Natalya Rain of Vengeance Demon Hunter BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Natalya Rain of Vengeance 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 takes advantage of the full Natalya set bonuses, taking six of the seven available pieces and opening up the jewelry slots for the damage multiplication of the Bastions of Will set. With the Patch 2.4 revisions, the importance of cooldown reduction and attack speed stacking has been greatly reduced, but it is still recommeded to reach a comfortable 40% CDR to achieve permanent Vengeance and 2:1 ratio of generator to Rain of Vengeance uses.
For Season 16 adjustments, please refer to our dedicated section below.
The preferred companion to Natalya's Slayer 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 Rain of Vengeance 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 %.
Since a consistent part of your damage will come from Rain of Vengeance Anathema, a grenade-based skill, it is only natural to equip Hellcat Waistguard as your belt. Hellcat Waistguard has an unlisted 50% chance to proc, irrespective of the skill used or unique affix rolled. The belt increases the number of times grenades "bounce" and deal damage, counting the initial impact as the first bounce (and thus increasing your burst from the get-go). Notably, the final burst is 800% of the base damage, which somewhat lessens the impact of worse (less bounces) belts, and can even make them preferable in certain cases. A Natalya build is a good example, since Anathema's grenades tend to bounce more and further than other grenade skills. The results are highly dependent on circumstance, but as a rule of thumb do not be discouraged to equip a "less bounces" belt.
Not skipping on any of the pieces required to obtain the 6 set bonus — of course, without the Natalya's Reflection — allows you to use a powerful offensive combo in the jewelry: the Bastions of Will set, Focus and Restraint. These rings offer a whopping 2.25 independent damage multiplier as long as you alternate between a primary and spender attacks — which, incidentally, mirrors the exact tactic of this build.
Completing the jewelry, you have a number of options for the amulet slot. Arguably your best option would be a well rolled Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity, with a helpful fifth passive like Awareness or Single Out. You could also attempt a safety route, and make yourself immune to Reflect Damage through Xephirian Amulet, as reflected damage now elementally matches your own. Other variants include the cooldown-centric The Flavor of Time, or the grouping of The Ess of Johan to ease AoE.
While more durable than the average Demon Hunter build in Greater Rifts, the Natalya spec still adopts the Wraps of Clarity bracer to reduce damage taken by up to 35% for 5 seconds after using a Hatred Generator. Along with the Bastions of Will set, this item fortifies the position of a primary skill in the build, and makes it hard for you to forget punctuating the Strafe channeling with regular generator shots.
Patch 2.4 also introduced a legendary shoulder specifically targeting channeling builds — the aptly named Mantle of Channeling. Natalya Demon Hunters fall right into that category with their perma- Strafe, and enjoy the 25% increase in damage dealt and 25% decrease in damage taken. Stat-wise, aim to roll Cooldown Reduction, Fan of Knives % and Area Damage.
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 Rain of Vengeance Demon Hunter builds, this allows you to free up a single armor slot for a synergistic legendary item.
Our top recommendations are Magefist and Aquila Cuirass, with your better roll between the two getting worn, and the other — cubed. Magefist brings a significant contribution to your damage, adding up to 20% Fire elemental damage to your Anathema onslaught. This unique glove's innate Crit Chance roll also makes it relatively easier to perfect, since it brings a very desirable stat as baseline.
Your other option for the freed up armor slot, Aquila Cuirass, brings an equally valuable bonus — extra survivability in the form of 50% damage reduction, as long as you maintain over 90% of your resource reserve. While the requirement is relatively easy to maintain, you are constantly draining your Hatred at a low rate with Strafe and endangering your defensive bonus. This will be far easier to mitigate if you cube the Aquila Cuirass, which perfects its unique property.
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 Entangling Shot, secondary stats on your gear and your AI companion, usually armed with Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker.
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.
Bane of the Powerful's duration scales very well with levels, and having a low uptime on a decently leveled gem is a telling sign that the rift is unfavorable anyway (winding layout, lacking density, insufficient elites). The gem's default 20% damage increase has been reworked into multiplicative, and the level 25 bonus now increases AND reduces elite damage by 15%, making it a well-rounded choice for many builds. For extremely high end pushing, swap this gem out for Bane of the Stricken to assist you in taking down the Rift Guardian.
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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.
In Greater Rifts, 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 Fire or Lightning element (depending on your rune of choice) your damage will surge dramatically, so get as many Rain of Vengeance casts as you can and dump a stacked Fan of Knives during those brief windows 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.
- 17 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
- 30 Oct. 2017: Added mentions of Fan of Knives throughout the paragraphs and adjusted stat priorities.
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