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Demonic Impulse Shadowhunter Build Guide for PvE

Build

required skill points: 384

The Demonic Impulse build focuses on transforming into your Demon Form as quickly as possible.

Later in the game, you can do this in one rotation of your abilities which means you’ll spend almost all of the fight using Demonic abilities.

You’ll always try to end with HowlHowl and then use Blood MassacreBlood Massacre and Leaping BlowLeaping Blow as quickly as possible after transforming.

If you don't like Demon Form that much, try out the Perfect Suppression build.

Blood Massacre

Blood Massacre

Galewind
Death Claw

Death Claw

Bleed
Destruction

Destruction

Overwhelm
Gore Bleeding

Gore Bleeding

Galewind
Leaping Blow

Leaping Blow

Galewind
Ruining Rush

Ruining Rush

Why?Rage
Demonic Slash

10

Demonic Slash

Damage AmplificationNimble MovementChain Charge
Thrust Impact

10

Thrust Impact

Swift ThrustDeep ThrustEncroaching Power
Rising Claw

10

Rising Claw

Naively HonestGiant HandGrasp of Death
Demonic Clone

10

Demonic Clone

Vital Point HitFist of DestructionEnh. Release Encroachment
Wealth
Demon Vision

10

Demon Vision

Concentrated ReleaseEncroaching PowerInstant Discharge
Wealth
Demon's Grip

10

Demon's Grip

Quick PrepEncroaching PowerStretching Hand
Wealth
Howl

10

Howl

Swift FingersEncroaching Power
Wealth
Decimate

10

Decimate

Swift FingersWeak Point DetectionCruel Hand

Skill priority

Demonic Clone
Demon Vision
Howl
Demon's Grip
Thrust Impact
Rising Claw
Decimate
Demonic Slash
Ruining Rush
Death Claw
Destruction
Gore Bleeding
Leaping Blow
Blood Massacre

Prioritize the purple skills that allows you to gain more Shadowburst meter like HowlHowl, Demon VisionDemon Vision, Demonic CloneDemonic Clone and Demon's GripDemon's Grip.

  • Demonic SlashDemonic Slash is for mobility, can be level 4 (recommended 7 for movement speed buff).
  • Rising ClawRising Claw is mainly used for counters outside Demon Form, can keep to level 7 as well.

Gate of EruptionGate of Eruption awakening skill will instantly fill up your Shadowburst meter to max, recommended to use when fight starts.

How to play

Rising ClawRising Claw Demonic Slash is your mobility skill, use it to jump in/out while you're out of Demonic Form.

Shadowburst meter generators skills:

  • Demon VisionDemon Vision and HowlHowl are the highest Shadowburst Meter generators. then you can go for , Demonic CloneDemonic Clone, Demon's GripDemon's Grip, and DecimateDecimate to fill up Shadowburst meter to max.

Stagger combo:

  • Demon VisionDemon Vision, Demonic CloneDemonic Clone, and Thrust ImpactThrust Impact.
  • HowlHowl also lands a debuff the target with 12% increased damage from all party members for a 6 sec (if maxed).

Demonic Form skills:

  • In Demonic form, all skills become damage dealers, Blood MassacreBlood Massacre is your biggest damage skill.
  • All Demonic form skills are dealing Stagger and can be spammed.
  • In Demonic form, Death ClawDeath Claw is the Counter skill.

engravings

3

Demonic Impulse

3

Grudge

3

Adrenaline

3

Keen Blunt Weapon

3

Raid Captain

  • Demonic Impulse: Removes the Composure debuff, which prevents Shadowburst Meter gain for 30 seconds after exiting Demonization, and provides 30% crit rate in Demonic Form.
  • Adrenaline: Provides Crit rate 15% when stacking up 6 stacks of it, which is useful since all Demonic form skills are very low cooldown.
  • Keen Blunt Weapon: With the help of the crit rate from Demonic Impulse & Adrenaline, the Keen Blunt Weapon is very useful and efficient engraving in this build.
  • Grudge: Provides 20% extra damage to bosses, mandatory for all DPS classes.
  • Raid Captain: During tranformation into Demonic Form, you will be getting 30% move speed while transformed, but still missing 10% to cap the movement speed, using RageRage on Death ClawDeath Claw skill and spamming it will provide the rest of the movement speed you need to cap your movement speed to 140%, which provides 18% extra damage from Raid Captain.
  • Hit Master: can be used as an alternative for Raid Captain.

combat stats

Crit

500

Swiftness

0

Specialization

1500

Endurance

0

Domination

0

Expertise

0

Heavily prioritize Specialization. Make crit your 2nd state.

Attack Gems

Demon Skill

Only 1 Damage gem on Demonize "transformation" is enough because it applies on all transformation skills.

Cooldown Gems

Demon Skill

Only 1 Cooldown gem on Demonize "transformation" is enough because it applies on all transformation skills.

gear tripods

Demon Vision
Encroaching Power
Thrust Impact
Encroaching Power
Demonic Clone
Enh. Release Encroachment
Demon's Grip
Encroaching Power
Howl
Encroaching Power
  • Gear tripods are mainly focused on Shadowburst meter gain to help you transform quickly.