LoN FoK Demon Hunter BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your LoN FoK Demon Hunter in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.5 and Season 17.
1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
As this is a Legacy of Nightmares set spec, the rest of your gear slots will be comprised entirely of legendary items. As a rule of thumb, focus on synergistic stats like Crit Damage, Area Damage and skill bonuses, and remember the rings' requirements for ancient items, as well as their restriction on other set bonuses. You can temporarily run individual set pieces with beneficial stats, as long as they do not form any set bonus. As a general stat goal, you will be trying to reach a 37% CDR breakpoint for permanent uptime of Vengeance, attainable from a well-rolled Dawn (63%+), Paragon points, Flawless Royal Diamond in a 90%+ Leoric's Crown, and a weapon with a max CDR roll (preferably the offhand). Finally, you will be dropping all Crit Chance and all sources of life sustain on gear (life regeneration, life per hit, life per kill), as they will slowly but surely get you out of the range of Shi Mizu's Haori's legendary effect.
The Legacy of Nightmares set is a 2.4 rework, allowing you to run any legendary item combination while not losing out on the damage amplification and reduction associated with the traditional 6 piece sets. As long as the two rings — The Wailing Host and Litany of the Undaunted — are the only active set bonus you have equipped, every Ancient item will greatly increase your damage dealt and reduce damage taken by 4%. In the stats, try to obtain a combination of Crit Damage, Area Damage and flat Damage range.
Rounding out the jewelry, the neck slot is best taken by a Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity — allowing you a free fifth passive slot for Perfectionist. Other amulets — The Ess of Johan for additional pulls or the protective Eye of Etlich — can also be slotted, but their uses are more niche than the universal effectiveness of the Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity.
Accounting for a significant part of your DPS and survival, two channeling-focused items will support your Fan of Knives burst. The aptly named Mantle of Channeling will increase your damage during Strafe channeling with 25%, while simultaneously reducing damage taken by the same amount. For the shoulder stats, seek out Area Damage and Fan of Knives skill damage alongside Dexterity and Vitality. Increasing both your damage and resource generation by a quarter when moving, Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan will add nicely to this agile spec. While wearing Death's Bargain in the slot is considered viable (and makes the build easier to play by nullifying the impact of life regeneration), this variation also requires wearing Visage of Gunes and slotting Seethe on your bar for resource management, making the build weaker overall.
You will be better off wearing Leoric's Crown or Andariel's Visage instead. Leoric's Crown makes the build slightly easier to play, since resetting vital cooldowns like Vengeance and Wolf Companion is priority in Greater Rifts, and no other helm will empower your socket bonuses and ease your CDR breakpoints quite like this one. Essentially doubling the effect of the gem slotted in your helm, Leoric's Crown will bump your CDR by 25% with a Flawless Royal Diamond. With optimized gear, Andariel's Visage emerges as a high-end alternative, as its unique ability to roll elemental damage gives you the highest burst possible out of any options in the slot.
Shi Mizu's Haori is a cornerstone legendary item of the build, as its unique affix incentivizes you to drop to low health — and actually stay there without dying. Shaping the entire playstyle and gearing requirements of the build around it, Shi Mizu's Haori also demands that you drop any life regeneration, life per hit or life per kill on gear, actively avoid health globes, and unlearn reflexively using a health pot when endangered. For all this, it offers a powerful bonus to compensate — as long as you fulfill the requirement of around quarter life maintenance, you will enjoy guaranteed critical hits. Note that Shi Mizu's Haori can be replaced by Aquila Cuirass depending on your better rolled item; you should cube the other.
An exotic recommendation for the belt slot is the underused Thundergod's Vigor. Guaranteed to roll with synergistic elemental damage bonuses and sacrificing a minimal amount of Toughness, this belt is the meeting point between the glass cannon The Witching Hour and the tanky String of Ears. With a melee oriented legendary affix and the unique ability to roll All Resistance on top of a guaranteed Lightning Resistance Secondary roll, Thundergod's Vigor makes a tight fit for the LoN FoK Demon Hunter.
Created as a direct answer to the excessive frailty of the Demon Hunter class, the Wraps of Clarity bracer reduces damage taken by up to 35% for 5 seconds after using a Hatred Generator. Along with the Aquila Cuirass resource demands, this item fortifies the position of Evasive Fire in the build, and serves as a constant reminder to alternate your primary and secondary skills.
The weapon setup is dedicated to utility legendaries. Fortress Ballista is a key legendary weapon for the build: supplying you with up to 3% max Life absorption shield per attack against an enemy, it forms the basis of your survivability. Note that the percentage of absorption will directly reflect your overall Toughness significantly, so try not to drop below a baseline of 2.6% on the legendary affix if you intend to push high GR tiers. The preferred companion to Fortress Ballista is the one-handed crossbow Dawn — with Vengeance reworked into a universally desired buff, reducing its cooldown up to 65% and achieving permanent uptime through gear is an opportunity you cannot pass lightly. It is important to equip your highest damage crossbow as your mainhand, as Fan of Knives only takes the mainhand into account for their damage calculation. As such, the offhand will be a pure stat stick, where you can even roll the damage range away in favor of other helpful primary stats: CDR, Area Damage, or elite damage %.
Arguably the two least important legendary items in the build are St. Archew's Gage and Irontoe Mudsputters, and while it is helpful to attain the shielding affix of the former and the Movement Speed proc of the latter, their absence will not break the spec (these are also the slots where you can temporarily use any well-rolled set or legendary ancient without significantly affecting the build).
1.1. Notes for Season 17
Since Season 17 characters obtain the powers of the Legacy of Nightmares set passively without needing to wear the two rings, you can dedicate your jewelry to other powerful legendaries. In the case of the LoN Fan of Knives DH, you will be wearing your two best rolled rings and cubing the third between Convention of Elements, Unity, and Elusive Ring. Both Unity and Elusive Ring provide damage reduction through different conditions. Unity will cut incoming damage in half when paired with another on the follower, along with an immortality relic for him (i.e. Enchanting Favor). Elusive Ring is another massive damage reduction source, as long as you remember to use Smoke Screen at least once every 8 seconds. Convention of Elements simply provides a massive damage increase during the Lightning cycle of its rotation.
2. Paragon Points
Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem will be procced by itself with its level 25 property, making it an inseparable part of this melee-range burst setup.
Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken occupies a firm spot in your jewelry sockets. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist AoE heavy builds in 1v1 combat. With its undeniable AoE focus from Fan of Knives, LoN Demon Hunters take good advantage of this gem.
Taeguk is taken as a rare hybrid of defense and offense among the legendary gem options, with continued Strafe channeling keeping the stacks capped. Learning to balance your Hatred through generators so you can perma-Strafe takes time, but is well worth it for the Taeguk DPS and Toughness build up.
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4. Kanai's Cube
Introduced in Patch 2.4, Lord Greenstone's Fan adds a stacking damage mechanic to Fan of Knives, encouraging you to build up damage and release it in controlled bursts during your Lightning Convention of Elements cycle. The two items sync at one Lightning proc at 15 stacks, and a next one at 30 — so judge the health of your adversaries and the amount of burst you will need.
The jewelry slot is taken by the pure damage boost of Convention of Elements, whose rotation of elemental bonuses you will have to keep under close scrutiny. Once the sequence reaches the Lightning element, your damage will surge dramatically, so dump a stacked Fan of Knives during that brief window of opportunity.
For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.
- 16 May 2019: Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 17.
- 17 Jan. 2019: Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
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