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]

Name Level Description
Smoke Screen

8 Cost: 14 Discipline

Cooldown: 1.5 seconds

Vanish behind a wall of smoke, becoming momentarily invisible for 1 seconds.

This ability does not start its cooldown until after its effects expire.

14 Gain 100% movement speed while invisible.
Lingering Fog
23 Increase the duration to 1.5 seconds.
Healing Vapors
33 Regenerate 15% Life while invisible.
Special Recipe
44 Reduce the cost to 10 Discipline.
Vanishing Powder
59 Remove the Discipline cost but increase the cooldown to 6 seconds.

Skill Design[edit]

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.


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

Name Level Description
Tactical Advantage

10 Whenever you use Vault, Smoke Screen, or backflip with Evasive Fire you gain 60% movement speed for 2 seconds.

35 Reduce the Discipline cost of all skills by 10%. Increase your Armor and resistance to all damage types by 10%.

Discipline is used to fuel many of your tactical and defensive skills.


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.


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.


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