Hey guys! Welcome to our Demon Hunter Leveling guide! DH’s SUCK during the leveling process!!! There’s no other way to say it. Amongst all classes, DH felt the worst during the leveling up phase. Thankfully, this skill build will help you along your way.

I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU OPEN our D3 Leveling Process (all classes). It answers the usual leveling questions. “Leoric’s?” “Grinding?” There’s a ton of supplemental info there.

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Demon Hunter Leveling: FULL BUILD per Level

Put your level in the box on the upper right – or hit back / next found in the bottom right!

LvlSlotSkillRune
1LHungering Arrow
1R
11
12
13
14
1Passive
1Passive
1Passive
2LHungering Arrow
2RImpale
21
22
23
24
2Passive
2Passive
2Passive
3LHungering Arrow
3RImpale
31
32
33
34
3Passive
3Passive
3Passive
4LHungering Arrow
4RImpale
41Caltrops
42
43
44
4Passive
4Passive
4Passive
5LHungering Arrow
5RRapid Fire
51Caltrops
52
53
54
5Passive
5Passive
5Passive
6LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
6RRapid Fire
61Caltrops
62
63
64
6Passive
6Passive
6Passive
7LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
7RRapid Fire
71Caltrops
72
73
74
7Passive
7Passive
7Passive
8LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
8RRapid Fire
81Caltrops
82
83
84
8Passive
8Passive
8Passive
9LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
9RRapid Fire
91Caltrops
92Vault
93
94
9Passive
9Passive
9Passive
10LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
10RRapid Fire
101Caltrops
102Vault
103
104
10PassiveTactical Advantage
10Passive
10Passive
11LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
11RRapid FireWithering Fire
111Caltrops
112Vault
113
114
11PassiveTactical Advantage
11Passive
11Passive
11LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
11RRapid FireWithering Fire
111Caltrops
112Vault
113
114
11PassiveTactical Advantage
11Passive
11Passive
12LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
12RRapid FireWithering Fire
121CaltropsHooked Spines
122Vault
123
124
12PassiveTactical Advantage
12Passive
12Passive
13LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
13RRapid FireWithering Fire
131CaltropsHooked Spines
132Vault
133
134
13PassiveTactical Advantage
13Passive
13Passive
14LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
14RRapid FireWithering Fire
141CaltropsHooked Spines
142Vault
143Fan of Knives
144
14PassiveTactical Advantage
14Passive
14Passive
15LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
15RRapid FireWithering Fire
151CaltropsHooked Spines
152Vault
153Fan of Knives
154
15PassiveTactical Advantage
15Passive
15Passive
16LHungering ArrowPuncturing Arrow
16RRapid FireWithering Fire
161CaltropsHooked Spines
162VaultAction Shot
163Fan of Knives
164
16PassiveTactical Advantage
16Passive
16Passive
17LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
17RRapid FireWithering Fire
171Companion
172VaultAction Shot
173Fan of Knives
174
17PassiveTactical Advantage
17Passive
17Passive
18LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
18RRapid FireWithering Fire
181Companion
182VaultAction Shot
183Fan of Knives
184
18PassiveTactical Advantage
18Passive
18Passive
19LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
19RRapid FireWithering Fire
191Companion
192VaultAction Shot
193Fan of Knives
194Strafe
19PassiveTactical Advantage
19Passive
19Passive
20LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
20RRapid FireWithering Fire
201Companion
202VaultAction Shot
203Fan of Knives
204Strafe
20PassiveThrill of the Hunt
20PassiveCull the Weak
20Passive
21LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
21RRapid FireWithering Fire
211Companion
212VaultAction Shot
213Fan of Knives
214Strafe
21PassiveThrill of the Hunt
21PassiveCull the Weak
21Passive
22LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
22RMultishot
221Companion
222VaultAction Shot
223Fan of Knives
224Strafe
22PassiveThrill of the Hunt
22PassiveCull the Weak
22Passive
23LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
23RMultishot
231Companion
232VaultAction Shot
233Fan of KnivesPinpoint Accuracy
234Strafe
23PassiveThrill of the Hunt
23PassiveCull the Weak
23Passive
24LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
24RMultishot
241Companion
242VaultAction Shot
243Fan of KnivesPinpoint Accuracy
244Strafe
24PassiveThrill of the Hunt
24PassiveCull the Weak
24Passive
25LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
25RMultishot
251Companion
252VaultAction Shot
253Fan of KnivesPinpoint Accuracy
254PreparationPunishment
25PassiveThrill of the Hunt
25PassiveCull the Weak
25Passive
26LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
26RMultishotFire at Will
261Companion
262VaultAction Shot
263Fan of KnivesPinpoint Accuracy
264PreparationPunishment
26PassiveThrill of the Hunt
26PassiveCull the Weak
26Passive
27LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
27RMultishotFire at Will
271Companion
272VaultAction Shot
273Fan of KnivesPinpoint Accuracy
274PreparationPunishment
27PassiveThrill of the Hunt
27PassiveCull the Weak
27Passive
28LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
28RMultishotFire at Will
281Companion
282VaultAction Shot
283SentrySpitfire Turret
284PreparationPunishment
28PassiveThrill of the Hunt
28PassiveCull the Weak
28Passive
29LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
29RMultishotFire at Will
291CompanionBat
292VaultAction Shot
293SentrySpitfire Turret
294PreparationPunishment
29PassiveThrill of the Hunt
29PassiveCull the Weak
29Passive
30LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
30RMultishotFire at Will
301CompanionBat
302VaultAction Shot
303SentrySpitfire Turret
304PreparationPunishment
30PassiveThrill of the Hunt
30PassiveCull the Weak
30PassiveBlood Vengeance
31LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
31RMultishotFire at Will
311CompanionBat
312VaultAction Shot
313SentrySpitfire Turret
314PreparationPunishment
31PassiveThrill of the Hunt
31PassiveCull the Weak
31PassiveBlood Vengeance
32LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
32RMultishotFire at Will
321CompanionBat
322VaultAction Shot
323SentrySpitfire Turret
324PreparationPunishment
32PassiveThrill of the Hunt
32PassiveCull the Weak
32PassiveBlood Vengeance
33LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
33RMultishotFire at Will
331CompanionBat
332VaultTumble
333SentrySpitfire Turret
334PreparationPunishment
33PassiveThrill of the Hunt
33PassiveCull the Weak
33PassiveBlood Vengeance
34LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
34RMultishotFire at Will
341CompanionBat
342VaultTumble
343SentrySpitfire Turret
344PreparationPunishment
34PassiveThrill of the Hunt
34PassiveCull the Weak
34PassiveBlood Vengeance
35LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
35RMultishotFire at Will
351CompanionBat
352VaultTumble
353SentrySpitfire Turret
354PreparationPunishment
35PassiveThrill of the Hunt
35PassiveCull the Weak
35PassiveBlood Vengeance
36LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
36RMultishotFire at Will
361CompanionBat
362VaultTumble
363SentrySpitfire Turret
364PreparationPunishment
36PassiveThrill of the Hunt
36PassiveCull the Weak
36PassiveBlood Vengeance
37LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
37RMultishotFire at Will
371CompanionBat
372VaultTumble
373SentrySpitfire Turret
374PreparationPunishment
37PassiveThrill of the Hunt
37PassiveCull the Weak
37PassiveBlood Vengeance
38LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
38RMultishotFire at Will
381CompanionBat
382VaultTumble
383SentrySpitfire Turret
384PreparationPunishment
38PassiveThrill of the Hunt
38PassiveCull the Weak
38PassiveBlood Vengeance
39LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
39RMultishotFire at Will
391CompanionBat
392VaultTumble
393SentrySpitfire Turret
394PreparationPunishment
39PassiveThrill of the Hunt
39PassiveCull the Weak
39PassiveBlood Vengeance
40LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
40RMultishotFire at Will
401CompanionBat
402VaultTumble
403SentrySpitfire Turret
404PreparationPunishment
40PassiveThrill of the Hunt
40PassiveCull the Weak
40PassiveBlood Vengeance
41LHungering ArrowSerrated Arrow
41RMultishotFire at Will
411CompanionBat
412VaultTumble
413SentrySpitfire Turret
414PreparationPunishment
41PassiveThrill of the Hunt
41PassiveCull the Weak
41PassiveBlood Vengeance
42LEvasive FireFocus
42RMultishotFire at Will
421CompanionBat
422VaultTumble
423SentrySpitfire Turret
424PreparationPunishment
42PassiveThrill of the Hunt
42PassiveCull the Weak
42PassiveBlood Vengeance
43LEvasive FireFocus
43RMultishotFire at Will
431CompanionBat
432VaultTumble
433SentrySpitfire Turret
434PreparationPunishment
43PassiveThrill of the Hunt
43PassiveCull the Weak
43PassiveBlood Vengeance
44LEvasive FireFocus
44RMultishotFire at Will
441CompanionBat
442VaultTumble
443SentrySpitfire Turret
444PreparationPunishment
44PassiveThrill of the Hunt
44PassiveCull the Weak
44PassiveBlood Vengeance
45LEvasive FireFocus
45RMultishotFire at Will
451CompanionBat
452VaultTumble
453SentrySpitfire Turret
454PreparationPunishment
45PassiveThrill of the Hunt
45PassiveCull the Weak
45PassiveBlood Vengeance
46LEvasive FireFocus
46RMultishotFire at Will
461CompanionBat
462VaultTumble
463SentrySpitfire Turret
464PreparationPunishment
46PassiveThrill of the Hunt
46PassiveCull the Weak
46PassiveBlood Vengeance
47LEvasive FireFocus
47RMultishotFire at Will
471CompanionBat
472VaultTumble
473SentrySpitfire Turret
474PreparationPunishment
47PassiveThrill of the Hunt
47PassiveCull the Weak
47PassiveBlood Vengeance
48LEvasive FireFocus
48RMultishotFire at Will
481CompanionBat
482VaultTumble
483SentrySpitfire Turret
484PreparationPunishment
48PassiveThrill of the Hunt
48PassiveCull the Weak
48PassiveBlood Vengeance
49LEvasive FireFocus
49RMultishotFire at Will
491CompanionBat
492VaultTumble
493SentrySpitfire Turret
494PreparationPunishment
49PassiveThrill of the Hunt
49PassiveCull the Weak
49PassiveBlood Vengeance
50LEvasive FireFocus
50RMultishotFire at Will
501CompanionBat
502VaultTumble
503SentrySpitfire Turret
504PreparationPunishment
50PassiveThrill of the Hunt
50PassiveCull the Weak
50PassiveBlood Vengeance
51LEvasive FireFocus
51RMultishotFire at Will
511CompanionBat
512VaultTumble
513SentrySpitfire Turret
514PreparationPunishment
51PassiveThrill of the Hunt
51PassiveCull the Weak
51PassiveBlood Vengeance
52LEvasive FireFocus
52RMultishotFire at Will
521CompanionBat
522VaultTumble
523SentrySpitfire Turret
524PreparationPunishment
52PassiveThrill of the Hunt
52PassiveCull the Weak
52PassiveBlood Vengeance
53LEvasive FireFocus
53RMultishotFire at Will
531CompanionBat
532VaultTumble
533SentrySpitfire Turret
534PreparationPunishment
53PassiveThrill of the Hunt
53PassiveCull the Weak
53PassiveBlood Vengeance
54LEvasive FireFocus
54RMultishotFire at Will
541CompanionBat
542VaultTumble
543SentrySpitfire Turret
544PreparationPunishment
54PassiveThrill of the Hunt
54PassiveCull the Weak
54PassiveBlood Vengeance
55LEvasive FireFocus
55RMultishotArsenal
551CompanionBat
552VaultTumble
553SentrySpitfire Turret
554PreparationPunishment
55PassiveThrill of the Hunt
55PassiveCull the Weak
55PassiveBlood Vengeance
56LEvasive FireFocus
56RMultishotArsenal
561CompanionBat
562VaultTumble
563SentrySpitfire Turret
564PreparationPunishment
56PassiveThrill of the Hunt
56PassiveCull the Weak
56PassiveBlood Vengeance
57LEvasive FireFocus
57RMultishotArsenal
571CompanionBat
572VaultTumble
573SentrySpitfire Turret
574PreparationPunishment
57PassiveThrill of the Hunt
57PassiveCull the Weak
57PassiveBlood Vengeance
58LEvasive FireFocus
58RMultishotArsenal
581CompanionBat
582VaultTumble
583SentrySpitfire Turret
584PreparationPunishment
58PassiveThrill of the Hunt
58PassiveCull the Weak
58PassiveBlood Vengeance
59LEvasive FireFocus
59RMultishotArsenal
591CompanionBat
592VaultTumble
593SentrySpitfire Turret
594PreparationPunishment
59PassiveThrill of the Hunt
59PassiveCull the Weak
59PassiveBlood Vengeance
60LEvasive FireFocus
60RMultishotArsenal
601CompanionBat
602VaultTumble
603SentrySpitfire Turret
604PreparationPunishment
60PassiveThrill of the Hunt
60PassiveCull the Weak
60PassiveBlood Vengeance
61LEvasive FireFocus
61RMultishotArsenal
611CompanionBat
612VaultTumble
613SentrySpitfire Turret
614PreparationPunishment
61PassiveThrill of the Hunt
61PassiveCull the Weak
61PassiveBlood Vengeance
62LEvasive FireFocus
62RMultishotArsenal
621CompanionBat
622VaultTumble
623SentrySpitfire Turret
624PreparationPunishment
62PassiveThrill of the Hunt
62PassiveCull the Weak
62PassiveBlood Vengeance
63LEvasive FireFocus
63RMultishotArsenal
631CompanionBat
632VaultTumble
633SentrySpitfire Turret
634PreparationPunishment
63PassiveThrill of the Hunt
63PassiveCull the Weak
63PassiveBlood Vengeance
64LEvasive FireFocus
64RMultishotArsenal
641CompanionBat
642VaultTumble
643SentrySpitfire Turret
644PreparationPunishment
64PassiveThrill of the Hunt
64PassiveCull the Weak
64PassiveBlood Vengeance
65LEvasive FireFocus
65RMultishotArsenal
651CompanionBat
652VaultTumble
653SentrySpitfire Turret
654PreparationPunishment
65PassiveThrill of the Hunt
65PassiveCull the Weak
65PassiveBlood Vengeance
66LEvasive FireFocus
66RMultishotArsenal
661CompanionBat
662VaultTumble
663SentrySpitfire Turret
664PreparationPunishment
66PassiveThrill of the Hunt
66PassiveCull the Weak
66PassiveBlood Vengeance
67LEvasive FireFocus
67RMultishotArsenal
671VengeanceSeethe
672VaultTumble
673SentrySpitfire Turret
674PreparationPunishment
67PassiveThrill of the Hunt
67PassiveCull the Weak
67PassiveBlood Vengeance
68LEvasive FireFocus
68RMultishotArsenal
681VengeanceSeethe
682VaultTumble
683SentrySpitfire Turret
684PreparationPunishment
68PassiveThrill of the Hunt
68PassiveCull the Weak
68PassiveBlood Vengeance
69LEvasive FireFocus
69RMultishotArsenal
691VengeanceSeethe
692VaultTumble
693SentrySpitfire Turret
694PreparationPunishment
69PassiveThrill of the Hunt
69PassiveCull the Weak
69PassiveBlood Vengeance
70yey!Fresh 70 Demon Hunter Build Guide
Help! I can't use those skills because they're from the same category! - Turn On Elective Mode

If you’re not allowed to put two skills on your bar because they’re from the same category – FEAR NOT! This isn’t a bug or a permanent in-game restriction. You simply have to CHECK ON ELECTIVE MODE, via Esc > Options > Gameplay > Elective Mode!

Binding Force Move to Mousewheel up & down is a value change that every player should make IMO. It prevents misclicks and skill misfires, and forces you to move to where otherwise an enemy might be.

If we just saved you from “DH leveling depression”, support us!

Demon Hunter Leveling Skills & Reminders Summary

LvlSlotDemon Hunter Leveling Notes
00!!!Start: Recommended difficulty: HARD.
FOLLOWER: Soloing? HIRE TEMPLAR if in adventure mode!
01LHungering Arrow
02RImpale
041Caltrops
05RRapid Fire
06LHungering Arrow - Puncturing Arrow
092Vault
10P1Tactical advantage
11RRapid Fire - Withering Fire
121Caltrops - Hooked Spines
143 Fan of Knives
15!!!Gems now drop: Use Red for Helm and Weapon. Green for others.
Craft: Apprentice Crossbow (Yellow)
162Vault - Action Shot
17LHungering Arrow - Serrated Arrow
171Companion
194Strafe
20!!!FOLLOWER: Has all skills available at this point! Set them!
20P1Thrill of he Hunt
20P2 Cull the Weak
22RMultishot
233Fan of Knives - Pinpoint Accuracy
254Preparation - Punishment
26RMultishot - Fire at Will
273Marked for Death - Contagion (OPTIONAL) Better for grinding.
283Sentry - Spitfire Turret
28!!!Spitfire Turret is an excellent anti-fat tool. At only this point onward would I consider bounties or nephs spam.
291Companion - Bat
30P3Blood Vengeance
332Vault - Tumble
33!!!!Build is "Final" at this point!
(L): Hungering Arrow - Serrated Arrow
(R): Multishot - Fire at Will
(1): Companion - Bat
(2): Vault - Tumble
(3): Sentry - Spitfire Turret (OPEN-ish)
(4): Preparation - Punishment
(P1) Thrill of he Hunt
(P2) Cull the Weak
(P3) Blood Vengeance
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(3) Skill is preference! MfD - Contagion... FoK - Pinpoint Accuracy...
(1) Can be any generator with the +7 Hatred effect.
42LEvasive Fire - Focus
55RMultishot - Arsenal
(Optional)
61!!!IMPT: Craft 61 Weapon! Level 61 gear greatly overpowers older gear.
671Vengeance - Seethe
70!!!DONE! See: Fresh 70 Demon Hunter
Help! I can't use those skills because they're from the same category! - Turn On Elective Mode

If you’re not allowed to put two skills on your bar because they’re from the same category – FEAR NOT! This isn’t a bug or a permanent in-game restriction. You simply have to CHECK ON ELECTIVE MODE, via Esc > Options > Gameplay > Elective Mode!

Binding Force Move to Mousewheel up & down is a value change that every player should make IMO. It prevents misclicks and skill misfires, and forces you to move to where otherwise an enemy might be.

DH Leveling & Leoric’s Crown – When, and is it worth it?

Review our D3 Leveling Process (all classes) for more notes on this. Summary:

It’s worth it || You must be minimum L16 (to be safe)
You must beat him in Campaign Mode || You must not have beaten him previously

DH needs all the help it can get. Personally? I do it for the change of pace. I recommend doing this once you’re Level 26, and no sooner. You can even change difficulty to Easy!

L26 is a sweetspot since you just get Multishot-Fire at Will. Changing it to easy mode (if you’re too weak) allows you to easily kill WHILE moving. Maximize the Vault + Tactical Advantage (Passive) combo to cover the most distance. Do not “re-Vault” until the speed boost wears off. Prioritize speed by only stopping to Multishot value clumps of dudes.

What I really dislike is doing Leoric’s as the opener of your season. It’s painfully slow without mobility skills, and is just bad… (gems don’t come out that early).

Demon Hunter Leveling Notes

Playing the Build

This leveling build practices your DH mobility and re-positioning skills. Tumbling around to get health globes (triggers Blood Vengeance) is key to SPEED and RESOURCE GAIN.

Companion-Bat & Preparation-Punishment serve as Hatred re-fillers. Don’t save them! Use them as soon as your Hatred dips to half. The sooner you use it – the sooner it’s up!

Sentry-Spitfire Turret is your best weapon against elites and bosses! It’s extremely potent and worth the few seconds it takes to change. Replace Marked for Death to this if you’re doing nephs or bounties!

Demon Hunter leveling is so pathetic during the leveling phase that you can and should maximize any special legendaries you obtain!

Followers – Hire them!

If you’re soloing – hire your TemplarWe choose him since it provides you with much needed healing and Hatred regeneration – Take all the left skills!

Crafted Yellow Weapons

Craft the best 2H Crossbow you can each time you’re in town to check the Blacksmith (upgrade him, too). It’s a huge power boost for little effort. Do this at Level 16 onwards! 2H Bow is an alternative, but avoid it if you can. 1H Hand-Crossbow should be avoided.

This of course, also applies to ANY armor piece that’s grossly under-leveled or weak.

Demon Hunter: Gems while Leveling up

Red gems should always be combined as much as possible as it’s the best gem to put in BOTH your Helmet and Weapon during the leveling up phase.

Green gems for +Dexterity (damage for Demon Hunters) go into any other open socket.

Fresh 70 Demon Hunter, now what?

Congratulations on reaching max level Demon Hunter! As you know, the game is just beginning! But first, a quick reminder – Craft a level 70 Crossbow and any other outdated items you may have. We highly suggest you check out our…

>> Fresh Level 70 Demon Hunter Guide <<<

… and our other Demon Hunter Guides

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    • anyway dear we’re trying our hardest to update all fresh 70 guides and hope they’re all ready before the season starts…. so far only the leveling guides are complete. Don’t worry, once a guide is done we will upload it asap! thanks

    • If you’re not allowed to put two skills on your bar because they’re from the same category – FEAR NOT! This isn’t a bug or a permanent in-game restriction. You simply have to CHECK ON ELECTIVE MODE, via Esc > Options > Gameplay > Elective Mode!

      Binding Force Move to Mouse wheel up & down is a value change that every player should make IMO. It prevents misclicks and skill misfires, and forces you to move to where otherwise an enemy might be.

      However, not all skills can be placed on R.

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