Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Sepulcher of the First Ones Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 29, 2022 at 03:45 by Wordup 38 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Havoc Demon Hunter for each boss of the following raid: Sepulcher of the First Ones. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

1.

Introduction

On this page, you will find Havoc-Demon Hunter-specific information to deal with each boss in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid.

This page assumes that you already understand most of the mechanics of each encounter. These can be found on the full raid guide, so what is contained here are details specifically tailored toward Havoc Demon Hunters and what you can do to deal with each fight as best as possible.

During Shadowlands Season 4, Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones will each spend time being featured as a Fated Raid. During these times encounters within the specific raid will include an additional mechanic and items will drop at increased item levels. If you would like to learn more general information about the Fated Raids system as a whole, please see our overview below. Otherwise, continue to use this page for specialization-specific tips.

Since in Season 4 Sepulcher is the most recent raid, it was done with all of our current tools so the approach to each encounter for Havoc remains largely the same.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

Currently there is one dominant build is rarely deviated from outside of very specific situations. Legendary decision comes down to preference in single-target with Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon and Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish, with Collective Anguish being the go to if there is any cleave or AoE involved.

Covenant: Venthyr

Legendaries: Agony Gaze Icon Agony Gaze with either Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon or Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish

Soulbind: Nadjia (Link)

Vigilant Guardian Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener Artificer Xy'mox Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle Prototype Pantheon Lihuvim, Principal Architect Halondrus the Reclaimer Anduin Wrynn Lords of Dread Rygelon The Jailer

We advise to use the following talents on Vigilant Guardian.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Vigilant Guardian.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon
  3. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Artificer Xy'mox.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Artificer Xy'mox.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Prototype Pantheon.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Prototype Pantheon.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Halondrus the Reclaimer.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Halondrus the Reclaimer.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Chaos Theory Icon Chaos Theory
  3. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Anduin Wrynn.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Anduin Wrynn.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Lords of Dread.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Lords of Dread.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Rygelon.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Rygelon.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on The Jailer.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on The Jailer.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity
3.

Vigilant Guardian

We advise you to use the following talents against Vigilant Guardian.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Vigilant Guardian.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

This fight is split into two, with the first phase having lots of adds (including the boss on Mythic), and the final phase being a pure burn on the boss. As such Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish is the pick for the free cleave.

For more information, please refer to our Vigilant Guardian guide.

4.

Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener

We advise you to use the following talents against Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon
  3. Unity Icon Unity

This is a pure single-target burn with some intermittent movement, so your choice between Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon and Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish comes down to how comfortable you are with being locked in place frequently.

For more information, please refer to our Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener guide.

5.

Artificer Xy'Mox

We advise you to use the following talents against Artificer Xy'mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Artificer Xy'mox.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

This is mostly a single-target fight with small add waves at 75% and 50%, so Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish works out best here.

6.

Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle

We advise you to use the following talents against Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Adds are important to burn down here, but this is predominantly a single-target encounter. The cleave portions makes Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish preferable.

  • Have charges of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush ready to adjust around each Disintegration Halo Icon Disintegration Halo spawn to not take lethal damage.
  • Have some shorter cooldowns such as Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam ready to burst down the Siphoned Barrier Icon Siphoned Barrier shield.
  • Use Darkness Icon Darkness during the Inevitable Dominion Icon Inevitable Dominion channel when the raid is stacked.
  • When the boss is beginning to create the Disintegration Halo Icon Disintegration Halos, you can see which order they will spawn in by carefully watching the Dominated Reservoirs (the pillars) in the four points of the room. Pre-position and plan out your route to avoid dying to multiple stacks of the debuff.
  • Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows can be used to skip over multiple Halos if they overlap, and in emergencies Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk can prevent you taking lethal damage if you have to move through more than one at once.

For more information, please refer to our Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle guide.

7.

Prototype Pantheon

We advise you to use the following talents against Prototype Pantheon.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Prototype Pantheon.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

The fight is split between periods of 2 bosses active and a final burn with all 4 active. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish is ideal here to maintain Sinful Brand Icon Sinful Brand on all enemies consistently for that final phase.

For more information, please refer to our Prototype Pantheon guide.

8.

Lihuvim, Principal Architect

We advise you to use the following talents against Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

The majority of the important damage here is pure single-target on the boss, but there are high priority intermission adds followed by large add waves, so Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish is the pick here.

  • Aim to have Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam ready for the add spawns.
  • Save a charge for Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to counteract the knockback from Cosmic Shift Icon Cosmic Shift If you have the push effect.
  • Sinful Brand Icon Sinful Brand can be used on the intermission Protoform Schematics, but it will usually fall off on the boss during the intermission so you will lose boss damage doing this.
  • Use Blur Icon Blur during the intermission if the raid is unstable from the ticking Protoform Radiance Icon Protoform Radiance damage.
  • Use Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat if you are targeted by a Mote from a dying Degeneration Automa to drop it in a safe place.
  • Watch out for the Tank positioning as the Resonance Icon Resonance circles from the combo are lethal.

For more information, please refer to our Lihuvim, Principal Architect guide.

9.

Halondrus the Reclaimer

We advise you to use the following talents against Halondrus the Reclaimer.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Halondrus the Reclaimer.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Chaos Theory Icon Chaos Theory
  3. Unity Icon Unity

Halondrus has a unique situation where auto-attacks do not have the usual miss penalty, that does open up an alternative build with Chaos Theory Icon Chaos Theory, alternative you can take Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish if you want to stick to a regular build.

For more information, please refer to our Halondrus the Reclaimer guide.

10.

Anduin Wrynn

We advise you to use the following talents against Anduin Wrynn.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Anduin Wrynn.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Anduin has a lot of moving parts, but the majority of important damage is done during the intermission with a large amount of cleave throughout, so Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish wins by a large margin here.

For more information, please refer to our Anduin Wrynn guide.

11.

Lords of Dread

We advise you to use the following talents against Lords of Dread.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Lords of Dread.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Lords of Dread has a near constant 2 target uptime with some high burst windows roughly every 2 minutes, making Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish the ideal pick here to maintain Sinful Brand Icon Sinful Brand on both bosses throughout.

For more information, please refer to our Lords of Dread guide.

12.

Rygelon

We advise you to use the following talents against Rygelon.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Rygelon.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Mostly single-target oriented fight with some add spawns that have extremely low health, so there are lots of opportunities to get extra value from Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish.

  • Collapsing Quasars have huge hitboxes, making it very easy to aim your Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam to hit multiple targets.
  • Save a charge of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush or Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat to get into your assigned Collapsing Quasar Field Icon Collapsing Quasar Field if targeted by Dark Eclipse Icon Dark Eclipse. Likewise, this is useful in the intermission to keep up with the boss after soaking Unstable Cores.
  • Blur Icon Blur should be used in every intermission during the Unstable Core soaks.
  • While Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk does immune the up-front damage from soaking Cosmic Ejection Icon Cosmic Ejection, on Mythic you will still have the debuff applied so Havoc is not generally a good pick to do this.
  • In Mythic having charges of Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush is also very useful to get back to the boss as Massive Bang Icon Massive Bang pulls the raid to the centre, so you can get to your circle.

For more information, please refer to our Rygelon guide.

13.

The Jailer

We advise you to use the following talents against The Jailer.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against The Jailer.

  1. Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish
  2. Unity Icon Unity

There is a lot going on in this encounter but most of it is mechanical — the thing that matters is how much boss damage you can do over a long period of time. There are some brief add damage windows but are usually very short-lived.

  • You can use Glide Icon Glide to cancel the knock-up from Rune of Damnation Icon Rune of Damnation after you are bounced out of the hole to get back to the boss quicker.
  • Due to the mind control in Phase 2, consider switching your Nadjia Soulbind to avoid Nimble Steps Icon Nimble Steps as the root can be pretty annoying for your raid.
  • Try to line up Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam whenever possible on Rune of Compulsion Icon Rune of Compulsion spawns to help break allies out quicker. Either use Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova on allies immediately or do not use it, as the stun will linger after the mind control breaks.
  • In Phase 3 Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis can be saved to hit the Torment add spawns, but these are usually burned down very quickly so value might be low. Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam is also useful here.
  • Blur Icon Blur has a lot of situations to be used throughout the fight and should be used liberally, especially when soaking Martyrdom Icon Martyrdom in Phase 1, and when Chains of Anguish Icon Chains of Anguish are being snapped in Phase 3.
  • There are a lot of movement mechanics so planning your Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush and Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat economy to deal with some mechanics is important.
  • Darkness Icon Darkness is useful for the raid soak during Martyrdom Icon Martyrdom in Phase 1, and the chain snaps in Phase 3. In Mythic, it is also excellent for Meteor Cleave Icon Meteor Cleave.

For more information, please refer to our The Jailer guide.

14.

Changelog

  • 29 Jul. 2022: Updated for Season 4.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Page added.
Show more
Show less