Havoc Demon Hunter Best Corruptions and Corrupted Items — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 23, 2020 at 08:30 by Wordup 84 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn what the best corruptions and the best corrupted items are for a Havoc Demon Hunter in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. We also tell you how to handle corruption effects.

Corruption is a new Patch 8.3 feature (see our guide on Corrupted Items). It replaces Warforging and Titanforging for all gear in the patch. It gives items a type of affix, as well as an amount of Corruption. Corruption is a stat that negatively impacts your character the more of it that you have, but the more Corruption you have, the more powerful the affixes will be. Some Affixes are a lot more powerful than others, and you can see a guideline ranking for them below.


What Corruption Powers to Buy for Havoc Demon Hunters

Echoes of Ny'alotha can now be used to buy specific corruption powers from MOTHER, in the Chamber of the Heart in Silithus.

This allows you to optimize the corruptions on your gear without any RNG involved, as long as you have enough Echoes to buy the corruptions you need.

You can learn all about this new system in our specialized guide for Echoes of Ny'alotha below.

For Havoc Demon Hunter, a lot of the strongest corruptions relate to procs due to the excess Haste that the spec has built into it. That means that you should be picking things based on content you are doing:

  • Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars: Single Target option, largely raid oriented and is a great pick on fights it is not punished by.
  • Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation: Excellent AoE/Mythic+ choice due to the frontloaded burst power, but can be inconsistent.
  • Ineffable Truth Icon Ineffable Truth: A few of these will result in reaching a higher Furious Gaze Icon Furious Gaze uptime, and more frequent Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance/Death Sweep Icon Death Sweep for both Cleave and AoE, alongside costing very low Corruption budget to use.
  • Expedient Icon Expedient: Serves as the best stat amp solely because of the sheer amount of in-built Haste rating Havoc has available to it making it very efficient.
  • Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound: Even following the 35% nerf, this still has value in both single target and low target cleave, alongside being easy to slot into your budget.

Bear in mind as well that in the majority of content Lash of the Void Icon Lash of the Void is still very valuable, but is not available from MOTHER. This means planning out what Corruptions you use require you to budget out space for this, because it will perform adequately in single target and exceptionally in AoE.


How Much Corruption Should I Run as a Havoc Demon Hunter?

Generally speaking, anything below 40 is considered safe and can be used in almost all situations. At low Corruption values, it is quite simple to move out of the Eye of Corruption, but some encounters require you to have very static positioning. You will be taking a lot of extra damage in these situations.

That being said, Demon Hunters are one of the few specs that can comfortably go above 40 corruption, due to the slew of tools at our disposal to deal with both the first two effects and the new Thing From Beyond effect.

We do not recommend ever running above 60 Corruption in any kind of serious content, however, as the added danger when multiple adds spawn is too high.


Tips for Dealing With Corruption Effects

Once your Legendary Cloak, Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve, reaches Rank 6, it will gain a special on-use effect that clears all Corruption effects from you. Use this as a last resort to get rid of an unwanted Thing from Beyond or when you get multiple Eyes of Corruption within quick succession. The damage you take from these can stack up quickly when the stack gets refreshed.

  • Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat removes the Grasping Tendril slow, and if this is on cooldown or needs to be saved, you can use Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to still move to your destination if in a rush.
  • The Eye of Corruption that spawns from Eye of Corruption Icon Eye of Corruption can be dealt with by just repositioning. If this is not possible and you must stand in it, your base Leech and self healing from Demonic Appetite Icon Demonic Appetite should go a long way. If it refreshes and you are in danger though, consider Healthstone Icon Healthstone or Blur Icon Blur.
  • Dealing with the Thing From Beyond that spawns from Grand Delusions Icon Grand Delusions as Havoc comes with two choices: tank it or stun it. You can use Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova or, alternatively, if talented, Fel Eruption Icon Fel Eruption to lock it down, causing it to despawn. Due to Havoc's innate self healing, the hit is usually less likely to be lethal, but if it comes at a rough spot, Blur Icon Blur is a low enough cooldown to let you tank it more comfortably.

All of the tools we have to deal with Thing From Beyond spawns also come with a cooldown however, so bear that in mind especially if multiple spawn in quick succession. Due to the innate survivability though, up to 59 is still a realistic threshold if you are comfortable, but never go above 60 to avoid Cascading Disaster Icon Cascading Disaster.


Picking Havoc Demon Hunter Corruption Items

The best way to determine which of your Corrupted items to use, is by using Raidbots Top Gear. You should set a maximum Corruption value that you are comfortable with, and simply simulate the highest DPS set.

Below we will have some guidance to help you pick effects, but ultimately it comes down to the amount of Corruption the item has versus the DPS it gives you (DPS per Corruption point), and how much Corruption you are willing to have on your gear.

Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound only has 1 tier, but even following the 35% nerf has great damage per corruption rating value on single target. Due to its low budget it is also very easy to fit into most gear setups, making it a strong pick as a proc effect. Note the damage is scaled from item level however, so the piece it is on does matter.

Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars is one of the highest-simming single-target Corruptions. Due to Havoc's high innate Haste levels increasing the proc rate as well, this is much stronger on average than it is for many other specs. This means the biggest limitations (that being extra targets) is not quite as noticeable for Havoc. This is still a consideration and causes it to fall off heavily in fights with a large number of adds.

Expedient Icon Expedient is the ideal secondary amplification due to the amount of bulk Haste Havoc gets from Furious Gaze Icon Furious Gaze, and, with enough, can allow for a third Death Sweep Icon Death Sweep within your Demonic Icon Demonic window.

Ineffable Truth Icon Ineffable Truth is an interesting choice at rank 1 specifically (costing 12, so is more efficient). This allows procs that line up with Demonic Icon Demonic to grant a third Death Sweep Icon Death Sweep, and also has a strong impact on your overall AoE allowing more frequent Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance casts.

Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation is a solid Mythic+ option and will boost your AoE, although is inconsistent due to its proc rate. It is very frontloaded, so expect damage to swing up and down between packs while using this.


Corruption Weapon for Havoc Demon Hunter

Unguent Caress Icon Unguent Caress is the Ny'alotha Corruption Weapon for Havoc Demon Hunters. It comes with the Lash of the Void Icon Lash of the Void Corruption Affix, which has a 2 (+ Haste) RPPM chance to deal Shadow damage and slow your target. Due to Havoc's high innate Haste and its damage being fully AoE, this is an extremely strong effect for only 25 Corruption in all situations, but especially AoE. Ideally, you should grab two of these.


Corruption Effects Simulations

There are 2 types of simulations that can be done for the Corruption effects, namely: DPS per point of Corruption, and DPS per effect. Generally speaking, DPS per point of Corruption is more important than DPS per total effect, since you only have a limited amount of Corruption you can comfortably use in a raid setting. Below, we have listed both types of simulations:


Single-Target DPS per Point of Corruption

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

Single-Target DPS per Effect

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

AoE DPS per Point of Corruption

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

AoE DPS per Effect

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com


  • 23 May 2020: Added MOTHER purchase recommendations.
  • 24 Apr. 2020: Page added (moved from Gear section).
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