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• 8/25/2014

2.1 Demon Hunter Frostfireworks Build Guide

So I've spent some time playing my demon hunter on the ptr preparing for patch 2.1. This is the build I've personally found most effective in greater rifts. I'm not saying this is the best possible build for all combat scenarios, but I will say that I've had success with this build and encourage you to give it a try. This build utilizes a mixture of cold and fire spells to get the most out of rocket damage while maintaining 100% uptime on cull of the weak. This build requires the Marauder set and 2.842 Attacks Per Second Break Point. See chart for Attack Speed reference.http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13271407601

Pros: Very high damage when there is multiple targets. Constant slow to help kite mobs when needed.

Cons: Weaker against single target scenarios such as the Rift Guardian.

Skill Selection

1. Sentry - Spitfire Turret. Free rocket damage added to your sentry shots. None of the other sentry runes provide this type of damage boost.

2. Elemental Arrow - Frost Arrow. This spell will ping pong all over groups of enemy providing you with 100% uptime on Cull of the weak passive.

3. Multishot - Arsenal. Why add a fire spell into a cold build? With the Ballastics passive the damage the rockets from this ability do will out perform the cold multishot rune even with bonus to cold skill gear.

4. Cluster Arrow- Maelstrom. This ability is the strongest attack the demon hunter has in a scenario with 4 or more enemies.

5. Companion. With the Marauder set it doesn't matter which rune you choose here. You will get the benefit of them all.

6. Vault - Tumble. I prefer to use vault to escape from mobs and give some mobility between combat. Smoke Screen is an alternative choice for this skill slot.


1. Ballastics - Improve your rocket damage.

2. Cull of the Weak - Frost arrow is slowing all enemies so this benefit is active all the time.

3. Awareness - Everybody dies once in a while. This passive will give you that second chance.

4. Custom Engineering - Having that 5th sentry is an important damage boost on the higher greater rift levels

5. Steady Aim - Take this if you have a Hellfire Amulet providing one of the other passives. 


In this gearing section I will cover the items I consider best in slot for this particular build as well as some alternatives.

Weapon Choices:

EDIT: Hotfixed. Sentry no longer procs knock back. Use only if you lack the other weapon choices. Windforce - Combo with strongarm bracer for 20-30% extra damage for you and your party against enemies affected by the knock back effect. Less active playstyle as you will be resource starved if spending hate on damaging shots between sentry placement.

Etrayu - 15-20% cold skill damage for harder hitting frost arrows and cluster arrows

Kridershot - More active play style with frost arrow as a generator for those that hate to sit still and let the sentries do all the work

Rolls: High min/max dmg, Dex, Vit or 15-20% cold skill(Etrayu) or 10% Damage to Elites, 10% Weapon Damage, Socket with Emerald(Ramalandi's Gift)

Quiver: Bombadier's Rucksack - Dex, Vit, Attack Speed, Crit Chance, Sentry Damage, Max Discipline

Helm: Marauder - Dex, Vit or Cluster Arrow Damage, Crit Chance, Socket (Diamond for cool down reduction), Secondary Resist

Shoulder: Marauder - Dex, Vit, Cool Down Reduction. Sentry Damage, Secondary Resist

Chest: Marauder - Dex, Vit, Sentry Damage, 3 sockets (Emeralds), Secondary Resist

Gloves: Tasker and Theo - Dex, Vit, Crit Chance, Crit Damage, Secondary Resist

Belt: Witching Hour - Dex, Vit, Attack Speed, Crit Damage, Secondary Resist


Option1 Reapers Wraps - Helps with resource management

Option2 Strongarm - Extra damage for you and your party when combined with a Windforce bow (Note only shots fired from yourself proc this and not the sentry)

Option3 Slavebonds - Can roll an extra primary affix. Useful for Kridershot users when not utilizing the resource gain from Reapers Wraps

Rolls: Dex, Vit, Cold Skill Damage, Crit Chance, Secondary Resist

Pants: Marauder - Dex, Vit, All Resist, 2 sockets (Emeralds)

Boots: Marauder - Dex, Vit, All Resist, Cluster Arrow Damage

Ring1: Ring of Royal Grandeur - Dex, Attack Speed, Crit Damage or Crit Chance, Socket, Secondary Resist

Ring2: Option 1 Stone of Jordan - 20% Cold Skill Damage, Crit Chance or Crit Damage, Socket, Elite Damage, Secondary Resist, Max Discipline

Ring2: Option 2 Unity(Solo) - Dex, Crit Chance or Crit Damage, Socket, Elite Damage, Secondary Resist

Amulet: Hellfire Amulet: Dex, Crit Chance, Crit Damage, Socket, One of the 5 passives mentioned above

Legendary Gems: 

Bane of the Trapped - Extra damage against enemies slowed by Frost Arrow

Enforcer - Extra damage from Sentry shots as well as companions

Bane of the Powerful - Extra damage against elites as well as a 20% buff after killing an elite

Pain Enhancer - Constant bleed damage over 3 sec to enemies hit by a critical hit from either you or your sentries

Invigorating - Reduced damage from dangerous affixes such as Jailer

Game Play Videos

Solo level 38 Greater Rift https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44fGHkuLCfE&list=PLbtCLuDf-AymUlPnV4Ddp5MJa2dzdj_tl

3 Player level 38 Greater Rift https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XoMh7YMDJ4&index=2&list=PLbtCLuDf-AymUlPnV4Ddp5MJa2dzdj_tl

If you have any questions about the build feel free to contact me in game. Vibe#1320

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• 8/25/2014

Hey vibe, nice guide. Haven't tried the cold/fire comp yet, but I'm excited to try something new. One question I do have is why you would take vit over CA dmg on helm

• 8/26/2014

There is nothing wrong with taking Cluster Arrow on your helm. Seeing as cluster arrow is only 1 ability in your firing rotation I chose to opt out for some extra toughness. You'll find in the 35+ greater rifts certain affixes will 1 shot you without enough toughness. I'm sure you could adjust your gems with maybe a few diamonds instead of emeralds to make up for the toughness loss. It isn't something I've really experimented with to be honest.

• 8/26/2014

very good job bro~~ thank u so much !!! 

• 8/26/2014

sorry forgot to sign up here, haha, i m the one above ^_^

• 9/2/2014

CAn you Explain your rotation ? please ty 

• 9/7/2014
There isn't really a rotation. You pretty much lay down sentries and hide around corners/doorways.
• 9/21/2014

So if you have a decenl Etrayu it's not really worth running the Windforce+Strong arm combo since the hotfix?

• 9/21/2014

Decent Etrayu**

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