Now that you’re done leveling your Demon Hunter, it’s time to get that Free Set. In this guide, you’ll learn exactly what to do for each step, ultimately leading to the end-game as your Fresh 70 Demon Hunter.
In S8, the Demon Hunter free set is Natalya’s Vengeance.
Click below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:
|DH: Fresh 70 Natalya’s 6 Set|
|Marked for Death (Fan of Knives)||Any (Pinpoint Accuracy)|
|Preparation (Vengeance)||Punishment (Seethe)|
|Rain of Vengeance||Shade|
|Leech||Thrill of the Hunt|
|Cull the Weak||Blood Vengeance (!) (Night Stalker)|
As your build approaches its final form… you have almost ZERO space. Nat’s uses Hellfires so we have an extra 1 passive. But right now you have 2 ‘open’ skills.
So, now what!?
Torment VI: Is your new MINIMUM farming level. Try goin’ higher. Natalya’s roadblock is experience with the build… so It’s hard to give a blanket recommendation.
A quick review before proceeding…
As you’re proceeding with the next steps, keep these important things in mind!
Now we have to gain as much power, as quickly as possible.
This is the easiest way to gain power simply because acquiring them has little to no RNG. Getting 3 of your best gems will increase your power dramatically in a short timespan.
Click on the tabs to see Natalya’s Vengeance’s “Big 3” gems, and “others”.
Get these three to L25 ASAP –
Taeguk: any build that channels will want Taeguk. It scales extremely well for each point invested and even gives armor – pure value. Invest as many points as you want!
Bane of the Powerful: Is probably up next to help you out with your elite killing needs. It’s likely going to be replaced by Stricken LAAAAAAAAAATER on and only in GRs.
Bane of the Trapped: Good ‘ol Trapped. Easily triggered by Thrill of the Hunt! A basic DPS gem that you’ll never be sad to level highly.
Any other gems worth it?
Bane of the Stricken: Will be used in LATE GAME GR’ing, replacing either Trapped or Powerful. While its applications are limited, it’s needed for the push. Never sad to have a beefy Stricken.
Zei’s Stone of Vengeance: I honestly don’t know if this is any good anymore… Since we wanna be moving into Fan of Knives in the final build… for 99% of the population I’m dead sure Powerful is better than Zei’s.
Just get them asap while slowly climbing the GR’s you’re allowed to do. Do neph/GR/neph/GR etc until you get the big 3. Don’t overdo the level, just go for efficient farming and cheap empowering. GR 38 is enough to 25 a gem.
With 3 of your best gems at L25 – try much higher Torment levels (VII++ at least). While your L Gems were given to you easily, now the real RNG farming begins (:
Playing the Build & Adjustments
Here’s some really basic tips for playing Natalya’s Vengeance to help you as you progress into higher difficulties. It’s by no means comprehensive, but still helpful.
As you progress and get items, your build may have a weak point here and there that you can patch up given the simple skill, rune, and passive changes listed below.
Natalya’s Vengeance is one of the most mechanically complex builds out there. Again, the idea is to weave your Evasive Fires while Strafing… there’s a very rhythmic timing to it! This causes the “Reduce cooldown” to happen a little more often AND allows you to “infinitely strafe” – sounds easy right? NO.
“Everyone has their own way”
Do your research here and outside this site. There’s a bunch of resources out there about how to do this properly and suggested keybinds but ULTIMATELY you will find your own way!
Now for in-game non-mechanical strategy! ELITES ARE A PAIN IN THE ASS and you should drag them over to clumps, as stated many times above. From a strategic perspective, Nat’s is quite simple… AOE AS MANY GUYS AS YOU CAN – Nat’s has a very satisfying “meat grinder-esque” gameplay if done right. Keep ’em comin’!
Fan of Knives is for the final build… only use it when you get Lord Greenstone’s Fan (preferably with CoE!) – it’s purpose becomes VERY VERY clear as you play… This combo is used to help out vs Elites! “RoV and move while FoK elites every 30s”.
Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.
Any Resource Gain skill or passive that isn’t Vengeance-Seethe or Night Stalker should be seen as TEMPORARY! You can also change your build to allow infinite Strafe while SPEED FARMING, but strictly speaking, the build doesn’t need any of it.
Vengeance-Seethe isn’t included in the base build above since it’s not very consistent without Dawn. Just putting it here to remind you what you’re shooting for.
If im noooooooooot mistaken even Seethe was a filler for Dark Heart. If I remember correctly, you can keep the Aquila buff up even without Seethe!
Marked for Death is your best bet for a damage boost to replace one of your skills.
Passives are slim. Nat’s makes use of many Passives and DH isn’t known for great DPS passives. Ambush is the best one, the others are too unreliable.
Defense is usually categorized in Mitigation and Self-healing.
Leech is listed in the main build since it’s GODLIKE. It’s a GODLIKE PASSIVE for Nat’s! Use it until you’re at the utmost razor’s edge of progression (which I won’t be).
Passives? Numbing Traps and eventually Awareness would be my next bet. They’re both really good – but sadly you’ll get to GR’s high enough that Awareness is ‘mandatory’.
Aside from this, there is probably ZERO practical toughness increases. I’m really not kidding with Leech – it’s worth tryharding your Nats gear with Life per Kill secondaries.
Smokescreen-Displacement is recommended in the base build for its speedfarmy capabilities. Sadly, Discipline is really hard to come by…
Tactical Advantage is your one stop shop for increased clear times. It stacks with Displacement, but I like to think of this as “giving Displacement rune to Special Recipe”.
Items to look for
Well L. Gems was the easy part! It’s time for the REAL farm. I’ll list all the high-impact items you can pick up, and how to ‘best’ get them (aside from drops).
LEGENDARY ITEMS LIST
Belt seems to be the best bang for buck here. While there’s a ton of good defensive fillers a la Goldwrap or String of Ears – the real prize is Crashing Rain. While I not only love the name of the item, its effects are downright obscene! 4000% bonus damage!
Shoulders would be next since there’s no Nat’s shoulder. Mantle of Channeling is a shoe-in and gives you damage and defense. Sadly, there’s no other random filler in this slot.
Bracers are always welcome. Wraps of Clarity is the payoff in this pile but Nemesis is welcome, too. Past this point is “pure filler” zone.
Body comes last – and hopefully you’re a pro at this point… Because it’s Aquila Cuirass we’re lookin’ for! You know you’ve made it with Nat’s if the buff never drops!
Legs has a decent filler in Hexing Pants – a super good cube option for speedier runs.
Upgrading 1H Crossbows for Dawn is the ULTRA find. Dawn allows us to use Vengeance-Seethe in one of our open skill slots. It’s a massive jump in power. Thankfully there are other fillers you can find here like Fortress Ballista, Calamity… (Valla’s Bequest lel).
Past this you need to upgrade Daggers for Lord Greenstone’s Fan. This adds a whole DIMENSION of power. I’m not even kidding… this is the final nail in the coffin. It may seem janky but once you get used to this + CoE it’s absolute insanity.
Ring of Royal Grandeur: “Break” your 6-piece to make space for a good filler item! Found in ACT I bounty caches.
Unity: Straight 50% damage reduction in the cube. Too bad you need two of ’em.
So you skipped a whole chunk of the powering up phase with the free set. Now what? Like I always say, “Speedfarming first before pushing GR’s”. So, convert what you have NOW to be as speedfarmy as possible, first.
- Demon Hunter Speed-farming Builds & Primer
- D3: Speedfarming with any class!
- Demon Hunter Best Speedfarming Build
Other Demon Hunter Build Guides:
- Demon Hunter: Embodiment of the Marauder | Marauder Set Dungeon
- Demon Hunter: Natalya’s Vengeance | Natalya’s Set Dungeon
- Demon Hunter: The Shadow’s Mantle | Shadow’s Mantle Set Dungeon
- Demon Hunter: Unhallowed Essence | UE Set Dungeon
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for other resources.
That’s it for Fresh 70 Demon Hunter! Season 8’s free set Natalya’s Vengeance is fun and challenging to play (albeit painful on the wrists)! More updates? check out our Facebook!