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Demon Hunter Shadow/Marauder Fan of Knives Build

Last updated on Oct 30, 2017 at 19:38 by Deadset 65 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Shadow/Marauder FoK 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 2.6.1 and Season 12.

1. Introduction

One of the longest suffering sets in RoS, The Shadows Mantle received a full-blown rework in Patch 2.4 that aimed to propel it into endgame viability, as well as to introduce a new flavor to Demon Hunters. Mixed in with a Demon Hunter staple, the Marauder set, it creates a unique melee assassination playstyle that is available in both Greater Rift solo progression and regular Rift farming variations, explained in that order.

2. Quick Reference

2.1. Skill Setup

The basic skill setup of the Shadow/Marauder Fan of Knives 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 Speedfarming Variation
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Bolas Icon Bolas Freezing Strike Freezing Strike Right Mouse Button Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives Pinpoint Accuracy Pinpoint Accuracy 1 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart 2 Smoke Screen Icon Smoke Screen Vanishing Powder Vanishing Powder 3 Companion Icon Companion Wolf Companion Wolf Companion 4 Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death Valley of Death Valley of Death
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Impale Icon Impale Impact Impact Right Mouse Button Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives Pinpoint Accuracy Pinpoint Accuracy 1 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart 2 Vault Icon Vault Action Shot Action Shot 3 Companion Icon Companion Wolf Companion Wolf Companion 4 Shadow Power Icon Shadow Power Gloom Gloom
Passive Skills

3.1. Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the Shadow/Marauder Fan of Knives 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. Role in the Current Meta

This build is ranked as a Low Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season. If you are looking to challenge yourself with an unorthodox, but still very viable build to complete the Season Journey with, consider using this build.

This build is oriented mostly at solo Rifting (Greater and Normal). Due to its mediocre mobility on long distances, it is not recommended for Bounties. It is also not recommended for group Greater Rifts past the point where every party member can handle the content on his own.

5. Reading Further

To go in-depth on the skills, passives, itemization, gemming and variations to get the most out of this build, follow these pages:

  • Skills and Runes: exhaustive breakdown of the skill and passive choices, along with synergies, rotation and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points: detailed explanations of BiS gear, stat priorities, gemming (both regular and legendary), rerolling and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Speed Farming Variation: Shadow/Marauder Fan of Knives variation for endgame speed farming;
  • Follower Guide: for more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 30 Oct. 2017 (this page): No major changes necessary for 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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