Vengeance Demon Hunter Tank Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 25, 2020 at 20:10 by Excidias 4 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Vengeance Demon Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. 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

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 damage output.
  • +High sustain with self-healing.
  • +Provides unique magic debuff.
X Weaknesses
  • -Low uptime of active mitigation.
  • -Weak Legendary choices.
  • -Limited viable talent choices.
3.

Recent Changes for Vengeance Demon Hunter

A comprehensive list of upcoming changes for Demon Hunter for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, is contained in the page linked below.

Vengeance received a handful of minor talent changes. The overall playstyle is very similar to Battle for Azeroth. The biggest addition is Fel Devastation Icon Fel Devastation, which is now a baseline ability that costs 50 Fury. Additional talents were changed to work with Fel Devastation Icon Fel Devastation. For instance, the Demonic Icon Demonic talent will now trigger Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis for 6 seconds, mimicking the same talent that Havoc players have been using since Legion.

There are currently two different play styles. The first resembles the common Spirit Bomb Icon Spirit Bomb build that has existed since the end of Legion. Spirit Bomb was moved to a different tier, which allows for players to use both Spirit Bomb and Demonic. This build revolves around massive AoE damage, since Spirit Bomb currently does not have a target limit. The second build revolves around maximizing Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand uptime in Mythic+ when combined with a legendary. The rotation uses Fiery Brand and spreads it to all enemies in the pull, in order to maximize damage mitigation in Mythic+. This build is dependent on acquiring the legendary that lowers Fiery Brand uptime based on souls consumed by Soul Cleave Icon Soul Cleave.

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.

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+. 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

  • 25 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Removed Azerite and Essence references from BFA
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Removed reference to Azerite armor from BFA.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Changed enchants format to a table.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Removed reference to BFA essences.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Added the legendary reference. Fixed an item in the dungeon loot. Fixed links to the raid bosses.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Guide added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (how to improve 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 (easy mode page): Updated rotation and talent suggestion for Kyrian and using a Razelikh's Defilement legendary power.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Fixed typos. Updated talent choices for Kyrian Covenant players.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated rotation and talent suggestion for Kyrian and using a Razelikh's Defilement legendary power.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (this 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 (stats page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Fixed Theotar typo. Referenced Token of Appreciation instead of Refined Palate.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ 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 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this 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 (Crucible of Storms 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.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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.
  • 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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