Happy Holidays from us all at Diablo3Builds.com. One of the most difficult, but most rewarding warrior classes is the Demon Hunter. Though all Demon Hunter fans know that the DH takes an impossible amount of damage, especially at the lower levels, it is one of the most formidable once built. The challenge is not necessarily the damage itself, but it is paired with the difficulty of leveling up on solo missions. For the uninitiated, the crux of the Demon Hunter’s arsenal is the ranged attack. This is made incredibly useful and potent with the rapid fire rune unlocked. Without this, the ranged attack is nearly useless. This puts the DH in a tough position because the rapid fire strategy eats hatred at an incredibly quick rate, as you’ve probably come to see.
So, the right build is crucial for a sustainable attack strategy that deals a lot of damage quickly to counteract the hatred drain rate. Many elite players have said that the boar companion is good to use, as the life regeneration is great, while others prefer the wolf. However, it’s important to always remember that though a player has the option to choose new skills as they level up, it’s not always the best idea. Many items already have a life regeneration component, and the right armor combinations (off-hand shields, etc) can help deflect damage and give a higher block percentage.
Also, the enchantress, or other traveling companion can be equipped with the right gear to help knock back, kill, and slowdown monsters (especially those in hordes). Therefore, the wolf becomes less valuable in the long run. The life regeneration of the boar, is sort of misleading as well. If you are in the heat of battle it doesn’t make sense to use the boar. The life regeneration simply isn’t enough to counteract the rapid drain on life that the Demon Hunter will take. It’s better to somehow ensure that you have the firepower to keep shooting. What’s the best way to do this?
You are going to need the bat companion to replenish your hatred, obviously. The rapid fire can be calibrated to the most damaging. As opposed to going for the really concentrated poison shot options, look to do major damage with the homing rockets. These allow you to destroy enemies in all directions by sending homing rockets to the nearest enemy who is not engaged. Don’t underestimate the power of this weapon rune.
If you are new to this class, or Diablo 3 in general you may be wondering about this stat. Each class focuses on a different quality. For example, Barbarians tend to maximize and benefit from strength the most.
The Demon Hunter really benefits from dexterity. This allows the demon hunter to deal the most damage. What are some quick ways to increase dexterity?
1.) Be careful what you equip!
Some items have a higher armor, but no dexterity stats. Even a legendary, or rare item might be less effective than a comparable simple magic item. This is due to the dexterity. If in doubt just equip the item in question, and look to at the damage stats. If the damage is raised you may want to go with the new weapon. I say MAY because the other stats are important as well. For instance, if your damage goes up by a bit, but life goes down significantly, then it’s not worth it! Be smart and make sure you are able to understand what the cost of the additional damage is.
2.) Seek socketed items.
If you have been diligent in upgrading your jewelcrafter, you’ll know that you can create some pretty interesting jewels. But they are only useful if you have places to put them. Some items even have two sockets. Look for these.
3.) Upgrade with the right jewels.
With 4 different jewels to choose from it might not be apparent where your priorities are. You should look to equip Emeralds often, because these gems boost your dexterity significantly. So, with the right socket carrying items, you can add free damage to your arsenal.
These are just a few of the tips to use for the Demon Hunter, but be sure to check out more later!