Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.1.5

Last updated on Nov 01, 2021 at 14:04 by Wordup 35 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Havoc Demon Hunter in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.5, 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 Icon 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 Icon Metamorphosis supercharges your Fury spenders Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike and Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance, turning them into Annihilation Icon Annihilation and Death Sweep Icon 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

Currently we recommend Night Fae due to the versatility of the ability combined with an excellent suite of Soulbinds for different content types. While some other Covenants can be competitive, this is the easiest to make use of consistently. For your Soulbind pick, Niya works fine with a strong ending trait, Niya's Tools: Burrs Icon Niya's Tools: Burrs, when you complete your Renown tree. An example tree to follow when playing with Niya is as follows:


Conduit Choice for Havoc Demon Hunter


Best Potency Conduits for Havoc Demon Hunter

  1. Growing Inferno Icon Growing Inferno
  2. Relentless Onslaught Icon Relentless Onslaught
  3. Unnatural Malice Icon Unnatural Malice (AoE)

Best Endurance Conduits for Havoc Demon Hunter

  1. Fel Defender Icon Fel Defender
  2. Viscous Ink Icon Viscous Ink

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.

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.

  1. Agility;
  2. Haste = Versatility;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Mastery.

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 Icon 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 Icon Burning Wound and Darkglare Boon Icon 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

Make sure to keep your medium cooldown tools (Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam, Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura and Glaive Tempest Icon Glaive Tempest) on cooldown at all times, and make sure to pool a bit of Fury for your Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis activations. Also, try and spend as much excess Fury as possible before casting Eye Beam, as Blind Fury Icon Blind Fury causes the cast to refill your Fury bar.

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.



  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 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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