Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Shadowlands 9.1.5

Last updated on Nov 05, 2021 at 21:34 by Wordup 34 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Havoc Demon Hunter in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.5. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

1.

Talent Choices for Havoc Demon Hunter

Level Choices
15 Blind Fury Blind Fury Demonic Appetite Demonic Appetite Felblade Felblade
25 Insatiable Hunger Insatiable Hunger Burning Hatred Burning Hatred Demon Blades Demon Blades
30 Trail of Ruin Trail of Ruin Unbound Chaos Unbound Chaos Glaive Tempest Glaive Tempest
35 Soul Rending ? Soul Rending Desperate Instincts ? Desperate Instincts Netherwalk ? Netherwalk
40 Cycle of Hatred Cycle of Hatred First Blood First Blood Essence Break Essence Break
45 Unleashed Power ? Unleashed Power Master of the Glaive ? Master of the Glaive Fel Eruption ? Fel Eruption
50 Demonic Demonic Momentum Momentum Fel Barrage Fel Barrage

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Still Mind Icon Tome of the Still Mind and Codex of the Still Mind Icon Codex of the Still Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2.

Talent Cheat Sheet for Havoc Demon Hunters

The following is a general build that will serve you best in most situations as a flexible choice. Some choices can be shifted here depending on the encounter

Havoc has a lot of choices available to them that are dependent on fight types, so the ability to execute some talents can be limited. Some alternative talents in particular Momentum Icon Momentum can excel, but playing this requires you to be comfortable so is a choice rather than a strict recommendation.

2.1.

Demonic: Flexible/AoE

This build focuses heavily on using Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam to its best potential, and granting extended windows of Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis as a result. Ideal Legendaries to pair with this are Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon or Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish, or if playing Venthyr, Agony Gaze Icon Agony Gaze.

2.2.

Momentum: Single-target

This build requires you to play both Momentum Icon Momentum and Essence Break Icon Essence Break alongside managing your Fury correctly. While this does not have as much explosive AoE, it does provide the best output in particular for raid content. The ideal Legendary to pair with this is Burning Wound Icon Burning Wound.

2.3.

Raiding

While the builds listed above will cover most bases, it may not provide the whole story on specific encounters within a raid tier for when each is appropriate. If you are looking for a boss-by-boss breakdown of choices, you can go to our dedicated raid page.

2.4.

Mythic+

Mythic+ often needs a mixture of different damage types provided by DPS, depending on variables such as weekly affixes or composition. If you want specific Mythic+ advice, you can check our page here.

2.5.

How To Use Havoc Demon Hunter Talents

Most of the Havoc talents require some mix-up in your rotation when selected to make ideal use of them. You can find more tailored information on how each of these affect your gameplay on our rotation page.

3.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Havoc Demon Hunter

Blind Fury Blind Fury Demonic Appetite Demonic Appetite Felblade Felblade

Tier 1 talents provide both ways of augmenting your Fury generation and your damage output.

  • Blind Fury Icon Blind Fury Increases the channel time and number of Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam ticks by 50%, and causes it to generate 40 Fury every second.
  • Demonic Appetite Icon Demonic Appetite grants Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike a chance to spawn a Lesser Soul Fragment with a 6 RPPM (scaling with Haste), and consuming any Soul Fragment generates 30 Fury.
  • Felblade Icon Felblade grants an additional active ability causing you to charge at your target, dealing Fire damage and generating 40 Fury. Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite and Demon Blades Icon Demon Blades hits have a 20% chance to reset the cooldown. This has a 15-yard range and a 15-second cooldown.

All 3 of these options have different profiles for encounters and content, so your pick depends on what you are doing. Your pick tends to be decided based on what other options you pick in the tree.

Felblade Icon Felblade pairs extremely well with Demon Blades Icon Demon Blades as a single-target option, adding in an active Fury generation tool that you lose otherwise. With a First Blood Icon First Blood-oriented single-target choice, this is an ideal pick.

Blind Fury Icon Blind Fury has the most flexible benefits, improving both single-target and AoE alongside having excellent synergy with Cycle of Hatred Icon Cycle of Hatred later in the tier. This synergy even extends to the Legendary picks of Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish and Darkglare Boon Icon Darkglare Boon, which are both strong.

Demonic Appetite Icon Demonic Appetite is slightly behind other options, but provides additional self-healing. The added gameplay requirement of collecting souls is not worth the effort compared to alternatives, but it does have some synergy with Elysian Decree Icon Elysian Decree if you are playing Kyrian.

For more information regarding how these talents affect your rotation, please refer to the Tier 1 talent section of our rotation page.

4.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents for Havoc Demon Hunter

Insatiable Hunger Insatiable Hunger Burning Hatred Burning Hatred Demon Blades Demon Blades

Tier 2 talents grant additional Fury generation tools.

  • Insatiable Hunger Icon Insatiable Hunger increases the damage of your Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite casts by 20%, and causes it to generate an additional 5-10 Fury.
  • Burning Hatred Icon Burning Hatred causes your Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura to generate an additional 60 Fury over 12 seconds when cast.
  • Demon Blades Icon Demon Blades alters Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite which it replaces, adding a proc that has a 60% chance to activate from auto attacks. This deals additional Shadow damage and generating 12-20 Fury.

Insatiable Hunger Icon Insatiable Hunger is the easiest pick here that slots into any build comfortably. The extra Fury generation even while having some RNG to it averages out as the highest on this row.

Demon Blades Icon Demon Blades is theoretically the strongest, and pairs excellently with Felblade Icon Felblade as a single-target choice. It is however more sensitive to downtime and RNG, so some encounters can push it out depending on the fight style.

Burning Hatred Icon Burning Hatred is purely based off the Fury generation gains, and it averages less than the alternatives that simply provide more gains, so is not recommended.

For more information regarding how these talents affect your rotation, please refer to the Tier 2 talent section of our rotation page.

5.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents for Havoc Demon Hunter

Trail of Ruin Trail of Ruin Unbound Chaos Unbound Chaos Glaive Tempest Glaive Tempest

Tier 3 talents enhance your AoE damage tools.

  • Trail of Ruin Icon Trail of Ruin causes the final hit of Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance to deal additional Chaos damage to targets hit over 4 seconds.
  • Unbound Chaos Icon Unbound Chaos causes each activation of Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura to grant Unbound Chaos Icon Unbound Chaos, causing your next Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush cast within 20 seconds to deal 500% additional damage.
  • Glaive Tempest Icon Glaive Tempest grants an additional active ability, dealing heavy Chaos damage over 3 seconds in an 8-yard area around you when cast. Costs 30 Fury, and has a 20-second cooldown (reduced by Haste).

Unbound Chaos Icon Unbound Chaos, provides the best single-target and burst AoE option on this row assuming you are able to capitalize upon each use. It also has some good uncapped burst AoE potential, but has gameplay requirements compared to Glaive Tempest Icon Glaive Tempest that prevent it from being a lock-in.

Glaive Tempest Icon Glaive Tempest slots in as a really strong, flexible option for both single-target and especially burst AoE on a very low cooldown.

Trail of Ruin Icon Trail of Ruin is the simplest choice to use but relies on you picking First Blood Icon First Blood to keep Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance in the rotation. These pair well assuming you play these together, but Trail of Ruin on its own does not justify casting Blade Dance.

6.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Havoc Demon Hunter

Soul Rending ? Soul Rending Desperate Instincts ? Desperate Instincts Netherwalk ? Netherwalk

Tier 4 talents augment your survivability tools.

  • Soul Rending Icon Soul Rending grants you 10% Leech, and an additional 20% whenever you are in a Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis state.
  • Desperate Instincts Icon Desperate Instincts increases the damage reduction of Blur Icon Blur by 10%, raising it to 30%, and causes it to automatically trigger when you fall below 35% health for its regular effect. This cannot occur if it is already on cooldown, and if it triggers this way it has a 50% reduced cooldown and duration.
  • Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk grants an additional ability that grants you 100% additional movement speed and immunity to damage for 6 seconds, but you are pacified for the duration. This has a 3-minute cooldown.

As this is a defensive tier the choice you make is mostly context specific on what you need for the encounter, or find most comfortable to play with.

Soul Rending Icon Soul Rending is the default choice in most situations on this tier as it adds additional free healing, enhanced during your cooldown, alongside having good synergy with Demonic Icon Demonic for extra uptime. This will rarely make or break an encounter, but it will make things much smoother for you when using it.

Desperate Instincts Icon Desperate Instincts will rarely see use, due to the loss of control it causes over your primary defensive in Blur Icon Blur. The bonus reduction is nice, but not having it available due to an accidental proc is very dangerous.

Netherwalk Icon Netherwalk provides a separate immunity tool that can be very useful if needed during an encounter, and is excellent if needed for mechanics or high damage intensity moments, and will likely continue to see use throughout Shadowlands. Remember though that this only ignores damage instances, and any debuffs applied will still go through the effect and remain after it ends.

7.

Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents for Havoc Demon Hunter

Cycle of Hatred Cycle of Hatred First Blood First Blood Essence Break Essence Break

Tier 5 talents give a variety of damage increasing effects.

  • Cycle of Hatred Icon Cycle of Hatred causes Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike Fury refunds to also reduce the cooldown of Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam by 3 seconds.
  • First Blood Icon First Blood reduces the cost of Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance by 20 Fury and causes it to deal an additional 200% to the first target struck.
  • Essence Break Icon Essence Break grants an additional active ability, dealing moderate Chaos damage to all targets in front of you and causing them to take an additional 40% damage from your Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike and Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance for 8 seconds, with a 20-second cooldown.

All 3 options on this tier are viable depending on what other selections are made on the tree, and the type of encounter you are doing.

Essence Break Icon Essence Break provides an additional multiplier that, when used well with a Momentum Icon Momentum-oriented build and good Fury management, will provide the best single-target output. It does however come with a higher requirement to manage your resource and play around other cooldown windows, but is recommended if you are comfortable with the playstyle.

Cycle of Hatred Icon Cycle of Hatred is a universally good pick that has a significant increase to your Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam casts which by extension improves the uptime of the Furious Gaze Icon Furious Gaze effect. It provides strong single-target and burst AoE, alongside having some good synergy with Blind Fury Icon Blind Fury earlier on the tree and the legendary Collective Anguish Icon Collective Anguish, making it a great all-round pick.

First Blood Icon First Blood is more single-target oriented, allowing you to improve your priority target damage and can pair well with other sustained single-target choices in Demon Blades Icon Demon Blades elsewhere on the tree. It allows for you to avoid other Momentum Icon Momentum-oriented talents as well if need be, but does require you to pair it with the Dancing with Fate Icon Dancing with Fate Conduit.

For more information regarding how these talents affect your rotation, please refer to the Tier 5 talent section of our rotation page.

8.

Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents for Havoc Demon Hunter

Unleashed Power ? Unleashed Power Master of the Glaive ? Master of the Glaive Fel Eruption ? Fel Eruption

Tier 6 talents provide situational tools.

  • Unleashed Power Icon Unleashed Power removes the Fury cost of Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova and reduces its cooldown by 33%.
  • Master of the Glaive Icon Master of the Glaive grants Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive 2 charges, and all targets hit when cast are slowed by 50% for 6 seconds.
  • Fel Eruption Icon Fel Eruption grants an additional active ability, dealing light Chaos damage to your target and stunning them for 4 seconds, with a 20-yard range, 30-second cooldown and costing 10 Fury.

All three options here are utility choices that can have benefits depending on the content you are currently doing and the tools most desirable.

Unleashed Power Icon Unleashed Power can be taken in circumstances that require more frequent AoE stuns, alongside the added bonus of removing the Fury cost. Master of the Glaive Icon Master of the Glaive allows for additional damage when out of range and giving access to a slow if needed. Fel Eruption Icon Fel Eruption grants you a point and click instant single-target stun which can be very useful for locking down a priority target, alongside dealing some free damage as well.

9.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Havoc Demon Hunter

Demonic Demonic Momentum Momentum Fel Barrage Fel Barrage

Tier 7 talents grant additional burst windows to your rotation.

  • Demonic Icon Demonic causes Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam to grant 6 seconds of your Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis form when the cast ends.
  • Momentum Icon Momentum causes Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush to increase your damage by 15% for 6 seconds when cast. Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat also generates 80 Fury over 10 seconds if it hits at least one target, and has a 5-second reduced cooldown.
  • Fel Barrage Icon Fel Barrage grants an additional active ability, dealing massive Chaos damage to targets within 8 yards. This has a 3-second channel, and a 1-minute cooldown.

Demonic Icon Demonic enhances your Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam casts by granting a short burst of Metamorphosis, giving a 6-second window of high damage casts and additional Haste. This synergizes well with the Furious Gaze Icon Furious Gaze windows generated by each cast, and works well with Cycle of Hatred Icon Cycle of Hatred and Blind Fury Icon Blind Fury elsewhere on the tree to fuel the windows. This is consistently the ideal pick for most situations.

Momentum Icon Momentum grants a very flexible series of small burst windows after using movement tools that can either be combined, pooled together for extended windows, or spread out to cover each period of resource dumping. It has great AoE uses, but it is the most demanding of the 3, requiring you to be much more aware of positioning and resource management. This is a situation where if you are okay with the playstyle, then it is absolutely the best option for single-target encounters. If, however you cannot make use of the windows or navigate a boss arena, the downside is very harsh.

Fel Barrage Icon Fel Barrage provides an additional high burst tool that functions extremely well in AoE situations, and while it comes with an opportunity cost due to being a channel, it can be leveraged for a lot of on-demand damage. This lacks flexibility and cannot compete with the other options that slot into the rotation much easier.

For more information regarding how these talents affect your rotation, please refer to the Tier 7 talent section of our rotation page.

10.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

"War Mode" is an optional feature that enables open world PvP encounters that confers some benefits when active:

  • Grants access to PvP talents in the open world.
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at max level.
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling.
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended to enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will open yourself up to open world PvP, so be aware of hostile enemy players who could interfere with you, this is a risk you will have to decide on your own if you want take.

If you are interested in doing PvP as a Havoc Demon Hunter or just want to know the basics of Havoc PvP gameplay and decision making, check out our dedicated PvP guide.

10.1.

Havoc Demon Hunter War Mode Talents

In this section we will rank the PvP talents for leveling and playing in open world PvE scenarios. Note that in the Shadowlands update, the PvP crowd control reduction talents have been removed, and will be replaced by trinkets available at level 60.

10.1.1.

Havoc Demon Hunter PvP Talents

Generally, the selections are made to optimize your ability to kill enemies faster, increasing your pace when moving through content.

  1. Demonic Origins Icon Demonic Origins allows for more liberal usage of Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis and lower wasted duration.
  2. Unending Hatred Icon Unending Hatred is just free additional Fury generation as you will frequently be taking damage in the open world.
  3. Isolated Prey Icon Isolated Prey provides a solid increase for single enemies to help with tougher elites.
  4. Chaotic Imprint Icon Chaotic Imprint will buff the damage dealt by Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike and Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam, and since Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive is often used to pull targets is easy to get active.

Alternatively you can take Blood Moon Icon Blood Moon for a small bit of extra self-healing, or Rain from Above Icon Rain from Above as an emergency disengage tool.

Reverse Magic Icon Reverse Magic, Detainment Icon Detainment, Cover of Darkness Icon Cover of Darkness, Cleansed by Flame Icon Cleansed by Flame, Mortal Dance Icon Mortal Dance, and Glimpse Icon Glimpse all have very limited uses in PvE, due to it being very focused upon crowd control tools, or pressuring enemy players into spending more resources than they would otherwise want to.

11.

Changelog

  • 05 Nov. 2021: Updated to recommend First Blood with Dancing With Fate Conduit.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5 - differentiated Momentum and Demonic builds.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Page updated for Patch 9.0.5 to account for new builds and Unbound Chaos buff.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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