Havoc Demon Hunter Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2
On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Havoc Demon Hunter, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.
1. Azerite Essences for Havoc Demon Hunters
Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.
Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.
What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.
Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.
2. Notable Major Essence Powers for Havoc Demon Hunters
Condensed Life-Force performs the best in single target situations, providing a strong burst cooldown that synergizes well with the Minor power when it reaches Rank 3. This has not got any strong AoE implications however, so it may fall off compared to other choices if extra targets are present.
Blood of the Enemy serves as a good catch all Essence, with strong Major and Minor powers that work in any situation. By Rank 3, the Major provides a significant boost to your cooldown window (although brief), and a small burst of AoE damage on top when activated. The Minor also gives a solid boost of free Critical Strike rating that culminates in a burst of Haste.
The Crucible of Flame is the easiest Essence to acquire, and provides a good single target boost with the Major active ability. This can be used to fill empty GCDs (making it especially good with a Demon Blades oriented build) with a high damage cast when nothing else is available, dealing heavy damage that can also be pooled for a burst window at Rank 3, when the second charge is unlocked. The Minor power is a purely passive damage proc that deals solid damage, but you cannot play around this effect outside of doing your normal rotation.
Essence of the Focusing Iris gives a huge burst AoE tool for its Major power that also does solid damage even in single target, making it a good pick. Note however that it is channelled, so it comes with a higher opportunity cost than any other power on the list. It also comes with a solid Minor power, giving a constant boost to your Haste rating (but is lost on target swaps). Given that the effect is not lost from AoE splash damage unless you actively switch targets, this works perfectly with all of the Havoc AoE tools, so it is a good pick.
While on paper Vision of Perfection should be good for Havoc due to the strength of Metamorphosis, it is not a lock in. Because you do not benefit from extra effects such as Furious Gaze or Chaotic Transformation when this triggers, a good portion of that on-demand burst that Metamorphosis gives can be lost. This does raise the uptime of the effect to 60-70% (from 45-50%), so it is still useful. The Minor power may also have some uses allowing Metamorphosis to line up better with certain encounter timings, due to its innately long cooldown, but this will be context specific.
Memory of Lucid Dreams gives a Major power that is a 100% boost to ALL Fury generation for 12-15 seconds, on a 2-minute cooldown. This can be combined with your Metamorphosis windows for a quick burst of damage (especially with Demon Blades builds) to up your consistency. The overall power of this major needs some simulations to quantify, but is not expected to be an ideal option. The Minor on the other hand does provide a solid amount of Fury generation alongside a frequent boost to Versatility, making the essence a reasonable choice in a Minor slot.
Conflict and Strife grants the PvP talent Demonic Origins in all content. While this is not technically a damage increase option, it can make use of Chaotic Transformation more frequently and does have some potential in specific encounters that may need more frequent cooldown windows for shorter periods of time. The Minor provides a near constant boost to your Versatility that can be treated as a free secondary stat bump, and slots in well as a Minor.
3. Minor Essence Powers for Havoc Demon Hunters
Worldvein Resonance can be useful if you use it exclusively in a Minor only slot (due to the relatively weak Major), assuming there are at least 4 other players in your group making use of this. With this number, you should realistically expect to maintain the Agility buff at maximum stacks, assuming there is not too much movement.
4. Essence Rankings for Havoc Demon Hunter
Currently, Essences are being hotfixed quite frequently, so this is only a cursory look at the power of each Essence in each of the slots. This will likely change over the coming weeks, especially as simulations are more readily available:
4.1. Major Powers
- Condensed Life-Force;
- The Crucible of Flame;
- Blood of the Enemy;
- Vision of Perfection;
- Essence of the Focusing Iris (AoE).
4.2. Minor Powers
- Memory of Lucid Dreams;
- Essence of the Focusing Iris;
- Blood of the Enemy;
- Conflict and Strife;
- Worldvein Resonance (with a group).
5. Essence Comparison Simulations
As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use Raidbots.com to sim your own character.
This section will be updated in the future when more robust simulations are available for essence rankings.
- 24 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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