Vengeance Demon Hunter Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jul 15, 2019 at 09:02 by Munkky 42 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Vengeance Demon Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2. 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

The Vengeance specialisation is the tanking Demon Hunter specialisation. It is the newest tanking specialisation in World of Warcraft, having been introduced during Legion pre-expansion patch.

Demon Hunters are the kings of mobility in raids. 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. That said, their single target damage is also strong.

Vengeance Demon Hunter gameplay features a mix between healing and damage mitigation, with low-cost and high-uptime active mitigation, the ability to frequently mitigate magic damage, and extremely high burst healing potential. They also do well against Magic damage.

2. Patch 8.2 Changes for Vengeance Demon Hunter

Vengeance underwent the following changes with Patch 8.2.

  • Demonic Wards Icon Demonic Wards reduction increased to 15% (was 10%).
  • Demonic Wards Icon Demonic Wards armor bonus increased to 100% (was 80%).
  • Demon Spikes Icon Demon Spikes armor reduced to 60% of Agility (was 85%).
  • Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave damage increased by 40%.
  • While Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis is active:
    • Increases armor by 200% (was 100%).
    • Health bonus is now 50% (was 30%).
    • Shear Icon Shear now generates 20 additional Pain and 1 additional Lesser Soul Fragment (was: generates 7 Pain per second).

In addition, the following changes also impacted the spec:

3. Vengeance Demon Hunter's Strengths

  • Very high mobility
  • Strong group utility, especially via Chaos Brand Icon Chaos Brand
  • High tank DPS
  • Cheat Death-style talent

4. Vengeance Demon Hunter's Weaknesses

  • Utility is heavily dungeon based and not useful in raids
  • Major cooldowns are severely lacking

5. Viability of Vengeance Demon Hunter in the Current Patch

Currently, Vengeance is ranked low in both Mythic+ and Eternal Palace raiding. The gap is much smaller now though, making us much more viable than before. We are more than able to clear the content however. So if playing Vengeance is your cup of tea, then enjoy it!

6. Changelog

  • 15 Jul. 2019 (this page): Updated Viability section and improved Patch 8.2 changes.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Addec Conflict and Strife Essence details.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added more Benthic information.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite Gear and prioritized Revel in Pain Azerite Trait.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated to include Patch 8.2 changes.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Added Benthic gear section.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Recommendations updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats 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 (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 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 14 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated guide with tips for Crucible of Storms.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (enchants 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 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Updated the gear list with Crucible of Storms items.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 02 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Alliance Azerite Raid shoulders.
  • 02 Mar. 2019 (gear page): Fixed gear list with appropriate drop locations.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated with Battle of Dazar'alor gear.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for season 2 and Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added 8.1 Azerite traits.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and is up to date for patch 8.1.
  • 28 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added best traits and Azerite gear pieces for Uldir.
  • 28 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Flame Crash text.
  • 28 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Added Azerite gear list.
  • 28 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated Soul Barrier text.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (this page): Updated the Viability section.
  • 09 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Added info on why not to take Deadly Navigation, as well as War-Scrolls.
  • 09 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated all bosses with Uldir information.
  • 09 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated Talents to add more information.
  • 09 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Uldir.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated Weapon and Ring enchants. Also fixed error in the flasks.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page created.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page created.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page created.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Added talent recommendations.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Fixed issue in the talent section and added clarification in rotation section.
  • 01 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Fixed Fracture talent description.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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