There are many demon hunter builds roaming the internet forums and blogs focusing on damage per seconds and nothing else. While that looks great when your looking at your character window looking at that big damage number, go into inferno and get walled once and your probably dead. Congrats, you made a one hit or die character and those could be fun to a minority of gamers that can spend huge amounts of cash repairing their armor in Diablo III. I used a few of those skill-sets and got ticked off and hated the demon hunter for a while, until I started to think on my own and come up with my own build and strategy. Now is it the best? Probably far from it. But it has been keeping me alive and that is why I am sharing it with everyone.
Let me explain my thinking before just writing what I use and leaving you to guess why it is in the build and how to actually use it. I wanted a build to kite with, meaning hit with substantial damage that could produce an area of effect damage as well. Then be able to get away and repeat, doing damage while surviving. Many people might see this and think "run away". Kind of, but not quite. See in most instances in inferno difficulties in Diablo III, you can not run away. The champion packs will wall you, teleport to your character, and then let the death begin. What I mean by running away is stay on the permiter as much as possible of the battle. If you get stuck, be able to dodge damage and heal to survive to get back to that permiter area. That is my idea of running away and what I fashioned this demon hunter build to accomplish. So let's get right into the passive skills for it.
I chose the passive skill archery for one simple reason, I use a two-handed crossbow and critical hit damage rules for the demon hunter. So if you are not using a crossbow or like the dual hand crossbows, maybe choose something else that fits your play style. But for this build, using a two-handed crossbow is the reason it works so well as you will see later.
Sharpshooter works right in line with archery, as this allows for more critical hits to actually occur. So you are not waiting for that additional 50% critical damage with the two handed crossbow, it is happening on a consistent basis. Also this means that your first shot when you encounter a group should be the best area of effect damage skill you have, since while walking your critical hit chance is probably almost at 100% and your next damage dealing attack is going to be huge.
Steady Aim is for me untouchable. If you don't like using it, your not playing the demon hunter right nor will you survive long in inferno difficulty in Diablo III in my opinion. The key is to stay on the perimeter, just far enough from the enemies that you can lay down some serious firepower and in this case another 20% damage. It is paramount to be away from the damage dealing enemies anyways, so why not gain some advantage by using Steady Aim from having to do it anyways. Comment if you disagree, but it better be a damn good argument
So quick math recap of our passive skills:
20% damage increase + 50% critical damage increase + huge increase to likelihood of critical hits occurring = WINNING!
Elemental arrows with either fear effect or the life drain effect are great at crowd control or for healing your demon hunter. The Nether Tentacles are slow, but at the same time can hit multiple units for good damage while giving you 3% of that damage in health. If it crits, that is even better for your health regeneration. And with fear, you can push the crowds away from you in a tight situation which I sometimes go back to because it just plain works. Why run when you can make your enemies run?
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