No matter what skills you want to put into your Diablo 3 Demon Hunter build, there are three skills that you should always include. In this article, we are going to discuss what these skills are and why you should always keep them in your build.
Must-Have Demon Hunter Skill #1 – Hungering Arrow
Hungering Arrow is a free to use skill and is definitely one of the best skills you get access to in Diablo 3. There are so many reasons this skill is so good.
First, it deals on average over 200% weapon damage with an attack. This makes it the most powerful resource-free skill in the entire game. Hungering Arrow does not require resources to use – it actually generates Hatred.
Secondly is the fact that it is a ranged homing attack. This is a huge advantage in later difficulty modes. This means when you wind up fighting a really tough pack of enemies, you can stand on the very edge of the screen and get a lot of shots off for free before the enemy gets close enough to attack you. This lets you get a lot of damage from a safe range.
For runes, start with Puncturing Arrow and ultimately swap over to the rune which offers you 70% extra damage per pierce. The extra damage on pierce is mathematically the most damage. Runes are much easier to swap around than ESO morphs, so you do not have to worry too much there. This ESO Guide discusses how important it is to make sure you pick the right morphs as they are a pain to get changed.
Best Demon Hunter Builds Guide Skill #2 – Caltrops
Caltrops is a very powerful AoE snare that has no cooldown and very little resource cost. This is the most powerful snare in Diablo 3 since you can recast it so easily and it has such a large area of effect.
You can combine this with skill #1 for a really powerful combo against tough enemies. Before you get to max range and use Puncturing Arrow, drop 1 Caltrops just in front of where you were going to stand and drop 2 Caltrops behind you in a line.
This lets you get some extra time (and more shots) before you have to run away and the you can just run over top of the Caltrops you already dropped and have a lot of mitigation.
You can also use Caltrops as you a running away from a difficult situation – you do not stop to drop them – to snare enemies as you run away. It is hard to die as a Demon Hunter thanks to this.
DH Skills Guide – #3 – Evasive Fire
The final skill you want to include in all your D3 Demon Hunter builds is Evasive Fire. The reason this skill is so good is because it is really the only way you can deal with “Waller” enemies. When a “Waller” enemy has you trapped, you end up just dying really quickly because you cannot escape their ranged attacks.
The Demon Hunter only has 1 “jump” effect and that is Evasive Fire. Jump effects let you jump over these walls. This means that when you put your back to the wall and use Evasive Fire on an enemy that is too close to you, you can jump back and over the wall. This lets you escape a sure death. Since Waller enemies are so common, Evasive Fire is a must-have skill. It is also useful for kiting all sorts of enemies in Diablo 3.
These three skills are useful for all Diablo 3 Demon Hunter builds, but there is a lot more to playing a good Demon Hunter (particularly in Hell mode and beyond) than a few abilities.
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