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Demon Hunter Gears of Dreadlands Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.7.6 / Season 29)

Last updated on Sep 15, 2023 at 09:00 by Deadset 31 comments

This build is a starter build for fresh Level 70 Demon Hunters who have access to the Gears of Dreadlands set.

This guide is part of our Demon Hunter Seasonal Progress Guide, which also includes a leveling build and other early builds for fresh 70 characters.


Fresh 70 Build

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Hungering Arrow Icon Hungering Arrow Devouring Arrow Devouring Arrow Right Mouse Button Strafe Icon Strafe Drifting Shadow Drifting Shadow 1 Companion Icon Companion Wolf Companion Wolf Companion 2 Smoke Screen Icon Smoke Screen Special Recipe Special Recipe 3 Preparation Icon Preparation Focused Mind Focused Mind 4 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart
Passive Skills

How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation

The beginner Gears of Dreadlands setup puts an almost immediate emphasis on Primary skills use, scaling the damage of your basic attacks as early as the 2-piece set bonus. As soon as the 4-piece bonus is equipped, you get introduced to the second part of the GoD rotation, Strafe Strafe — so it is best to acquaint yourself with the playstyle as early as possible. To that end, we will be taking Hungering Arrow Hungering Arrow Devouring Arrow Devouring Arrow (although you can adapt to other synergistic primary attacks, such as Bolas Bolas) and Strafe Strafe with the movement speed-oriented Drifting Shadow Drifting Shadow rune. This will enforce a rotation of Strafe Strafe channeling to keep up your damage reduction, interspersed with manual shots of your Primary skill to keep the damage-boosting Momentum stacks up.

You have a utility-packed skill in the form of Companion Companion, which you can adapt according to the situation. If you are new to the playstyle and have issues with Hatred management, take Bat Companion Bat Companion; for survivability issues, consider Boar Companion Boar Companion; and lastly, our default recommendation, Wolf Companion Wolf Companion for the damage boost.

Your obligatory mobility skill will come in the form of Smoke Screen Smoke Screen — opening a brief window of invulnerability and disengagement from enemies, along with a movement speed boost proc from the passive Tactical Advantage Tactical Advantage.

The remainder of your skillset will be dedicated to utility. Preparation Preparation will be taken with the restoration-over-time effect of Focused Mind Focused Mind, which produces the highest Discipline gain overall. Vengeance Vengeance will cut incoming damage in half with the rune Dark Heart Dark Heart, but early on you will have lackluster uptime, so make note to use the skill in tougher engagements.

Passive-wise, Tactical Advantage Tactical Advantage will bring excellent mobility to the build during the early farming stages; Blood Vengeance Blood Vengeance is a resource management powerhouse that only requires that you track globe drops on the battlefield; and Archery Archery plus Ambush Ambush will work in tandem to bolster your damage numbers.


Gear and Builds Using This Set

The build above is specifically created not to require any additional sets or legendary items. In order to transition to a late game-oriented spec using the same set, we have a rough list of high priority items to obtain, as well as a link to the build they pertain to.



  • 15 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Season 29.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Reviewed for Season 28.
  • 10 Dec. 2021: Reviewed for Season 25.
  • 23 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Season 24.
  • 02 Apr. 2021: Reviewed for Season 23.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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