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Demon Hunter Lesson : Equip 2-handed crossbow
Demon Hunter - after playing most of Normal and all of Nightmare with a onehanded crossbow and shield, I finally decided to try out 2-handed crossbows. Oh dear - from lvl 30 on, with the passive skill 'Archery' (+50% more critdmg on 2-handed crossbows), you'll definitely want to go with 2-handed crossbows. The increase in effective DPS was astounding for me. Guess the passive lvl 50 skill 'Sharpshooter' helps a lot to, making my DH crit much more regularly.
That said, I'm a 'Long Fuse Spike Trap' and 'Chemical Burn Impale' user, combined with the Bat companion for Hatred regeneration and 'Battlescars Preparation' for additional self-heal, and I always run with some variation of 'Vault' - to vault is to be a Demon Hunter. My Hatred builder is usually 'Volatile Explosives Bola Shot'. Quite a wind-up on all the attacks, but massive and usually instant payoff.
I really gimped my Demon Hunter by using onhanded crossbows. Pretty much tripled the average damage by equipping 2-handed crossbows - 'Long Fuse Spike Trap' hitting for like 30k crits now. Fun Fact, the Bat companion crits for 1k+ now. Hilarity.
P.S. Currently lvl 53 DH in Act I Hell around Wortham. Still playing solo, 'til it ain't reasonably fun anymore.
P.P.S Here's my current build