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Best Diablo 4 Rogue builds

Discover the best Rogue builds in Diablo 4

Diablo 4 image with various Rogues, showing the possibilities available with the new character creation system.
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Looking for the best Diablo 4 Rogue builds? As Diablo 4 Season 1 approaches, the Rogue continues to be an incredible endgame class. Whether you're planning to try the Rogue when the Season of the Malignant begins, or you already have a knife-wielding ninja and want to try something new while waiting, then you're in the right place.

In this guide, you'll find the best Diablo 4 Rogue builds. We break down the necessary information for the Twisting Blades Rogue and Penetrating Shot Rogue, covering the skills and Specialization that you'll need to blitz through Helltides and Nightmare Dungeons across the Diablo 4 map.

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Diablo 4 Twisting Blades Rogue build

Our Twisting Blades Rogue build is fast and ferocious. It uses Shadow Imbuement to spread the Vulnerable status effect, Dashing and Shadow Stepping through enemies to catch as many enemies as possible with Twisting Blades.

It's best against groups of enemies, excelling as you move through Nightmare Dungeons. It can do well against single-targets, especially if you pop the Shadow Clone ultimate, but you'll need to keep moving and ensure that you're ready to dodge any big swings or AoE attacks.

Below, you'll find the most important skills for the Diablo 4 Twisting Blades Rogue build:

  • Puncture (Enhanced/Fundamental)
  • Twisting Blades (Enhanced/Advanced)
  • Shadow Step (Enhanced/Methodical)
  • Dash (Enhanced/Disciplined)
  • Shadow Imbuement (Enhanced/Blended)
  • Shadow Clone (Prime/Supreme)
  • Victimize (Key Passive)

For the Specialization, we've opted for Combo Points to boost the power of Twisting Blades. You can build up Combo Points by using your basic, Puncture, and each one stored (up to the maximum of three) will add considerable damage.

Take a look at our full Twisting Blades Rogue build breakdown for all of the in-depth details on making this knife-wielding ninja.

Diablo 4 image showing a Twisting Blades Rogue wielding two daggers.
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Diablo 4 Penetrating Shot Rogue build

Our Penetrating Shot Rogue build is a ranged option, allowing you to sit back with a Bow or Crossbow and sling arrows from a distance. It also uses Shadow Imbuement, because spreading Vulnerable with explosions is very strong, but pairs it with Poison Imbuement to also inflict damage over time.

Poison Trap then becomes key, with its upgrade giving us chance to instantly reset the Imbuement cooldowns. We also aim for high Critical Strike Chance and Critical Strike Damage with this build, as it synergises with Poison Imbuement for massive single-target damage.

Below, you'll find the most important skills for the Diablo 4 Twisting Blades Rogue build:

  • Forceful Arrow (Enhanced/Fundamental)
  • Penetrating Shot (Enhanced/Advanced)
  • Shadow Step (Enhanced/Methodical)
  • Poison Trap (Enhanced/Countering)
  • Shadow Imbuement (Enhanced/Blended)
  • Poison Imbuement (Enhanced/Blended)
  • Precision (Key Passive)

Once again, we'd recommend Combo Points to increase the damage of Penetrating Shot. You'll already be using your basic, Forceful Arrow, to increase your Critical Strike Chance, so taking Combo Points will add extra utility by boosting your damage and making the upcoming Penetrating Shot far more powerful.

For all the details on this build, check out our full Penetrating Shot Rogue build guide.

That wraps up our guide on the best Diablo 4 Rogue builds. For other playstyles, check out our Diablo 4 Barbarian builds, Druid builds, Necromancer builds, and Sorcerer builds.

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