Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Guide — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

Last updated on Oct 12, 2020 at 22:51 by Wordup 1 comment
General Information

Welcome to our Havoc Demon Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1. 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 remains very similar mechanically in the Shadowlands pre-patch, maintaining a lot of the same build and spend gameplay. It has suffered some hits to its survival and the talent tree has been slightly altered to facilitate some new options, but the transition to the new expansion will likely be a smooth one for most players. You will remain Global Cooldown locked in almost all situations, and pooling Fury leading into short cooldown windows remains the core of the specialization. The spec has been hit by the AoE target caps added in the expansion though, so expect to deal less explosive damage in high-target scenarios. You do, however, still have access to some of the strong Azerite and Essence tools that made Havoc excel, right up until the expansion launches.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Powerful cooldown options for high damage requirement moments.
  • +Quite easy to pick up and play and grasp the basics.
  • +Solid survival tools.
  • +Flexible mobility, allowing for great positioning control in encounters.
  • +Can switch targets without any downsides, and can pool resources for instant burst.
  • +Strong group utility, especially via Chaos Brand Icon Chaos Brand.
X Weaknesses
  • -AoE is tied to cooldowns, which hurts sustained damage.
  • -Some RNG is built into the resource system, which can lead to starvation at bad moments.
  • -Outside of cooldown windows, damage can be weaker.
  • -Some talents have problems with certain encounter types, which can hinder options.
3.

Shadowlands Changes for Demon Hunters

We are maintaining a list of changes for Demon Hunters for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

4.

Leveling a Havoc Demon Hunter

If you plan on playing a Havoc Demon Hunter but have not leveled one yet, you can take a look at our leveling guide for tips:

When you make it to max level, it can sometimes be hard to transition quickly to making use of the full suite of tools and abilities without having the help of some addons. We recommend getting used to some of these as you begin your journey rather than all at the end, making the process smoother and letting you get comfortable with your UI. You can check out our Addons page for some recommendations:

5.

Basics of Havoc Demon Hunter Gameplay

Havoc has one of the smaller ability packages when it comes to DPS classes and, because of that, has a fairly easy pick up and play aspect. Your core involves generating Fury via Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite and pressing Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura on cooldown, and then using it on various spender abilities, such as Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike, Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam, and Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance.

You will mostly be using each of these abilities on cooldown in the situations they excel at - Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam is used on cooldown in all situations, Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance in AoE, and Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike in single-target. You also have access to a very powerful cooldown in Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis, which grants a long window of empowered ability use and 25% Haste.

Havoc also comes with extremely potent mobility tools in Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush and Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat, allowing you to reposition yourself around the battlefield extremely quickly to stick to your target or evade danger.

For more context on the details of each ability if you are new to the spec, we recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

6.

How to Gear Up as a Havoc Demon Hunter

While it is hard to give a specific guarantee on what gear is best at this point, due to the number of systems at play in World of Warcraft, you can find some information and recommendations on the best direction to take your character on our dedicated gearing page. This also includes a basic Best in Slot list for this tier.

Once you have started to gear, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page for exactly this, linked below. We also have a stats page, which provides more information on what each secondary stat does, and a general recommendation for what you should aim for.

7.

End-Game as a Havoc Demon Hunter

Like all specs, Havoc looks very different when you move from open world and leveling into the realm of end-game and progression. Therefore, we maintain a Mythic+, Raiding, and PvP guide for each respective content focus.

8.

Improving as a Havoc Demon Hunter

If you are looking for an answer to a specific question, often these are common queries that many players have. We keep pages that cover the most frequently asked questions, and also mistakes players tend to run into.

9.

Changelog

  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Essences page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms 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.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 03 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated following week 1 Uldir observations.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated with initial tips for Uldir release.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page created in preparation for the eventual Uldir release (empty for now).
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