Summoner Druid Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Sep 30, 2021 at 12:00 by MrLlamaSC 4 comments

The Summoner Druid is a unique build as most Druids will end up focusing their skills in the Elemental or Shapeshifting Tree while only using Summons as support. On the flip side, if a player focuses all of their efforts into the Summoning Tree, they can create a build that is effective enough to clear the game while being decently safe.

1.

Introduction

If you are tired of playing Summon Necromancer and looking for another Summoning class, the Druid is your next stop! With immortal Ravens, a pack of strong Wolves, a massive Life boosting Oak Sage, and a tanky Bear, there are a lot of options to work your way through the game while staying safe. Definitely not the strongest build in the game, but can be fun with enough gear with skill bonuses.

You can check the viability of this build in PvM by consulting our PvM Tier List.

2.

Summoner Druid Skill Build

The following section shows the core skills for the Summon Druid. For a detailed breakdown of all core and optional skills as well as the recommended order for allocating skill points, refer to the Skills page of this guide.

  1. 1 point to all prerequisites
  2. 20 points to Summon Grizzly Summon Grizzly — damage synergy for your summons, required
  3. 20 points to Summon Dire Wolf Summon Dire Wolf — main skill used. Invest immediately, required
  4. 20 points to Summon Spirit Wolf Summon Spirit Wolf — Attack Rating and Defense for your summons, required
  5. 20 points to a Sage of your choosing, required
3.

Summoner Druid Stat Points and Attributes

Strength Dexterity Vitality Energy
Enough for Gear Enough for Gear Everything Else None

You can read more details about the Stats and Attribute requirements for this build on our Skills page.

4.

Summoner Druid Gear

The following section shows some of the most important items for the Summon Druid. For a detailed per-slot breakdown of all Summon Druid items and alternative builds, refer to the Gear page of this guide.

5.

MrLlamaSC's Summoner Druid Video Guide

We also have a video guide that goes over the build, if you prefer that instead of or in addition to our written guide.

6.

Summoner Druid Breakpoints

In Diablo 2, stats that affect action speed (known as frames) for attacking, casting, blocking, and recovering from a hit can almost never be taken literally. For example, gaining 10% Increased Attack Speed from an item will not necessarily translate into 10% faster attacks. To achieve faster actions, certain breakpoints must be reached, which vary for every class. The tables below list how much of a given stat is required to actually improve the action speed of the class for the stated action.

6.1.

Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints

Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Faster Hit Recovery required to reach frame (Human, Two-Handed Weapon) - 0% 5% 10% 16% 26% 39% 56% 86% 152% 377% - -
Faster Hit Recovery required to reach frame (Human, One-Handed Weapon) 0% 3% 7% 13% 19% 29% 42% 63% 99% 174% 456% - -
Faster Hit Recovery required to reach frame (Wolf) - - - - - - - 0% 9% 20% 42% 86% 280%
Faster Hit Recovery required to reach frame (Bear) - 0% 5% 10% 16% 24% 37% 54% 86% 152% 360% - -
6.2.

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9
Faster Cast Rate required to reach frame (Human) 0% 4% 10% 19% 30% 46% 68% 99% 163% -
Faster Cast Rate required to reach frame (Wolf) - - 0% 6% 14% 26% 40% 60% 95% 157%
Faster Cast Rate required to reach frame (Bear) - - 0% 7% 15% 26% 40% 63% 99% 163%
6.3.

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
Faster Block Rate required to reach frame (Human) - 0% 6% 13% 20% 32% 52% 86% 174% -
Faster Block Rate required to reach frame (Wolf) - - - 0% 7% 15% 27% 48% 86% 200%
Faster Block Rate required to reach frame (Bear) 0% 5% 10% 16% 27% 40% 65% 109% 223% -
7.

Summoner Druid Mercenary

You can either choose a Defensive (Holy Freeze Holy Freeze) or Offensive (Might Might) Act 2 Nightmare Mercenary. I prefer Might Might Mercenary for this character to increase the damage of all of my summons.

8.

Summoner Druid Early Leveling

The Summon Druid can be leveled in a few different ways. If wanting to Summon from the start, we recommend this leveling path.

  1. 4 points to Poison Creeper Poison Creeper
  2. 1 point to Raven Raven
  3. 10 points to Summon Spirit Wolf Summon Spirit Wolf at levels 6-11
  4. 1 point to Oak Sage Oak Sage at level 17
  5. All remaining points to Summon Dire Wolf Summon Dire Wolf
  6. Max out Summon Grizzly Summon Grizzly and Oak Sage Oak Sage after
  7. Respec out of Poison Creeper Poison Creeper when desired

For more comprehensive leveling advice, please refer to our Druid Fastest Leveling Build.

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Changelog

  • 30 Sep. 2021 (this page): Added video guide embed.
  • 19 Sep. 2021 (gear page): Page added.
  • 19 Sep. 2021 (skills page): Page added.
  • 19 Sep. 2021 (this page): Build added.
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