Vengeance Demon Hunter Tank Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Sep 11, 2022 at 16:35 by Meyra 39 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Vengeance Demon Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5. Here, you will learn how to tank as a Vengeance Demon Hunter in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your survivability.

1.

Vengeance Demon Hunter Overview

Demon Hunters are the kings of mobility in raids and dungeons. In general, they can move around more and more quickly than many other specs, thanks to Infernal Strike Icon Infernal Strike, as well as various talents that aid their mobility. Additionally, they excel at burst AoE damage, with many abilities dealing AoE and cleave damage. They also excel at dungeon utility with their sigils.

Vengeance Demon Hunter gameplay features a mix between healing and damage mitigation, with low-cost but low-uptime of active mitigation, the ability to mitigate magic damage well, and extremely high burst healing potential.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +High mobility.
  • +Good utility for Mythic+.
  • +High AoE damage output.
  • +Great sustain with self-healing.
  • +Provides unique magic debuff.
X Weaknesses
  • -Low uptime of active mitigation.
  • -Mediocre Legendary choices.
  • -Limited viable talent choices.
  • -Weak single-target damage.
3.

Patch 9.2.5 Changes for Demon Hunters

We are maintaining a list of changes for Demon Hunters, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Vengeance's specific changes from the previous patch, 9.2, to hear our thoughts on the tier set bonuses that arrived at that time.

3.1.

Mage Tower Challenge

From Patch 9.1.5 onward, both Legion Timewalking and the Mage Tower have returned. As such we have created a separate guide detailing what you can expect from the Mage Tower challenge available to Vengeance Demon Hunters.

4.

Leveling a Vengeance Demon Hunter

If you are interested in playing one of the most unique tank specs in Shadowlands, please check out the leveling guide.

Addons are a very important part of maximizing your play at max level in both dungeons and raids. As a Vengeance player, it is important to track important resources, like the number of souls available or the amount of Fury needed to cast Fel Devastation Icon Fel Devastation. The UI plays an essential part of being successful. Moving need-to-know information to the center of the screen can save your life, by not forcing your eyes away from your character at pivotal moments. If you are interested to know what Addons we recommend, please click the link below.

5.

Basics of Vengeance Demon Hunter Gameplay

Vengeance is all about resource management, including active mitigation, healing, damage, and monster control. The rotation is all about building souls as quickly as possible and then consuming them with either Spirit Bomb Icon Spirit Bomb or Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave. Outside of the build/spend cycle, you will be weaving in multiple sigils to help crowd control the monsters.

As a beginner, you may start out using Shear Icon Shear as you begin to learn the rotation and start to feel out how to properly use Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes. If you are a beginner, the best place to start becoming familiar with the spec is by reviewing the Easy Mode Page.

If you are already familiar with Vengeance from either Legion or Battle for Azeroth, then you will feel comfortable jumping directly to the talents or the rotation.

6.

Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

Shadowlands unique system is built around a Covenant system. You are able to select 1 out of 4 unique Covenants that provide two unique abilities. Within each Covenant, there are 3 different soulbinds that are able to be picked for further customization. For the entire breakdown on the Covenant system for Vengeance, we provided the link below.

7.

How to Gear Up as a Vengeance Demon Hunter

Vengeance has been easier to gear than most other specs. Even though we do have a stat preference, we scale better with the overall item level. For the players who care about being as efficient as possible with their gearing, the link below will have the most updated list for the current gear tier.

Shadowlands introduces Legendary Powers. Unfortunately, Vengeance has some of the worst legendaries out of all specs. The link below will discuss them in depth and which ones are important to focus for offensive and defensive boosts. With changes in Patch 9.2, it is now possible to make use of a Covenant Legendary as well as a class Legendary at the same time.

Despite item level being king in gearing, we do care about what secondary stats we choose when comparing two items of the same item level. The link below shows the stat preference and which consumables are important to maximize gameplay.

8.

Vengeance Tanking in Raids and Mythic+

The end-game can consist of pushing for Cutting Edge, flag carrying in rated battlegrounds or pushing high keystones in Mythic+. With the reintroduction of set bonuses in Patch 9.2, the potential of tanking in Mythic+ has been pushed to a new level based on the number of enemies actively being tanked simultaneously. Regardless of what end-game means for you, we have you covered in the below links.

9.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

Torghast is new content to Shadowlands that plays out like a rogue game with randomly generated floors and special powers that creates an unique experience every time. This is where the material for crafting Legendaries are found.

10.

Improving as a Vengeance Demon Hunter

Becoming an experienced Vengeance player does not happen overnight. It takes practice, research, trial and error, and simulations. Below are links to help every player to aspire to the highest levels of gameplay.

11.

Changelog

  • 11 Sep. 2022 (enchants page): Enchants and consumables updated.
  • 11 Sep. 2022 (easy mode page): Updated talent recommendations, stat priorities, and rotations.
  • 11 Sep. 2022 (talents page): Updated recommended talents and descriptions.
  • 11 Sep. 2022 (rotation page): Updated rotation and added more covenants. Updated cooldown descriptions.
  • 11 Sep. 2022 (Legendaries): Changed preferred choices and updated some of the powers.
  • 11 Sep. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated suggested Soulbinds, Conduit recommendations, and Conduit descriptions.
  • 11 Sep. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Legendary recommendation updated and tier set corrected.
  • 11 Sep. 2022 (stats page): Stat priority altered and descriptions of stats updated.
  • 10 Aug. 2022 (gear page): Updated ring selection to reflect main stat rings aren't included in the Iron Docks table.
  • 30 Jul. 2022 (Sanctum of Domination page): Updated for Fated Sanctum.
  • 30 Jul. 2022 (Castle Nathria page): Updated for fated Castle Nathria.
  • 30 Jul. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Updated for fated Sepulcher of the First Ones.
  • 30 Jul. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Season 4.
  • 30 Jul. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 4.
  • 04 Jul. 2022 (rotation page): Updated rotation by moving Immolation Aura up in the priority.
  • 04 Jul. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Covenant recommendations.
  • 04 Jul. 2022 (easy mode page): Updated Metamorphosis Fury generated to the correct values when using Fracture and Shear.
  • 04 Jul. 2022 (Legendaries): Removed Collective Anguish as a preferred choice.
  • 04 Jul. 2022 (spells page): Updated Metamorphosis Fury generated to the correct values when using Fracture and Shear.
  • 04 Jul. 2022 (gear page): Updated trinket choices.
  • 04 Jul. 2022 (talents page): Updated the talent selection for defensive build.
  • 31 May 2022 (gear page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (easy mode page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Legendaries): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (spells page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Torghast): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (talents page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (rotation page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (FAQ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (mythic+ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (this page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (how to improve page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (simulations page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (stats page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (enchants page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (addons page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Page added.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated the seasonal affix for Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (Torghast): Switched a few powers around in tiers based on testing.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (enchants page): Updated for patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (how to improve page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (stats page): Added quip regarding possible diminishing returns on stats with end game gear.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Page adjusted for Patch 9.2 launch.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (addons page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (easy mode page): Added a section briefly discussing the set bonus and the unity legendary power.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (Legendaries): Updated for 9.2. Added Unity power, descriptions of all covenant powers, and which slot the power should be crafted on.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (simulations page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated the conduits to max level for Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (talents page): Updated recommendation for 9.2 based on the 4-piece set bonus.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (rotation page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (spells page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (FAQ page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 15 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Page added with initial thoughts and information.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for 9.1.5. Changed Blind Faith legendary to reflect Mastery buff changing to Versatility.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.5. Updated the suggestion of using Night Fae for single-target damage fights.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (gear page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5. Added the infernal affix.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5. Updated Spirit Bomb due to the change to make it soft capped at 5 targets.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (spells page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5. Updated Soul Cleave not being aoe capped.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 27 Jul. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Pelagos Conduit recommendation. Added the two new 9.1 Conduits to the Conduit list and updated recommendation.
  • 27 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Updated Shard of Domination Shard recommendation to Blood set instead of Frost.
  • 15 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Updated the gear list with Sanctum of Domination gear recommendations and removed the PTR reference.
  • 11 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page added.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Season 2 affix and three soulbind suggestions.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Added the 9.1 Covenant-specific Legendaries to the list.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated recommended builds for all Soulbinds for 9.1, and updated and added descriptions of traits.
  • 19 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created with initial information.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Updated the trinket recommendation list.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Added Darkglare Boon Legendary Power as an option for M+ survival.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 03 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Fel Defender Conduit. Updated Fodder to the Flame for its rework. Updated percentage changes on other Conduits.
  • 02 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Valor link.
  • 03 Jan. 2021 (easy mode page): Removed Feed the Demon as a preference in talents.
  • 03 Jan. 2021 (mythic+ page): Removed Feed the Demon has a recommendation.
  • 03 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated boss information. Updated build recommendation.
  • 03 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Removed Feed the Demon as a recommendation. Added Infernal Armor as a recommendation.
  • 10 Dec. 2020 (stats page): Changed Critical Strike to be a higher priority over Mastery.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added boss tips.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 1.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Corrected a typo from Ny'alotha raid to Castle Nathria raid.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Removed reference to Azerite armor from BFA.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Added the legendary reference. Fixed an item in the dungeon loot. Fixed links to the raid bosses.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Removed reference to BFA essences.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Changed enchants format to a table.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Removed Azerite and Essence references from BFA
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Removed BFA specific gear. Updated Dungeon and Raid loot recommendation. Trinkets are WiP
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated rotation and talent suggestion for Kyrian and using a Razelikh's Defilement legendary power.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Fixed typos. Updated talent choices for Kyrian Covenant players.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated rotation and talent suggestion for Kyrian and using a Razelikh's Defilement legendary power.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated all Enchants and Consumables for Shadowlands .
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Update Weapon enchants based on sims from Theorycrafters.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Guide added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Fixed Theotar typo. Referenced Token of Appreciation instead of Refined Palate.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 23 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated guide with tips.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated guide with tips for Crucible of Storms.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 09 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated all bosses with Uldir information.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
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