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance abilities when active, providing a large Haste boost.
    • As you begin the Vault of the Wardens Scenario, you will unlock Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat, allowing you to somersault backward and slow any enemies near you, quickly traveling a short distance. This is a powerful movement and disengage tool.
    • The final ability learned before completing the introduction quests is Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova, a point black AoE stun on a 1-minute cooldown that costs a small amount of Fury.
  • At Level 100, you unlock Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance, which is a low-cooldown AoE skill that deals physical damage. It is used as often as possible when multiple enemies are nearby.
  • At Level 100, you unlock Imprison Icon Imprison, a long crowd control tool that can be used to instantly disable a Demon, Humanoid or Beast for 1 minute with a 45-second cooldown. Any damage you deal to the target will break this effect.
  • At Level 100, you unlock Darkness Icon Darkness, the Havoc raid tool that has a 20% chance to cause an attack to miss any players who are under the effect. This can also be used sparingly while soloing if you feel in danger.
  • At Level 100, you unlock Chaos Brand Icon Chaos Brand, a debuff applied by any Chaos damage you deal to a target that lasts indefinitely. This increases all Magic damage taken by the target from any source by 5%.
  • At Level 103, you unlock Consume Magic Icon Consume Magic, an offensive dispel that removes one beneficial buff from your target with a 10-second cooldown. If this successfully removes an effect, you also generate 20 Fury, so this should be used as often as possible.
  • At Level 110, you unlock your final skill which is Torment Icon Torment, a Taunt that forces your target to attack you for 3 seconds. This is not extremely useful whilst leveling, but it can be used to pull enemies from a distance.

Havoc Demon Hunter War Mode Talents for Leveling

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Havoc Demon Hunter-specific PvE talents.


General PvP Talents

  • Adaptation Icon Adaptation is likely your most passive choice, since it will automatically remove loss of control effects over 5 seconds. It is recommended for leveling to take this PvP talent.
  • Relentless Icon Relentless is also a passive ability but it does not automatically remove crowd control abilities, but instead reduces the duration.
  • Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is an on-use ability that removes all movement impairing effects and all loss of control effects.

Havoc Demon Hunter PvP Talents for Leveling

  1. Demonic Origins Icon Demonic Origins allows for more liberal usage of Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis and lower wasted duration, alongside giving a flat damage boost whenever not transformed.
  2. Solitude Icon Solitude is a great choice if doing solo content, boosting up your resource generation.
  3. Unending Hatred Icon Unending Hatred has limited uses depending on the enemy type, but of the remaining selections, it has the best applications for constant gameplay, and is a good boost to resource generation in caster heavy areas.

Reverse Magic Icon Reverse Magic, Eye of Leotheras Icon Eye of Leotheras, Mana Rift Icon Mana Rift, Glimpse Icon Glimpse, Rain from Above Icon Rain from Above, Detainment Icon Detainment, Cover of Darkness Icon Cover of Darkness, and Mana Break Icon Mana Break all have very limited uses in PvE due to being very focused upon crowd control tools, or having high cooldown percent health-based damage. This makes them tuned to be useful against players rather than large groups of enemies.


Legendary Options

If you are just coming out of Level 110, you will probably have a number of different Legendary items to choose from. Your Legendaries' special effects will stop working at Level 116, but until then they can be a very powerful addition to help you level up quickly. These are our Legendary recommendations for leveling as an Havoc Demon Hunter in Battle for Azeroth.

  • Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is extremely strong, granting passive movement speed as well as a bit of free Haste. The effect can also be triggered relatively easily with Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova, Imprison Icon Imprison, or Disrupt Icon Disrupt.
  • Raddon's Cascading Eyes Icon Raddon's Cascading Eyes is an incredibly powerful choice if you are planning to pull large volumes of enemies at once, allowing for repeat Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam casts.
  • The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge Icon The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge is essentially an automatic mount when out of combat. Despite its tooltip, it only allows you to fly in flying zones, so you will not be able to fly in Battle for Azeroth zones. This is a great Legendary to pair up with Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret to really push your ability to move between combat areas.

Quest Rewards

You should equip new quest rewards when their item level starts beating out your previous set of gear. If you are currently wearing Tier 21 gear, it is best to let the quest rewards significantly beat your existing item level before using them. With that said, you will unlock Azerite pieces early on, which are worth using over Tier gear in most circumstances.

If possible, we recommend holding on to all Quest Rewards you do not use. They can be scrapped at Level 120 for material resources for profession crafting.



There are several consumable items that can be purchased that will help you with your leveling speed.

  • Skystep Potion Icon Skystep Potion increases your movement speed by 150% (more than a mount!) for 8 seconds. It has a 1-minute cooldown. This is extremely useful and should be used often and aggressively for any travel that is more than ~100 yards long.
  • Gunshoes Icon Gunshoes are an Engineering item that increase your movement speed by 200% for 25 seconds. These will make you almost as fast as a Flying mount. We recommend having a lot of these, and using them whenever you are traveling more than ~250 yards.
  • Goblin Glider Kit Icon Goblin Glider Kit is very useful for covering long distances from high places.

Gunshoes Macro

The Gunshoes will not let you stop moving as long as they are active. Using this macro twice will click the buff off and allow you to stop.

  • #showtooltip
  • /use Gunshoes
  • /cancelaura Gunshoes


Congratulations on reaching Level 120! Now that you have hit Level 120 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section. If this is not your first character, you have the possiblity of participating in Visions of N'Zoth content to acquire Black Empire catch-up gear, including ilvl 410 Azerite Armor and ilvl 415 pieces for the remaining slots.


Leveling to 120 as a Vengeance Demon Hunter



Talents are the same choices that you would make at max level, which are reviewed more in-depth in the Rotation page.

  1. Level 99: Abyssal Strike Icon Abyssal Strike
  2. Level 100: Fallout Icon Fallout
  3. Level 102: Flame Crash Icon Flame Crash
  4. Level 104: Fracture Icon Fracture
  5. Level 106: Sigil of Chains Icon Sigil of Chains
  6. Level 108: Spirit Bomb Icon Spirit Bomb
  7. Level 110: Last Resort Icon Last Resort


The rotation for leveling is the same as the offensive rotation listed in the rotation page.

  1. Spirit Bomb Icon Spirit Bomb if 4 or more Souls are active.
  2. Fracture Icon Fracture if you will not cap on Pain/Souls and you have Fracture Icon Fracture talented.
  3. Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura if you will not cap on Pain/Souls.
  4. Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave (see below).
  5. Sigil of Flame Icon Sigil of Flame.
  6. Shear Icon Shear as a filler/if you will not cap on Pain/Souls and you do not have Fracture Icon Fracture talented.
  7. Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive as a filler.

Leveling Legendaries

If you have the ability to use Legendaries while leveling I recommend the items listed below. Note that the Legendaries will have their effects turned off at level 116.

  1. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret
  2. The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge Icon The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge
  3. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish

Level 120

Congratulations on reaching Level 120! Now that you have hit Level 120 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level. If this is not your first character, you have the possibility of participating in Visions of N'Zoth content (such as Horrific Visions or Assaults) to acquire Black Empire catch-up gear, including ilvl 410 Azerite Armor and ilvl 415 pieces for the remaining slots.



  • 13 Jan. 2019: Removed legacy link, added note about 8.3 catch up gear to 120 note.
  • 28 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Consistency updates to give all leveling guides a similar feel.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Added Vengeance advice.
  • 10 Aug. 2018: Revamped Leveling guide for Battle for Azeroth.
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