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Natalya Rain of Vengeance Demon Hunter Skills and Runes

Last updated on Jul 01, 2017 at 14:30 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

Below, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing Natalya Rain of Vengeance Demon Hunter in Diablo 3. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

The other pages of our Natalya Rain of Vengeance Demon Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Entangling Shot Icon Entangling Shot Justice is Served Justice is Served Right Mouse Button Strafe Icon Strafe Drifting Shadow Drifting Shadow 1 Rain of Vengeance Icon Rain of Vengeance Anathema Anathema 2 Preparation Icon Preparation Focused Mind Focused Mind 3 Smoke Screen Icon Smoke Screen Special Recipe Special Recipe 4 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart
Passive Skills

1. Rotation

The build begins runs with an activation of Vengeance Vengeance, a major survivability and damage buff that should be kept up permanently with the assistance of Dawn Dawn. The primary dynamic of the spec alternating short channeling of Strafe Strafe and punctuating it with generator shots, in order to maintain your Hatred reserves high and keep the Wraps of Clarity Wraps of Clarity and Bastions of Will set buffs going. The spender and generator skills will interact with the Natalya set and reset your Rain of Vengeance Rain of Vengeance cooldown, which is the primary damage dealer in the build. Finally, use Smoke Screen Smoke Screen sparingly when expecting bursts of damage coming your way.

2. Skills, Runes and Passives

Rain of Vengeance Rain of Vengeance is the primary damage dealer of the build; the Natalya set 2-piece bonus lowers the significant cooldown of the skill by 4 seconds when you hit an enemy with a Hatred-generating or Hatred-spending attack, allowing you to chain cast Rain of Vengeance Rain of Vengeance in the thick of battle. Using it will also trigger the damage effect of the Hellcat Waistguard Hellcat Waistguard, producing the signature burst of the build. By default, we recommend the fire rune Anathema Anathema, as it produces higher damage. It is, however, harder to play due to its lower AoE and grenade-bouncing mechanics.

To reset the centerpiece of the build, you will be using Strafe Strafe; a skill that long struggled for viability, it fits snugly into the Natalya mechanics by allowing you mobility and fast resets, coming from the constant damage ticks inherent to its channeled nature. The preferred rune is Drifting Shadow Drifting Shadow, as unimpeded movement speed is a crucial part of the agile combat style of Demon Hunters.

With the rebalancing in Patch 2.4, you have a degree of freedom when choosing your generator. Entangling Shot Entangling Shot emerges as a viable option, as its slow helps control combat and proc Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped, and resources remain steady with the 7 Hatred generating Justice is Served Justice is Served. The classic choice of Evasive Fire Evasive Fire with its strongest rune for Hatred restoration, Focus Focus, remains a viable choice. Regardless of your preferred skill, alternating a few seconds of channeling with a generator shot is the best way to keep Hatred high and maintain the Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint set bonus.

For the Anathema Anathema primary version of the build, we recommend the adoption of a Shi Mizu's Haori Shi Mizu's Haori-based, low healthpool playstyle. While it will be slightly harder for beginners, it ends up being tougher and stronger overall — and it lets you dedicate this skill slot to a utility skill like Preparation Preparation Focused Mind Focused Mind, which gives you a lot of freedom for Smoke Screen Smoke Screen use and safety.

The very embodiment of glass cannon, the Demon Hunter usually adopts at least one protective mobility skill. The Natalya build is no exception, incorporating the disappearance mechanic of Smoke Screen Smoke Screen to synergize with Strafe Strafe — as it does not interrupt channeling. The preferred rune for GR progression is the cheaper Special Recipe Special Recipe, making Discipline management significantly easier.

Using the skill and item reworks surrounding Vengeance Vengeance to their advantage, Natalya Demon Hunters take the skill into the build and strive for its permanent uptime through Dawn Dawn. This potent 40% damage buff will also reduce incoming damage in half from the Dark Heart Dark Heart rune, assisting the survival of this mid-range DH setup.

This concludes the overview of the Active Skills, now let us look through the Passives.

Grenadier Grenadier is understandably a signature passive for grenade-based builds, bringing a 10% mutliplicative damage boost to the related skills and increasing their explosion radius by 20% — a bonus that is hard to quantify, but undeniable in effectiveness. For softcore players, it also brings an amusing on-death detonation that fully benefits from the grenade-related bonuses in the build.

Cull the Weak Cull the Weak amplifies your damage against Slowed or Chilled enemies by 20%. This potent multiplicative passive gets triggered by Entangling Shot Entangling Shot (if you chose it as your generator), by the Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker and Intimidate Intimidate slows from your Templar companion, and by secondary stats on your gear.

Tactical Advantage Tactical Advantage will be used to bolster your maneuverability, aiding your ability to pull and funnel monsters in a chosen direction with an impressive 60% increase to your Movement Speed after using Smoke Screen Smoke Screen.

Night Stalker Night Stalker is included in the build to significantly smooth out your resource management. The 4 additional Hatred per primary attack, adding up with the sizable 7 from Justice is Served Justice is Served, make the constant channeling of Strafe Strafe a breeze.

The recommended 5th passive on a Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity is Awareness Awareness. Awareness Awareness is your last line of defense — a cheat death on a decent 60-second cooldown, coupled with a brief window of safety and life regeneration when triggered; depending on your confidence and your chosen spec, you can proc this passive on purpose to get to Shi Mizu's Haori Shi Mizu's Haori's range faster.

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.

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