Smoke Screen

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Smoke Screen is a Defensive Demon Hunter skill unlocked at Level 8. Using this skill allows the Demon Hunter to vanish from sight and knowledge of monsters for a second, allowing for escape or even an attack without the monsters reacting in any way. While monsters will not attack an invisible Demon Hunter, characters are not immune to damage while invisible, so this will not save you if you are standing in a lake of fire or other AoE effect.

This skill was widely used and abused in the days after Diablo III's launch, to the point that Blizzard applies a hotfix to reduce the invisibility time from 2 to 1 second.[1]

Skill Rune Effects[edit | edit source]

Name Level Description

<skill class="DemonHunter">Smoke Screen</skill> <skill class="DemonHunter" rune="Displacement">Smoke Screen</skill> <skill class="DemonHunter" rune="Lingering Fog">Smoke Screen</skill> <skill class="DemonHunter" rune="Healing Vapors">Smoke Screen</skill> <skill class="DemonHunter" rune="Special Recipe">Smoke Screen</skill> <skill class="DemonHunter" rune="Vanishing Powder">Smoke Screen</skill>

Skill Design[edit | edit source]

The Demon Hunter's class concept included ranged attacks, traps, and movement and stealth skills, and being able to vanish is clearly an excellent form of stealth.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

The following Demon Hunter passives provide a benefit to Smoke Screen, runed or not:

Name Level Description

<skill class="DemonHunter">Tactical Advantage</skill> <skill class="DemonHunter">Perfectionist</skill>

Development[edit | edit source]

Smoke Screen was first seen at the July 2011 Press Event, where it was a level 12 skill. Unfortunately, no information about the skill's function was available.

Beta[edit | edit source]

When the beta started in September 2011, Smoke Screen was changed to level 18. The skill system was once again overhauled for the Beta Patch 13, and Smoke Screen was classified as a Defensive skill and bumped up to level 22. For Beta Patch 14, it was dropped to level 8.

Media[edit | edit source]

Smoke Screen can be seen in action on video here:

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References[edit | edit source]