Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Stat Priority — Dragonflight 10.0.7
On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Havoc Demon Hunter. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.7.
The Basics of Stats for Havoc Demon Hunters
Havoc Demon Hunter has different stat priorities depending on whether you are focused on single-target or AoE scenarios. We recommend the AoE priority for open-world gameplay as it can fit into more encounter types.
Single Target Havoc Demon Hunter Secondary Stat Priority
- Critical Strike;
Due to the strength of Know Your Enemy, the variety of Critical Strike scaling affects on the tree, and the Tier set bonus, Critical Strike is always the dominant secondary to aim for.
After that, Mastery providing flat damage to the majority of your toolkit, and Haste providing additional resources and access to high power abilities are relatively even. These will often compete as your second and third most valuable stats depending on your character.
Versatility simply has lower bonuses per point than other options, so is usually when possible unless you specifically need the additional defensive benefits.
Multi Target Havoc Demon Hunter Secondary Stat Priority
- Critical Strike;
Once again, Know Your Enemy keeps Critical Strike as the focus, but in most AoE builds Any Means Necessary is taken, which makes Mastery the second best stat to focus on due to the Chaos damage conversion of most of the kit.
Unlike single-target, Haste falls off significantly due to the lack of cooldown reduction on the key abilities Essence Break and Eye Beam alongside having no strong hook compared to the above options.
Versatility, much like Haste, has weak AoE value per point and is generally avoided, unless you specifically need the additional defensive benefits.
Note that secondary stat diminishing returns kick in after reaching roughly 5000 rating, meaning that stacking all of one stat can mean that it falls in value due to the penalty above this threshold. This means you should always simulate your character with specific gear upgrades to see if you neglect a stat too much.
Gems, Enchants, and Consumables
The gems, enchants, and consumables you will use are directly derived from your stat priority. You can find our advice on this topic on our dedicated page.
Getting a Better Understanding
Agility is your primary statistic. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do.
Critical Strike increases the chance for your attacks and abilities to critically strike, dealing double damage, and has several supporting talents that grant it additional scaling. In particular, Critical Chaos, Ragefire and Know Your Enemy amplify their value beyond the raw effect, keeping it relevant.
Mastery increases all Chaos damage you deal through Mastery: Demonic Presence, and also increases your passive movement speed. The value per point is already quite high, and the variety of talents on the tree improve its value even further when taken, making it a good all-round pick. In particular, First Blood converts Blade Dance/ Death Sweep to Chaos for your primary target, Any Means Necessary does the same for your remaining abilities such as Immolation Aura and The Hunt, and Soulrend covers Throw Glaive.
Haste increases your auto attack speed, reduces the Global Cooldown recovery time down to a minimum of 0.750 seconds, and reduces the base cooldown of Blade Dance/ Death Sweep, Immolation Aura, Glaive Tempest and Throw Glaive. The value of Haste rises due to some talent interactions, such as Cycle of Hatred and Shattered Destiny, increasing the uptime of Metamorphosis giving a Haste feedback loop, contributing greatly to Single Target DPS. It also leads to higher Fury Generation through Demon Blades via auto-attacks, but in AoE situations, many of the key burst tools such as Eye Beam and Essence Break have no scaling with this, reducing its value.
Versatility provides a flat boost to damage dealt and reduction to damage taken, with no other interactions.
- 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
- 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
- 31 Dec. 2022: Raised the priority of Mastery in single target.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
- 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
- 24 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight Pre-Patch.
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