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Shadow Impale Demon Hunter Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Jul 01, 2017 at 15:01 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Shadow Impale Demon Hunter. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

The other pages of our Shadow Impale Demon Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Speed Farming

The Shadow Impale Demon Hunter deals with regular Rift farming decently all the way through the highest Torments, making it a viable build for the task.

Within the limited scope of regular difficulties, the necessary damage and toughness to triumph over the enemy is significantly smaller. Thus, your best course of action is to improve utility and speed.

2. Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Impale Icon Impale Ricochet Ricochet Right Mouse Button Companion Icon Companion Wolf Companion Wolf Companion 1 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart 2 Smoke Screen Icon Smoke Screen Vanishing Powder Vanishing Powder 3 Vault Icon Vault Rattling Roll Rattling Roll 4 Shadow Power Icon Shadow Power Gloom Gloom
Passive Skills

During normal rift speed farm, you have considerable freedom when choosing the replacement of Fan of Knives Fan of Knives Bladed Armor Bladed Armor — ranging from a generator like Bolas Bolas Thunder Ball Thunder Ball if you run Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint, to utility skills like Smoke Screen Smoke Screen Vanishing Powder Vanishing Powder and Preparation Preparation Focused Mind Focused Mind.

Once you comfortably outscale the content, you can swap Cull the Weak Cull the Weak out during normal Rifts for a speedfarm-appropriate passive like Blood Vengeance Blood Vengeance, for extra resource stability and synergy with Avarice Band Avarice Band.

Use your fourth passive slot for the massive runspeed boost from Tactical Advantage Tactical Advantage while farming low tier content.

3. Adapting Gear

It is worth noting that to optimize your farming convenience in regular rifts, you can afford to drop one of the Shadow set pieces and cube a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur to attain a synergistic legendary power for the content. The default recommendation is Gloves of Worship Gloves of Worship, but there are other decent options like Leoric's Crown Leoric's Crown and Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan.

When speed farming, the timing of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements and the defense of Elusive Ring Elusive Ring will both be misplaced, so you can swap to the consistent damage increase from a Lightning-rolled Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan. It is also recommended to swap away from the Endless Walk set, as it promotes a static fighting style unfit for normal rifts; use the more offensive combo of Avarice Band Avarice Band and a Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity. Avarice Band Avarice Band's pickup radius bonus is an incredible boon during speed farming, as it benefits not only your movement speed through a socketed Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder, but also negates downtime picking up progression orbs and gold. While any well-rolled amulet can fill the slot for Torments, a crafted Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity with a solid fifth passive (from the recommendations above, or a generic speed-oriented one like Hot Pursuit Hot Pursuit or Blood Vengeance Blood Vengeance) is easily the best in slot.

In order to get through runs faster, equip Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers — they will provide you with more champions to fight, playing into the elite hunting flavor of the build.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Socket
  4. Impale %
  5. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Area Damage
Torso
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. 3 Sockets
  4. Elite Damage Reduction
  5. All Resistance
Wrists
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Lightning %
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Attack Speed
Waist
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life %
  5. Freeze on Hit (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Dexterity
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. All Resistance
  4. Vitality
Feet
  1. Dexterity
  2. Impale %
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Flat Damage
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Flat Damage
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Lightning %
Weapon
  1. Damage Range
  2. Dexterity
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. % Damage
  5. Attack Speed
Off-hand
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Lightning %
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Impale %

4. Adapting Gemming

If you trust your ability to focus down and chain elites in regular rifts, you can safely swap Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness out for Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder — enabling the trinity with Goldwrap Goldwrap and Avarice Band Avarice Band for optimal farming convenience.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

5. Adapting Kanai's Cube

In a highly optimized normal rifting setup, you can consider swapping the weapon Cube slot out from Dawn Dawn to the farming powerhouse In-geom In-geom.

If you opt to include an additional legendary power in place of one of the Shadow set pieces during speedfarm, you will need to cube Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur to maintain the 6-piece Shadow bonus.

About the Author

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