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World of Warcraft: Legion: Havoc Demon Hunter guide (7.1)

How to hit the level cap nice and quickly using the Havoc specialisation.

The Demon Hunter was introduced just before the launch of Legion, and through its Havoc specialization it is able to deal a lot of melee damage while being constantly mobile. It's a playstyle that requires good footwork to be effective and able to survive, and should prove extremely appealing to players who enjoy a very active playstyle.

In this Havoc Demon Hunter guide, we’re going to help you pick a build that is optimized towards completing the new questing areas and levelling dungeons at a steady pace. It should also help you keep on chugging as you hit the endgame dungeons and World Quests - albeit wiht a few minor tweaks.

We’ll guide you through picking the best talents, customising your Artifact Weapon - the Twinblades of the Deceiver - and do so in a way that will get you the biggest damage output in the least amount of time. We'll next draw that all together by laying out your optimal damage-dealing rotation, and explain how to use and adapt it to each situation you find yourself in

Keep in mind that, unlike all other classes, the Demon Hunter will acquire new skills and abilities as it levels up from 100 to 110 in the Broken Isles, so your playstyle should change accordingly. Fear not, as we’ve got all that laid out for you in the rotation section below.

As the expansion progresses, we’ll update this guide with advice on how to choose the best gear to equip your character with, based on your primary and secondary stats, and we’ll go deeper into talent choice and rotations for specific end-game activities, such as running Mythic dungeons and raiding.

Editor’s note: Update #1 - Patch 7.1 - Return to Karazhan made a significant, under-the-hood change to the Havoc Tier 2 Talent, Demon Blades. This does not influence the order of your rotation, but you must still take it into account. You can find more info in the rotations section.

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Havoc Demon Hunter talents

We'll go into our breakdown of the talents we picked and why a little further on down the page, but first here's a look at all of the options you have at your disposal.

LevelOption 1Option 2Option 3
99Fel Mastery - This increases the damage from your Fel Rush and also causes it to grant you Fury.Chaos Cleave - Makes your main damage ability strike a second target.Blind Fury - This talent increases the duration of your Eye Beam by 50%.
100Prepared - This talent reduces the cooldown of Vengeful Retreat while also granting you fury over time.Demon Blades - Makes your auto attacks generate fury and deal extra damage.Demonic Appetite - This talent makes your Chaos Strikes occasionally spawn Lesser Soul Fragments, which grant you 30 Fury.
102Felblade - Charge toward your target, dealing damage and generating Fury, with a chance to have its cooldown reset by Demon's Bite or Demon Blades.First Blood - This talent reduces the cost and increases the damage of Blade Dance.Bloodlet - Bloodlet causes your Throw Glaive to also add a DoT onto the targets. This is a cumulative bleeding effect.
104Netherwalk - Makes you immune and doubles your movement speed for 5 seconds, but you can’t attack. Replaces Blur.Desperate Instincts - Taking this talent removes Blur as an active ability, causing it to activate passively instead when you are below 35% health.Soul Rending - While Metamorphosis is active, your recover life in accordance to damage dealt.
106Momentum - This grants you a flat 20% damage boost for 4 seconds after you use one of your mobility abilities, Fel Rush and Vengeful Retreat.Fel Eruption - This gives you a large damage burst on a relatively short cooldown, with a chance to stun.Nemesis - This increases your damage against a target by 20% for 1 full minute. If the target dies within that minute, you will gain a buff that allows you to deal 20% more damage against that type of target.
108Master of the Glaive - This allows you to use Throw Glaive twice as often.Unleashed Power - This talent removes the Fury cost from Chaos Nova and also reduces its cooldown by half.Demon Reborn - With this talent, entering Metamorphosis will cause all of your base cooldowns to reset. This means Eye Beam, Chaos Nova, and Blur.
110Chaos Blades - This is a big damage boost cooldown that you can use every 2 minutes and scales with your Mastery.Fel Barrage - This talent makes you accumulate up to five Fel charges as your attacks connect, and allows you to unleash them for massive multiple target damage.Demonic - This grants you the effects from Metamorphosis for 5 seconds after you use Eye Beam.

Havoc Demon Hunter talent build

Here are all of the talent picks we think are the best when it comes to levelling your Demon Hunter as Havoc. We've also provided reasoning for our picks so you gain a deeper understanding of the approach to combat.

LevelTalentReason
99Fel Mastery - This increases the damage from your Fel Rush and also causes it to grant you Fury.This the most effective choice for both leveling and the end-game, as its effectiveness scales perfectly with the number of targets.
100Demon Blades - Makes your auto attacks generate fury and deal extra damage.This provides the biggest damage / Fury output, and as a plus it removes your base Fury-generating ability, giving you one less button to worry about and permitting you to focus on the other intricacies of the class.
102Felblade - Charge toward your target, dealing damage and generating Fury, with a chance to have its cooldown reset by Demon's Bite or Demon Blades.One more charge attack means better mobility and faster navigation from one target to the next, quickening your leveling while simultaneously increasing damage output.
104Soul Rending - While Metamorphosis is active, your recover life in accordance to damage dealt.As you upgrade you Artifact Weapon's traits, Blur becomes increasingly better, and the other two choices in this tier mess up Blur and waste the potential of your related Artifact traits.
106Nemesis - This increases your damage against a target by 20% for 1 full minute. If the target dies within that minute, you will gain a buff that allows you to deal 20% more damage against that type of target.While questing you are usually killing enemies of the same type in sequence, so this has the very real potential for a 50% uptime - Momentum is equally solid but requires much more finesse to use.
108Unleashed Power - This talent removes the Fury cost from Chaos Nova and also reduces its cooldown by half.None of this level’s talents are super hot for leveling, but this gives you a bit more AoE power for dealing with packs of enemies.
110Fel Barrage - This talent makes you accumulate up to five Fel charges as your attacks connect, and allows you to unleash them for massive multiple target damage.You don’t really need this one for leveling, as you are already max level - congratulations! But it’s still the best talent of this tier - at least until you get good gear to feed Chaos Blades.

Havoc Demon Hunter rotation

It is of course important to use all of your Demon Hunter skills in an efficient manner, so that you maximise your resources and keep the levelling process moving as briskly as possible.

The Havoc specialisation’s main abilities consume Fury, a resource that can be generated either actively or passively depending on your choice of talents. When not moving, you will be pooling Fury up to a reasonable limit, and then spending it in the most optimal succession of attacks.

Patch 7.1 Changes

Patch 7.1 introduced a significant change to Fury generation through Demon Blades. Before, its effect would only tally after the “Global Cooldown”, the 1 second rest period after using one of your abilities. This means that the effect could happen while your were on one of your ability animations, but instead of getting the Fury right away, you would get it after the Global Cooldown, often stacked with a second activation, for a huge load of Fury.

Now you will get it regardless of the Global Cooldown, leading to Fury generation being more spaced out in time. You are not losing anything, as the average gain over a fight stays the same, but if you got used to the previous way, this might feel slower. On a positive note, it makes it much more predictable, possibly leading to less wasted Fury in the long term.

Havoc Demon Hunter - Single target rotation

Here's the best approach to combat when you're dealing with a single enemy.

ActionConditions / Further Instructions
1.Nemesis (Lvl 106) on target
2.Fel Blade ( Lvl 102) into target
3.Fel Rush into targetTurn 180 if this puts your back to the target
4.Fel Rush a second timeTurn 180 if this puts your back to the target
5.Fury of the Illidari (earned at lvl 100 with your Artifact Weapon)
6.Auto-attackUntil you gather up to 80 Fury from Demon Blades.
7.MetamorphosisIf the fight will last at least 2 minutes.
8.Chaos StrikeKeep casting until at or under 40 Fury.
9.Fel Blade (Lvl 102)If under 70 Fury.
10.Fel RushIf a charge is available and under 70 Fury or if 2 charges are available.
11.Auto-attackIf no Fel Rush charges / Fel Blade are available, and at or under 40 Fury.
12.Repeat from Step 7

Havoc Demon Hunter - Multiple target rotation

If you're facing multiple enemies at once, revert to the following rotation to take them out as quickly as possible!

ActionConditions / Further Instructions
1.Nemesis (Lvl 106) on target
2.Fel Blade ( Lvl 102) into target
3.Fel Rush into targetTurn 180 if this puts your back to the target
4.Fury of the Illidari (earned at lvl 100 with your Artifact Weapon)
5.Auto-attackUntil you gather up to 80 Fury from Demon Blades.
6.Eye Beam
7.Fel RushIf a charge is available and under 70 Fury or if 2 charges are available.
8.Auto-attackUntil you gather up to 80 Fury from Demon Blades.
9.MetamorphosisIf the fight will last at least 2 minutes.
10.Blade DanceIf 3 or more targets and over 40 Fury.
11.Chaos NovaIf 3 or more targets, and only after taking Unleashed Power (Lvl 108)
12.Chaos StrikeKeep casting until at or under 40 Fury.
13.Fel RushIf a charge is available and under 70 Fury or if 2 charges are available.
14.Auto-attackIf no Fel Rush charges are available, and at or under 40 Fury.
15.Repeat from Step 5

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Havoc Demon Hunter Artifact and Relics

Soon after starting Legion content, your Havoc Demon Hunter will gain the quest to earn the Artifact Weapon called Twinblades of the Deceiver. With it comes the powerful Fury of the Illidari attack, which you will fit into your rotation right after your openers.

The Twinblades have one of the most complex artifact trees, and the path you should take will greatly depend on your talent choices as you level up from 100 to 110. We have tailored it to our previous talent recommendations, but if you've opted not to follow them and went instead with a more warglaive-focused build for grabbing multiple enemies at once, then you should start by picking Sharpened Glaives and Balanced Blades, then follow our sequence from the start.

You'll notice that after grabbing the first major (golden) trait, we backtracked and went a slightly longer way around to get to the second. This was intentional, as the minor traits you get on the longer route to your second major trait are much better overall.

Once you reach level 110 you will have the chance to reset your Artifact Power and start over, but you should avoid doing so, as the cost increases with the amount of Artifact Power you have already invested. This is why it's important that you decide on a talent choice option early on, and commit to the plan - otherwise you might risk making an investment on your artifact weapon that is sub-optimal for your chosen talents.

Changing talents is free, while reseting your artifact traits is super expensive, so it makes more sense to adapt your talents and playstyle if you mess up your artifact trait priority!

The main value of Relics is in increasing your Artifact’s item level, as it increases your weapon damage: a hugely important factor for your abilities. If two relics have the same item level, you’ll want to prioritise them in this order:

  • Critical Chaos
  • Chaos Vision
  • Unleashed Demons
  • Sharpened Glaives
Recommended Order Trait Reason
1 Unleashed Demons Shaving a considerable amount of time from your powerful Metamorphosis cooldown right at the start is a pretty good deal.
2 Demon Speed Fel Rush has a big role in your rotation and taking this gives you a lot of flexibility. It can improve your already solid defensive cooldown, helping you run away, it can help you generate extra Fury, or you can simply treat Blur as an extra damage cooldown. Note that this is greatly devalued by the tier 4 talent "Desperate Instincts", as it will make you lose control of when you earn the extra charges.
3 Illidari Knowledge A decent damage reduction against spell casters.
4 Rage of the Illidari Your first major trait, and a good boost to your artifact ability's damage.
5 Sharpened Glaives Going back to the start, we take this to begin the climb towards our second major trait.
6 Critical Chaos A good damage boost to the critical strikes of your main damaging ability.
7 Chaos Vision Another damage boost, this time to your most often used damage cooldown.
8 Anguish of the Deceiver Your second major trait makes Eye Beam better overall, but especially against single targets. Once you unlock this, it's worth inserting the skill into your single-target rotation, as soon as you hit 80 Fury.
9 Feast on the Souls Now that your Eye Beam's received a really nice boost, wouldn't it be lovely if you could use it more often? Yes, it would. Here you go.
10 Balanced Blades We're jumping back to grab this, because it's a nice boost to your multiple target rotation for a single-point trait, and by now your new traits start getting crazy expensive.
11 Deceiver's Fury This has good synergy with Blur, but its value significantly decreases if you take Netherwalk as your tier 4 talent.
12 Inner Demons Your third major trait fits passively into your rotation, giving your main damaging ability a good chance to deal extra damage.
13 Demon Rage A small, flat damage increase.
14 Contained Fury While increasing your Fury reserves doesn't directly impact the damage you do, it will make you less likely to waste Fury, which by now you should generate quite easily.
15 Overwhelming Power Ironically, the most underwhelming trait. You'll want it to max out your artifact weapon, and that's pretty much it.

That's the end of the second edition of our Havoc Demon Hunter guide, but there's much more to come in the weeks ahead. Expect us to add a detailed section to help you pick out the best gear for your spec very soon!

If there's something in particular that you'd like to see added, just let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to cover it when we next update this article.

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  • Mordelus #1 2 years ago
    Thanks for the excellent guide. My problem is staying alive against strong single targets, such as silver heads etc. Am i missing something, or is there a way to generate lesser souls more often or am i just crap?

    Cheers.