Havoc Demon Hunter Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.2.5
Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Havoc Demon Hunter, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.
The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.
Introduction: Legendaries in Shadowlands
Legendary Powers are special effects that are used to empower specific items by the Runecarver within Torghast. Each of these powers apply to certain item slots, and come with Havoc specific options, Demon Hunter options and also some powers that are available to all classes. For more detailed information regarding the Runecarving system you can check our dedicated page.
Legendary Crafting in Patch 9.2
Due to Patch 9.2 reintroducing Tier Sets, this means that avoiding slots that clash with these is generally favourable until you have access to all pieces to avoid losing access to one or the other. Due to that, you should aim to be crafting all of the class Legendaries on slots that do not clash with the Helm, Shoulder, Chest, Gloves, and Leg slots if possible.
Double Legendaries and Unity
As the Zereth Mortis campaign continues, you will eventually gain access to the Unity effect, allowing you to equip both your specified Covenant Legendary effect and one other crafted Legendary at the same time. This initially comes as a belt, but can be recrafted to any slot after you reach Revered with the new Enlightened faction, allowing some freedom in your gear choices.
Best crafts for Havoc Demon Hunter
|Single Target||Venthyr||Darkglare Boon||Neck or Belt|
|AoE||Venthyr / Night Fae||Collective Anguish||Bracers|
|Versatile||Night Fae / Necrolord||Burning Wound||Cloak|
Collective Anguish provides a strong, reliable catch-all option that, while less explosive than alternatives provides a one-size-fits-all craft that also adds some extra uncapped burst AoE regardless of build path. It also synergizes exceptionally well with Agony Gaze for Venthyr, and a Cycle of Hatred build path.
Similar to Collective Anguish, Darkglare Boon provides a lot of extra Sinful Brand uptime when double Legendaries open up via the Agony Gaze effect. These two Eye Beam Legendaries are relatively interchangeable and your pick is based more on preference than a clear winner.
Burning Wound provides consistent single-target and low cleave damage with little-to-no RNG attached to it, and slots in well to many Night Fae builds. The main benefit is how non-invasive it is to the rotation alongside having synergies with both Growing Inferno and Blazing Slaughter.
Best Raiding Legendaries for Havoc Demon Hunter
These are our recommended Raiding legendary powers. Most of these selections have a leaning toward being able to perform well in single-target situations, but gain AoE without sacrificing that. Ones that excel in some situations still earn their place, though.
- Burning Wound serves as a strong single-target option that an also scale up against lower-target-count AoE as well due to the strength of Growing Inferno. It is extremely consistent, and makes it a good universal craft.
- Darkglare Boon has a very strong place when paired with Venthyr due to the additional value of Eye Beam casts linking into Sinful Brand via Agony Gaze. While this is RNG, it has massive potential while still maintaining some relative consistency..
- Venthyr-only: Agony Gaze is only relevant before double Legendaries, but in any situation before that is the go-to craft as it enables the Sinful Brand playstyle.
- Collective Anguish gives extra on-demand burst alongside some extra AoE thanks to the free uncapped Fel Devastation cast it triggers. This has bonus synergy with Agony Gaze as the free cast also triggers the duration extension, making it extremely potent in multi-target situations while still staying competitive in single-target.
- Chaos Theory has some edge cases for use after the Havoc DH 4-Piece bonus is considered and double Legendaries, but is still too volatile to really recommend due to the low payoff relative to what else you could use.
Best Mythic+ and Torghast Legendaries for Havoc Demon Hunter
In this section we look at Legendaries worth crafting for Mythic+ and Torghast content. Both of these have a natural preference for AoE, but flexibility to still contribute to single-target is extra valuable.
- Collective Anguish works really well as a double-up to your Eye Beam casts in opening bursts. It is a consistent pick that scales up very well in larger pulls, so on Fortified weeks or high-pull-count dungeons it is still a strong pick.
- Darkglare Boon has strong high-roll potential with each pull, and while it does not frontload its damage like Collective Anguish, it increases the rate of casts and improves your extended AoE bursts, However, it has some RNG issues that can land badly if you run dry during an important pull.
- Burning Wound can be paired with the Growing Inferno Conduit to deal to a lot of extra damage with each Immolation Aura cast. However, maintaining this on multiple enemies can be inconsistent and requires targets to live for a reasonable period, making it more niche in the Mythic+ environment. It is still worth considering depending on affixes due to the single-target benefit.
- Venthyr-only: Agony Gaze has some uses if you are mass pulling around the Metamorphosis cooldown, but otherwise is more focused on single-target which is not always valuable.
Covenant-Specific Legendaries for Havoc Demon Hunter
Each Covenant has access to a specific legendary effect that can be crafted, or is unlocked later into the patch via the Unity effect that links into each Covenant:
- Kyrian: Blind Faith grants a large surge of Versatility on each Elysian Decree cast, but Havoc has very few consistent sources of Souls to power it up, making this quite weak.
- Necrolord: Demonic Oath serves very little purpose as the damage dealt by Fiery Brand is fairly low, and the duration increase frequently just causes overlaps and waste.
- Night Fae: Blazing Slaughter provides some strong extra burst following The Hunt which is already the moment where you are intending to follow up with as much damage as possible. It is a strong burst and low-target AoE pick assuming you can trigger the bonus Agility effect on multiple targets.
- Venthyr: Agony Gaze is a massive single-target benefit and a cornerstone of the Covenant's damage profile. The extension effect paired with the flat damage increase defines the best Havoc damage profile and is both a priority craft and build-around.
Other Legendaries for Havoc Demon Hunter
These are alternative legendaries available to Havoc that while craftable, are not recommended for various reasons:
- Darkest Hour is much more raid-utility-oriented, but the value of an uncontrolled Darkness is low and the cooldown can easily be wasted by raid mechanics, so it is not worth the performance hit.
- Erratic Fel Core has no tangible benefit outside of increased mobility. The only theoretical talent synergy in Unbound Chaos does not really pay off because of the limitation caused by Immolation Aura's cooldown; it should be avoided.
- Fel Bombardment is interesting and does provide an extra burst tool, but is simply not competitive with the alternatives that do what it already does better and without extra requirements to capitalize upon.
- Darker Nature exclusively requires enemies to be dying frequently to capitalize upon, and also has a limitation on needing Eye Beam to be used as they die. Even in Mythic+ scenarios that may fulfill this, the risk of failure versus reward is far too high here and this is not worth a craft in any circumstance.
- Echo of Eonar's proc does not contribute enough of a damage increase to compete with any of the Havoc options available.
- Judgment of the Arbiter's proc does too little damage per proc and is reliant on both allies and positioning to make proper use of.
- Norgannon's Sagacity has no uses for Havoc as the only cast-time abilities also root us in place or can be used while moving already.
- Sephuz's Proclamation has some niche benefits and is useful in PvP, but the proc is not consistent enough in PvE situations nor is the payoff very big.
- Stable Phantasma Lure only benefits Torghast specifically by adding more resources, so it has no use outside of there — and very limited benefits within.
- Vitality Sacrifice does not provide enough of a damage percentage increase to be worth it relative to the gains of what we have available, and is also contingent on getting hit frequently.
- Maw Rattle deals extremely low damage and the survival aspect is not relevant enough to even make it niche.
- Third Eye of the Jailer does not provide enough of a flat damage increase compared to our other options even in perfect scenarios, so it currently is not worth crafting.
- 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
- 20 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
- 01 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Page updated for Patch 9.0.5 accounting for new picks and recommendations.
- 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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