Havoc Demon Hunter PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.2.5)

Last updated on Aug 01, 2022 at 09:18 by Mysticall 21 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
15 Blind Fury Blind Fury Demonic Appetite Demonic Appetite Felblade Felblade
25 Insatiable Hunger Insatiable Hunger Burning Hatred Burning Hatred Demon Blades Demon Blades
30 Trail of Ruin Trail of Ruin Unbound Chaos Unbound Chaos Glaive Tempest Glaive Tempest
35 Soul Rending Soul Rending Desperate Instincts Desperate Instincts Netherwalk Netherwalk
40 Cycle of Hatred Cycle of Hatred First Blood First Blood Essence Break Essence Break
45 Unleashed Power Unleashed Power Master of the Glaive Master of the Glaive Fel Eruption Fel Eruption
50 Demonic Demonic Momentum Momentum Fel Barrage 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 Icon 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 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 25) 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 have a lot of uptime on your target.

If you are playing against a team with multiple roots and slows, Insatiable Hunger Icon Insatiable Hunger is going to be the better option. This will allow you to deal extra damage and generate more Fury with Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite.


Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents

Unbound Chaos Icon Unbound Chaos is the best talent in this tier. This makes it so that when Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura is activated, the damage of your next Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush is increased. This is great for both single-target and cleave damage.


Tier 4 (Level 35) 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 40) 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 45) 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 setup your teammate to land crowd control on the enemy healer.

Note that, if you are playing against a team with multiple roots, slows or stuns, 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 50) Talents

Demonic Icon Demonic is the best choice in this tier. This gives you reliable burst every 25 seconds and will also increase your survivability when paired with the Soul Rending Icon Soul Rending talent.


PvP Talents for Havoc Demon Hunters

Mortal Dance Icon Mortal Dance is a great talent to have if your team does not already have a Mortal Wounds Icon 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.

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.

Isolated Prey Icon Isolated Prey is another honor talent that should be used, as it allows you to take advantage of your spells when hitting one target. Take this talent if you will primarily be doing single-target damage.

Cleansed by Flame Icon Cleansed by Flame makes Immolation Aura Icon 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 Icon Detainment increases the duration of your Imprison Icon Imprison and that target is immune to damage and healing while it is active. This is great for crowd control on the enemy healer.

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.

Glimpse Icon Glimpse makes you immune to crowd control and reduces damage you take until you land when casting Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat. This is a great way to avoid incoming damage when you are the primary focus for the enemy team.



  • 01 Aug. 2022: Reviewed for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 26 Feb. 2022: Updated Tier 6 Regular Talent.
  • 10 Nov. 2021: Updated Tier 3 Regular Talent
    • Updated PvP Talents.
  • 02 Jul. 2021: Updated PvP Talents for 9.1.
  • 08 Mar. 2021: Updated PvP Talents.
  • 05 Dec. 2020: Updated PvP talents.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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