Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Raid Guide — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Wordup 58 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Havoc Demon Hunter for each boss of the following raid: Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7.

1.

Introduction

Below, you can find class and spec-specific advice for every fight in Aberrus. If you are looking for a general overview of the Raid that is not spec-specific, check out our dedicated Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible guides.

On this page, you will find Havoc Demon Hunter specific information to deal with each boss in the Aberrus raid. These are not complete encounter guides but specific tips for doing the bosses as a Havoc Demon Hunter.

This page assumes that you already understand most of the mechanics of each encounter. These can be found on the full raid guide, so what is contained here are details specifically tailored toward Havoc Demon Hunter and how you can deal with each fight as best as possible.

All recommendations are progression-based tips and will not necessarily be the best for an overall DPS ranking.

1.1.

Boss Talents Cheat Sheet

Due to Havoc having builds that are strongly influenced by your current gear, I have compiled a small cheat sheet to cover catch-all builds for each encounter. The primary split is single-target, Cleave and AoE, depending on how many adds are present. Each individual boss will link the recommended build alongside it in its respective section, and any significant deviations on the spec tree will also be noted. Due to the big changes in build when playing the set bonus, there is also a small section containing a build for use without.

2.

Aberrus Havoc Demon Hunter Cheat Sheet

Single-Target Cleave AoE No Set Build
2.

Havoc Single Target Build

in Season 4 with the set bonus, the pure single-target build makes use of a low movement profile that still takes supporting Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive talents. Whenever adds are present, however, this shifts over to a cleave build.

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3.

Havoc Cleave Build

This is simply the Season 3 "Ignition" build that was used, which provides significantly more free cleave with its toolkit compared to the single-target one. This is also extremely competitive with the alternative and can still be used there, but has special benefits when extra adds are present.

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4.

Havoc AoE Build

Similar Cleave build, this picks up additional AoE options to deal the most damage to multiple target encounters.

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Note that Tindral can also take a variant build to maximize performance in Mythic difficulty explained in its own section.

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5.

Havoc No Set Bonus Build

Without access to the Season 4 set, Havoc misses quite a lot of power and flexibility in its tree due to the extra synergies provided by the Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive talents. That said, if you are just dipping your toes into Awakened raids with old gear, this works fine when starting out.

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Be sure to make use of the 'Copy Export String' button to import the build directly into your game!

6.

Havoc Demon Hunter Tips for Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible

Below we have a series of boxes that can be used to jump to detailed tips for Havoc on each Aberrus encounter, alongside a recommended build. Note that these tips are mostly specific to Havoc, and do not cover basic aspects of the encounter if they are not important to us.

7.

Aberrus Havoc Tips

Kazzara Amalgamation Chamber Forgotten Experiments Zaqali Assault Rashok, the Elder Zskarn Magmorax Echo of Neltharion Sarkareth
7.

Kazzara, the Hellforged

Kazzara is an entirely single-target encounter without any burn windows, so a standard single-target build is recommended.

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7.1.

Tips

  • Try to save a charge of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush so you can get out and drop Dread Rifts Icon Dread Rifts comfortably. Also, wait for the pool to drop before dashing back in so you do not drop it in the raid.
  • Similarly, try to have some movement ready for the Rays of Anguish Icon Rays of Anguish spawns so you can quickly kite it into a rift.
    • In Mythic difficulty, be careful of the direction you dash to avoid moving the beams over old pools.
  • Have Blur Icon Blur active for the Hellsteel Carnage Icon Hellsteel Carnage casts. Darkness Icon Darkness can also be used here for the melee.
  • Be aware of where the boss is facing so you can avoid the Hellbeam Icon Hellbeam frontals when using movement tools.

For more information, please refer to our Kazzara guide.

8.

The Amalgamation Chamber

While The Amalgamation Chamber spends half of the fight with two bosses active, they are separated by such a large distance that the single-target build is recommended here.

Suggested Talent Builds:
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8.1.

Tips

  • If you are the only Demon Hunter in the raid, quickly cast Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive on the add you are not assigned to so that both teams have Chaos Brand Icon Chaos Brand.
  • Depending on which side you are assigned to, there are different considerations:
    • If on the Fire side: use Blur Icon Blur / Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk on the Fiery Meteor Icon Fiery Meteor or Molten Eruption Icon Molten Eruption soaks, and save a charge of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to soak them easily.
    • If on the Shadow side: use Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to dash out quickly to drop off Umbral Detonation Icon Umbral Detonation pools, and use Blur Icon Blur alongside another Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush charge if possible during Coalescing Void Icon Coalescing Void to get to a safe distance.
  • In Phase 2, make sure to always sit on a charge of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to position Blistering Twilight Icon Blistering Twilight as far away as possible to save space in the arena.
  • In Phase 2 save Blur Icon Blur for Gloom Conflagration Icon Gloom Conflagration.
  • Use Darkness Icon Darkness for the stacked soak of Gloom Conflagration Icon Gloom Conflagration in Phase 2, and make sure to have a charge of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to get out for the follow-up damage if the raid is not using movement cooldowns.

For more information, please refer to our Amalgamation Chamber guide.

9.

The Forgotten Experiments

In both Normal and Heroic, this is a single-target boss with some add spawns later into the fight. As such, we recommend the single-target build as there are not enough spawns to warrant switching to AoE. In Mythic, however, the fight consists of two targets for most of the encounter, which justifies switching to a Cleave build.

Suggested Talent Builds:
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9.1.

Tips

  • Use Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to get out and Felblade Icon Felblade to quickly get back in for the Bellowing Roar Icon Bellowing Roar cast. If you want to stay in, you can instead use Blur Icon Blur and will likely be able to tank it.
  • Alternatively, hold onto Blur Icon Blur in case you get multiple stacks of Rending Charge Icon Rending Charge.
  • In Phase 2 and onward, try to position yourself so you can hit both the boss and Erratic Remnant spawns with Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam for efficient cleave.
    • In Mythic difficulty, these will often be dispelled all at once meaning you should plan your AoE around bursting them down as quickly as possible before any casts go off.
  • Use Blur Icon Blur in Phase 2 onward if you need to hold onto the Unstable Essence Icon Unstable Essence debuff for a long period of time, as the healers will likely be holding dispels until a good time to clear them.
  • In Phase 3, try to aim your Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat casts, trying to knock a Temporal Anomaly Icon Temporal Anomaly orb in the process. Save at least one Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush charge to get to a safe spot during Deep Breath Icon Deep Breath.

For more information, please refer to our Forgotten Experiments guide.

10.

Assault of the Zaqali

Due to there being a lot of frequent waves of adds that need to be AoEd down, alongside most of them having low health pools, a full AoE build is recommended here.

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10.1.

Tips

  • Whenever the Magma Mystic is active on your side, make sure to burn down the Molten Barrier Icon Molten Barrier shield. Ideally, try to have both Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam and your Essence Break Icon Essence Break combo for this.
  • Using your movement tools to quickly pick up rocks and get to the edge to knock enemies down with the extra action button is helpful when nothing dangerous is happening. However, they often die so quickly to AoE damage that it is usually worth it to just stick to killing them normally.
  • In Phase 2, use Blur Icon Blur when you are assigned to soak Catastrophic Slam Icon Catastrophic Slam. Also, have a charge of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to get there quickly.
  • Also make use of Darkness Icon Darkness at the door whenever your group is assigned to soak the slam.
  • If the melee are not spreading comfortably during Flaming Cudgel Icon Flaming Cudgel's follow-up circles, just use Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk to survive.

For more information, please refer to our Assault of the Zaqali guide.

11.

Rashok, the Elder

Rashok is an entirely single-target encounter without any burn windows, so a standard single-target build is recommended. The damage check is quite tight here, and while no movement can work the regular single-target build is encouraged for the additional Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis uptime providing extra Leech.

Suggested Talent Builds:
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11.1.

Tips

  • Have Blur Icon Blur ready for the Charged Smash Icon Charged Smash soaks. Also, use Darkness Icon Darkness here as it is very hard to get value out of it in the intermission.
    • In Mythic difficulty, try to time this just as the smash is landing to help the healers with the follow up Overcharged Icon Overcharged debuff that will be applied to the raid.
  • Make sure to have Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk ready for the final burn, and use it when the raid is unstable and has to soak a Charged Smash Icon Charged Smash with high debuff stacks.
  • Have movement tools such as Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush ready in case you are targeted by Searing Slam Icon Searing Slam so you can get to the edge of the room quickly.
  • Be extremely careful using movement tools during the Elder's Conduit Icon Elder's Conduit soak, as dashing into Shadowflame Fissures Icon Shadowflame Fissures will likely kill you.
  • There is an argument to be made for avoiding movement-related talents due to the extremely dangerous ground effects here at the cost of damage, but due to this being a performance-heavy boss it is at your own discretion.

For more information, please refer to our Rashok the Elder guide.

12.

The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn

While Zskarn has add spawns that are important to deal with, they often spawn spread out, making it difficult to get any real cleave value. Therefore, a single-target build is recommended.

Suggested Talent Builds:
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12.1.

Tips

  • Save a Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to stay in position during Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave. Also, have some movement ready for Tactical Destruction Icon Tactical Destruction to get ahead of the damage waves.
  • The adds spawn roughly 40 seconds in and then every minute. They will often be very spread out, so if possible try to cleave Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam onto them and catch them before they run off, but do not worry too much about chasing them down. If they get gripped or stacked into melee, use Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova and Fel Eruption Icon Fel Eruption to lock them down.
  • Use Blur Icon Blur when you are targeted by Unstable Embers Icon Unstable Embers.
    • This is especially true in Mythic difficulty. Be careful not to overlap them with erratic movement, and use something if you think you are going to trigger an Elimination Protocol Icon Elimination Protocol.
  • Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk can be used freely here, and is nice to have as a backup if you get caught in a bad spot due to the heavy boss movement.
  • There is an argument to be made to avoiding movement-related talents due to the Dragonfire Traps Icon Dragonfire Traps spawns here, at the cost of damage.

For more information, please refer to our Zskarn guide.

13.

Magmorax

Magmorax is an entirely single-target encounter without any burn windows, so a standard single-target build is recommended.

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13.1.

Tips

  • Tap Glide Icon Glide just after each Overpowering Stomp Icon Overpowering Stomp to stick to the boss to avoid losing uptime.
  • Be careful when using Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat to not land in pools or other players Molten Spittle Icon Molten Spittle detonations.
  • Similarly, if you are targeted by Molten Spittle Icon Molten Spittle immediately use Blur Icon Blur and use Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to get to the assigned spot to drop your pool.
  • Darkness Icon Darkness should be sorted with your raid for one of the Explosive Magma Icon Explosive Magma waves to help the healers deal with the heavy damage intake toward the end of the encounter.
  • In Mythic difficulty this should be instead saved for if you are targeted by Explosive Magma Icon Explosive Magma. While Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk is tempting, this is a more useful tool to run out and drop it alone in old fire pools if you are running out of space.

For more information, please refer to our Magmorax guide.

14.

Echo of Neltharion

While the most important part of this encounter is single-target, there are a lot of opportunities to get additional cleave damage if played correctly. The most important ones however are single extra adds in the Voice From Beyond spawns, so a regular cleave setup is recommended.

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14.1.

Tips

  • In both Phase 2 and 3 there are additional adds that need to be dealt with, with some requiring certain timers:
    • In Phase 2, there will be 3 Voice From Beyond adds that will spawn one after another after they are broken out by mind-controlled allies. You should be able to align Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam and Essence Break Icon Essence Break for every one of them and should aim to do so.
    • In Phase 3 waves of Twisted Abberations will spawn that are not particularly dangerous. Just passively cleave these down with your toolkit. They spawn roughly 30 seconds apart, so do not expect to hit everyone with a fresh Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam.
  • Make sure not to AoE when other players are affected by Corruption Icon Corruption; just wait and let them break out the adds and then you can continue with your regular priority.
  • Be careful using movement tools to avoid the various ground effects such as Collapsed Earth Icon Collapsed Earth throughout the encounter.
  • Save a charge of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush so you can get out of the group and to your assigned spot with Volcanic Heart Icon Volcanic Heart.
  • In Phase 2, use Blur Icon Blur for as many Umbral Annihilation Icon Umbral Annihilation casts as possible.
    • In Mythic difficulty make sure to have this ready for the third Umbral Annihilation Icon Umbral Annihilation as the raid will be under the most amount of stress here. Also make use of Darkness Icon Darkness and, if necessary, Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk.
  • In Phase 3, use Blur Icon Blur the Ebon Destruction Icon Ebon Destruction casts when you are standing in the Sundered Reality Icon Sundered Reality pool. If you do not think you can make it safely to your assigned pool in time, use Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk if available to survive.

For more information, please refer to our Neltharion guide.

15.

Scalecommander Sarkareth

The majority of Sarkareth involves single-target damage as a priority, however high priority add waves of Null Glimmer spawns happen in both Phase 2 and 3 that need to be dealt with. In Normal and Heroic, this can still be done by the standard single-target build, while in Mythic, they are important enough that I would recommend a cleave setup.

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15.1.

Tips

Phase 1:

  • You can tap Glide Icon Glide or cast Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to counter-act the knockback from Oppressing Howl Icon Oppressing Howl.
  • Use Blur Icon Blur aggressively when clearing your Oppressing Howl Icon Oppressing Howl effect in the Searing Breath Icon Searing Breath cast.
  • Both Blur Icon Blur and Darkness Icon Darkness should be used as the phase ends (roughly 1:40 into the fight) during the Glittering Surge Icon Glittering Surge cast.

Phase 2:

  • Each Null Glimmer wave spawns after Abyssal Breath Icon Abyssal Breath, with 5 spawning in Phase 2. These will appear almost immediately after the phase begins, and roughly every 40 seconds after so plan your cooldowns around bursting these down.
    • In Mythic difficulty these are also accompanied by an Empty Recollection that is very high priority to kill. Use this as your anchor target to cleave from.
  • Both Glide Icon Glide and Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush can be used to counteract the knockback from Infinite Duress Icon Infinite Duress and stay on the platform.
  • Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova and Disrupt Icon Disrupt can be used to control the Null Glimmers when they attempt to cast.

Phase 3:

  • Be very careful using movement tools for damage here to avoid the boss frontal.
  • Darkness Icon Darkness should be used when the group is soaking the Embrace of Nothingness Icon Embrace of Nothingness.
  • Null Glimmer spawns are more spread out here and will only spawn 3 adds. The first two waves have a minute between them and then another 1m40s until the third. Plan your Essence Break Icon Essence Break casts around these.

For more information, please refer to our Scalecommander Sarkareth guide.

16.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Season 4.
  • 12 Nov. 2023: Page added.
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