Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Oct 06, 2018 at 04:18 by Wordup 69 comments

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General Information

This page will guide you on the way to finding the best Azerite items and traits for your Havoc Demon Hunter in the 8.0.1 Battle for Azeroth World of Warcraft Patch. Accessing the Azerite gear and traits is done through the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, for which we have a guide you should read.

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. Choosing Azerite Gear as an Havoc Demon Hunter

Your choice of Azerite options will usually come down to a combination of item level versus the value of Outer Ring traits, with other Ring traits often taking a back foot due to how even they are. It is hard to pin a rule on this value due to swings in gains both in single target and AoE situations, and as such simulations and tools such as Bloodmallet, linked below, are the preferred way of navigating this, as it will often be personal to your character.

In many cases, if the item level difference between two Azerite items exceeds 25 item levels, it is unlikely that a trait will cause a significant enough impact to alter your selection. Using a tool like Raidbots to make sure is always advised. Due to how weak some traits are (Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming) or due to the fact that some traits have no versatility in AoE circumstances (Ruinous Bolt Icon Ruinous Bolt), giving a universal recommendation is too difficult currently.

Bear in mind that the additional Stamina can be beneficial for survival if you feel you are lacking in this regard. In the same vein, if survival is what you need and upgrading based on item level will prevent you from reaching an Inner Ring defensive trait due to your Heart of Azeroth level, this is likely a poor trade-off unless you are gaining a significant amount of damage in the process.

2. Choosing Azerite Traits as a Havoc Demon Hunter

In the sections that follow, we will look at the best traits to choose. While the traits are ordered by power, this order is not a very strict priority, but more of a guideline.

2.1. Outer Ring

Many of the traits are very similar, and the performance comes down solely to the item. Havoc traits are generally quite powerful and focused on specific tools or abilities, often adding nuance in the uses they have or improving damage windows. With that said, here are some solid options available to Havoc:

Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix and Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans will both activate the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array effect when within Uldir, and as such having at least one of these traits in the raid to trigger it is very important. Archive will usually serve best for damage output in Uldir encounters, but Laser Matrix is still fine if you have no Reorigination Array active.

Revolving Blades Icon Revolving Blades works well with the current Havoc builds due to the focus on First Blood Icon First Blood and Trail of Ruin Icon Trail of Ruin causing Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance to be used on cooldown as the highest priority. The secondary effect of a small amount of Fury cost reduction can also be a solid gain over the course of an encounter, especially in Cleave or AoE situations that can potentially make Blade Dance casts free.

With Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam being a core part of the rotation at all target counts now, both Furious Gaze Icon Furious Gaze and Eyes of Rage Icon Eyes of Rage augmenting it have their uses. The former provides good synergy with Demonic Icon Demonic and a powerful surge of additional damage every 30 seconds with a high Haste buff over a long 12 second duration. The latter performs extremely well in AoE due to how strong Eye Beam is, in particular when combined with Blind Fury Icon Blind Fury. The added effect of cooldown reduction from orbs can also propel it higher in Mythic+ where soul fragments will be more abundant.

Unbound Chaos Icon Unbound Chaos can be useful for burst AoE specifically, and has uses particularly in Mythic+. This works even better if using Momentum Icon Momentum, but is not commonly used in current content. This has worse performance in single target however, and comes with positional constraints some might find less than ideal.

Finally for Havoc traits, Thirsting Blades Icon Thirsting Blades provides a consistent single target increase both through the flat cycling damage increase gained on your Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike every second, and the Fury reduction that comes along with it. This roughly equates to 1.5 free Chaos Strikes per minute, alongside the damage added onto each cast when consuming the stacks. This however has no Cleave or AoE applications, so falls behind in that respect.

Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back and Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury are more single target generic traits, and both perform adequately for those fight archetypes, but suffer when put into AoE and Cleave situations.

2.2. Middle Ring

Middle Ring traits are all fairly low impact, and your decision on which piece you use will generally be dictated by the Outer Ring option instead. That being said, here are some notes on the options.

While Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power does sim well, the stack loss from taking damage in nearly all content is significant enough to hurt its power, with some fights having damage so frequent it can cut the duration in half. This does not stop it from being a good choice, but take its ranking with a grain of salt.

Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call is generally the ideal choice, and also comes with a small boost in very stacked AoE situations with the splash damage effect.

Gutripper Icon Gutripper is a strong single target option, but relatively weak in AoE and Cleave. In fights that have a heavy focus on Execute phases however (such as G'huun or Fetid Devourer), this can accelerate its power and makes it a worthy choice in those circumstances.

Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules does perform very well in AoE situations, but remember that all 3 stacks have to apply to the same target and detonate the effect before it dies. In many cases this will not happen and the earlier applied stacks will be wasted, making it a bit too variable to see much consistent use.

2.3. Inner Ring

As these traits all have a lot of situational context, and are related to your survival rather than your damage output, quantifying these traits is a lot more difficult. You should generally be looking at the content that you are intending to do, and pick the trait that is most likely to be activated, as some have very specific qualifiers to take advantage of. Due to that, it is hard to provide a list that will be of much benefit.

3. Azerite Trait Rotation Changes and Details for Havoc Demon Hunter

Currently Havoc does not have any drastic rotational changes to account for different Azerite pieces, however there are some rules to note with some of the Havoc specific options:

  • When using Unbound Chaos Icon Unbound Chaos, regardless of whether or not you are using Momentum Icon Momentum, you will want to incorporate Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush into your rotation to trigger the effect.
  • Revolving Blades Icon Revolving Blades encourages you to make sure you hit as many targets as possible with the final swing to reduce the Fury requirement for your next use.
  • The cooldown reduction on Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam provided through Eyes of Rage Icon Eyes of Rage does not increase with additional traits, so only one is necessary to gain the maximum impact from this secondary effect.

4. Azerite Trait Simulations

4.1. Outer Ring

Here are the simulation results for the best Outer Ring traits (both Demon Hunter-specific and generic).

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

4.2. Middle Ring

Here are the simulation results of the best Middle Ring traits (even though this Ring is less important).

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

5. Azerite Traits for Havoc Demon Hunter

5.1. Outer Ring Traits

The first Ring of Azerite Traits are special effects that can be activated through Azerite Armor throughout Battle for Azeroth. Due to Demon Hunters only having 2 specializations, there are only Havoc exclusive traits available to them alongside the generic traits that all classes have access to. These are all damage-increasing options.

5.1.1. Havoc-specific

  • Eyes of Rage Icon Eyes of Rage increases the damage of your Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam casts, and also causes any Soul Fragments consumed to reduce the cooldown of Eye Beam by 1 second.
  • Furious Gaze Icon Furious Gaze grants additional Haste for 8 seconds whenever you fully complete an Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam channel.
  • Revolving Blades Icon Revolving Blades increases the damage of your Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance, and also reduces the cost of your next Blade Dance cast by 5 Fury for each enemy damaged by the final hit.
  • Seething Power Icon Seething Power causes your Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike casts to increase your Agility for 12 seconds. This effect stacks, but will not refresh its duration when new stacks are gained.
  • Thirsting Blades Icon Thirsting Blades increases the damage of your next Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike every 1.5 seconds, and reduces its cost by 1 Fury. This effect stacks and all stacks will be consumed by the first cast.
  • Unbound Chaos Icon Unbound Chaos causes your Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to spawn a Demon that will slam down for additional Chaos damage to all nearby enemies at the end of the cast.

5.1.2. Generic

  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 14 seconds.
  • Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Haste for 15 seconds. Killing enemies refreshes this effect.
  • Champion of Azeroth Icon Champion of Azeroth gives your abilities a chance to increase all your secondary stats for a minute, stacking up to 4 times. Getting a new proc will refresh the duration, so you will keep this at 4 stacks throughout an entire fight.
  • Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back gives your abilities a chance to shoot a dagger at your target, applying a damage over time effect for 12 seconds, stacking up to 4 times. If you shoot this dagger when behind the target, it will apply 2 stacks.
  • Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion gives your damaging ability a chance to do damage over 6 seconds to the target, healing you for the damage done.
  • Incite the Pack Icon Incite the Pack causes you to occasionally increase your Mastery and that of up to two nearby allies for 20 seconds.
  • Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming causes you to gain a buff for 8 seconds that transforms into a 20-second Haste buff after you cast 3 different spells while it is active.
  • Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury causes your damaging abilities to have a chance to summon a Child of Rezan, which deals Physical damage to your target and causes them to bleed for additional damage over 12 seconds.
  • Ruinous Bolt Icon Ruinous Bolt gives your abilities a chance to summon a Soul (pet) by your side for 14 seconds. The Soul deals Shadow damage to a random nearby target.
  • Secrets of the Deep Icon Secrets of the Deep causes your spells to have a chance to spawn a Surging Droplet nearby, which you can collect to increase your primary stat for 18 seconds. Rarely, a Void Droplet will be created instead, which increases your primary stat for twice as much as Surging Droplet's when collected.
  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 12 seconds. This duration can be extended by landing Critical Strikes up to a maximum of 18 seconds.
  • Thunderous Blast Icon Thunderous Blast gives your damaging abilities a chance blast the target for extra Nature damage, and cause the target to take 20% more damage from your next blast. When the bonus damage reaches 100%, the next blast will Critically Strike, and reset the bonus damage back to 0%.
  • Tidal Surge Icon Tidal Surge gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal some Frost damage to the target and slow it by 20%.
  • Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds causes your spells to have a chance to grant you Mastery for 15 seconds. When this buff expires, it jumps once to a nearby ally at half duration and amount.
  • Unstable Catalyst Icon Unstable Catalyst causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to create a zone standing in which increases your primary stat.

5.1.3. Uldir Traits

These traits are only found on raid gear within Uldir, and have two traits that can only be found on these pieces:

  • Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans is an Uldir-specific trait. It gives you a small primary stat buff every 5 seconds which stacks up to 20 times. Stacks only decay when out of combat. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
  • Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix causes your spells to have a chance to unleash a barrage of lasers which deal damage and heal injured allies for a small amount which is further split among them. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.

If either of these traits are active on your gear when you are inside Uldir, it will also grant the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array effect, increasing your highest secondary stat.

5.2. Middle Ring Traits for Havoc Demon Hunter

This Ring provides options that enhance the roles your class can perform. Despite only having 2 specializations, Demon Hunters still have 3 choices, with 2 DPS options and 1 tank option.

  • Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules gives your damaging abilities a chance to apply a debuff to your target. This debuff stacks up to 3 times, and when it reaches 3, the target explodes, doing AoE damage.
  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
  • Earthlink Icon Earthlink increases your primary stat, with the exact amount cycling between a minimum value and maximum value every 6 seconds.
  • Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase one of your secondary stats for 10 seconds.
  • Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal additional Nature damage to the target, and a smaller amount of damage to nearby targets.
  • Gutripper Icon Gutripper gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal additional Physical damage. This bonus damage occurs more often when the target is below 30% Health.
  • On My Way Icon On My Way passively increases your Versatility and Speed.
  • Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase your Haste. The amount of Haste granted decreases every second or whenever you take damage.
  • Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames causes your damaging spells to have a chance to grant a Critical Strike buff for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.

5.3. Inner Ring Traits for Havoc Demon Hunter

This Ring will provide a variety of survival and movement tools, varying from defensive increases, to healing effects, to shields. There are some Demon Hunter specific options, but most are shared amongst all classes.

  • Burning Soul Icon Burning Soul causes your Consume Magic Icon Consume Magic ability to grant an absorb shield and shatter a Soul Fragment from the target when it successfully removes a Magic effect.
  • Soulmonger Icon Soulmonger grants an absorb shield for 3 seconds whenever you consume a Soul Fragment.
  • Azerite Fortification Icon Azerite Fortification heals you when you are stunned, immobilized, or knocked back.
  • Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses causes you to gain a moderate absorb shield when surrounded by 4 or more enemies, but can only occur once every 15 seconds.
  • Gemhide Icon Gemhide causes you to gain Avoidance and Armor for 10 seconds when you take damage that exceeds 10% of your maximum health.
  • Longstrider Icon Longstrider increases your movement speed by a percentage of your highest secondary stat, with a maximum movement speed gain limit.
  • Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection causes you to gain an absorb shield every 30 seconds.
  • Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance causes you to be healed every 3 seconds while no enemies are within 20 yards of you.
  • Vampiric Speed Icon Vampiric Speed causes you to self-heal and gain Speed for 6 seconds whenever an enemy you damaged dies.

6. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Havoc Demon Hunter. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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