5 Best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Builds

If you're looking for the best Demon Hunter build to suit your needs, look no further.

The Demon Hunter is one of the most popular classes for Diablo III, but you'll need a powerful build to maximize your Demon Hunter's potential. Whether you want to farm for gear or power through campaigns, it's important to build according to your needs. There are many builds and variations out there, so here at GameSkinny we compiled a list of 5 of our favorite builds to meet all your needs.

1. Standard Support DH by wudijo

This build is ideal for speed and pushing in group play. This particular build 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) by Desolacer

This build 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: Mantel 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 by BigJohnasty

Just like the name implies, this build 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 by Tunafish

This build 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 utilise 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 guide by Bonerfleximus

This is one of my personal favorites. You don't see a lot of builds focused around Rain of Vengeance, which is an insanely powerful skill. This build 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 5 builds, there's a lot to work with and build on. Maybe try out one of these builds 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!

Published May. 11th 2017

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