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Shred Druid Leveling Build for Diablo 4 (Season 4)

Level up fast with mobile Shred tactics!

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Build Introduction

The Shred Druid is a fast and mobile build, ambushing foes and overwhelming them with ferocious attacks! Dash and cleave enemies down with ShredShred and use your Poison CreeperPoison Creeper for lethal Area of Effect Poisons. Supporting abilities help keep up Spirit, heal, and apply debuffs to enemies.

After clearing the Capstone Dungeon Cathedral of Light to unlock World Tier 3, or upon reaching level 50, continue your ShredShred adventure with the Shred Druid Endgame Guide, or choose any of our Endgame Builds!

For general tips and information about leveling a Druid in Diablo 4, check out our Druid Leveling Page!

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Skill Bar for Shred Druid
Petrify Petrify Blood Howl Blood Howl Trample Trample Poison Creeper Poison Creeper Storm Strike Storm Strike Shred Shred

The table below outlines the recommended order for allocating Skill Points. 48 Points are gained from leveling, and the remaining 10 are from completing Renown events in each zone, for a total of 58 Skill Points.

OrderSkillCluster
1Storm StrikeStorm Strike Rank 1Basic SkillBasic Skill
2Enhanced Storm StrikeEnhanced Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
3ShredShred Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
4Enhanced ShredEnhanced ShredCore SkillCore Skill
5Primal ShredPrimal ShredCore SkillCore Skill
6Fierce Storm StrikeFierce Storm StrikeBasic SkillBasic Skill
7Blood HowlBlood Howl Rank 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
8Enhanced Blood HowlEnhanced Blood HowlDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
9Innate Blood HowlInnate Blood HowlDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
10ShredShred Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
11ShredShred Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
12Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Rank 1Companion SkillCompanion Skill
13Enhanced Poison CreeperEnhanced Poison CreeperCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
14Brutal Poison CreeperBrutal Poison CreeperCompanion SkillCompanion Skill
15ShredShred Rank 4Core SkillCore Skill
16ShredShred Rank 5Core SkillCore Skill
17TrampleTrample Rank 1Wrath SkillWrath Skill
18Enhanced TrampleEnhanced TrampleWrath SkillWrath Skill
19Savage TrampleSavage TrampleWrath SkillWrath Skill
20NeurotoxinNeurotoxin Rank 1Wrath SkillWrath Skill
21Toxic ClawsToxic Claws Rank 1Wrath SkillWrath Skill
22Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Rank 2Companion SkillCompanion Skill
23Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Rank 3Companion SkillCompanion Skill
24PetrifyPetrifyUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
25Prime PetrifyPrime PetrifyUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
26Supreme PetrifySupreme PetrifyUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
27Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Rank 4Companion SkillCompanion Skill
28Poison CreeperPoison Creeper Rank 5Companion SkillCompanion Skill
29EnvenomEnvenom Rank 1Wrath SkillWrath Skill
30EnvenomEnvenom Rank 2Wrath SkillWrath Skill
31EnvenomEnvenom Rank 3Wrath SkillWrath Skill
32Call of the WildCall of the Wild Rank 1Companion SkillCompanion Skill
33Call of the WildCall of the Wild Rank 2Companion SkillCompanion Skill
34Ursine StrengthUrsine StrengthKey PassivesKey Passive
35ClarityClarity Rank 1Companion SkillCompanion Skill
36ClarityClarity Rank 2Companion SkillCompanion Skill
37ClarityClarity Rank 3Companion SkillCompanion Skill
38Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
39Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
40Predatory InstinctPredatory Instinct Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
41Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade Gait Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
42Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade Gait Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
43Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade Gait Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
44QuickshiftQuickshift Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
45QuickshiftQuickshift Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
46QuickshiftQuickshift Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
47Natural FortitudeNatural Fortitude Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
48Natural FortitudeNatural Fortitude Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
49Natural FortitudeNatural Fortitude Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
50Heightened SensesHeightened Senses Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
51Heightened SensesHeightened Senses Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
52Heightened SensesHeightened Senses Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
53Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude Rank 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
54Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude Rank 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
55Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude Rank 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
56VigilanceVigilance Rank 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
57VigilanceVigilance Rank 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
58VigilanceVigilance Rank 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill

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. To access Spirit Boons:

  • Reach Level 15, accepting the quest chain beginning with Druid: Spirits of the Lost Grove.
  • Clear the Túr Dúlra Stronghold scenario in Scosglen.
  • Complete the quest chain to gain access to the Animal Spirits.
Boon NameAnimalEffect
WarinessDeerTake 15% reduced damage from Elites.
Scythe TalonsEagleGain +5% increased Critical Strike Chance.
PackleaderWolfLucky Hit: Critical Strikes have up to a 20% chance to reset the Cooldowns of your Companion Skills.
EnergizeWolfLucky Hit: Dealing damage has up to a 15% chance to restore 20 Spirit.
MasochisticSnakeLucky Hit chance of 75%. Critical Strikes with Shapeshifting Skills Heal you for 5% Maximum Life.

Prioritize your first 25 Spirit Offerings to unlock the Wolf’s Packleader; Poison CreeperPoison Creeper is a significant source of our damage so cooldown resets go a long way!

Legendary Aspects and Codex of Power

The Codex of Power has updated for Patch 1.4.0. All Salvaged Legendary Powers will update within your Codex. Legendary Items with Aspect powers can be found across all content in Diablo 4. Random dropped Legendary Aspects can have a specific range of power on them. For example, Stormclaw's AspectStormclaw’s Aspect can roll between 20%-30% for the effect. Salvaging a higher rank will improve the Aspect’s rank within your Codex from then on.

Aspects gained from Dungeons will enter the Codex of Power at rank 1. This makes Dungeons a great way to get started when putting together a build, without having to rely on random drops. For example, to access Stormclaw's AspectStormclaw’s Aspect directly without needing a random drop, you can clear Anica’s Claim in Fractured Peaks.

The highest priority Legendary Aspects to get started with the Shred Leveling Druid build are available from the following dungeons:

Legendary AspectAspect PowerDungeon LocationRecommended Slot
Stormclaw's AspectStormclaw’s AspectCritical Strikes with Shred deal 20 – 30% of the damage dealt as Lightning damage to the target and surrounding enemies.Anica’s Claim, Fractured PeaksAmulet
Aspect of the UnsatiatedAspect of the UnsatiatedAfter killing an enemy with Shred, you gain 20 Spirit. Your Werewolf Skills deal 10-20x increased damage when cast above 50 Spirit.Tormented Ruins, Fractured PeaksRing
Aspect of the UmbralAspect of the UmbralRestore 1 – 5 of your Primary Resource when you Crowd Control an enemy.Champion’s Demise, Dry SteppesRing
  • Stormclaw's AspectStormclaw’s Aspect makes ShredShred Critical Strikes splash for extra Lightning damage in a small area. An Amulet is recommended for the higher multiplier. It can be placed on a 2 handed weapon as well, but while leveling, weapons are replaced often so it can get expensive in Gold and Crafting Materials.
  • Aspect of the UnsatiatedAspect of the Unsatiated grants Spirit on Kill when killed with ShredShred.
  • The Wolf’s Spirit Boon Energize has a Lucky Hit chance to give 20 Spirit.
  • Aspect of the UmbralAspect of the Umbral is useful for Spirit Generation. Crowd-Controls are applied in a variety of ways. For this build, it is through ways like:
    • NeurotoxinNeurotoxin and Toxic ClawsToxic Claws interacting when Werewolf skills Critically Strike to apply a poison to the enemy.
    • Poison CreeperPoison Creeper‘s passive attack applying Poison and the Active Skill’s Immobilize and Poison.

Other useful Aspects from the Codex are the following, sorted by type:

Legendary AspectAspect TypeAspect PowerDungeon Location
Aspect of DisobedienceAspect of DisobedienceDefensiveYou gain [0.6 – 1.1]%[+] increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to [36.0 – 66.0]%[+].Halls of the Damned, Kehjistan
Aspect of MightAspect of MightDefensiveBasic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for [2.0 – 6.0] seconds.Dark Ravine, Dry Steppes
Skinwalker's AspectSkinwalker’s AspectDefensiveWhen you use a Shapeshifting Skill that changes your form, gain [184 – 315] Life. If you are at full Life, gain the same amount as Fortify.Fading Echo, Kehjistan
Aspect of the ProtectorAspect of the ProtectorDefensiveDamaging an Elite enemy grants you a Barrier absorbing up to [1,967 – 3,933] damage for 10 seconds. This effect can only happen once every 30 seconds.Lost Archives, Fractured Peaks
Aspect of the Changeling's DebtAspect of the Changeling’s DebtOffensiveYou deal 25-55% increased damage while hitting a Poisoned enemy as a Werebear or a Crowd Controlled enemy as a Werewolf.Conclave, Kejistan
Aspect of RetaliationAspect of RetaliationOffensiveYour Core Skills deal up to [20 – 30]%[x] increased damage based on your amount of Fortify.Seaside descent, Dry Steppes
Edgemaster’s AspectEdgemaster’s AspectOffensiveSkills deal up to [10 – 20]%[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 ExpectantOffensiveAfter attacking enemies with a Basic Skill, increase the damage of your next Core Skill cast within 5 seconds by [5 – 10]%[x], up to 30%[x].Underroot, Scosglen
Ghostwalker AspectGhostwalker AspectMobilityWhile Unstoppable and for 4 seconds after, you gain [10 – 25]%[+] increased Movement Speed and can move freely through enemies.Broken Bulwark, Scosglen
Eluding AspectEluding AspectUtilityBecoming Injured while Crowd Controlled grants you Unstoppable for 4 seconds. This effect has a [40 – 20] second Cooldown.Oblivion, Hawezar

Check our Legendary Aspect and Codex of Power Guide for general Codex information.

Gear Affix and Stat Priority while Leveling

Below are the recommended Gear Affixes for each slot for the Shred Leveling Build. Gear Affixes are listed by importance. Affixes in Bold are the most important for the build, and alternatives are added as well.

SlotGemStats
2 Handed AxeEmeraldEmeraldResource Cost Reduction
Willpower
Max Life
Spirit on Kill
Critical Strike Damage
Helm RubyRubyRanks in Poison CreeperPoison Creeper
Ranks to Companion Skills
Willpower
Max Life
Spirit Per Second
ChestRubyRubyMax Life
Spirit Per Second
Willpower
Armor
GlovesN/ARanks in ShredShred
Critical Strike Chance
Attack Speed
Willpower
Critical Strike Damage
Pants RubyRubyMax Life
Armor
Willpower
Dodge Chance
BootsN/AMovement Speed
Spirit Per Second
Willpower
Dodge Chance
AmuletDiamondDiamondMovement Speed
Ranks to EnvenomEnvenom

Critical Strike Chance
Ranks in Companion Skills
Resource Cost Reduction
RingsDiamondDiamondCritical Strike Chance
Attack Speed
Maximum Life
Resource Generation
Critical Strike Damage

Critical Strike is important for several parts of the build, including:

Remember to pick up and check all those Rare items! There are many combinations of gear affix rolls possible. Going from two favorable gear affixes to three will help focus and optimize the build.

Tempering

Tempering manuals are found across Sanctuary. The Blacksmith is able to apply extra affixes on items. While leveling, non-Sacred items found in World Tier I and II and Sacred items found in World Tier III can have one Temper affix on the item. This increases to two Tempers on the Ancestral quality items found in World Tier IV. Manuals are divided by types similar to Legendary Aspect Powers; a Resource manual like Druid Mobility has Resource type tempers, and can only be placed on rings.

When tempering at the Blacksmith, the item will randomly select one of the listed affixes from the chosen Tempering Manual. For example, the Offensive Manual Shapeshifting Finesse can give Werewolf Attack Speed, or give something utterly useless to the build like Werebear Overpower Damage. There is a limit to the number of times a temper can be rerolled to try to get the desired affix. This means the item can get ruined for the build, and you must try again with a new item. Unique Items cannot be Tempered. Here’s a list of Useful tempers to look out for, sorted by type.

Manual TypeManual NameManual Effect
WeaponWerewolf AugmentsShredShred Critical Strike Chance
OffensiveShapeshifting FinesseWerewolf Attack Speed
Werewolf Critical Strike Chance
OffensiveNatural FinesseDamage to Close Enemies
OffensiveCompanion FinessePoison Creeper Damage
UtilityWorldly FortuneLucky Hit: Chance to Immobilize
Lucky Hit: Chance to Stun
Lucky Hit: Chance to Slow
DefensiveWorldly EnduranceTotal Armor%
MobilityNatural MotionMovement Speed
ResourceWorldly StabilityResource Generation

Gems

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

  • Weapon: EmeraldEmerald for Critical Strike Damage
  • Armor: RubyRubies for Maximum Life
  • Jewelry: DiamondDiamonds for All Resistances

Elixirs, Incense and Health Potions

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

  • Craft the highest Elixir of PrecisionElixir of Precision for Critical Strike Chance, Critical Strike Damage and bonus Experience. Or Iron Skin ElixirIron Skin Elixir can help push the Capstone Dungeons earlier and easier.
  • Remember to upgrade your potion as you level, increasing the instant healing of the potion. Upgrades are available when you reach Level 20, 30, 45, 60, 70, 80 and 90.

Unique Items

Unique Items that previously dropped in World Tier III now also drop in World Tier I and II! Here’s a list of useful ones from World Tiers I-III for the Shred Bear to look out for while leveling:

Damage Rotation

  1. Use ShredShred to close distance or to help gather enemies.
  2. Use Poison CreeperPoison Creeper on gathered enemies for lethal Poison damage.
  3. PetrifyPetrify to apply Stun and Critical Strike Damage multipliers to significant enemies like Bosses and Elites.
  4. ShredShred your enemies, fishing for resets of Poison CreeperPoison Creeper from Spirit Boon Packleader.
  5. Blood HowlBlood Howl and TrampleTrample for Spirit generation.
  6. Storm StrikeStorm Strike as filler to generate Spirit and to apply Vulnerable status.

Advanced Information

It is time to start your Shred journey!

Or see below for further information on how the build works, patch and hotfix information, Spirit Generation explanations, Skill and gameplay options, and what to do after level 50, including a starter Paragon board to help you transition to the Endgame Shred build

Season 4: Loot Reborn

  • The Attacks Reduce Evade’s Cooldown affix has been increased from .8 to 1.5 seconds.
  • Physical Damage against Damage Reduction now caps at level 100. Note: this means Armor only needs to be 9230 to cap Armor against enemies level 100 and above.
  • Aspect of the Changeling's DebtAspect of the Changeling’s Debt redesigned – You deal 25-55% increased damage while hitting a Poisoned enemy as a Werebear or a Crowd Controlled enemy as a Werewolf.
  • Shepherd's AspectShepherd’s Aspect now includes Wrath Skills.
  • Aspect of the UnsatiatedAspect of the Unsatiated redesigned – After killing an enemy with Shred, you gain 20 Spirit. Your Werewolf Skills deal 10-25% increased damage when cast above 50 Spirit.

Skills and Stats:

  • Druid Companions now receive 100% of Player Attributes.
  • Damage Reduction from Fortify is now 15%, from 10%.
  • Energize Spirit Boon Spirit Restoration increased from 10 to 20.
  • Wariness Spirit Boon damage reduction from Elites increased to 15%.
  • Masochistic Critical Strike Healing increased from 3% to 5%.
  • ShredShred damage increased by 10%
  • Enhanced ShredEnhanced Shred healing increased from 2% to 4%.
  • Debilitating RoarDebilitating Roar is now a Shout skill.
  • WolvesWolves
    • Wolves now gain Unstoppable when the Skill is cast.
    • Health increased by 200%.
    • Respawn reduced from 10 seconds to 5 seconds.
  • PetrifyPetrify
    • Prime PetrifyPrime Petrify now grants 50 Spirit when cast and its effect durations are increased by 1s.
    • Supreme PetrifySupreme Petrify – Killing an enemy affected by Petrify reduces its Cooldown by 1 second. Hitting a Boss with Petrify reduces its Cooldown by 10 seconds.
  • QuickshiftQuickshift redesigned. When Shapeshifting into a new animal form, you deal 1% increased damage for 3 seconds, up to 6%.
  • Heightened SensesHeightened Senses redesigned – When Shapeshifting into an animal form, Werebear grants 2% Damage Reduction and Werewolf grants 2% Movement Speed, each for 6 seconds. Bonuses are doubled while both are active.
  • Digitigrade GaitDigitigrade Gait Movement Speed increased from 3% to 4%.

Bug Fixes:

  • Wild ImpulsesWild Impulses bonus damage is now correctly Multiplicative instead of Additive.
  • Fixed an issue where Shred could target invisible enemies.

Mechanics and Playstyle

The primary sources of damage for the Shred Leveling Druid are ShredShred and Poison CreeperPoison Creeper.

ShredShred dashes to enemies, dealing a three-hit combo in a cleave, with the third cast doing more damage in a wider arc. Stormclaw's AspectStormclaw’s Aspect allows Shred Critical Strikes to explode in a small area to the target and nearby enemies.

  • Enhanced ShredEnhanced Shred makes Shred cast faster and heal on attack.
  • Primal ShredPrimal Shred increases Shred’s Critical Strike Damage, and you will now dash towards enemies if they are not already in range for the second and third hit of Shred’s 3-hit combo.

Poison CreeperPoison Creeper is a Companion that passively attacks to apply a small Poison. The Active Skill deals significant Poison damage over time in a wide area around the player and Immobilizes enemies.

The active cast of Poison CreeperPoison Creeper, especially in early levels, is lethal damage to all but the toughest enemies, making it very efficient to use on most leveling builds. We take Packleader boon to reset the Companion Active Skill, and ShredShred‘s improved attack speed helps reset this faster.

Supporting abilities for the build include Storm StrikeStorm Strike, Blood HowlBlood Howl, TrampleTrample and PetrifyPetrify.

Our Key Passive is Ursine StrengthUrsine Strength. The Damage and Overpower multipliers are active in any form as long as the player is in the Healthy Status, which is 80% Life or higher. The additional Max Life can be triggered from TrampleTrample.

Spirit Generation

This build has a few sources of Spirit Generation to keep Shredding. These include:

Druids Have Options!

Any of the supporting skills Blood HowlBlood Howl, TrampleTrample, or PetrifyPetrify can be substituted for another desirable supporting Skill depending on looted Legendary Aspects, playstyle, leveling content, or preference. Some examples to try can include:

Looking at the other Basic Attacks? Storm StrikeStorm Strike gives great Damage Reduction and can apply Vulnerable status. The other Basic Attacks are usable as well! Fierce Wind ShearFierce Wind Shear gives some nice movement speed, or ClawClaw can attack more often, helping to reset your Poison CreeperPoison Creeper.

The Key Passive Ursine StrengthUrsine Strength is used for the reliable passive damage multiplier and Max Life when casting TrampleTrample. Bestial RampageBestial Rampage can be more total damage but is disruptive, requiring 2 seconds in Werebear form each cast of TrampleTrample to maintain the damage multiplier. Lupine FerocityLupine Ferocity is less reliable damage than either but can burst damage higher, and the guaranteed Critical Strike chance is useful for things like Spirit Boon Packleader or Stormclaw's AspectStormclaw’s Aspect.

Roadmap at Level 50

Once level 50 has been reached, it’s time to start those Endgame Activities, including clearing the Cathedral of Light and unlocking World Tier 3.

Paragon

After Level 50, you gain no more Skill Points, and instead start progressing in the Paragon Board. Allocate Paragon Points into nodes along the path to gain further power.

Here is a simple 100 point early board setup to get you started. It prioritizes Damage Reduction Glyphs and Spirit Generation nodes from the Lust for CarnageLust for Carnage and Ancestral GuidanceAncestral Guidance boards. Remember to rotate the boards as necessary! This will get you ready for that transition to the Shred Endgame Guide or other Endgame Druid Builds.

Starting Board

From the Starting Board, path up, placing the TerritorialTerritorial glyph in the Glyph Socket.

Lust for Carnage

For the second board, choose Lust for Carnage, placed against the starting board, and not rotated. Take the Lust for CarnageLust for Carnage Legendary Node, and place the WerewolfWerewolf glyph into the Glyph Socket.

Ancestral Guidance

For the third board, choose Ancestral Guidance, placed against the Lust for Carnage board, and rotated once. Take the Legendary Node Ancestral GuidanceAncestral Guidance and then take the Spirit nodes ReclamationReclamation and Natural AttunementNatural Attunement.

Paragon Board images courtesy of d4builds.gg.

Thanks so much for reading and good luck on leveling!

Changelog

  • May 15, 2024: Small changes in gear affixes to adjust for season launch changes from PTR.
  • 10 May, 2024: Guide updated for 1.4.0 and Season 4. Information about new gearing system and Unique Items added. Paragon board displayed.
  • 21 March, 2024: Guide Created, fully replacing previous guide.
    • Ownership of page transferred
    • Page restructured for improved readability, explanations and options.
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