Vengeance Demon Hunter Tank Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 11:29 by Excidias 31 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Vengeance Demon Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5. 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 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.

Shadowlands 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.

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

  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Updated the trinket recommendation list.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Added Darkglare Boon Legendary Power as an option for M+ survival.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): 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 (talents page): Removed Feed the Demon as a recommendation. Added Infernal Armor as a recommendation.
  • 03 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated boss information. Updated build recommendation.
  • 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.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Removed Azerite and Essence references 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 (enchants page): Changed enchants format to a table.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Removed reference to BFA essences.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Removed reference to Azerite armor from BFA.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated all Enchants and Consumables for Shadowlands .
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (addons 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 (Torghast): Guide added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Fixed typos. Updated talent choices for Kyrian Covenant players.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated rotation and talent suggestion for Kyrian and using a Razelikh's Defilement legendary power.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated rotation and talent suggestion for Kyrian and using a Razelikh's Defilement legendary power.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Update Weapon enchants based on sims from Theorycrafters.
  • 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 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 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 (mythic+ 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 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha 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 (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.
  • 14 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated guide with tips for Crucible of Storms.
  • 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 (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.
  • 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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