The Demon Hunter comes next in this collection of gameplay tips for Diablo 3 classes. Again, we’re going to keep things as simple as possible while providing as much insight as possible on the Demon Hunter himself/herself.
THE BACK STORY
Demon Hunters make their home in the Dreadlands, which is the perfect place for them to hone their skills with as little distraction as possible. Their people were brutally slaughtered by Hell’s minions, which is why they’re out for revenge, with a good dose of hatred to boot. And that brings us to…
The Demon Hunter is unique from other classes in this sense. You’ll notice your resource orb divided into two halves – the red one for Hatred and the blue one for Discipline. Your offensive skills as a Demon Hunter are literally fueled by Hatred, and because your tribe’s got vengeance on its mind, that’s going to replenish rather quickly. Your defense and evasive maneuvers would come from Discipline – that could take a while to fill up after you’ve used a defensive skill. Try to keep the intricate balance between both resources, because a purely offensive or purely defensive attack isn’t going to level you up quickly.
RANGED WEAPONS AWAY!
Demon Hunters are in a class of their own when it comes to the use of ranged weapons. We’re referring to bows, crossbows, double crossbows and a variety of different hand-thrown weaponry such as grenades. That’s why the Demon Hunter has a special group of skills under Archery. These skills are Strafe, Multi Shot, Cluster Arrow and Rain of Vengeance – I prefer the latter one because in all but the first runes available, Shadow Beats replace the standard arrows that fall from the sky.
KITE OR BE KILLED
We now revisit the familiar topic of “kiting” – staying alive by running around in an effort not to get hit. Demon Hunters make up for their extremely fragile constitution by possessing loads of agility, so be sure you load up on Dexterity for better kiting.
TRAPS, BATTLE TACTICS AND EVASIVE MOVES
In order to slow down the bad guys, Demon Hunters use different kinds of traps. You’ll find these skills under Defensive and Devices, and they include Caltrops, Fan of Knives and Spike Trap. They’re very useful in impeding enemy progress and once you’ve got them in a trap, you can now unleash the Demon Hunter’s battle tactics, such as Evasive Fire, Impale, Bola Shot and Grenades. Indeed, this skill set is quite versatile and interesting to mix and match. Evasive maneuvers would involve acrobatic moves like Vault, and the temporary invisibility brought about by Smoke Screen. You can make life really miserable for enemies by learning the right evasive skills – use the right rune and you can actually dodge enemy attacks while dealing out some damage of your own.
Cloaks provide more than mere protection from opposing attacks – they aid the Demon Hunter in his or her escape by providing extra agility for those evasive moves.
BEST STRATEGIES FOR THE DEMON HUNTER
Going back to the dual-resource thing, it doesn’t matter what skills you choose to learn. The key to effective Demon Hunter gameplay is making sure you balance offense and defense, Hatred and Discipline. I’m particularly a fan of Evasive Fire (combines offense and defense with the additional backflip for close-range attacks) and Vault (the mother of all acrobatic moves). I’d recommend you learn these skills, but most any strategy or skill set would work best if you use the dual-resource system effectively.