5 Best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Builds

Diablo 3's Demon Hunter is one of the most popular classes in the game, and here's how to build it optimally.

The Demon Hunter is one of the most popular classes for Diablo 3, but you'll need a powerful build to maximize your potential. Whether you want to farm for gear or power through campaigns as the Demon Hunter, it's important to build your class according to your needs.

There are many builds and variations out there, so here at GameSkinny, we compiled a list of five of our favorite builds to meet all your needs.

1. Standard Support DH Build

This Demon Hunter build by wudijo is ideal for speed and pushing in group play. This particular construction doesn't have many required items, so you can really customize it to your specific play style.

Skills:
  • Elemental Arrow: Ball Lightning
  • Multishot: Wind Chill
  • Marked for Death: Contagion
  • Sentry: Guardian Turret
  • Vault: Action Shot
  • Companion: Wolf Companion
Passive Skills:
  • Awareness
  • Tactical Advantage
  • Blood Vengeance
  • Numbing Traps
Items:
  • Helm: Pride's Fall (adequate)
  • Shoulders: Corruption (recommended)
  • Amulet: Hellfire Amulet (recommended)
  • Wrists: Nemesis Bracers (recommended)
  • Waist: Krelm's Bluff Belt (recommended)
  • Legs: Skelon's Deceit (recommended)
  • Feet: Illusory Boots (required)
  • Primary Weapon: Calamity (required)
  • Off-Hand: Meticulous Bolts (required)

2. GR80+ LoN Fan of Knives & Strafe (HC/SC viable) Build

This Demon Hunter build by Desolacer is ideal for solo play, but not gear farming. If you're looking for a tank-like build to dominate solo campaigns, I recommend trying a solid LoN build like this one.

Skills:
  • Evasive Fire: Hardened
  • Strafe: Drifting Shadow
  • Vengeance: Seethe
  • Smoke Screen: Lingering Fog
  • Fan of Knives: Pinpoint Accuracy
  • Caltrops: Bait the Trap
Passive Skills:
  • Ambush
  • Awareness
  • Archery
  • Cull the Weak
Items:
  • Helm: Visage of Grunes (recommended)
  • Shoulders: Mantle of Channeling (recommended)
  • Amulet: Hellfire Amulet or Mara's Kaleidoscope (recommended)
  • Torso: Beckon Sail (recommended)
  • Wrists: Wraps of Clarity or Nemesis Bracers (recommended)
  • Waist: Thundergod's Vigor (recommended)
  • Legs: Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan (recommended)
  • Feet: Illusory Boots or Ice Climbers (recommended)
  • Rings: Litany of the Undaunted and The Wailing Host (required)
  • Primary Weapon: Fortress Ballista or Calamity (recommended)
Top 3 Legendary Gems (recommended for solo play):
  • Bane of the Stricken
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Taeguk

3. 2.4.3 UE Danetta's Grenades Fast and Furious Build

Just like the name implies, this Demon Hunter build by BigJohnasty does massive damage in a short amount of time. Check out the video below from the maker of this build.

Skills:
  • Grenade: Grenade Cache
  • Companion: Wolf Companion
  • Vengeance: Dark Heart
  • Fan of Knives: Bladed Armor
  • Vault: Action Shot
  • Preparation: Invigoration
Passive Skills:
  • Awareness
  • Grenadier
  • Numbing Traps
  • Ambush
Items:
  • Helm: Accursed Visage (required)
  • Shoulders: Unsanctified Shoulders (required)
  • Amulet: Hellfire Amulet, Countess Julia's Cameo, or the Star of Azkaranth (recommended)
  • Torso: Cage of the Hellborn (required)
  • Wrists: Wraps of Clarity, Nemesis Bracers, or Warzechian Armguards (recommended)
  • Hands: Fiendish Grips (required)
  • Waist: Hellcat Waistguard or Hunter's Wrath (required)
  • Legs: Depth Diggers (required)
  • Feet: Hell Walkers (required)
  • Rings: Focus and Restraint (required)
  • Primary Weapon: Danetta's Revenge (required)
  • Off-Hand: Danetta's Spite (recommended)
Top 3 Legendary Gems (recommended for solo play):
  • Simplicity's Strength
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Bane of the Powerful 

4. Ultimate End-Game M6 Build 

This Demon Hunter build by Tunafish is extremely thorough and can be modified for group or solo play, and it is one of the most popular available for the DH. This build uses a full Marauder's set and can be altered to utilize all cold skills.

Skills:
  • Evasive Fire: Focus
  • Cluster Arrow: Shooting Stars
  • Preparation: Punishment
  • Sentry: Polar Station
  • Vault: Tumble
  • Companion: Wolf Companion
Passive Skills:
  • Night Stalker
  • Ballistics
  • Custom Engineering
  • Awareness
Items:
  • Helm: Marauder's Visage (required)
  • Shoulders: Marauder's Spine (required)
  • Amulet: The Flavor of Time or Hunt of Vaxo (recommended)
  • Torso: Marauder's Carapace (required)
  • Wrists: Reaper's Wraps, Lacuni Prowlers, or Strongarm Bracers (recommended)
  • Hands: Marauder's Glove (required)
  • Waist: The Witching Hour (recommended)
  • Legs: Marauder's Encasement (required)
  • Feet: Marauder's Treads (required)
  • Rings: Focus and Restraint (recommended)
  • Primary Weapon: Arcane Barb or Kridershot (recommended)
  • Off-Hand: Bombardier's Rucksack (required)
Top 3 Legendary Gems (recommended for solo play):
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Enforcer
  • Bane of the Powerful

5. Advanced Natalya's 2.2 Build

This Demon Hunter build by Bonerfleximus is one of my personal favorites. You don't see a lot of builds focused on Rain of Vengeance, which is an insanely powerful skill. This construction is definitely not for beginners, but if you can get the timing with Strafe and Rain of Vengeance down, you can get the most out of RoV.

You can definitely play around with the recommended gear, but the entire point of this build is to have the full Natalya's set and Crashing Rain, so you really want to have all 6 items and the belt.

Skills:

  • Rain of Vengeance: Stampede
  • Evasive Fire: Focus
  • Strafe: Rocket Storm
  • Companion: Wolf Companion
  • Preparation: Focused Mind
  • Smoke Screen: Displacement
Passive Skills:
  • Cull of the Weak
  • Ambush
  • Awareness
  • Steady Aim
Items:
  • Helm: Natalya's Sight (required)
  • Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Skeleton King (required)
  • Amulet: Mara's Kaleidoscope or Hellfire Amulet (recommended)
  • Torso: Natalya's Embrace (required)
  • Wrists: Strongarm Bracers (required)
  • Hands: Natalya's Touch (required)
  • Waist: Crashing Rain (required)
  • Legs: Natalya's Leggings (required)
  • Feet: Natalya's Bloody Footprints (required)
  • Rings: Focus and Restraint (required)
  • Primary Weapon: Natalya's Slayer (required, but you can use Calamity if you don't have Natalya's Slayer)
Top 3 Legendary Gems (recommended for solo play):
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Zane's Stone of Vengeance
  • Taeguk

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Be sure to check out the provided links for Paragon priorities and other specifics to each build! Between these five Demon Hunter builds, there's a lot to work with and build on. Maybe try one of these during a Conquest, after you read this guide on how to beat Boss Mode for Season 10.

Do you play any of these builds? Let us know about any variations you use in the comments below!

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Published May. 11th 2017

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