Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 29, 2022 at 20:26 by Wordup 38 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: Castle Nathria. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

1.

Introduction

On this page, you will find Havoc Demon Hunter specific information to deal with each boss in the Castle Nathria raid.

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 what you can do to deal with each fight as best as possible.

During Shadowlands Season 4, Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones will each spend time being featured as a Fated Raid. During these times encounters within the specific raid will include an additional mechanic and items will drop at increased item levels. If you would like to learn more general information about the Fated Raids system as a whole, please see our overview below. Otherwise, continue to use this page for specialization-specific tips.

Havoc has changed quite a bit since Nathria with some different choices and damage profiles compared to what it aimed to do originally. It still follows the dominant damage builds that 9.2 and 9.2.5 pushed focusing on the strength of Venthyr's Sinful Brand Icon Sinful Brand for sustained single-target damage.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

Currently there is one dominant build is rarely deviated from outside of very specific situations. Legendary decision comes down to preference in single-target with Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon and Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish, with Collective Anguish being the go to if there is any cleave or AoE involved.

Covenant: Venthyr

Legendaries: Agony Gaze Icon Agony Gaze with either Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon or Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish

Soulbind: Nadjia (Link)

Shriekwing Huntsman Altimor Sun King's Salvation Artificer Xy'Mox Hungering Destroyer Lady Inerva Darkvein The Council of Blood Sludgefist Stone Legion Generals Sire Denathrius

We advise to use the following talents on Shriekwing.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Shriekwing.

  1. Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon
  2. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  3. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Huntsman Altimor.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Huntsman Altimor.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Sun King's Salvation.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sun King's Salvation.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Artificer Xy'Mox.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Artificer Xy'Mox.

  1. Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon
  2. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  3. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Hungering Destroyer.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Hungering Destroyer.

  1. Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon
  2. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  3. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Lady Inerva Darkvein.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on The Council of Blood.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on The Council of Blood.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Sludgefist.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sludgefist.

  1. Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon
  2. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  3. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Stone Legion Generals.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Stone Legion Generals.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sire Denathrius.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity
3.

Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following talents against Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Shriekwing.

  1. Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon
  2. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  3. Unity Icon Unity

Purely single-target encounter so standard build suits here.

3.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Shriekwing guide.

4.

Huntsman Altimor

We advise you to use the following talents against Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Huntsman Altimor.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish will usually work out best for the goal of the encounter due to the shared health pool of the boss and the Gargons.

4.1.

Tips

  • Try to make sure you have Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam ready to burst down the Shades of Bargast Icon Shades of Bargast when they are being burned down.
  • Aim to roll Sinful Brand Icon Sinful Brand on both the boss and the active Gargon whenever possible.
  • Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat allows you to remove the slowing effect from Petrifying Howl Icon Petrifying Howl, giving you more time to place it.
  • If you are targeted by Sinseeker Icon Sinseeker use Blur Icon Blur, the damage is significant and the cooldown is low enough to make this worthwhile to help out your healers.
  • Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk can be used to soak Sinseeker Icon Sinseekers (and even multiple at once), but the Bleed will still be applied.
  • Use Darkness Icon Darkness to reduce some damage if the melee is soaking Vicious Lunge Icon Vicious Lunge.

For more information, please refer to our Huntsman Altimor guide.

5.

Sun King's Salvation

We advise you to use the following talents against Sun King's Salvation.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Sun King's Salvation.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

The frequent low health add spawns plays into Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish, alongside the higher reliability to deal with the intermission.

5.1.

Tips

  • Lots of the adds here will die quite quickly so do not expect to get huge value out of Sinful Brand Icon Sinful Brand in the main phase.
  • In the intermission phases keep Sinful Brand Icon Sinful Brand up on the Shade and, whenever possible, try to have Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam ready for the Cloak of Flames Icon Cloak of Flames cast.
  • Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive with Master of the Glaive Icon Master of the Glaive is useful to slow the Soul Infuser spawns at the back of the room.
  • Pay special attention to adds dying to avoid taking hits from Fragmentation Icon Fragmentation, this is lethal if you stand in a stack.

For more information, please refer to our Sun King's Salvation guide.

6.

Artificer Xy'Mox

We advise you to use the following talents against Artificer Xy'Mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Artificer Xy'Mox.

  1. Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon
  2. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  3. Unity Icon Unity

This is a pure single-target burn encounter with no real gain from any cleave, with random and punishing downtime from certain mechanics. Legendary pick is personal preference.

6.1.

Tips

  • Mobility is key here, so try to manage your Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush charges to deal with mechanics and fall back on portals for the mandatory effects.
  • You can be an effective escort for Root of Extinction Icon Root of Extinction seeds if your group needs it, and use Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk to immune the detonation if you are caught out.
  • Make absolutely sure to have a charge of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush or Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat ready during the Edge of Annihilation Icon Edge of Annihilation cast in case you are dragged too far as a backup plan.

For more information, please refer to our Artificer Xy'Mox guide.

7.

Hungering Destroyer

We advise you to use the following talents against Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Hungering Destroyer.

  1. Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon
  2. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  3. Unity Icon Unity

This is a pure single-target burn encounter, with predictable downtime windows from Expunge Icon Expunge and Consume Icon Consume, so legendary choice is personal.

7.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Hungering Destroyer guide.

8.

Lady Inerva Darkvein

We advise you to use the following talents against Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Lady Inerva Darkvein.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Adds spawn roughly every minute and are burned down quickly, so Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish is a good pick here. Otherwise, this is another burn the boss encounter.

8.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Lady Inerva Darkvein guide.

9.

The Council of Blood

We advise you to use the following talents against The Council of Blood.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against The Council of Blood.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

The boss is deceptively single-target focused despite extra targets being available, so both builds are relatively equal here. Despite that the small extra healing provided from Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish can be helpful due to the constant raid damage, and the small bonus cleave on add spawns.

9.1.

Tips

  • Try to keep Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush and Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat ready for the intermissions to make it to your dance position in time.
  • During the intermission, just walk to spots rather than overshooting it with movement tools.
  • If targeted by Dark Recital Icon Dark Recital do not use Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush, as you will overshoot and place pools ahead of your partner.
  • There are a lot of mechanics in this fight that sometimes overlap or can be hard to avoid, so use Blur Icon Blur liberally.
  • Make sure you are only focusing on maintaining Sinful Brand Icon Sinful Brand on the burn target, worrying about it on the others is a waste due to the heal they will receive.

For more information, please refer to our The Council of Blood guide.

10.

Sludgefist

We advise you to use the following talents against Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Sludgefist.

  1. Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon
  2. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  3. Unity Icon Unity

The true single-target check of the tier, requiring the most out of you on one enemy. Roughly every minute has a 10 second window of double damage, so make sure anything you can save overlaps with this.

10.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.

11.

Stone Legion Generals

We advise you to use the following talents against Stone Legion Generals.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Stone Legion Generals.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

At almost all points in this fight there is a trickle of adds or multiple targets on Mythic, while in Heroic it is more single-target focused. The number of add waves still leans more toward Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish.

11.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Stone Legion Generals guide.

12.

Sire Denathrius

We advise you to use the following talents against Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Sire Denathrius.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

The encounter's main focus is single-target on the boss, but there are lots of opportunities to make use of free cleave in both Phase 1 and 2 so Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish is the pick.

12.1.

Tips

  • Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush is invaluable throughout fight as there is a lot of instant movement needed.
  • Most of the mechanics are on 30-second or 1-minute timers, so use Blur Icon Blur if you ever expect to take any damage to help out healers.
  • In Phase 2 the health pool of Denathrius and Remornia is shared, so try to cleave both whenever possible (and maintain Sinful Brand Icon Sinful Brand)
  • Try to make sure you have Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush or Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat ready during Phase 2 just in case you are hit by Crescendo Icon Crescendo to avoid being knocked off the platform.
  • In Mythic, you can use Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows to cover platforms in Phase 2 and kill ritualists if needed, and then Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush back. This removes the need for a Gateway if needed.
  • In the final phase use Glide Icon Glide to counteract the knockback from Shattering Pain Icon Shattering Pain and stay near the boss.

For more information, please refer to our Sire Denathrius guide.

13.

Changelog

  • 29 Jul. 2022: Updated for Season 4.
  • 21 Jan. 2021: Updated for more recent logs following settling of Nathria release.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Season 1 release.
  • 01 Dec. 2020: Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
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