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Boulder Druid Endgame Build Guide for Diablo 4 (Season 3)

Be the avalanche that buries your foes!




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Build Introduction

Unleash an Avalanche to bury your enemies! Hurl your BoulderBoulders, obliterating those that stand in your path! Boldly barrage and batter the battlefield to beat your foes! The BoulderBoulder Druid build uses the Unique Item Dolmen StoneDolmen Stone and Aspect of Metamorphic StoneAspect of Metamorphic Stone in combination to let your Boulders do massive damage in a large area around you.

This guide covers everything necessary to get started on your BoulderBoulder adventure, including Skill Tree points, Paragon, Gearing, and Seasonal updates. The guide will primarily cover Endgame pushing, but will also cover alternative options as well as Gauntlet considerations.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Mobile gameplay
  • Excels at both AoE and Bossing
  • Resource hungry build
  • gameplay can be complicated
  • heavy gearing investment

To see how this build compares to the other builds on our site, you can check out our build tier lists.

Build Requirements

Required Uniques
Required Aspects (Non-codex)

The following Unique Items and Legendary Aspects are required for the build:

This build does not require, but recommends the following Unique Items:

This build does not require, but will benefit from the following Uber Unique Items:

Season of the Construct

Season 3 patch updates

The following list details the changes in the Season 3 Patch Updates that are specific to this build. For general Season 3 information, check out our Season 3 Hub.

Patch 1.3

Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless Skies – New Effect: Spending resources reduces your resource costs and increases your damage by x10% for 3 seconds, up to 40%.

Aspect of RetaliationAspect of Retaliation – Bonus damage reduced from 20–40% to 20–30%.

Aspect of Metamorphic StoneAspect of Metamorphic Stone – Boulder Spirit Cost reduced from 50 to 40.

Spirit Boon: Avian Wrath – Critical Strike Damage bonus is now Multiplicative instead of Additive.

Patch 1.3.3

Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless Skies – Now shows a buff on the bar while active.

Wind ShearWind Shear

  • Spirit Generation increased from 14 to 16.
  • Damage increased by 10%.

Seneschal Construct

The seasonal theme adds a Seneschal Construct companion to aid your character throughout their adventures in Sanctuary. The Construct’s playstyle and support is modified by Governing Stones that grant the construct abilities, with up to three Tuning Stones per Governing Stone to supplement that ability. Stones can be obtained through Vaults, Arcane Tremors, Journey rewards, or crafting.

The Uber Unique Seneschal Tuning Stones Evernight and Genesis are powerful Tuning Stones that drop from the new boss, Malphas. If obtained, they replace non-uber options.

  • Evernight: The supported Skill grants you +4 to all Skills when used for 2.0s.
  • Genesis: Increase the effectiveness of the supported Skill by 150%

For this build, use Flash of Adrenaline for a strong personal damage buff, and a Ranged Governing Stone for strong Damage Reduction and Spirit Generation.

Flash of Adrenaline

  • Duration Support
  • Tactical Support
  • Fortify Support (Replace with Genesis)


  • Safeguard Support
  • Resource Support
  • Swift Support (Replace with Evernight)

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Skill Bar for Boulder Druid
Hurricane Hurricane Trample Trample Earthen Bulwark Earthen Bulwark Petrify Petrify Shred Shred Boulder Boulder
Priority SkillsCluster
Wind ShearWind Shear rank 1, Enhanced Wind ShearEnhanced Wind ShearBasic SkillBasic Skill
ShredShred rank 1, Enhanced ShredEnhanced Shred, Primal ShredPrimal Shred, Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct rank 3, Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade Gait rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
Earthen BulwarkEarthen Bulwark rank 1, Enhanced Earthen BulwarkEnhanced Earthen Bulwark, Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude rank 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
Companion SkillCompanion Skill
BoulderBoulder rank 5, Enhanced BoulderEnhanced Boulder, Natural BoulderNatural Boulder, HurricaneHurricane rank 1, Enhanced HurricaneEnhanced Hurricane, Savage HurricaneSavage Hurricane, TrampleTrample Crushing EarthCrushing Earth rank 2, SafeguardSafeguard rank 3, Stone GuardStone Guard rank 2, NeurotoxinNeurotoxin rank 1, EnvenomEnvenom rank 3, Toxic ClawsToxic Claws rank 1, Elemental ExposureElemental Exposure rank 1, Endless TempestEndless Tempest rank 3Wrath SkillWrath Skill
PetrifyPetrify, Prime PetrifyPrime Petrify, DefianceDefiance rank 3, Circle of LifeCircle of Life rank 3, ResonanceResonance rank 3, Natural DisasterNatural Disaster rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
Nature's FuryNature’s FuryKey Passive

Once well-geared, Endless TempestEndless Tempest duration to HurricaneHurricane may be unnecessary. These points can be reallocated into VigilanceVigilance ranks, Stone GuardStone Guard rank 3, or Crushing EarthCrushing Earth rank 3.

Spirit Boons – The Druid Class Specialization

Druids unlock powerful Spirit Boon passives, giving offerings to the animal spirits to receive their Blessing. Once fully unlocked, activate the final Boon by Spirit Bonding with one of the four animal spirits to take two passives from that row.

Boon NameAnimalEffect
WarinessDeerTake 10% reduced damage from Elites.
Scythe TalonsEagleGain +5% increased Critical Strike Chance.
Avian WrathEagleGain 30%[x] Critical Strike Damage.
BolsterWolfFortify for 15% of your Maximum Life when you use a Defensive Skill.
MasochisticSnakeLucky Hit chance of 75%. Critical Strikes with Shapeshifting Skills Heal you for 3% Maximum Life (#).

Alternative Boons

If Spirit Generation while leveling and gearing is not sufficient, replace the Wolf’s Bolster with the Wolf’s Energize.

In hard hitting push content, swap the Eagle’s Scythe Talons for the Eagle’s Iron Feather.

If healing is sufficient, swap the Snake’s Masochistic for the Snake’s Calm Before the Storm for more casts of PetrifyPetrify.


The Paragon Board is a progression system unlocked at Level 50, giving player power through Common stat Nodes, Magic affix Nodes, Rare leveled Glyphs, and Legendary board-exclusive Nodes. Below you will find the preferred Glyphs, Boards, and pathing recommended for making the most of the build. All Glyphs are placed as if they are max radius (Level 15+).

While leveling and gearing, prioritize the Spirit Generation nodes from Ancestral GuidanceAncestral Guidance and Lust for CarnageLust for Carnage.

ShapeshifterShapeshifterGrants +25.0% bonus to all Rare nodes within range.
Bonus (25 Dexterity): Shapeshifting has a 20% chance to cause the Skill’s damage to Critically Strike.
Inner BeastInner BeastAfter Shapeshifting, your Spirit costs are reduced by 10% for 5 seconds, up to 30% (Legendary Node not taken.)
ExploitExploitFor every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal + [3.85%] increased damage to Vulnerable targets.
Bonus (25 Dexterity): When an enemy is damaged by you, they become Vulnerable for 3 seconds. This cannot happen more than once every 20 seconds per enemy.
Ancestral GuidanceAncestral GuidanceAfter spending 75 Spirit, you deal 30%[x] increased damage for 5 seconds.
OutmatchOutmatchGrants +25.0% bonus to all Rare nodes within range.
Bonus (25 Dexterity): You deal 16%[x] increased Physical damage to Non-Elites and Bosses.
Earthen DevastationEarthen DevastationEarth Skills deal 10%[x] increased Critical Strike Damage, increased by 20%[x] of the total amount of your Bonus Damage to Crowd Controlled up to 40%[x].
Earth and SkyEarth and SkyGrants +30.0% bonus to all Magic nodes within range.
Bonus (40 Willpower): Nature Magic Skills deal x10% increased damage to Crowd Controlled or Vulnerable enemies.
Heightened MaliceHeightened MaliceWhile there are 3 or more Poisoned enemies Nearby, you deal 45%[x] increased damage (Legendary Node not taken).
UndauntedUndauntedFor every 5 Intelligence purchased within range, you deal + [7.7%] increased damage while Fortified.
Bonus (25 Intelligence): You gain up to 10% Damage Reduction the more Fortify you have.
Lust for CarnageLust for CarnageCritical Strikes with Werewolf Skills restore 2 Spirit.
TerritorialTerritorialFor every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal + [9.6%] increased damage to Close targets.
Bonus (25 Dexterity): You gain 15% Damage Reduction against Close Enemies.

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Starting Board

D4 Druid Paragon Board

Inner Beast

D4 Druid Paragon Board

Ancestral Guidance

D4 Druid Paragon Board

Earthen Devastation

D4 Druid Paragon Board

Heightened Malice

D4 Druid Paragon Board

Lust for Carnage

D4 Druid Paragon Board

Legendary Aspects and Gearing Affixes

Below are the recommended Legendary Aspects and Gear Affixes for each gear slot. Gear Affixes in Bold are the ideal Affixes, but alternatives are added.

1 Handed AxeAspect of Metamorphic StoneAspect of Metamorphic StoneWillpower
All Stats
Damage to Crowd Controlled Enemies
Damage to Close Enemies

Core Skill Damage
TotemAspect of Nature's SavageryAspect of Nature’s SavageryCritical Strike Chance
Cooldown Reduction
Damage Reduction from Poisoned Enemies
Damage Reduction while Fortified

Resource Generation
HeadGodslayer CrownGodslayer Crown OR
Harlequin CrestHarlequin Crest
Max Life
Total Armor
Cooldown Reduction
ChestSymbiotic AspectSymbiotic AspectTotal Armor
Max Life
Damage Reduction from Close Enemies
Damage Reduction from Poisoned Enemies

Damage Reduction while Fortified
GlovesAspect of Natural BalanceAspect of Natural BalanceCritical Strike Chance
Attack Speed

All Stats
Critical Strike Damage
PantsTibault's WillTibault’s WillRanks in BoulderBoulder.
Damage Reduction from Poisoned Enemies
Damage Reduction from Close enemies
Total Armor

Max Life
BootsGhostwalker AspectGhostwalker AspectMovement Speed
Spirit Cost Reduction
All Stats

Dodge Chance
AmuletDolmen StoneDolmen StoneUnique Item Required
Ring 1Accelerating AspectAccelerating AspectCritical Strike Chance
Damage to Crowd Controlled Enemies
Max Life
Critical Strike Damage

Damage to Close Enemies
Ring 2Aspect of the UmbralAspect of the Umbral OR
Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless Skies
Critical Strike Chance
Damage to Crowd Controlled Enemies
Max Life
Critical Strike Damage

Damage to Close Enemies

Check our Legendary Aspect and Codex of Power Guide to see which slots can have which legendary powers. For example, Rings can have either Offensive or Resource powers, so there are interchangeable options listed above. Accelerating AspectAccelerating Aspect could be on any of Totem, Gloves, 1 Handed Weapon or Ring, and there is still room for all the rest of the Legendary Aspects that complete the build.

2 Handed Weapon with Aspect of Metamorphic StoneAspect of Metamorphic Stone is not used because the Aspect is bugged to be an additive damage boost, rather than a multiplicative damage boost. On top of that, the benefit of 1 Handed and Totem is a faster cast speed for more Nature's FuryNature’s Fury triggers, as well as strong available Gear Affixes on Totem; including Double Cooldown Reduction, Damage Reductions, and Critical Strike Chance.

Alternative Aspects

For Eternal Realm players without access to the seasonal Seneschal Construct, Starlight AspectStarlight Aspect can be used for Spirit generation, replacing Accelerating AspectAccelerating Aspect.

Unique Items

The following Unique Items are recommended for the build.

  • Dolmen StoneDolmen Stone is mandatory for the build, changing BoulderBoulder into a core skill and allowing BoulderBoulder to rotate around the player while HurricaneHurricane is active.
  • Tibault's WillTibault’s Will is essential to the build, providing strong Spirit generation and a powerful multiplier with high coverage.
  • Godslayer CrownGodslayer Crown is another effective grouping tool, as well as a strong damage multiplier.

All these Unique Items can be target-farmed from Duriel.

If acquired, the following Uber Items are recommended for the build.

The following Unique Items are situational additions to the build.

  • Airidah's Inexorable WillAiridah’s Inexorable Will deals screen-wide damage and gathers enemies on Ultimate cast PetrifyPetrify. This can be a top-end damage loss, and is also a tradeoff from a non-unique rings’ better Gear Affixes.

Mechanics and Playstyle

This build has lots of moving parts that come together to make a powerful storm of abilities.

BoulderBoulder is your high damage main skill. Due to Dolmen StoneDolmen Stone, when HurricaneHurricane is active, the Boulders will revolve around the player. Aspect of Metamorphic StoneAspect of Metamorphic Stone turns Boulder into a Core Skill, and removes the cooldown, and adds a Spirit Cost to the skill. Keep several of these rotating around you at a time, and refresh them as they run out. BoulderBoulder does Physical damage, but is a Nature Magic Skill; meaning it benefits from Storm and Earth modifiers.

ShredShred is a mobility tool and filler Skill that will apply Poison and Slow. Because we use Aspect of Nature's SavageryAspect of Nature’s Savagery, Shred will also trigger even more Boulders from Nature's FuryNature’s Fury.

We gain resource, damage multipliers, and Unstoppable from casts of Earthen BulwarkEarthen Bulwark and TrampleTrample from Tibault's WillTibault’s Will.

PetrifyPetrify is our Ultimate ability, which Stuns enemies and applies a heavy Critical Strike Damage taken debuff. This stun is especially useful against Elite enemies that have the Suppressor Affix.

Our Key Passive, Nature's FuryNature’s Fury gives us a large volume of secondary casts of our Skills, which helps maintain volume on BoulderBoulder.

Spirit Generation

This build does not use a Basic Attack Spirit generator; instead, it relies on several alternative sources:

In the Endgame, these are sufficient sources for Spirit Cost needs, despite BoulderBoulder being a resource-hungry Skill. However, if the above are insufficient sources while leveling and gearing, consider using one or more of the following supplementary options:


  1. Maintain HurricaneHurricane.
  2. Get your Tibault's WillTibault’s Will multipliers, Unstoppable, and Spirit with Earthen BulwarkEarthen Bulwark or TrampleTrample.
  3. Gap close, apply Poison and Slow with ShredShred.
  4. Roll out your BoulderBoulders! Maintain several at a time, recasting to keep multiple active.
  5. Cast PetrifyPetrify to apply Stuns and a strong Critical Strike Damage multiplier.
  6. ShredShred as filler. This will also maintain some Boulders from Nature's FuryNature’s Fury triggers.

Controller vs Keyboard and Mouse

This build can play smoother on a controller, but more precise and controlled on keyboard and mouse.

On controller, when held, ShredShred can auto-move to the nearest enemies, or continue direction if no enemies are in range. The Dashes from casts of ShredShred auto-aim to the nearest enemy.

Keyboard and Mouse can offer better control, allowing you to choose targets to Dash to. Both options are valid. Keyboard and Mouse can also access the auto-aim behavior for ShredShred by going into ESC -> Options -> Gameplay, and changing Skill Toggle Behavior to Toggle All.

Gauntlet Optimization

The Gauntlet is a Trial event dungeon that changes weekly. The format is a point score system over 8 minutes, and players will compete in weekly Leaderboards for fame and prize.

BoulderBoulder excels at all the aspects of the Gauntlet. This build offers:

  • High damage against Bosses
  • Strong AoE attacks
  • Sources for grouping enemies
  • High mobility and gap closing

The enemies are level 124, which is the equivalent to Tier 70 nightmare dungeons. Compared to a Tier 100 Nightmare dungeon, the enemies will hurt less, but speed counts even more!

The Gearing and Paragon Setups for Gauntlet will take less Armor, Max Life, Damage Reductions, and top-end multipliers, and instead tune for speed, uptime and efficiency. The following recommendations are for generic Gauntlet play, and considerations may change week to week as new maps are shown.

Gearing and Legendary Affixes for Gauntlet

Make the following changes for the Gauntlet:

Gauntlet Skills

Use the same Skill Tree for the Gauntlet.

Gauntlet Paragon

The Paragon tree has a similar layout, but gives up some Armor and Max Life nodes to take some more damage nodes, as well as replacing TerritorialTerritorial and UndauntedUndaunted for SpiritSpirit and GuzzlerGuzzler.

CLICK THIS LINK to see the Gauntlet Paragon Board in its entirety. Paragon Board tool is courtesy of d4builds.gg.


See below for the best Gems to socket into your gear for each category.

Elixirs, Incense and Health Potions

The Alchemist offers helpful consumables at the cost of foraged materials found throughout Sanctuary.

  • Craft the highest Assault ElixirAssault Elixir available for Attack Speed bonuses.
  • If mats are available, craft Chorus of WarChorus of War.
  • Upgrade your potion as you level, increasing the instant healing of the potion.


10 March, 2024: Guide created, fully replacing previous guide.

  • Ownership transferred.
  • Adjusted Gear, Skills, and Paragon sections to hit defensive stats targets and improve overall damage output.
  • Improved readability, explanations, and options.
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