Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Dragonflight 10.2
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Havoc Demon Hunter in World of Warcraft Dragonflight 10.2.
Gearing a Havoc Demon Hunter
Welcome to our Gear and BiS Page for Havoc Demon Hunter for Dragonflight 10.2. Check this page to learn everything you need to know about gearing a Havoc Demon Hunter, including the BiS Gear from all sources, Raiding, and Mythic+, information on the best Trinkets, Tier Sets, and much more.
BiS Gear Guide for Havoc Demon Hunter
Havoc generally aims for the highest item level pieces available, aiming for as much Critical Strike and then Mastery as possible, with some deviations depending on build. The only items that tend not to follow the item level rule is Jewelry, as these have no Agility. Thus, power is weighted more toward ideal secondary stats. Visit our Stats page for more details.
BiS Gear for Havoc Demon Hunter
BiS List for Havoc Demon Hunter
This list is the ideal DPS setup, including all sources available to us. This includes Crafting, Raids, Mythic+, and even The Great Vault. Therefore, think of this more as an end goal to work toward, as this list provides the most balanced end setup, assuming you have access to everything. All crafts use Draconic Missive of the Peerless unless otherwise stated.
|Weapons||Double Time (489)||The Great Vault / Dawn of the Infinite: Galakrond's Fall|
|Alternatives||Thorncaller Claw (489)||Mythic Council of Dreams|
|Helm||Screaming Torchfiend's Burning Scowl (489)||Revival Catalyst, or Mythic Tindral Sageswift|
|Neck||Chain of the Green Flight (489)||The Great Vault / Darkheart Thicket|
|Shoulder||Strigine Epaulets (489)||Mythic Council of Dreams|
|Cloak||Mantle of Blazing Sacrifice (489)||Mythic Smolderon|
|Chest||Screaming Torchfiend's Binding (489)||Revival Catalyst, or Mythic Nymue, Weaver of the Cycle|
|Bracers||Life-Bound Bindings (486)||Crafted by Leatherworking, using Blue Silken Lining|
|Gloves||Screaming Torchfiend's Grasp (489)||Revival Catalyst, or Mythic Igira the Cruel|
|Belt||Life-Bound Belt (486)||Crafted by Leatherworking, using Blue Silken Lining|
|Legs||Screaming Torchfiend's Blazewraps (489)||Revival Catalyst, or Mythic Larodar, Keeper of the Flame|
|Boots||Tasseted Emberwalkers (489)||Mythic Tindral Sageswift|
|Ring #1||Band of Twisted Bark (489)||The Great Vault / Darkheart Thicket|
|Ring #2||Band of Callous Dominance (489)||The Great Vault / Black Rook Hold|
|Trinket #1||Cataclysmic Signet Brand (489)||Mythic Smolderon|
|Trinket #2||Witherbark's Branch (489)||The Great Vault / The Everbloom|
|Alternative||Augury of the Primal Flame (496)||Mythic Fyrakk, the Blazing|
Mythic+ Gear BiS List for Havoc Demon Hunter
This list contains the ideal options for each slot available from Mythic+ dungeons added in the Season 3 pool. These are items that are worth target farming if you are looking to gear up a character and have holes in your gear set. This does not include any Raid or Crafted items.
Note: this is not a list for the best gear to wear when doing Mythic+, and instead a list of the best gear available from these dungeons in each respective slot. For that, see the overall list.
|Weapons||Double Time||Dawn of the Infinite: Galakrond's Fall|
|Alternatives||Lightning Whelk Axe||Throne of the Tides|
|Helm||Hood of Perpetual Conflict||Dawn of the Infinite: Murozond's Rise|
|Neck||Chain of the Green Flight||Darkheart Thicket|
|Shoulder||Screaming Torchfiend's Horned Memento||Revival Catalyst|
|Cloak||Raal's Bib||Waycrest Manor|
|Chest||Screaming Torchfiend's Binding||Revival Catalyst|
|Bracers||Bracers of Dreadful Maladies||Waycrest Manor|
|Gloves||Screaming Torchfiend's Grasp||Revival Catalyst|
|Belt||Salty Shell-Studded Girdle||Throne of the Tides|
|Legs||Screaming Torchfiend's Blazewraps||Revival Catalyst|
|Boots||Decapod Slippers||Throne of the Tides|
|Ring #1||Band of Twisted Bark||Darkheart Thicket|
|Ring #2||Band of Callous Dominance||Black Rook Hold|
|Trinket #1||Witherbark's Branch||The Everbloom|
|Trinket #2||Porcelain Crab||Throne of the Tides|
|Alternative||Accelerating Sandglass||Dawn of the Infinite: Galakrond's Fall|
Raid Gear BiS List for Havoc Demon Hunter
This list provides the best item in each slot available within Amirdrassil if you need to inform your organized group of items you are looking out for. This does not include any Crafted pieces.
Note: this is not a list for the best gear to wear when Raiding, and instead a list of the best item available from the current raid in each slot. For that, see the overall list.
|Main Hand||Thorncaller Claw||Council of Dreams|
|Off Hand||Igira's Flaying Hatchet||Igira the Cruel|
|Helm||Screaming Torchfiend's Burning Scowl||Tindral Sageswift|
|Neck||Amulet of Eonar's Chosen||Nymue, Weaver of the Cycle|
|Shoulder||Strigine Epaulets||Council of Dreams|
|Cloak||Mantle of Blazing Sacrifice||Smolderon|
|Chest||Screaming Torchfiend's Binding||Nymue, Weaver of the Cycle|
|Bracers||Verdant Sanctuary Bands||Council of Dreams|
|Gloves||Screaming Torchfiend's Grasp||Igira the Cruel|
|Belt||Vengeful Bladebeak Girdle||Amirdrassil Trash|
|Legs||Screaming Torchfiend's Blazewraps||Larodar, Keeper of the Flame|
|Boots||Tasseted Emberwalkers||Tindral Sageswift|
|Ring #1||Signet of the Last Elder||Igira the Cruel|
|Ring #2||Daydreamer's Glimmering Ring||Amirdrassil Trash|
|Trinket #1||Cataclysmic Signet Brand||Smolderon|
|Trinket #2||Augury of the Primal Flame||Fyrakk, the Blazing|
|Alternative||Coiled Serpent Idol||Volcoross|
Enchants and Sockets
If you have a new piece of gear containing prismatic sockets or are eligible to be enchanted, you can find everything you need to pick the best one for the job on our dedicated enchants page below.
"Simming" Yourself as a Havoc Demon Hunter
Throughout this page and elsewhere in our guide, we regularly refer to the importance of simming yourself on Raidbots. This is because every character is unique, and each individual gear piece you have access to can change the overall balance and alter what is best right now for you.
While we do offer generic sim charts for Trinkets and offer recommendations, these are not complete replacements for simming yourself. The only way to truly optimize your character to that degree is by making use of the tools available!
If you are new to simming and Raidbots, check out our detailed guide below.
Tier Set Bonus for Havoc Demon Hunter in Season 2
Dragonflight Set Bonuses
Amirdrassil Tier Set for Havoc Demon Hunter
Tier sets are unique bonuses tied to each Season of Dragonflight, comprised of 5 gear pieces. Bonuses are unlocked at 2 and 4 pieces equipped, and the Screaming Torchfiend's Brutality confers the following bonuses:
- Demon Hunter Havoc 10.2 Class Set 2pc - Your Blade Dance automatically casts Throw Glaive on your primary target for 100% damage, and each slash has a 50% chance to also Throw Glaive an enemy for 35% damage.
- Demon Hunter Havoc 10.2 Class Set 4pc - The Hunt damage over time effect lasts 6 seconds longer, and each time you Throw Glaive, its remaining cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds.
This set locks in a lot of talents to enable it, but it is worth it. Once you have the 4-piece equipped, it requires The Hunt and all supporting Throw Glaive talents to get full value:
- Master of the Glaive / Champion of the Glaive
- Accelerated Blade
- Furious Throws
- Serrated Glaive
The primary target throw of Throw Glaive will consume a charge to deal full damage, and any glaive sent out by Blade Dance will gain the effect of talents taken. This means there is no need to rotationally cast Throw Glaive with the bonus taken, as the procs will naturally consume charges for free when it triggers. It also means you need to plan around a much lower cooldown on The Hunt in your cycles when using the 4-piece.
When to Switch Set Bonuses
For Havoc, as soon as you have access to the Season 3 set bonus, you should switch and also swap to all of the supporting Throw Glaive talents. The old set 4-piece is not enough to compete with how much power is built into the new one.
Aberrus Tier Set for Havoc Demon Hunter
Tier sets are unique bonuses tied to each Season of Dragonflight, comprised of 5 gear pieces. Bonuses are unlocked at 2 and 4 pieces equipped, and the Kinslayer's Burden confers the following bonuses:
- Demon Hunter Havoc 10.1 Class Set 2pc - Every 175 Fury you spend, you gain Seething Fury, increasing your Agility by 10% for 6 seconds.
- Demon Hunter Havoc 10.1 Class Set 4pc - Each time you gain Seething Fury, gain 15 Fury and increase the damage of your next Eye Beam by 15%, stacking up to 5 times.
While the bonus hooks into Eye Beam and your Fury cycle, they are mostly passive and plays itself through regular gameplay. There is no rotational alteration, but there is an encouragement to spend quickly and efficiently to cycle the bonus. It simply provides a large Agility boost with a high uptime and enhances your burst windows at all target counts.
Vault of the Incarnates Set Bonus for Havoc Demon Hunter
The Skybound Avenger's Flightwear bonuses from Season 1 are still available, and were as follows:
- Havoc Demon Hunter 2pc increases the Critical Strike chance of Blade Dance and Chaos Strike by 5%, and increases their Critical Strike damage by 10%.
- Havoc Demon Hunter 4pc grants Chaos Strike and Blade Dance a 20% chance to increase your damage by 5% for 6 seconds. Critical Strikes have double the chance of triggering this.
These bonuses are strong in all scenarios, providing flat bonuses to rotational buttons. The 4-piece grants a simple bonus damage proc that has a very high uptime through regular gameplay thanks to it triggering from each damage event, making Blade Dance a consistent activator. Due to its simplicity, it neither alters your gameplay in any meaningful way nor your talent selections.
Best Crafted items for Havoc Demon Hunter
With Dragonflight Professions, you can craft items with customizable stats in nearly all slots with up to Item Level 486. This means that for many non-tier slots, Crafted items are a competitive alternative when gearing quickly or to fill up gaps in your gearset.
If you want to learn more about the Crafting system in general and potentially craft your own items for less Gold, check out our dedicated page below.
Best Havoc Demon Hunter Crafting Order
Best Crafting Order for Havoc Demon Hunter
This is our general recommendation for the best Crafting Order. Due to the high value of Embellishments for Havoc, these come first, followed by the highest value single crafts after. All crafts, unless otherwise stated, use a Draconic Missive of the Peerless wherever possible. Havoc has two separate options depending on your preference:
- Life-Bound Belt and Life-Bound Bindings, using Blue Silken Lining on both.
- Toxic Thorn Footwraps with an off-piece using Toxified Armor Patch.
- Signet of Titanic Insight (with Alchemical Flavor Pocket)
You can also consider crafting a weapon early, such as Primal Molten Warglaive if you do not expect to get a high item level one quickly.
The entire decision hinges on whether you are willing to play around the 90% health threshold of Blue Silken Lining or not. Havoc is capable of it, but some encounters may have very low uptime. Toxic Thorn Footwraps have some issues with certain items, such as Cataclysmic Signet Brand wasting procs on healing, but it remains the strongest alternative.
Havoc Demon Hunter Crafting Details
Embellishments either come set on items as standard or can be added with an optional reagent when crafting the piece. These provide additional bonuses (and in some cases quite large ones) but are limited to two. Due to there being so many options, here we will look at the options available to Havoc:
- Blue Silken Lining - This is theoretically the strongest option, using two of them on any selection of crafted pieces. Thanks to Soul Rending, Havoc can realistically keep it active outside of extreme circumstances, so, if any spec is going to make it work, it will be Havoc.
- Toxic Thorn Footwraps - these still deal strong single-target damage and are a consideration if you do not want to worry about Silken Lining uptime.
- Toxified Armor Patch - Due to the above being strong, if you want to invest in the boots rather than Silken Lining due to the Health threshold, then taking this alongside it is ideal.
- Undulating Sporecloak - Patch 10.2 added Versatility while above 70% (which, thanks to Soul Rending, Havoc has an easy time doing). Unfortunately, just before the patch launch, every aspect of this item was reduced, making it far less appealing.
- Slimy Expulsion Boots* - these should be avoided, as while they deal competitive damage, the downside of losing Haste makes them a weaker choice.
- Elemental Lariat* - still competitive with alternatives, but the extra requirement of sockets means that it is not as easy to get consistent value from it early in the season.
- Alchemical Flavor Pocket* - this does not require an Embellishment slot, and as such, is worth using to avoid losing your Well Fed buff should you die.
Engineering Specialty Pieces
Another specialty item worth looking at, especially for Mythic+, is the Engineering pieces. The Head ( Peripheral Vision Projectors) requires Engineering as your profession, while the Bracers ( Needlessly Complex Wristguards) can be used by anyone and either allow you to use the Tinker: Arclight Vital Correctors giving you access to a Combat res, which can be game-changing. If you are considering these, avoid crafting Life-Bound Bindings as your Embellishment piece.
These items also come entirely with one stat, meaning you should craft them with the Razor-Sharp Gear for Critical Strike. Non-engineers should also fit this with a Critical Failure Prevention Unit, while Engineers should use the Calibrated Safety Switch.
Trinkets for Havoc Demon Hunter in Season 3
There are a number of strong options available for Havoc in Season 3 coming from a variety of different sources. Key ones to look for in order of strength are:
|Cataclysmic Signet Brand||Deals extremely high single-target damage but takes up to 3 minutes to fully ramp up. While the backlash damage is quite high, surviving through it is fine and definitely worth it. In Mythic+, on the other hand, the unreliability of maintaining it between pulls makes it more niche.|
|Witherbark's Branch||Grants a huge amount of Mastery when used, requiring a small mini-game of collecting orbs. These orbs stack, and it refreshes the buff with each orb collected, meaning you can either collect them all quickly or play to extend them. Havoc has flexibility in grabbing these, but ideally staggers some to make sure the full 20 seconds overlaps with Metamorphosis. Works well both in single-target and especially burst AoE.|
|Augury of the Primal Flame||While this does not come with any Agility, due to Crit being so high-value for Havoc, it still comes out fine. The proc itself has a lot of variance, but can provide extreme damage both in single target and AoE, and is an excellent proc option if you can get hold of one.|
|Porcelain Crab||Very consistent Mastery proc with some free Avoidance added in. While it does not provide as high of a proc as alternatives, the 40%+ uptime of the effect and added defense makes it a worthwhile pickup while you hunt for the ideal options.|
|Coiled Serpent Idol||Deals solid damage and has a failsafe for AoE if your target dies. Competes with other strong direct damage trinkets in single-target, but has some issues with AI and range on the procs that can limit its power. Still a worthwhile pickup if you want a simple-to-use option.|
|Pip's Emerald Friendship Badge||Great all-rounder trinket that provides both passive stats and short extra bursts with a solid proc rate. Works well in both single-target and AoE, and the consistency helps with the sustained AoE portion of Havoc compared to more burst-heavy options.|
|Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows||Grants a massive amount of Critical Strike, which can be used for huge payoff moments, especially in AoE with Fel Barrage. The 3-minute cooldown however makes it a bit more awkward to plan around, so is more of a niche option if you cannot get hold of Witherbark's.|
Trinket Simulations for Havoc Demon Hunter
These are generic simulations from Bloodmallet, giving you a rough overview of strong Havoc Demon Hunter Trinkets. It is not a replacement for simming yourself, but can still offer a quick reference point.
Check out the BiS Lists if you just want to know the best Trinkets from M+ and Raid.
BiS Trinkets for Havoc Demon Hunter
Best Raiding & Single-Target Trinkets for Havoc Demon Hunter
Best Mythic+ & AoE Trinkets for Havoc Demon Hunter
- 27 Nov. 2023: Added Augury to ideal trinkets.
- 07 Nov. 2023: Updated to remove Sporecloak recommendation, switched to Blue Silk/Toxic Thorn options.
- 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2.
- 04 Sep. 2023: Added BiS lists for Patch 10.1.7 and restructured page.
- 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5 to clean up Trinket and Crafting sections, and add Dawn of the Infinite items.
- 25 May 2023: Added Timewalking section, cleaned up original Trinket recommendations.
- 09 May 2023: Updated for Trinket changes.
- 01 May 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1 and Season 2 release with new gear recommendations.
- 24 Mar. 2023: Updated for Primordial Gemstones hotfixes.
- 22 Mar. 2023: Updated to account for Primordial Gemstone buffs.
- 20 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7 with Annulet information.
- 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed and updated for Patch 10.0.5.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Updated to Gear Page Format.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
- 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
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