Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 22, 2020 at 02:50 by Wordup 79 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Havoc Demon Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. 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 8.3 Changes for Havoc Demon Hunters

While the changes for Havoc Demon Hunter do not go far beyond simple bug fixes, you can view the Patch 8.3 change list below.

In addition, we have:

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

Havoc still likely remains a dominant melee specialization due to the power of the Chaos Brand Icon Chaos Brand debuff, and its versatile damage toolkit in most situations. Alongside this the utility tools such as Darkness Icon Darkness and Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk bolster its place in the raid, and it is unlikely that Havoc will not be present in most raid groups throughout Ny'alotha.

6.

Changelog

  • 22 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated with BiS from Ny'alotha, and some note tweaks for other notable pieces.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3 with Corruption notes and new Azerite, BiS to be added soon.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (stats page): Adjusted note to indicate more reliance on item level for Patch 8.3.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page added.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for patch 8.3.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): Added some notes missing about Demonic Appetite, updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated for patch 8.3 with new Essences.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Added 8.3 traits, checked other sections.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Updated for patch 8.3 with some talent shifts to better reflect current BfA.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for 8.3.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for 8.3.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Altered to recommend Potion of Unbridled Fury.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated with additional notes on Mechagon and Eternal Palace.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Updated for Season 3 revisions with Azerite and Essences.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added note regarding Conflict and Strife.
  • 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 (easy mode 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 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 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 (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 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (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 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms 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 (stats 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 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (stats 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Reviewed and updated 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.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (this page): Small tweaks to reflect no real changes to Havoc throughout 8.1.5 and Crucible release.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Crucible of Storms 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 (addons 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 (gear page): Updated for season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (enchants 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 (spells page): Altered Chaos Brand note to indicate it triggers from all damage.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Slight adjustments to Azerite recommendation for Chaotic Transformation single point.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 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.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode 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.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats 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 (how to improve 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 (simulations 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 (talents page): Updated Demonic note regarding Revolving Blades synergy.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated following week 1 Uldir observations.
  • 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 (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 (enchants page): Updated for Gale-Force Striking buff.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated weapon simulation enchants for the Gale-Force Striking buff.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated to Bloodmallet Azerite Chart.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page created for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (enchants 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 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 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.
  • 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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