Landslide Druid Leveling Build for Diablo 4 (Season 1)

Our top recommended leveling build for Druid.




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LandslideStorm StrikeCyclone ArmorTrampleEarthen BulwarkPetrify

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

Build Introduction

The LandslideLandslide Druid leveling build pulverizes foes under the might of the Earth. This is your leveling guide for Diablo 4, with the maximum Skill Point allocation at Level 50. From previous testing, we currently believe Landslide is one of the best options for leveling a new Druid character. Let us go over the build mechanics, character progression, and playstyle!

LandslideLandslide has the most starting damage of all Druid Core Skills, killing most enemies in one cast during early leveling. It also hits twice to take down tough elites and bosses quickly. Extra Skill Points are allocated to increase Landslide damage even further, making it effective all the way into the endgame.

In addition to the massive damage, LandslideLandslide Druid is one of the tankiest leveling builds in Diablo 4. Survivability is easily enhanced through various defensive skills and passives as you progress your character. Become an unstoppable force with the Landslide Druid!

Season of the Malignant

Season 1 Patch Updates

The following list details the changes in the Season 1 Patch Update that may pertain to leveling a Druid.

  • Savage Trample Spirit gain increased from 20 to 40.
  • Prime Grizzly Rage now grants Unstoppable for 6 seconds instead of while active.
  • Aspect of Disobedience maximum stacks reduced from 100 to 60, reducing maximum Bonus Armor % from 25%-50% to 15%-30%.

In addition to the build specific changes, multiple sources of Critical Strike Damage and Vulnerable Damage were reduced globally for all classes. There are no major changes made directly to Landslide, and it remains as the best leveling build for Druid.

Malignant Hearts

The Season 1 theme introduces Malignant Hearts that provide build-altering bonuses. The hearts are divided into 4 categories, each with a color that needs to be socketed in the corresponding colored Malignant Socket on equipped jewelry. Wrathful Hearts are a special case due to their rarity, and can be placed in any Socket. 

Always socket Malignant Hearts instead of a SkullSkull in Jewelry. Malignant Hearts provide an Armor bonus that scales with its Item Power.

Listed below are the Malignant Hearts that are useful while leveling a Druid, ranked by importance. Stats displayed reflect what a Level 20 character would receive as a drop.

  1. Caged Heart of The BarberCaged Heart of The Barber (Wrathful, Super-World Tier III): 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. – Fixed in Patch 1.1.1 to work with “on hit” effects and Lucky Hit chance.
  2. Caged Heart of RevengeCaged Heart of Revenge (Brutal, Defensive-World Tier III): 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.
  3. Caged Heart of the PicanaCaged Heart of the Picana (Vicious, Offensive): Critical Strikes electrically charge the enemy for 0.75-2.50 seconds, causing lightning to arc between them and any other charged enemies dealing 68-136 Lightning damage.
  4. Caged Heart of the Dark DanceCaged Heart of the Dark Dance (Vicious, Offensive-World Tier III): Every 5 seconds while above 60% Life, Core Skills cost 68-51 Life instead of your Primary Resource. Skills that consume Life deal 10-20% increased damage.
  5. Caged Heart of the Unconstrained BeastCaged Heart of the Unconstrained Beast (Wrathful, Super-World Tier IV): When you are hit with a Stun, Freeze, or Knock Down effect, there is a 40-60% chance to automatically activate Grizzly Rage for 3 seconds.
  6. Caged Heart of Inexorable ForceCaged Heart of Inexorable Force (Devious, Utility): Up to 30-50 Distant enemies are pulled toward you while you have an Ultimate Skill active.
  7. Caged Heart of Tempting FateCaged Heart of Tempting Fate (Vicious, Offensive-World Tier III): You gain 40-60% Critical Strike Damage but your Non-Critical Strikes deal 20-15% less damage.

Skill Tree Points

The following table shows the order in which to allocate your Skill Points for the Landslide Druid leveling build. You gain 48 points at Level 50 and 2 points from completing Renown in each Act zone, for a total of 58.

1Storm StrikeStorm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
2Enhanced Storm StrikeEnhanced Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
3LandslideLandslideCore SkillCore Skill
4Enhanced LandslideEnhanced LandslideCore SkillCore Skill
5Primal LandslidePrimal LandslideCore SkillCore Skill
6Fierce Storm StrikeFierce Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
7Cyclone ArmorCyclone ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
8LandslideLandslide Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
9LandslideLandslide Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
10LandslideLandslide Level 4Core SkillCore Skill
11LandslideLandslide Level 5Core SkillCore Skill
12Heart of the WildHeart of the WildCore SkillCore Skill
13AbundanceAbundanceCore SkillCore Skill
14AbundanceAbundance Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
15AbundanceAbundance Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
16Wild ImpulsesWild ImpulsesCore SkillCore Skill
17TrampleTrampleWrath SkillWrath Skill
18Enhanced TrampleEnhanced TrampleWrath SkillWrath Skill
19Natural TrampleNatural TrampleWrath SkillWrath Skill
20Wild ImpulsesWild Impulses Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
21Wild ImpulsesWild Impulses Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
22Earthen BulwarkEarthen BulwarkDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
23Enhanced Earthen BulwarkEnhanced Earthen BulwarkDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
24Preserving Earthen BulwarkPreserving Earthen BulwarkDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
25PetrifyPetrifyUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
26Prime PetrifyPrime PetrifyUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
27Supreme PetrifySupreme PetrifyUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
28DefianceDefianceUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
29Natural DisasterNatural DisasterUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
30ResonanceResonanceUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
31ResonanceResonanceUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
32ResonanceResonanceUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
33Natural DisasterNatural DisasterUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
34Ursine StrengthUrsine StrengthKey Passive Skill
35Natural DisasterNatural DisasterUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
36Crushing EarthCrushing EarthWrath SkillWrath Skill
37Stone GuardStone GuardWrath SkillWrath Skill
38Stone GuardStone GuardWrath SkillWrath Skill
39Stone GuardStone GuardWrath SkillWrath Skill
40SafeguardSafeguardWrath SkillWrath Skill
41SafeguardSafeguardWrath SkillWrath Skill
42SafeguardSafeguardWrath SkillWrath Skill
43Predatory InstinctPredatory InstinctCore SkillCore Skill
44Predatory InstinctPredatory InstinctCore SkillCore Skill
45Predatory InstinctPredatory InstinctCore SkillCore Skill
46DefianceDefianceUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
47DefianceDefianceUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
48Ancestral FortitudeAncestral FortitudeDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
49VigilanceVigilanceDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
50VigilanceVigilanceDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
51VigilanceVigilanceDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
52Ancestral FortitudeAncestral FortitudeDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
53Ancestral FortitudeAncestral FortitudeDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
54Defensive PostureDefensive PostureUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
55Nature's ResolveNature’s ResolveUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
56UnrestrainedUnrestrainedUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
57UnrestrainedUnrestrainedUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
58UnrestrainedUnrestrainedUltimate SkillUltimate Skill

Mechanics and Playstyle

The Landslide Druid leveling build utilizes the hardest hitting Core Skill to start. However, its small AoE and delay can be difficult to aim. Practice using it as if it were a melee skill, dragging enemies and casting it when they gather near you. AbundanceAbundance, Wild ImpulsesWild Impulses, Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct, Stone GuardStone Guard, DefianceDefiance, Natural DisasterNatural Disaster, ResonanceResonance and Ursine StrengthUrsine Strength are all allocated to make Landside more powerful.

The Immobilize from Enhanced Storm StrikeEnhanced Storm Strike and Enhanced LandslideEnhanced Landslide grants Primal LandslidePrimal Landslide a guaranteed Critical Strike with 40%[x] Critical Strike Damage.

Storm StrikeStorm Strike provides generous benefits for a Basic Skill with 25% Damage Reduction, 50% chance to makes enemies Vulnerable, and 15% chance to Immobilize.

Cyclone ArmorCyclone Armor is a one-point wonder Skill. Just having it on your Skill Bar passively provides Damage Reduction. Survivability is further increased with Earthen BulwarkEarthen Bulwark, Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude, VigilanceVigilance and UnrestrainedUnrestrained.

TrampleTrample is used for stuns, mobility, and Fortify generation. Aspect of the Trampled EarthAspect of the Trampled Earth makes it a screen-wide clearing skill. When combined with Aspect of The AftershockAspect of The Aftershock, the pillars summoned by Trample each strike a second time.


Fortify is generated through Savage TrampleSavage Trample, Preserving Earthen BulwarkPreserving Earthen Bulwark and SafeguardSafeguard. Once Fortify amount is greater than or equal to current life, you become Fortified and gain a starting default of 10% Damage Reduction. Obtain additional Damage Reduction while Fortified on gear affixes and Sapphires socketed into armor for more effectiveness.

Fortified Life Globe for Druid in Diablo 4
A Border Around the Life Globe Indicating Fortified Status

Damage Rotation

Use the following rotation to maximize damage.

  1. (Optional) Against tough elites and bosses, activate PetrifyPetrify for more Critical Strike Damage.
  2. Use TrampleTrample and Earthen BulwarkEarthen Bulwark whenever available to generate Fortify.
  3. Keep casting Storm StrikeStorm Strike to generate Spirit, while applying Vulnerable and Immobilize on enemies.
  4. Spend Spirit with LandslideLandslide. Group up enemies to efficiently kill them. Weave in at least one Storm StrikeStorm Strike between each cast of Landslide to activate ResonanceResonance repeatedly.

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
Scythe TalonsEagleGain 5% increased Critical Strike Chance.
BolsterWolfFortify for 10% of your Maximum Life when you use a Defensive skill.
Gift of the StagDeerGain 10 Maximum Spirit.
Calm Before the StormSnakeLucky Hit: Nature Magic Skills have up to 15% chance to reduce the Cooldown of your Ultimate Skill by 2 seconds.
Avian WrathEagleGain 30%[x] Critical Strike Damage.

Gear Choice and Stat Priority while Leveling

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

Prioritize the highest damage per hit weapon setup available. When comparing weapons with similar item levels, Two-Handed weapons are usually preferred.

Listed below are the stat affixes to prioritize on gear for Landslide Druid leveling, ranked by their importance. Affixes on the same level have roughly the same importance.

1DPS value on weapon(s)
2+ Rank of Landslide
3+ All Damage
+ Damage to Close, Healthy and Injured Enemies
+ Damage with Earth and Core Skills
+ Damage while Healthy
+ Vulnerable Damage
+ Critical Strike Chance and Damage
+ Attack Speed and Basic Skill Attack Speed
+ Willpower
4+ Damage Reduction
+ Damage Reduction while Fortified
+ Any Elemental Resistances
5+ Cooldown Reduction
+ Movement Speed
+ Life

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 found on Legendary items that are important for the Landslide Druid leveling build. They are listed in order of priority.

Aspect NameLegendary Aspect PowerSource
Aspect of The AftershockAspect of The AftershockLandslide’s earth pillars each strike a second time and deal an additional #% bonus damage per hit.Random Drop Only
Aspect of the Trampled EarthAspect of the Trampled EarthTrample now summons 6 Landslide pillars of earth during its duration that deal #% normal damage. Trample is now also a Nature Magic and Earth Skill.Random Drop Only
Ballistic AspectBallistic AspectWhen you have Fortify your Earth Skills gain +2 Ranks.Whispering Pines, Scosglen
Aspect of RetaliationAspect of RetaliationYour Core Skills deal up to #%[x] increased damage based on your amount of Fortify.Seaside Descent, Dry Steppes
Edgemaster's AspectEdgemaster’s AspectSkills deal up to #%[x] increased damage based on your available Primary Resource when cast, receiving the maximum benefit while you have full Primary Resource.Oldstones, Scosglen
Aspect of the ExpectantAspect of the ExpectantAttacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by #%[x], up to 30%[x].Underroot, Scosglen
Aspect of Natural BalanceAspect of Natural BalanceCasting a Storm Skill grants your Earth Skills #%[x] Critical Strike Damage for 4 seconds. Casting a Earth Skill increases the Critical Strike Chance of Storm Skills by #%[+] for 4 seconds.Random Drop Only
Crashstone AspectCrashstone AspectEarth Skills deal #%[x] more Critical Strike Damage to Crowd Controlled enemies.Stockades, Scosglen
Rapid AspectRapid AspectBasic Skills gain #%[+] Attack Speed.Buried Halls, Dry Steppes
Aspect of MightAspect of MightBasic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for # seconds.Dark Ravine, Dry Steppes
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, Kehjistan
Ghostwalker AspectGhostwalker AspectWhile Unstoppable and for 2 seconds after, you gain #%[+} increased Movement Speed and can move freely through enemies.Broken Bulwark, Scosglen


Listed below are the best Gems to socket into gear for each slot type for the Landslide Druid leveling build.

Elixirs and Health Potions

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. Use an Assault ElixirAssault Elixir to increase Attack Speed.

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.


  • July 18th, 2023: Guide updated for Season 1.
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