Havoc

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Havoc
Ability warlock baneofhavoc.png
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

45 sec

Other information
Level learned

40

Improvements
Related debuff
Ability warlock baneofhavoc.png
  • Curse
  • Havoc
  • Spells cast by the Warlock also hit this target.
  • Duration: 10 seconds
Havoc in the TCG

Havoc is a level 40 Destruction warlock ability.

Havoc is an extremely important ability for Destruction warlocks, allowing them to copy single-target spells to an additional target for the duration. Havoc should be used on cooldown whenever there are 2 or more targets to attack. Havoc should ideally be used to copy a Chaos Bolt or, if one of the targets is below 20% health, [Shadowburn].

While the primary target of Shadowburn must be below 20% health, Havoc can duplicate Shadowburn's damage onto a target that is not below 20% health. This tactic, sometimes called "Shadowburn cleaving", is useful in raid encounters as it allows you to execute a dying add while also doing extra damage to the boss through Havoc and still gaining the benefit of the refunded and extra Soul Shards. In the encounters where it is possible, mastering Shadowburn cleaving is a very significant DPS gain.

Shadowburn cleaving can also be used in PvP to finish off a dying opponent while dealing damage to their ally and giving yourself an additional Soul Shard to use to damage the survivor.

Improvements

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Havoc’s duration increased to 10 seconds (was 8 seconds), and cooldown increased to 45 seconds (was 20 seconds).
  • Hotfix (2016-08-22): "Havoc now duplicates Channel Demonfire bolts cast on other targets."
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer limited to 3 casts (or 1 Chaos Bolt). Duration reduced to 8 seconds (down from 15), cooldown reduced to 25 seconds (down from 20).
  • Hotfix (2014-12-17): "[Hotfix currently in-testing] Havoc now has a base cooldown of 20 seconds (down from 25 seconds)."
  • Hotfix (2013-04-18): "Fixed an issue where targets of Havoc were receiving more damage than intended from Immolate."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.5 (2012-09-11): Cooldown has been reduced from 45 to 25 seconds.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Bane of Havoc has been renamed Havoc.
  • Hotfix (2010-11-24): "Bane of Havoc no longer persists when overwritten by another Bane."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added.

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