Havoc Demon Hunters are the DPS of the Demon Hunter world. They slice and dice and throw eyebeams around and are just generally all over the place. Couple things about the Demon Hunters I think folks should know:
They don’t have Old world flying! Nor do they have epic flying! And if you manage to go to your capital city without setting your hearth, never fear. There is a portal in your capital city to Dalaran. *phew!*
Also, the requisite picture of talents:
So to start the Havoc Quest Line, you head out to Krasus’s landing and speak to Altruis/Kayn (I chose Altruis for this character, so I will be referencing Altruis.) He requests that you pick a weapon to pursue, and the Havoc weapon is Verus. Altruis has you meet him at the Violet Hold. Off I go!
The head warden doesn’t want to let us in. It’s only by threatening him and telling him that he has nothing to lose that lets you in. So now, it’s time to discuss things with an Eredar lord while the Kirin Tor run away.
Being the awesome badass I am, I own the Eredar lord and find out that the holder of Verus is in Suramar. That’s my next port of call. I fly out from the landing with two Illidari at my back. There are wards protecting Varedis, the holder of my glaives, and I have to break them open, but my companions are killed. I land, and it’s time to take out some mobs.
I break through the first set of mobs quite all right and destroy the first ward. There is a mini boss in front of the second ward which needs my attention. I die on my first attack on him, even after using my last legion healthstone. He’s got an attack that pushes you back from him and causes heaps of damage. Not cool.
Rez and start again. The adds that he summons come after me and I start in on them but I lose health quickly. However, just as I’m about to die one of them do and I get some health. I’m heading back to take out the last one but these random bombardments kill it. Hrmm…
The bombardments hardly affect his health! I am doing quite well against Fel Commander Igrius until he summons his adds, that’s when I notice my health goes down a lot quicker than it was. I need to kill this guy and fast. I finish killing him and the mobs despawn, and that’s when it hit me – I could’ve used Blur. Duh. The other thing I’m noticing is that at it’s core, Havoc DPS is build up and spend, build up and spend. Kinda boring, really.
Making my way to the third pillar a large infernal comes down, but he’s near two Eredar casters. Instead of chasing him, I decide to wait for him to come to me. While he’s away from me he summons a bunch of little fel flame adds that I can kill easily and that provide me with much needed healing sphere thingies, which is awesome. The fight takes a while, which isn’t awesome.
I get through the rest of the trash and Varedis makes his appearance. He mentions killing my companions who came with me, but as they weren’t at my side during the fights in Mardum, it’s ok. I fight a big demon (it’s an easy fight considering some of the others) and then I wait for Metamorphosis’s cooldown to finish as I want to use it on this next fight.
The fight against Varedis is pretty basic, but you have to use all your skills against him. About midway through he’s being encouraged to use the power in his blades but it feels like he hasn’t done anything, or that something there might be happening, I don’t know. But after you kill him and loot the blades, Altruis shows up, doesn’t say a word, but there’s a felbat there for you to take.
At the end, you return to Dalaran and you discover that in the past 10 years the Coilskar, the Ashtongue and the Shivarra have secured the Fel Hammer where you fought the Brood Queen and now call it home. Matron Mother Malevolence says, and I quote:
Opening a gateway now dears. Step back.
Isn’t she such a lovely Shivarra? (I really really enjoy her character!)
Turns out that only I can activate all the powers of this floating fortress so I activate the powers, and bam! A thousand worlds for me to travel to. The Ashtongue, Coilskar and Shivarra pledge themselves to my service this time, and we all make a pact to destroy the legion.
You check out the modifications you can make to your glaives in the Nathrezim forge and that’s that. You’re then told that the situation on Azeroth is more desperate than you originally thought, and you are then treated to a visual of the Tomb of Sargeras. It’s time to act against the Legion. You pick your starting point and bam! Take the portal back to Dalaran and that’s that.
Demon Hunters, especially Havoc ones, are interesting when it comes to their mobility. They have fantastic movement, and they can slice and dice their way through just about anything – however it does appear that they are a bit on the delicate side and I found myself hurting when I didn’t have a lot of demons around to help me replenish my life. Demon Hunters also don’t get the boost to First Aid that Death Knights received so I’m unable to keep a stack of bandages etc on me. If you’re planning on playing a DH, I’d recommend ensuring you have plenty of gold and materials to power level their professions! However, when it comes to the actual DPSing part of it, as I said before – it’s just build and spend, build and spend. It doesn’t feel any different than say, a Fury Warrior would, other than being able to jump around like crazy.
Next up: Vengeance will be mine!