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Barrage Rogue Leveling Build Guide for Diablo 4 (Season 4)

The best starter build to level a new Rogue character!




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BarragePunctureDashShadow StepShadow ImbuementCold Imbuement

Build Introduction

The Barrage Rogue leveling build unleashes a spread of arrows to hit every foe. BarrageBarrage shotguns the toughest enemies, and the arrows ricochet to hit additional targets. With many recent buffs made to Barrage, this is the best build to level a new Rogue character in Season 4 of Diablo 4.

Once your Rogue character reaches Level 50 or enters World Tier 3, switch to the endgame guide for Barrage to continue this build.

Video Overview and Gameplay Footage

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Skill Bar Setup for the Barrage Rogue (order does not matter)
Barrage Barrage Puncture Puncture Dash Dash Shadow Step Shadow Step Shadow Imbuement Shadow Imbuement Cold Imbuement Cold Imbuement

The following table shows the order in which to allocate your Skill Points for the Barrage Rogue leveling build. You gain 48 points at Level 50 and 2 points from completing Renown in each Act zone, for a total of 58.

1PuncturePuncture Rank 1Basic SkillBasic Skill
2Enhanced PunctureEnhanced PunctureBasic SkillBasic Skill
3BarrageBarrage Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
4Fundamental PunctureFundamental PunctureBasic SkillBasic Skill
5Enhanced BarrageEnhanced BarrageCore SkillCore Skill
6Advanced BarrageAdvanced Barrage (switch to Improved BarrageImproved Barrage once you obtain PrecisionPrecision)Core SkillCore Skill
7DashDash Rank 1Agility SkillAgility Skill
8Shadow StepShadow Step Rank 1Agility SkillAgility Skill
9BarrageBarrage Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
10BarrageBarrage Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
11BarrageBarrage Rank 4Core SkillCore Skill
12BarrageBarrage Rank 5Core SkillCore Skill
13ExploitExploit Rank 1Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
14ExploitExploit Rank 2Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
15ExploitExploit Rank 3Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
16MaliceMalice Rank 1Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
17Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement Rank 1Imbuement SkillImbuement Skill
18Cold ImbuementCold Imbuement Rank 1Imbuement SkillImbuement Skill
19Enhanced Shadow ImbuementEnhanced Shadow ImbuementImbuement SkillImbuement Skill
20Mixed Shadow ImbuementMixed Shadow ImbuementImbuement SkillImbuement Skill
21Enhanced Cold ImbuementEnhanced Cold ImbuementImbuement SkillImbuement Skill
22Mixed Cold ImbuementMixed Cold ImbuementImbuement SkillImbuement Skill
23MaliceMalice Rank 2Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
24MaliceMalice Rank 3Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
25Adrenaline RushAdrenaline Rush Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
26HasteHaste Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
27HasteHaste Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
28HasteHaste Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
29Enhanced Shadow StepEnhanced Shadow StepAgility SkillAgility Skill
30Methodical Shadow StepMethodical Shadow StepAgility SkillAgility Skill
31Frigid FinesseFrigid Finesse Rank 1Agility SkillAgility Skill
32Frigid FinesseFrigid Finesse Rank 2Agility SkillAgility Skill
33Frigid FinesseFrigid Finesse Rank 3Agility SkillAgility Skill
34PrecisionPrecision Rank 1Key PassivesKey Passives
35Weapon MasteryWeapon Mastery Rank 1Agility SkillAgility Skill
36Weapon MasteryWeapon Mastery Rank 2Agility SkillAgility Skill
37Weapon MasteryWeapon Mastery Rank 3Agility SkillAgility Skill
38Stutter StepStutter Step Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
39Stutter StepStutter Step Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
40Stutter StepStutter Step Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
41Enhanced DashEnhanced DashAgility SkillAgility Skill
42SturdySturdy Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
43SturdySturdy Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
44SturdySturdy Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
45Siphoning StrikesSiphoning Strikes Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
46Siphoning StrikesSiphoning Strikes Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
47Siphoning StrikesSiphoning Strikes Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
48AgileAgile Rank 1Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
49AgileAgile Rank 2Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
50AgileAgile Rank 3Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
51Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement Rank 2Imbuement SkillImbuement Skill
52Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement Rank 3Imbuement SkillImbuement Skill
53Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement Rank 4Imbuement SkillImbuement Skill
54Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement Rank 5Imbuement SkillImbuement Skill
55PuncturePuncture Rank 2Basic SkillBasic Skill
56PuncturePuncture Rank 3Basic SkillBasic Skill
57PuncturePuncture Rank 4Basic SkillBasic Skill
58PuncturePuncture Rank 5Basic SkillBasic Skill

Barrage Rogue Specialization

Combo Points is the preferred Rogue Specialization for general farming due to it providing bonus damage and additional arrows for BarrageBarrage.

Combo Points Rogue Diablo 4
Combo Points Are Counted Above the Skill Bar

Build Mechanics and Playstyle

The Barrage Rogue build is fairly simple to play, but requires some precise positioning. BarrageBarrage fires arrows in an arcing range to cover a wide area, similar to Multishot in other ARPGs. The ricocheting arrows provide additional hits to clear groups of enemies, and the automatic targeting makes for an easy playstyle.

Fundamental PunctureFundamental Puncture applies Vulnerable to enable the 100% ricochet chance from Enhanced BarrageEnhanced Barrage. PrecisionPrecision also guarantees Critical Strikes for the ricochets.

Activations of Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement and Cold ImbuementCold Imbuement can be alternated for high imbuement uptime. Shadow Imbuement provides the build with much needed Area of Effect explosions against groups of enemies. Mixed Shadow ImbuementMixed Shadow Imbuement also increases the damage of Cold imbued attacks. Cold Imbuement quickly Freezes enemies in one cast of BarrageBarrage due to the multiple hits, activating Mixed Cold ImbuementMixed Cold Imbuement and Frigid FinesseFrigid Finesse for a huge damage boost against Elites.

Damage is increased further with ConcussiveConcussive, Weapon MasteryWeapon Mastery, ExploitExploit MaliceMalice, and ImpetusImpetus.

Finally, Stutter StepStutter Step, HasteHaste, and DashDash speed up movement for faster farming.

Damage Rotation

Use the following rotation to optimize damage output.

  1. Activate an Imbuement Skill:
    • Against large groups of enemies, activate Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement for AoE explosions.
    • Against Elites, activate Cold ImbuementCold Imbuement for more single-target damage.
  2. Cast PuncturePuncture 3 times to build Combo Points. Try to stay close enough to elites and bosses to apply Vulnerable with Fundamental PunctureFundamental Puncture.
  3. Cast BarrageBarrage next to the toughest enemy to shotgun them, hitting them with every arrow and ricocheting to other enemies.
  4. Repeat the rotation, alternating activations of Imbuement Skills when needed.

Gear, Gems, Elixirs, and Stats

Season 4 brings an incredible shift in character progression systems. The major rework to itemization and crafting in Patch 1.4.0 changes the core mechanics of Diablo 4, and the changes will remain in effect beyond Season 4. The following sections cover the important systems that are essential to improving the power of your character during the leveling process.

Legendary Aspects

Aspect of Branching VolleysAspect of Branching Volleys can be unlocked in the Codex of Power by completing the Shadowed Plunge Dungeon in Hawezar. Unfortunately, the dungeon is locked behind a Level 40 Stronghold. Clear Vyeresz to Stronghold and Shadowed Plunge Dungeon when you are around Level 40, and then visit the Occultist to imprint this Aspect onto an item. An Amulet is recommended for imprinting important Aspects for a +50% bonus effect, and it does not need to be replaced as often as weapons.

Clear Vyeresz Stronghold to access Shadowed Plunge Dungeon

Higher Tier Aspects with stronger effects can be found on dropped Legendary Items. Salvage unwanted Legendary Items at the Blacksmith to unlock these Aspects in the Codex of Power, and the imprint them onto well-rolled Rare Items. Check the in-depth Aspect and Codex of Power guide for more information.

Listed below are all the Aspects found on Legendary Items that are important for the Barrage Rogue leveling build. They are listed in order of priority. The best-in-slot Aspects List is in the Endgame Guide for Penetrating Shot Rogue.

Aspect NameLegendary Aspect PowerSource
Aspect of Branching VolleysAspect of Branching VolleysIncrease the damage of arrows that ricochet from Barrage to [50 – 80%]. Barrage’s arrows have a [30 – 60%] chance to split when they ricochet.Shadowed Plunge, Hawezar
High Velocity AspectHigh Velocity AspectBarrage arrows now pierce through 1 enemy. Barrage has [10 – 20%] increased Attack Speed.Random Drop
Edgemaster's AspectEdgemaster’s AspectSkills 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.Oldstones, Scosglen
Aspect of the ExpectantAspect of the ExpectantAttacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by [5 – 10%], up to 30%.Underroot, Scosglen
Aspect of MightAspect of MightBasic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for [2 – 6] secondsDark Ravine, Dry Steppes
Rapid AspectRapid AspectBasic Skills gain [15 – 30%] Attack Speed.Buried Halls, Dry Steppes
Accelerating AspectAccelerating AspectCritical Strikes with Core Skills increase your Attack Speed by [15 – 25%] for 3 seconds.Random Drop Only
Aspect of Quickening FogAspect of Quickening FogYou automatically drop a Smoke GrenadeSmoke Grenade at the end of DashDash. Dash’s Cooldown is reduced by [0.25 – 0.35] seconds for each enemy Dazed this way, up to [0.75 – 1.05] seconds.Random Drop Only


Listed below are the best Gems to socket into gear for each item type.

WeaponRoyal EmeraldRoyal Emerald for increased Critical Strike Damage.
ArmorRoyal RubyRoyal Ruby for increased Maximum Life.
JewelryAny Resistance Gems needed or Royal SkullRoyal Skull for Armor (up to 9,230 Armor cap).


Visit the Alchemist in any main town to craft helpful Elixirs that increase stats and experience gain for 30 minutes. Make sure to forage plants and pick up the necessary crafting materials during your adventures; they randomly spawn around the world. Elixirs can also drop randomly from enemies and chests during many activities in Diablo 4. Listed below are the best Elixirs to consume, ranked by importance.

  1. Elixir of ResourceElixir of Resource greatly helps with Energy issues, if you do not already have the appropriate Energy gear. This elixir is highly recommended for starting characters to maintain casting of Core Skills.
  2. Elixir of PrecisionElixir of Precision provides the highest damage output increase, if not already capped at 100% Critical Strike Chance.
  3. Elixir of AdvantageElixir of Advantage increases damage output, if not already capped at 100% Attack Speed bonus from gear and Paragon.
  4. Elixir of FortitudeElixir of Fortitude is the best general purpose option for survivability.

Return to the Alchemist again when you reach Level 20, 30, 45, 60, 70, 80 and 90, to upgrade your potion. The extra healing is essential to survival.

Stat Priority and Tempering Affixes

Listed below are the affixes to prioritize on gear during early leveling of a Barrage Rogue. Each line of affixes are listed in order of importance. Affixes on the same line are considered to be equally important, but their benefits may vary depending on how much is stacked or other character stats.

When comparing weapons with similar item levels, Crossbows are preferred over Bows for the better implicit stat and Weapon MasteryWeapon Mastery bonus. Daggers are beneficial for faster Combo Point generation, while Swords offer a boost to PrecisionPrecision with the Critical Strike Damage implicit.

PrecisionPrecision increases the priority of Critical Strike Damage to scale the bonus multiplier, while reducing the need for Critical Strike Chance.

Tempering Manuals are randomly dropped while leveling, and they need to be found to unlock their usage at the Blacksmith. Highlighted affixes are the the most beneficial temper to prioritize while leveling. All other tempers may not be worthwhile during early levels if you are consistently replacing gear with new item upgrades.

SlotGear AffixesTempering Affixes
Weapons1. Maximum Life, Critical Strike Damage
2. Dexterity, Vulnerable Damage
Core Augments — RogueCore Augments — Rogue (Weapon): Chance for Barrage Projectiles to Cast Twice
Specialist EvolutionSpecialist Evolution (Offensive): Damage per Combo Point Spent
Helm1. Cooldown Reduction, Energy per Second, Ranks to Shadow Imbuement
2. Resistances, Armor
3. Maximum Life, Dexterity, Lucky Hit Chance
Worldly FortuneWorldly Fortune (Utility): Chance to Freeze
Worldly EnduranceWorldly Endurance (Defensive): Maximum Life
Chest1. Ranks to Dark Shroud, Energy per Second
2. Resistances, Armor
3. Maximum Life, Dexterity
Worldly FortuneWorldly Fortune (Utility): Chance to Freeze
Worldly EnduranceWorldly Endurance (Defensive): Maximum Life
Gloves1. Ranks to Barrage, Attack Speed, Critical Strike Damage
2. Resistances, Armor
3. Resource Cost Reduction, Critical Strike Chance
Specialist EvolutionSpecialist Evolution (Offensive): Damage per Combo Point Spent
Worldly FortuneWorldly Fortune (Utility): Chance to Freeze
Pants1. Resistances, Armor
2. Maximum Life, Dexterity
Worldly FortuneWorldly Fortune (Utility): Chance to Freeze
Worldly EnduranceWorldly Endurance (Defensive): Maximum Life
BootsImplicit Stat: Attacks Reduce Evade’s Cooldown
1. Movement Speed, Energy per Second
2. Resistances, Armor
3. Ranks to Dash, Maximum Life, Dexterity
Natural MotionNatural Motion (Mobility): Movement Speed
Worldly FortuneWorldly Fortune (Utility): Chance to Freeze
Amulet1. Ranks to Weapon Mastery, Cooldown Reduction, Attack Speed
2. Movement Speed, Armor, Critical Strike Chance
Imbuement AbundanceImbuement Abundance (Resource): Shadow or Cold Imbue Additional Casts
Specialist EvolutionSpecialist Evolution (Offensive): Damage per Combo Point Spent
Rings1. Attack Speed, Critical Strike Damage
2. Resource Cost Reduction, Vulnerable Damage, Resistances, Maximum Life
3. Dexterity, Lucky Hit Chance, Critical Strike Chance
Imbuement AbundanceImbuement Abundance (Resource): Shadow or Cold Imbue Additional Casts
Specialist EvolutionSpecialist Evolution (Offensive): Damage per Combo Point Spent


Paragon unlocks after reaching Level 50, and the progression system offers a considerable boost to character power. The images below provide a visual of an early Paragon board setup for the Barrage Rogue.

The Paragon boards in this leveling guide are designed as a temporary setup for characters that have recently reached Level 50. Continue your progress with the fully optimized Paragon setup in the Barrage endgame guide.

Important Notes:

  • Make sure you select the correct Legendary Boards and rotate them into the correct orientation.
  • Attach Legendary Boards in the correct order, as bonus requirements of Rare Nodes increase with their placement order.
  • Additional bonus requirements on Rare Glyphs may not be obtainable until they gain increased radius range at Level 15.

1. Starting Board (Exploit)

Socket ExploitExploit in the starting board. Prioritize leveling Exploit to 15 for increased radius, as it is needed to allocate enough Strength to activate the additional bonus.

2. Tricks of the Trade (Turf)

Rotate the Tricks of the TradeTricks of the Trade board 2 times before attachment. Immediately obtain the Legendary node, and then Socket TurfTurf for some valuable Damage Reduction. Prioritize leveling Turf to 15 for increased radius, as it is needed to allocate enough Strength to activate the additional bonus.

3. Cheap Shot (Combat)

Rotate the Cheap ShotCheap Shot board 2 times before attachment. Immediately obtain the Legendary node on this board. Socket CombatCombat to gain Critical Strike Damage for an increased damage bonus on PrecisionPrecision.

Paragon Board images courtesy of d4builds.gg. Click this link for the Paragon planner.


  • May 15th, 2024: Priority Affixes updated with game changes made since the Season 4 PTR.
  • May 14th, 2024: Guide created for Season 4 (Patch 1.4.0).
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