Demon Hunter Shadow Impale Build

Last updated on May 16, 2019 at 09:00 by Deadset 20 comments
General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Shadow Impale Demon Hunter in Diablo 3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know to play this build at the highest level. This build is updated for patch 2.6.5 and Season 17.

For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our follower guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

1. Introduction

The Shadows Mantle set offers several viable playstyles revolving around the themes of high mobility and assassination. This Impale variant places and even greater emphasis on singling out and bursting down priority targets, an elite hunting playstyle that is available in Greater Rift solo and group progression variants, as well as a regular Rift farming variation, explained in that order.

2. Quick Reference

2.1. Skill Setup

The basic skill setup of the Shadow Impale Demon Hunter is displayed below. Read the dedicated Skills page for detailed information on choices, alternatives and build customization.

3. Builds

Greater Rift Solo Progress Greater Rift Group Progress Speedfarming Variation
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Impale Icon Impale Overpenetration Overpenetration Right Mouse Button Companion Icon Companion Wolf Companion Wolf Companion 1 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart 2 Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives Bladed Armor Bladed Armor 3 Vault Icon Vault Rattling Roll Rattling Roll 4 Shadow Power Icon Shadow Power Gloom Gloom
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Impale Icon Impale Grievous Wounds Grievous Wounds Right Mouse Button Companion Icon Companion Wolf Companion Wolf Companion 1 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart 2 Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death Valley of Death Valley of Death 3 Vault Icon Vault Tumble Tumble 4 Shadow Power Icon Shadow Power Gloom Gloom
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Impale Icon Impale Ricochet Ricochet Right Mouse Button Companion Icon Companion Wolf Companion Wolf Companion 1 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart 2 Smoke Screen Icon Smoke Screen Vanishing Powder Vanishing Powder 3 Vault Icon Vault Rattling Roll Rattling Roll 4 Shadow Power Icon Shadow Power Gloom Gloom
Passive Skills

3.1. Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the Shadow Impale Demon Hunter is listed below. Check the Gear page for detailed information on choices, alternatives, gemming, Kanai's Cube and Paragon distribution.

3.2. Legendary Gems

3.3. Kanai's Cube

4. Changelog

  • 16 May 2019 (skills page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 16 May 2019 (gear page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 16 May 2019 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Updated for Season 16.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (this page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 16.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
  • 20 Sep. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 15.
  • 14 Jun. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 14.
  • 30 Oct. 2017 (this page): Slight wording changes to reflect small tooltip changes in Patch 2.6.1.
  • 01 Jul. 2017 (this page): Updated guide for 2.6 and moved it to the new format.
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