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Companion Druid Leveling Build for Diablo 4 (Season 4)

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 4 of Diablo 4. Don’t miss this chance to make the most out of your leveling journey!

Build Introduction

The 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 all of the 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, and once you obtain Shepherd's AspectShepherd’s Aspect any core skill you choose will carry you to Level 50 where you can swap to one of our Endgame Druid builds easily.

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Suggested Skill Bar
Blood Howl Blood Howl Wolves Wolves Poison Creeper Poison Creeper Ravens Ravens 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.

OrderSkillCluster
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 Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
11TornadoTornado Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
12TornadoTornado Rank 4Core SkillCore Skill
13TornadoTornado Rank 5Core SkillCore Skill

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

OrderSkillCluster
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 Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
20Wild ImpulsesWild Impulses Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
21AbundanceAbundanceCore SkillCore Skill
22AbundanceAbundance Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
23AbundanceAbundance Rank 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.

OrderSkillCluster
1Storm StrikeStorm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
2Enhanced Storm StrikeEnhanced Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
3Fierce Storm StrikeFierce Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
4TornadoTornado, LandslideLandslide, or PulverizePulverizeCore SkillCore Skill
5Enhanced of your chosen Core SkillCore SkillCore Skill
6Your choice of Passive for your Core SkillCore SkillCore Skill
7Blood HowlBlood HowlDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
8Enhanced Blood HowlEnhanced Blood HowlDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
9Preserving Blood HowlPreserving Blood HowlDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
10Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct Core SkillCore Skill
11Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
12Poison CreeperPoison CreeperCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
13WolvesWolvesCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
14RavensRavensCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
15Enhanced Poison CreeperEnhanced Poison CreeperCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
16Brutal Poison CreeperBrutal Poison CreeperCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
17Enhanced Wolf PackEnhanced Wolf PackCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
18Brutal Wolf PackBrutal Wolf PackCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
19Enhanced RavensEnhanced RavensCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
20Brutal RavensBrutal RavensCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
21Call of the WildCall of the WildCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
22Call of the WildCall of the Wild Rank 2Companion SkillCompanion Skill
23Call of the WildCall of the Wild Rank 3Companion SkillCompanion Skill
24Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
25Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade GaitCore SkillCore Skill
26Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade Gait Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
27Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade Gait Rank 3Core SkillCore 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 or your chosen core skill for more single target, and Blood HowlBlood Howl for more defensiveness.

OrderSkillCluster
28Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Rank 2Companion SkillCompanion Skill
29Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Rank 3Companion SkillCompanion Skill
30Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Rank 4Companion SkillCompanion Skill
31Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Rank 5Companion SkillCompanion Skill
32WolvesWolves Rank 2Companion SkillCompanion Skill
33WolvesWolves Rank 3Companion SkillCompanion Skill
34Ursine StrengthUrsine StrengthKey PassivesKey Passives
35WolvesWolves Rank 4Companion SkillCompanion Skill
36WolvesWolves Rank 5Companion SkillCompanion Skill
37Rank 2 of chosen core skillCore SkillCore Skill
38Rank 3 of chosen core skillCore SkillCore Skill
39Rank 4 of chosen core skillCore SkillCore Skill
40Rank 5 of chosen core skillCore SkillCore Skill
41Blood HowlBlood Howl Rank 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
42Blood HowlBlood Howl Rank 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
43Blood HowlBlood Howl Rank 4Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
44Blood HowlBlood Howl Rank 5Defensive SkillDefensive Skill

Lastly, we clean up the last point 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.

OrderSkillCluster
45Heart of the WildHeart of the WildCore SkillCore Skill
46Wild ImpulsesWild ImpulsesCore SkillCore Skill
47Wild ImpulsesWild Impulses Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
48Wild ImpulsesWild Impulses Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
49Ancestral FortitudeAncestral FortitudeDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
50Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude Rank 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
51Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude Rank 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
52VigilanceVigilanceDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
53VigilanceVigilance Rank 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
54VigilanceVigilance Rank 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
55NeurotoxinNeurotoxinWrath SkillWrath Skill
56EnvenomEnvenomWrath SkillWrath Skill
57EnvenomEnvenom Rank 2Wrath SkillWrath Skill
58EnvenomEnvenom Rank 3Wrath SkillWrath 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. If you can get Shepherd's AspectShepherd’s Aspect from Bloodsoaked Crag in Dry Steppes then you will be able to boost the damage of your chosen core skill immensely.

We take 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.

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 25% chance to reset the Cooldowns of your Companion Skills.
Scythe TalonsEagleGain 5% increased Critical Strike Chance.
WarinessStagTake 15% reduced damage from Elites.
OverloadSnakeLucky Hit: Dealing Lightning damage has up to a 40% 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.

ImportanceAffix
1 DPS value of weapons and off-hands
2Critical Strike Chance
Cooldown Reduction
Lucky Hit Chance
Rank to Wolves and Poison Creeper
All Damage
3Attack Speed and Basic Skill Attack Speed
Willpower
4Life
Any Elemental Resistances
Armor
5Movement Speed

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.

Aspect NameLegendary Aspect PowerSource
Shepherd's AspectShepherd’s AspectCore and Wrath Skills deal an additional [5 – 10%] damage for each active Companion.Bloodsoaked Crag
Dry Steppes
Aspect of the StampedeAspect of the StampedeGain 1 additional Companion. In addition, your Companion Skills deal {X – X%} bonus damage.Drop Only
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
Scosglen

Gems

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: Whatever Resistance you are missing or DiamondDiamond for All Res.

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.

Starting Paragon

Below we have a few starter boards to help you until you can transition into an endgame build. If you are following this guide and enjoying the playstyle we suggest you transition into the Wolf Companion Endgame build and as such the boards below are actually the same as the first 3 boards in that build.

1. Starting Board

For the Starting Board, head towards the right and grab the Rare and Magic Nodes on the way to the glyph slot where we socket the KeeperKeeper glyph, making sure to grab all of the Intelligence inside the radius. Finish off by pathing up the left side and grab the Rare and Magic Nodes.

2. Lust for Carnage

Paragon Lust for Carnage Druid Diablo 4

Attach Lust For Carnage next, as it has the best glyph slot and Rare/Magic Nodes even though we don’t want the Legendary Node itself. Path the right side of the board, grabbing the Rare and Magic Nodes as seen in the picture, then head over to the glyph slot and socket WildsWilds into it, making sure to grab all of the Intelligence nodes inside of the radius before heading back to the right side of the board. Upon finishing the nodes and leaving the board, you will attach Heightened Malice.

3. Heightened Malice

Paragon Heightened Malice Druid Diablo 4

Attach Heightened Malice, heading left and then downward to pick up the Glyph slot and socket a HumanHuman Rare Glyph into it, making sure to pick up all of the Rare and Magic Nodes in the image above, along with all of the Willpower Nodes. After that, path upward, grabbing the Rare and Magic Nodes with the goal of picking up the Legendary Node, Heightened Malice.

Paragon board images courtesy of d4builds.gg.

Changelog

  • May 10th, 2024: Updated for Season 4 (Patch 1.4.0)
  • January 22nd, 2024: Updated for Season 3 (Patch 1.3.0)
  • October 17th, 2023: Updated for Season 2 (Patch 1.2.0)
  • 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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