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Unhallowed Essence Grenades Demon Hunter Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Mar 12, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 4 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Unhallowed Essence Grenades Demon Hunter. Updated for patch 2.6.8 and Season 20.

1.

Speed Farming

The Unhallowed Essence Grenades Demon Hunter deals with regular Rift farming decently all the way through the highest Torments, making it a viable build for the task. We have speed farming rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.

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.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Grenade Icon Grenade Cluster Grenades Cluster Grenades Right Mouse Button Shadow Power Icon Shadow Power Shadow Glide Shadow Glide 1 Vengeance Icon Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart 2 Vault Icon Vault Tumble Tumble 3 Companion Icon Companion Wolf Companion Wolf Companion 4 Preparation Icon Preparation Invigoration Invigoration
Passive Skills
2.

Adapting Rotation

When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.

In the place of the protection-oriented Fan of Knives Fan of Knives Bladed Armor Bladed Armor, the farming build takes the speed buff of Shadow Power Shadow Power Shadow Glide Shadow Glide, and dives headfirst into the fray. The basics of the build are still the same — destroying the monsters with Grenade Grenade Cluster Grenades Cluster Grenades, while under the permanent protection of Vengeance Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart. Vault Vault will interplay with Tactical Advantage Tactical Advantage to allow you unparalleled movement speed. You will keep your resources in check with a mixture of Avarice Band Avarice Band-augmented pickup radius and its interaction with Blood Vengeance Blood Vengeance, and the worn Danetta's Hatred set.

3.

Adapting Skills

Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the base Greater Rift progression build, but others will have to change according to the task at hand. Ability to cross over great distances faster and more efficiently take precedence.

  • Your DPS skill of choice remains Grenade Grenade Cluster Grenades Cluster Grenades, due to its superior damage dealing potential.
  • A swap from Boar Companion Boar Companion to Wolf Companion Wolf Companion is preferred during Torment farming.
  • Vault Vault is still a necessary addition, perhaps even more so during speed farming. Your best rune option to cross great distances is the cheap Tumble Tumble.
  • Vengeance Vengeance Dark Heart Dark Heart is an omnipresent self-buff in all versions of the build; so is Preparation Preparation Invigoration Invigoration in an Unhallowed Essence set build.
  • Fan of Knives Fan of Knives Bladed Armor Bladed Armor will be a defensive overkill in regular rifts, and is best replaced by the short movespeed buffs of Shadow Power Shadow Power Shadow Glide Shadow Glide.
  • During speed farming Cull the Weak Cull the Weak, Numbing Traps Numbing Traps and Awareness Awareness lose their progression-oriented luster, since Torment difficulties are limited in challenge. They are better replaced by utility and speed-oriented picks such as Tactical Advantage Tactical Advantage, Ambush Ambush and Blood Vengeance Blood Vengeance. Grenadier Grenadier is universally useful in a Grenades build.
4.

Adapting Gear

During Torment farm it is 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 The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time. Avarice Band Avarice Band's pickup radius bonus is an incredible boon during speedfarming, 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 fulfill the role for Torments, The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time doubles the duration of pylon pick ups, resulting in lightning-fast clears of entire rifts well within the buff duration.

The tactical and timing-oriented nature of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements should also give way to the convenience of the permanent damage increase from a Fire-rolled Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan.

In the limited challenges of standard difficulties, the defenses of Wraps of Clarity Wraps of Clarity are likely to be excessive and can be comfortably replaced with a utility legendary like Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers or Warzechian Armguards Warzechian Armguards, as they both speed up your clears — the former with more frequent elites, and the latter with environment destruction speed boosts.

Lastly, you should switch away from the toughness and utility-oriented weapon setup described above, and equip the Danetta set — Danetta's Revenge Danetta's Revenge and Danetta's Spite Danetta's Spite instead. This hand crossbow duo provides unparalleled mobility by making Tumble Tumble a Hatred spender instead of Discipline, which is vital for normal rifts, and especially bounties.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Dexterity
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Dexterity
  2. Area Damage %
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. All Resistance
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Dexterity
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Max Discipline (Important Secondary stat)
  4. Vitality
  5. Reduced damage from Elites
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Wrists
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Fire Damage %
  4. Life per Hit or Vitality
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Hands
  1. Dexterity (replaced by Area Damage at High Paragons)
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Waist
  1. Dexterity
  2. Increased Grenade Damage %
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Dexterity
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Increased Grenade Damage %
  4. Vitality
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Armor
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Critical Hit Damage
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Socket
  4. Fire Damage %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage or Average Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage or Average Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Weapon #1
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Dexterity
  4. Max Discipline (Secondary stat)
  5. Damage %
  6. Area Damage
Weapon #2
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Dexterity
  4. Max Discipline (Secondary stat)
  5. Damage %
  6. Area Damage

To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.

5.

Adapting Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped and Simplicity's Strength Simplicity's Strength both still bring excellent damage multiplication value to the build in speed farming.

In normal rifts, the third gem slot should be taken by Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder. This high utility gem feeds you practically infinite gold and gives you a massive short-term speed boost while picking it up, automated via Avarice Band Avarice Band.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon
6.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

During speed farming, the extra damage from Echoing Fury Echoing Fury will be redundant, and you will do better to cube a Dawn Dawn for the myriad bonuses of the permanent Vengeance Vengeance form.

In order to maintain the valuable generator attack bonuses in the build, you will have to retain the progression setup in the armor Cube slot — either Hellcat Waistguard Hellcat Waistguard or Hunter's Wrath Hunter's Wrath, depending on your worse rolled item. The same goes for Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the jewelry slot, as it allows you to keep Depth Diggers Depth Diggers alongside the Unhallowed Essence set bonuses.

7.

Changelog

  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 21 Nov. 2019: Overhauled the page for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Flavor of Time is now the recommended amulet.
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