Withering Fire


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Withering Fire is a rune effect in Rapid Fire, a Hatred-spending Demon Hunter skill.

This rune effect changes the damage type to Fire, as well as dropping the initial casting cost from 20 to 5 Hatred.

The fire damage doesn't make a great deal of difference, as under-emphasized and unvaried as monster resistances are in Diablo III. Monsters may sometimes ignite from a fire critical hit and take a bit of fire damage over time, but the main contribution of that effect is the cool stacks of charred, burning corpses left behind.

The big benefit to this rune effect is dropping the casting cost from 20 to 5. This makes the skill much more variable and available, since it's no longer too Hatred-expensive to fire it for just a second or two. With this rune effect players need not hesitate to unleash a short burst of Withering Fire, instead of saving it for larger targets that will take a few seconds of sustained attack.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

See the Rapid Fire rune effects page for a more thorough description of rune effects, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.

Name Level Description
Rapid Fire

Bow skill
1 Cost: 20 Hatred initially, and an additional 6 Hatred while channeling

Rapidly fire for 685% weapon damage as Physical.

MedRuneD Withering Fire
1 Reduce the initial Hatred cost to 10 and ignite your arrows, causing them to deal Fire damage.


Screenshots and videos will be added post-release.


Prior to the February 2012 skill and rune system overhaul, this effect was created by the Golden Rune, which granted the following effect with a level seven rune:

Withering Fire


Reduce initial Hatred cost by 20.