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Best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Builds: Season 25

Published: 15/Dec/2021 16:53 Updated: 16/Dec/2021 9:15

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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The best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter build in Season 25 will let you eviscerate the hordes of hell in style – so here’s everything you need to know to do just that.

Lurking in the shadows with a thirst for vengeance, Diablo 3’s Demon Hunter uses their deadly ranged weapons to deal high amounts of damage and take down foes from a relatively safe distance.

This mysterious class has quite a high skill ceiling in the game, however, featuring two resources that need to be effectively micromanaged to ensure you can keep up the pace.

Here’s why you should be using the Demon Hunter in Season 25 of Diablo 3, as well as a rundown of the best builds to take with you into the Burning Hells.

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An image of Diablo 3's female Demon Hunter, Valla
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Diablo 3’s Demon Hunter, Valla, was first revealed back in 2010.

Is the Demon Hunter for me?

A sound Demon Hunter can quickly level the battlefield, but there are some setbacks. While the class can deal a huge amount of damage, they’ll be backed against a wall if they become overwhelmed by enemies.

As a ranged class, you’ll have to be a lot more active in managing the Demon Hunter’s dashes and abilities to keep your opponents at bay. For people looking to take down the Prime Evils with arrows and a penchant for destruction, then this class should be right up your alley.

If you prefer running head-on into battle as a tank, though, we’d recommend running either Barbarian or Crusader. For those who prefer running fully ranged builds as a whole, you will feel right at home with the Wizard or the Necromancer.

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Is the Demon Hunter good in Diablo 3 Season 25?

According to Maxroll.gg’s key farming tier list, the Demon Hunter is a fantastic choice for Season 25, with two builds in the S-Tier and one sitting further down in the C-Tier.

Whether maximizing your damage and farming keys is your main concern, or if you’re looking to be flexible with your playstyles, there’s a whole variety of playstyles to choose from.

Diablo 3 man with long hair and glowing eyes stairs at camera
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Diablo 3’s Demon Hunter rains terror from afar.

Best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Build: Season 25

To ensure that your Demon Hunter has as much survivability as possible, you’ll want to run the GoD Hungering Arrow build, which provides fast, mobile gameplay that is great even when playing solo.

Reliant on the Gears of Dreadlands armor set, it’s worth noting that this built continues the trend of the class’ typically high skill ceiling. If you’re looking for a challenge, this is the one for you.

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Active Skills

Below, we’ve listed all of the skills that are included in this build, but make sure that you’re prioritizing maxing out your stats in the following order of importance: Critical stats, Cold Damage, Hungering Arrow damage, and Area Damage.

Skill Rune
Hungering Arrow Devouring Arrow
Preparation Focused Mind
Strafe Rocket Storm
Smoke Screen Displacement
Vengeance Dark Heart
 Caltrops / Companion / Entangling Shot / Fan of Knives / Shadow Power Bladed Armor / Bait the Trap / Gloom / Shadow Glide

Passive Skills

The passive skills you’ll want to utilize for this particular build depends entirely upon what you’re looking to do. The two bolded passives should always be taken with you, and then choose a variation of what you personally prefer:

  • Ambush
  • Awareness
  • Blood Vengeance
  • Cull the Weak
  • Numbing Traps
  • Perfectionist
  • Single Out
  • Tactical Advantage

Item build & Soul Shard

Utilizing the right equipment is essential to any build, so here’s how to maximize your Diablo 3 Demon Hunter this season:

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Item Type Name
Helm Dystopian Goggles
Neck Squirt’s Necklace
Shoulders Mechanical Pauldrons
Torso Galvanized Vest
Waist Hunter’s Wrath
Wrists Wraps of Clarity
Hands Gas Powered Automail Forearm
Fingers Focus & Restraint
Legs Cold Cathode Trousers
Feet Antique Vintage Boost
Main hand weapon Fortress Ballista
Secondary weapon Dawn
Off-hand The Ninth Cirri Satchel
Regarding the newly added Soul Shards that allow you to wield the Prime Evils’ very own power, make sure to equip Sliver of Terrors to your Helm, and Remnant of Pain to your Weapon.
The former provides a huge buff to damage to abilities on cooldown, negating its downsides, whereas the latter adds a 100% critical hit chance to enemies that are incapacitated.

Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Follower

While some don’t play with a follower, they can ultimately help to make or break your gameplay. Changes from Diablo 3’s Season 23 allow you to now customize their armor alongside their weapons, meaning that they make much more of an impact when paired with and geared correctly alongside a particular build.

We recommend bringing along the Enchantress, with an emphasis on Intelligence, Vitality, and Life percentage above all. She is also the only follower that gives a cooldown reduction – making her an important choice to keep your skills in play.

An image of the Demon Hunter from Diablo 3 gameplay trailer
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Now that you know the best build for the Demon Hunter, let’s look at a couple of alternatives.

Alternative Diablo 3 Demon Hunter build

If the high-damage yet tough to master build of the Hungering Arrow doesn’t take your fancy – fear not! The next two builds both sit in the S and C-Tier, with one being a perfect choice for those looking for a less intense build.

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Unhallowed Essence Multishot build

The beginner-friendly Unhallowed Essence Multishot build is mobile, prioritizing long-range and heavy damage output. While it’s the perfect choice for those that are less experienced, it can be pushed even further for those who want to get into the intricacies of the class.

Running this build will make you feel incredibly powerful as you destroy hordes of enemies in a flash.

Skill Rune
Multishot Arsenal
Preparation Invigoration
Vault Tumble
Vengeance Any Rune
Evasive Fire Focus
Smoke Screen / Shadow Power Displacement, Wolf Companion, Boar Companion / Shadow Glide

The full Unhallowed Essence build can be obtained here.

Marauder Sentry build

While this build sits further down in the C-Tier for Season 25, if traveling with a whole host of pets is your thing, Marauder Sentry is the build for you.

Commanding seven pets at a time, you’ll be dealing incredible amounts of AoE damage over a wide range, though you’ll suffer from a lack of mobility and will need to heavily micromanage things to ensure you aren’t overwhelmed.

Skill Rune
Companion Any of Bat / Boar / Ferret / Spider / Wolf
Evasive Fire N/A
Multishot Arsenal
Sentry Polar Station
Vault Tumble
Vengeance Seethe / Dark Heart

The full Marauder Sentry build can be obtained here.


So, there you have it – everything you need to know about the best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter build for Season 25.

For even more tips and builds to help you take down everything Sanctuary throws at you, make sure to check out our guides:

Diablo 3 Soul Shards guideBest Barbarian Builds | Best Crusader Builds | Best Necromancer BuildsBest Witch Doctor Builds | Best Wizard Builds | Diablo 3 tier list | Dawn Bow guide | How to defeat Izual | Kanai’s Cube location | Is Diablo 3 cross-platform?