DH ballistic build after patch 1.0.8?

  • #1
    Good day fellow diablo forum users!!!!

    I have been thinking about an idea for builds after patch 1.0.8 will be released and i was wondering with the small updates.
    Is it possible to get a ballistic build with the new improved rapid fire.

    What i mean is something like this :

    Hungering arrow - spray of teeth/devouring arrow
    Rapid fire - fire support

    shadow power/Smokescreen - shadow power / lingering fog
    vault - tumble
    prep - back up plan/battle scars
    sentry - spitfire turret

    passives

    custom engineering
    ballistic
    archery

    i would like to hear your opinions about it, cause i was curious about it.
    or maybe had a similair build and would like to give me some pointers on how to improve or something.

    Friendly greets from your Sharingan no kakascii.
  • #2
    It is a fairly good spec but i feel it only works at low MP lvls. Since rapid fire does not pierce it gets a little rough on high MP's. And even with high velocity personally i burn through my hatred way to fast (probably because i have a calamity instead of manticore)
  • #3
    Exactly as Hova said. Rapid Fire biggest issue is the lack of pierce, but at low MPs, it doesn't matter much. At higher MPs you will end facetanking monsters and at this point you need aoe damage, and strong (hi Spike Traps).
  • #4
    I'm considering a very similar build... For ubers with a tank. For anything else this build (because of rapid fire) falls short.

    I'd change preparation for punishment and archery + custom eng for steady aim (or cull the weak with a cold soj) and nighstalker. Hatred gen is a personal choice.

    Tried this build @ PTR and was very happy with it... As long as you have a tank and as long as you're just dpsing bosses.
  • #5
    @ stonetherock

    I believe after the itemization patch when / if they fix the black weapon bug, it's my understanding that a +X% cold damage item will only effect cold weapons, so if you don't have one (the cold weapon) a cold soj won't add anything. I could be wrong, but because if this I'm personally not investing in them.
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  • #6
    Don't think there's anything planned in that aspect or even a planned fix to black weps. There was a post about trying to make elemental dmg interesting but it was all still very early planning.

    As for cold sojs... I've picked up a rf cold soj pretty cheap through a bid. It's prob my 5th cold soj lol
  • #7
    I miss mobs with the "Immune to fire dmg" or "Immune to physical dmg" affix!
  • #8
    Quote from StoneTheRock

    Don't think there's anything planned in that aspect or even a planned fix to black weps. There was a post about trying to make elemental dmg interesting but it was all still very early planning.

    As for cold sojs... I've picked up a rf cold soj pretty cheap through a bid. It's prob my 5th cold soj lol


    It was actually a pretty recent blue post saying they are going to fix the bug. The only thing unknown is the timeline, of which it's speculated that it will show up in the itemization patch. I only brought it up though to save people some gold, but if they are super cheap than why not :)
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  • #9
    The biggest problem I see with this build is how you get your hatred up. If you plant 3 sentries and then you are going to start channeling rapid fire, that will cost alot, unless you use preperation/punishment between casting sentries and rapid fire.
    Make your peace...Quickly!
  • #10
    Wih nighstalker and prepa punishment I can channel RF endlessly @ ptr, while dropping sentries on cd.

    Casting sentry or prepa punishment doesn't even break RF channel.
  • #11
    For a while now I was using the shinobi build for mp10 (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/demon-hunter#WQgVkl!Xef!ZaYccZ). Now this defensive stance helped me a lot in MP8 - 10 and it was the best build possible for my gear in higher mps. But with 1.0.8, the density got too damn high, and this build started to feel like a drag. While I was still not dying, the ridiculous amount of monsters took too much time. I needed a higher DPS focused, so I changed a little bit, and got the grenade pisser build:

    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/demon-hunter#UcgVkh!Xeg!acYccZ

    Rapid Fire + Bombardment is just absurd. Just keep the hatred high and piss grenades till everything dies. Its amazing and efficient even for high mps. I tried a ballistic one and its good too, but this one is outrageous
  • #12
    hmmmm diego i will test it out, im really looking forward trying something new!

    thank you all for the ideas and stuff, i will test it out myself!
  • #13
    Quote from Kakascii

    hmmmm diego i will test it out, im really looking forward trying something new!

    thank you all for the ideas and stuff, i will test it out myself!


    Plz tell me what did you think about it....I'm not a ultra geared DH like most of video makers, but I just rape most mobs in mp8 and 9 and I'm pretty confident that this build is viable with the right gear. The bombardment hit aoe so forthis new patched high density, its a blast.
  • #14
    I will give it a shot to. Sounds interesting.
  • #15
    @diego I tried it out and im completely retarded ! hahahaha cause meh i have to get use to it, but when i get the feeling for it i could see it getting quite strong tbh.
    will it try in Co-op Mode next and see how much fun its going to be there.
  • #16
    Quote from Bleu42

    Quote from StoneTheRock

    Don't think there's anything planned in that aspect or even a planned fix to black weps. There was a post about trying to make elemental dmg interesting but it was all still very early planning.

    As for cold sojs... I've picked up a rf cold soj pretty cheap through a bid. It's prob my 5th cold soj lol


    It was actually a pretty recent blue post saying they are going to fix the bug. The only thing unknown is the timeline, of which it's speculated that it will show up in the itemization patch. I only brought it up though to save people some gold, but if they are super cheap than why not :)


    Don't worry, when that patch comes, ALL PREVIOUS (I mean current) ITEMS WILL BE LESS POWERFUL. They won't get nerfed, the new ones will be simply better. It's the only way they can do a meaningful change with the proposed system.
  • #17
    ballistic spec = strafe with rocket rune + sentry with spitfire rune

    that works atleast :3
  • #18
    I don't know what it is about the skill, but I thoroughly love Ballistics, :-) I also love Custom Engineering...had a hard time moving away from a build I had that focused on getting the most out of CE, though since the patch went live this week, I may try a newer version that gets Rapid Fire involved.

    Since the PTR patch notes made it public that they were buffing Rapid Fire, I started playing around with "rocket based" builds using it. Here's mine currently, if you're interested in seeing a variant. Though I admit, it could use some fine tuning, it has some fairly logical kiting style built right in.

    Left Click: Evasive Fire - Hardened
    Right Click: Rapid Fire - Fire Support
    1: Caltrops - Jagged Spikes
    2: Vault - Trail of Cinders
    3: Companion - Boar Companion
    4: Strafe - Rocket Storm

    Passives: Perfectionist, Steady Aim, Ballistics.

    But yeah, huge fan of Ballistics. Admittedly, my DH could use some better gear, though I'd love to have a Ballstics and possbily a Custom Engineering build when I get him to MP10 someday.
    Pre AH-shutdown Transcendence/Spirit Regen build, used only found and crafted gear and gems, could handle MP7.
  • #19
    I think strafe is a really cool skill, but I hate that it's practically useless if you're surrounded by more than 5-7 mobs, because it has a set amount of attacks that's split up depending on how many enemies are around. I'd rather it do straight aoe damage =D
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