So you’re one of the crazy ones that wanna use the Demon Hunter set: Natalya’s Vengeance? Well, there’s a lot to learn. Let’s start off by posting the “STANDARD” build of the set.
Yet again, Nats proves to be the most difficult to master DH set! While it remains viable, there aren’t many who dare go down this path. Good for GR’s, good for speedfarms.
|Natalya’s Vengeance : Standard Build|
|Items||Skills & Rune|
|Helm||Set Item||Evasive Fire||Focus|
|Shoulder||Mantle of Channeling||Rain of Vengeance||Shade|
|Chest||Set Item||Strafe||Drifting Shadow|
|Hands||Set Item||Smoke Screen||Special Recipe|
|Legs||Set Item||Vengeance||Dark Heart|
|Feet||Set Item||Fan of Knives||Pinpoint Accuracy|
|Bracer||Wraps of Clarity||Cull the Weak||Leech|
|Belt||Crashing Rain||Lord Greenstone’s Fan|
|Weapon||Natalya’s Slayer||Aquila Cuirass|
|Off-hand||Dawn||Convention of Elements|
|Bane of the Stricken|
|Bane of the Trapped|
!!Chunky unsightly table of rerolls right below!!
37% CDR for 100% Vengeance uptime: Pretty easy for Nats6 to reach this due to double 1-handers. BUT remember you need 37% SHEET CDR. So use D3planner (or any CDR Calc). Weapon 10, Shoulder 8, Diamond and Paragon is 97% uptime.
It’s hard to recommend rolls on your weapons: but rolling the DAMAGE RANGE out from your off-hand Dawn is legit since RoV and FoK DO NOT count off-hand damage. Elite% is a decent affix if you have extra CDR elsewhere.
+Hatred Max from Paragon makes it possible to trigger Aquila’s much more easily. This isn’t a crutch. Without this it’s like threading a needle to keep that buff up.
NO +AS on gear is recommended, as it increases Strafe’s cost without much gains. +2.2% is the basic guideline with no other AS anywhere (easily obtainable from paragon.)
Life%: It’s always good to have one Life% rolled somewhere. For Nats – probably belt.
Keep note some of the sets “hidden properties”
Read that chunk above. Now that you’re familiar with the “basics”…
Nats 6 is serious power. Among DH sets, it’s mobility is unmatched and that is it’s greatest strength. The downside? Primarily the high barrier of entry (see above). While the build is extremely tough – you’re in much closer proximity to enemies.
Yellow elites (and RG’s) can be annoying for this build. Slowly dragging them along to die with the next pile of mobs is a good idea given RoV‘s HUGE AoE. On the flip-side, it should be rather obvious that this set excels in killing large packs of trash (Hello Stricken!)
Convention of Elements maximization: It’s quite simple in this build – since your rhythm is the #1 priority, it’s not like you’ll be firing less during lightning BUT you should at least take extra care to be SAFE and not “brick your rotation” by the time fire hits since lightning is next. RoV‘s damage updates dynamically, so it’s less of a concern for us.
Before you say “CDR reduces FoK to less than 15!”, how about stacks from Lord Greenstone’s Fan? Yet another reason you SHOULD NOT be spamming FoK on cooldown.
Triggering Aquila Cuirass will be your main gauge of how well you play the build.
Natalya’s Set is actually pretty “open” in the sense you get a large +DMG% and Damage Reduction for the small investment of a single skill (RoV). While there’s a bunch of ways to leverage this, let’s talk about the standard of Strafe+Generator standard variant here.
Natalya’s Vengeance is great for speedfarming (All DH sets are pretty viable…). The only problem is the increased brainpower versus other sets. You can even stick 3 set Borns in there! Honestly though, I’d rather choose another set… but if I must, here’s the deal-
Main Changes for Speedfarming:
Items: Goldwrap (cube) Avarice Band (cube) Hoarder (replacing Stricken)
Skills: Smoke Screen-Displacement
Passive: Blood Vengeance & Tactical Advantage IN (Night Stalker, Awareness OUT)
Feb-22-2016: Guide created.
There’s so much more I want to write about this amazing build, but I’ll probably add to it on the second pass! This should do for now, though!
I hope you liked our Natalya’s Vengeance set guide! While the set may be annoying to learn and gear up for… it’s a pretty rewarding experience. For more updates on D3 and other things, like us on Facebook!