Fan of Knives


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Fan of Knives in action.

Fan of Knives is a Devices Demon Hunter skill unlocked at level 17. The Demon Hunter quickly whips around in a full circle, sending out a nova of blades that hit all targets in range, many of them multiple times.


The Demon Hunter magically summons a wealth of blades, distributing them in a spinning arc, damaging and slowing enemies within close-range, similar to the nova spells from Diablo of yore.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

Name Level Description
Fan of Knives

1 Cooldown: 10 seconds

Throw knives out in a spiral around you, dealing 620% weapon damage to all enemies within 20 yards. Your knives will also Slow the movement of enemies by 60% for 1 seconds.

Pinpoint Accuracy
1 Increase cooldown to 15 seconds and increase damage to 1600% weapon damage as Lightning.
Bladed Armor
1 Gain 40% additional armor for 6 seconds.

Fan of Knives' damage turns into Cold.

Knives Expert
1 Remove the cooldown but add a 30 Hatred cost.

Fan of Knives' damage turns into Fire.

Fan of Daggers
1 Enemies hit are Stunned for 3 seconds.

Fan of Knives' damage turns into Fire.

Assassin's Knives
1 Also throw long-range knives that deal 620% weapon damage to 5 additional enemies.

Skill Design[edit]

Fan of Knives may have the best D3 acronym yet.

Fan of Knives is a short-range area-of-effect ability that damages all of the enemies in range of the skill. This type of skill is best used either when surrounded by enemies or within close quarters where the enemies are bunched together to a point where the skill will penetrate deeply into the group. The knives also include a slowing debuff.


A video of Fan of Knives can be seen below, courtesy of the You Tube channel.


The following Demon Hunter passives provide a benefit to Fan of Knives, runed or not:

Name Level Description
Steady Aim

1 As long as there are no enemies within 10 yards, all damage is increased by 20%.
Numbing Traps

1 Enemies you Slow, Chill, or hit with Fan of Knives, Spike Trap, Caltrops, Grenades, and Sentry fire have their damage reduced by 25% for 5 seconds.


Faces. Knives. An uneven match.

Fan of Knives was first shown at BlizzCon 2010 as one of the originals when the Demon Hunter was unveiled. Flux gave it a whirl in the demo:[1]

The real limiting factor of this one is the very short range of the knives. They did good damage, but the range was barely beyond melee reach (not that the DH was using melee weapons), and it was fairly mana-expensive. As a result, this one was only worth using when you had at least two or three enemies at very close range. The perfect situation for it was a circle of Vessels, and I enjoyed killing all 6 or 8 Vessels in such scenarios several times with this skill. It took 2 or 3 FoKs to finish them all, but this was the fastest and most effective skill against those clusters of enemies in the entire demo.


Skill tiers were removed shortly before the beta started in September 2011, and Fan of Knives became a level 4 skill, but was soon bumped up to level 14. The skill system was once again overhauled for the Beta Patch 13, and Fan of Knives was classified as a Defensive skill and moved to level 16. For Beta Patch 14, it was re-classified as a Devices skill and moved to level 17.

In Other Games[edit]

As many fans noticed upon announcement of the Demon Hunter and getting to see her skills for the first time, Fan of Knives is a returning skill from previous Blizzard games, namely WarCraft III and World of WarCraft. In WarCraft III, it was an ability used by the "Warden" hero character, and in World of WarCraft it is a level 80 ability used by the Rogue class. Fan of Knives appears to be making a niche within the Blizzard pool of spells and abilities, such as other spells like Teleport, and Blizzard.


Fan of Knives can be seen in action on video here:

You can find pictures in the Diablo III screenshot and picture gallery:


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