3 Skills to Include in Each Demon Hunter Build

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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Gearing Your Demon Hunter For Inferno Mode

If you are ready to take on the challenges of Inferno mode, you will first need to gear your character appropriately. In this article, we tell you what to look for in order to gear out your character for the most difficult mode in the game: Inferno.

For weapon, the stats on the weapon are just an added bonus and are hardly mandatory. Here, you just want to focus on getting a really high DPS weapon. Some players like to get a weapon with a lot of Vitality on it, as max level bows can have a vitality roll of 200+. This can be useful for getting an extra 5k health out of your weapon slot.

For armor, your main priorities are Dexterity, Vitality, and “Resist All”. You want your weapons to be maxed out on this resist all stat if possible since this is what allows you to survive. Once you max out this Resist All stat, you can actually handle a few hits from enemies without dying.

Finally, you want to try to find gear with the maximum amount of increased attack speed and movement speed. This is 12% movement speed on your boots and 15% increased attack speed on jewelry slots. By attacking faster and moving faster, stopping to fire a shot off and then moving again will be much faster.

Best Stats for Demon Hunter in Diablo 3

In this guide to Demon Hunter stats, you are going to discover exactly what you need as a Demon Hunter in order to survive and deal damage effectively in Diablo 3.

The most important stat you get as a Demon Hunter is Dexterity. This stat will increase your damage by 1% for each stat point you get. This is an additive property and not multiplicative. This means that if you have 1000 Dexterity already, an additional point of Dexterity will only increase your damage by  about .1%, not another 1%.

Once you have maxed out your Dexterity, you will want to get a lot of Vitality. Vitality is needed to survive in Diablo 3 in Nightmare mode and beyond. While you hope to not get hit very much as a Demon Hunter, you have to at least be able to take a hit from some enemies that deal unavoidable damage such as Champion packs that teleport or have the Vortex attribute.

Finally, Demon Hunters need movement speed. This is a stat you can find on boots as well as some other set and legendary pieces. Movement speed will help you kite – that is run away from enemies, turn around and shoot them a few times, then keep running away. This is necessary if you want to handle tough champion and rare packs that would otherwise kill the Demon Hunter in a single hit.

Dual Wield Versus Bow and Quiver for Demon Hunter

A lot of players have wondered what exactly is better for the Demon Hunter: using a 2-handed bow or crossbow and a quiver or dual wielding hand crossbows? In this quick guide, we are going to cover exactly that.

When dual-wielding as a Demon Hunter, you get a 15% increased attack speed bonus. That is the only bonus you get from dual wielding though – your weapon damage from each individual weapon is not combined but rather independent.

Each time you fire your bow, you get the weapon damage offered by your individual weapon. This means that if your offhand is significantly weaker than your mainhand, your damage can actually suffer because you have to fire the weaker offhand. Offhand and Mainhand have to be very close in DPS and have good stats (i.e. +dexterity) for them to be worth it.

Note that in Diablo 3 the Quiver itself can offer stats and that each quiver has 10-11% increased attack speed on it naturally. This means that you actually only get 4-5% increased attack speed from dual-wielding. Since 2-handed bows usually deal more damage than 1-handed hand crossbows, you can almost never find a situation where it is better to dual-wield over using a 2-hander.

Best Follower for the Demon Hunter

If you are playing solo in Diablo 3 you can get access to a follower. You may be wondering exactly what the best follower is for you in Diablo 3.

Fortunately, there is one follower which is much better than the others for the Demon Hunter which makes this choice very easy and that is the Templar.

The Templar is the only melee Follower in Diablo 3 and as a result it is the only one that acts like a tank for the Demon Hunter. With a good shield and a lot of Vitality it actually can absorb quite a bit of damage so it does this function pretty well.

You can also make this class heal you in bursts and over time, which makes kiting significantly easier for you. As you kite, you will gain a lot of health over time which means that if you take a hit or two from an enemy while kiting them it is not the end of the world.

Additionally the Templar can increase the Demon Hunter’s hatred regeneration, allowing it to become a more offensively oriented class. This is pretty neat because with the right gear and build you can get your Hatred generation up to several times higher than its natural levels.

Best Rune for Impale

The Demon Hunter has one rune for Impale which is much better than the rest. The rune I am referring to is Impact. This gives you a 65% chance to stun an enemy for 2 seconds.

A lot of players try to choose damage over stun effects but this is a huge mistake. It does not work well at all because there are so many great things you can do with a stun.

First off, you have to understand that stun effects can be used to interrupt annoying enemy skills, particularly bosses. This means you can use Impact to interrupt the Skeleton King when he is about to summon skeletons and stop it from happening entirely.

You can also use the stun to buy yourself more time to sit there and use more attacks. A two-second stun can give you enough time to drop 2 Hungering Arrows. This amount of damage from all 3 attacks is way more than you will ever get from using Chemical Burn or whatever other skill you were thinking about using.

Impact also is good versus dangerous regular mobs like Heralds of Pestilence which deal a lot of damage but take a few seconds to wind up their attacks.