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Roaring Fleshrender Druid Endgame Build for Diablo 4 (Season 1)

A death-dealing werewolf, whose every attack is filled with poisons

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Build Introduction

This is your comprehensive guide for building a death-dealing werewolf, whose every attack is filled with poisons and whose roars trigger an explosive reaction. Welcome to the Roaring Fleshrender build. This poison focused build spreads death to all enemies with RabiesRabies and every strike of ClawClaw, then triggers an explosive blast using Blood HowlBlood Howl and Debilitating RoarDebilitating Roar. This build is great for trash clearing and speed running through open-world dungeons or nightmare dungeons that match your level.

Our guide will cover all basic mechanics and deep dive into the optimal setup for skills, Paragon points, and gear for the build. Further down below, you will find a supporting YouTube video as well to showcase the build in action.

Strengths
  • Great for clearing trash mobs
  • Good clear time for level par Nightmare dungeons
  • Strong defensive layers
  • Grizzly Rage on short cooldown
Weaknesses
  • An enemy must be poisoned
  • Cooldown management

To see how this build compares to the other builds on our site, you can check out our build tier lists.

Build Requirements

This build has several Legendary Aspects that are required before it will function properly. The Legendary Aspects you will need the following at a minimum to make the build work at its most basic level. These Aspects are all non-codex, which means you will need to find them on a Legendary Item then imprint them onto specific gear. We also use two Uniques in this build as shown below, Fleshrender is required and the Mad Wolf’s Glee is an optional chioce.

Required Uniques
Required Aspects (Non-codex)

To even begin this build, we recommend you have these Aspects ready for imprinting at a minimum. For the build it become fully functional, we recommend you have all the Legendary Aspects listed further in this guide for the build to work optimally.

Season of the Malignant

This build was created within the current Season and utilizes the current in-game information and Aspects. We will note any future changes to this build here.

Patch 1.1.1

The second major update for Season 1, Patch 1.1.1 released on August 8th 2023, brings some positive changes to Druid. This includes adjustments to Basic Generator Skills, Key Passives, Skill passives, and Legendary Aspects. The changes that directly affect this build are listed below.

  • ClawClaw – Spirit gain increased from 11 to 12.
  • RabiesRabies – Damage over time increased from 76% to 110%.

Malignant Hearts

The theme for Season 1 introduces a new form of legendary gem called Malignant Hearts. There are three types of hearts that need to be socketed into matching colored sockets on all equipped jewelry and one type of heart that can be placed into any socket. For more information about the Malignant Hearts theme for Season 1 check out our Malignant Hearts guide.

Listed below are the Malignant Hearts that are useful for this build, ranked by importance. Stats displayed reflect what a Level 20 character would receive as a drop. Note that this list is based on our early opinions on the Malignant Hearts, and we will update it as and when it is necessary.

  1. Caged Heart of Inexorable ForceCaged Heart of Inexorable Force
  2. Caged Heart of the Malignant PactCaged Heart of the Malignant Pact
  3. Caged Heart of RevengeCaged Heart of Revenge

Skill Tree and Skill bar

Fleshrender Skill Bar (Placement of skills is completely optional)
Claw Claw Shred Shred Blood Howl Blood Howl Rabies Rabies Debilitating Roar Debilitating Roar Grizzly Rage Grizzly Rage

Follow the points allocated in the image above for the complete 58 point build. The additional 10 skill points are completed using the Renown system.

Priority SkillsCluster
ClawClaw Level 5, Enhanced ClawEnhanced Claw, Fierce ClawFierce ClawBasic SkillBasic Skill
ShredShred Level 5, Enhanced ShredEnhanced Shred, Raging ShredRaging Shred, Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct Level 3, Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade Gait Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
Blood HowlBlood Howl Level 1, Enhanced Blood HowlEnhanced Blood Howl, Preserving Blood HowlPreserving Blood Howl, Debilitating RoarDebilitating Roar Level 5, Enhanced Debilitating RoarEnhanced Debilitating Roar, Preserving Debilitating RoarPreserving Debilitating Roar, Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude Level 1, VigilanceVigilance Level 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
RabiesRabies Level 5, Enhanced RabiesEnhanced Rabies, Natural RabiesNatural Rabies, NeurotoxinNeurotoxin Level 1, Toxic ClawsToxic Claws Level 3, EnvenomEnvenom Level 3Wrath SkillWrath Skill
Grizzly RageGrizzly Rage, Prime Grizzly RagePrime Grizzly Rage, Supreme Grizzly RageSupreme Grizzly Rage, QuickshiftQuickshift Level 3, Heightened SensesHeightened Senses Level 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
Ursine StrengthUrsine StrengthKey Passives

Boons – The Druid Specialization

Boons are additional buffs provided to the Druid class as part of their specialization. To unlock your Boons, you will need to complete a simple quest on the west side of the map in the stronghold of “Tur Dulra”. This becomes available at Level 15 and should be completed as soon as possible. The Boon mechanic allows you to pick a single buff from each of the corresponding master animals and the addition of a second Boon buff from a chosen master animal you select.

Once you are in the endgame and have completed the skill tree from the previous section, utilize the following set of Boons for the best results.

Boon NameMaster AnimalEffect
WarinessDeerTake 10% reduced damage from Elites
Scythe TalonsEagleGain 5% increased Critical Strike chance
BolsterWolfFortify for 15% of your Maximum Life when you use a defensive skill
CalamityWolfExtend the duration of Ultimate Skill by 25%
MasochisticSnakeLucky Hit: Critical Strikes with Shapeshifting skills have a 75% chance to heal you for 3% maximum life

How the boons benefit the build

Paragon Points

We recommend using these Legendary nodes and Rare Glyphs to truly take this build into the endgame. Note that each Rare Glyph’s information listed below is for the Level 21 version.

Rare NodeEffect
ExploitExploit– For every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal +[4]% increased damage to Vulnerable targets.
– Additional Bonus unlocked after 25 Dexterity points are purchased in the glyph’s range: Dealing damage to a Vulnerable enemy increases your damage by x1% for 6 seconds, up to x10%.
Heightened Malice– While there are 3 or more poisoned enemies nearby, you deal 45% increased damage.
TerritorialTerritorial– For every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal +[10]% increased damage to Close targets.
– Additional Bonus unlocked after 25 Dexterity points are purchased in the glyph’s range: You gain 10% Damage Reduction against Close enemies.
Fang and ClawFang and Claw– Grants +[150]% bonus to all Magic nodes within range.
Additional Bonus unlocked after 40 Willpower points are purchased in the glyph’s range: While in Werewolf or Werebear form, Close enemies take 12%[x] increased damage from you.
UndauntedUndaunted– For every 5 Willpower purchased within range, you deal + [10%] increased damage while Fortified.
– Additional Bonus unlocked after 25 Dexterity points are purchased in the glyph’s range: You gain 10% Damage Reduction the more Fortify you have.
Lust For Carnage– Critical Strikes with Werewolf Skills restore 2 Spirit.
WerewolfWerewolf– For every 5 Willpower purchased within range, you deal +[6.5]% increased damage while in Werewolf form.
– Additional Bonus unlocked after 40 Willpower points are purchased in the glyph’s range: You gain 10% damage reduction while in Werewolf form.
SpiritSpirit– For every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal +[10]% increased Critical Strike Damage.
– Additional Bonus unlocked after 25 Dexterity points are purchased in the glyph’s range: Critical Strikes increase the damage an enemy takes from you by x2% for 20 seconds, up to x12%.

Let’s break down each of these beneficial nodes and where our paragon points are positioned in each of the Paragon Boards we use. This part of the build is presented in order of importance – so if you do not have enough Paragon Points for use in your Paragon Tree, just slowly work towards each step.

Starting Board

Starting Board
  1. Begin the Starting Board by selecting the nodes on the right hand side of the board towards the Rare Node PrimePrime.
  2. Collect the Magic Nodes surrounding PrimePrime then continue towards the Glyph location in the center of the Starting Board. This will give us a raw Damage and Life increase.
  3. Focus on selecting as many DexterityDexterity nodes in the surrounding area highlighted by inserting the TerritorialTerritorial. This Glyph will will increase our offenses and defenses against Close Enemies.
  4. Select both Rare Nodes inside the Glyph radius, ImpelImpel and ResolveResolve. For ResolveResolve, select the Magic Nodes that offer us a DexterityDexterity bonus for use with the TerritorialTerritorial. For ImpelImpel, select all the Magic Nodes shown in the image above.
  5. Finally, head towards the top of the paragon board and attach the Inner Beast.

Inner Beast (2nd Board)

Inner Beast
  1. Head up towards the Glyph slot and insert WerewolfWerewolf. Target the needed WillpowerWillpower to complete the bonus for the Damage Reduction while you are in Werewolf form.
  2. Now take the two Rare Nodes ShapeshifterShapeshifter and DeterminationDetermination, with their corresponding Magic Nodes. These two nodes amplify our damage while shapeshifted and increase our Armor.
  3. Once again head up the board to the Rare Node TenacityTenacity, and take the Magic Nodes around it. This node increases our Maximum Life.
  4. Continue the pathway to the top of the board and take the Rare Node HavocHavoc, this will boost our Physical Damage and Critical Strike Damage.
  5. Now take the attachment point on the right hand side of the board and connect the next Paragon Board, Thunderstruck.

Thunderstruck (3rd Board)

Thunderstruck
  1. We start by going straight for the Glyph slot and inserting Fang and ClawFang and Claw.
  2. Along the pathway pick up the Rare Node HubrisHubris, boosting our Damage Reduction against Vulnerable Enemies.
  3. Next, head up and outside the glyph radius and take the Rare Node DelugeDeluge, take the corresponding Magic Nodes for the increase in Critical Strike Damage.
  4. Now take the Rare Node StormcallerStormcaller on your pathway towards the bottom attachment point.
  5. Finally, attach the paragon board Heightened Malice to the bottom side of the board.

Heightened Malice (4th Board)

Heightened Malice
  1. Head towards the Glyph slot and insert the glyph ExploitExploit, remember to take all the DexterityDexterity nodes needed for the bonus.
  2. Now take the Rare Nodes inside of the glyph radius, Nature-bornNature-born and Sinking FangsSinking Fangs. These nodes will boost both our offensive and defensive against poisoned enemies.
  3. Continue to down and pick the next Rare Node Toxic BaneToxic Bane, this will boost our damage to poisoned enemies.
  4. Now, continue down the same pathway to the next Rare Nodes Poison ResiliencePoison Resilience.
  5. Finally, take the Legendary Node Heightened MaliceHeightened Malice.
  6. Now head back to the Inner Beast and take the upper pathway to the connection point, then attach the Paragon Board, Lust for Carnage.

Lust for Carnage (5th Board)

Lust for Carnage
  1. Head towards the open glyph slot, picking up the Rare Node FerocityFerocity along the way. This will boost our Werewolf and Critical Strike Damage.
  2. Continue towards the open glyph slot and take the Legendary Node Lust for CarnageLust for Carnage.
  3. At the open glyph slot, insert UndauntedUndaunted. Take the necessary IntelligenceIntelligence needed for the bonus inside the glyph radius.
  4. Now head down path towards the right hand side of the paragon board and take the Rare Node RegenerativeRegenerative along the way.
  5. Now take the attachment point on the right hand side of the board, and attach the next Paragon Board Constricting Tendrils.

Constricting Tendrils (6th Board)

Constricting Tendrils
  1. Head towards the open glyph slot and insert SpiritSpirit, this will boost our Critical Strike Damage.
  2. Be sure to take the DexterityDexterity nodes shown above.
  3. Inside the glyph radius, take the Rare Node CourageCourage, this node will boost your Maximum Life.
  4. Now go to the connection point on the bottom side, and you will naturally attach to the Thunderstruck board.

Thunderstruck (7th Board)

Thunderstruck
  1. Returning to the Thunderstuck paragon board, we take the top pathway towards the Rare Node.
  2. Take TempestTempest and the Magic Nodes around it, this will further boost our Critical Strike Damage.
  3. This complete the Paragon Tree for this build.

Paragon board images courtesy of d4builds.gg.

Build Mechanics and Playstyle

The playstyle for this build is a brawling style of combat. We will start by activating Grizzly RageGrizzly Rage which is going to activate our Caged Heart of Inexorable ForceCaged Heart of Inexorable Force. This will pull all of the surrounding mobs on top of us, allowing us to start poisoning them with RabiesRabies. Once you have used Rabies, continue attacking with your ClawClaw and start to cycle your Roars, Blood HowlBlood Howl and Debilitating RoarDebilitating Roar.

Both of these Roars are going to trigger the special effect from our Unique weapon FleshrenderFleshrender. This unique effect triggers an explosion around the player, damaging any Poisoned enemies with the damage value from the weapon. This damage can be a Critical Strike and will benefit from the Critical Strike Damaging stacking buff that we get from our Grizzly RageGrizzly Rage and Aspect of the Rampaging WerebeastAspect of the Rampaging Werebeast. This is where the majority of our power to clear out packs of mobs comes from.

The other half of our damage in this build comes from our ShredShred ability. This is used in combination with Aspect of the Blurred BeastAspect of the Blurred Beast to launch a powerful strike against elites and bosses. This means you will need to continually be stacking Poisons on your enemies to keep up both damage components. This can be challenging to manage at first, but will become easier over time. The second Unique used in this build is Mad Wolf's GleeMad Wolf’s Glee, which will boost our ClawClaw and Shred ranks for more power.

Now that you understand the skill rotation and the brawling style of attacking, we will look close at some other elements of the build that you must master.

Poisons

While this build is very simple to jump in and play, the challenging component comes from being able to keep enemies Poisoned. This is why the build is designed with four primary methods to Poison, listed below:

  • ClawClaw – Adding Fierce ClawFierce Claw to this ability lets us Poison with each strike.
  • ShredShred – Adding Raging ShredRaging Shred allows our third strike to Poison an enemy.
  • RabiesRabies – this is our best method of spreading our Poisons out to all enemies due to the ability for the Poison to spread naturally with this skill. We also include Natural RabiesNatural Rabies, to accelerate that process.
  • Toxic ClawsToxic Claws – any Critical Strike we make against an enemy will Poison them.

These methods are what will help keep our Poisons stacked on our enemies so we can use our two defensive skills or ‘Roars’ to trigger the AoE from our Unique item: FleshrenderFleshrender. Overall, this build performs well as long as you keep your poison stacks up – failing to do so and you will see a significant drop off in damage.

Gear Choice and Stat Priority

As you begin to farm in World Tier 3 and 4, Rare and Legendary item drops will begin to appear with some regularity depending on your luck. We recommend saving the targeted Legendary items that have the needed Legendary aspects listed below. We also recommended to keep multiple copies of the build’s Aspects in your Stash for future upgrades.

As for the Rare items, you will need to inspect each one for targeted affixes for use in each specific slot and do your best to match the recommended rolls. We have listed our targeted affixes in order of importance. Check the chart below and make note of what affixes you are searching for when you see a Rare gear piece drop.

Gear SlotTargeted Affixes
Helm1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Basic Attack Speed
3. Maximum Life
4. Willpower
5. Total Armor
ChestMad Wolf's GleeMad Wolf’s Glee
or
1. Damage Reduction
2. Damage Reduction From Close Enemies
3. Damage Reduction from Poisoned Enemies
4. Damage Reduction From Distant Enemies
5. Total Armor
Gloves1. Critical Strike Chance
2. Ranks of ShredShred
3. Attack Speed
4. Critical Strike Damage with Werewolf Skills
5. Willpower
Pants1. Damage Reduction
2. Damage Reduction From Close Enemies
3. Damage Reduction From Poisoned Enemies
4. Damage Reduction While Fortified
5. Maximum Life
6. Willpower
Boots1. Movement Speed
2. Damage Reduction While Injured
3. Spirit Reduction cost
4. Total Armor While in Werewolf Form
5. Willpower
Amulet1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Spirit Cost Reduction
3. Ranks of Toxic ClawsToxic Claws
4. Damage while Shapeshifted
5. Critical Strike Chance Against Injured Enemies
Rings1. Vulnerable Damage increases
2. Critical Strike Chance
3. Critical Strike Damage
4. Critical Strike Damage with Werewolf Skills
5. Maximum Life
1-handed WeaponFleshrenderFleshrender
Totem1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Critical Strike Chance
3. Spirit Reduction Cost
4. Damage Reduction from Poisoned Enemies
5. Resource Generation

Please note that these affixes are the recommended picks for the Roaring Fleshrender build, but that is simply our opinion. Other affixes could certainly work instead of the ones listed above, but may not be optimal. Also, there are several very specific affixes that are required to make the build work, they are as follows:

A final point on acquiring the right Legendary Aspects, use your Obols to target farm them. Obols are awarded from many different activities in the game, you will always stockpiling them until you hit your maximum. Instead of just randomly spending them on a random pick, use them to target what you might be missing from this build. It is a great way to target a specific slot of loot and find what you need.

If you are interested in checking out a new tool for gambling Obols check out this link below from Icy Veins.

Obol Gambling Optimization Tool

Legendary Aspects

Below you will find the optimal setup for Legendary Aspects for the Twisted K-9 build. Each aspect is listed with its matching gear slot. Do your best to keep each aspect in the slot it was posted with.

Listed below are all the best-in-slot Aspects found on Legendary items that are important for the Roaring Fleshrender Druid build. Aspects from the Codex of Power can be used if you cannot find the proper Legendary drops, but they have weaker effects. Extract Aspects from lower level Legendary items and imprint them onto better Rare items with preferred stats. The endgame itemization goal will be to imprint Aspects with the best values Ancestral Rare items with Item Power above or as close to 800, then upgrade them through the Blacksmith.

Gear SlotLegendary AspectLegendary Aspect Power
HelmAspect of MightAspect of Might Basic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for [2.0-6.0] seconds.
ChestMad Wolf's GleeMad Wolf’s Glee
GlovesAspect of RetaliationAspect of RetaliationYour Core Skills deal up to [20-40%] increased damage based on your amount of Fortify.
PantsVigorous AspectVigorous AspectGain [10.0-15.0%] Damage Reduction while Shapeshifted into a Werewolf.
BootsAspect of the Dark HowlAspect of the Dark HowlDebilitating RoarDebilitating Roar is now a Werewolf Skill. In addition, Debilitating Roar will Immobilize Poisoned enemies for [2 – 4] seconds.
Amulets (50% bonus)Dire Wolf's AspectDire Wolf’s AspectGrizzly RageGrizzly Rage now shapeshifts you into a Dire Werewolf. As a Dire Werewolf you gain [15-25%] Movement Speed instead of Damage Reduction and a [30-50%] Spirit cost reduction bonus. In addition, kills Heal you for 10% of your Maximum Life.  
RingAspect of the Rampaging WerebeastAspect of the Rampaging WerebeastThe duration of Grizzly RageGrizzly Rage is increased by [1 – 5] seconds. In addition, Critical Strikes while Grizzly Rage is active increase your Critical Strike Damage by 10% for the duration.
RingNighthowler's AspectNighthowler’s AspectBlood HowlBlood Howl increases Critical Strike Chance by [5.0-10.0%]. In addition, Blood Howl also affects Nearby Companions and Players for 3 seconds.
1-handed WeaponFleshrenderFleshrender
TotemAspect of the Blurred BeastAspect of the Blurred BeastWhile dashing, ShredShred seeks nearby poisoned enemies instantly dealing [70-100]% of the poisoning damage to them.

Unique items

The two Unique Items used in this build are : FleshrenderFleshrender and Mad Wolf's GleeMad Wolf’s Glee.

Gems

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

Elixirs and Health Pots

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. Use an Elixir providing any Resistance you need most, or the 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.

Changelog

  • August 28th 2023, Build creation for Season 1
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