Vengeance Demon Hunter Tank Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.7

Last updated on Mar 20, 2023 at 14:16 by Meyra 50 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Vengeance Demon Hunter guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.7. 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.


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.


Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +One of the highest mobility specs in the game.
  • +Great utility for Mythic+.
  • +High damage output.
  • +Room for lots of optimization with Frailty Icon Frailty applications.
  • +Great sustain with self-healing and leech.
  • +Provides unique magic debuff.
X Weaknesses
  • -Needs specific talent choices to deal competent damage beyond 5 targets.
  • -Too many good talents that you do not have the talent points to take.
  • -Mediocre Single Target damage.
  • -Misplaying will hurt the flow of your rotation a lot.

Dragonflight Changes for Demon Hunters

We are maintaining a list of changes for Demon Hunters, so you can see what changes with every patch of Dragonflight.


Changes to Vengeance in patch 10.0.7

Vengeance is getting a few minor quality-of-life changes in Patch 10.0.7 related to the talent Fodder to the Flame Icon Fodder to the Flame. The demon will now spawn closer to you, have 20% less health, and the soul will spawn closer to you. The changes mean you can now kill it with a single Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive, however, you still do not generally want to kill it with Throw Glaive Icon Throw Glaive.


Significant bugs still affecting Vengeance Demon Hunter

Vengeance is currently suffering from a couple of bugs that have significant impact on builds centering around Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand. The talent Burning Alive Icon Burning Alive, which makes Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand spread to additional targets every two seconds will, for example, stop working if you use both charges of Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand given to you when you talent Down in Flames Icon Down in Flames.

Starting with Dragonflight, the Holy Priest spell Symbol of Hope Icon Symbol of Hope also no longer appropriately reduce the cooldown of Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand, likely related to it becoming a spell with charges due to the Down in Flames Icon Down in Flames talent.

The talents Fiery Demise Icon Fiery Demise and Burning Blood Icon Burning Blood are supposed to increase all Fire damage you deal, yet they do not include Immolation Aura in their list of spells that are increased.

While not necessarily a bug, the talent Charred Flesh Icon Charred Flesh only extends Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand for 9 seconds after your initial cast. This means that unless you have more than 50% Haste the talent Agonizing Flames Icon Agonizing Flames will let you extend Fiery Brand Icon Fiery Brand for another tick with one talent point than with two talent points making the second point in Agonizing Flames Icon Agonizing Flames a damage loss if you play Charred Flesh Icon Charred Flesh.


Leveling a Vengeance Demon Hunter

If you are interested in playing one of the most unique tank specs in Dragonflight, 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.


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.



Dragonflight is soaring at us, and with it comes a major talent tree revamp. The new talents will make large changes to the passive powers of Vengeance, as well as reintroduce some old spells and talents, and even a few new ones.

The largest change overall is a complete revamp of the Frailty system. Previously only a leech debuff, Frailty Icon Frailty now has several talent points reworking it into a debuff that weakens enemies and empower you against them. More on these reworked talents and how to use them can be found in the talents and rotations guides respectively.


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.

Despite item level being the strongest factor 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.


Vengeance Tanking in Mythic+

Vengeance is a strong tank in Mythic+ with lots of strong tools at its disposal. For more information visit the link below to get to our Mythic+ page for Vengeance.


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.



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