Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Stats Guide
In this Diablo 3 Demon Hunter stats guide, I will be going over what stats are important to the Demon Hunter, what they do for the Demon Hunter, and how to maximize the effectiveness of your gear through stats.
Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Stats Guide – Primary Stats
There are four primary stats – Dexterity, Strength, Intelligence, and Vitality. For the Demon Hunter, Dexterity is the primary stat. Each point in Dexterity increases the Demon Hunter’s damage by 1%. Dexterity also increases the Demon Hunter’s dodge rate.
This is a flat relationship; each extra point of Dexterity means an extra percentage point of damage. You will want to maximize Dexterity as much as you can as this is what primarily determines your damage as a Demon Hunter.
Vitality increases the max health of the Demon Hunter. You will need to keep up minimum amounts of Vitality as a Demon Hunter in order to survive taking damage. However, the Demon Hunter has more escapes and avoidance tactics than any other class in the game.
As a result, the Demon Hunter needs less Vitality than other classes; just enough to survive ranged attackers rather than worrying about melee hits. If you are getting hit by melee attacks, you either are not being careful or simply are not playing the class right.
Strength and Intelligence do little for the Demon Hunter – each point of strength increases its armor by 1 and intelligence modestly increases resist rates of elemental attacks. However, these bonuses provided are very low.
Gear that contains these stats might be worthless for the Demon Hunter, but that does not make the gear worthless – these are the primary stats of other classes and increase the damage of other classes. Since these do increase the stats of other classes, items with a lot of either of these two stats may be valuable to sell on the auction house.
D3 Demon Hunter Stats Guide – Weapon Damage and Damage Calculations
In addition to Dexterity, the other primary stat of the Demon Hunter in Diablo 3 is weapon damage. Your damage in Diablo 3 is entirely based off of a combination of the skill you use, your weapon damage, and your dexterity.
Let’s take a look at how all this plays out below. For the sake of this example, we will assume:
- You have a weapon that does 50-100 damage;
- You have 100 Dexterity;
- You are using the Cluster Arrow ability, which deals 200% weapon damage.
The calculations themselves from here are very simple. Cluster Arrow deals 200% weapon damage, which is simply two times your weapon’s damage. This turns 50-100 into 100-200 weapon damage from Cluster Arrow.
However, before that 100-200 damage is dealt, your 100 Dexterity increases your damage dealt by 100%. This means Cluster Arrow will do 200-400 damage.
The point of all this is that you need to maximize both Dexterity and weapon damage if you want to deal a lot of damage. If you have a great weapon and not very good Dexterity totals, you will not deal great damage. If you have a bad weapon and high Dexterity totals, you will not deal much damage either. You need a balance of both to be effective.
Imagine if you only had a weapon which dealt 10-20 damage in the example above but had 300 Dexterity. 10-20 damage would become 20-40 damage with Cluster Arrow. 300 Dexterity would increase that three times to 60-120 damage, much lower than the 200-400 damage above despite the generous Dexterity boost.
Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Stats Guide – Attack Speed and Elemental Damage
Before moving on, we should discuss weapon attack speed and elemental damage. High DPS weapons with a fast attack speed can have lower damage numbers than lower DPS weapons with a slow attack speed. How does this figure into the calculations?
There is no normalized attack speed for weapons calculations in Diablo 3, so slower weapons usually deal a lot more damage than faster ones. However, they do attack slower naturally, which means they get less shots off.
So which is better? Neither really. Most of the time you will want to pick the higher DPS weapon if the bonus stats are equal. There is however a minute difference between the two:
- Slow weapons benefit from Hatred regeneration more, since they go through Hatred at a slower rate. If you get decent bonus Hatred Regeneration and use the Bat companion pet for bonus Hatred regeneration, you can potentially build a nearly self-sustaining Hatred set.
- Faster weapons benefit more from ability procs. Many Demon Hunter attacks can slow enemies as well as stun them. Faster weapons get more attacks off but the procs remain the same, making faster weapons better for stunning and slowing enemies.
Additionally, I think here we should mention Elemental Damage. Elemental damage is often found on weapons and in Diablo 3 it actually seems to be just as effective as raw damage. In Diablo 2, elemental damage on weapons was simply added in on the end of your attacks and not affected by Dexterity or weapon damage multipliers, making it fairly useless unless you were fighting a physical immune enemy.
In Diablo 3, this has changed. Elemental damage seems to be modified by Dexterity and skill multipliers making it just as effective as regular weapon damage.
Getting +Damage from Equipment
Since you know from the above portion of this Diablo 3 Demon Hunter stats guide that both Dexterity and Weapon Damage are important and Dexterity can be found on practically any gear slot in the game, you may be wondering how exactly to get more weapon damage.
Of course, most of your weapon damage will come from your weapons themselves – you do not need a Diablo 3 Demon Hunter stats guide to tell you that. Getting a good weapon upgrade can do more for your character than practically anything else sometimes, especially when your dexterity levels get very high. The higher your dexterity levels get, the more important each point of weapon damage becomes.
However, there are a few slots which offer weapon damage – rings and amulets. When you are leveling up, the best blue rings in the game are “Keen (ring name) of Wounding”, as these provide increased attack speed and bonus weapon damage. These result in huge DPS increases for your character.
Even better are rare items which contain a mix of all these stats such as +damage and attack speed with other useful stats like damage converted to life and increases in critical hit rate. Speaking of these secondary stats, next we will discuss the useful secondary stats for the Demon Hunter.
Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Stats Guide – Secondary Stats
While maxing out Dexterity and Weapon Damage is important, there are other stats which are useful for a Demon Hunter to use in Diablo 3. Here are some of the better stats to get:
- Critical Hit Chance. You can find gear which increases your critical hit rate by a percentage. You can think of this more or less like .5% enhanced damage after Dexterity has been applied. For example, if you have 1000 Dexterity, you can think of 1% critical hit as being worth another .5% increase in damage from your current level of damage. In this example, that would be worth about 5 Dexterity (1000 *.005). Of course, it is slightly more valuable than that as you have certain stats and abilities which proc based on critical hits. Additionally, if you manage to find gear which boosts critical hit bonus damage, this relationship would change. You can get your critical hit damage bonus up well over 100% through equipment. Imagine you dealt 150% critical bonus damage – that means each crit would now be 1.5% increase in damage, so each % crit would be worth about 1.5% of your total dexterity pool.
- Increased Hatred Regeneration. Many Demon Hunter pieces can increase your Hatred regeneration. You should know that default Hatred regeneration is 4 per second. Even low level gear has .4 bonus per second or even higher. Even though .4 Hatred may not sound like much, that is a 10% increase over baseline. Additionally, if you make a lot of use of low Hatred abilities like Multishot or Rapid Fire, you can actually build your set so that you never run out of Hatred.
- Increased Attack Speed. This is very common on Jewelry and weapons and is a great stat to pick up whenever it can be found. Increased attack speed is also gentle on the item budget; low-level rings seem to have 5% increased attack speed which is a huge DPS boost compared to some of the other available stats While faster attacks do drain your Hatred quicker, it also means you can regenerate Hatred faster with your Hatred building attacks.
- Damage Dealt is Converted to Life. Another useful thing to pick up is Damage Dealt is Converted to Life. You want to look for this on your jewelry or your weapon (it does not seem to appear on armor) and you want to get a high enough percent so that you do not need to rely solely on health globes. The effect of this stat is as it says; for each 1% of this stat you have, you gain 1 health every time you deal 100 damage. While this may not sound like much, consider stacking this up to 10% and using a big AoE spell like Multishot on a pack of enemies and dealing a few thousand damage per attack. This can quickly restore your health in no time and keep you alive while kiting, so be sure to get some of this stat.
While there are other secondary stats which may slightly improve the Demon Hunter’s damage, the ones listed above are the best ones. When it comes to farming, you want to be sure to stack Gold Find and Magic Find (depending on your goals) as well. For leveling up and maxing out damage, stick to the stats above.
Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Stats Guide
In order to max out your damage, max out your Dexterity and weapon damage as a priority. Be sure to get enough Vitality and damage-to-life conversion as you need to stay alive. Seek out +damage and increased attack speed on your jewelry. As you reach higher levels, mix in critical rating and hatred regeneration as your gear begins to get more stats on it.
Pick up Magic Find and Gold Find as it is convenient, but seek an even balance between bonus loot and killing speed, as you can definitely over-do the magic and gold find at higher levels. By following the recommendations of this Diablo 3 Demon Hunter stats guide, you can be sure you are using the right equipment for your class.