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Dual Core Rapid Fire Flurry Rogue Leveling Build Guide for Diablo 4 (Season 4)

Our top recommended build for leveling a Rogue.

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Build Introduction

Rogue leveling is a breeze as you fly through Sanctuary with the Rapid FireRapid Fire and FlurryFlurry leveling build. This is your leveling guide for Diablo 4, with the maximum Skill Point allocation at Level 50. We currently believe this build to be the best option for leveling a new Rogue character in Season 4. Let us go over the build mechanics, character progression, and playstyle!

This Dual Core Skill build is perfect for players who want the best of both single-target Damage Per Second (DPS) and Area of Effect (AoE) clearing. Rapid FireRapid Fire deals high single-target damage to snipe elite and bosses, while FlurryFlurry hits every enemy around the Rogue with AoE damage.

Unlike builds using Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement or other Cooldowns to clear packs of enemies, this hybrid build has unlimited AoE available for every engagement. Another key advantage is having both Cutthroat and Marksman Skills to activate Close Quarters CombatClose Quarters Combat for more Attack Speed and Damage.

Once your Rogue character reaches Level 50 or enters World Tier 3, switch to the endgame guide for Dual Core Rapid Fire Flurry to continue this build.

Check the Rogue leveling page for a comparison of all the leveling builds and general tips.

Video Overview and Gameplay Footage

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Skill Bar Setup for Dual Core Rapid Fire Flurry Rogue (order does not matter)
Rapid Fire Rapid Fire Puncture Puncture Flurry Flurry Dash Dash Shadow Step Shadow Step Concealment Concealment

The following table shows the order in which to allocate your Skill Points for the Rapid Fire and Flurry 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.

OrderSkillCluster
1PuncturePuncture Rank 1Basic SkillBasic Skill
2Enhanced PunctureEnhanced PunctureBasic SkillBasic Skill
3Rapid FireRapid Fire Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
4Fundamental PunctureFundamental PunctureBasic SkillBasic Skill
5Enhanced Rapid FireEnhanced Rapid FireCore SkillCore Skill
6Improved Rapid FireImproved Rapid FireCore SkillCore Skill
7DashDash Rank 1Agility SkillAgility Skill
8Shadow StepShadow Step Rank 1Agility SkillAgility Skill
9Enhanced Shadow StepEnhanced Shadow StepAgility SkillAgility Skill
10Methodical Shadow StepMethodical Shadow StepAgility SkillAgility Skill
11Enhanced DashEnhanced DashAgility SkillAgility Skill
12ConcealmentConcealment Rank 1Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
13Enhanced ConcealmentEnhanced ConcealmentSubterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
14Countering ConcealmentCountering ConcealmentSubterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
Switch to Advanced Rapid FireAdvanced Rapid Fire when Combo Points are unlockedCore SkillCore Skill
15FlurryFlurry Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
16Enhanced FlurryEnhanced FlurryCore SkillCore Skill
17Improved FlurryImproved Flurry (Switch to Advanced FlurryAdvanced Flurry if you have some Increased Damage to Stunned Enemies or Aspect of RetributionAspect of Retribution)Core SkillCore Skill
18ExploitExploit Rank 1Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
19ExploitExploit Rank 2Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
20ExploitExploit Rank 3Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
21MaliceMalice Rank 1Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
22MaliceMalice Rank 2Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
23MaliceMalice Rank 3Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
24Adrenaline RushAdrenaline Rush Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
25HasteHaste Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
26HasteHaste Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
27HasteHaste Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
28Weapon MasteryWeapon Mastery Rank 1Agility SkillAgility Skill
29Weapon MasteryWeapon Mastery Rank 2Agility SkillAgility Skill
30Weapon MasteryWeapon Mastery Rank 3Agility SkillAgility Skill
31Stutter StepStutter Step Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
32Stutter StepStutter Step Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
33Stutter StepStutter Step Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
34Close Quarters CombatClose Quarters Combat (switch to MomentumMomentum if you need Damage Reduction)Key PassivesKey Passives
35Rapid FireRapid Fire Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
36Rapid FireRapid Fire Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
37Rapid FireRapid Fire Rank 4Core SkillCore Skill
38Rapid FireRapid Fire Rank 5Core SkillCore Skill
39FlurryFlurry Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
40FlurryFlurry Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
41FlurryFlurry Rank 4Core SkillCore Skill
42FlurryFlurry Rank 5Core SkillCore Skill
43AgileAgile Rank 1Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
44AgileAgile Rank 2Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
45AgileAgile Rank 3Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
46SturdySturdy Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
47SturdySturdy Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
48SturdySturdy Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
49Siphoning StrikesSiphoning Strikes Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
50Siphoning StrikesSiphoning Strikes Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
51Siphoning StrikesSiphoning Strikes Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
52ImpetusImpetus Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
53ImpetusImpetus Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
54ImpetusImpetus Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
55PuncturePuncture Rank 2Basic SkillBasic Skill
56PuncturePuncture Rank 3Basic SkillBasic Skill
57PuncturePuncture Rank 4Basic SkillBasic Skill
58PuncturePuncture Rank 5Basic SkillBasic Skill

Alternative Skills

All 3 Mobility Skills, DashDash, Shadow StepShadow Step, and ConcealmentConcealment, are utilized to speed up the leveling process. Alternatively, ConcealmentConcealment can be replaced with any other utility skill, such as an Imbuement Skill.

Dual Core Rogue Specialization

The Rogue Specialization can be unlocked at Level 15. Complete the True Potential questline as soon as possible to gain access to the first Specialization option, Combo Points. This is the preferred Specialization for leveling a Rogue.

Build Combo Points with PuncturePuncture to unleash additional damage and arrows for Rapid FireRapid Fire. Combo Points can also be used to gain additional damage and an Attack Speed buff with FlurryFlurry.

Twisting Blades
Combo Points Are Counted Above the Skill Bar

Build Mechanics and Playstyle

Rapid FireRapid Fire has high single target damage, but normally lacks Area of Effect (AoE) for clearing groups of enemies. Aspect of RepeatingAspect of Repeating does not provide enough additional targets, and Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement has a cooldown that is not always available for every pack. Therefore, FlurryFlurry is utilized in this build for unlimited AoE.

All 3 Mobility Skills, DashDash, Shadow StepShadow Step, and ConcealmentConcealment, are utilized to speed up the leveling process. Alternatively, ConcealmentConcealment can be replaced with any other utility skill, such as an Imbuement Skill.

This hybrid build has an arsenal of both Cutthroat Skills (FlurryFlurry, Shadow StepShadow Step and DashDash) and Marksman Skills (Rapid FireRapid Fire and PuncturePuncture) to activate damage increases from Close Quarters CombatClose Quarters Combat and eventually Tricks of the Trade after obtained in Paragon.

Spam Flurry in the middle of a group of enemies to deal AoE damage, while Advanced FlurryAdvanced Flurry Stuns them. Once you have a clear line of sight, snipe Elite enemies with Rapid FireRapid Fire.

Vulnerable

Fundamental PunctureFundamental Puncture easily applies Vulnerable to a target with a single Basic attack. Aim PuncturePuncture at the toughest enemies in a pack. Once at least one enemy is Vulnerable, cast Improved FlurryImproved Flurry to spread the status to the rest of the enemies. In group play, apply this debuff to Elites and Bosses so your teammates deal 20% more damage.

Animation Cancel Technique

Evade immediately after using Rapid FireRapid Fire or FlurryFlurry to cancel their casting animations. This technique is important to quickly dodge incoming attacks while activating Advanced FlurryAdvanced Flurry and Advanced Rapid FireAdvanced Rapid Fire. Boots with the implicit effect, attacks reduce Evade’s cooldown by 1.2 seconds, allow for an animation cancel after using 3 Basic Attacks and a Core Skill. Practice hitting Evade after every Core Skill to build muscle memory.

Arrows continue to fire after animation cancel

AoE Damage Rotation

Explode groups of mobs with the following rotation.

  1. (Optional) DashDash through tougher enemies to apply Enhanced DashEnhanced Dash if necessary.
  2. Evade through at least 1 enemy if using Advanced FlurryAdvanced Flurry.
  3. Build 3 Combo Points with PuncturePuncture.
  4. Cast FlurryFlurry to deal AoE damage and Stun enemies.
  5. Immediately animation cancel FlurryFlurry with an Evade
  6. Restart the rotation.

Single Target Damage Rotation

Use the following rotation against Elites and Bosses for high single target Damage Per Second (DPS).

  1. Use Evade to activate Advanced Rapid FireAdvanced Rapid Fire.
  2. Build 3 Combo Points with PuncturePuncture. Make sure you are close enough for Fundamental PunctureFundamental Puncture to apply Vulnerable.
  3. Cast Shadow StepShadow Step on the toughest Elite to Stun them. Alternatively, DashDash can be used through a Boss to apply Enhanced DashEnhanced Dash.
  4. Cast Rapid FireRapid Fire at the target.
  5. Immediately animation cancel Rapid FireRapid Fire with an Evade to restart the rotation.

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 Encircling BladesAspect of Encircling Blades can be unlocked in the Codex of Power by completing the Forsaken Quarry in Fractured Peaks. It is located right above the first major town of Kyovashad. The dungeon is part of the Rogue Specialization Quest, so follow it after it unlocks at Level 15. Immediately visit the Occultist to imprint this Aspect onto an item to increase the AoE range of FlurryFlurry.

Forsaken Quarry location

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 Rapid Fire and Flurry Rogue leveling build. They are listed in order of priority. The best-in-slot Aspects List is in the Endgame Guide for Dual Core Rogue.

Aspect NameLegendary Aspect PowerSource
Aspect of Encircling BladesAspect of Encircling BladesFlurry damages enemies in a circle around you and deals [15 – 22%] increased damage.Forsaken Quarry, Fractured Peaks
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
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 RetributionAspect of RetributionDistant enemies have a 8% chance to be Stunned for 2 seconds when they hit you. You deal [10 – 20%] increased damage to Stunned enemies.Abandoned Mineworks, Kehjistan
Ravager's AspectRavager’s AspectShadow StepShadow Step has an additional Charge. Killing an enemy with Shadow Step refunds a Charge and increases the damage of Shadow Step by [1 – 6%] for 2 seconds, up to [5 – 30%].Random Drop Only
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

Gems

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

SlotGems
WeaponRoyal SapphireRoyal Sapphire for increased Vulnerable Damage.
ArmorRoyal RubyRoyal Ruby for increased Maximum Life or Royal TopazRoyal Topaz to prevent deaths from chain Crowd Controls.
JewelryAny Resistance Gems needed or Royal SkullRoyal Skull for Armor (up to 9,230 Armor cap).

Elixirs

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 Dual Core Rapid Fire Flurry 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 Legendary weapons with similar item levels, Crossbows are preferred over Bows for the Vulnerable Damage implicit stat. Daggers are preferred over Swords for the slightly stronger implicit stat and faster Combo Point generation.

Prioritize Boots with the implicit effect, attacks reduce Evade’s cooldown, for constant Evades to activate Advanced Rapid FireAdvanced Rapid Fire and Advanced FlurryAdvanced Flurry.

Tempering Manuals are randomly dropped while leveling, and they need to be found to unlock their usage at the Blacksmith. Highlighted affixes are 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
2. Dexterity, Critical Strike Damage, Vulnerable Damage
Core Augments — RogueCore Augments — Rogue (Weapon): Flurry Size
Specialist EvolutionSpecialist Evolution (Offensive): Damage per Combo Point Spent
Helm1. Cooldown Reduction, Energy per Second
2. Resistances, Armor
3. Maximum Life, Dexterity, Lucky Hit Chance
Worldly FortuneWorldly Fortune (Utility): Lucky Hit Chance to Freeze
Rogue RecoveryRogue Recovery (Defensive): Flurry Healing
Chest1. Energy per Second
2. Resistances, Armor
3. Maximum Life, Dexterity
Worldly FortuneWorldly Fortune (Utility): Lucky Hit Chance to Freeze
Rogue RecoveryRogue Recovery (Defensive): Flurry Healing
Gloves1. Ranks to Core Skills, Critical Strike Chance, Attack Speed
2. Resistances, Armor
3. Resource Cost Reduction, Maximum Life, Lucky Hit Chance
Specialist EvolutionSpecialist Evolution (Offensive): Damage per Combo Point Spent
Worldly FortuneWorldly Fortune (Utility): Lucky Hit Chance to Freeze
Pants1. Resistances, Armor
2. Maximum Life, Dexterity
Worldly FortuneWorldly Fortune (Utility): Lucky Hit Chance to Freeze
Rogue RecoveryRogue Recovery (Defensive): Flurry Healing
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): Lucky Hit Chance to Freeze
Amulet1. Ranks to Exploit, Critical Strike Chance, Cooldown Reduction, Attack Speed
2. Movement Speed, Armor
Rogue RecoveryRogue Recovery (Defensive): Flurry HealingNatural MotionNatural Motion (Mobility): Movement Speed
Rings1. Critical Strike Chance, Attack Speed
2. Resource Cost Reduction, Critical Strike Damage, Vulnerable Damage, Resistances, Maximum Life
3. Dexterity, Lucky Hit Chance
Worldly StabilityWorldly Stability (Resource): Resource Generation or Resource Cost Reduction
Specialist EvolutionSpecialist Evolution (Offensive): Damage per Combo Point Spent

Paragon

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 Dual Core 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 Dual Core 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 (Control)

Rotate the Cheap ShotCheap Shot board 2 times before attachment. Immediately obtain the Legendary node on this board. Socket ControlControl to gain Damage to Crowd Controlled Enemies for an increased damage bonus on Close Quarters CombatClose Quarters Combat.

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Changelog

  • May 15th, 2024: Priority Affixes updated with game changes made since the Season 4 PTR.
  • May 14th, 2024: Guide updated for Season 4 (Patch 1.4.0).
  • March 5th, 2024: Guide updated for the Mid Season 3 Update (Patch 1.3.3).
  • January 22nd, 2024: Guide updated for Season 3 (Patch 1.3.0).
  • October 17th, 2023: Guide updated for Season 2 (Patch 1.2.0).
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