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Pulverize Shred Druid Gauntlet Build Guide for Diablo 4 (Season 3)

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Gauntlet Build Introduction

This is the Gauntlet build for Pulverize Shred Druid. This guide features a lategame setup, focused on speeding through and obtaining the highest score on the Gauntlet Leaderboards. Check our dedicated Gauntlet Guide for more information on this activity. The Shred Pulverize Druid excels at all requirements for the Gauntlet:

There are key changes from the standard endgame PulverizePulverize setup Shifter Pulverize:

  • Several sources of defensives and Damage Reductions are traded in favor of maximizing speed and damage.
  • The playstyle does not use a Basic SkillBasic Skill, instead relying on alternative sources of Spirit Generation.
  • This is a partial Companion setup for high damage multipliers from Shepherd's AspectShepherd’s Aspect.

This Gauntlet build guide assumes your character is Level 100, Paragon Glyphs are max radius from being Level 15+, and all Paragon and Skill points from Renown have been obtained. While the build recommends some Uber Unique Items, there are alternative options listed. The build also offers some alternative Gearing Affix recommendations as well as some Skill and Playstyle options that can be beneficial as the Gauntlet changes layout week to week.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Huge Map Clearing AoE
  • Large Overpowers to take out Bosses
  • High Mobility and Unstoppable
  • Lower survivability than the typical Endgame build
  • High gearing investment including Uber Items

To see how this build compares to other builds on Icy Veins, you can check out our Gauntlet build tier list.

Build Requirements

Required Uniques
Required Aspects (Non-codex)

The following Unique Items and Legendary Aspects are recommended for the Pulverize Shred Gauntlet Druid:

If acquired, this build will greatly benefit from the following Uber Unique Items:

Several Druid builds have shown to be popular and strong in the Gauntlet, and Druid has large build diversity represented in the leaderboards. Short Gauntlet Consideration sections are now included in several of our endgame builds!

Season of the Construct

Season 3 Patch Updates

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


  • New- Aspect of Metamorphosis: When you Evade you turn into a cloud of bats, becoming Unstoppable for 2.5 seconds. Enemies along your path take Physical Damage and are inflicted with Vampiric Curse. Evade’s cooldown is increased by 5-10 seconds.
  • New – Aspect of Blood Boil: When your Core skills Overpower an enemy, you spawn 3 Volatile Blood Drops. Collecting a Volatile Blood Drop causes it to explode, dealing Physical Damage around you. Every 20 seconds, your next Skill is guaranteed to Overpower.
  • Aspect of RetaliationAspect of Retaliation – Bonus damage reduced from 20–40% to 20–30%.
  • 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%. Now shows a buff on the bar while active.

Skills and Stats

  • MendingMending – Additional Healing received increased from 5% to 6% per rank.
  • Bestial RampageBestial Rampage:
    • Damage bonus while in Werebear form increased from 30% to 50%.
    • Required Shapeshift duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds.
    • Attack Speed bonus increased from 25% to 30%.
  • Fixed an issue where the Guaranteed Overpower granted by the Druid’s Enhanced PulverizeEnhanced Pulverize did not apply immediately after acquiring 12 stacks.
  • Overpower
    • Overpower attacks now gain +1% damage, down from +2%, per 1% of your Base Life you have in Fortify.
    • Overpower attacks now gain +1% damage, down from +2%, per 1% of your Base Life that you have in bonus life above your Base Life.
    • Fixed an issue where effects that increased Max Life by a percentage (such as an Elixir of Fortitude) did not account for certain other Max Life bonuses, such as granted by an Affix on equipment. (Note: This bug fix largely offsets the nerf to Overpower percentages.)


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

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)


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

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Skill Bar the Pulverize Shred Gauntlet Druid
Ravens Ravens Wolves Wolves Petrify Petrify Trample Trample Shred Shred Pulverize Pulverize
Storm StrikeStorm Strike rank 1, Enhanced Storm StrikeEnhanced Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
PulverizePulverize rank 5, Enhanced PulverizeEnhanced Pulverize, Raging PulverizeRaging Pulverize, ShredShred rank 1, Enhanced ShredEnhanced Shred, Primal ShredPrimal Shred, Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude rank 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
WolvesWolves rank 1, RavensRavens rank 1, Enhanced RavensEnhanced Ravens, Brutal RavensBrutal Ravens, Nature's ReachNature’s Reach rank 3Companion SkillCompanion Skill
TrampleTrample, Enhanced TrampleEnhanced Trample, Natural TrampleNatural Trample, Crushing EarthCrushing Earth rank 3, SafeguardSafeguard rank 3, Stone GuardStone Guard rank 3, MendingMending rank 1, ProvocationProvocation rank 3, NeurotoxinNeurotoxin rank 1, EnvenomEnvenom rank 3, Toxic ClawsToxic Claws rank 1Wrath SkillWrath Skill
PetrifyPetrify, Prime PetrifyPrime Petrify, DefianceDefiance rank 3, Natural DisasterNatural Disaster rank 3, QuickshiftQuickshift rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
Bestial RampageBestial RampageKey Passive

Warning! This Skill Tree differs from the standard Endgame push build Shifter Pulverize. It gives up several sources of defense and Damage Reductions for speed, damage and more Overpower events.

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.
Iron FeatherEagleGain 14% Maximum Life.
Avian WrathEagleGain 30%[x] Critical Strike Damage.
EnergizeWolfLucky Hit: Dealing damage has up to a 15% chance to restore 10 Spirit.
Obsidian SlamSnakeEvery 20th kill will cause your next Earth Skill to Overpower.


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 Pulverize Shred Gauntlet Druid. All Glyphs are placed as if they are max radius (Level 15+).

OutmatchOutmatchGrants +125% bonus to all Rare nodes within range.
Bonus (25 Dexterity): You deal 16%[x] increased Physical damage to Non-Elites and Bosses.
Ancestral GuidanceAncestral Guidance After spending 75 Spirit, you deal 30%[x] increased damage for 5 seconds.
Fang and ClawFang and ClawGrants +150% bonus to all Magic nodes within range.
Bonus (40 Willpower): While in Werewolf or Werebear form, Close enemies take 12%[x] increased damage from you.
Earthen DevastationEarthen DevastationYour Earth Skills deal 10%[x] increased Critical Strike Damage, increased by 20%[x] of your Damage vs Crowd Controlled bonus, up to 40%[x].
Earth and SkyEarth and SkyGrants +150.0% bonus to all Magic nodes within range.
Bonus (40 Willpower): Nature Magic Skills deal 10%[x] increased damage to Crowd Controlled or Vulnerable enemies.
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 +7.9% 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.
Survival InstinctsSurvival InstinctsWhile in Werebear form, you deal 1%[x] increased damage, up to 50%[x], for every 1% difference in current Life percent between you and the enemy.
GuzzlerGuzzlerFor every 5 Intelligence purchased within range, you deal +9.9% increased damage while Healthy.
Bonus (25 Intelligence): You gain 30%[+] increased Potion Healing.
Heightened MaliceHeightened MaliceWhile there are 3 or more Poisoned enemies Nearby, you deal 45%[x] increased damage (Legendary Node not taken.)
SpiritSpiritFor every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal +19.8% increased Critical Strike Damage.
Bonus (25 Dexterity): Critical Strikes increase the damage an enemy takes from you by 2%[x] for 20 seconds, up to 12%[x].

Starting Board

Druid Gauntlet Paragon Board

Ancestral Guidance

Druid Gauntlet Paragon Board

Earthen Devastation

Druid Gauntlet Paragon Board

Inner Beast

Druid Gauntlet Paragon Board

Survival Instincts

Druid Gauntlet Paragon Board

Heightened Malice

Druid Gauntlet Paragon Board

This build gives up the traditional Damage Reduction glyphs UndauntedUndaunted, TerritorialTerritorial and WerebearWerebear in favor of offensive choices. If more Damage Reduction is necessary, trade GuzzlerGuzzler for UndauntedUndaunted and SpiritSpirit for TerritorialTerritorial.

CLICK THIS LINK to see the paragon board in its entirety. Paragon Board images are courtesy of D4builds.gg.

Gear and Legendary Aspects for the Gauntlet

Below are the recommended Legendary Aspects and Gear Affixes for each gear slot. Aspects and Unique Items are listed by priority. Gear Affixes in Bold are the ideal Affixes, but alternatives are added until the best Gear Affixes or Unique Item are obtained.

Gear SlotAspectStats
2 Handed StaffShockwave AspectShockwave AspectWillpower
All Stats
Damage to Crowd-Controlled Enemies

Critical Strike Damage
Core Skill Damage
HelmHarlequin CrestHarlequin Crest OR
Godslayer CrownGodslayer Crown
Max Life
Total Armor
Cooldown Reduction
ChestInsatiable FuryInsatiable FuryTotal Armor
Max Life
Damage Reduction from Close Enemies
Damage Reduction while Fortified
GlovesAspect of the Ursine HorrorAspect of the Ursine HorrorRanks in PulverizePulverize
Attack Speed
Critical Strike Chance

Lucky Hit Chance
Ranks in ShredShred
PantsTibault's WillTibault’s WillUnique Item Required
BootsAspect of Metamorphosis OR
Ghostwalker AspectGhostwalker Aspect
Inherent – Attacks Reduce Evade’s Cooldown by X Seconds
Movement Speed
Shrine Buff Duration
Movement Speed after Killing an Elite

Spirit Cost Reduction
All Stats
AmuletShepherd's AspectShepherd’s AspectMovement Speed
Shrine Buff Duration
Ranks in EnvenomEnvenom

Movement Speed after Killing an Elite
Total Armor
Spirit Cost Reduction
Ring 1Accelerating AspectAccelerating AspectCritical Strike Chance
Max Life
Damage to Crowd-Controlled Enemies

Critical Strike Chance
Lucky Hit Chance
Ring 2Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless Skies OR
Aspect of Blood Boil
Critical Strike Chance
Max Life
Damage to Crowd-Controlled Enemies

Critical Strike Chance
Lucky Hit Chance

2 Handed Staff is used for the Inherent bonus to Damage to Crowd-Controlled Enemies, which boosts Earthen DevastationEarthen Devastation.

The Inherent affix on Boots, Attacks Reduce Evade’s Cooldown by X Seconds, is important for Aspect of Metamorphosis.

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 Gloves or Ring, and there is still room for all the rest of the Legendary Aspects that complete the build.

Unique Items

The following Unique Items are recommended for the Pulverize Shred Gauntlet Druid:

  • Tibault's WillTibault’s Will is a strong damage multiplier and source of Spirit. The trigger for these effects is gaining Unstoppable from both TrampleTrample and Aspect of Metamorphosis when Evading.
  • Helm can be either Godslayer CrownGodslayer Crown or if acquired, the Uber UniqueHarlequin CrestHarlequin Crest. Godslayer CrownGodslayer Crown gives a large multiplier and grouping tool that can be triggered from Raging PulverizeRaging Pulverize. Harlequin CrestHarlequin Crest offers strong defense, great Gear Affixes, and 4 ranks to all Skills.
  • Insatiable FuryInsatiable Fury also adds Skill Ranks to all Werebear skills, including PulverizePulverize and TrampleTrample, along with offering good Gear Affixes.
  • If acquired, the Uber Unique Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless Skies is a strong multiplier and Spirit Cost Reduction. Worry less about resource, and Gear for less Spirit Cost Reduction.

The following Unique Items are situational to the build:

Ahavarion, Spear of LycanderAhavarion, Spear of Lycander can be a powerful but highly unpredictable Uber Unique for the Gauntlet. The Spear has great Gear Affixes with high Critical Strike Chance and Attack Speed. The Gauntlet is a format with a lot of shrines and the build gears for Shrine Buff Duration. This plays into the Spear’s effect; random Shrine Effects triggered every 30 seconds. Which shrine effect that is triggered is uncontrollable which makes it a situational gain and big gamble. Another tradeoff is it takes up the 2 Handed Weapon Slot, so several top-end multipliers from Shockwave AspectShockwave Aspect and Shepherd's AspectShepherd’s Aspect are diminished.

To use this item:

Mechanics and Playstyle

The Pulverize Shred Gauntlet Druid is a zoomy and smashy bear, using map-clearing hits of PulverizePulverize, high-mobility Skills ShredShred and TrampleTrample, and lots of stacked multipliers including Overpowers to destroy the enemies found within the Gauntlet.

PulverizePulverize is our primary Skill, clearing enemies with strong, Earth-type Physical damage smashes. Shockwave AspectShockwave Aspect creates a shockwave with a higher multiplier in a line from the PulverizePulverize.

Key Note: There is overlap between the Pulverize and its Shockwave, near the outer radius of the Pulverize. line your attacks on this overlap for a huge double hit!

ShredShred and TrampleTrample are our mobility tools. Use them to travel between and to packs. ShredShred also applies the Poison for EnvenomEnvenom and Slow for Crowd-Controlled multipliers, so is a useful opener.

Companion Active Skills are not used. They are there to morally support you and give multipliers from Shepherd's AspectShepherd’s Aspect.

Ultimate Skill PetrifyPetrify Stuns and applies and heavy Critical Strike Damage multiplier to enemies. Stacked multipliers with Tibault's WillTibault’s Will, Overpower and if used, Godslayer CrownGodslayer Crown allow Bosses to be burst down quickly.

Key Passive Bestial RampageBestial Rampage gives both a high Attack Speed bonus and Damage Multiplier. These buffs are both easily maintained from frequent casts of ShredShred and PulverizePulverize.


Like many Werebear builds, the Pulverize Shred Gauntlet Druid has several sources of Overpower for Boss killing and map-clearing hits of PulverizePulverize:

  • Enhanced PulverizeEnhanced Pulverize will overpower Pulverize every 12 seconds while you remain Healthy. Healthy means being above 80% Life.
  • ProvocationProvocation allows the next non-Defensive Skill to Overpower for every 16s. Try to make sure this happens for PulverizePulverize rather than other Active Skills.
  • if used, Aspect of Blood Boil guarantees a skill to Overpower every 20 seconds.
  • A passive 3% chance for any non-channeled skill to Overpower.

Playing around having Overpower to kill that Boss can mean some small map route adjustments, taking some time to gather or leash Bosses, but can be worth when the boss takes several fewer PulverizePulverize to kill. These delays would be small adjustments; don’t make huge delays for this!

Spirit Generation

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

Once geared, these are sufficient sources of Spirit to keep smashing. While gearing or without access to some sources like Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless Skies or Aspect of Metamorphosis, do one or more of the following:

  • Gear for Spirit Cost Reduction Gear Affixes on Boots and Amulet.
  • Take Paragon points from Ancestral GuidanceAncestral Guidance Legendary node, and place them in Inner BeastInner Beast Legendary Node.

Damage Rotation

  1. Maintain Spirit with Tibault's WillTibault’s Will. TrampleTrample and Aspect of Metamorphosis are our Unstoppable sources.
  2. ShredShred to gap close, maintain the attack speed bonus of Bestial RampageBestial Rampage, Poison and Slow enemies.
  3. For bosses and Elite packs, use PetrifyPetrify for another layered Critical Strike Damage multiplier.
  4. Send out waves of PulverizePulverize to destroy your enemies and gain Score.
  5. Use ShredShred and TrampleTrample to get to that next pack!

Gauntlet Tips and Tricks

Here’s a couple tips, tricks and observations for playing the Gauntlet:

  • Overpower is a strong tool, and periodically up with trackable buffs from Enhanced PulverizeEnhanced Pulverize and ProvocationProvocation. Having these up when engaging a boss guarantees a faster kill.
  • While the dungeon has fixed positioning and spawns for enemies, they can drift, be leashed or aggro’d into different positions as you do your circuits around the map.
  • Variable access to Cooldown Reduction including shrines, total attack events and Lucky Hit triggers can mean mobility tool timings like TrampleTrample may not be consistent from pull to pull, or up as often. This is especially true if using Ahavarion, Spear of LycanderAhavarion, Spear of Lycander.
  • Sometimes stopping to pick up that key for the chests isn’t worth the time! They stay on the ground after Pillar of Proving (respawn shrines) and in subsequent laps, and may be worth delaying the pickup to even near the end of the run when several are on the ground together.
  • Bear🐻 in mind that the Pillar of Glory gives a high score multiplier for its duration. It can be worth planning around having this when routing to dense packs of Elites or Bosses.
  • Proofs of Might from chests have to be walked over to be collected. However, drops from slain enemies are picked up automatically, which means you can kill and move on!
  • 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! In terms of Armor, where 13341 is necessary to hit the 85% Armor cap vs Tier 100 level 154 mobs, Tier 70 enemies only need around 11k Armor to hit the Armor cap. For the gauntlet, hitting this cap is unnecessary.
  • Heard about a cheat or exploit from your buddy? Don’t! That’s an easy way to have your run removed from the Leaderboard!
  • Weekly Gauntlet Map updates can be found Here, with our friends at D4builds.gg.

Alternative Skill Options and Playstyles

Depending on weekly layout of the Gauntlet and personal playstyle, there’s a few alternative Skill Options and playstyles that are available, including one or more of the following in combination:

Gems, Elixirs and Incense

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

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


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