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Havoc Demon Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Feb 13, 2020 at 13:27 by Mysticall 8 comments

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

Level Choices
99 Blind Fury Blind Fury Demonic Appetite Demonic Appetite Felblade Felblade
100 Insatiable Hunger Insatiable Hunger Demon Blades Demon Blades Immolation Aura Immolation Aura
102 Trail of Ruin Trail of Ruin Fel Mastery Fel Mastery Fel Barrage Fel Barrage
104 Soul Rending Soul Rending Desperate Instincts Desperate Instincts Netherwalk Netherwalk
106 Cycle of Hatred Cycle of Hatred First Blood First Blood Dark Slash Dark Slash
108 Unleashed Power Unleashed Power Master of the Glaive Master of the Glaive Fel Eruption Fel Eruption
110 Demonic Demonic Momentum Momentum Nemesis Nemesis

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 99) Talents

Felblade Icon Felblade is the best choice in this tier. This will allow you to get to your target much easier. However, if you are using the level 110 talent, Demonic Icon Demonic, you should use Blind Fury Icon Blind Fury. Both of these talents are large increases to your sustained and burst damage.


Tier 2 (Level 100) Talents

Demon Blades Icon 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 would like to have more control over your Fury generation and you are playing against a team with 2 melee on it, Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura is great for additional cleave damage.


Tier 3 (Level 102) Talents

Trail of Ruin Icon 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 104) Talents

Soul Rending Icon Soul Rending is the best choice in this tier. Because you will be playing with the Demonic Icon Demonic talent, you will be entering Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis very often. The additional leech you gain from this talent while in Metamorphasis greatly increases your overall survivability.


Tier 5 (Level 106) Talents

First Blood Icon First Blood is the best choice in this tier. This reduces the Fury cost of your important spell, Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance and increases its damage. This talent works great with the Trail of Ruin Icon Trail of Ruin.


Tier 6 (Level 108) Talents

Fel Eruption Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Mana Rift, Master of the Glaive Icon Master of the Glaive is the better choice in this tier. The slow your Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive applies with this talent will help you connect to a ranged target or kite away from incoming damage.


Tier 7 (Level 110) Talents

Demonic Icon Demonic is the best choice in this tier. This gives you reliable burst every 30 seconds, but you will have less consistent damage.


PvP Talents for Havoc Demon Hunters

The first PvP talent tier is will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless Icon Relentless, and Adaptation Icon Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for removing crowd control on you that your healer cannot dispel.


Mandatory PvP Talents

Reverse Magic Icon 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 Icon Polymorph, Hammer of Justice Icon 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 Icon Notorious Gladiator's Maledict.

Mana Rift Icon 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

Cover of Darkness Icon Cover of Darkness increases the chance for you and allies to avoid damage while within your Darkness Icon Darkness effect by 50%. It is a very important talent to have.

Detainment Icon Detainment increases the duration of your Imprison Icon 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 Icon 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.

Rain from Above Icon 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 Icon Mana Rift with this PvP talent.



  • 13 Feb. 2020: Updated Honor Talents.
  • 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 Talent Table.
    • Updated Tier 4 Regular Talent.
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