Hey guys! In this guide, we talk all about the Demon Hunter set: The Shadow’s Mantle. Let’s start off by posting the “STANDARD” build of the set.

This page entails the pure IMPALE build without FoK for a build utilizing Shadow’s Mantle SIX PIECE SET BONUS. FoK centric Shadow’s Mantle builds are, IMO, better in the M2S2 setup which will go in the future P2 of this guide. I REWORKED THIS PAGE – I’ll fill it in some more after some other site-wide updates.

Demon Hunter: The Shadow’s Mantle
Standard Build | Stat Priority & Re-rolls | Playstyle | Variations | Speedfarming

The Shadow’s Mantle: Build, Skills & Items Setup

The Shadow’s Mantle : Standard Build
Items Skills & Rune
Helm The Shadow’s Mask Impale Ricochet
Shoulder The Shadow’s Burden Grenade (Open) Tinkerer (Open)
Chest The Shadow’s Bane Marked for Death Grim Reaper
Hands The Shadow’s Grasp Vault Rattling Roll
Legs The Shadow’s Coil Vengeance Seethe (Dark Heart)
Feet The Shadow’s Heels Shadow Power (All in effect)
Amulet Traveler’s Pledge Passives
Bracer Wraps of Clarity (Parthan) Ambush Awareness
Ring Elusive Ring (Unity) Leech Perfectionist (Open)
Ring Compass Rose Kanai’s Cube
Belt Chain of Shadows Dawn
Weapon Karlei’s Point Nemesis Bracer  (Open)
Off-hand Holy Point Shot Convention of Elements / Unity
Legendary Gems
Bane of the Trapped
Bane of the Powerful (Bane of the Stricken)
Esoteric Alteration (Moratorium) (Open)
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The Shadow’s Mantle: Stat priority & Re-rolls

Warning, chunky unsightly table – hiding it in spoiler tabs!


If using Vengeance, you need 37% sheet CDR for 100% uptime. Paragon 10, Shoulder 8, Off-hand 8 and Ring 8 should be enough. Avoid it on gloves if possible…

Area Damage is pretty good – it’s one of the few ways to spread that juicy Impale damage. Don’t go overboard, though – sacrificing defensive stats is a little iffy in this build.

Life on Kill found in secondary stats is unbelievable value. It scales extremely well with both Shadow Power and Leech.

There are no truly relevant stat breakpoints in the build, nor any hidden values you should keep an eye out for (except maybe Holy Point Shot‘s Elemental%).

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Playing the Build

Okay before we start: Playing Shadow’s Mantle is, realistically, gimping yourself. I’ll explain more on this later…

Shadow’s Mantle relies purely on Impale to do damage. Anything else is utility. There is almost NOTHING you can do to make anything else feel as powerful as Impale in this build! AND THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM!

Gunning for Elites in higher GR’s is your best bet. Impale -> Free Vault should be abused for moving around quickly looking for the next good fight. So how does this work?

Travel while in non-lightning CoE, finding better fights. So you found a decent Elite pack? Hopefully it’s a good pack that your Impale won’t really get blocked too much, or you can sit there and tank them. There’s honestly a lot of “filters” before you find an ideal fight…

Why not play “ranged” typical style with Zei’s you ask? Then why the hell are you using Shadow’s Mantle? If you’re going to do the edge of screen killing method – use M6 or UE6!

Variations & Evolutions

Okay before we discuss, let me show you a little table:

 Setup Equip Cube  Note
A Greenstone’s Dawn Ultimately better with S2 mixed sets.
B Karlei’s Dawn Most thematic, and best fits Shadow’s SIX.
C Karlei’s Greenstone’s Probably the worst setup…

So given the above table – we ‘re talking about Setup B in this guide. However, all of the above setups are “ok”, with Setup B being the most consistent.

Legendary Gem

Speedfarming – Build Adjustments

While speedfarming is viable on ALL Demon Hunter sets, this set is probably the worst. Yes I’ve heard it all! “Oh man SM4+Sage3” dude, the only reason you’d go speedfarming on SM4/6 is for “FUN”.

Main Changes:
Goldwrap (Cube) Boon of the Hoarder (OUT: Moratorium) Avarice Band (Worn or Cube)
Passives IN: Blood Vengeance, Tactical Advantage, Thrill of the Hunt.
Passives OUT:Perfectionist, Leech, Awareness. (defensives first to get dropped)

(See: D3 Speedfarming Primer, Demon Hunter Speedfarming)

Demon Hunter: The Shadow’s Mantle
Standard Build | Stat Priority & Re-rolls | Playstyle | Variations | Speedfarming

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Well, that’s about it! I hope you have fun Impaling (Fanning and Chakramming) with the Shadow’s Mantle!

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  1. I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else encountering problems with your blog.

    It appears as if some of the written text within your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback
    and let me know if this is happening to them too? This could be a problem with
    my web browser because I’ve had this happen before. Kudos

    • Hello hello! That’s very strange indeed – can you provide a screenshot? It was a bug a long time ago but we addressed that, it only happened in a very niche scenario, too.

      As far as I know you’re the only recent person who suffers from this issue. Again, screenshot would be greatly appreciated! Try updating browser? Hmm..

  2. Is this really for patch 2.4.2? Changelog says guide was created Feb 2016 but patch 2.4.2 was released in August.

    Taeguk no longer viable for this build as it only works for channeled skills which this build has none.

  3. honestly i love your guides and a big fan on following them, the only thing which i am missing is to understand in the beginning of this guide what a specific build is used for! Pushing higher rifts? Farming? Additional you could talk a little bit more about strength and weaknesses and a very general playstyle (You do this a little bit, but for my taste not enough content to understand if its worth reading the guide :D).

    Thanks for your hard work 🙂

  4. Clear and pertinant, thanks. Observation concerning No quiver being tied to Impale must be outdated, since Holy Point Shot def is.


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