Havoc Demon Hunter Covenants, Soulbinds, Legendaries & Gear guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 26th Apr, 2022
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Covenants

Night Fae

Night Fae and their covenant ability, The Hunt, and has the best soulbind of any covenant for Havoc Demon Hunters. You charge to the target dealing damage and inflicting nature damage for 6 seconds to everyone in your path. This is a very good single-target ability and also brings some AoE usage with it. It is the best AoE/Cleave covenant for Demon Hunter and is also one of the best for raid encounters.

Night Fae also offers the following Soulbinds that are worth picking up:

  1. Dreamweavers soulbind is the best soulbind for Single Target if you don’t have your second legendary. We have 3 really good conduits for ST and this soulbind gives us 3 potency conduit slots. Podtender is a cheat death mechanic which bulks our defence. Social Butterfly grants you a 3% Versatility increase if two allies are nearby while Field of Blossoms offers a 12% haste bonus after using The Hunt for 12 seconds. On renown 42 you get your second potency conduit, while on renown 54 there is a 3% damage increase on a single target
  2. Korayn is a viable M+ Soulbind. You get 10% extra damage to targets above 75% health with Wild Hunt Tactics early on. The last soulbind ability of Korayn is First Strike, which gives you 25% critical strike chance for 5 seconds if you damage an enemy before they deal damage to you. A second potency is unlocked on Renown 41 and you get a small damage increase of 5% on targets that drop below 35% health after Wild Hunt Tactics procced. This 5% damage buff lasts for 10 seconds.

Dreamweaver:

https://www.wowhead.com/soulbind-calc/night-fae/dreamweaver/demon-hunter/AwCZbr4BJStvChMFLR8KFSzPCiUtHAoiBXYACiUq7wo

Korayn:

https://www.wowhead.com/soulbind-calc/night-fae/korayn/demon-hunter/AwCW6pYBBStvChIFLR8KJS0cCiMVdgAKJSr6CjUq7wo

Venthyr

Venthyr is a very strong Covenant choice since we have the second legendary for raid and M+.

The Covenant Ability, Sinful Brand, is strong for single target damage and it also gets applied to all nearby enemies when you use your Metamorphosis (entering Metamorphosis with Demonic does NOT apply Sinful Brand).

Your signature ability is Door of Shadows, which teleports you 35 yards to your chosen location. On top of that, you have two very good Soulbinds that you can use.

  1. Nadjia is the best raid soulbind for Venthyr. It grants you an additional Haste proc, called Euphoria. You either play Exacting Preperation in AoE situations or Dauntless Duelist if there is only one target during the whole fight. A second potency conduit is unlocked on Renown 43 and you gain a 10 second 20% buff of critical strike or versatility (whichever is highest) after Euphoria ended on Renown 55.
  2. Theotar first interesting soulbind ability is called Wasteland Propriety, which increases the versatility of you and nearby allies after you use Sinful Brand. Your second potency conduit unlocks on Renown 42 and you get a four hour buff to one of your secondary or primary stats, once per day on Renown 54. Overall a solid soulbind that is being played in M+.

Nadjia:

https://www.wowhead.com/soulbind-calc/venthyr/nadjia-the-mistblade/demon-hunter/AwCWr74CBStvChUrkwoSBS0fCiUszwoiFSr6CjUq7wo

Theotar

https://www.wowhead.com/soulbind-calc/venthyr/theotar-the-mad-duke/demon-hunter/AwCW5b4TBS0fChUtHAolMDwKIwUq7woVKvoKNXYACg

Kyrian

If you are mainly looking to play mythic plus, playing with Kyrian as your covenant is a solid choice. The Kyrian covenant ability, Elysian Decree, is an AoE spell that fits nicely with Havoc's AoE damage kit. Their signature ability Summon Steward heals you for 20% of your health and lets you remove all Curses, Disease, Poison and Bleed effects; which is probably the best signature ability for demon hunters out of all available abilities. As a Soulbind, you want to play with Forgelite Prime Mikanikos.

Necrolord

Necrolords covenant ability is Fodder to the Flame, which summons a demon and if killed does lethal damage and heals you for 25% of your Health. Fleshcraft as a signature ability offers you a 20% health shield and can go up to 50% of your health the more health the dead target has. This has some niche potential for AoE fights and mythic +, however it is still behind the other three.

Soulbinds and Conduits

The conduits listed below are the ones most useful to you. Conduits not mentioned do not bring as much as those that are listed.

Potency Conduits (offensive):

Finesse Conduit (utility):

Endurance Conduit (defensive):

  • Fel Defender: Reduces the CD of Blur. Depending on certain boss timings you might want to play with this conduit to enable a smoother Blur usage.
  • Viscous Ink: Demonic Wards reduces magic damage taken by an additional %. Nice conduit to have.
  • Condensed Anima Sphere heals you when you take any damage. It’s a good defensive conduit.

Legendaries

Single Target:

Burning Wound is applied after using Demon's Bite (also works with Demon Blades), and it increases the damage of Immolation Aura by 65%. One of the best legendary if you play Fae.

Optimal Slot: Cloak.

Blazing Slaughter engulfes yourself with an Immolation Aura and grants Agility per target hit with The Hunt. Interesting when paired with Unbound Chaos resulting in back to back Fel Rush for very strong burst AoE. It’s your Unity legendary if you play Fae.

Optimal Slot: Ring (if you are revered with the Enlightened otherwise waist)

Chaos Theory gives Blade Dance a 30% chance to increase the damage of Chaos Strike and it also has a chance to return fury. It has high synergy with the new Tier Set and is really strong for Venthyr ST in raid.

Optimal Slot: Waist.

Agony Gaze increases the damage of Sinful Brand by 10% and Eye Beam increases its duration. It’s your Unity legendary if you play Venthyr.

Optimal Slot: Ring (if you are revered with the Enlightened otherwise waist)

Collective Anguish gives additional follow-up damage after each Eye Beam. It’s a strong choice for any situation and a really good 2nd legendary option if you play Venthyr. With Agony Gaze as 1st legendary, you can have a 100% Sinful Brand uptime on multiple targets because the Fel Devastation cast from the allied Vengeance Demon Hunter also increases Sinful Brand’s duration.

Optimal Slot: Wrist.

Second Legendary

As discussed earlier, for Venthyr, Collective Anguish or Chaos Theory paired with Agony Gaze is really good. You’ll have a high uptime of Sinful Brand and win a lot of DPS. Venthyr is the go-to covenant after the release of the 2nd legendary because the synergy is insane. Blazing Slaughter + Burning Wound is viable for Fae in M+

Gear

Tier Set

One of the Patch highlights is the return of Class Tier Sets. You will have unique 2 and 4 set bonuses for your spec. Here we’re having a look at the Havoc DH tier set: 

Playstyle:

With this new Tier Set, your gameplay won’t really change. You will have to pay more attention to not overcap and lose some Fury for the 4-Set. The Venthyr ST build will gain more power because it’s the gameplay where you spend the most Fury, so your Metamorphosis cooldown will be reduced a lot. The legendary Chaos Theory also has a really good synergy with the 2-Set and will easily become one of the best legendaries.