Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jul 16, 2019 at 18:00 by Wordup 74 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Havoc Demon Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2. Here, you will learn how to play as a Havoc Demon Hunter in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

1. Havoc Demon Hunter Overview

Havoc in Battle for Azeroth has gone through somewhat of a maturing process, trying to focus more on the talent tree and allowing for more diverse options in gameplay approaches, alongside tightening up some of the more loose aspects of the original implementation. It still remains a predominantly builder spender style rotation and is largely Global Cooldown locked. The core hook is making the most of your Fury pool and reacting to unpredictable gains, ensuring you use high burst cooldowns and windows to push yourself even further. On top of that, it comes with a variety of mobility and defense tools, creating a versatile toolkit with some unique abilities that can be used in a variety of ways.

2. Patch 8.2 Changes for Havoc Demon Hunters

Havoc remains almost the same as in Patch 8.1, with a single minor change.

Along with this change, Havoc Demon Hunters also gained access to the following:

3. Havoc Demon Hunter's Strengths

  • Powerful burst single target damage
  • Extremely powerful cooldowns for high damage requirement moments
  • Flexible mobility allowing for great positioning control in encounters
  • Can switch targets without any downsides, and can pool resources for instant burst
  • Powerful, versatile cooldowns for different situations
  • Strong group utility, especially via Chaos Brand Icon Chaos Brand

4. Havoc Demon Hunter's Weaknesses

  • AoE is tied to cooldowns, which hurts sustained damage
  • Some RNG is built into the resource system, which can on rare occasions lead to starvation at bad moments
  • Outside of cooldown windows, damage can be lackluster
  • Some talents have problems with certain encounter types, which can hinder options.

5. Viability of Havoc Demon Hunter in the Current Patch

Following the Crucible of Storms, it is clear that even in situations where Havoc is not ideal, Chaos Brand Icon Chaos Brand is enough to make it a top tier pick. Many of the Essences have solid synergy with the specialization, and its versatile cooldowns appear to suit a number of the Eternal Palace encounters nicely. There is nothing to indicate that the trend of Havoc being desirable will change with the onset of Patch 8.2.

6. Changelog

  • 16 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added note regarding Conflict and Strife.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated for Season 3 revisions with Azerite and Essences.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Altered to recommend Potion of Unbridled Fury.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (this page): Updated for Season 3 launch.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Confirmed information for Season 3 validity and parity with Easy Mode page.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated with additional notes on Mechagon and Eternal Palace.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Made another pass to further update the page.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Reviewed and updated for Season 3 and Eternal Palace release.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 01 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated with details for each boss.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (this page): Small tweaks to reflect no real changes to Havoc throughout 8.1.5 and Crucible release.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Reviewed and updated for Crucible of Storms release.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Crucible of Storms release.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 03 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for season 2.
  • 20 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated with additional notes.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Removed note regarding Unbound Chaos.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Altered Chaos Brand note to indicate it triggers from all damage.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for the Unbound Chaos/Chaotic Transformation shift.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Small extra note regarding opener with Chaotic Transformation.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Slight adjustments to Azerite recommendation for Chaotic Transformation single point.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 06 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page format.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated with gearing paths and Uldir item recommendations.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for heavier focus on Demonic playstyle.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated following week 1 Uldir observations.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated Demonic note regarding Revolving Blades synergy.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Updated opener to indicate pre-casting Immolation Aura.
  • 05 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated tier 7 talent discussion slightly to give more weight to Demonic.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated with initial tips for Uldir release.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Mythic+ opening with preliminary advice.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated to Bloodmallet Azerite Chart.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Gale-Force Striking buff.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated weapon simulation enchants for the Gale-Force Striking buff.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page created for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Page created for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page created for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page created.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page created in preparation for the eventual Uldir release (empty for now).
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Added Hekili to the list as a regularly updated rotation aid tool.
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Altered trinket section to indicate direct damage trinkets are performing better.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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