Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.0.5
On this page, we explain how to easily play Havoc Demon Hunter in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.
This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.
The Basics of Havoc Demon Hunter
Havoc comes with a fairly slim ability toolkit, but each ability is very focused on what they are good at. The talent tree does a lot of heavy lifting to round out your rotation, but some choices can up the complexity and sometimes be overwhelming to new players.
If you are completely new to Havoc and need more information on the abilities available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.
The most important mechanic to bear in mind, as elaborated upon in the more advanced section, is your Fury. Managing this is very simple, with 40 Fury you are able to cast Chaos Strike, which has a 40% chance to refund 20. This is the crux of Havoc gameplay, and reacting to that refund is the first step to grasping Havoc.
Alongside this, the heavy damage cooldown Metamorphosis supercharges your Fury spenders Chaos Strike and Blade Dance, turning them into Annihilation and Death Sweep, and increasing your Haste by 25%. You should try to line this up with any other cooldowns and enter into it with a bank of Fury for a large burst of damage.
Covenant Choice for Havoc Demon Hunter
All of the Covenant choices for Havoc are within 1-2% of each other, with some leaning more toward single-target or AoE. Depending on gameplay, there really is not a wrong choice here. Of all of the picks, we recommend Night Fae because it is the easiest to get value out of, and works well in all forms of content. For your Soulbind pick, Niya works fine with a strong ending trait, Niya's Tools: Burrs, when you complete your Renown tree. An example tree to follow when playing with Niya is as follows:
It cannot be emphasized enough, however, just how close all 4 Covenants currently are in Patch 9.0.5 for Havoc with each having their own benefits and downsides depending on content type. You are in many cases free to pick whichever you want depending on your preference, and there is ample opportunity to make use of the tools they provide.
Conduit Choice for Havoc Demon Hunter
Best Potency Conduits for Havoc Demon Hunter
Best Endurance Conduits for Havoc Demon Hunter
For more detailed overviews of each Covenant and their Soulbinds, alongside Conduit information you can check our dedicated page below:
Talent Choices for Havoc Demon Hunters
The talents listed below are selected either for ease of use, or for a more easy-to-understand gameplay style. While in a number of cases there are alternatives on the tree that will provide more if played well, they create much more room to play incorrectly without impacting performance. Due to this, treat this as a starting point.
- Level 15: Blind Fury
- Level 25: Insatiable Hunger
- Level 30: Glaive Tempest
- Level 35: Soul Rending
- Level 40: Cycle of Hatred
- Level 45: Unleashed Power
- Level 50: Demonic
This is a generally strong build even in more optimized builds, but comes with the benefit of making your rotation much more streamlined. If you are looking for a build with no compromises for each situation, you can look at our full talents page below for more in-depth analysis on each specific choice.
Stat Choices for Havoc Demon Hunters
The current Havoc stat priority is as follows when using this build.
- Haste = Versatility;
- Critical Strike;
In most cases, stat priorities do not change for specs on both our Easy Mode and full guide pages. Despite this, the finer details regarding each indvidual stat and the reason behind why they are picked is covered in our full stat page linked below.
Legendary Choice for Havoc Demon Hunter
Havoc has quite a few choices with some of them being more specialized. Because of this, we recommend grabbing Collective Anguish first. This is the most flexible pick that works both in single-target and AoE, and even has some synergy with the build linked above.
There are more specialized options available in both Burning Wound and Darkglare Boon, however, so for more Legendary choices and explanations of different picks available you can look at our dedicated Legendary page below:
If you are looking for more information about what gear to look out for when playing, you can also check our Gear page linked below.
Basic Rotation for Havoc Demon Hunters
- Cast Eye Beam on cooldown.
- Cast Metamorphosis, and try to have some Fury pooled before activating it.
- Cast Glaive Tempest on cooldown.
- Cast Immolation Aura on cooldown.
- Cast Chaos Strike with 40+ Fury.
- Cast Demon's Bite to generate Fury.
Make sure to keep your medium cooldown tools ( Eye Beam, Immolation Aura and Glaive Tempest) on cooldown at all times, and make sure to pool a bit of Fury for your Metamorphosis activations. Also, try and spend as much excess Fury as possible before casting Eye Beam, as Blind Fury causes the cast to refill your Fury bar. Also remember with the talents picked here you never cast Blade Dance.
Remember this rotation is very basic, as the talents are intended to make it as easy to execute as possible. You can check out our more detailed and optimized version of the priority on our dedicated rotation page.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Page updated for Patch 9.0.5 to focus on Covenant parity.
- 24 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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