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Published on May 14th, 2022
Last updated on June 21st, 2022
Sharpshooter is a Crossbow Shot Demon Hunter build that excels at farming Solo Bounties, Elder Rifts, Lairs, and Side Quests. Crossbow Shot combined with support skills like Multishot, Rain of Vengeance, and Daring Swing allow you to become a non-stop killing machine! This build is great out of the box without Legendary Items, and only gets more fun and...lethal as you find them. Let's take aim and learn how to be a perfect Sharpshooter!
High Single Target Damage ✔ Rewards Tactical Play In PvP ✔ Fights At Range While Moving ✔ Multishot Dominates Everywhere ✔ Use Abilities With Primary Attacks ✔
❌ Minimal Build Diversity ❌ Doesn't Give Group Buffs ❌ Takes Significant Damage ❌ Lacks Crowd Control In PvP ❌ Underwhelming Movement Skills
Solo Build - Sharpshooter
Crossbow Shot (Primary) clears out any remaining enemies that Multishot doesn't finish off. Hold this down while moving to maximize efficiency. Feel free to run past monsters toward your next destination (especially with The Hungerer equipped) as they will follow you to their death.
Vengeance is a buff that gives extra damage when you find Elites and Bosses. Vision of the Lost and Heart of VengeanceAwakenings along with "Beneficiary Effect Duration" Special Attributes guarantee permanent Vengeance uptime. Coff's Unrelenting Fury bolsters your damage output while active.
Rain of Vengeance provides good damage to a wide area. With Vaash's Typhonic Stampede, it also knocksback enemies, allowing you to reposition with ease and stay safe.
Multishot deletes entire waves of enemies while you move and use Primary attacks at the same time! Flamespite further enhances the skill by burning enemies alive. This is hands down one of the best skills in the game.
Daring Swing helps with mobility, just avoid aiming into objects as they render the skill useless.
To have a good mixture of Primary and Skill damage, first go for the War Rags of Shal'baas (4) Piece, then get the two rings for the Grace of the Flagellant (2) Piece.
To fully boost the power of our Crossbow Shot, we equip the full War Rags of Shal'baas (6) Piece.
There are a few changes you can make depending on your preferred playstyle:
You can drop Daring Swing for Knockback Shot for even more damage and some crowd control if you don't mind giving up a movement skill.
If you find you need a little more crowd control, switch out Flamespite for Breath of WInter to allow your Multishot to slow hordes of enemies.
If you want to maximize your damage output, swap out Coff's Unrelenting Fury for Ruinous Path. This alters the usage of Vengeance, however. Use Vengeance first, followed by all your Skill Attacks, then your Primary Attack Crossbow Shot.
In the Open World, Bounties and Elder Rifts, Demon Hunter gameplay is straight forward. You use your single target or AoE focused skills when the situation requires them. Here's the rotation:
Activate Rain of Vengeance against large groups of enemies and Boss minions.
Use Multishot to further deal with larger packs and finish off Boss minions.
Once Multishot has been used (or no Boss minions are left) activate Vengeance.
Hold down Crossbow Shot while firing Multishot as charges refresh. Two fingers required for maximum damage!
Use Daring Swing to get to safety, or move to your next victims.
Legendary Gems provide incredible attribute bonuses and unique effects. They are found as a reward after completing an Elder Rift that is enhanced with a Legendary Crest. Many of them are also crafted using Runes and Platinum at the Jeweler in Westmarch.
Berserker's Eye is an instant DPS boost with a cost of taking a little more damage. However, being a ranged class, we can minimize this effect while exploiting the DPS boost!
Ca'arsen's Invigoration is bad for other classes, but since Demon Hunters are always using their Primary, it’s good for us.
Everlasting Torment deals great DOT (Damage Over TIme) that can be applied to all enemies on the screen with big AoE skills or piercing Crossbow Shot. (NOTE: This gem conflicts in usage with Bloody Reach)
Bloody Reach is a great gem that rewards more damage for playing the class as intended; at range. The slow component, while a small chance to proc, aids making the gem more effective. (NOTE: This gem conflicts in usage with Everlasting Torment)
Fervant Fang is one of the best single target Gems in the game and should always have a spot in any build. As enemies get stronger and take longer to take down, this Gem becomes even more valuable.
Lightning Core deals meaningful damage in high density, making it a powerful option.
Power & Command is particularly good for Demon Hunters because we attack with our Primary and Skills simultaneously, so we’re always getting the bonus one way or the other.
Best in Slot Legendary Gems
Blood-Soaked Jade is the best Legendary Gem in the game. It provides massive damage and movement speed, ideally suited for our Sharpshooter Demon Hunter.
Seeping Bile has poison that is devastating to large packs of enemies. When shredding through enemies with Crossbow Shot with Vengeance, you'll get so many hits in quick succession that this Gem procs all over the place!
Echoing Shade clones can deal a good amount of damage and taunt enemies away from you while they are alive.
Bottled Hope marries up perfectly in both length and cooldown to our Vengeance ability!
Howler's Call can deal damage to players way in front of your character and can hit multiple enemies if they’re grouped together.
Zwenson's Haunting provides extra AoE damage in a small area. Works well when clumping large groups of enemies.
Tourmaline is better than Ruby, since Damage is better than Life.
Sapphire is better than Aquamarine, since Armor Penetration (Critical Hit Damage) is better than Armor.
Citrine is equal to Topaz, since both Potency and All Resistance are underwhelming stats. Simply use the highest leveled Yellow Gems you've obtained.
The Demon Hunter's main Primary Attribute is Strength, giving +0.3Damage per point. All other things equal, use gear with Strength to maximize the damage you deal. Fortitude is also important early on because it gives you Armor Penetration (Critical Hit Damage), but becomes less important later due to diminishing returns.
The Demon Hunter's worst Primary Attribute is Intelligence because it only gives +1Combat Rating. If possible, don't use it.
Strength +1Combat Rating and +0.3Damage.
Fortitude +1Combat Rating, +0.1Armor, and +0.1Armor Penetration. Armor increases your chance to Block, which mitigates 20% of incoming damage. This is a nice defensive boost, especially when fighting Elites or Elder Rift Bosses. Armor Penetration gives Critical Hit Damage, which is nice if you already have a high Critical Hit Chance.
Vitality +1Combat Rating and +3Life. It never hurts to have more life, especially for end game pushes and PvP. Vitality is the best attribute after the damage-dealing ones.
Willpower +1Combat Rating, +0.1Potency, and +0.1Resistance. Potency increases the duration of harmful effects on enemies, while Resistance lowers the duration of harmful effects on you from enemies. Willpower may play a larger role in the future, but currently it is never prioritized.
Intelligence +1Combat Rating. Gives nothing extra and is therefore the worst attribute.
Because the total amount of primary attributes is so important, you rarely prioritize special attributes on gear. Still, several special attributes can make a difference, here are some of the best ones you can find:
Primary Attack Damage Increase bolsters the power of your Crossbow Shot, especially used with The Hungerer.
Critical Hit Chance to proc Everlasting Torment.
Beneficiary Effect Duration to boost uptime of Vengeance.
Family bonuses are hard to change so picking a powerful option is important. Here are some of the best Family Bonuses available for the Demon Hunter:
The Wildfire Stone Family Bonus has a few of the best attribute rolls for us in the game, Primary Attack Damage, All Skill Damage, and Critical Hit Damage. The Hydra's damage is okay and can taunt enemies as long as it spawns in a good spot.
The Vengeance Stone Family Bonus is very good for the extra single target in combination with Crossbow Shot. Our ability to attack and move at the same time makes this Family automatically a top choice!
Focus on Awakening your gear with 1 star Gems at first (Trickshot Gem, Berserker's Eye, Everlasting Torment etc.). Most item slots provide great benefits for a Demon Hunter. We recommend Awakening your items in this order:
The Hungerer - Crossbow Shot damage increased by 10%.
Heart of Vengeance - Vengeance cooldown further decreased by 10%.
Vision of the Lost - Vengeance cooldown decreased by 10%.
Coff's Unrelenting Fury - Vengeance cooldown decreased by 10%.
Ruinous Path - Vengeance cooldown decreased by 10%.
Vaash's Typhonic Stampede - Rain of Vengeance damage increased by 10%.
For Paragon Points, always prioritize Damage and Life. Remember to activate the Paragon Tree that you want to use. Vanquisher is the best for damage, and Treasure Hunter can be used for a small Experience boost. Avoid activating the Gladiator Tree since its active nodes only work in PvP.
Note: This path is used for all PvE content, but is subject to change on launch as we achieve higher Paragon and see the finalized trees.
Once you hit Paragon 150 respec your Paragon Points so you can utilize the more powerful Mastermind tree. Remember to activate the Paragon Tree! From here continue to pick up Life and Damage nodes in the other Paragon Trees.
With this setup you can also activate the Gladiator tree when you PvP. Once you have Mastermind filled in and active you can prioritize picking up the Gladiator tree sooner or later, depending on how much PvP you plan to do.