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Vengeance Demon Hunter Tank Easy Mode

Last updated on Sep 12, 2017 at 08:28 by Vlad 168 comments

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This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics of Vengeance Demon Hunters

Vengeance Demon Hunters are adept at dealing with magic damage, and they also have strong mobility, which can help during tanking, especially in dungeons.

Your main goal throughout fights will be to survive through clever usage of your defensive abilities. Your Pain generation also plays an important role, because the more Pain you get, the more survivability you have. Use your Pain for your active mitigation (Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes) when needed, and for your self-healing.

2. Talent Choice for Vengeance Demon Hunters

These choices are optimised for ease of use. That said, only viable talents are suggested and the gains in survivability and DPS from choosing only the "best" talents are not gamebreaking.

3. Stat Choice for Vengeance Demon Hunters

Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats as follows:

  1. Haste (until 20%) >= Mastery;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Haste;
  4. Critical Strike.

Note that the priority is different for Mythic+ or for maximising your DPS output. For Mythic+, you should go for Mastery > Versatility > Haste > Critical Strike, while for DPS you should go for Critical Strike >= Versatility >= Mastery >= Haste.

To maximise damage, simply try to keep all your secondary stats balanced.

4. Basic Rotation for Vengeance Demon Hunters

The basic rotation as a Vengeance Demon Hunter is based on this priority.

  1. Use Shear Icon Shear to generate Pain.
  2. Use Fracture Icon Fracture to generate Soul Fragments.
  3. Use Spirit Bomb Icon Spirit Bomb at 4+ Soul Fragments.
  4. Use Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura on cooldown.
  5. Use Sigil of Flame Icon Sigil of Flame on cooldown.
  6. Use Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand and Soul Carver Icon Soul Carver together for a defensive cooldown and for burst healing.
  7. Use Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave if you need burst healing.
  8. Use Infernal Strike Icon Infernal Strike to keep a high uptime on the DoT it applies (thanks to Flame Crash Icon Flame Crash), but only if you do not need it for movement.

5. Active Mitigation and Cooldowns

You have one active mitigation ability that you need to use to keep yourself alive, which is Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes. This should be used frequently, even simply against auto-attacks. Always keep at least one of its charges rolling.

Aside from this, you also have a couple of other abilities you can use to help keep you alive.

  • Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave should be used whenever you require additional healing.
  • Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand should be placed on the target when you anticipate that they will deal high damage to you, or when you simply want to reduce the damage you take.

In addition to that, you have access to a major survivability cooldown in Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis. This works both pro-actively (to increase your health in preparation for damage) and re-actively, as an emergency cooldown to heal you up when you drop low on health. The extra Pain that Metamorphosis generates is also a nice bonus, which you can use on Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave for more healing.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Greensprîng, one of the best Vengeance Demon Hunters in the world, who raids in untitled spreadsheet.

6. ChangeLog

  • 12 Sep. 2017: Added a mention of a DPS stat priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2017: Updated the page to account for changes made to the rest of the guide.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Updated the page to account for changes made to the rest of the guide.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated the stat priority and talent choices.
  • 18 Nov. 2016: Added easy mode page.
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