Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Stat Priority — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Wordup 58 comments
General Information

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 10.2.7.


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 and dungeons as it can fit into more encounter types.


Stat Priorities

Single Target Multi Target

Single Target Havoc Demon Hunter Secondary Stat Priority

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

Due to the strength of Know Your Enemy Icon Know Your Enemy, and the variety of Critical Strike scaling affects the tree; Critical Strike is always the dominant secondary to aim for.

Mastery is close behind, especially if you take Any Means Necessary Icon Any Means Necessary and is a good pairing with the above.

After that, Haste provides additional resources and cooldown reduction, making it more realistic to cycle through Fury with talents such as Cycle of Hatred Icon Cycle of Hatred or A Fire Inside Icon A Fire Inside, alongside being a good multiplier for trinket proc rates. It is the third stat to consider.

Versatility simply has lower bonuses per point than other options, so is generally avoided, but not completely neglected due to the proc damage scaling.


Multi Target Havoc Demon Hunter Secondary Stat Priority

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

Once again, Know Your Enemy Icon Know Your Enemy keeps Critical Strike as the focus, but in most AoE builds, Any Means Necessary Icon Any Means Necessary is taken, which makes Mastery is the second-best stat to focus on due to the Chaos damage conversion for most of the kit.

Unlike single-target, Haste falls off significantly due to the lack of cooldown reduction on some key abilities such as Essence Break Icon Essence Break and Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam. Alongside this, there is also no strong hook elsewhere in the kit compared to the above options with additional scaling multipliers.

Versatility falls behind the above two stats but still outperforms Haste due to its lack of strong interaction with the AoE build's toolkit.

Note that secondary stat diminishing returns kick in after reaching roughly 5100 rating, meaning that stacking all of one stat can mean that it falls in value due to the penalty above this threshold. This generally does not impact Havoc very much, as Critical Strike is just that strong. That said, 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 Icon Critical Chaos, Ragefire Icon Ragefire and Know Your Enemy Icon Know Your Enemy amplify their value beyond the raw effect, keeping it relevant.

Mastery increases all Chaos damage you deal through Mastery: Demonic Presence Icon 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 Icon First Blood converts Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance/Death Sweep Icon Death Sweep to Chaos for your primary target, Any Means Necessary Icon Any Means Necessary does the same for your remaining abilities such as Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura and The Hunt Icon The Hunt, and Soulrend Icon Soulrend covers Throw Glaive Icon 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 Icon Blade Dance/Death Sweep Icon Death Sweep, Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura, Glaive Tempest Icon Glaive Tempest and Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive. The value of Haste rises due to some talent interactions, such as Cycle of Hatred Icon Cycle of Hatred and Shattered Destiny Icon Shattered Destiny, increasing the uptime of Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis giving a Haste feedback loop, contributing greatly to Single Target DPS. It also leads to higher Fury Generation through Demon Blades Icon Demon Blades via auto-attacks, but in AoE situations, many of the key burst tools such as Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam and Essence Break Icon 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.



  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Season 4.
  • 21 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5, added note that Crit stays good even during diminishing returns.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7, no changes necessary.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5, moved up Haste in single-target.
  • 01 May 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1, no significant changes needed.
  • 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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