Vengeance Demon Hunter Tank Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jul 23, 2019 at 19:50 by Munkky 48 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Vengeance Demon Hunter in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



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.


The Basics of Vengeance Demon Hunters

Vengeance Demon Hunters 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.


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.


Stat Choice for Vengeance Demon Hunters

Currently, you will want to prioritise stats as follows:

  1. Agility;
  2. Haste;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Mastery;
  5. Critical Strike.

Basic Rotation for Vengeance Demon Hunters

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

  1. Spirit Bomb Icon Spirit Bomb if 4 or more Souls are active.
  2. Fracture Icon Fracture if you will not cap on Pain/Souls and you are taking the Fracture Icon Fracture talent.
  3. Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura if you will not cap on Pain/Souls.
  4. Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave for dumping Pain.
  5. Sigil of Flame Icon Sigil of Flame.
  6. Shear Icon Shear for filler/if you will not cap on Pain/Souls and you do not have Fracture Icon Fracture talented.
  7. Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive as a filler.

This can be further broken down into a simple rotation of the following:

  1. Build souls.
  2. Use Spirit Bomb Icon Spirit Bomb at 4 or 5 stacks.
  3. Use Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave 1-3 times to dump Pain, keeping at least 30 if in an AoE situation.
  4. Repeat, filling in the gaps with other abilities.

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.


Azerite Traits

You want to get 3x Revel in Pain Icon Revel in Pain, 1x Hour of Reaping Icon Hour of Reaping for all content. If you are doing Mythic+, then get 1x rest, follow the priority in the Azerite page. You will go for item level in almost all cases.



Note that you can swap these more defensive options out for DPS oriented traits.

For Raid: Azeroth's Undying Gift Icon Azeroth's Undying Gift for Major, and Null Barrier Icon Null Barrier for Minor. The second Minor does not matter.

For Mythic+: Suppressing Pulse Icon Suppressing Pulse or Anima of Death Icon Anima of Death for Major, and Hardened Azerite Icon Hardened Azerite or Null Barrier Icon Null Barrier for Minor.



  • 23 Jul. 2019: Updated Azerite and Essences.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 22 Jan. 2019: This page has been reviewed and is up to date for season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 07 Aug. 2018: Fixed issue in the talent section and added clarification in rotation section.
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