Havoc Demon Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.0.2)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Havoc Demon Hunter and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Havoc Demon Hunter PvP Guide.
Talent Choices for Havoc Demon Hunters
|15||✔ Blind Fury||✘ Demonic Appetite||✔ Felblade|
|25||✔ Insatiable Hunger||✘ Burning Hatred||✔ Demon Blades|
|30||✔ Trail of Ruin||✘ Unbound Chaos||✘ Glaive Tempest|
|35||✔ Soul Rending||✘ Desperate Instincts||✘ Netherwalk|
|40||✘ Cycle of Hatred||✔ First Blood||✘ Essence Break|
|45||✘ Unleashed Power||✔ Master of the Glaive||✔ Fel Eruption|
|50||✔ Demonic||✘ Momentum||✘ Fel Barrage|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
Felblade is the best choice in this tier. This will allow you to get to your target much easier and generate more Fury. However, if you are using the level 50 talent, Demonic, you should use Blind Fury. Both of these talents are large increases to your sustained and burst damage.
Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents
Demon Blades is the best choice in this tier. This is a great passive to help you generate Fury and increase your overall sustained damage if you have a lot of uptime on your target.
Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents
Trail of Ruin is the best choice in this tier. This is a strong passive talent that increases your overall damage output.
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
Soul Rending is the best choice in this tier. Because you will be playing with the Demonic talent, you will be entering Metamorphosis very often. The additional leech you gain from this talent while in Metamorphasis greatly increases your overall survivability.
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents
Fel Eruption is the best choice in this tier. This gives you a stun on a very short cooldown with a 20 yard range. This can be used to stop an incoming cast or to help land a Mana Rift on the enemy healer.
Note that, if you are playing against a team with multiple roots, slows or stuns to stop you from using Mana Rift, Master of the Glaive is the better choice in this tier. The slow your Throw Glaive applies with this talent will help you connect to a ranged target or kite away from incoming damage.
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
PvP Talents for Havoc Demon Hunters
Mandatory PvP Talents
Mana Rift places a mana rift on the ground. After 2.5 seconds, it will deal 8% of the target's health in damage, and remove 8% of their Mana. This PvP talent should be chosen if your overall strategy is to run the enemy healer out of Mana and win in dampening.
Situational PvP Talents
Reverse Magic removes all harmful magical effects from yourself and all nearby allies within 10 yards, and sends them back to their original caster if possible. If you are playing with against a team with multiple magical crowd control abilities ( Polymorph, Hammer of Justice), you should be using this talent. It is important to note that this ability can also be used to reverse the absorb debuff created by Notorious Gladiator's Maledict.
Mortal Rush is a great talent to have if your team does not already have a Mortal Wounds debuff. This will reduce any healing done to the target with this debuff, making is much more difficult for healers to heal through your team's damage.
Cleansed by Flame makes Immolation Aura also dispel all magical effects on you when cast. This is a very important talent to have when playing against a team with DoTs on it. Use this talent versus Shadow Priest, Affliction Warlocks, Balance Druids or Elemental Shaman.
Detainment increases the duration of your Imprison by 2 seconds and that target is immune to damage and healing while it is active. This is great for crowd control and for landing a Mana Rift on the enemy healer. Use this if your team already has a few stuns to help setup Mana Rift and you need a second way to land them.
Cover of Darkness increases the chance for you and allies to avoid damage while within your Darkness effect by 50%. It is a very important talent to have if you do not have a need for any other PvP talent.
Rain from Above can also be used defensively or aggressively. This ability leaps you into the air and you can avoid most incoming damage. If your goal is to stay alive, you can replace Mana Rift with this PvP talent.
- 05 Dec. 2020: Updated PvP talents.
- 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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