Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Feb 19, 2022 at 17:52 by Wordup 38 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Havoc Demon Hunter in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.


Gearing a Havoc Demon Hunter

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Havoc Demon Hunter, this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.

When you acquire a new piece of gear that can be enchanted, you should make sure to put the right effect on it. We have that covered in our Enchant page below.


The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Havoc Demon Hunter

At this point in World of Warcraft's lifecycle, and despite the stat priority we recommend, there are often too many variables to each individual character to give hard recommendations. There is no easy way to give you an exact answer to individual items, and this is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose set bonuses, trinkets and item combinations in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is a big factor in unlocking your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.



The Droptimizer feature from Raidbots lets you identify which dungeons and Raid Bosses you should spend your Bonus Rolls on. It simulates all of the potential upgrades in a raid or a dungeon, and lists the bosses/dungeons by rank order of how much DPS you can expect to gain from bonus rolling on it. We have a guide for it that you can access using the link below.


General Simulations

While we heavily recommend simming yourself, you can find some of our general simulations on the dedicated page below.


Legendaries for Havoc Demon Hunter

Havoc has a few strong options, and your selection is largely defined by the damage profile you are looking for and the Covenant you are playing. The rules to watch for are:

If you want a more detailed explanation of each individual Legendary and also more options for different scenarios, you can look at our dedicated page linked here:


Conduits for Havoc Demon Hunter


Best Potency Conduits for Havoc Demon Hunter

  1. Growing Inferno Icon Growing Inferno
  2. Relentless Onslaught Icon Relentless Onslaught
  3. Brooding Pool Icon Brooding Pool (Necrolord), Unnatural Malice Icon Unnatural Malice (Night Fae)
  4. Adaptive Armor Fragment Icon Adaptive Armor Fragment

Best Endurance Conduits for Havoc Demon Hunter

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

For more details regarding each individual Conduit, you can look at our dedicated Covenant, Soulbind and Conduits page linked below:


Trinket Notes for Havoc Demon Hunter

Due to how strong trinkets can sometimes be, and that they are not always easily accessible from Mythic+, raiding, and PvP sources, we always recommend always best to use Raidbots' Top Gear to determine what your optimal trinkets are.

Bloodmallet.com also provides rankings for Shadowlands trinkets to give a general overview of relative power levels, and things to look out for:

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com


Often, many people tend to overthink the distribution of secondary stats, rather than consider the most important factor: more stats is often better. Due to this (especially in Shadowlands with the increased value of Agility), you will often be making your choice based on item level above all outside of specific situations. Keep that rule in mind when considering gear, but always remember to sim yourself, and check out our stats page for more details.


Tier 28 Set Bonus

Patch 9.2 adds in two and four piece set bonuses available for all specializations, adding in effects built around class mechanics when equipped. The Havoc effects are as follows:

This can be obtained from bosses within the Sepulcher of the First Ones and the Great Vault. First and foremost you should aim to activate the four piece bonus, but the weakest piece are the Gloves, so if you have the choice this is the one to avoid. You can find more details on our Rotation page covering the impact of the bonuses for Havoc:

These pieces can also be accessed outside of the regular drop sources through the new Creation Catalyst system, which will become active roughly 8 weeks after the patch launches. This allows you to use resources gathered on Zereth Mortis to convert items that share slots with Tier pieces into Tier, enabling the set bonus requirements.


Domination Shards

Patch 9.2 disables these effects in all forms of content outside of Torghast, The Maw and the Sanctum of Domination raid, so they are no longer something to worry about optimizing.


This is a recommended set of gear available exclusively from Dungeon drops. This excludes open world drops because of how random it can sometimes be to acquire them, so these serve as items to slot in whenever you can. Trinkets are not listed, as they are covered in the dedicated section above.

Slot Item Source
Helm Vicious Surge Faceguard Icon Vicious Surge Faceguard Spires of Ascension
Neck Cabochon of the Infinite Flight Icon Cabochon of the Infinite Flight Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Shoulder Far Traveler's Shoulderpads Icon Far Traveler's Shoulderpads De Other Side
Cloak Blighted Margrave's Cloak Icon Blighted Margrave's Cloak Plaguefall
Chest Rainshadow Hauberk Icon Rainshadow Hauberk Mists of Tirna Scithe
Wrists Risen Monstrosity Cuffs Icon Risen Monstrosity Cuffs The Necrotic Wake
Gloves Gloves of Haunting Fixation Icon Gloves of Haunting Fixation Halls of Atonement
Belt Sapgorger Belt Icon Sapgorger Belt Mists of Tirna Scithe
Legs Abyssal Disharmony Breeches Icon Abyssal Disharmony Breeches Spires of Ascension
Boots Vanquished Usurper's Footpads Icon Vanquished Usurper's Footpads Theater of Pain
Ring #1 Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet Icon Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet The Necrotic Wake
Ring #2 Signet of Collapsing Stars Icon Signet of Collapsing Stars Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Weapons Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence Icon Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence Plaguefall
Alternative Stone General's Edge Icon Stone General's Edge Sanguine Depths

This section contains the best gear to look for in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid. It does not include anything from outside sources, so with some drops you have access to you might have better choices.

Slot Item Source
Helm Mercurial Punisher's Hood Icon Mercurial Punisher's Hood Anduin Wrynn
Neck Cartel Xy's Proof of Initiation Icon Cartel Xy's Proof of Initiation Artificer Xy'mox
Shoulder Mercurial Punisher's Shoulderpads Icon Mercurial Punisher's Shoulderpads Lords of Dread
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Prototype Pantheon
Chest Mercurial Punisher's Jerkin Icon Mercurial Punisher's Jerkin Rygelon
Wrists Devourer's Sandblown Hidebinders Icon Devourer's Sandblown Hidebinders Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener
Gloves Grasps of Abducted Fate Icon Grasps of Abducted Fate Lords of Dread
Belt Runecarver's Twisted Ward Icon Runecarver's Twisted Ward The Jailer
Legs Mercurial Punisher's Breeches Icon Mercurial Punisher's Breeches Halondrus the Reclaimer
Boots Moccasins of Dreadful Absolution Icon Moccasins of Dreadful Absolution Prototype Pantheon
Ring #1 Loquacious Keeper's Peridot Icon Loquacious Keeper's Peridot Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Ring #2 Modified Defense Grid Icon Modified Defense Grid Vigilant Guardian
Weapons Alandien's Tortured Twinblades Icon Alandien's Tortured Twinblades Lords of Dread
Alternative Domination's Deliverance Icon Domination's Deliverance The Jailer


  • 19 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 05 Nov. 2021: Shifted recommended Domination Shard set to Frost.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5 for Covenant Conduits and note on Frost Shards.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.0.5 with a note regarding Valor.
  • 21 Jan. 2021: Updated item levels for rewards, removed trinket recommendations due to Bloodmallet support.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Season 1 release.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
Show more
Show less