Companion Druid Leveling Build for Diablo 4 (Season 1)

Call on the mother nature with this Druid leveling build.




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Storm StrikeBlood HowlPoison CreeperWolvesCyclone ArmorTornado

General Leveling Tips

To find out more general information about leveling as a Druid in Diablo 4, you can check out our main Druid Leveling guide. You can also go to our Druid Builds page for a list of other leveling and endgame Druid builds for you to choose from.

In regard to leveling up on the seasonal realm, you might also want to check out our season checklist, as it will give you some useful tips and tricks for Season 1 of Diablo 4. Don’t miss this chance to make the most out of your leveling journey!

Season Checklist

Season of the Malignant

Season 1 Patch Notes

The following list details the changes in the Season 1 Patch Update that are specific to this build. Check the Changelog for all the other guide updates.

Patch 1.1

In addition to the build specific changes, multiple sources of Critical Strike Damage and Vulnerable Damage were reduced globally for all classes.

Patch 1.1.1

  • Storm StrikeStorm Strike
    • Spirit gain increased from 14 to 15.
  • WolvesWolves
    • Passive damage increased from 7.8% to 11%.
    • Active damage increased from 110% to 135%.
  • Enhanced Wolf PackEnhanced Wolf Pack
    • Damage bonus increased from 20% to 25%.
  • Brutal Wolf PackBrutal Wolf Pack
    • Attack Speed bonus increased from 20% to 25%.
  • RavensRavens
    • Passive damage increased from 13% to 20%.
  • Brutal RavensBrutal Ravens
    • Additional functionality:
      • Increase the passive damage of Ravens by 40%.

Malignant Heart

Our best-in-slot Malignant Hearts for season 1 will be:

  • Caged Heart of the MoonrageCaged Heart of the Moonrage (Vicious, Offensive): Kills have a 5% chance to summon a Wolf Companion to your side for 20-30 seconds. In addition, gain +3 to Wolves.
  • Caged Heart of RevengeCaged Heart of Revenge (Brutal, Defensive): 10-20% of incoming damage is instead suppressed. When you use a Defensive, Subterfuge or a Macabre skill, all suppressed damage is amplified by 250% and explodes, dealing up to 1360-2040 Fire damage to Nearby enemies.
  • Caged Heart of The BarberCaged Heart of The Barber (Wrathful, Super): Critical Strikes and all subsequent damage within 2.0-4.0 seconds is absorbed by your target. Then, the absorbed damage erupts onto surrounding enemies. Stored damage is increased by 10% per second.

Many of the other Malignant hearts will provide some benefit but these are the 3 you should aim to have in your jewelry to have the greatest increase in power. Malignant Hearts will also give you a bonus to your armor based on their item power level.

With the Season 1 Journey we get early access to Subterranean AspectSubterranean Aspect and the Shockwave AspectShockwave Aspects. I suggest you put them on gear as soon as possible, Subterranean for a little extra damage and Shockwave to make PulverizePulverize our core skill.

For more info on Malignant hearts check out our guide on them here:

Malignant Hearts Guide

Or check out our Season 1 guide here:

Season 1 Guide

Build Introduction

The Storm StrikeStorm Strike and Companions leveling build strives to provide you with the damage and defensiveness to easily make it through the campaign and into World Tier 3 when you will be ready to jump into one of our endgame builds. We have the two best Druid Companions active, providing a good amount of passive minion damage which allows us to run two defensive skills. You have your choice of Spirit spender based on what Legendaries you pick up while leveling for a ton of flexibility.

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Suggested Skill Bar
Blood Howl Blood Howl Wolves Wolves Poison Creeper Poison Creeper Cyclone Armor Cyclone Armor Storm Strike Storm Strike Tornado Tornado

We will use the following skill progression until we have the points available to respec at least 1 point into each of the minion skills, which is around Level 15.

1Storm StrikeStorm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
2Enhanced Storm StrikeEnhanced Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
3TornadoTornadoCore SkillCore Skill
4Enhanced TornadoEnhanced TornadoCore SkillCore Skill
5Raging TornadoRaging TornadoCore SkillCore Skill
6Fierce Storm StrikeFierce Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
7Cyclone ArmorCyclone ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
8Enhanced Cyclone ArmorEnhanced Cyclone ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
9Innate Cyclone ArmorInnate Cyclone ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
10TornadoTornado Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
11TornadoTornado Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
12TornadoTornado Level 4Core SkillCore Skill
13TornadoTornado Level 5Core SkillCore Skill

If you have skill points from Renown, we suggest these talents to get you to Level 15 faster:

14Earthen BulwarkEarthen BulwarkDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
15Enhanced Earthen BulwarkEnhanced Earthen BulwarkDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
16Preserving Earthen BulwarkPreserving Earthen BulwarkDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
17Heart of the WildHeart of the WildCore SkillCore Skill
18Wild ImpulsesWild ImpulsesCore SkillCore Skill
19Wild ImpulsesWild Impulses Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
20Wild ImpulsesWild Impulses Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
21AbundanceAbundanceCore SkillCore Skill
22AbundanceAbundance Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
23AbundanceAbundance Level 3Core SkillCore Skill

Upon reaching Level 15, your priority is to do the Druid Class quest to unlock Spirit Bonding and pick up the first bond as outlined below. Once you do that, you can do a respec into our main build as listed in the table below.

You should choose a Core skill for which you find a Legendary Item during your leveling process. For example, even though we recommend LandslideLandslide ability as a default choice, if you find a Legendary Item like Stormchaser's AspectStormchaser’s Aspect, you should use TornadoTornado instead, since you will see a much higher power gain this way.

1Storm StrikeStorm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
2Enhanced Storm StrikeEnhanced Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
3Fierce Storm StrikeFierce Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
4Storm StrikeStorm Strike Level 2Basic SkillBasic Skill
5Storm StrikeStorm Strike Level 3Basic SkillBasic Skill
6Storm StrikeStorm Strike Level 4Basic SkillBasic Skill
7Cyclone ArmorCyclone ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
8Blood HowlBlood HowlDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
9Enhanced Cyclone ArmorEnhanced Cyclone ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
10Preserving Cyclone ArmorPreserving Cyclone ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
11Enhanced Blood HowlEnhanced Blood HowlDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
12Poison CreeperPoison CreeperCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
13WolvesWolvesCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
14TornadoTornado, LandslideLandslide, or PulverizePulverizeCore SkillCore Skill
15Enhanced Poison CreeperEnhanced Poison CreeperCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
16Brutal Poison CreeperBrutal Poison CreeperCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
17Enhanced Wolf PackEnhanced Wolf PackCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
18Enhanced of your chosen Core SkillCore SkillCore Skill
19Brutal Wolf PackBrutal Wolf PackCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
20Your choice of Passive for your Core SkillCore SkillCore Skill
21Call of the WildCall of the WildCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
22Call of the WildCall of the Wild Level 2Companion SkillCompanion Skill
23Call of the WildCall of the Wild Level 3Companion SkillCompanion Skill
24Predatory InstinctPredatory InstinctCore SkillCore Skill
25Predatory InstinctPredatory InstinctCore SkillCore Skill
26Predatory InstinctPredatory InstinctCore SkillCore Skill
27Preserving Blood HowlPreserving Blood HowlDefensive SkillDefensive Skill

At this point you will have a few options based on what you feel you need more in your build whether it is single target, AoE clearing, or defensives.

All of the following points can be taken any time during the next levels. Poison CreeperPoison Creeper for more AoE, WolvesWolves for more single target, and Cyclone ArmorCyclone Armor and Blood HowlBlood Howl for more defensiveness.

28Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Level 2Companion SkillCompanion Skill
29Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Level 3Companion SkillCompanion Skill
30Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Level 4Companion SkillCompanion Skill
31Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Level 5Companion SkillCompanion Skill
32WolvesWolves Level 2Companion SkillCompanion Skill
33WolvesWolves Level 3Companion SkillCompanion Skill
34Ursine StrengthUrsine StrengthKey PassivesKey Passives
35WolvesWolves Level 4Companion SkillCompanion Skill
36WolvesWolves Level 5Companion SkillCompanion Skill
37Cyclone ArmorCyclone Armor Level 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
38Blood HowlBlood Howl Level 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
39Cyclone ArmorCyclone Armor Level 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
40Blood HowlBlood Howl Level 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
41Cyclone ArmorCyclone Armor Level 4Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
42Blood HowlBlood Howl Level 4Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
43Cyclone ArmorCyclone Armor Level 5Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
44Blood HowlBlood Howl Level 5Defensive SkillDefensive Skill

Lastly, we clean up the last point on Storm StrikeStorm Strike and pick up some more utility talents, keeping in mind that talents number 49-58 will be from renown rewards in each of the five zones.

45Storm StrikeStorm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
46Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade GaitCore SkillCore Skill
47Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade Gait Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
48Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade Gait Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
49Ancestral FortitudeAncestral FortitudeDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
50Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude Level 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
51Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude Level 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
52VigilanceVigilanceDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
53VigilanceVigilance Level 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
54VigilanceVigilance Level 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
55QuickshiftQuickshiftUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
56Heightened SensesHeightened SensesUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
57Heightened SensesHeightened Senses Level 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
58Heightened SensesHeightened Senses Level 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill

Mechanics and Playstyle

This is one of the easiest builds you will play! We use Poison CreeperPoison Creeper to clear out packs of mobs with the insane AoE damage that it provides, while our WolvesWolves will be used as our main single target ability. We use Storm StrikeStorm Strike as our Basic skill due to being able to apply Vulnerable up to three mobs at a time, as well as giving us damage reduction.

We use our chosen Core SkillCore Skill as a bit of extra damage for both single target and AoE as a spirit dump. It will greatly help carry you until you can go full Companions with gear and proper affixes later on in the endgame.

We take Cyclone ArmorCyclone Armor for defensiveness as well as a good knock back (note: If your Poison Creeper didn’t completely kill the pack of mobs, an activation of Cyclone Armor will finish them off) and Blood HowlBlood Howl as a self heal and damage increase. We use Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct to increase our critical strike chance and the chance of activating our Packleader Spirit Bond and Call of the WildCall of the Wild to increase the damage of our Companions.

Heightened SensesHeightened Senses, VigilanceVigilance, and Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude all help us survive even more by increasing our damage reduction and resistances.

Spirit Boons

Below is the order in which you should unlock your Spirit Boons. Only offer enough Druidic Spirit Offerings to unlock the first 4 listed Boons and then fully unlock the rest to activate the final Boon with Spirit Bonding.

Boon NameAnimalEffect
PackleaderWolfLucky Hit: Critical Strikes have up to a 20% chance to reset the Cooldowns of your Companion Skills.
Scythe TalonsEagleGain 5% increased Critical Strike Chance.
WarinessStagTake 10% reduced damage from Elites.
OverloadSnakeLucky Hit: Dealing Lightning damage has up to a 20% chance to cause the target to emit a static discharge, dealing 20% Lightning damage to surrounding enemies.
Swooping AttacksEagleGain 10% Attack Speed.

Gear Choice and Stat Priority while Leveling

Make sure to pick up all Rare equipment drops that may be upgrades while you are leveling Storm Strike and Companions Druid. Save Legendary items with useful aspects in your stash to be used later for extraction and imprinting onto well rolled Rare items.

When looking at weapons keep in mind that a higher level 1-handed may be better when paired with an off-hand than the 2-handed that you are using.

Listed below are the stat affixes to prioritize on gear for leveling a Storm StrikeStorm Strike and Companions Druid, ranked by their importance. Affixes on the same level have roughly the same importance.

1 DPS value of weapons and off-hands
2Critical Strike Chance
Cooldown Reduction
Lucky Hit Chance
Rank to Wolves and Poison Creeper
All Damage
Companion Damage
Vulnerable Damage
3Attack Speed and Basic Skill Attack Speed
Basic Skill Damage
Damage Reduction
Damage Reduction while Fortified
Any Elemental Resistances
5Movement Speed
Crowd Control Duration
Healing Received

Legendary Item Aspects

To unlock Aspects in the Codex of Power, you must complete the corresponding Dungeon where the specific Aspect drops. Visit the Occultist to imprint this Aspect onto an item. Aspects from the Codex of Power can be used often on weapons.

Aspects found on dropped Legendary Items have stronger effects than those applied from the Codex of Power. Additionally, it is important to know that certain Aspects can only be obtained by finding them on a legendary item, and are not accessible through the Codex of Power. Extract Aspects from unusable Legendary Items to imprint them onto well-rolled Rare Items. Avoid imprinting valuable extracted Aspects onto weapons, because weapons they get replaced often while leveling.

We have a dedicated in-depth Aspect and Codex of Power guide that you can check out for more information.

Listed below are the Aspects that are important for the Companion Druid leveling build. They are listed in order of priority.

Aspect NameLegendary Aspect PowerSource
Aspect of the AlphaAspect of the AlphaYour Wolf Companions are now Werewolf Companions. Werewolf Companions deal +[75 – 100]% additional damage and can spread Rabies.Drop Only
Nighthowler's AspectNighthowler’s AspectBlood Howl increases Critical Strike Chance by +[5 – 10]%. In addition, Blood Howl also affects Nearby Companions and Players for 3 seconds.Forbidden City Fractured Peaks
Aspect of Cyclonic ForceAspect of Cyclonic ForceCyclone Armor also provides Physical Damage Reduction. In addition, Cyclone Armor will also be applied to all Nearby Allies.Collapsed Vault Kejistan
Aspect of MightAspect of MightBasic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for [2 – 6] seconds.Dark Ravine
Dry Steppes
Rapid AspectRapid AspectBasic Skills gain +[15 – 30]% Attack Speed.Buried Halls
Dry Steppes
Edgemaster's AspectEdgemaster’s AspectSkills deal up to x[10 – 20]% increased damage based on your available Primary Resource when cast, receiving the maximum benefit while you have full Primary Resource.Oldstones


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

  • Weapon: TopazTopaz for Basic Attack Damage
  • Armor: RubyRuby for Maximum Life.
  • Jewelry: Use the Malignant Hearts recommended at the start of this guide, for the special effects as well as the armor bonus.

Elixirs and Health Potions

Visit the Alchemist 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. Use an Elixir providing any Resistance you need most, Iron Barb ElixirIron Barb Elixir for Armor, or Assault ElixirAssault Elixir for Attack Speed.

Keep in mind if you are having issues in a dungeon with a certain mob you will eventually unlock elixirs that will give you a 20% damage increase against a specific mob type.

Return to the Alchemist at Levels 10, 20, 30, 45, 60, 70, 80, and 90 to upgrade your Health Potions.


  • August 7th, 2023: Updated for patch 1.1.1.
  • July 23rd, 2023: Updated Gems section to reflect the presence of Malignant Hearts.
  • July 18th, 2023: Updated for Season 1 and added Skill Bar.
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