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Not to be confused with Demonhunter.
For the Warcraft III unit, see Demon Hunter (Warcraft III).
Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter Crest.png
Favored by
Primary attribute
Weapon proficiency

Warglaives, Daggers, Fist Weapons, One-Handed Axes, One-Handed Maces, and One-Handed Swords.[1]

Armor proficiency
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Quests DK DH Dr Hu Ma Mo Pa Pr Ro Sh Wl Wr
Abilities DK DH Dr Hu Ma Mo Pa Pr Ro Sh Wl Wr
Trainers DK DH Dr Hu Ma Mo Pa Pr Ro Sh Wl Wr
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Useful macros DK DH Dr Hu Ma Mo Pa Pr Ro Sh Wl Wr
"Most of them, Varedis included, pursue power for its own sake. That power will consume them, for they are not driven by the pure fire that burns inside a true demon hunter's heart."
Altruis the Sufferer[2]

Demon hunters are dark, shadowy warriors who are shunned by the greater night elf society. They made a pact, long ago, to fight against the forces of chaos using its own terrible powers against it. These mysterious warriors ritually blind themselves so that they develop 'spectral sight' that enables them to see demons and undead with greater clarity. They wield demonically charged warblades in battle and even call upon demonic energies to augment their formidable combat skills. Although they are counted as some of the mightiest warriors within the night elves' society, the demon hunters are always maligned and misunderstood for making their selfless pact with darkness.[3]

Demon hunter was announced at Gamescom 2015 to be a new hero class for the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion. Playable demon hunters (night elves for the Alliance, and blood elves for the Horde) belong to the Illidari faction. Demon hunters will start at level 98, experiencing a unique starting experience comparable to that for death knights, before then moving "immediately" into Legion content.[4][5]

Class overview

A female night elf demon hunter
A male blood elf demon hunter

Demon hunters, disciples of Illidan Stormrage, uphold a dark legacy, one that frightens their allies and enemies alike. The Illidari embrace fel and chaotic magics—energies that have long threatened the world of Azeroth—believing them necessary to challenge the Burning Legion. Wielding the powers of demons they’ve slain, they develop demonic features that incite revulsion and dread in fellow elves.

Demon hunters ritually blind themselves in exchange for spectral sight that enables them to better sense their prey. This enhanced awareness, together with their great agility and magical prowess, makes demon hunters unpredictable adversaries. An Illidari’s quarry has much to fear.

Forgoing heavy armor, demon hunters capitalize on speed, closing the distance quickly to sever enemies with one-handed weapons. However, Illidari must also use their agility defensively to ensure that battles end favorably.

They can command chaotic energies to inflict havoc on enemies, or they can focus their powers to resist damage. Demon hunters fuel vengeful attacks and are a leather-wearing melee DPS and tank class, with only two specializations: Havoc (DPS), and Vengeance (tank).

Unrivaled mobility
Demon hunters can double jump, vault in and out of combat, and even unfold their monstrous wings to perform gliding descents and surprise enemies from above.
Demon hunters transform into hellish forms, enhancing their chosen role: damage-focused Illidari can teleport into combat, while those who prize defense can grant powerful supportive Auras.
Melee damage
The chaotic energy that flows within demon hunters empowers their physical and magical strikes to devastating effect.
Spectral Sight
The demon hunters' apparent blindness belies their true powers of perception. They rely on magically augmented sight to detect enemies, even those that hide behind obstacles.[1]


Main article: Demon hunter races

Only two playable races can be demon hunters: night elves and blood elves.


Appearance options for the demon hunter class

Unlike most classes, demon hunter characters will come with special visual customization options.

  • Horns - a number of different shapes and styles, ranging from very large to fairly small, or even no horns at all
  • Tattoos - a variety of colours and patterns; a lot of demon hunter-specific armor will expose the character's skin, allowing players to "show off" their tattoos
  • Skin variations - from "scaly and demonic" to normal
  • Eye wear - "traditional Illidan-style", veils, with or without the green eye glow

Starting experience

Demon hunters will have a unique starting experience, similar in nature to the death knight starting experience. Starting at level 98 (as revealed at Dragoncon, and relayed by Elvine (subject to change)), players will then be able to "immediately flow into" Legion content.

The demon hunter storyline starts 10 years before Legion, at the events at the Black Temple. Part of an elite team of demon hunters, the player is sent on a "suicide mission" by Illidan to the Legion prison world of Mardum, the world in which Sargeras imprisoned demons prior to his descent into madness. As events play out, the player will learn what it means to be a demon hunter, and the true meaning of sacrifice.[4]

10 years later, the player is awoken in the Vault of the Wardens. Desperate for help in the fight against the Burning Legion, the wardens have "thrown the switch" to awaken the imprisoned demon hunters, in particular because of their unique abilities when it comes to fighting demons.


For a full list of specialization abilities, see Demon hunter abilities

Unlike most classes, demon hunters have only 2 specializations: Havoc, a damage dealing spec; and Vengeance, a tanking spec.


Demon hunter havoc icon.png

Havoc demon hunters are agile melee damage dealers, using a mixture of physical and spell attacks to defeat their enemies.


"Vengeance‎" redirects here. For other uses, see Vengeance‎ (disambiguation).
Demon hunter vengeance icon.png

Vengeance demon hunters are far larger and tougher than the lean Havoc demon hunters, but still use their speed and agility to evade their foes' attacks wherever possible.


Demon hunters use Fury as their primary resource. Some abilities generate Fury, while other consume it. Demon hunter attacks primarily deal Physical, Fire and Chaos damage.


Notable demon hunters

Name Role Affiliation Status Location
Neutral  Illidan Stormrage The Betrayer, Lord of Outland, Lord of the Illidari Illidari Alive Various Locations
Combat  Alandien Overseer of blood elf recruits in training Illidari Killable Ruins of Karabor, Shadowmoon Valley
Combat  Netharel Overseer of blood elf recruits in training Illidari Killable Ruins of Karabor, Shadowmoon Valley
Combat  Theras Overseer of blood elf recruits in training Illidari Killable Ruins of Karabor, Shadowmoon Valley
Combat  Varedis Felsoul Overseer of the Illidari training grounds Illidari Killable Ruins of Karabor, Shadowmoon Valley
Boss  Leotheras the Blind Driven insane during demon hunter training Independent Killable Serpentshrine Cavern
Neutral  Altruis the Sufferer Illidari defector fighting the Burning Legion in Nagrand Independent Alive Nagrand
Neutral  Feronas Sindweller Kills demons disguised as druids in Felwood Independent Alive Felwood
Neutral  Loramus Thalipedes Seeks to put an end to the dreadlord Razelikh Independent Unknown Blasted Lands
Combat  Telarius Voidstrider Herald of the Dark Embrace Independent Killable Bashal'Aran Collapse, Darkshore

Warcraft III

WC3RoC logo 16x32.png This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft III.

This is a list of random demon hunters that appear in Warcraft III:

  • Shadowsong, Shadowfury, Shadowstalker, Flameseeker, Darkweaver, Darkterror, Darksorrow, Sindweller, Painkiller, Hellbourne, Wrathbringer, Ragerunner, Firebrand, Bloodwrath, Terrorblade

In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.


Illidan Stormrage

Illidan Stormrage is the most famous demon hunter, and was the first of their kind. Even Illidan's own brother did not appreciate his sacrifice, and locked him below ground for thousands of years for trafficking with dark powers. Illidan's case was unique. Sargeras, lord of the Burning Legion, burned away Illidan's eyes with magic fire until only scorched sockets remained. Illidan's resulting sight was a maddening display of violent colors. His altered vision allowed him to easily recognize both demons and mortals with magic powers. In addition, Sargeras covered Illidan's body with black tattoos that increased his arcane power.[6]

Later, a group of night elves, inspired by Illidan's example, made a pact to turn the Burning Legion's powers against it, fighting destruction with destruction. Obviously they could not gain their powers in the same way Illidan did, but they discovered other means. In the millennia since, other night elves, and a few creatures of other races, have made the same pact, binding demonic essence in their bodies and using it to destroy the Legion's minions.[6]

Though many among the night elves and the Alliance fear the demon hunters and their pact with darkness, all know that demon hunters and their demonically-charged warblades have played an important part in combating what remains of the Burning Legion.[7]

Development and abilities

Illidari demon hunters training atop the Ruins of Karabor.

Demon hunters have a variety of abilities that assist them in destroying demons, though the power coursing through their bodies also allows them to prevail over lesser foes. Demon hunters eschew heavy armor, valuing mobility and speed. As a demon hunter grows in power, they undergo a gradual evolution, becoming more and more demonic in appearance. The changes are cosmetic and can take many different forms, from burning eyes to black blood. By the time the demon hunter reaches the pinnacle of his development, he is a twisted and dark version of his former self - though the chaotic energy in his body does not affect his personality and allegiance (or so the demon hunters claim), it wreaks great changes on his physical form. The demon hunter’s gradual evolution achieves its pinnacle as they become a demonic entity. Their appearance has changed to something frightening: The exact changes vary, but can include glowing red eyes; horns; clawed feet and hands; nonfunctioning wings; cloven hooves; a spiked tail; dark skin; a deep, rumbling voice; and similar cosmetic changes. The demon hunter becomes an outsider.

The demon hunter can drain a demon’s energy to fuel their own powers. They mainly use arcane and fire energy. Shadow energy is rare. No other energies have been confirmed. The demon hunter can channel the chaos energy within them into a melee weapon to increase its powers. In time the demon hunter becomes more proficient in channeling demonic energy into their weapons, and highly skilled demon hunters are adept at this technique. Demon hunters have shown the ability to cover their bodies in a shell of flame. At the pinnacle of evolution, Demon hunters can unleash the demon in them and turn themselves (temporarily) into something more. This is called Metamorphosis.

Demon hunters hone their speed and maneuverability to overcome their foes.[6]


Night elf society shuns demon hunters. Most night elves don't understand the noble sacrifice that demon hunters make; therefore, they make another sacrifice: to be outcasts from their society. Other cultures share the night elves' distrust of demon hunters, and the shadowy individuals are not welcome in cities throughout the Alliance or Horde-controlled lands. Citizens and soldiers may allow a demon hunter to stay at an inn or take a brief rest at a tavern, but they watch them warily and breathe sighs of relief when they leave. These people do not see the demon hunters for the heroes and martyrs they are; they see them as dangerous individuals who consort with dark powers, almost as bad as warlocks. Such ignorance embitters many demon hunters, and most are solitary souls. Some are fortunate enough to find the company of a few individuals who appreciate them, or at least show them little ill will.[6]

Race and initiation

Varedis, a blood elf demon hunter.

The tradition of the demon hunter arises from night elf history, and almost all demon hunters are night elves. A few blood elves make the pledge as well, seeking revenge for the destruction of their home. Other races can become demon hunters, but such individuals are unheard of. Any member of another race who is willing to make the sacrifices necessary to join the fight against the demonic invaders must find a night elf or blood elf demon hunter to assist him in the initiation ceremonies.[6]

Humans can also be demon hunters.[7] Some of these demon hunters can be found guarding Mount Hyjal with the help of fellow night elf demon hunters.[8] Demon hunters in other races are rare, but some exist.[citation needed]

To become a demon hunter, a hero must find a demon hunter who is willing to lead them through a series of complex rituals. These rituals involve capturing a demon and sacrificing it in order to bind a portion of its spirit inside the hero.[7] As part of the ceremony to become a demon hunter, the initiate burns out his or her eyes with a magic blade to entrap a demonic essence within their body. Most demon hunters then bind their mutilated eyes with strips of cloth. In return for this sacrifice, the demon hunter gains the ability to see the world without vision — creatures are visible as dimly glowing forms against a gray and murky background. Demonic energy blazes like burning pitch in the night; the demon hunter sees and recognizes it easily.[6]

Equipment and weaponry


Though equipment obviously varies from demon hunter to demon hunter, one universal element of the order seems to be the blindfold. Used to conceal the remains of the demon hunters' mutilated eye sockets, the demon hunter blindfold is usually some dark but mundane-looking fabric. Blindfolds are occasionally neglected, perhaps to make the demon hunter appear more frightening and intimidating. A second common occurrence among demon hunters is the tendency for the males among their numbers to be stripped to the waist, which is just one display of the demon hunters' emphasis on the importance of agility and general rejection of heavier armor. Those female demon hunters that have surfaced have been similarly garbed, wearing only the bare minimum of clothing on their upper bodies, sometimes even nothing at all. Demon hunters further tend to wear what appears to be cloth or leather, rarely (if ever) donning plate and mail, favouring greater speed and agility on the battlefield.


To contrast their stark lack of armor and clothing in general, demon hunters seem to typically carry large, curved warglaives, in the style of Illidan Stormrage's own Twin Blades of Azzinoth. Though the exact reason for this tendency isn't well explained, there are several possible reasons. One is that this kind of weapon has simply become a tradition over the years, later demon hunters mimicking the first of their kind. Another is that this style of curved warblades is common among the kind of demons that demon hunters have to kill as part of their basic initiation process. A third explanation is that the dual-bladed nature of their large, curved weapons allows them to deal the most damage with the least amount of effort, allowing them to focus on their agility and speed. A final explanation is that this kind of weapon is somehow easier to magically charge or channel through, though there is nothing that directly suggests this.

Demon hunters also possess a plethora of magical abilities, most notably the ability to metamorphose. Many abilities also tend to vary from demon hunter to demon hunter, possibly derived from the type of demon that they originally partially absorbed.

A demon hunter warblade.

Demon hunter warblades description: These blades appear as a strange cross between a small buckler and a sharp-looking, curved, two-bladed short sword. The demon hunters of the night elves wear these blades while they hunt the minions of the Scourge, the Burning Legion or other dark adversaries worthy of such weaponry. While many of the demon hunters rely on non-magic weapons, eventually most have either one of these double blades or a matching pair.[9]

The use of such weapons tells a lot about the individual wielding them. The inwardly-curving nature of the blades means that the demon hunter must get extremely close to their opponent, literally within what would normally be punching range, in order to get maximum use of the blades. The warblades would be swung in wide arcs at extreme speed, viciously lacerating the foe. More often than not, the warblades will have intricate serrations on the outer edge of the blade near the central buckle, adding yet another facet to the brutal nature of the weapons.


  • Demon hunters as a playable class were considered as early as Wrath of the Lich King. However, it was not until Legion that an expansion was arrived with a story and theme which fit the class.[5]
  • While Death Knights had a unique effect to their normal voiceover audio, Demon Hunters' audio is entirely unique, with new dialogue to fit their status.



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