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He gets me every time. Is there an effective way to avoid getting hooked by him?

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There's an audio cue you can use to sidestep it with some practice. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jun 16 '12 at 3:17
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The animation telegraphs it pretty well too... –  user9983 Jun 16 '12 at 3:58
    
@OrigamiRobot The animation doesn't help when the safest place to kill him from puts him off the screen. :P –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jun 16 '12 at 13:20
    
Yeah i always gets hooked when the Butcher is offscreen, at the far corner of the "Arena". –  Kyle Yeo Jun 16 '12 at 16:06
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There are multiple ways to avoid his hook.

Once he shows his initial hook animation (pointing), you have to run in a circle fashion around him. Do not run away, as the hook can catch you easily this way.

Another way to avoid the chain is to keep the butcher at maximum distance, he has to be off screen. When he throws his hook it will not reach you. A good way to practice this is to run down as soon as the fight starts, as he usually begins with hook. Then shoot him from the distance. This is only viable if you deal ranged damage. This works fine as the only other attack that can kill you is his charge and he spits fire just before that.

Note: The chain deals about 30k damage on Inferno, so either you go for a quick death, dealing mass Damage (30k+) or you get at least 30k vitality and some good armor. But even with 30k health he will oneshot you with his other abilities.

Many people claim you can kill the Butcher with about 15-17k damage before the enrage timer is activated, but this works only if you deal constant damage (like a tank). For a Demonhunter you need about 20k damage without Sharpshooter and still you will die very often.

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Before the Butcher throws out his hook, he points in the direction he is going to do it for about 1 second with his cleaver (as though he is aiming). In addition he will make a 'grunting' sound as he throws his hook, which will give you a split second to move if you're at range.

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I can verify this too, he points giving you about a second or two to move. Just walking away is enough. –  Holger Jun 18 '12 at 8:51
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Stand next to him and kill him quickly.

The achievement "Don't Stand in the Fire" required me to avoid getting hooked when fighting the Butcher on Hell difficulty. So I cranked my DPS up to 30k, turned on Frost Nova with reduced cool down and tanked him as a 60 Wizard.

Granted, this is not great advice in general and won't work on Inferno, but in order to get the achievement, I had success being as fast as possible.

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It is possible to be in melee as a Wizard on inferno, it's how I do it. A combination of Diamond Skin and Teleport to move out before his major slams, and strafing out of his hook attack. With Diamond Skin up you can directly tank one of his attacks quite effectively as well. –  kalina Jun 16 '12 at 11:14
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