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

Last updated on Aug 12, 2018 at 22:58 by Wordup 33 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Havoc Demon Hunters. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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

Gearing your character at the start of the expansion is much different than in the middle or the end of the expansion. Without a raid, gear sources are much more open and available. Raids are end-game content and with how the raid tier system works, you go from end-game to end-game while doing very little gearing outside of maybe dungeons. Since there is no raid at the start of the expansion, we have to learn how to gear to be ready for it.

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+ is not unlocked until the raid is available, so players can only get rewards from Normal (310), Heroic (325), and Mythic (340) difficulties. This method will be the most common for most players.
  • If World Bosses are unlocked the same way as Legion's World Bosses were, they will be available upon the first weekly reset, namely August 14th. Kill the World Boss once a week for a chance at 355 item level gear.
  • Some professions can craft one 355 piece on the second reset and a second item on the third reset. Save any useless greens, blues, and trinkets you get while leveling, and scrap them at the location marked by the arrow here. Reroll all pieces to the best possible stats if you have the resources.

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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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

2. ChangeLog

  • 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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