With the release of Season 2, players are looking for the best leveling build for the Rogue – one of Diablo 4’s strongest and most versatile classes.
The Rogue has always been a speedy powerhouse that can deal devastating amounts of damage in quick succession. In the Season of Blood, the class is arguably even stronger than before. It maintains its position as the best class in Diablo 4 Season 2.
With all that said, it can still be a little daunting to start fresh at level 1 at the beginning of a new Season. Below, we go over the best leveling build for the Rogue class to help you reach later World Tiers with ease in Diablo 4.
- Rogue Diablo 4 Season 2 Leveling Build Guide
- How to Use Twisting Blades Rogue Build in Diablo 4 Season 2
- Best Vampiric Powers for Rogue Leveling Build in Diablo 4 Season 2
- Best Legendary Aspects for Rogue Leveling Build in Diablo 4 Season 2
Rogue Diablo 4 Season 2 Leveling Build Guide
The Twisting Blades Rogue build is the best leveling build for the Rogue in Diablo 4 Season 2.
As with Season 1, Twisting Blades is an extremely high DPS build that allows you to smash through everything the game has to throw at you.
Here’s a breakdown of the skills required for a complete version of the Twisting Blades leveling build (numbers indicate how many skill points are allocated) when spending 58 skill points:
|SKILL TYPE||SKILL NAME||ENHANCEMENT||UPGRADE||CLUSTER PASSIVES|
|Basic||1 Puncture||1 Enhanced Puncture||1 Fundamental Puncture||–|
|Core||5 Twisting Blades||1 Enhanced Twisting Blades||1 Improved Twisting Blades||3 Sturdy|
3 Stutter Step
3 Siphoning Strikes
|Agility||1 Dash||1 Enhanced Dash||1 Disciplined Dash||3 Concussive|
2 Rapid Gambits
1 Trick Attacks
3 Weapon Mastery
|Subterfuge||1 Dark Shroud|
1 Poison Trap
|1 Enhanced Dark Shroud|
1 Enhanced Poison Trap
|1 Subverting Dark Shroud|
1 Countering Poison Trap
|Imbuement||1 Shadow Imbuement||1 Enhanced Shadow Imbuement||1 Blended Shadow Imbuement||1 Shadow Crash|
3 Consuming Shadows
|Ultimate||–||–||–||3 Trap Mastery|
1 Adrenaline Rush
|Key Passive||1 Momentum||–||–|
The final version of the Twisting Blades Rogue leveling build requires players to reach Level 50 and earn 8 skill points from Renown in Diablo 4. This will total up to 58 skill points.
Check out the table below for a clearer picture of what order to spend each of your skill points as you level:
|Skill Name||Level Order||Skill Type|
|Enhanced Twisting Blades||4||Core|
|Improved Twisting Blades||5||Core|
|Enhanced Dark Shroud||14||Subterfuge|
|Subverting Dark Shroud||15||Subterfuge|
|Enhanced Poison Trap||16||Subterfuge|
|Enhanced Shadow Imbuement||18||Imbuement|
|Blended Shadow Imbuement||19||Imbuement|
|Countering Poison Trap||43||Subterfuge|
It’s important to note that it’s a good idea to start with Advanced Twisting Blades rather than Improved Twisting Blades at level 5. This will help with Cooldown reduction earlier on in the leveling process.
You can then swap to Improved Twisting Blades at around level 36 to make better use of the build!
Check out the build guide from RageGamingVideos below to get a better sense of how this all appears in Diablo 4’s Skill Tree Menu:
Best Rogue Specialization for Twisting Blades Leveling Build
The best Rogue Specialization for the Twisting Blades leveling build is Inner Sight. This is because it generates large amounts of Energy, which allows you to activate your skills much more frequently.
With Inner Sight equipped, you will fill your Inner Sight gauge when attacking any marked enemies. When full, you will have unlimited Energy for a brief period, allowing you to spam attacks and deal huge amounts of damage.
Specializations are the Rogue’s unique class mechanic, which is unlocked by completing the True Potential questline after reaching level 15. The first Specialization, Combo Points, is unlocked automatically after the quest. The other two are unlocked after reaching a certain level.
Here are the three Rogue Specializations and what they do:
- Combo Points (Level 15)
- Your Basic Skills now generate Combo Points. Core Skills consume Combo Points for additional effects.
- Inner Sight (Level 20)
- Attack marked enemies to fill your Inner Sight gauge. When it’s full, gain unlimited Energy for 4 seconds.
- Preparation (Level 30)
- Every 100 Energy you spend reduces your Ultimate Skill’s Cooldown by 5 seconds. Using an Ultimate Skill resets the Cooldowns of your other Skills.
As Twisting Blades is a Core Skill, Combo Points is another good option as it can enhance its damage output even further.
However, after reaching level 20, we recommend switching over to Inner Sight, as managing your Energy is more important on your way to level 50.
How to Use Twisting Blades Rogue Build in Diablo 4 Season 2
The Twisting Blades Rogue leveling build is built around the Twisting Blades Core Skill. It relies on utilizing the Rogue’s inherent high mobility and speed so you can dole out quick bursts of devastating damage to your enemies.
When Twisting Blades is activated you’ll deal moderate damage to a single target and then release returning blades that will follow you and deal damage to all in your path.
You need to rely on your supplementary mobility skills to move between targets. To make the most impact, you’ll need to line up the returning blades to hit as many enemies as possible.
To use Twisting Blades frequently, you’ll want to have your Energy topped off as much as possible. This is why the Inner Sight Rogue Specialization is so useful. The Puncture Basic Skill is also a great way to regain Energy.
Regarding other skills, it’s important to utilize your Dash and Dark Shroud abilities for extra mobility and defense, as well as Shadow Imbuement and Poison Trap to inflict increased damage against single targets.
This build also synergizes particularly well with the Vampiric Powers that were introduced in Season 2.
Best Vampiric Powers for Rogue Leveling Build in Diablo 4 Season 2
For Rogues running the Twisting Blades leveling build, these are the five best Vampiric Powers you’ll want to keep an eye out for:
Major Vampiric Powers (6 Pacts Required):
- Accursed Touch (6 Divinity):
- Lucky Hit: Up to a 44% chance to inflict Vampiric Curse on enemies. Enemies with the Vampiric Curse have a 15% chance to spread it to other surrounding enemies. Accursed Souls deal 200% increased damage.
- Moonrise (6 Ferocity):
- Hitting an enemy with a Basic Skill grants you 4% Attack Speed for 10 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. Upon reaching maximum stacks, you enter a Vampiric Bloodrage, gaining 160% Basic Skill damage and 15% Movement Speed for 10 seconds.
- Metamorphosis (2 Ferocity, 2 Divinity, 2 Eternity)
- When you Evade you turn into a cloud of bats, becoming Unstoppable for 4 seconds. Enemies along your path take 160% Physical damage and are inflicted with Vampiric Curse.
Minor Vampiric Powers (1-3 Pacts Required):
- Prey on the Weak (2 Ferocity):
- You deal 16% increased damage to Vulnerable enemies. Enemies are Vulnerable while affected by a Vampiric Curse from your other Vampiric Powers.
- Ravenous (3 Ferocity):
- Lucky Hit: Up to a 20% chance to increase your Attack Speed by 40% of your Total Movement Speed for 6 seconds.
Vampiric Powers are a new feature added with Diablo 4’s Season 2 and provide powerful passive effects that can significantly buff your character.
You can purchase and upgrade Vampiric Powers with Potent Blood and can equip up to five Vampiric Powers at one time. You need to have the correct number of Pacts to activate each Vampiric Power.
There are 22 Vampiric Powers in total. Check our extensive list of all Vampiric Hearts in Diablo 4, what they do, and how to get them.
Best Legendary Aspects for Rogue Leveling Build in Diablo 4 Season 2
The best Legendary Aspects for the Rogue leveling build in Diablo 4 Season 2 should include buffs to either your Attack Speed, Critical Strike, Defense, or general mobility.
Here are some of the most effective Legendary Aspects for leveling your Rogue in Season 2 of Diablo 4:
- Bladedancer’s Aspect
- Twisting Blades orbit for a short time after they return to you, dealing [10 – 15%] of Twisting Blades’ return damage per hit. Based on the distance the blades returned, the orbit damage increases up to [20 – 30%] of the return damage.
- Edgemaster’s Aspect
- Skills deal up to [10–20%] increased damage based on your available Primary Resource when cast, receiving the maximum benefit while you have full Primary Resource.
- Aspect of the Expectant
- Attacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by [5 – 10%], up to 30%.
- Aspect of Disobedience
- You gain [0.25 – 0.50%] increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to [15.00 – 30.00%].
- Smiting Aspect
- You have [10 – 20%] increased Critical Strike Chance against Injured enemies. While you are healthy gain [20 – 40%] increased Crowd Control Duration.
- Vengeful Aspect
- Lucky Hit: Making an enemy Vulnerable has up to a [30 – 50%] chance to grant 3% increased Critical Strike Chance for 3 seconds, up to 9%.
- Rapid Aspect
- Basic Skills gain [15 – 30%] Attack Speed.
Rogue Leveling Tips to Reach World Tier 3
Before you set out on your Season 2 journey, you need to understand how to level efficiently to get Skill Points for your build.
Here are some tips to help you reach Level 50 and World Tier 3 in Diablo 4 Season 2:
- If playing Solo player, start in World Tier 1 to level up more efficiently
- World Tier 2 gives players 20% more XP, but it can make you level up slower due to how long it takes to kill enemies.
- When you reach Level 50, unlock World Tier 3 with the capstone dungeon
- Start in World Tier 2 if you play with a group.
- This will give you 20% more XP due to the World Tier and an extra 10% XP when close to a party member. If you use an Elixir, this will boost you an extra 5%.
- After you reach Level 50, complete the capstone dungeon to unlock World Tier 3.
- If this is not your first character, skip the campaign to access the Whispering Tree and carry over your map progress.
- This will also allow players to participate in the seasonal events immediately if they play in the Seasonal Realm.
- Certain items will give your skills an added rank. Try to find items that will boost the skills of your current build.
- It is better to have an item suited to your build, even if it is lower in Item Power
- Hold off on spending Gold and Imprinting your gear until you reach the endgame