Using the best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter build for Season 26 will be absolutely essential for players wanting to push the limits of what’s possible. The better the build, the better the chance you have of topping the Diablo 3 Leaderboards.
Naturally, with every new season you’ll need to reevaluate which builds are worth sticking with, especially for solo greater rift pushing. Unless you’re seriously not fussed in which case you might as well use whatever playstyle you prefer; or alternatively the Angry Chicken Witch Doctor build because it’s just bonkers.
That said, we imagine that if you’re reading this you want to know what Demon Hunter build to run use in the current season. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, or a seasoned pro, it always helps to assess your options before you start levelling up and beginning that new season grind.
Assuming you’ve read our Diablo 3 Season 26 Tier List, you’ll likely already know the best S Tier builds from the F Tier flops. However, if you read on we’ll take you through everything you need to know to ensure you have the best Demon Hunter build in Season 26.
Update - Diablo 3 Season 27 has reached the PTR for testing and will arrive on main servers fairly soon. We'll update this Diablo 3 build guide again following the launch of Season 27.
Is The Demon Hunter Good In Diablo 3 Season 26?
Objectively, no. For a number of seasons now the Demon Hunter class hasn’t been the best-represented class in the game.
That being said, it’s far from the worst (sorry Barbarians), and it does have at least one S-Tier option to call on.
Overall though, the gulf in class between the solitary S-Tier option and the rest of the Demon Hunter builds is pretty wide. So no, the Demon Hunter isn’t that good in Season 26, but it does have one good build you should lead with.
What is the Best Demon Hunter Build in Diablo 3 Season 26
As was the case last season, the best Demon Hunter build for Diablo 3 season 26 is the Marauder Sentry Build which has been further buffed despite the loss of Soul Shards.
This build, remarkably, has moved up from A-Tier to S-Tier.
Keep reading, we’ll explain everything you need to set up your Marauder Sentry Demon Hunter, including your gear, active skills, passive skills and more.
Marauder Sentry Gear Setup
Key to this build is the Embodiment of the Marauder armour set, and the more pieces you have the better the bonus you’ll gain.
Having two pieces in the set has the following bonus “Companion calls all companions to your side”. Having four pieces means that Sentries deal 400% increased damage and cast Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, and Cluster Arrow when you do.
If you manage to get six pieces your primary skills, Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, Cluster Arrow, Companions, and Vengeance deal 12,000% increased damage for every active Sentry.
Below you’ll find a list with the main items you need for the best Demon Hunter build in Season 26. If you follow the links in the table you’ll also be able to take a closer look at the item stats on the official Diablo 3 website.
|Bracers||Wraps of Clarity|
|Amulet||The Traveler’s Pledge|
|Off-hand weapon||Bombardier’s Rucksack|
Best Kanai’s Cube Slot Choices
The table below will give you a run-through of the best options for the Kanai’s Cube slots when assembling your Demon Hunter Build.
|Armor Slot||The Cloak of the Garwulf|
|Jewellery Slot||Ring of Royal Grandeur|
Best Demon Hunter Active Skills
The table below will give you a run-through of the best active skills to choose when assembling your Demon Hunter Build.
|Sentry||Polar Station skill rune|
|Companion||Wolf Companion skill rune|
|Vault||Tumble skill rune|
|Evasive Fire||Focus skill rune|
|Vengence||Seethe skill rune|
|Multishot||Arsenal skill rune|
Best Demon Hunter Passive Skills
The table below will give you a run-through of the best passive skills to choose from when assembling your Demon Hunter Build.
|Ambush||You deal 40% additional damage to enemies above 75% health.|
|Ballistics||Increase damage of rockets by 100%.
In addition, you have a 20% chance to fire a homing rocket for 150% weapon damage when you attack.
|Cull The Weak||Increase damage against Slowed or Chilled enemies by 20%.|
|Custom Engineering||Increase the duration of your Caltrops, Marked for Death, Spike Trap, and Sentry by 100%.
Increase the maximum number and charges of Sentries to 3 and number of Spike Traps to 5.
We’ll keep this really simple and to the point. You want to choose the Enchantress follower since she is the only viable option to help with cooldown reduction.
Unlike the Templar or Scoundrel, the Enchantress can use Prophetic Harmony to reduce your skills’ cooldowns by 5.00% based on the Enchantress’s Intelligence on her equipment.
Should you feel a bit too squishy (read: too soft or easily-killed) consider using the Templar instead for additional healing – obviously at the expense of your cooldowns.
If you’re looking for a really comprehensive guide on Enchantress follower skills and gear, follow the link to a brilliant overview from icy-veins.com
Marauder Sentry video build guide
If you want to get really in-depth we suggest having a watch of the below guide from Diablo expert Rhykker in his Demon Hunter Marauder Sentry build video.
It’s worth noting that whilst the video itself was made for Season 25, the build itself is still the same and relevant today. As such, still well worth a watch and worthy of 10 minutes of your time.
Alternative Diablo 3 Demon Hunter builds in Season 26
As we noted previously in the guide there are not really any alternatives beyond the Marauder Sentry.
The next best Demon Hunter builds are all B-Tier builds at best. Fun to play, perhaps, but all potentially 10 Greater Rifts behind S-Tier builds.
If you’re dead set on trying something different in Season 26, you can opt for any of the builds listed below:
That’s it – everything you need to know about the best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter build for Season 26.
If you’re looking for more Diablo 3 Tier Lists, Builds and tips then you’ll find plenty more guides on the links below:
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