GoD/Marauder Support Demon Hunter BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your GoD/Marauder Support Demon Hunter in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for Patch 2.7.5 and Season 28.
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The build incorporates a split between the Gears of Dreadlands and Marauder sets, using three pieces of the former (and completing their 4-piece bonus via a Ring of Royal Grandeur) and two pieces of the latter to attain the optimal spread of support-oriented effects. Note that the table below only gives you a sample spread (shoulders, gloves, chest from the GoD set and pants and boots from the Marauder set) — in practice, you can use any combination of pieces from the two sets, as long as they are well rolled and provide the necessary bonuses. The only set piece that is off limits for both sets is the helm, as it needs to be taken by Leoric's Crown for the doubled effect of your socketed gem.
Free of damage dealing concerns, the support Demon Hunter can focus on pure utility in the jewelry. You have three recommended rings — Elusive Ring, Oculus Ring and Ring of Royal Grandeur — two of which you will equip and Cube the third, according to your better rolled items. Elusive Ring will add massive damage reduction bonuses as you spam your mobility skills, resulting in greatly improved survivability for the build. Ring of Royal Grandeur is necessary to complete the 4-piece bonus of the Gears of Dreadlands. Finally, the revamped Oculus Ring will provide up to the impressive 85% multiplicative damage buff in a circular area for your DPS party members to stand in. While its wording is vague, it does trigger off assists, and will thus work on support characters.
To complete the jewelry, you can either wear The Flavor of Time for the doubled Pylon duration, or a nicely rolled Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity for a fifth synergistic passive (i.e. Hot Pursuit).
You have two major options for your weapon, as both Leonine Bow of Hashir and Odyssey's End provide invaluable effects for the general Support Demon Hunter spec. Odyssey's End brings massive damage multiplication to your teammates, and is a necessary inclusion in the setup — but outside of godly rolls, it is generally recommended that you Cube its powers instead, since the damage bonus is a variable stat. For your worn weapon we recommend Leonine Bow of Hashir, as it brings a fixed, reliable pull to your Bolas shots. In case you decide to run a non-pull build, swap this weapon out for an all-around tanky choice like Fortress Ballista.
In your offhand, you want Emimei's Duffel, since its unique power turns the delayed detonations of Bolas into instantaneous effects, making the pulls from Leonine Bow of Hashir much faster.
Introduced in Patch 2.4, Zoey's Secret belt is tailored to the Marauder set bonuses, and offers a unique source of protection: up to 9% damage reduction for every active Companion, cutting incoming damage by more than a half as a result.
You have some wiggle room when deciding on your bracer; the default recommendation is the party-wide additive damage increase of Strongarm Bracers, triggered by the Bolas pulls. Alternatively, you can take the elite-spawning Nemesis Bracers to shorten the time spent looking for champion packs. Simply pick your better rolled bracer between the two to wear, and cube the other.
To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.
Season 28: Altar of Rites
Season 28 comes with the theme of the Altar of Rites — a powerful new account-wide and Season-specific progression system that brings tremendous offensive and defensive buffs to every seasonal character. For virtually all builds and players of all skill levels — from casual to advanced — we recommend progressing through the Altar tree using the path outlined below. The suggested path is geared towards maximum quality of life first, then amplifying damage, and then mopping up the tree with defensive and edge case utility nodes.
Note that while they require reaching them with a Seal, Legendary Potion Powers are not part of the Seal cost system; Potions unlock with a separate resource called Primordial Ashes, obtained from salvaging Legendary or Set items of Primal (red bordered) quality. Upgrade them as soon as possible, and in the order shown below (courtesy of Caleko's Altar of Rites planner).
You can read more on the Altar of Rites, Seals and Legendary Potion Powers in our dedicated Altar of Rites Mechanics guide.
In the Core section, max out Movement Speed to the 25% cap. Normally this is done by dumping the first 50 Core Paragon points into Movement Speed, but if your boots have an imperfect roll with Movement Speed as a stat that you cannot replace, adjust the necessary point investment accordingly by simply subtracting your roll from the 25% max. After that, dump as many points as necessary into Vitality to gain a comfortable health pool, but consider balancing it out with some portion of the points going into Dexterity — remember that it also equates to survivability for Dex-based classes.
In the Offense section, max out Cooldown Reduction and Attack Speed first. In Defense, prioritize All Resistance, then Life %, then Armor, and finish off with Life Regeneration. In Utility, build up Resource Cost Reduction and Life per Hit. Remember to skip Area Damage, as it leads to unnecessary lag in group play.
Iceblink serves a twofold purpose: first, it adds another potent, scaling slow effect to your Cold attacks; and second, it offers a reliable source of 10% additional party-wide Crit Chance through its level 25 property.
Gogok of Swiftness synergizes well with the build, indirectly providing the entire party with more survivability and damage by increasing your essential Cooldown Reduction, as well as substantial personal Toughness from the Dodge bonuses.
The recommended gem for your third and final jewelry slot is Gem of Efficacious Toxin, for the party-wide damage increase against — and reduced damage from — enemies affected by its poisonous DoT.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
The entirety of your Cube slot selections will depend on your item rolls. In the weapon slot, you will cube your worse rolled item between Leonine Bow of Hashir and Odyssey's End — and you will most likely cube the latter, since its party-wide damage boost is an affix of varying strength. In the armor Cube slot, you will place your worse rolled item between Nemesis Bracers (for the extra elites) and Strongarm Bracers (for the party-wide damage increase). In the jewelry slot, you will equip your worst roll between Ring of Royal Grandeur, Oculus Ring and Elusive Ring.
The Kanai's Cube can be used for much more than simply extracting Legendary powers from items. Please refer to our Kanai's Cube guide for more information.
The preferred potion for this build is Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid, which will allow you to break through movement-impeding Elite affixes — generally a problem for builds that move based on channeling effects.
- 22 Feb. 2023: Added Season 28 Altar of Rites recommendations.
- 26 Aug. 2022: Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
- 13 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
- 09 Dec. 2021: Added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
- 21 Jul. 2021: Added note regarding Ethereal weapons for Season 24.
- 01 Apr. 2021: No changes necessary for Season 23.
- 18 Nov. 2020: Added S22 Cube recommendation.
- 30 Jun. 2020: Guide added.
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