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Vengeance Demon Hunter Tank Easy Mode

Last updated on Jan 09, 2017 at 14:53 by Vlad 128 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

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 maximise your Pain generation, and then use this Pain on the various active mitigation abilities at your disposal in order to keep yourself alive.

2. Talent Choice

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

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

  1. Versatility;
  2. Haste = Mastery;
  3. Critical Strike.

If you have the 4-Part Tier 19 Set Bonus, Mastery becomes the best secondary stat instead.

4. Basic Rotation

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

  1. Use Soul Carver Icon Soul Carver on cooldown to generate Soul Fragments.
  2. Use Fel Devastation Icon Fel Devastation on cooldown (if you have taken this talent).
    • Since Fel Devastation Icon Fel Devastation also heals you for a considerable amount (more with the  Icon Charred Warblades trait), you should save it for when you need healing, if you are concerned with your survivability.
  3. Use Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave when you have 80+ Pain to use up Pain and avoid capping it.
  4. Use Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura on cooldown.
  5. Use Felblade Icon Felblade on cooldown (if you have taken this talent).
  6. Use Sigil of Flame Icon Sigil of Flame.
  7. Fill empty global cooldowns with Shear Icon Shear.

5. Active Mitigation and Cooldowns

You have 4 active mitigation abilities that you need to use to keep yourself alive.

  • Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave should be used whenever you require additional healing.
  • Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes should be used frequently, even simply against auto-attacks. Always keep at least one of its charges rolling.
  • Empower Wards Icon Empower Wards should be used before you take significant magic damage.
  • 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 Munkky, a respected Vengeance Demon Hunter theorycrafter.

6. ChangeLog

  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated the stat priority and talent choices.
  • 18 Nov. 2016: Added easy mode page.
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