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Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Dec 12, 2017 at 08:59 by Wordup 552 comments

Table of Contents

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 reviewed and approved by Kib, a lead theorycrafter for Havoc Demon Hunters, alongside playing in Strawberry Puppy Kisses in the world top 40. You can watch his stream on Twitch or follow him on Twitter.

1. Raid Best in Slot List for Havoc Demon Hunter

Bear in mind that all of this is subject to change based on Warforging and Titanforging happening on gear, so this is absolutely a guideline and not a rule. Note that it is also just dealing with gear from raid environments, so this could change if you are spending a large amount of time in Mythic+ and gaining different, rarer pieces.

Slot Item Source
Helm Felreaper Hood Icon Felreaper Hood Aggramar
Neck Chain of the Unmaker Icon Chain of the Unmaker Argus the Unmaker
Shoulders Shoulderpads of the Demonic Blitz Icon Shoulderpads of the Demonic Blitz Garothi Worldbreaker
Cloak Felreaper Drape Icon Felreaper Drape Antoran High Command
Chest Vest of Waning Life Icon Vest of Waning Life Argus the Unmaker
Wrists Fiendish Logistician's Wristwraps Icon Fiendish Logistician's Wristwraps Antoran High Command
Gloves Felreaper Gloves Icon Felreaper Gloves Kin'garoth
Belt Portal Keeper's Cincture Icon Portal Keeper's Cincture Portal Keeper Hasabel
Legs Felreaper Leggings Icon Felreaper Leggings Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Life-Bearing Footpads Icon Life-Bearing Footpads Eonar the Life-Binder
Ring #1 Band of the Sargerite Smith Icon Band of the Sargerite Smith Kin'garoth
Ring #2 Zealous Tormentor's Ring Icon Zealous Tormentor's Ring The Coven of Shivarra
Trinket #1 Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision Argus the Unmaker
Trinket #2 Seeping Scourgewing Icon Seeping Scourgewing Varimathras

1.1. Trinkets

With the trinkets listed, this assumes that you are comparing against equal item level pieces at Item Level 945, therefore in some cases due to the scaling effect, this list can be inaccurate. Due to that, there is a simulation of all trinkets against each other listed here:

Trinket Simulations

One trinket slot should be locked into a pantheon trinket, and below shows how much of a gap there is between different choices depending on what you have available. Note that the (10) choices involve 10 additional pantheon trinket wearing players in a raid, which profoundly alters the value of them, using Cradle of Anguish as a litmus test to show their general value:

Pantheon Simulations

Some small disclaimers are due here, bear in mind that Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal is from a world boss, so relies on very high titanforging to keep up with powerful dungeon trinkets with high Item Level, or Mythic+ trinkets. This list was also generated with a gearset from Antorus, including the Tier 21 4-piece bonus

1.2. Convergence of Fates & Cooldown Reduction

With 7.2.5 and other trinket options entering into the mix, Convergence is generally not worth it. Note in the trinket stack that Convergence is missing due to it being more fluid to predict its value, and the impact of potentially de-syncing Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis and Nemesis Icon Nemesis. It is currently not a recommended option, as with current gear and with the Legendary shoulders Delusions of Grandeur Icon Delusions of Grandeur alone it is realistic to get Metamorphosis down to 2 minutes, and if not, it is preferable to look at relics to smooth it out rather than sacrifice a Trinket slot for something quite weak.

1.3. Tier Bonus Combinations

Currently no 2 piece bonuses work well on their own with respective builds, and rely on their 4 pieces to make them strong. On top of this, they clash with powerful legendary choices in Raddon's Cascading Eyes Icon Raddon's Cascading Eyes and Delusions of Grandeur Icon Delusions of Grandeur, meaning that mixing sets is not currently recommended.

1.4. Evaluating Upgrades with dynamic Item Levels

Due to the Warforging/Titanforging system, having a full comprehensive list of gear ranked against each other would be far too elaborate and confusing to compile, and as such it is recommended instead to evaluate upscaled items using rough stat weights. As always with weights, they can change depending on your gear and to get them perfectly accurate for your character, it is always advised to simulate it yourself, however for the purpose of this I will use example Havoc stat weights:

These were calculated using the recommended build, Tier 20 4-piece and 915 average gear. At lower gear levels, secondaries are less significant so be aware this is not strictly universal.

  • Critical Strike: 2.19
  • Mastery: 1.85
  • Versatility: 1.65
  • Haste: 1.51
  • Agility: 1

If we then compare two pairs of gloves, we can get a rough evaluation of which to use. Starting with Lurid Grips of the Obscene Icon Lurid Grips of the Obscene, these come with 2847 Agility, 731 Critical Strike, and 820 Mastery, so we can use this to calculate a relative value:

731×2.19 + 820×1.85 + 2847×1 = 5964.89

Then comparing to Grips of Hungering Shadows Icon Grips of Hungering Shadows, these come with 2847 Agility, 642 Haste, and 908 Versatility, which can be evaluated in a similar way:

642×1.51 + 779×1.65 + 2847×1 = 5314.62

Through this we can see that the value of Lurid Grips of the Obscene Icon Lurid Grips of the Obscene is higher than Grips of Hungering Shadows Icon Grips of Hungering Shadows, and are the better choice to use. As said though, these weights can differ depending on the content you are doing, your talent selections, and the other gear you are currently wearing, as many stats synergise with others and scale exponentially, increasing their value. This is especially true for Havoc given that stats are so close in value.

2. Racial Bonuses for Havoc Demon Hunter

Unlike most classes, Demon Hunters do not get a choice in their Race outside of Faction restrictions, and as such I do not feel Racial recommendations are necessary.

3. Legendary Items for Havoc Demon Hunter

Legendary items have a high item level of 1000, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Havoc legendaries are generally very specific to the situation or fight archetype you want to enhance. There are purely single target, Cleave, and large scale AoE choices, and as such making your choice if you have multiple items to choose from is decided by that.

For single target encounters, the go to is Anger of the Half-Giants Icon Anger of the Half-Giants, providing a massive buff to your active Fury generation (note this triggers from both Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite and Demon Blades Icon Demon Blades). Despite many changes over the course of the expansion, this still remains the ideal choice due to the value of Fury generation.

For Cleave, or any fight in which you can aggressively hit more than one target with Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive (assuming you have Bloodlet Icon Bloodlet taken), Mo'arg Bionic Stabilizers Icon Mo'arg Bionic Stabilizers is extremely powerful as the bonus damage is amplified by the subsequent Bloodlet Icon Bloodlet DoT. This also triggers on single target, but following the 7.2.5 nerf reducing this to 25% instead of 50%, it has fallen off drastically in strength and is relatively weak.

For AoE there are two options. The first of these is Loramus Thalipedes' Sacrifice Icon Loramus Thalipedes' Sacrifice, further increasing the power of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush for each subsequent target you charge through, though recent changes have diminished how powerful this is. 7.2 has extended this to apply with the first target hit, but are still unremarkable.

Alternatively, Raddon's Cascading Eyes Icon Raddon's Cascading Eyes increases the frequency in which you can use Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam, but the effect is very reliant on huge groups of enemies to trigger its effect aggressively. With the Tier 21 bonus, this begins to pull ahead due to the value of each Eye Beam cast and even becomes a solid choice for single target.

Achor, the Eternal Hunger Icon Achor, the Eternal Hunger provides a significant increase to sustain, causing Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat to instantly heal you for 25% of your maximum health when cast, and grant 20% Leech for 8 seconds when cast. This also comes with additional secondary stats in its budget, so if you are worried about survivability this is a great choice.

Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote can be reduced down to a passive damage increase averaging out at around 3% increase over the course of a fight. It has some circumstances where bosses do not go through the entire Health pool (such as Odyn or Helya) where it shines even brighter. Note that the bonus damage it deals, whilst Physical, bypasses the targets armor and directly replicates 30% of the damage the triggering attack dealt. Its benefit however is limited to the first 10% on targets, so in some fights it can be a very minimal bonus.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret has some fringe bonuses for extra mobility and an extra Haste proc activating after crowd control effects, such as Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova, alongside interrupts via Consume Magic Icon Consume Magic. If you can reliably trigger this, due to the Fury gain from Demon Hunter interrupts, this is an extremely powerful effect providing a pseudo Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust effect for a short period. Due to the sheer amount of stats this grants, this can be a solid choice, and if you can trigger the Haste effect it becomes even more potent.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus has some extremely powerful survivability implications due to the 25% max health absorb shield that triggers every 30 seconds, alongside providing additional secondaries of all 3 desirable stats. A great choice for survivability and raid progress.

3.1. 7.1.5 Legendaries

The new 7.1.5 Legendary shoulders, Delusions of Grandeur Icon Delusions of Grandeur provide a significant reduction to your Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis cooldown based on Fury spent. This can effectively reduce the cooldown of the spell by upwards of a minute, which if it can be capitalised upon is extremely powerful in some encounters. If you do not gain any extra uses or synchronise it with important burn phases however, it is effectively useless. So it requires some foresight to know how much worth the equip has and is very context specific. With enough gear, these can potentially bring Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis down to a 2-minute cooldown, allowing it to align with other effects such as Nemesis Icon Nemesis and Chaos Blades Icon Chaos Blades.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a newly added trinket, providing significant passive Agility and secondary stats, alongside a powerful on use AoE effect on a 1.15-minute cooldown. This can be very useful for timed AoE burst, but Havoc already has access to a lot of this and given there are other powerful trinket options, is less powerful than it first appears, but still useful.

3.2. 7.2 Legendaries

7.2 only adds one new legendary in the form of the crafted item The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge Icon The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge. These boots come with ideal stats and 3 sockets to add additional items in, but mostly serve as a utility item for the out of combat speed increase, so is not an ideal choice for raiding and group content.

3.3. 7.2.5 Legendaries

Chaos Theory Icon Chaos Theory is a cloak that grants Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance, a 10% when cast to trigger the Chaos Blades Icon Chaos Blades effect for 6 seconds. Due to how powerful this cooldown is, this is a powerful legendary that performs well specifically when combined with Tier 20 bonuses and First Blood Icon First Blood. It does however fall off in Tier 21 as neither of those are used.

Soul of the Slayer Icon Soul of the Slayer grants the First Blood Icon First Blood talent, allowing you to take an additional choice on the level 102 Talent tier. This allows for either Chaos Cleave Icon Chaos Cleave or Bloodlet Icon Bloodlet, and this can have some applications with various builds, but is generally not a top tier pick compared to other choices. In sustained cleave however, using this with Bloodlet can provide strong results.

3.4. 7.3.2 Legendaries

Insignia of the Grand Army Icon Insignia of the Grand Army increases the effect of your Light/Shadow effects from the Netherlight Crucible. Whilst this is an increase, it is not a particularly significant one and most of the powers are very oriented around single target, making it not only less desirable but less versatile, and is not recommended.

3.5. Recommended Choices

Generally, you cannot choose which legendary you get but now as the expansion moves on people have a much wider choice of items to choose from. If you find yourself wondering what to use, some good choices are as follows (in no particular order):

Single Target:

Multiple Target:

As mentioned above, Delusions of Grandeur Icon Delusions of Grandeur relies on it generating an extra use of Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis. When extra uses are not generated reliably, however it does effectively nothing unless damage is required at a specific time, so still requires forethought as to whether it is worth equipping.

For the rest of your equipment, you should look for upgrades that match your stat priority. For that, we advise you to Ask Mr. Robot, by filling the form below.

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4. Loot Competition for Havoc Demon Hunters

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Vengeance Demon Hunters, Paladins, Priests, and Warlocks
Leather Armor Vengeance Demon Hunters, Druids, Monks, and Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Feral Druids, Hunters Windwalker Monks Rogues, and Enhancement Shaman

5. ChangeLog

  • 12 Dec. 2017: Updated Trinket simulation image.
  • 28 Nov. 2017: Updated for Antorus release with new trinket and Pantheon simulations.
  • 03 Aug. 2017: Added note regarding Delusions of Grandeur power in Tomb of Sargeras.
  • 14 Jun. 2017: Added note regarding Tier 19/20 2/4pc combinations.
  • 10 Jun. 2017: Updated with Patch 7.2.5 Tier 20 gear choices and additional Legendary items.
  • 31 May 2017: Removed note regarding Convergence/Delusions
  • 28 Mar. 2017: Updated 7.2 legendary changes.
  • 04 Feb. 2017: Large update with new trinket sims and specifics on Convergence/Delusions.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated with 7.1.5 simulation results. Added Nighthold items and new Legendaries.
  • 25 Oct. 2016: Updated BiS trinkets and added trinket simulations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
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