Natalya Rapid Fire Demon Hunter Skills and Runes

Last updated on Apr 01, 2021 at 09:00 by Deadset 18 comments

On this page, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing Natalya Rapid Fire Demon Hunter in Diablo 3. Updated for Patch 2.7 and Season 23.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire Bombardment Bombardment Right Mouse Button Smoke Screen Icon Smoke Screen Vanishing Powder Vanishing Powder 1 Companion Icon Companion Boar Companion Boar Companion 2 Vault Icon Vault Tumble Tumble 3 Rain of Vengeance Icon Rain of Vengeance Dark Cloud Dark Cloud 4 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart
Passive Skills
1.

Rotation

The Natalya Rapid Fire Rapid Fire build has a fairly simple rotation — it begins runs by activating Vengeance Vengeance, which has permanent uptime with a combination of Dawn Dawn and CDR on gear, and reapplies it on cooldown. Your main damage multiplier comes from casting Rain of Vengeance Rain of Vengeance on your enemies; it will simply serve as a buff, so do not expect to deal damage with it and simply cast it as soon as it comes off cooldown to attain the crucial 6-piece bonus of the Natalya set. In order to actually deal damage, as the build name implies, you will be channeling Rapid Fire Rapid Fire — so once you pick a fight, simply plant yourself in place and channel away. This also triggers the Natalya 2-piece bonus, resetting the Rain of Vengeance Rain of Vengeance cooldown and enabling the upkeep of the important 6-piece set buff. The remainder of your skill selection is made up of defensive cooldowns, each appropriate for a different situation — Smoke Screen Smoke Screen to evade emergency bursts of damage, Boar Companion Boar Companion for a steady increase of your toughness, and Vault Vault — to simply reposition when necessary.

2.

Skills and Runes

Rapid Fire Rapid Fire is the primary damage dealing skill of the build — a channeled, low-to-mid range cone AoE with a rather expensive Hatred cost, a large chunk of which you will eliminate entirely through the worn Sin Seekers Sin Seekers, which remove the channeled spending. The rune of choice is Rapid Fire Rapid Fire Bombardment Bombardment, as it offers the highest damage potential through the Grenade-based synergy with Hellcat Waistguard Hellcat Waistguard (see this build's gear page for more information).

Using Rain of Vengeance Rain of Vengeance is a major mechanic of the build; the Natalya set 2-piece bonus lowers the hefty 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 through simple Rapid Fire Rapid Fire channeling. You have some freedom when it comes to rune selection; you can go with the autoaim of Dark Cloud Dark Cloud, the shortened cooldown of Shade Shade, or the freezing utility of Flying Strike Flying Strike.

The staple steroid skill of Demon Hunters, Vengeance Vengeance, is included not only for its baseline 40% multiplicative damage increase, but also the 50% damage reduction of the Dark Heart Dark Heart rune. Its crowd control immunity properties also serve to make you immune to the debuff of the cubed Stone Gauntlets Stone Gauntlets, allowing you to take carefree advantage of the massive toughness from its legendary power.

Natalya-based builds make good use of Smoke Screen Smoke Screen as an emergency protective pop, since the skill does not interrupt channeling. You have some freedom when it comes to your rune of choice, but our general recommendation is Vanishing Powder Vanishing Powder, as it removes the Discipline cost (freeing up more of that precious resource for Vault Vault movement), and forces you to use the disappearance mechanic more strategically. On the topic of Vault Vault — this skill is a Demon Hunter staple, and you will include it for long range movement along with the most cost-efficient rune, Tumble Tumble. Last but not least among your protective arsenal, you will be taking Companion Companion for the bulwark of the Boar Companion Boar Companion rune, and make judicious use of its active component when surrounded.

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

3.

Passives

Ambush Ambush complements the burst-oriented nature of the build, front-loading your damage potential against newly encountered enemies. The multiplicative nature of the passive further sweetens the offered 40% damage increase.

Grenadier Grenadier is understandably a signature passive for grenade-based builds, bringing a 10% multiplicative damage increase 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 is a Demon Hunter mainstay, bringing a multiplicative damage increase against Slowed or Chilled enemies. You will easily reap the benefits of this passive with the help of the Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped in the near-melee fighting style of this build.

You have some wiggle room in your final passive slot; our general recommendation is to stick to the safety of the Demon Hunter cheat death, Awareness Awareness. Other viable options include Leech Leech for the extra life sustain (notably scaling with the Life per Kill secondary stat on gear), as well as the added maneuverability of Tactical Advantage Tactical Advantage.

4.

Changelog

  • 01 Apr. 2021: No changes required for Season 23.
  • 18 Nov. 2020: No changes required for Season 22.
  • 30 Jun. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 21 Nov. 2019: Page added.
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