The Spike Trap Demon Hunter can stack a ton of damage in a small area, perfect for fighting Elites and Bosses. Place three Spike Traps under them. Then spam Bola Shots while the Spike Traps go off. Additional area damage skills round out the build. You need very good defenses though. You will pretty much be in melee range for the entire battle with this build.
I find Rapid Fire to be one of the most popular skills for Demon Hunters. It’s just fun to shoot out arrows or bolts like a machine gun, however unrealistic it is. Rapid Fire in its launch state did only average damage. With the added limitation of not being able to move while using the skill, players drifted away from Rapid Fire once they got to max level. Luckily, Blizzard increased the skill’s damage. The popular leveling skill became popular at max level.
The Ball Lightning Demon Hunter is a really popular leveling build. It’s very strong throughout the leveling process and even into the lower Monster Power levels. It uses just two skills: one for single targets and one for groups of monsters. The other skills just serve to buff the character and improve efficiency. The main Elemental Arrow skill costs very little Hatred but does insane Area of Effect damage.
Entire rooms of monsters can be killed in seconds, which is much faster than most other classes while leveling. Moreover, since you don’t need any special stats for this build to work, the Ball Lightning Demon Hunter is a great beginner build.
As a ranged class, Demon Hunters are already good survivalists. This takes it to the extreme with multiple escape tools and ways to keep enemies away from melee range. The main skill is Caltrops, used to slow enemies down while you stay far away pelting them with arrows or bolts. In total 4 skills are dedicated to survivability with 2 for damage.
With so much survivability from skills, you can afford to go with a more damage heavy set of gear with less defensive affixes. This means you can forgo a shield for a couple Hand Crossbows, the fast attack speed allowing you to kite enemies easier. Continue reading