Vengeance Demon Hunter Tank Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 28, 2018 at 12:49 by Munkky 40 comments

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General Information

The Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth enables you to make use of Azerite traits and gear. You can read more about the Heart of Azeroth in our dedicated guide, but this page will show you the best gear and traits to use for your Vengeance Demon Hunter. This page is up to date for Patch 8.0.1.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Munkky, the main theorycrafter of the spec since it was initially announced, and an admin in the Demon Hunter Discords. He raids in Happy Accidents, you can watch his YouTube channel, and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Choosing Azerite Gear as a Vengeance Demon Hunter

Your choice of Azerite Gear pieces will almost always come down to the item level first, and the traits that it has second. Note that you will have to look at all 3 rings on a piece in order to properly choose between two pieces of gear. Use the lists below, as it is not as simple as taking the highest item level. With an increase of 30+ item levels, you should consider going for the higher piece.

2. Choosing Azerite Traits as a Vengeance Demon Hunter

Below we have listed the best traits for each row. The strength of each piece is based on its traits as a whole as well as its item level.

Because things are still very much in flux, the below rankings should be taken with a grain of salt.

In the Uldir raid, you will want to have at least one piece with either Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix or Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans for Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array.

2.1. Outer Ring Traits

  1. Rigid Carapace Icon Rigid Carapace (top 2 for survival and raiding in this tier)
  2. Infernal Armor Icon Infernal Armor (top 2 for survival and raiding in this tier)
  3. Gaping Maw Icon Gaping Maw
  4. Cycle of Binding Icon Cycle of Binding (recommended to have 1 for dungeons)
  5. Essence Sever Icon Essence Sever (recommended to have 1 for dungeons)

2.2. Middle Ring Traits

  1. Crystalline Carapace Icon Crystalline Carapace
  2. Winds of War Icon Winds of War

2.3. Inner Ring Traits

  1. Gemhide Icon Gemhide (the best survival trait)
  2. Burning Soul Icon Burning Soul (for Mythic+)

3. Azerite Traits Rotation Changes and Details for Vengeance Demon Hunter

None of the Azerite traits effect our rotation in any way.

4. Azerite Gear

Here is a list of the best items for both Mythic+ and raiding.

In the raid, you will want to have at least one piece with either Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix or Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans for Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array. Note that Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders Icon Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders are the best for this, if you only take one raid piece.

Note that the gear below follows the rule of looking at all three rings on a piece. Do not look at only one row of a piece.

The best pieces from the raid are as follows:

  1. Helm:Cowl of Dark Portents Icon Cowl of Dark Portents
  2. Shoulders:Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders Icon Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders
  3. Chest:TunicoftheSanguineDeity

4.1. Raiding gear from Mythic+

4.2. Mythic+

5. Vengeance-specific Azerite Traits

  • Cycle of Binding Icon Cycle of Binding reduces the cooldown on all sigils that are on cooldown whenever a sigil explodes. This also works with sigils cast by Flame Crash Icon Flame Crash. This is potentially one of our strongest traits for dungeons. The cooldown redcution does not stack, however, so you will only need to take 1 of these traits.
  • Essence Sever Icon Essence Sever causes your Shear Icon Shear and Fracture Icon Fracture to have a chance to spawn extra souls (up to 5) for each enemy near you. This is potentially one of our strongest traits for dungeons. The RPPM does not stack, however, so you will only need to take 1 of these traits.
  • Gaping Maw Icon Gaping Maw causes Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave to grant you an absorb, which is increased based on your health percentage at the time of the cast. This trait is generally decent, as it absorbs all damage.
  • Infernal Armor Icon Infernal Armor this traits gives you armor and deals damage to enemies when they attack you, all while Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura is active. This is one of the two best options of the Vengeance traits for defensive purposes and raiding. Which one is better between this and Rigid Carapace is fight-dependent and dependent on what other traits are on your gear.
  • Revel in Pain Icon Revel in Pain is underhwelming and will not see much play. It gives you an absorb-based on damage done during Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand after the debuff expires.
  • Rigid Carapace Icon Rigid Carapace is one of the two best options of the Vengeance traits for defensive purposes and raid. Which one is better between this and Infernal Armor is fight-dependent and dependent on what other traits are on your gear.

6. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Vengeance Demon Hunter. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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