Demon Hunter

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Jan 26 DH Compendium: Builds, Tactics and Strategies Fellow DHs, I thought it would be good to not only have a current thread containing the most up to date info on the builds and strategies used by veteran Demon Hunters, but also one that will stay current. The goal of this thread is to be: a) an information resource containing the basic theories surrounding DH Sets, weapons, and skills so new players can have an idea of what works, and b) a reference for veteran players. *******************TABLE OF CONTENTS******************* 1. SET THEORY AND MECHANICS 2.4.1 1.1.0 Embodiment of the Marauder (M6) Set Mechanics 1.1.1 M6 Weapon Theory 1.1.2 M6 Skill Theory 1.2.0 Natalya’s Vengeance (N6) Set Mechanics 1.2.1 N6 Weapon Theory 1.2.2 N6 Skill Theory 1.3.0 Unhallowed Essence (UE6) Set Mechanics 1.3.1 UE Weapon Theory 1.4.0 The Shadow's Mantle (S6) Set Mechanics 2. DEMON HUNTER BUILDS 2.1 Embodiment of the Marauder (updated 12 June 2018) 2.2 Natalya’s Vengeance 2.3 Unhallowed Essence (updated 5 January 2016) 2.4 The Shadow's Mantle (updated 23 February 2016) 2.5 DH Greater Rift Support Builds (added 30 January 2016) 2.6 Legacy of Nightmares (added 23 February 2016) 2.7 [2.4.1] Full list of DH Builds and Guides by Philosophios (added 29 February 2016) 2.8 Hybrid Builds 3. ARCHIVE OF TIMELESS DH KNOWLEDGE, STRATEGY, AND MECHANICS. 3.1 Cluster Arrow Damage: An Empirical Analysis. by Shadow 3.2 DiEoxidE & FLIGHT’s Step Video Tutorials! by DiEoxidE and FLIGHT 3.3 How to Buff MfD Grim Reaper from 20% to 200% by VocaloidNyan 3.4 Natural Attack Speed Breakpoints? Posted by Animus716; answered by highq, RedCell, and KirusAlufras 3.5 Strafe and Rapid Fire Tick Frequency Mechanics. by Nubtro 3.6 The Dual-Wielder’s Handbook 2.2. by RedCell 3.7 [Guide] What's the Best Weapon for Me? by KirusAlufras (added 10 Mar 2015) 3.8 DH Rift Guardian Fighting Handbook [2015.5.1]. translated by GhostDragon (added 1 May 2015) 3.9 Offering Sprinter and Speed Racer to Groups by Amatzikahni 4. GENERAL D3 GAME MECHANICS AND CALCULATIONS 4.1 Area Damage Explained by Amiar 4.2 Monster Progression Chart for GR v2 (>^^)> by VocaloidNyan 4.3 ROS Elemental Skill Damage Explained by Druin 4.4 2.3 DH DPS Calculator by Dawg6 (updated 30 Aug 2015) 4.5 N6 CDR Variations [Gear & Passives] by Ojen (added 3 May 2015) 4.6 The Yang of Maths (Multishot 2.3) by Psychologic (added 26 July 2015) 4.7 [Answered] Ball Lighting [et al] Breakpoints answered by Riv (added 19 August 2015) 4.8 Additive/Multiplicative DMG: DH's Perspective by TastySoup (added 6 September 2015) 4.9 DH Proc Co-Efficients for 2.3 by Marius (added 9 January 2016) 4.10 CHC Hard Cap: A DH's Perspective by TastySoup (added 30 January 2016) 4.11 Math and Strategy behind MfD: UE Perspective by RedCell (added 27 November 2016) 5. DEMON HUNTER FAQs AND OTHER USEFUL LINKS 5.1 Class FAQs 5.2 Item/Set FAQs 5.3 D3 Fan Sites 5.4 Kanai's Cube ListRedCell114 Jan 26
4h Equipment Help on Recurve DH? Reroll? Just looking for reroll or replace suggestions on my equipment. DH is here- Is everything cool? Reroll something on the Yang's Recurve? thanksD2ID3 4h
13h Whats The One Item Eluding You? ive re-forged the impale sets helm 50+ times and spent countless blood shards on a usable ancient helmtk42132 13h
16h what gear to upgrade any recommendation on what gear i should upgrade for UE? i think most my gear got good stats except its not ancient. should start spend shard/resource to hunt for ancient pants/boots/glove/belt or on other gear?weaponwh5 16h
16h Primal Witching Hour Was lucky enough to get a Primal WH with DEX IAS ALL RESIST CHD XTRA GOLD GOLD/HEALTH P/U What should I re-roll? I am a DH UE. Thanks in advance!Kagemusha5 16h
23h DML: AD or CDR? I got two nice DML, almost perfect: >980DEX AS 20% Crit 10% +12 Disc One rolled with 20% Area Damage While the other rolled with 8% CDR But both came with some unrelated skill instead; I need to reroll it off for +Multishot. Therefore, which is more important: Area Damage or Cooldown reductionAstig11 23h
1d Demon Hunter Group Tactics I've always enjoyed running with other Demon Hunters. The Pew-Pew-Pew of a couple of UE's running through a GR is music to my ears. Add a Hybrid or M6 and we can do some significant damage. With all the DH buffs we received in the last patch, there is more interest in 4P Hunter groups. S6 adds a lot of potential to just how high one of these groups can push. Mid 120's should be definitely doable both in season and NS play. The main issue is working on the tactics to help make a Hunter group more fluid. M6 and Hybrid are monsters, lots of power and toughness. With all that power comes a lack of mobility and speed. UE has mobility and speed to spare, but lacks in toughness and is still a bit behind the other Hunter builds in power. S6 is quick, aggressive and an Elite's worst nightmare. In a party, the Shadow does have a tendency to leave the slower members behind and loses a lot of progression potential by skipping all the trash. The ZDH is quick, adds damage buffs and can help with toughness via Guardian Turrets. There are several variations out there, my main one is I change bracer/cube as necessary So the question is, how do we most efficiently meld these different builds into one smooth and powerful group? I'm thinking 1 S6/2 Hybrid/1 UE or Z I'm thinking one Shadow for better party grouping, but that may not be the most efficient.Varadia36 1d
2d Stuck after a long break Hello, As the title says, I just restarted the game after a year+ break, and I'm stuck in my Grift prog. I can't past the 95 and seeing the ladder I think I should be able to do it but I just can't. I tried a 96 and even with no death, I was like 1/2min late at the boss. It seems I'm missing something or I just need to get good, but I really don't know how I could upgrade my "decent" gear. If you could tell me what could be improved or just some tips I'd greatly appreciate it ! Here's my sheet : Thx :3Saya1 2d
4d LON DH? With Legacy of Nightmare buffed - are there LON builds that are viable now? I know there is a strafe build... any creative new ones?Sup3rM1ke17 4d
4d UE Multishot help/guidance Was hoping an experienced UE player could comment on my gear and offer help. I have cleared 95 but struggling to get higher - last night I got a primal HOV so am trying it but I usually run the 100 Dam 50 reduce dam green set with my SOJ. I switched to grenade stun to get the clones to proc but usually run evasive shot. Early indications are this isnt as good as my original setup, even though I'm a bit tougher due to the DR from elusive. I do get hatred starved on occasion but not too bad. Do I have to bite the bullet and switch unity in cube to elemental damage ring? I would be seriously glass cannon then. Do I give in and go impale? I have a lot of ancient gear I could use for that. Thanks for the help.MattyR8 4d
5d Need a group to have fun with doing bounties and rifts or gr70+ Everything is in the title i'800+ para and wish to improve fast but playing gr 100 in random group is not efficient as I die. Lidrach#11534Lidrach10 5d
6d FUN BUILD - SOLO 36,288% GF DEMON HUNTER Check out this fun build on youtube. Managed to get 493 million gold from The Vault. Lots of gold drop. :) Please don't flame. It's for fun. 6d
6d N6M4 Question Cold or Fire? I see now more use fire but the damage from cold is slightly better plus it heals. Not only that if you run Balistics its a lot more damage. Thoughts?Dwic7 6d
Mar 14 Seasonal, T10 under 6 min Could anyone help me beat a nef rift T10 in under 6 min.. I just can not seem to find the Elites fast enough.. and I am not a real good player.. :(taglag9 Mar 14
Mar 13 stricken with holy point shoot does using impale with holy point shoot create 3 stacks of stricken or only 1?SteLitY4 Mar 13
Mar 12 Lightning build belt which is a better belt to cube for lightning impale hunters wraith or thundergodwarmouse7 Mar 12
Mar 12 2.6.4 (updated) DH DPS Calculator 01/15/2019: Updated for patch 2.6.4/Season 16 Apparently there is a 25 page limit to forum posts, so I renamed the old post as "archived," and created this new thread. The old one can be found here: 8/26/15 Updated for some of the 2.3 changes. You can check my open issue list on github for more info. Here's a link to the calculator: I started this project a few months ago when I made my first M6 DH. Then I found the existing calculator ( but I had a few ideas of my own (e.g., import profile, show all the underlying calculations). I've already received a number of additional suggestions from the reddit community which I will be incorporating into the tool over time. Here's a link to the reddit thread where I keep the "to-do list" and change log up to date: Update 10/12: I'll write up a more in-depth description of how to use the calculator and put it on the site some time this week. In the mean time, here is a short how-to: 1. Select your Realm and enter your battle tag. 2. Click "Get Hero List" to retrieve the list of Demon Hunters on your account 3. Select your hero from the down and select "Import" This will load all of your items and skills. After importing, the calculator will run a simulation to determine how much damage your character does under a specific scenario (see the box labeled "Situational"). Note: the API does not provide access to paragon points (except dexterity which can be calculated), so you will have to enter them manually. If you do this after hitting "Import" simply click "Simulate" to re-run the simulation. If you do this before hitting "Import" then they are already included in the simulation. Under "Damage Log" you will see each attack your hero makes along with the calculations for each. Click the "Legend" button for an explanation of the various fields used in the calculations. Under "Stat Calculator" you can see the effect of increasing or decreasing a particular stat. Under "Compare Builds" you can store up to three builds to see the difference in damage for each. Under "DPS/Break Point Calculator" you can see where you are with respect to breakpoints (along with how much you need for the next BP or how much extra IAS you have for the current BP). Most fields have a mouse-over tooltip that explains what it means.Dawg6336 Mar 12
Mar 11 Which stat to reroll on this Yang's? Should I reroll damage against elites to area damage, or should I reroll the 1446-1778 damage to something higher (max 1560-1940)? Edit: I'm only paragon 736 with 9.4k dex.Threx3 Mar 11
Mar 10 Which is better Shadow Chest Armor For the longest time, I have been using this: DEX <600 VIT <600 Elite Damage Reduction (enchanted) 6% Melee Damage Reduction Then I found this Primal DEX VIT skill bonus Physical Resistance Your Opinion: Is this primal soul materials?Astig1 Mar 10
Mar 9 Legendary and Blood Shard farming Guys, just a quick poll to see how you guys do end-game Legendary and Blood Shard farming. Via T6 Rifts or G Rifts? And why? I'm leaning towards standard T6 rifts over g rifts. Faster time per run (5-7 mins) and no trials. Albeit legendary drop isn't as 'guaranteed' as in a g rift. How about you?jtff712 Mar 9
Mar 9 Awesome xxMaverickxx ! Thanks for the GR runs tonight xxMaverickxx . That was a blast Kickin !@#$ on GR Level 119 NS 2 player . Hope we can do it again soon . I need these gem upgrades . It was a pleasure playing with yaz . Mar 9
Mar 8 Just Curious Part 2 Last time discussed S4M4 potential builds before realizing Blizz changed the way Shadow bonuses function so basically any build combination with shadow wouldn't work. Ok, sad, but fine. Now I wanted to ask about a LoN Spike Trap focused build. I was looking around a bit and found this which was made when LoN rings were at 100% and not 750%. Overall looks like a pretty solid and fun hybrid build! All the pieces seem to work really well together, you get so many legendary powers and no overlaps. So my question today is, how good do you think a LoN Spike Trap (and possibly with generator) build can be? The version I linked uses a generator setup with the OP Grenades, and I think that looks really nice. However, I imagine the other Spike Trap runes could be used, possibly, in different setups. What do you guys think? Disclaimer: I know this type of build is not optimal and will never push more than like GR 100 tops, don't worry about that :)SuperCuddles3 Mar 8
Mar 8 Someone To Watch Over Me Can someone help me power level a DH. First time making a seasonal character.Aounfather1 Mar 8
Mar 8 Primal Yang's... Rolled dex, AD and 10% dmg. Thankfully also rolled disc. What reroll? Would you do dex to CDR?Kidyen6 Mar 8
Mar 8 N6M4 Multishot for S16 Groups - Build Guide It wouldn't be a PTR without some new builds to share. This one is tailor made for the Season 16 grandeur bonus: BUILD GUIDE VIDEO The video shows a 12 minute GR125 clear with sub-optimal maps. The team was comprised of a zNec, zBarb, N6M4 Cluster Arrow (Reaper's Wraps), N6M4 Multishot (Reaper's Wraps). I apologize in advance for no sound and lack of elite health bars, so it's kind of hard to see what's going on, but you can still examine the numbers. Thanks to TQDrago for encouraging me to substitute Skills/RCR affixes for ones that bolster damage. I am eager to test the 2-man clear ceiling.dmkt51 Mar 8
Mar 8 Cull the Weak information I would like to know what Cull the Weak benefits from. I know that this skill benefits enemies who are slowed and chilled. But are there other effects that Cull the Weak benefits from. End do have to do that myself or does it also works when other players en follower do slowed and chilled on certain targets. I am asking for this because I can not find the right answer.SuperSlash12 Mar 8
Mar 8 Season of the Necro (Necro'd thread that is) The buffs to DH builds in this last patch has really increased the interest in running a Demon Hunter this season. This is really cool, I'm enjoying all the competition on the DH leaderboard this go around. It is also nice to see DH's in the group LB's. All this interest means more people are looking for DH build information. This is also way cool, the more information the better. The issue comes when old, some quite a few years old, threads are brought back to life. The main problem with necro'd threads is the bad information they contain. Build guides from several patches ago are no longer relevant and may lead in the wrong direction for a current build.Varadia2 Mar 8
Mar 7 Primal Karlei re-roll I need some inputs on this primal karlei I just got: It rolled natively with Dex, 7% IAS and 10% CDR. I'm wondering if CDR will be a good stat to keep? I might be able to keep the CDR and socket a purple gem into the helm. Am I safe to roll CDR into either AD or 10% weapon damage? Or should I keep CDR and roll off Dex instead?FTK3 Mar 7
Mar 7 New Demon Hunter UE multishot build guide Hi All, I just created a new build guide for the unhallowed essence, I highlighted some extra gear choice other than the is more geared towards hardcore since thats what I play. Here is the build: Mar 7
Mar 7 Help me improve my UE multishot Hi can please advise me on my UE Multishot DH I play on EU d3planner link Some of the items as you can see couldn't decide which one to roll so open to suggestions Apart from that I have got (* means rolled) 1- Ancient Restraint 91-184 Dmg 557 dex *41% CHD (can roll that higher) 2- Ancient Restraint 608 dex 632 vit (can roll this one to CHC) 45% CHD 3- Primal Hellforge 1000 dex 1000 vit 20% AD (I think the one I am wearing now has better stats) ------------------------------------------- What I can say is that above lvl 100 GR the kill speed is not really good. And I am guessing it wont go that higher with minor tweaks. Is it the builds limitation with this paragon, or am I doing stuff wrong. Yeah missing elemental dmg on jewelry but would it impact that much? Open to suggestions. What GR should I be clearing with this paragon and gear? Also I might be playing it wrong as well. I try to keep distance for Zei's and try be in occulus rings (not a stable thing since they usually spawn too close for me) I am not skipping a lot things. Since then the stuff behind me poses threat to me since the build is quite fragile with the elusive ring. ------------------------- THX IN ADVANCEPonchik9 Mar 7
Mar 7 Shadow Chest reroll advice? Just got a primal chest for impale in s16. Stats are: 650 dex 650 vit 15% life 210 arcane resist reduced 7% melee dmg What should i reroll? 15% life to 11% reduced elite dmg or arcane resist to life per kill? Thanks for help :)Kumiko3 Mar 7
Mar 6 Life per hit on Impale Shadow DH Hi guys, afaik life per hit is defined as life per attack if I hit at least one enemy. How does it work if I fire 3 daggers. Is this count as 1 or as 3 attacks. So will I get life for every dagger thats hits or just the flat life per hit amount as long as at least one dagger hits sth. Thanks!Frechdachs3 Mar 6
Mar 6 S6 play tip whats the proper way to play GR90+ for S6? I find myself constantly empty my hatred at critical time. also any alternative for cubed Aquila Cur.?weaponwh3 Mar 6
Mar 6 Potential GR100+ builds I couldn't help but notice that the majority of the top ladder builds run impale. I'm not the biggest fan of that build and was curious if there were other viable options. I mostly play with friends and would rather something group friendly. Is multishot and chakram viable for GR 100+? I'd hate to farm a chakram set knowing I'm potentially capping out at around 70ish.Clarity9 Mar 6
Mar 6 Help me choose reroll Elusive Ring I have a primal Elusive Ring, but dont know how for best reroll *Primary: _ 650 dex _ 130 all res _ 6% crit chance *Secondary _35% gold I should remove Dex or All res for 50% crit damage. Please help me, thanksSuMMeR2 Mar 6
Mar 6 N6M4 Cluster Arrow video guide for GR121+ Hello everyone, I had some discussions with other players in game and they wanted me to show them how to play the N6M4 build. I recently completed a GR121 with my average (1641) paragon which put me quite high on the seasonal DH leaderboards. I recorded that clear (with great GR luck) and now added commentary on things to keep in mind as you play the build. So now I invite anyone who wants to see me play the N6M4 build to watch this video on my new YouTube channel (I only made it for this video so far). Thanks for watching!Iria11 Mar 6
Mar 5 Just curious Do you think there's a build that could be made utilizing 3 piece shadow set and 3 piece marauder set with ring of grandeur of course, so it would be a S4M4 build? You would have to use a melee weapon, and sentries, and I'm not even sure what type of build it could be (not gonna think too hard about it until someone says it could possibly be something fun/interesting). Any ideas, or is this just plain dumb? Edit: Maybe like a hybrid chakram build?SuperCuddles6 Mar 5
Mar 4 another Crit Chance vs Elemental question.. which is the better of the two ammys? dawg's calc says elemental is better on the high side but everyone I know uses the one with crit chance?JerkyNuts13 Mar 4
Mar 4 RG tactics for Solo DH? So I'm pushing along nicely last night, GR103 on HC with about 3 minutes in the bag as N6M4. 700 para, normal weapon, some ancients and a rag-tag of rings, amu and bracers with no enchants. Up comes Eskandiel, who 1 shot procs me, and then proceeds to kill me. I know the ins and outs of some of the dangerous bosses like Raizel etc, but is there a guide anywhere to the GR bosses, their special abilities and how to deal with them?Bomjac3 Mar 4
Mar 4 S6 cooldown & reroll question for impale build what is the optimal cooldown %? i currently has 27% cooldown also i need reroll my glove and quiver, but not sure what to reroll on thoseweaponwh6 Mar 4
Mar 4 S6 dh question for S6 cold build does it matter Karlei's Point has cold dmg or not? how does the S6 build recovery discipline? i find i constantly out of it. never had the issue while play UE build. how often should i vault? i heard S6 vault alot more than UE.weaponwh3 Mar 4
Mar 2 follower gear so decide to use Templar for my DH to tank for me, the problem is all equipment are in dex. is there anyway to get str equipment for my follower?weaponwh3 Mar 2
Mar 2 Impale up close This may be dumb and obvious, but last night I was running speed GR 80 with a Wizard and I was destroying elites and rift bosses by getting up close and having all three daggers from Impale connect. Prior to last night, I was always trying to hang back and get the dmg% from the Zei's gem. I assume this won't be effective if I go a bit higher, but I did not think all three daggers would trigger damage on the same target for some reason. Idk, just had to mention it and see what you all thought.Asmodean9 Mar 2
Feb 28 Confused with Natalya Set Is it a Strafe build? Is it an RoV Nade build? Is it a FoK build? Is it an N6M4 cluster arrow sentry build? Honestly, I could not decide how to keep Nat items; I have so many of them in the stash.Astig4 Feb 28
Feb 27 tanker multishot build is there gear/build I can use to make my multishot build not die too much without given up too much dps. right now I can do GR 80-85ish, dmg is good, just die more than I like. I basically has to kill all enemy before pushing forward. I've seen other demon hunter just skip regular mob and went for elite without dying(different build or gear?).weaponwh8 Feb 27
Feb 26 DH Shadow Impale build question. Hi guys and girls. I have a question regarding the shadow build and the use of Travellers Pledge and Compass Rose. Why do most top tier shadow builds have this combination. Both Chakra and Impale are stationary moves therefore the buff with Travellers set is null and pointless. Unless I am missing something with the mitigation, Focus and Restraint give me bigger numbers than Travellers set. Also some of the builds are using Hexing pants of Mr Yan. Again why? This is only good if the attack is a moving attack. I know I am going to get flamed for asking this, but if the attacks are static attacks, why use moving attack buffs?Baldarin10 Feb 26
Feb 26 shadows mantel set needs to be changed ok blizzard i am tired of you and your BS the shadows set needs to be changed like really its so simple and easy. here is a good idea.. 2piece while equip with a melee weapon all damage in increased by 1000% 4piece shadow power gains the power to all rooms and last for ever 6piece while equip with a melee weapon all damage is increase by 3000% and you take 60% less damage while shadow power is active. like come on blizzard simple change i dont understand this is not pure logic its so simple what wrong with you guys ?creep44 Feb 26
Feb 26 What all items can we roll +Max Discipline on Can't seem to google anything from 2.3 on to see what items can roll it.PKHustle34 Feb 26
Feb 26 DH as RG Killer Beside being the RGKiller which is the best way (more helpful for group) to play during the Grift? Stay in the monk sanctuary and try to stack at least some stricken? activate wolf at the right time' pull some mobs and how? any suggestion? ThxScofield6 Feb 26