Natalya Marauder Sentry Demon Hunter BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Natalya Marauder Sentry Demon Hunter in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.4 and Season 16.
1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
The build incorporates a mixture of the Natalya's Vengeance and Embodiment of the Marauder sets, taking five pieces of the former and three of the latter and tying them together with Ring of Royal Grandeur in the Cube to attain the valuable 6- and 4-piece bonuses. Outside of necessary pieces like Natalya's Reflection, Natalya's Slayer and Marauder's Spines, you are free to adjust the split of sets according to your preference and best rolled items. An example distribution would be to take Marauder's Visage and Marauder's Gloves for the Marauder set, and then Natalya's Embrace, Natalya's Leggings and Natalya's Bloody Footprintsfor the Natalya set; coupled with the mandatory pieces, they will form all the necessary set bonuses. Rolls-wise, this build values Skill Damage, Area Damage and Resource Cost Reduction rolls greatly. You will be striving to attain Cluster Arrow % on your helm and boots, Area Damage and Resource Cost Reduction on shoulders and gloves, and Sentry % on the shoulders and chest.
For Season 16 adjustments, please refer to our dedicated section below.
With Ring of Royal Grandeur taking up the jewelry slot in the Cube and one of your ring slots necessarily taken by Natalya's Reflection, the best way to fill out the remaining jewelry slots is the Endless Walk set, The Compass Rose and The Traveler's Pledge. Their power balances between damage reduction while moving, and increasing damage when standing still — a fitting choice for the Natalya Marauder hybrid, which Vaults from battle to battle and then goes into stationary Sentry-dropping mode.
Occupying your waist slot, Zoey's Secret is designed to complement the Marauder 2-piece bonus and scales your damage reduction by up to 9% for every active Companion, cutting incoming damage by more than a half in this minion-heavy build.
The general recommendation for the wrist slot are the Wraps of Clarity; these bracers further reduce damage taken by up to 50% for 5 seconds after using a Hatred Generator. There is a notable alteration in this slot with the Ancient Parthan Defenders (procced by the Freeze of the cubed Frostburn and the active use of Flying Strike), which are theoretically able to cut down damage even lower, but demand a quirkier playstyle that involves standing near less threatening enemies to proc the bracer, while focusing higher priority targets that are further away. Adjust to this variant at your discretion.
Extending the utility you get out of the Marauder set bonuses, the Bombardier's Rucksack lets you have two additional Sentries. Unlike the Custom Engineering passive, these additional charges are not immediately available — but you will have enough time to drop them in any significant fight, and the potential increase of your main damage dealers makes this quiver mandatory for the build.
1.1. Season 16 Adjustments
During Season 16 (and in seasonal play only), you will be getting the benefits of Ring of Royal Grandeur passively, without the need to wear it. For the Natalya/Marauder Sentry Demon Hunter, this simply enables another massive source of burst damage to the build.
Since RoRG is part of the Cube setup in the base build, you should simply replace its power with another damage multiplier. No other jewelry piece will fulfill the role better than Convention of Elements, whose rotation of elemental bonuses you will have to keep under close scrutiny. Once the sequence reaches your chosen main element for the build (either Fire or Cold), you will enjoy a significant increase to your damage — so try to adopt a strategy of drawing monster attention during the off cycles, and major Hatred spending during the appropriate cycle.
2. Paragon Points
*Spend Paragon points only until the 15% boost from Paragon Points, as the remaining 10% for the 25% cap are already passively provided by Companion Ferret Companion.
Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. You have multiple ways to proc the gem, most notably the efficient spread of the Polar Station Chill, but also the Spider Companion's Slow, the Flying Strike Freeze, and the gem's own level 25 property when in range.
Zei's Stone of Vengeance is another separate damage multiplier you can add to your overall DPS, with its range-based amplification easily maxing out with the considerable distance you can keep between yourself and the enemy in this CC-heavy build. Its level 25 Stun proc is just icing on the cake, adding another source of safety and Bane of the Trapped procs.
Leaning heavily on Sentry damage for the bulk of the damage output, this build integrates Enforcer as its third and final damage amplification gem. The turrets count as pets and benefit greatly from this multiplicative source of damage, while your Companion summons take advantage of the toughness buff of the level 25 property.
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4. Kanai's Cube
With set piece distribution that heavily locks down the itemization of the build, you will be forced to use the Cluster Arrow staple Manticore in the weapon slot of the Cube for its massive Resource Cost Reduction and skill amplification bonuses.
Complementing the pure Cold damage focus of the build, your prime pick for the armor slot in the Cube is the Frostburn gauntlets power, increasing this element by 20% and introducing a massive, 50% chance to freeze enemies struck by Cold skills. Note that if you alternate into a Loaded for Bear variant of this build, this Cube slot should be changed into Cindercoat.
As previously noted, in order to attain the 6-piece bonus of the Natalya set and the 4-piece bonus of the Marauder set, you will have to use the Act I bounty cache legendary Ring of Royal Grandeur in the jewelry slot of the Cube.
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.
- 17 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
- 23 Feb. 2018: Added note for the Fire variant of this build.
- 17 Nov. 2017: Guide added.
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