Vengeance Demon Hunter playstyle and rotation guide

Patch 10.0.5 Last Updated: 27th Jan, 2023
Meyra Vengeance Demon Hunter Author
Meyra

Playstyle & Rotation

General Single Target Rotation

  1. Use The Hunt, preferably when your target has 6 or more stacks of Frailty
  2. If talented, use Elysian Decree, preferably when your target has 6 or more stacks of Frailty
  3. Use Fiery Brand (with 4 or more souls available if Spirit Bomb and Fiery Demise are talented)
  4. (With Down in Flames, Darkglare boon, and Soul Carver talented) Sync one charge of Fiery Brand with the cooldown of Soul Carver, and sync the second charge with the cooldown of Fel Devastation
  5. Use Soul Carver, preferably when your target has 6 or more stacks of Frailty, and you have Fiery Brand applied to the target and more than 3 seconds remaining on the debuff
  6. Use Fel Devastation when you have Fiery Brand applied to the target and more than 2 seconds remaining on the debuff
  7. Use Immolation Aura
  8. Use Spirit Bomb (if talented) at 4 or more Soul Fragments or at 3 or more Soul Fragments when in Meta, and your target is affected by Fiery Brand
  9. Use Soul Cleave when the target is not affected by Fiery Brand, and you are close to capping Fury or have more than 3 Soul Fragments available. Or to stack Frailty
  10. Use Sigil of Flame when you will not cap on Fury or Soul Fragments
  11. Use Fracture when you have 3 or fewer Soul Fragments, and you will not cap Fury
  12. Use Soul Cleave to spend excess Fury and Soul Fragments
  13. Use Felblade (if talented) as a filler when you will not overcap on Fury
  14. Use Throw Glaive as a filler or when you are not in range of your enemy

Opener

Single Target Opener with Fiery Demise:

First you open with stacking Frailty up for The Hunt:

  1. Pre-place SoF 1 second before pull
  2. Infernal strike with Metamorphosis
  3. Use immolation Aura
  4. Use Fracture 2 times
  5. Use Soul Cleave 4 times
  6. Use The Hunt

Then you do the same for Soul Carver:

  1. Use Fracture 2 times
  2. Use Fiery Brand
  3. Use Immolation Aura
  4. Use Spirit Bomb
  5. Use Soul Cleave 2 times
  6. Fracture
  7. Soul Carver
  8. Spirit Bomb
  9. Fracture
  10. Spirit Bomb
  11. Fracture
  12. Fel Dev

If you do not have Fiery Demise talented, you can replace Spirit Bomb with Soul Cleave and save Fiery Brand for defensive usage.

General Cleave Rotation

  1. Use The Hunt, preferably when your primary target has 6 or more stacks of Frailty. Try to pass through as many other targets as possible. If an enemy is not affected by the Damage over Time effect, walk through the enemy to apply it.
  2. If talented, use Elysian Decree, preferably when your primary target has 6 or more stacks of Frailty
  3. Use Fiery Brand (with 4 or more souls available if Spirit Bomb and Fiery Demise are talented)
  4. (With Down in Flames, Darkglare boon, and Soul Carver talented) Sync one charge of Fiery Brand with the cooldown of Soul Carver, and sync the second charge with the cooldown of Fel Devastation
  5. Use Soul Carver, preferably when your primary target has 6 or more stacks of Frailty and your Fiery Brand has spread to more than 3 targets (with Burning Alive talented) applied to the primary target and more than 3 seconds remaining on the debuff
  6. Use Fel Devastation when you have Fiery Brand spread to at least 3 targets, and it has more than 2 seconds remaining on the debuff
  7. Use immolation Aura when you will not cap on Fury or Souls
  8. Use Spirit Bomb (if talented) at 4 or more Soul Fragments, or at 3 or more Soul Fragments when in Meta, and your target is affected by Fiery Brand
  9. Use Sigil of Flame when you will not cap on Fury or Soul Fragments
  10. Use Fracture when you have 3 or fewer Soul Fragments, and you will not cap Fury
  11. Use Soul Cleave to spend excess Fury, or to build Frailty
  12. Use Felblade (if talented) as a filler when you will not overcap on Fury
  13. Use Throw Glaive as a filler or when you are not in range of an enemy

Cleave Opener with Burning Alive:

First you open with stacking Frailty up for The Hunt:

  1. Pre-place SoF 1 second before pull
  2. Infernal strike with Metamorphosis
  3. Use immolation Aura
  4. Use Fracture 2 times
  5. Use Spirit Bomb
  6. Use Soul Cleave 2 times
  7. Use The Hunt

Then you set up Fiery Brand and Soul Carver:

  1. Use Fracture 2 times
  2. Use Fiery Brand
  3. Use Immolation Aura
  4. Use Spirit Bomb
  5. Fracture
  6. Soul Carver
  7. Spirit Bomb
  8. Fracture
  9. Spirit Bomb
  10. Fracture
  11. Fel Dev

If you do not have the Burning Alive talent, you can save Fiery Brand for defensive usage instead.

Playstyle

Spirit Bomb:

Spirit Bomb is a Soul spender that plays a bit differently than Soul Cleave, the base spender of Vengeance. When playing with it, your goal is to use Spirit Bomb at 4 or more souls, or 3 plus, during Metamorphosis. Due to the talent, Focused Cleave Spirit Bomb is only stronger than Soul Cleave at 2 or more targets unless the target is afflicted by Fiery Demise. Your general gameplay with Spirit Bomb is to track your Soul generating tools and avoid ending up with too few souls without any way to generate more souls. This means you will have to fill your globals with Soul Cleave without any souls out so that you don’t end up with a lot of downtime.

Frailty:

Playing around with the reworked version of Frailty is core to Vengeance in Dragonflight. You want to maintain stacks defensively for Leech and Damage Reduction and offensively to amplify your offensive cooldowns and increase your general damage.

It can also be used as a mitigation tool for large tank hits. A full Fury bar with Unrestrained Fury allows you to stack 8 stacks in short succession, granting 32% damage reduction with Soulcrush and Void Reaver.

Fiery Demise:

Amplifies your fire damage by 20/40% to targets affected by Fiery Brand. Comboing this with Soul Carver and Fel Devastation will cause both to do significant damage. The amplification will make Spirit Bomb do a lot more damage, making it worth using over Soul Cleave despite Focused Cleave.

Fodder to the Flame:

Fodder to the Flame will randomly spawn demons that approach and attack you. When killed, they will explode for Shadow damage to all enemies around them, heal you for 25% of your health and, most importantly, spawn a demon soul, which grants you 20% increased damage for 15 seconds after consuming it. Throw Glaive will deal most of the demon’s health in damage. However, it will die to passive cleave from your other abilities, so you can, most of the time, save the global and press something else. Cleaving it down will also mean your other targets will have Frailty stacks for the initial explosion.