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Barrage Rogue Gauntlet Build Guide for Diablo 4 (Season 3)

The fastest Barrage Rogue build for the Gauntlet!




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Gauntlet Build Introduction for Barrage Rogue

The Barrage Rogue is the best build to obtain a top ranking on the Gauntlet leaderboard in Season 3 of Diablo 4. This is your optimized guide for a late endgame setup designed for the highest Gauntlet scores. For more information on this endgame activity, check out our Gauntlet Guide.

BarrageBarrage is a highly versatile Core Skill that can deal high single-target damage while ricocheting to additional targets. The ricochets auto-target nearby enemies, so you can keep moving with a fire-and-forget playstyle. The Gauntlet setup for the Barrage Rogue focuses on maximizing damage and mobility, by sacrificing defense whenever possible.

Before following this Gauntlet build guide, make sure you have a Level 100 Rogue and the Build Requirements listed in the section below. Follow the Rogue Leveling Guide to progress a character from Level 1-50, and then the Barrage Endgame Guide from Level 50-100.

Mid Season 3 Update (Patch 1.3.3) – A buff to Aspect of Branching VolleysAspect of Branching Volleys greatly improves the clearing ability of BarrageBarrage against groups of enemies. The Barrage Rogue is now a top build for the Gauntlet.

  • Aspect of Branching VolleysAspect of Branching Volleys
    • Previous: Barrage’s Arrows have 15-25% chance to split into two arrows whenever they ricochet.
    • New: Increase the damage of arrows that Ricochet from Barrage from 40% to 60-80%. In addition, Barrage’s arrows have a 40-60% chance to split into 2 arrows whenever they ricochet.
  • HeartseekerHeartseeker
    • Attack Speed increased by 20%.
    • Dev Note: Lower the Power interrupt frames from 20 to 16.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Barrage can shotgun elites and bosses, while ricocheting to multiple enemies
  • Barrage ricochets auto-target nearby enemies
  • Relatively simple playstyle for a Rogue
  • Slightly lower single-target damage than Rapid Fire
  • Limited targeting against high density packs
  • Defense is lowered in the Gauntlet setup

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

Build Requirements

The Gauntlet setup for the Barrage Rogue requires a higher amount of Resource management, since the Basic Skill is removed. Be prepared with the required items below, before attempting this build.

Required Legendary Aspects and Unique Items
  • Boots with Shrine Buff Duration, Ranks of Dash Skill and Energy Cost Reduction.
  • An Amulet with Shrine Buff Duration and Cooldown Reduction.
  • Rings with Cooldown Reduction and Resource Generation. Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless Skies is also highly recommended.
  • A Helm with Cooldown Reduction. Godslayer CrownGodslayer Crown and Harlequin CrestHarlequin Crest are also viable options.
  • Gloves with Attack Speed and Critical Strike Chance.

While these items are minimum requirements, all the aspects and the priority affix gear listed in this build is necessary to obtain the highest ranks on the Gauntlet Leaderboard.

Season of the Construct

Season 3 Patch Updates

The following list details the changes in the Season 3 Update (Patch 1.3.0) that may pertain to Barrage Rogues. Check the Changelog for all the other guide updates.

  • Close Quarters CombatClose Quarters Combat
    • Amount of Damage vs Crowd Controlled bonus conversion percent reduced from 40% to 10%.
    • Attack Speed per stack increased from 10% to 15%.
  • PrecisionPrecision
    • Previous: Critical Strike with Marksman Skills grant you Precision. You gain 4%[x] Critical Strike Damage per stack of Precision, up to a maximum of 20%[x]. When you reach maximum Precision, your next Marksman Skill is guaranteed to Critically Strike, and deals 40%[x] increased Critical Strike Damage, then consumes all stacks of Precision.
    • New: Each Marksman skill cast grants 1 stack of Precision, or 2 if it has Critically Struck. When you reach 6 stacks, your next Marksman Core or Ultimate Skill is a guaranteed Critical Strike that deals x50% increased Critical Strike Damage, consuming all stacks of Precision. This damage is further increased by an amount equal to x15% of your Critical Strike Damage bonus.
  • Aspect of the ExpectantAspect of the Expectant: Damage bonus now has a 5-second duration to be used.
  • Fixed an issue where Tibault's WillTibault’s Will increased the cap for combo points.

Seneschal Construct Companion Powers

The Season 3 theme introduces a Seneschal Construct Companion that can deal damage or provide support to complement your character. Equip the Seneschal with two Governing Stones to activate their abilities, and then link them to three Tuning Stones each to augment the abilities. There are 12 different Governing Stones and 27 different Tuning Stones that can be found in Vaults scattered across Sanctuary. Fuse together duplicate stones to level them up, increasing the potency of Governing Stones or adding augments to Tuning Stones.

Listed below is the best Seneschal Construct Companion setup for Barrage Rogues in the Gauntlet. Although only 3 Tuning Stones can be linked to each Governing Stone, alternative options are provided and sorted in order of importance.

  1. Flash of Adrenaline: Administers a quick flash of adrenaline into the player, granting bonus damage for a duration.
    • Genesis: Increase the effectiveness of the supported Skill.
    • Tactical Support: Decrease the cooldown of the supported Skill.
    • Duration Support: Supported Skills have their durations increased.
    • Fortify Support: When the Seneschal Construct uses the supported Skill, you gain Fortify. Skills with slower attack speeds or skills with cooldowns will increase the amount of Fortify granted.
  2. Tempest: Electrically charge an enemy causing it to deal damage to themselves and additional enemies each second over time. If the enemy is killed, Tempest spreads to another enemy.
    • Evernight: The supported Skill grants you +4 to all Skills when used.
    • Resource Support: Player gains an amount of Primary Resource when the supporting Skill first deals damage.
    • Efficiency Support: When the supporting skill deals damage, you gain Critical Strike Chance to the same targets hit.
    • Safeguard Support: When used, the supported Skill grants Damage Reduction to you.

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Skill Bar Setup for Barrage Rogue (order does not matter)
Barrage Barrage Dash Dash Shadow Step Shadow Step Concealment Concealment Shadow Clone Shadow Clone Shadow Imbuement Shadow Imbuement

The following tables show the full allocation of Skill Points for the Barrage Rogue Gauntlet build. If you have not obtained all the Skill Points from Renown, take extra points out of DashDash and/or ConcealmentConcealment.

WARNING: This Skill Tree setup is designed for speed to obtain the highest score possible in the Gauntlet, where shrines are heavily relied upon to increase overall damage and reduce cooldowns.

Priority SkillsCluster
HeartseekerHeartseeker Rank 2 (not on the Skill Bar)Basic SkillBasic Skill
BarrageBarrage Rank 5, Enhanced BarrageEnhanced Barrage, Improved BarrageImproved Barrage
Stutter StepStutter Step Rank 3
SturdySturdy Rank 3
Core SkillCore Skill
DashDash Rank 5, Enhanced DashEnhanced Dash
Shadow StepShadow Step Rank 1, Enhanced Shadow StepEnhanced Shadow Step, Disciplined Shadow StepDisciplined Shadow Step
Weapon MasteryWeapon Mastery Rank 3
Agility SkillAgility Skill
ConcealmentConcealment Rank 2, Enhanced ConcealmentEnhanced Concealment, Countering ConcealmentCountering Concealment
ExploitExploit Rank 3, MaliceMalice Rank 3
Subterfuge SkillSubterfuge Skill
Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement Rank 5, Enhanced Shadow ImbuementEnhanced Shadow Imbuement, Mixed Shadow ImbuementMixed Shadow ImbuementImbuement SkillImbuement Skill
Adrenaline RushAdrenaline Rush Rank 1, ImpetusImpetus Rank 3, HasteHaste Rank 3
InnervationInnervation Rank 3
Shadow CloneShadow Clone, Prime Shadow ClonePrime Shadow Clone, Supreme Shadow CloneSupreme Shadow Clone
Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
PrecisionPrecisionKey PassivesKey Passives

Barrage Rogue Specialization

Combo Points are not selected, since the Gauntlet setup for the Barrage Rogue does not equip any Basic Skills. Instead, Preparation is utilized to reduce the Cooldown of Shadow CloneShadow Clone and reset other Skills.


The Paragon progression system unlocks after reaching Level 50, and offers a considerable boost to character power. Within the Paragon Board, there are many different bonuses, ranging from minor stat enhancements on Magic Nodes to more significant gains with Rare Glyphs and Legendary Nodes.

Important Notes:

  • Additional Bonus requirements on Rare Glyphs may not be obtainable until they gain increased radius range at Level 15.
  • Attach Legendary Boards in the correct order. Bonus requirements of Rare Nodes increase with their placement order.
  • Make sure you select the correct Legendary Boards and rotate them into the correct orientation before attachment.

The Gauntlet setup makes the following slight adjustments to the original Barrage Endgame Build, so you do not have to completely refund all Paragon points.

  1. Remove RangerRanger and TurfTurf.
  2. Insert CannyCanny and EfficacyEfficacy.
  3. Reallocate points from CalculatedCalculated to obtain other damage increases and nodes in radius range of the new Glyphs.

WARNING: Multiple sources of Damage Reduction are traded for Damage Multipliers in this Glyph setup for the Gauntlet. Survivability is extremely low. Players in Hardcore mode should follow the tankier setup in the original Barrage Endgame Build.

The list below contains the most beneficial Rare Glyphs and Legendary Nodes for the Barrage Rogue Gauntlet build, sorted in the order obtained in the final Level 100 Paragon Tree. The images that follow provide a visual of each Paragon Board setup.

CannyCanny• For every 5 Intelligence purchased within range, you deal + [9.6%] increased Non-physical damage.
• Additional Bonus (requires 25 Intelligence purchased in radius range):
Non-Physical damage increases all the Non-Physical damage an enemy takes from you by x1%, up to x10%, for 15 seconds.
Tricks of the TradeTricks of the TradeYour Marksman Skills grant your next Cutthroat Skill 25% increased damage. Your Cutthroat Skills grant your next Marksman Skill 25% increased damage.
EfficacyEfficacy• Grants + [120%] bonus to all Rare nodes within range.
• Additional Bonus (requires 25 Intelligence purchased in radius range):
Imbuement Skill effects have x20% increased potency.
Cheap ShotCheap Shot You deal x5% increased damage for each Nearby enemy that is Crowd Controlled, up to x25%.
NightstalkerNightstalker• For every 5 Intelligence purchased within range, your deal + [9.51%] increased Shadow damage.
• Additional Bonus (requires 25 Intelligence purchased in radius range):
Entering Stealth reduces the active cooldown of Shadow Imbuement by 4 seconds.
Exploit WeaknessExploit WeaknessGrants + [144%] bonus to all Magic nodes within range.
• Additional Bonus (requires 40 Dexterity purchased in radius range):
When you hit an enemy with an attack that applies a Crowd Control effect, they take x2%, up to x10%, increased damage from you for 20 seconds.
CombatCombat• For every 5 Intelligence purchased within range, you deal + [19.2%] increased Critical Strike Damage.
• Additional Bonus (requires 40 Intelligence purchased in radius range):
Skills that Critically Strike restore 12% of their Energy cost.
No WitnessesNo WitnessesYour Ultimate Skills deal x30% increased damage and grant you x10% increased damage for 20 seconds when cast. (Legendary Nodes not used)
ExploitExploit• For every 5 Strength purchased within range, you deal + [7.7%] increased damage to Vulnerable targets.
• Additional Bonus (requires 25 Strength purchased in radius range):
When an enemy is damaged by you, they become Vulnerable for 3 seconds. This cannot happen more than once every 20 seconds per enemy.

Starting Board (Canny)

Tricks of the Trade (Efficacy)

Cheap Shot (Nightstalker)

Exploit Weakness (Combat)

No Witnesses (Exploit)

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Mechanics and Playstyle

BarrageBarrage can be casted right next to elites and bosses to shotgun them with all the arrows for high single-target damage. The buff to Aspect of Branching VolleysAspect of Branching Volleys in Patch 1.3.3 greatly improves the clearing ability of Barrage against multiple enemies. Therefore, the Barrage Rogue has become an effective build for every situation in combat.

The Gauntlet setup for the Barrage Rogue removes any Basic Skills and Combo Points, greatly simplifying the playstyle. BarrageBarrage is spammed to deal damage without a Combo Points rotation, while DashDash, Shadow StepShadow Step and ConcealmentConcealment are utilized for quick mobility.

Shadow CloneShadow Clone provides supplemental damage, but the clone does not benefit from many damage increases on the character. The Preparation Specialization allows the Ultimate Skill to be used more often, and reset the Cooldowns of other Skills.

NightstalkerNightstalker reduces the Cooldown of Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement when ConcealmentConcealment is casted. Reallocate extra Ranks of ConcealmentConcealment for Consuming ShadowsConsuming Shadows if you need more Energy generation.


ExploitExploit instantly applies Vulnerable to enemies at the beginning of a fight. Afterwards, Improved BarrageImproved Barrage continues to maintain Vulnerable status in longer battles against elites and bosses.

Damage Rotation

Use the following rotation to optimize DPS.

  1. Use DashDash, Shadow StepShadow Step and ConcealmentConcealment to quickly travel between packs of enemies.
  2. (Optional) Activate Shadow ImbuementShadow Imbuement against large groups of enemies to supplement Area of Effect damage.
  3. Cast BarrageBarrage rapidly to deal damage. Stand next to elites or bosses to shotgun them with all the arrows, while ricochets take care of weaker enemies.
  4. Restart the rotation.

Gear Choice and Stat Priority in the Gauntlet

Make sure to pick up all Rare Item drops that may be upgrades while you are farming with the Barrage Rogue. Save Legendary Items with useful aspects in your stash to be used later for extraction and imprinting onto well rolled Rare Items.

When comparing weapons with similar item levels, Swords are preferred over Daggers for the Critical Strike Damage implicit to increase PrecisionPrecision damage. Crossbows are preferred over Bows for the Vulnerable Damage implicit, unless you are using SkyhunterSkyhunter.

Shrine Buff Duration affixes on Boots and Amulet are extremely important for the Gauntlet. Shrines spawn after every Boss kill, and they are essential for the highest scores. Shrine Buff Duration even works on the Pillar of Glory to gain more bonus points while active.

Stat Priority List

Listed below are the affixes to prioritize on gear for Barrage Rogues. 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. Bolded stats are the most important and sometimes vital for the build to function properly.

The priority order of Resistances is Lightning > Poison > Fire > Cold > Shadow. Maximum Resistance is 70% by default for each element and can be increased to 85% by various sources.

Season 3 Update (Patch 1.3.0): Critical Strike Damage priority increased due to PrecisionPrecision damage being changed to scale with the stat.

Gear SlotImportant Affixes
Weapons+ Dexterity, All Stats, Critical Strike Damage
+ Vulnerable Damage, Damage to Close Enemies, Core Skill Damage
Helm+ Cooldown Reduction
+ Armor, Resistances, Maximum Life
+ Crowd Control Duration, Dexterity, Maximum Energy
Chest+ Armor, Damage Reduction, DR from Close Enemies, Resistances
+ DR from Distant Enemies, Maximum Life
Gloves+ Ranks of Barrage, Attack Speed, Critical Strike Chance
+ Lucky Hit Chance to Restore Primary Resource, Attack Speed after Dodging an Attack
+ Lucky Hit Chance, Dexterity
Pants+ Armor, Damage Reduction, DR from Close Enemies, Resistances
+ DR from Distant Enemies, Maximum Life
Boots+ Shrine Buff Duration, Ranks of Dash Skill, Movement Speed, Energy Cost Reduction
+ Resistances
Amulet+ Shrine Buff Duration, Ranks of Exploit Passive, Cooldown Reduction
+ Movement Speed
+ Energy Cost Reduction, Armor, Damage Reduction, DR from Close Enemies
Rings+ Critical Strike Chance, Critical Strike Damage, Resource Generation
+ Maximum Life, Maximum Energy, Lucky Hit Chance, Vulnerable Damage, Damage to Close Enemies

Legendary Aspects and Codex of Power

Listed below are all the best-in-slot Aspects found on Legendary Items that are important for the Barrage Rogue build in the Gauntlet. 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.

Ravenous AspectRavenous Aspect can help with Energy management early on, Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless Skies is preferred if you are lucky enough to obtain this Uber Unique Item.

Gear SlotAspect NameAspect Power
Ranged Weapon
Amulet (+50 bonus effect)Accelerating AspectAccelerating AspectCritical Strikes with Core Skills increase your Attack Speed by [15 – 25%] for 3 seconds.
Ring Slot #1 (replaced by Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless SkiesRavenous AspectRavenous AspectKilling a Vulnerable enemy grants you [50 – 70%] increased Energy Regeneration for 4 seconds.
Dual-Wielded Weapons, Gloves or Ring Slot #2Aspect of Branching VolleysAspect of Branching VolleysIncrease the damage of arrows that Ricochet from Barrage from 40% to [60 – 80%]. In addition, Barrage’s arrows have a [40 – 60%] chance to split into 2 arrows whenever they ricochet.
Dual-Wielded Weapons, Gloves or Ring Slot #2Edgemaster'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.
Dual-Wielded Weapons, Gloves or Ring Slot #2Aspect of ElementsAspect of ElementsGain + [20 – 30%] increased damage to a set of damage types for 7 seconds. This effect alternates between 2 sets:
• Fire, Lightning, and Physical.
• Cold, Poison, and Shadow.
Dual-Wielded Weapons, Gloves or Ring Slot #2Aspect of Inner CalmAspect of Inner CalmDeal [5.0 – 10.0%] increased damage for each second you stand still, up to 40%.
Helm (replaced by Harlequin CrestHarlequin Crest)Resistant Assailant's AspectResistant Assailant’s AspectBreaking Concealment grants +10% Resistance and Maximum Resist to all elements for 4 seconds. Killing an Elite enemy reduces Concealment’s cooldown by 6–10 seconds.
ChestAspect of Quickening FogAspect of Quickening FogYou automatically drop a Smoke Grenade at the end of Dash. Smoke Grenades reduce Dash’s Cooldown by [0.4 – 0.6] seconds for each enemy hit, up to [2.0 – 3.0] seconds.
Pants (replaced by Tibault's WillTibault’s Will)Aspect of DisobedienceAspect of DisobedienceYou gain [0.6 – 1.1%] increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to [36 – 66%].
BootsRavager's AspectRavager’s AspectShadow 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%].

Unique Items

Listed below are the recommended and optional Unique Items for this build.

  • SkyhunterSkyhunter (Required): The Unique Effect is important for damage and Energy generation. Increasing ExploitExploit to Rank 3 from Rank 6 results in a 15% overall damage increase against Healthy and Injured enemies (1.36 / 1.18).
  • Harlequin CrestHarlequin Crest (Recommended Uber Unique): This powerful Uber Unique provides the best of offensive and defense, if you are lucky enough for it to drop from Uber Duriel.
  • Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless Skies
  • Tibault's WillTibault’s Will: 40%[x] increased damage is not usually possible in this gear slot, but Legendary Pants with 4 well-rolled defensive affixes and a Defensive Aspect are more beneficial.

Not Recommended Unique items

Listed below are the Unique Items not recommended for this build and the reasons they are not worthwhile.

  • Grasp of ShadowGrasp of Shadow: These Unique Gloves provide up to +6 Ranks for all Core Skills, but well-rolled Legendary Gloves are better. The summoned Shadow Clone attack does significantly less damage than the original attack being copied.


Listed below are the best Gems to socket into gear for each slot type for the Barrage Rogue build.

  • Weapon: Royal EmeraldRoyal Emerald for Critical Strike Damage to Vulnerable Enemies.
  • Armor: Royal RubyRoyal Ruby for Maximum Life.
  • Jewelry: Royal SkullRoyal Skull to cap Armor (13200 for Tier 100 Nightmare Dungeons) or Individual Resistance Gems for Resistances that are not already capped at 70%. The priority order of Resistances is Lightning > Poison > Fire > Cold > Shadow.

Elixirs and Health Potions

Listed below are the best Elixirs for Barrage Rogues to consume in the Gauntlet, ranked by importance. Elixirs that are not available at the Alchemist can only be found as drops. Open Splitting Steel and Mystery Chests in Helltides to farm non-craftable Elixirs.

  1. Heady Assault ElixirHeady Assault Elixir (craftable): Attack Speed increases damage output, especially with Artillery Shrines in the Gauntlet.
  2. Elixir of CrueltyElixir of Cruelty (non-craftable): Provides the highest source of Critical Strike Chance from an Elixir. Alternatively, Heady Precision ElixirHeady Precision Elixir can be crafted at the Alchemist.

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  • March 11th, 2024: Guide created.
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