Are You Prepared? Demon Hunter Pre-Patch Overview
Demon Hunters arrive on August 9th for players that have
pre-purchased World of Warcraft Legion
. Here’s a look at some of the basics you can prep for a week in advance, and what you’ll need to get your character started and geared up.
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Creating a Demon Hunter
Before you log in and play your Demon Hunter, there are several things you should know:
Demon Hunters start off at level 98 and require a level 70 character on that
server to create one.
Demon Hunters can only be Night Elves (Alliance) or Blood Elves (Horde). However, they can communicate cross-faction via demonic!
If you are unsure which race to pick, our
faction overviews explain each race in more detail.
Demon Hunters cannot be boosted to 100.
Demon Hunters will have access to a Garrison, however they will have to unlock and upgrade it from scratch. Not sure what to do? We have a guide to
questing for the Level 1 and 2 Garrison
The character customization screen has more options for Demon Hunters than for other races: tattoos, horns, blindfolds. They also have additional hair colors, face options, and skin tones. You can try out all of these options in the
and browse popular transmog sets for Demon Hunters in the
Demon Hunters will then go through a unique starting zone experience in
and Vault of the Wardens. When the starting zone is complete, they will acquire two unique transmog appearances, the
mount, a full set of 680-690 gear, and hit level 100.
During the starting experience, they will progressively unlock more abilities and their first two talents. Demon Hunters will unlock the rest of their talent choices from 100 to 110.
Once the Demon Hunter has completed the starting experience, they can participate in any regular Warlords and pre-patch content, such as the Garrisons and Invasions. However, Demon Hunters will not be able to participate in the special Broken Shore scenario. This is because part of their starting zone experience takes place at the same moment in the lore timeline.
Click here for our detailed written overview to the starting experience!
Choosing a Specialization
is the DPS specialization:
A demonic elf who uses the magic of the Legion against them. A havoc demon hunter is an aggressive melee damage dealer with high mobility. They have adopted traits of demons and use their own power against them.The main thing that makes Demon Hunters truly special is
Havoc Demon Hunters are a use Fury as a resource. Using abilities such as
to build fury and then using other abilities such as
to spend Fury.
Demon Hunters need to be swift in vanquishing the demons they hunt. Using abilities unique to them such as
to quickly close the gap between them and their foes or using
to escape. You can even use your demonic wings to
from various high places.
is one of many of your AoE abilities, along with
and even your artifact weapon ability
is your main form of defense. You will also learn
that can help not only you but your allies as well.
is your artifact weapon as a Havoc Demon Hunter. One named Verus the other named Muramas.
Demon Hunters no matter the spec or race will obtain
Overall a Havoc Demon Hunters excel in burst AoE as well as burst priority damage. Resource is easy to maintain as well as the flexibility in their talents for different situations.
See how Havoc Demon Hunters compare to other melee specs, and get some dps tips, in the
Melee DPS Guide
is the tanking specialization:
: A demonic elf who uses the magic of the Legion against them. A vengeance demon hunter is an aggressive, fast-paced tank that rips souls from the enemy to use for their own benefit.
: Pain, generated via attacks and taking damage. Soul Fragments, which are minor healing orbs that spawn far from the demon hunter and are consumed by various abilities.
, which directly reduces physical damage and increases your chance to avoid attacks.
, a big finisher that heals more the more pain you spend on it.
to pick up adds. Fill empty spots in your rotation with
. Both of these will generate Pain for active mitigation.
, which is a ground targeted leap on a short cooldown.
, a strong single target defensive ability on a short cooldown.
, an offensive and defensive ability that increases health and Pain generation.
for magic damage.
. A pair of warglaives that have absorbed souls across the cosmos.
: Agility leather
: Strong and frequently usable cooldowns, well rounded healing and damage reduction abilities. Excellent solo capabilities. Precise and frequent mobility.
See how Vengeance Demon Hunters compare to other tanking specs, and get some general tanking tips, in the
Your other characters can work on a care package kit for your Demon Hunter. Here are some items they can mail over:
: Tailors can make several large bags that are BoE—
. Your starting bags will be the 20 slot bag
Cooking materials: The best way to power level cooking is to learn the recipes from
and then loot
. Most of the 1-600 reagents are sold by
but you should stock up on
Profession materials: Leveling professions in the pre-patch still requires Draenor materials, so stock up on herbs,
. You can also speed fishing along with
. That said, you do not need to have a high skill level in order to unlock and learn Draenor recipes.
: These PvP tokens are BoA and can be turned in for ilvl 710 pieces of gear.
Reputation items: This is more for fun, but you can spend Timewarped Badges on
which grant 500 reputation with an old-world faction.
Enchants and Consumables: Save up some enchanting scrolls, Draenor gems, bandages, and flasks for any group content your Demon Hunter does.
Pre Patch Gearing
When you leave the starting zone, you will be wearing a full set of 680-690 gear. This will be good enough to get you into Hellfire Citadel LFR.
The Demon Hunter Artifact Weapon in Legion will be a Warglaive, but Demon Hunters can equip other types of weapons (1H axes, swords, fists), which come in handy for the pre patch. Keep this in mind when purchasing
weapons or seeing what Hellfire Citadel bosses have useful loot.
You can get your Demon Hunter a full set of ilvl 710 armor through
via the vendors
. These tokens are from PvP and are Bind on Account, so you can grind out the tokens in advance on a different character, and then just mail them over.
for belt, bracers, cloaks
for shoulders, gloves, boots
for helms, chests, pants
Demon Hunters do not have specific tier sets or Warglaives from Hellfire Citadel, but there is a variety of agility loot they can equip:
Agility weapons include
’s loot is now 720; he is a good source for trinkets, capes, necks, and wrists.
Mythic dungeon bosses have a chance to drop ilvl 715 heirloom trinkets that scale up to lvl 110. These include
The Pre-Expansion Invasions will have ilvl 700 weapons which can be upgraded up to 725 via
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