Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Stat Priority in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 12, 2018 at 22:58 by Wordup 69 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Havoc Demon Hunters in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Havoc Demon Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

1. The Basics of Stats for Havoc Demon Hunter

  1. Agility;
  2. Haste = Versatility
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Mastery.

Note here that Mastery is significantly lower than the other options; if it can be avoided, it should be. Some talent builds offer a slightly better performance with it, but it never reaches the level of alternatives.

Havoc in Battle for Azeroth, much like most classes, heavily relies on primary stats, and this means item level is (as a very general rule) preferred on most gear. It also does not currently appear to have any fixed ratios to aim for between secondaries. Ideally, to decide on specific gear, you should generate your own stat weight plot within SimulationCraft, as due to this the stats currently present on your gear can drastically alter which is the ideal choice.

1.1. Breakpoints

No breakpoints or soft caps currently exist for Havoc, and stats remain relatively similar regardless of your gear state.

1.2. 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.

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 Icon Blade Dance/Death Sweep Icon Death Sweep, Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura and Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive.

Mastery increases all Chaos damage you deal through Mastery: Demonic Presence Icon Mastery: Demonic Presence, and also increases your passive movement speed.

Versatility provides a boost to damage dealt and reduction to damage taken.

2. Changelog

  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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