Best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Builds: Season 26

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The best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter build in Season 26 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 26 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.

Is the Demon Hunter good in Diablo 3 Season 26?

According to Maxroll.gg’s solo tier list, the Demon Hunter is a good choice for Season 26, with one builds in the S-Tier and all others sitting further down in the B-Tier and below.

Whether maximizing your damage and farming Greater Rifts 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 26

To ensure that your Demon Hunter has as much survivability as possible, you’ll want to run the Marauder Sentry build, which provides AOE-based gameplay that is great when playing solo.

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

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: Sentry damage, critical hit damage, fire damage, multishot damage, and critical hit chance above all, followed by area damage, attack speed, damage, dexterity, and cooldown reduction.

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

Passive Skills

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

  • Ambush
  • Awareness
  • Ballistics
  • Blood Vengeance
  • Cull the Weak / Tactical Advantage
  • Custom Engineering
  • Numbing Traps
  • Perfectionist

Item build

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

Item Type Name
Helm Marauder’s Visage
Neck Squirt’s Necklace
Shoulders Marauder’s Spines
Torso Marauder’s Carapace
Waist Captain Crimson’s Silk Girdle
Wrists Wraps of Clarity
Hands Marauder’s Gloves
Fingers Focus & Restraint
Legs Captain Crimson’s Thrust
Feet Marauder’s Treads
Main hand weapon Yang’s Recurve
Secondary weapon Dawn
Off-hand Bombardier’s Rucksack

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 B-Tier, with one being a perfect choice for those looking for a less intense build.

Shadow Impale build

The beginner-friendly Shadow Impale build features a melee playstyle and is great to use against single enemy targets. It’s the perfect choice for those that are less experienced, allowing you to somewhat sit back and not need to micromanage everything during play.

Skill Rune
Impale N/A
Shadow Power N/A
Vault N/A
Vengeance Dark Heart
Any two of Fan of Knives / Companion / Marked for Death / Sentry Bladed Armor / Wolf Companion, Boar Companion / Valley of Death / Guardian Turret

The full Shadow Impale build can be obtained here.

Hungering Arrow build

If you’re looking for something that’s a little bit harder to master, the GoD Hungering Arrow build might be just what you’re looking for.

As the name implies, Hungering Arrow is where most of your damage is dealt, offering lightning-fast attacks to deal damage to your enemies – though it does hold itself back slightly with unimpressive AoE performance on the whole.

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

The full Hungering Arrow 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 26.

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

Best 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?

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