Sharpshooter is a Demon Hunter passive skill unlocked at Level 50, which grants a bonus to the Demon Hunter's critical hit chance that gradually increases and will reset once a successful critical hit has been made.
|| Gain 4% Critical Hit Chance every second. This bonus is reset 1 seconds after you successfully critically hit.|
This skill is affected by your characters:
Every Demon Hunter attack benefits from Sharpshooter (unless they cannot critically hit).
Advantages and Disadvantages
The biggest advantage to Sharpshooter is in boss battles, because of the following facts:
- Sharpshooter can increase critical hit chance to a maximum of 100%.
- Sharpshooter doesn't reset until 1 second after a critical hit.
- All Demon Hunter bows can fire more than 1 attack per second.
- Boss battles typically involve lag before the battle begins.
As a result of these factors, a Demon Hunter using Sharpshooter is essentially guaranteed two critical hits (if not more) at the start of a boss battle.
The biggest disadvantage to Sharpshooter is that its added benefit decreases as base critical hit chance increases (since the time between critical hits decreases, meaning the added boost drops as well).
Passive skills have had a long and storied history. When Diablo III debuted at the WWI 2008, skill trees included passive skills, much like in Diablo II. In 2010, it was announced that passive skills had been renamed traits and separated out from active skills. At the July 2011 Press Event, Blizzard announced that passive skills were once again in the game, replacing the traits system.
Sharpshooter was not seen until it showed up in the Diablo III beta as a level 28 passive. It was bumped to level 29 in Beta Patch 13, and when passives were reorganized for Beta Patch 14, Sharpshooter was moved up to level 50.