Diablo IV: Best Rogue Leveling Build For Season 1

Diablo IV’s Season of The Malignant has been going on for about a week now. Over the last week, the community has seen the game’s meta shift and morph into where it is today. With this comes changes to how classes are played and what builds are considered the best. Rogue has gone under some interesting class changes which has resulted in some fun builds that can be played in the end game.

In this guide, you’ll read about a leveling build for Rogue. You can play this build in the new Season of The Malignant or you can just play it in the core experience of the game, it’s up to you.

Leveling Rapid Fire Flurry Rogue Build

Our heroes are looking pretty cool.
Killing a bunch of baddies.

Unlike every other class in the game, Rogue right now is in a great spot to use TWO core skills. Usually, you would want to avoid stacking core skills because of the damage fall, but for Rogue it’s ideal.

Using Rapid Fire and Flurry will let you cover your bases by having a crazy Single Target attack with Rapid Fire and an amazing AoE attack with Flurry. You can read about this further into the build.

If you are playing a seasonal Rogue you will want to keep an eye out for these Malignant Hearts: Revenge, The Barber, and The Dark Dance.

  • Revenge: 10-20% of incoming damage is instead suppressed. When you use a Defensive, Subterfuge, or a Macabre skill, all suppressed damage is amplified by 250% and explodes, dealing up to 1360-2040 Fire damage to nearby enemies.
  • The Barber: Critical Strikes and all subsequent damage within 2.0-4.0 seconds is absorbed by your target. Then, the absorbed damage erupts onto surrounding enemies. Stored damage is increased by 10% per second.
  • Punishing Speed: Every 5 seconds while above 60% Life, Core Skills cost 68-51 Life instead of your Primary Resource. Skills that consume Life deal 10-20% increased damage.

Core Skills

A big world boss
The world Boss!

Your Hotbar should consist of: Rapid Fire, Puncture, Dash, Shadow Step, Concealment (Or Shadow Imbuement), and Flurry.

All of your core skills should be maxed out by level 40.

What really makes the Rogue Dual Core class build shine is the Rogue Specialization which is unlocked through the True Potential questline. Unlocking the Specialization is important because this gives you access to Combo Points, which is the most important specialization for the class. 

Use Puncture to build combo points and then use Rapid Fire to deal extra damage. On top of this, you can use these combo points to get an Attack Speed buff when using the AoE option, Flurry

Puncture is also used to apply the Vulnerable status effect to a single target. Then you’ll use Flurry to spread the Vulnerable status to the enemies around your first target.

Besides the two core skills being your main focus, you have three mobility skills, Dash, Shadow Step, and Concealment. These are great to use when leveling and will also give you a great “get out of danger button”. 

The leveling path looks like this:

  • Puncture to Enhanced Puncture
  • Penetrating Shot
  • Fundamental Puncture
  • Penetrating Shot to Advanced Penetrating Shot
  • Dash
  • Penetrating Shot to Max
  • Concealment to Countering Stealth
  • Smoke Grenade to Countering Smoke Grenade
  • Shadow Imbuement to Blended Shadow Imbuement
  • Shadow Crash
  • Consuming Shadow to Level 3
  • Adrenaline Rush
  • Haste to Level 3
  • Exploit to Level 3
  • Malice to Level 2
  • Precision
  • Malice to Level 3
  • Weapon Mastery to Level 3
  • Enhanced Dash to Disciplined Dash
  • Concussive
  • Trick Attacks
  • Concussive to Level 3
  • Stutter Step to Level 3
  • Agile to Level 3

At this point, you should be level 50! Rogue can currently do a lot of interesting things so there’s no concrete way to level them up,  but you can follow this guide if you’d like some help!

If you’re playing Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant, what Rogue build are you following? 

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