Diablo® III

New BL / RF farming build guide.

So I was leveling a new DH so I can keep gaining paragon ex before paragon 2.0 hits, and developed a fun farming build. Here's the skills that I'm using currently:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/demon-hunter#ichgdV!bZX!aaZabc

The idea is to clear trash mobs with ball lightning and gun down elites and singletons with rapid fire withering fire.

The upside of this build is that it clears extremely fast and is a blast to play. The downside is that the MP you can play on is limited by your DPS. This build affords you a lot more mobility than most traditional RF builds because it uses ball lightning for quickly clearing trash / kiting elites, and uses rapid fire//withering fire so that you don't have to be rooted to the ground as much.

The only real requirement for this build (other than the skill choices) is to have at least 2.00 attacks per second. (Make sure that you're actually over 2.000001, and it's not rounding up to 2.00 from 1.999, you can do the calculations, or just be at 2.01 to be safe.) This will get you a lot of damage out of your rapid fire and make firing off BL a lot of fun. 2 handed xbow will probably get you the best DPS, but its a lot easier to get to 2.01 aps with a 2 handed bow.

You're also going to need some pick up radius, I'd recommend getting at least 12 yards. I got mine on boots and bracers. Boots because you don't lose a whole lot (only 65 dex in my case) and bracers because I needed to pick up attack speed there anyways.

Make sure to play on low enough MP that you can clear trash mobs in 3-4 shots and elites in under 10 seconds or you wont generate health globes fast enough to keep your hatred up. My gear, for example, lets me play on MP 6 at the most (at time of writing I'm at 277k dps while using an SoJ).

Happy hunting. Feel free to ask questions here, or contact me in game.

(Nyan has some rad guides too, check out what he has to say).
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Same idea I had a few months ago as well, but I mostly was ignored lol.

Old post:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/8796589684#2

Video demo:

http://www.twitch.tv/iria1342/b/414044082
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Hey Atomsk! nice guide, I'm always a big fan of spender only builds ^.^ can I make a recommendation tho?

Although the 2.01 ApS is required for the 15 ticks per second breakpoint, I don't think stacking IAS past that is bad because you get more use out of non tick skills.

I use this build @ 2.499 ApS (1.76 Calamity and 42% Ias on gear)
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/demon-hunter#cjVghd!Xce!bbZaZa

I'm at the very top of the BP range that I can hit which allows me to not lose NS+Punishment Synergy but use Multishot at the best Frequency possible. I'd only recommend the Lower BP ranges if its the max you can hit (hard to get over 2.01 with manticore), or you are only using RF.

Either way fun guide! I made a Night Stalker discipline Regen calculator for RF a while ago if you are interested.
Edited by TastySouP#1157 on 9/26/2013 1:04 PM PDT
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Hey Atomsk! nice guide, I'm always a big fan of spender only builds ^.^ can I make a recommendation tho?

Although the 2.01 ApS is required for the 15 ticks per second breakpoint, I don't think stacking IAS past that is bad because you get more use out of non tick skills.

I use this build @ 2.499 ApS (1.76 Calamity and 42% Ias on gear)
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/demon-hunter#cjVghd!Xce!bbZaZa

I'm at the very top of the BP range that I can hit which allows me to not loose NS+Punishment Synergy but use Multishot at the best Frequency possible. I'd only recommend the Lower BP ranges if its the max you can hit (hard to get over 2.01 with manticore), or you are only using RF.

Either way fun guide! I made a Night Stalker discipline Regen calculator for RF a while ago if you are interested.


What mp do you run that build on?
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I was playing EA/BL with a Calamity last night and the returns from NS were nuts. Could you use Punishment to try to push up to higher MPs? After the giant buff to xp in the 1.08 patch, I haven't done any lower mp farming since I felt like it wouldn't stack up. I suppose if you can clear fast enough though...
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I use ball lightning to lure and bombardment to kill. Pretty much that's my paragon leveling build. This works for me since my build is for optimizing RF dps instead of all skills :(

I could post a video but I dunno if people want to watch Nyan farm lol
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Same idea I had a few months ago as well, but I mostly was ignored lol.

Old post:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/8796589684#2

Video demo:

http://www.twitch.tv/iria1342/b/414044082


LOL, I'm sure loads of people have used this build before. Just gotta make bold claims in your title if you want people to notice at all \o.o/
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09/26/2013 11:55 AMPosted by TastySouP
Either way fun guide! I made a Night Stalker discipline Regen calculator for RF a while ago if you are interested.


Thanks! Also, I've run through every RF calculation that I could think of, thanks tho :)
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09/26/2013 12:11 PMPosted by GunnersDream
What mp do you run that build on?


I was only playing on MP8 last time I was using it, but its been a whillle since I've used it. I've had a lot of gear upgrades since then though. Maybe I can do higher now?

I've got 89%CC with RF because of a SoJ, Pretty decent Maras (15 CHC in total with 100CHD ^.^) and my DML, which helps me regen a lot of discipline. You definitely can't hop into the build right away, you really have to learn when you can use which skills and be able to recognize how scenarios could play out. I use RF the most and I will only use Multishot when there are far to many enemies for RF.

I'll give it a try again this weekend and maybe make a video depending on how it goes >.< definitely won't beat some other builds kill times, but it was fun when it was the only build I ran.
Edited by TastySouP#1157 on 9/26/2013 1:05 PM PDT
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Same idea I had a few months ago as well, but I mostly was ignored lol.

Old post:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/8796589684#2

Video demo:

http://www.twitch.tv/iria1342/b/414044082

Nah, you are not ignored
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/9377369457#13

I "liked" your post and recommended to a few ppl looking for fast and efficient build.

btw OP I run this
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/demon-hunter#cigdlh!YbT!ZacY.Z
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sharpshooter.......... ?
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