Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 12, 2018 at 03:32 by Wordup 69 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Havoc Demon Hunters. It lists your best items, with an emphasis on trinkets, and gives you gearing advice.

The other pages of our Havoc Demon Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

1. Gearing in Battle for Azeroth

1.1. How to Gear before Raids

Gearing up to prepare to ender Uldir provides a lot of different options now that Battle for Azeroth has opened up the majority of different gear paths. You will ideally want to get yourself to a healthy item level before stepping foot in Uldir, and this can be done through a variety of different ways.

Remember when gearing to sim yourself for your stat weights, but Havoc Demon Hunters will generally be after pieces with a high amount of Versatility and Haste, while trying to get as little Mastery as possible.

  • World Quests provide players with a variety of rewards such as Azerite, Reputation, and even Gear. World Quest gear scales with the player and the item level caps at 330 once the player's item level is 325. This gear can roll additional sockets and even be Titanforged, so if the piece has good stats, doing the World Quest can give you a solid item before Uldir.
  • Reputation gives out rewards based on your status with the faction. For most factions, Honored awards a 320 cloak, Revered a 335 item, and Exalted gives a 350 item. Champions of Azeroth awards a 355 item level Azerite item with the Furious Gaze Icon Furious Gaze trait. Additionally, each level gives additional item level to your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth.
  • Mythic+ rewards gear based upon the keystone level you complete:
    • 2-3: 345
    • 4: 350
    • 5-6: 355
    • 7: 360
    • 8-9: 365
    • 10: 370
  • World Bosses spawn weekly, and killing this grants a once a week for a chance at a 355 item level piece of gear.
  • Leatherworking can craft 355 item level Boots and Legs, and allow you to craft an improved 370 piece using Sanguicell Icon Sanguicells from Uldir. These can be further improved after crafting this piece to 385, using significantly more Sanguicells. These can be rerolled using the scrapper to get your Sanguicells back, and should be rerolled to ideal stats if you have the Expulsom Icon Expulsom available.
  • Warfronts can be repeated as many times as you want, each rewarding a random piece of 340 gear, with a weekly quest rewarding a piece of 370 gear. These can only be done when your faction has control of Arathi, which will cycle roughly every 5 days.

1.1.1. Weekly Mythic+ Chest

Along these same lines, you should be completing at least one keystone at a high item level each week to make use of the weekly chest. The highest keystone you complete (up to a maximum of 10) will determine the final reward:

Keystone Level Weekly Chest Loot Azerite Armor Chest Loot
Mythic 2 355 340
Mythic 3 355 340
Mythic 4 360 355
Mythic 5 360 355
Mythic 6 365 355
Mythic 7 370 370
Mythic 8 370 370
Mythic 9 375 370
Mythic 10 380 385

1.1.2. PvP Gearing Options

While not usually recommended, the additional route of gearing via PvP is very lucrative in Battle for Azeroth. You will gain a piece of high item level gear each week based upon your current max rating, dictated by the following brackets. You will also receive End of Match rewards at random, at a slightly reduced item level:

Rating Level End of Match Rewards Weekly Cache Loot Weekly Azerite Armor Loot
0-1399 340 355 355
1400-1599 350 365 355
1600-1799 360 370 370
1800-2099 365 375 370
2100-2399 370 380 385
2400+ 375 385 385

1.2. Notable Trinkets and Weapons

Trinkets, Weapons, and Azerite Armor are the three largest DPS increases to any class in the game. Getting good pieces to fill these slots early allows you to perform incredibly well. They are also the hardest pieces to get.

1.2.1. Weapons

There are a number of strong weapons for Havoc Demon Hunters, and note that they can all be used in either hand. Ideally, you should be looking for weapons with a healthy mix of Haste and Versatility, trying to avoid Mastery:

There is also a unique proc effect Fist Weapon, Bile-Stained Crawg Tusks Icon Bile-Stained Crawg Tusks from The Underrot. This effect can be strong, but the loss of secondary stats and additional randomness makes it a sidegrade choice based on current simulations.

1.2.2. Trinkets

Thanks to Bloodmallet.com, a comprehensive list of available trinkets for Havoc are listed against each other below.

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1.2.3. Azerite

You can check through the Havoc Azerite page to look through the values of different traits and target different items.

1.3. Recommended Uldir Gear

Due to there only being one raid available at this point in Battle for Azeroth, this list will provide the ideal items available to you within it. This does not include items that are found outside of the raid, so this may be altered based on items you have available from outside sources. Note this also does not include trinkets as they are covered in the above chart:

Slot Item Source
Helm Cowl of Dark Portents Icon Cowl of Dark Portents Mythrax the Unraveler
Shoulder Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders Icon Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders Zul, Reborn
Cloak Cloak of Rippling Whispers Icon Cloak of Rippling Whispers Zul, Reborn
Chest Tunic of the Sanguine Deity Icon Tunic of the Sanguine Deity G'huun
Wrists Wristwraps of Coursing Miasma Icon Wristwraps of Coursing Miasma Vectis
Gloves Gloves of Descending Madness Icon Gloves of Descending Madness Taloc
Belt Replicated Chitin Cord Icon Replicated Chitin Cord Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth
Legs Pathogenic Legwraps Icon Pathogenic Legwraps M.O.T.H.E.R.
Boots Quarantine Protocol Treads Icon Quarantine Protocol Treads Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth
Ring #1 Rot-Scour Ring Icon Rot-Scour Ring M.O.T.H.E.R.
Ring #2 Band of Certain Annihilation Icon Band of Certain Annihilation Mythrax the Unraveler
Weapons Glaive of the Keepers Icon Glaive of the Keepers M.O.T.H.E.R.
Alternative Lancet of the Deft Hand Icon Lancet of the Deft Hand G'huun

1.3.1. Ideal Bosses to Coin

You should ideally be spending your Seal of Wartorn Fate Icon Seal of Wartorn Fate on a combination of M.O.T.H.E.R., Mythrax, or G'huun. You should decide based upon Azerite pieces you require, and how important a weapon upgrade is. If you are severely lacking a Shoulder Azerite piece, you can also coin Zul, Reborn to cover this gap.

2. Changelog

  • 12 Sep. 2018: Updated with gearing paths and Uldir item recommendations.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 22 Jul. 2018: Altered trinket section to indicate direct damage trinkets are performing better.
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