Best Diablo 4 Rogue builds and Skills to use

Diablo 4 Rogue male and female Rogues posing
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Craft one of the best Diablo 4 Rogue builds and you’ll be an expert in stealth and subterfuge as you prowl the battleground with magically imbued weapons. Rogues get access to plenty of abilities on their Skill Tree that allows them to pull off stealthy assassinations, but they can also prove to be a disruptive force if crowd control is more your style in Diablo 4. There are so many ways to build a Rogue, making it a great class for experimentation, but I’ve laid out two of the best Rogue builds in Diablo 4, as well as a rundown on how the class works.

Diablo 4 Rogue guide

Diablo 4 Rogue overview on character creation screen

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The Rogue class in Diablo 4 is highly mobile and adaptable. Rogues can eliminate foes with ranged and melee strikes, use stealth and trickery to evade danger, and can be a disruptive force with crowd control effects. Their unique Specializations also offer extra buffs to make them more effective at dealing death. However, their power and mobility come at the cost of resilience, so you’ll need to pick your fights and be agile to stay alive down in the dungeons. Here’s a look at the main abilities of the Rogue class in Diablo 4:

  • Role: Stealthy assassin, melee or ranged, mobility
  • Skill Resource: Energy (regenerates automatically unlike other classes)
  • Class mechanic: Specialization – Unlock and choose one Specialization out of Combo Points, Inner Sight, and Preparation to gain benefits for certain Skills and abilities.
  • Rogue weapons: Daggers, Swords, Bows, Crossbows
  • Statistic effects for Rogues: Dexterity affects a Rogue’s Dodge probability, Strength enhances Energy generation, and Intelligence increases Critical Strike Chance.
  • Damage types: Physical, Cold, Poison, Shadow
  • Status Ailments used by Rogues: Chill, Daze, Freeze, Immobilized, Knock Down, Slow, Stealth, Stun, Unstoppable, Vulnerable

Diablo 4 Rogue builds

When building a Diablo 4 Rogue, the main things to consider are whether you want fight up close or at range, and whether you want to play as a deadly assassin or more of a sneaky trickster. Of course, there’s plenty of scope to mix these archetypes together in Diablo 4, but I’ve narrowed things down to create two specialized builds – one that focuses on being an expert sharpshooter and another that blends high mobility and lots of melee attacks that can apply control effects:

Diablo 4 crossbow sniper Rogue build

Diablo 4 Rogue Skill Tree Rapid Fire Core Skill

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By choosing a few Marksman Skills and building around Critical Strike Chance and damage, you can create a deadly Rogue build that makes good use of ranged weapons. With this selection of Skills, you should be mobile and able to stay out of danger while you use your poison-imbued ranged attacks to build up devastating Critical Strikes. Here are the Rogue Skills I recommend for this build:

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Header Cell - Column 0 SkillCluster
2Enhanced HeartseekerBasic
3Fundamental HeartseekerBasic
4Rapid FireCore
5Enhanced Rapid FireCore
6Advanced Rapid FireCore
7Stutter StepCore (Passive)
8SturdyCore (Passive)
10Enhanced CaltropsAgility
11Disciplined CaltropsAgility
12Weapon MasteryAgility (Passive)
14Enhanced StealthSubterfuge
15Subverting StealthSubterfuge
16AgileSubterfuge (Passive)
17Mending ObscuritySubterfuge (Passive)
18ExploitSubterfuge (Passive)
19MaliceSubterfuge (Passive)
20Poison ImbuementImbuement
21Enhanced Poison ImbuementImbuement
22Blended Poison ImbuementImbuement
23Precision ImbuementImbuement (Passive)
24Deadly VenomImbuement (Passive)
25Alchemical AdvantageImbuement (Passive)
26Rain of ArrowsUltimate
27Prime Rain of ArrowsUltimate
28Supreme Rain of ArrowsUltimate
29Adrenaline RushUltimate (Passive)
30HasteUltimate (Passive)
31PrecisionKey Passive

To complete this Rogue build, you’ll obviously need to make sure you’ve got a good, ranged weapon – a crossbow isn’t essential, but definitely ideal – and armor that improves your Intelligence as much as possible to up your Critical Strike Chance. Choose the Inner Sight Specialization too, as this will allow you spam Rapid Fire if you can snipe marked foes.

Diablo 4 shadow assassin Rogue build

Diablo 4 Rogue Skill Tree Flurry Core Skill

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You’ll also need to choose two Agility Skills to stay mobile, which are Shadow Step and Dash. This means you’ll be forgoing an Ultimate Skill, but that doesn’t mean this build can’t do well in the lategame. Shadow Imbuements and lots of passive Skills will carry you the rest of the way and will ensure that you’re applying plenty of crowd control effects to your enemies and buffs to yourself. I recommend that you pick these Skills to create shadowy trickster Rogue build in Diablo 4:

The Rogue class in Diablo 4 is also highly effective in close-quarters combat, but you’ll obviously need to be agile if you want to stay alive. Firstly, you’ll be making use of knife-based attacks with good range and wide striking areas in the form of Puncture and Flurry – Flurry will also one of your main ways of Stunning enemies! Both Skills are also key to activating your Close Quarters Combat Key Passive.

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2Enhanced PunctureBasic
3Fundamental PunctureBasic
4Twisting BladesCore
5Enhanced Twisting BladesCore
6Advanced Twisting BladesCore
7Stutter StepCore (Passive)
8SturdyCore (Passive)
9Siphoning StrikesCore (Passive)
11Enhanced DashAgility
12Shadow StepAgility
13Enhanced Shadow StepAgility
14Methodical Shadow StepAgility
16Enhanced StealthSubterfuge
17Countering StealthSubterfuge
18AgileSubterfuge (Passive)
19Mending ObscuritySubterfuge (Passive)
20ExploitSubterfuge (Passive)
21Shadow ImbuementImbuement
22Enhanced Shadow ImbuementImbuement
23Blended Shadow ImbuementImbuement
24Precision ImbuementImbuement (Passive)
25Shadow CrashImbuement (Passive)
26Consuming ShadowsImbuement (Passive)
27InnervationUltimate (Passive)
28AftermathUltimate (Passive)
29Adrenaline RushUltimate (Passive)
30ImpetusUltimate (Passive)
31HasteUltimate (Passive)
32Close Quarters CombatKey Passive

Since the Flurry Core Skill is integral to this build, stick with the Combo Points Specialization to buff it as much as possible with extra speed and damage. Otherwise, you’ll want to have two good daggers to for great DPS and don some armor that mainly improves your Dexterity to increase your Dodge Chance.

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