Havoc Demon Hunter PvP Azerite Traits and Essences (BfA / Patch 8.3)
Azerite Traits and Essences, introduced in Battle for Azeroth, need to be chosen correctly, to ensure optimal performance. On this page, we explain how to pick your major and minor essences and which traits are best.
This page is part of our Havoc Demon Hunter PvP Guide.
Azerite Essences for Demon Hunters
Essences allow players to customize their characters while adding a new ability to use. This section will cover the best overall Azerite Essences for Havoc Demon Hunters in PvP.
For a general guide to all the essences, as well as how to obtain them and increase their ranks, check out our Essence guide.
Before reading this page, you should have a good understanding of the PvP playstyle of a Havoc Demon Hunter So we advise you to read our dedicated page on the subject.
The best Major Essence is Breath of the Dying.This power will help Demon Hunters with that extra bit of damage to increase their overall sustained damage. Breath of the Dying has the potential to deal a large amount of damage with a very short cooldown.
In addition to having a Major Essence, you can choose two Minor Essences to place in your neck at Heart of Azeroth Levels 55 and 65.
The best Minor Essence is Memory of Lucid Dreams. It grants you Lucid Dreams, which gives your spells and abilities a chance to refund 50% of the Fury spent on them and heals you. This is great for increasing your damage, as you will frequently be refunded Fury throughout a match.
Conflict and Strife grants a very powerful Versatility Minor Power. Not only do your spells have a chance to give you Versatility, but any loss of control to your character does too. This means that, if teams stun you and try to swap to you, you have additional Versatility and take less damage.
Azerite Traits for Havoc Demon Hunters
Azerite traits are unlocked in you helm, shoulders and chest. With each Azerite level in your neck, you get closer to unlocking the center trait in your gear. These traits vary from increasing damage of certain abilities to helping increase your survivability. Depending on what traits you use, it can completely alter your playstyle and what talents you should be using.
For more information about Azerite traits and your Heart of Azeroth, please refer to our dedicated guide.
Below are the best Outer Ring traits.
The most important trait you are going to want to get in all pieces of your gear is Revolving Blades. This gives you additional cleave damage when you use Blade Dance. You should also get at least one Chaotic Transformation. This trait is important for the reset on some of your important abilities. Furious Gaze, Eyes of Rage, and Thirsting Blades all increase your sustained damage and are all solid traits for a damage increase.
Below are the best Middle Ring traits.
The Middle and Inner Rings are important for additional defensives and damage. Havoc Demon Hunters are very weak when they are put into stuns. The Trait Azerite Veins helps with your survivability. However, you will want to focus on increasing your damage with traits like Azerite Globules and Elemental Whirl.
Below are the best Inner Ring traits.
All of these traits give you additional ways of surviving. These are all passive, but are crucial to have.
- 25 Jun. 2020: Updated Major and Minor essences.
- 13 Feb. 2020: Updated Minor Essences.
- 18 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
- 25 Nov. 2019: Several changes made.
- Page added.
- Updated Major Essences.
- Updated Minor Essences.
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