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Demon Hunter Natalya's Vengeance Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.6.8 / Season 20)

Last updated on Mar 13, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 31 comments

This build is a starter build for fresh Level 70 Demon Hunters who have access to the Natalya's Vengeance 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.

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Fresh 70 Build

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Rain of Vengeance Icon Rain of Vengeance Shade Shade Right Mouse Button Strafe Icon Strafe Drifting Shadow Drifting Shadow 1 Entangling Shot Icon Entangling Shot Justice is Served Justice is Served 2 Companion Icon Companion Bat Companion Bat Companion 3 Smoke Screen Icon Smoke Screen Displacement Displacement 4 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Seethe Seethe
Passive Skills
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How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation

You will be channeling Strafe Strafe as close to permanently as you can, maintaining Hatred with regular punctuating shots of Entangling Shot Entangling Shot and activations of Bat Companion Bat Companion and Vengeance Vengeance Seethe Seethe. Through the Natalya 2 piece bonus, the spender and generator will quickly reset the cooldown of your primary damage dealer — Rain of Vengeance Rain of Vengeance. Pop Smoke Screen Smoke Screen when expecting bursts of damage coming your way.

The spec is built around the Natalya set bonuses, turning Rain of Vengeance Rain of Vengeance from a medium cooldown skill into a constantly available asset for burst and protection. The recommended split is:

  • Slot 1 — Damage: Rain of Vengeance Rain of Vengeance is the centerpiece of the Natalya set build, with its significant cooldown practically nullified as early as the 2-piece set bonus. Note that it will also trigger the Crashing Rain Crashing Rain belt, a vital item for the build whose burst is a significant chunk of your damage. This makes Crashing Rain Crashing Rain an immediate priority after acquiring the set.
  • Slot 2 — Generator: While you can technically run any 7 Hatred generator in this slot, Entangling Shot Entangling Shot offers you an easy proc for Cull the Weak Cull the Weak and (later on) Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped. You cannot pass these damage multiplication sources lightly, and this generator is the smallest investment you can make towards triggering them.
  • Slot 3 & 4 — Mobility: Strafe Strafe will serve a twofold purpose: first, it is the most reliable source of Rain of Vengeance Rain of Vengeance resets from the Natalya set; and second, it offers Whirlwind Whirlwind-like mobility by allowing you to freely pass through enemies and ignore collision. Due to the fact that Vault Vault interrupts the channeling of Strafe Strafe and slows down your resets, you will do better to shift to the short burst of speed and invulnerability of Smoke Screen Smoke Screen Displacement Displacement. While more costly, this skill does not interrupt Strafe Strafe and can serve to nullify some predictable burst — useful in a mid-to-close range build.
  • Slot 5 — Utility: You will keep Companion Companion like a swiss knife at your side, but you will adjust its utility according to your preferences; it is likely you will struggle with Hatred in an early Strafe Strafe spec, so you can safely fall to the Bat Companion Bat Companion crutch until you acquire key legendaries to stabilize resources with.
  • Slot 6 — Supplementary damage: Vengeance Vengeance adds its own multiplicative damage buff to the build, but it can also be adjusted to either stabilize your resources (using the Hatred powerhouse Seethe Seethe), or build up your Toughness (through the Dark Heart Dark Heart damage reduction). Making this skill permanent by wearing a Dawn Dawn will be one of your gearing priorities.
  • Passives: For early game Natalya progression, it is advisable to keep most of the leveling setup (Steady Aim Steady Aim, Blood Vengeance Blood Vengeance and Tactical Advantage Tactical Advantage), but abandon Custom Engineering Custom Engineering along with its sentries for the multiplicative damage increase of Cull the Weak Cull the Weak.
3.

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.

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Changelog

  • 13 Mar. 2020: Reviewed for Season 20.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Page added.
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