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Havoc Demon Hunter

Patch 8.3

Written by Miniaug Last Updated: 14th Jan, 2020

Some content in this guide is based on PTR/early data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.

Recommended Talents

All talent builds here depend on what gear and traits you have, so be sure to sim your talents. As a Demon Hunter this is especially important as this can change when you get a new piece of gear or change your traits.

Recommended Raiding Build

Recommended Mythic+ Build

Demon Blades / Felblade

* This depends on which affixes are being played, what your group comp is, and what key level you are doing. Head over to Raider.io and check out what other people are playing to make sure you are making the correct choice as there isn't one simple answer for what talents are best for mythic+.

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

Raid Bosses

Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

Blind FuryPassive
Demonic AppetitePassive
FelbladeInstant

Blind Fury is a very good talent that buffs Eye Beam by 50% while refilling your fury bar. This means you won't have to worry about pooling more fury than you need for your initial Eye Beam cast.

Demonic Appetite is an extremely powerful talent when combined with an Eyes of Rage azerite trait. This trait reduces the cooldown of your Eye Beam when you collect a soul generated by Demonic Appetite.

Felblade does decent damage and injects a good amount of fury into your rotation. It is a good talent, but generally only with Demon Blades as you have the open globals to press it without losing any other globals.

Tier 2 (30)

Insatiable HungerPassive
Demon BladesPassive
Immolation AuraInstant

Insatiable Hunger just doesn’t have the fury generation or damage contribution to compete with the other talents in this row.

Demon Blades replaces your Demon’s Bite ability which removes your ability to actively generate fury. This is why you generally pair Fel Blade with this talent as it allows you to actively add fury.

Immolation Aura is generally the best talent in this row as it has about the same amount of fury generation as the other talents, while doing damage and having the ability to cleave.

Tier 3 (45)

Trail of RuinPassive
Fel MasteryPassive
Fel BarrageChanneled

Trail of Ruin is a very basic talent that does damage over time when you hit an enemy with the last tick of Blade Dance.

Fel Mastery is an okay talent on aoe, but it just isn’t good enough to be picked over the other talents in this row.

Fel Barrage is an extremely strong aoe nuke that is also decent on single target. This can see use in m+ to burst down small adds that are very dangerous and occasionally in raid when the fight requires that type of damage.

Tier 4 (60)

Soul RendingPassive
Desperate InstinctsPassive
NetherwalkInstant

Soul Rending makes you extremely durable during fights that have high sustained damage without massive bursts of damage intake that require something like Netherwalk. Be careful though, you do not get Leech from things you hit that have shields.

Desperate Instincts is a great talent when you need more damage reduction on your Blur, but not enough to warrant Netherwalk. This talent is extremely useful on fights like Za’qul, where your Blur cooldown lines up extremely well with the Dread mechanic. It remains to be seen if it will line up like this on any fight in Ny’alotha.

Netherwalk is probably the most powerful defensive talent that we have, but it isn’t always useful. This is simply due to the fact that the other talents will help you deal with specific types of damage intake. All around however, Netherwalk is extremely strong and can keep you alive in a situation where you otherwise wouldn’t be able to live.

Tier 5 (75)

Cycle of HatredPassive
First BloodPassive
Dark SlashInstant

Cycle of Hatred is not the best talent due to Metamorphosis being weaker than most dps cooldowns. If Meta was stronger, perhaps this talent would have seen play this expansion, but it isn’t.

First Blood reduces the fury cost of your Blade Dance which is extremely important. With the cooldown of Blade Dance being so low, and the general disappointment of the other talents in this row, it is just the best talent in all situations.

Dark Slash is extremely underwhelming as it is only useful for single target and just isn’t strong enough to see use even then.

Tier 6 (90)

Unleashed PowerPassive
Master of the GlaivePassive
Fel EruptionInstant

Unleashed Power is extremely good on add fights or in mythic+ where you always need shorter cooldown aoe stuns. As Chaos Nova has a 30% chance to spawn a soul, this talent paired with an Eyes of Rage trait is very good when you can stun mobs consistently.

Master of the Glaive is pretty weak but is sometimes used in raiding as you don’t need a stun and can have rotational downtime. Throw Glaive doesn’t do a lot of damage, but it’s something.

Fel Eruption can be an extremely powerful single target stun, but it is mostly only used in pvp so that you can use Mana Rift.

Tier 7 (100)

DemonicPassive
MomentumPassive
NemesisInstant

Demonic is the best talent in the row, as well as being the most versatile. Paired with an Eyes of Rage trait, you are in Metamorphosis for a good part of the fight with this talent.

Momentum can be a decent talent, but it just isn’t good enough to be better than Demonic with the effort it requires to be played well.

Nemesis compared to the other talents in this row is just lacking. It really just isn’t good enough to ever justify playing this talent.