Suprised with Elemental Arrow

  • #1
    Ive been looking through the skill calculators and trying to plan out what builds I thought would be viable throughout leveling/ endgame for months. Some skills I knew would be a necessity others I thought I wouldn’t use as much. With D3 release yesterday I was surprised at how badass some of the other abilities are.
    Elemental arrow with Ball lightning rune is a wrecking machine. Granted I am only lvl 27, this ability clears rooms.

    Around the middle of act 2 I kind of felt useless while I was paired up with my Barbarian buddy who was absolutely wrecking shit. I died a few times and felt as though our AOE was kind of shit. Right when I got twin chakkram is when I started feeling a bit better with the DH. As soon as there would be a large group of monsters id spam grenades and Twin chakkram and turn everyone to hamburger meat. Shadow power mixed with elemental arrow / lightning rune is a monster. I haven’t read much on elemental arrow, but wanted to see if anyone else was as happy with it as I am
  • #2
    I was very surprised by all of the variations of Elemental Arrow, thought it would be a shitty ability aswell before release. Using it with the frost rune right now.
  • #3
    I some how skipped over ball lightning, but I'll have to go back and try it. I used frost arrow and it really helped that the team as a whole when we didn't have a wizard for some nice aoe cold slow effect and did nice damage for very low hatred per shot. It didn't pack the punch multi did, but it was much more spammable which against the huge groups really helps.
  • #4
    I am on act 2 NM Level 42 Demon hunter and Elemental arrow with Ball still clears rooms.... Tons of Mighty blows etc...

    :dh:
  • #5
    The Screaming Skull Rune does some work on hell. Its very cheap and spammable CC/interrupts. unlike Say Clusster Arrow's Dazzling rune which is very good, but also very expensive.Especially potent in the thin long corridors where the enemies will all line up.
  • #6
    Yah those guys up there thing Multishot is worth something...sphh!!! Its crap compared to elemental arrow.
    Do you want to get scammed? Perhaps a nice keylogger?
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  • #7
    I'm a huge fan of elemental arrow. Using the frost version over multi-shot. :)
  • #8
    I've been using Elemental Arrow runed With Ball Lightning. it's so amazingly easy to clear hallways and rooms. Though I am curious on how it works.

    It doesn't appear to do 155% damage as the tooltip states, but it can hit the same target more than once. I'm not sure if there is a limit, but if there isn't, and it is entirely dependent on the size of the target. (or just how long they're in range of it) It very well could be higher single target dps than any hungering arrow variation.
  • #9
    Quote from Thrilhouse

    I've been using Elemental Arrow runed With Ball Lightning. it's so amazingly easy to clear hallways and rooms. Though I am curious on how it works.

    It doesn't appear to do 155% damage as the tooltip states, but it can hit the same target more than once. I'm not sure if there is a limit, but if there isn't, and it is entirely dependent on the size of the target. (or just how long they're in range of it) It very well could be higher single target dps than any hungering arrow variation.


    It can definitely hit the same target more than once. I tested this on a rusty door that I believe is in act 2. It takes 2 shot to break these doors open, but if you situate yourself just right you will hit the door twice using Ball of Lightning, thus breaking it in one shot. I doubt you will get more than 2 shots on the same mob though, but it does seem to be good. 310% wpn dmg on most targets, twice the dmg of multi-shot at 1/2 to 1/4 of the price.
    Do you want to get scammed? Perhaps a nice keylogger?
    "Just google "diablo 3 gold guide" and magical rainbow covered demons will assault your eyes."
  • #10
    Quote from Mysticjbyrd

    Quote from Thrilhouse

    I've been using Elemental Arrow runed With Ball Lightning. it's so amazingly easy to clear hallways and rooms. Though I am curious on how it works.

    It doesn't appear to do 155% damage as the tooltip states, but it can hit the same target more than once. I'm not sure if there is a limit, but if there isn't, and it is entirely dependent on the size of the target. (or just how long they're in range of it) It very well could be higher single target dps than any hungering arrow variation.


    It can definitely hit the same target more than once. I tested this on a rusty door that I believe is in act 2. It takes 2 shot to break these doors open, but if you situate yourself just right you will hit the door twice using Ball of Lightning, thus breaking it in one shot. I doubt you will get more than 2 shots on the same mob though, but it does seem to be good. 310% wpn dmg on most targets, twice the dmg of multi-shot at 1/2 to 1/4 of the price.


    I just wanted to chime in that I am, in the past 5 minutes, an Elemental Arrow (Ball of Lightening) convert. It was absolutely amazing, and I have multiple times seen it hit the same target 3 times, although the situation has to be fairly conducive to that happening, and I admit I did force it. But at half the hatred cost of a runed Multishot? There's no reason to take multi over this, except for faster barrel breaking.

    I will concur with Mystic that, far from occasionally hitting the same target twice, it has a definite tendency to do so(exceptions being unslowed elite packs that move fairly fast; they often only get hit once)...this means that, honestly, it's also one of our better single target shots a good amount of the time...all for 10 hatred. Ridiculous.
  • #11
    I am now level 40 and still use this ability.. it is incredible
  • #12
    I tried it out and i agree its amazing but there's a downside. Its lightning damage and i've come across many electric elites that this skill does very reduced damage, which means twin chakrams are better all around, but if u dont mind switching back and forth i guess u can go with ball lightning. (I'm on hell btw)
  • #13
    Piercing impale is by far the best elite killing aoe and multishot is by far the best normal mob killing aoe, i see no point in elemental arrow. It's not bad, but the others are just better imo
  • #14
    elemental arrow with ball lightning along with chaingang entanglingshot using the 15% dmg to snared passive = AMAZING

    keep impale with the dot for bosses/single target.
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  • #15
    Quote from Mesija

    Piercing impale is by far the best elite killing aoe and multishot is by far the best normal mob killing aoe, i see no point in elemental arrow. It's not bad, but the others are just better imo

    multishot is terrible, fire at will the only rune worth using and it does lightning damage, and look what i said about that in my previous post. multishot does less damage for double the cost , gg.
  • #16
    Yes, going higher levels myself I've switched from OP multishot on normal to elemental arrow (cold one) on nightmare as it stops elite mobs nicely from reaching me fast. But the best elite killer is actually Strafe together with Preparation (Punishment rune) and ES with Chain Gang if you run of Heatred for the moment (though I would just rather run in this case). This last setup make it difficult though to run from wallers and any other elite who immobilize you as it does not allows use of discipline abilities like smoke screen (Punishment eats all). Also it requires double handed crossbows as otherwise you would run from hatered too fast.
  • #17
    If your using ball lightning, it works amazing with rain of arrows runed stampede. It will knock targets back in to the ball lightning and you can easily have someone hit 5 times, great for slow elites.
  • #18
    I should note that I'm an idiot and most everything I said before is wrong: somehow I never noticed that Ball Lightning only does half of the 155% each hit, IE requiring two hits to get to the full 155%. This is "duh" worthy, but it's worth noting since it appears I'm not the only dumb fella out there to be fooled.

    That said, I still prefer it to Multishot for general AoE, simply due to the lower hatred cost...although I don't see how I'll be using it once I get Nether Tentacles, which do the full 155% and have a (slight) chance to hit twice, dealing an actual 310%. The minor heal is just gravy on top of that. Impale with Overpenetration is absolutely deadly to elite packs, though.
  • #19
    should note that I'm an idiot and most everything I said before is wrong: somehow I never noticed that Ball Lightning only does half of the 155% each hit, IE requiring two hits to get to the full 155%. This is "duh" worthy, but it's worth noting since it appears I'm not the only dumb fella out there to be fooled.

    how did u test that?
  • #20
    Quote from Frozenkex

    should note that I'm an idiot and most everything I said before is wrong: somehow I never noticed that Ball Lightning only does half of the 155% each hit, IE requiring two hits to get to the full 155%. This is "duh" worthy, but it's worth noting since it appears I'm not the only dumb fella out there to be fooled.

    how did u test that?


    If you simply pay attention, you'll notice it immediately: hungering arrow at 115% does more damage a hit than one shot of ball lightning. Case closed that it's not 155%. You can simply do some math after that to figure out the exact percentages, and while I'll admit I haven't totally done that, it seems very close to 1/2 of what an un-runed Elemental Arrow does.
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