The Demon Hunter is World of Warcraft’s latest class, and has been freshly introduced with Legion. Inspired by the popular anti-hero and former raid boss Illidan Stormrage, the Demon Hunter is an elven warrior who has embraced the demonic power of the Burning Legion in order to turn it against its masters, infusing his strikes with the powers of Hatred and Pain. In this Demon Hunter guide, we’ll provide an overview of the class and its two combat specialisations.
This new class is a departure from previous heroes in that it only has two possible specialisations, rather than three. There's the melee damage-dealing Havoc specialisation, and the tanking Vengeance specialisation. Each one uses different resources: Hatred powers the former’s strikes, while Pain is consumed by the latter's abilities. What is common to both, however, is a very high emphasis on mobility.
The Demon Hunter is the most mobile class in the came, capable of effortlessly and quickly crossing large distances. Several of its attacks generate Soul Fragments nearby, which grant bonuses when picked up, incentivising the Demon Hunter to stay on the move constantly.
Note that you can only create a Demon Hunter character if you own a Level 70 or higher character on your chosen realm, as it is considered a Hero class, and so intended for players who are already familiar with the game. As the class' adventures begin at Level 98, most of its talents will be earned as you quest through the Broken Isles - unlike most classes who only earn traits via powering up their Artifact Weapons from level 100 through 110.
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Havoc Demon Hunter
Havoc is the Demon Hunter’s DPS-oriented specialisation. It is optimal for levelling, and can be easily tweaked after reaching the maximum level cap, so as to perform well in dungeon and raid scenarios.
They are kings of mobility among melee damage-dealers, they shine in sustained single-target damage, and they do a good job at multiple target fights too. Note, however, that due to their needing a lot of movement to optimize damage output, the playstyle is extremely challenging to master.
|Strengths||Versatility - the Demon Hunter performs well in any situation, and has godlike mobility.|
|Weaknesses||Maximum damage output is dependant on scoring critical hits. Hard to master movement-heavy playstyle without taking a hit in survivability.|
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Vengeance Demon Hunter
Vengeance is the Demon Hunter tank specialisation. Combining a healthy amount of powerful defensive cooldowns with a strong self-healing cleave attack, the Vengeance Demon Hunter is set to take a high place among the World of Warcraft tanking pantheon.
Shining in particular during movement-heavy fights, the Vengeance playstyle is nonetheless a bit more grounded than that of its Havoc brethren. This is a tank that has a very smooth rotation, a wide range of situational skills, and an above-average output of damage - particularly in multiple target situations.
|Strengths||Multiple-target fights - Vengeance can deal a lot of damage and generate huge amounts of threat on nearby enemies. Godlike mobility.|
|Weaknesses||Lack of base panic buttons to deal with fatal incoming damage.|
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