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Vengeance Demon Hunter Tank Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3)

Last updated on Sep 12, 2017 at 08:28 by Vlad 161 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

This page is a gear reference for Vengeance Demon Hunters. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Vengeance Demon Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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.

1. Best in Slot List

For the moment, we are not providing a best in slot list for Vengeance Demon Hunters, and instead recommend that you select the best pieces of gear you can depending on your stat priority of choice. That said, we will discuss trinkets below, since evaluating these is more difficult.

To begin with, we should mention Infernal Contract Icon Infernal Contract, which can be used in specific scenarios where you need to absorb a large hit. You should be prepared to cancel the effect early (as soon as you have stopped being in danger) and to then use cooldowns or have the other tank hold onto the boss while your damage taken increase runs its course.

For the other trinkets, we list them below, in order, with additional notes where relevant.

  1. A Tier
    1. Darkmoon Deck: Immortality Icon Darkmoon Deck: Immortality (for all fights except Krosus and Star Augur Etraeus)
    2. Writhing Heart of Darkness Icon Writhing Heart of Darkness (only if you have a very high item level version, and it is better on single target; note that only one tank in the group can use this trinket)
  2. B Tier
    1. Shifting Cosmic Sliver Icon Shifting Cosmic Sliver (only if you can make good use of it)
    2. Infernal Contract Icon Infernal Contract (when you can make good use of it on a boss ability)
    3. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn (only if you can make good use of it)
    4. Feverish Carapace Icon Feverish Carapace
    5. Reliquary of the Damned Icon Reliquary of the Damned (when you can make good use of it on a boss ability)
    6. Animated Exoskeleton Icon Animated Exoskeleton (when you can make good use of it on a boss ability)
  3. C Tier
    1. Shivermaw's Jawbone Icon Shivermaw's Jawbone (in dungeons or for heavy AoE damage)
    2. Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct (mostly for Mythic+)
    3. Majordomo's Dinner Bell Icon Majordomo's Dinner Bell (if gearing for Versatility for burst damage survival)
    4. Grotesque Statuette Icon Grotesque Statuette (note that only one tank in the raid can use this trinket)
    5. Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor Icon Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor (if your strategy allows for high uptime)
    6. Unbridled Fury Icon Unbridled Fury (only if it is a high item level and you want an extra cooldown)
    7. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
    8. Stat sticks
  4. D Tier
    1. Coagulated Nightwell Residue Icon Coagulated Nightwell Residue (try using it as an extra cooldown at 10 stacks)
    2. Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 601 Icon Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 601 (for sustained multiple target tanking)
    3. Valor Medal of the First War Icon Valor Medal of the First War (for an extra physical damage cooldown)
    4. Impenetrable Nerubian Husk Icon Impenetrable Nerubian Husk (only if solo tanking or doing dungeons)
    5. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
    6. Raven Eidolon Icon Raven Eidolon
    7. Infernal Alchemist Stone Icon Infernal Alchemist Stone
    8. Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda
    9. Phantasmal Echo Icon Phantasmal Echo
    10. Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor
    11. Nature's Call Icon Nature's Call
    12. Parjesh's Medallion Icon Parjesh's Medallion
    13. Talisman of the Cragshaper Icon Talisman of the Cragshaper
    14. Ravaged Seed Pod Icon Ravaged Seed Pod
    15. Inescapable Dread Icon Inescapable Dread

2. Tier 20 Set Bonuses

The 2-piece Tier 20 Set Bonus is useful for 5% damage reduction it offers. The 4-piece is not worth obtaining, and the Tier 19 Set Bonuses are not worth keeping either.

The best items to use for the 2-piece Tier 20 Set Bonus are, in order:

  1. hands;
  2. chest;
  3. cloak;
  4. legs;
  5. shoulder;
  6. helm.

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 970, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

3.1. Single Target Damage

  1. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn
  2. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish
  3. Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote
  4. Kirel Narak Icon Kirel Narak
  5. Spirit of the Darkness Flame Icon Spirit of the Darkness Flame

3.2. AoE Damage

  1. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish
  2. Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote
  3. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn
  4. Spirit of the Darkness Flame Icon Spirit of the Darkness Flame
  5. Kirel Narak Icon Kirel Narak
  6. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret

3.3. Single Target Healing

  1. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
  2. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn
  3. Fragment of the Betrayer's Prison Icon Fragment of the Betrayer's Prison
  4. Spirit of the Darkness Flame Icon Spirit of the Darkness Flame
  5. Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote

3.4. AoE Healing

  1. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus (if you have issues with keeping Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes up and putting out damage)
  2. Fragment of the Betrayer's Prison Icon Fragment of the Betrayer's Prison (best item if you can put out damage/use Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes properly)
  3. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn
  4. Kirel Narak Icon Kirel Narak
  5. Spirit of the Darkness Flame Icon Spirit of the Darkness Flame
  6. Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote

3.5. Raid Survival

  1. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn (when you need another major cooldown)
  2. Oblivion's Embrace Icon Oblivion's Embrace (where you want more Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes/Empower Wards Icon Empower Wards uptime)
  3. Kirel Narak Icon Kirel Narak (when you can reduce the cooldown properly for major tank mechanics)
  4. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
  5. Cloak of Fel Flames Icon Cloak of Fel Flames (if you can use Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura properly and defensively)
  6. Fragment of the Betrayer's Prison Icon Fragment of the Betrayer's Prison

3.6. Dungeon Survival/Utility

  1. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
  2. The Defiler's Lost Vambraces Icon The Defiler's Lost Vambraces (if you can get use of the extra silences)
  3. Fragment of the Betrayer's Prison Icon Fragment of the Betrayer's Prison
  4. Kirel Narak Icon Kirel Narak
  5. Oblivion's Embrace Icon Oblivion's Embrace (if you chain pull or for bigger pulls where you need a longer uptime of Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes and/or Empower Wards Icon Empower Wards)
  6. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret (if you need a big Haste and movement speed proc)
  7. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn
  8. Spirit of the Darkness Flame Icon Spirit of the Darkness Flame
  9. Cloak of Fel Flames Icon Cloak of Fel Flames

Oblivion's Embrace Icon Oblivion's Embrace is a decent all-around legendary, primarily for the extra charge of Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes, which works very well with Demonic Infusion Icon Demonic Infusion. This will be one of the best legendaries for raiding, especially on fights where you want more Demon Spikes uptime. The extra Empower Wards Icon Empower Wards is very niche and only provides one extra per fight, which is meant as an aid.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus seems to be one of the strongest legendaries for survivability. Since the effect is triggered even out of combat, you can go into the fight with the shield it provides active, and close to the 30-second mark (for the next shield application), which provides you with a large damage absorption shield at the start of the fight.

Spirit of the Darkness Flame Icon Spirit of the Darkness Flame is quite good in AoE situations. It can provide a decently-sized heal with full stacks, especially if it is a critical strike. In single target situations, it is not a very good choice. This legendary works very well in combination with Kirel Narak Icon Kirel Narak, Flame Crash Icon Flame Crash, and Abyssal Strike Icon Abyssal Strike, allowing you to get maximum uses out of it. In general, this should be used for the heal rather than the damage it provides.

Cloak of Fel Flames Icon Cloak of Fel Flames is best used or Magic damage fights. This item has a very high potential if used properly. You can save Immolation Aura Icon Immolation Aura as a magic damage cooldown, however it is probably best to just use it on cooldown for maximum DPS and Pain generation. All in all, you should probably switch this around so you only use it for Magic damage fights, but you could also use it all the time since most fights have some Magic damage component.

Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn is probably the strongest legendary item for DPS gain. It snapshots your Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis stats, so it will most likely be best used at the end of a  Icon Fueled by Pain proc in order to maximise the shield and damage. The cooldown also lines up fairly well with Fueled by Pain's 1 RPPM. This does not proc  Icon Charred Warblades, as it is not a Demon Hunter spell, however  Icon Fiery Demise does buff it. This also procs Leech effects, such as Soul Rending Icon Soul Rending.

Runemaster's Pauldrons Icon Runemaster's Pauldrons causes Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis to reset the remaining cooldown on all your Sigils and Empower Wards Icon Empower Wards, and grants you 1 charge of Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes. While this legendary seems appealing, the fact is that you will probably not need to use either Demon Spikes or Empower Wards during Metamorphosis, and they would probably have recharged on their own in that time anyway. All in all, it is one of the worst legendaries.

Soul of the Slayer Icon Soul of the Slayer provides the Fallout Icon Fallout talent, which essentially means you get to take Burning Alive Icon Burning Alive. This will only be used in high Mythic+ where you want both talents. Overall, this is a fairly weak legendary and there are better options.

Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote does very little for your survivability, providing only some at the start of the fight through its leech. It is still reasonably good for DPS.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is a good choice for situations where you can regularly interrupt mobs, particularly in dungeons. Note your Sigils can proc the item, and that in raids, it is generally a poor choice.

Fragment of the Betrayer's Prison Icon Fragment of the Betrayer's Prison has a good synergy with Oblivion's Embrace Icon Oblivion's Embrace. That said, it is not very strong, but you could take it if you need the extra leech.

The Defiler's Lost Vambraces Icon The Defiler's Lost Vambraces is strong in situations where you need more silence effects.

Kirel Narak Icon Kirel Narak is also strong for dungeon content and encounters where you can line up the incoming damage with Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand.

4. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Havoc Demon Hunters, Paladins, Priests, and Warlocks
Leather Armor Havoc Demon Hunters, Druids, Monks, and Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Blood Death Knights, Guardian Druids, Brewmaster Monks Protection Paladins, and Protection Warriors

5. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Sep. 2017: Updated legendary rankings slightly.
  • 29 Aug. 2017: Greatly updated trinket rankings and created legendary rankings.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Updated the legendary ranking and added Tier 20 Set Bonus recommendations.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Updated trinket rankings.
  • 18 Jan. 2017: Improved the trinket recommendations and tier set discussion.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated the BiS list and the legendary item discussion.
  • 06 Nov. 2016: Revamped the trinket recommendations.
  • 28 Sep. 2016: Added BiS recommendations for Emerald Nightmare.
  • 06 Sep. 2016: Added pre-raid BiS recommendations.
  • 04 Sep. 2016: Tweaked the legendary item rankings.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
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