Fresh 70 Demon Hunter? If you’re wondering how to proceed and how to get your free set ASAP – look no further. Beating the Seasonal Journey, getting your Haedrig’s Gift, Builds, Items to look for – ITS ALL HERE in our Fresh level 70 DH Guide!
In Season 23, the Demon Hunter free set is: Unhallowed Essence. Luckily The Seasonal Journey with Unhallowed Essence is pretty easy compared to most!
Updated Apr 15 2021: Added mentions of Follower Guide where applicable.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Fresh 70: The first step – setting up!
The very first step of your journey! Here, I discuss items, rerolls, and basic advice to keep in mind during your ascent.
You have to ALWAYS BE AWARE of how your FOLLOWER can greatly affect farming speed! S23 introduced the “full build” and emanate system – keeping items important for your Follower Farming Build is high priority!
0pc (Fresh 70 DH) No free set – getting the 2pc
2pc Unhallowed Essence free set – getting the 4pc
4pc Unhallowed Essence free set – getting the 6pc
For clarity the next boxes contains builds and info if you currently have 4pcs of the UE free set, going for 6 (you have the first + second Haedrigs gift bag, going for the third). This segment is further divided into three parts – Torment II, Torment IV, and GR20.
Torment II seasonal journey entries
Torment IV seasonal journey entries
4pc UE Free Set GR20
Fresh 70 Demon Hunter 6pc UE Free Set
|S23 Demon Hunter Fresh 70 2pc UE free set build
FROM HERE OUR GOAL IS TO GAIN POWER FAST. The next logical steps are Legendary Gems, and being mindful of the good items you need to find.
Build notes / reminders
- Crafted Reapers Wraps is godly this early on.
- Diamonds on chest/legs, Topaz on Helm.
- Reroll off the trash stats, get the decent ones.
- GEAR UP YOUR FOLLOWER. Sage Set, Gloves of Worship etc.
- Vengeance – Seethe and Companion – Bat are open skills. There’s not many other choices though. Vengeance will worm its way into your build later on surely with Dawn. Companion – Boar is a nice alternative to Bat for some survivability.
- Follower build and items are IMPORTANT!
Keep in mind the important rerolls I mentioned at the start of this guide. Also, before you proceed, here’s a preview / reminder/ of items you need to look for.
Powering Up: Legendary Gems
Your next step after getting your 6pc is Legendary Gems. Why? LGems are a huge power spike relying on very little RNG. Simply spam Neph -> GR until you get the three gems you need and power them up to 25.
Bane of the Powerful – Keep it at 25. Great gem for the early game. Caps out its power at L25 so you’re never really sad to start off with this. Switch this out later on.
Zeis Strone of Vengeance + Bane of the Trapped: The more “serious” DPS gems. You’ll want one or both of these leveled up later on.
Need defensive gems?
Early on, you can opt to take one or two defensive gems to help shore up your squishiness. Moratorium is a godlike early defensive choice (especially with your Leech passive), as well as Esoteric Alteration, which scales way into late game.
Bane of the Stricken – is the go to LATE GAME DPS Gem of choice. Its main use is shortening your Rift Guardian time (and helping out vs yellow elites).
Esoteric Alteration – is probably the best defensive gem in the game, and is worth having a strong one around.
Boon of the Hoarder – is used in many speedfarming builds alongside Avarice Band.
Again, Legendary Gems are a massive priority given their NON-RNG powerspike. Just having three useful gems at 25 will allow you farm a few torment levels higher.
Powering Up: Important Items & how to get them
Of course, any build will need a couple (or more than a couple) items to round out. Here, I list down what items you’re looking for, and how best to get them using various currencies and means.
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance.
Bracers – Wraps of Clarity: Much needed defenses. In this pile you’ll also find good ‘ol Nemesis Bracers for your follower.
Chest – Cindercoat: A great early game cube option that you may want to slot in every now and then. Offers a massive reduction for the cost on fire skills, works wonders if you don’t have your Yangs yet.
Quiver – Deadman’s Legacy: Just a great DPS boost overall, not so important to try and get first since I think defense will be a problem first.
Rings > Amulet? Are hard to get from shards. While I may bite the bullet and try to get rings, I don’t recommend trying amulets at all (Focus + Restraint)
Other items? Since you’re aiming to get Captain Crimson, there aren’t many things
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades, roughly in order of importance.
2h Bow – Yangs Recurve: A godlike addition to your build. Making your stronger, use less resources, and multishot faster. Just so much value rolled into one. Thankfully there are some usable fillers here in case you “miss”. Seriously dump all your DB’s into this before anything else.
Quiver for Deadmans Legacy is also viable with DB’s if you’re overflowing.
Rings can be tough to fish out but if you already got everything else you may as well try to get your Focus and Restraint here.
Rings and Amulets are tough to get from either BS or DB’s (due to the large amount of possible outcomes), but if you’re done getting your core items from them – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them.
Ring of Royal Grandeur is super important for your build to add Captain Crimson, and these only drop from Act I bounty caches. IIRC DB’s or BS will never spawn them.
Focus + Restraint: Try to get this from both your shards and breaths if you can’t spend them on anything else (IE you’re just missing them).
Amulet? Honestly, any well rolled amulet works. You don’t really NEED a certain amulet and godlike stats are more valuable than legendary powers. Hellfire Amulet is a great option.
Typically you’ll just find these as you grind, as they can be difficult to obtain with currency…
This is just a list of your “all-around” items that may or may not be mentioned previously. While I do not take set-specifics in this tab, it serves as a seasonal reminder (and helpful general list for newbies) on what’s “generally good”.
Reapers Wraps: A Crafted legendary whose plans drop from any Torment Malthael (and is oft mentioned in our Fresh 70 guides), any NON-RNG boost to power (in this case, resource generation) is welcome. MOST builds can benefit from an early reapers.
Nemesis Bracers: An absolute monster for increasing rift clear speed (and a little extra deaths breaths!), newer players might not value this as highly – try it out and you’ll be surprised.
Unity: Used alongside another Unity on your follower (Plus their unique “Cannot Die” relic) essentially halving all damage you take for one ring slot, that’s usable for any character. Not bad.
Obisidian Ring of the Zodiac: Core on many builds, but usable for any build that spends resource. It’s a unique source of “in-combat” CDR that would give you 100% uptime on skills you couldn’t otherwise achieve. It’s pretty crazy.
Focus+Restraint: If you can trigger both halves of the set bonus, and don’t mind losing defenses from rings – this is will “more than double” your DPS.
Travellers Pledge + Compass Rose: Another accessory set, this one is more suited for “elite killer” builds that like to travel in between packs, and face-tanking builds that tend to stay still while DPSing. It’s not very universal, but it can reasonably benefit any character.
Convention of Elements: Literally any character can use this ring. It’s a titanic boost in DPS (especially for builds that have tons of short-duration buffs… LINE THEM UP!).
Ring of Royal Grandeur: -1 set item requirements to help you fit random core or filler legendaries to help your build out. While absolutely necessary on some builds, most builds can benefit from this using “generic” legendaries for a temporary power boost (IE Aquilla Cuirass).
Avarice Band + Boon of the Hoarder (+Goldwrap) the gold farming speedy holy trinity. While you don’t really need all three all the time, this combo allows you to speed through and survive ANY difficulty (careful, this doesn’t improve DPS!).
You also need specific items for your follower build, which again, has a huge impact on your farming speed.
DH UE6 Full Build Template Preview
|S23 Fresh L70 DH Unhallowed Essence 6pc Build Template
|Bat (Boar / Wolf)
Seethe / Dark Heart
Tumble / Rattling Roll
|Wraps of Clarity
|Blood Vengeance (OPEN!)
|Zei’s Stone of Vengeance
|Bane of the Trapped
|Ring of Royal Grandeur
|OPEN (Powerful, Stricken, Defensive)
The above is the baseline template for a fully functional 6pc UE. It’s not heavily optimized for pushing GR, but more of a speedy farming slant. It’s a great place to be in, as you adjust the build to your needs!
Bridging to the End-game, other links
Not all of these links are updated to S23 yet!
But, they will serve as a decent resource nonetheless in the meantime
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.
- Newer DH? Check out these speedfarming resources
Other Demon Hunter Guides:
- Demon Hunter Leveling Guide
- Embodiment of the Marauder | Marauder Set Dungeon
- Natalya’s Vengeance | Natalya’s Set Dungeon
- The Shadow’s Mantle | Shadow’s Mantle Set Dungeon
- Unhallowed Essence | UE Set Dungeon
- Demon Hunter Support Builds
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for more D3 info.
Well, good luck with your Fresh 70 Demon Hunter! Unhallowed Essence is a great free set to have. Hopefully our guide helped you gain power quickly. HF out there!