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Wolf Companion Endgame Druid Build for Diablo 4 (Season 4)

Master the Beasts of Sanctuary with our Wolf Companion Druid

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Build Introduction

The Wolf Companion Druid build will focus on using WolvesWolves as the main source of single target damage, with Poison CreeperPoison Creeper and RavensRavens dealing AoE damage and used as clearing skills. This build uses Blood HowlBlood Howl as the main defensive, as well as utilizing TrampleTrample to be able to get out of sticky situations.

If you are looking for a build that lets you focus on your companions and have them do the killing, then this is the build for you. Between the Spirit Boon, Packleader, and stacking Lucky Hit and Critical Strike Chance, we will have the cooldown on our Companion abilities resetting more than you can use them.

This endgame build guide assumes your character is at least Level 50. Check the Druid Leveling Guide if you need help getting there.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths
  • Build is not Spirit dependent
  • Minions will kill everything while you are at range
  • Strong defensive layering
Weaknesses
  • No Core Skill; not cooldown dependent
  • Reliant on Companions living
  • Lacks strong AoE clear

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

Build Requirements

Required Uniques
Required Legendary Aspects

Skill Bar and Skill Tree Points

Suggested Skill Bar
Trample Trample Poison Creeper Poison Creeper Wolves Wolves Ravens Ravens Blood Howl Blood Howl Rabies Rabies

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

Spirit Boons – The Druid Specialization

Below is the order in which you should unlock your Spirit Boons. Only offer enough Druidic Spirit Offerings to unlock the first four listed Boons and then fully unlock the rest to activate the final Boon with Spirit Bonding.

Boon NameAnimalEffect
PackleaderWolfLucky Hit: Critical Strikes have up to a 25% chance to reset the cooldowns of your Companion Skills.
Scythe TalonsEagleGain 5% increased Critical Strike Chance.
WarinessStagTake 10% reduced damage from Elites.
OverloadSnakeLucky Hit: Dealing Lightning damage has up to a 20% chance to cause the target to emit a static discharge, dealing 20% Lightning damage to surrounding enemies.
Swooping AttacksEagleGain 10% Attack Speed.

Paragon Board

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

1. Starting Board

For the Starting Board, head towards the right and grab the Rare and Magic Nodes on the way to the glyph slot where we socket the KeeperKeeper glyph, making sure to grab all of the Intelligence inside the radius. Finish off by pathing up the left side and grab the Rare and Magic Nodes.

2. Lust for Carnage

Paragon Lust for Carnage Druid Diablo 4

Attach Lust For Carnage next, as it has the best glyph slot and Rare/Magic Nodes even though we don’t want the Legendary Node itself. Path the right side of the board, grabbing the Rare and Magic Nodes as seen in the picture, then head over to the glyph slot and socket WildsWilds into it, making sure to grab all of the Intelligence nodes inside of the radius before heading back to the right side of the board. Upon finishing the nodes and leaving the board, you will attach Heightened Malice.

3. Heightened Malice

Paragon Heightened Malice Druid Diablo 4

Attach Heightened Malice, heading left and then downward to pick up the Glyph slot and socket a HumanHuman Rare Glyph into it, making sure to pick up all of the Rare and Magic Nodes in the image above, along with all of the Willpower Nodes. After that, path upward, grabbing the Rare and Magic Nodes with the goal of picking up the Legendary Node, Heightened Malice, before heading back down and exiting this board to the right.

4. Inner Beast

Paragon Inner Beast Druid Diablo 4

Attach Inner Beast and path straight right to get to the Glyph slot and socket GuzzlerGuzzler, grabbing all of the Intelligence Nodes and the Rare and Magic Nodes in the image above.

5. Thunderstruck

The final Paragon Board used in this build is Thunderstruck, used to get quick access to the glyph slot and some additional Damage Reduction; this is where we slot in the Exploit Glyph.

Paragon board images courtesy of d4builds.gg.

Gear, Gems, Elixirs, and Stats

The Season of Loot Reborn brings us an incredible shift in how gear and itemization are done. It is major and will affect the game beyond Season 4’s confines. For further details, make sure to read our Tempering and Masterworking section below.

Legendary Aspects

Each aspect is listed with its matching gear slot. Do your best to keep each aspect in the assigned slot. Additionally, if you are trying to farm a specific item, we recommend using your Obols to target farm them!

Gear SlotGemsAspect / UniqueLegendary Aspect / Unique Power
Helm
Royal RubyRoyal RubyVirulent AspectVirulent AspectWhen Rabies infects an enemy, reduce its cooldown by [0.3 – 0.6] seconds. This cooldown reduction is tripled when infecting Elites.
ChestRoyal RubyRoyal RubySkinwalker's AspectSkinwalker’s AspectWhen you use a Shapeshifting Skill that changes your form, gain {#} Life. If you are at full Life, gain the same amount as Fortify.
GlovesRoyal RubyRoyal RubyShepherd's AspectShepherd’s AspectCore and Wrath Skills deal an additional [5 – 10%] damage for each active Companion.
PantsRoyal RubyRoyal RubyStorm's CompanionStorm’s CompanionYour Wolf Companions are infused with the power of the storm, dealing Lightning damage and gaining the Storm Howl ability.
BootsRoyal RubyRoyal RubyExploiter's AspectExploiter’s Aspect
You have 20% increased Crowd Control Duration. While enemies are Unstoppable, you deal {20 – 50%} increased damage to them.
Amulets(50% bonus)Royal DiamondRoyal DiamondAspect of the AlphaAspect of the AlphaYour Wolf Companions are now Werewolf Companions. Werewolf Companions deal {75 – 100%} additional damage and can spread RabiesRabies.
RingRoyal DiamondRoyal DiamondAspect of the StampedeAspect of the StampedeGain 1 additional Companion. In addition, your Companion Skills deal {X – X%} bonus damage.
RingRoyal DiamondRoyal DiamondNighthowler's AspectNighthowler’s AspectBlood Howl increases Critical Strike Chance by +[5 – 10]%. In addition, Blood Howl also affects Nearby Companions and Players for 3 seconds.
1 Handed WeaponRoyal AmethystRoyal AmethystAspect of the WildrageAspect of the WildrageYour Companions gain the bonuses from Bestial RampageBestial Rampage Key Passive.
Off HandRoyal AmethystRoyal AmethystOvercharged AspectOvercharged AspectLucky Hit: Up to a X% chance when dealing Lightning damage to overload the target for 3 seconds, causing any direct damage you deal to them to pulse X additional damage to surrounding enemies.

Gems

See below for a more detailed explanation of the best Gems to socket into your gear for each category.

Weapon GemsArmor GemsJewelry Gems
Royal AmethystRoyal Amethyst
For Increased Damage over time
Royal RubyRoyal Ruby
For increased Maximum Life.
Royal DiamondRoyal Diamond

Which Elixirs Should You Use?

Visit the Alchemist and craft an Elixir providing any Resistance you need most, or the Elixir of AdvantageElixir of Advantage to increase Attack Speed. Some Elixirs cannot be crafted and only drop from things like Helltides or Nightmare Dungeons. Additionally, make sure to keep your health potion upgraded!

Stat Priority and Tempering Affixes

Affixes on the same line are considered to be equally important. Bolded affixes are the most important targets for Masterworking upgrades. Additionally, there are several very specific affixes that are required to make the build work, they are as follows:

  • Companion Finesse: [82.5 – 105%] Wolves Damage
  • Companion Innovation: [13 – 17.5%] Wolves Attack Speed
  • Werewolf Augments: [29 – 42.5%] Rabies Duration
SlotTargeted Gear AffixesTempering Affixes
Helm1. Ranks to Wolves
2. % Lucky Hit Chance
3. % Cooldown Reduction
Companion InnovationCompanion Innovation: [13 – 17.5%] Wolves Attack Speed
Shapeshifting EnduranceShapeshifting Endurance:[8 – 10%] Blood Howl Cooldown Reduction
Chest1. Ranks to Blood Howl
2. Maximum Life
3. % to any Resistance
Companion InnovationCompanion Innovation: [13 – 17.5%] Wolves Attack Speed
Shapeshifting EnduranceShapeshifting Endurance:[8 – 10%] Blood Howl Cooldown Reduction
Gloves1. % Lucky Hit Chance
2. % Attack Speed
3. % Critical Strike Chance
Companion FinesseCompanion Finesse: [82.5 – 105%] Wolves Damage
Companion InnovationCompanion Innovation: [13 – 17.5%] Wolves Attack Speed
Pants1. Armor
2. Maximum Life
3. % to any Resistance
Natural ResistanceNatural Resistance: 36.5-50% to any Resistance
Shapeshifting EnduranceShapeshifting Endurance:[8 – 10%] Blood Howl Cooldown Reduction
Boots1. % Movement Speed
2. Maximum Life
3. % to any Resistance
Natural MotionNatural Motion: [8 – 12.5%] Movement Speed
Companion InnovationCompanion Innovation: [13 – 17.5%] Wolves Attack Speed
Amulet1. [6- 8]% Cooldown Reduction
2. % Lucky Hit Chance
3. % Critical Strike Chance/% Attack Speed
Companion FinesseCompanion Finesse: [82.5 – 105%] Wolves Damage
Druid InvigorationDruid Invigoration: [1 – 2] to Clarity
Rings1. % Lucky Hit Chance
2. % Critical Strike Chance
3. % Attack Speed
Companion FinesseCompanion Finesse: [82.5 – 105%] Wolves Damage
Druid InvigorationDruid Invigoration: [1 – 2] to Clarity
1H-Weapons 1. % Attack Speed
2. % Damage
3. % Critical Strike Damage
Companion FinesseCompanion Finesse: [82.5 – 105%] Wolves Damage
Werewolf AugmentsWerewolf Augments: [29 – 42.5%] Rabies Duration
Off Hand1. % Lucky Hit Chance
2. % Critical Strike Chance
3. % Attack Speed
Companion FinesseCompanion Finesse: [82.5 – 105%] Wolves Damage
Werewolf AugmentsWerewolf Augments: [29 – 42.5%] Rabies Duration

Keep in mind that the maximum Resistance is 70% by default for each element and can be increased to 85% by various sources.

Rotation and Playstyle

Our damage rotation is actually a priority system and it is the same for AoE and Single Target situations:

  1. Use WolvesWolves on Cooldown
  2. Use RabiesRabies on Cooldown
  3. Use Poison CreeperPoison Creeper on Cooldown
  4. Use Blood HowlBlood Howl on cooldown
  5. Use TrampleTrample if you need to escape a pack
  6. Use RavensRavens for additional damage in a clumped pack

Make sure to check out the advanced Build Mechanics section for a more in-depth description of how the build works, what synergies exist, and what to look out for.

Uniques and Uber Uniques

Below you will find information on Uniques and Uber Uniques that are useful for this build. Moreover, if you are interested in target farming Uber Uniques, check out our How to Farm Uber Uniques guide.

Uniques

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

Uber Uniques

The information below lists our recommendations for which Uber Uniques will work best with this build and which Aspects they should replace. Uber Uniques can start dropping from monsters Level 55 or higher and will always drop at 925 item power. If a Unique or Uber Unique is not listed here, it is NOT recommended and won’t benefit this specific build in any way.

Season 4: Loot Reborn

The following list details the changes in the Season 4 Update (Patch 1.4.0) that may pertain to Druid.

  • Clarity
    • Previous – Gain 2 Spirit when transforming into Human form.
    • Now – After casting a Companion Skill, your next Core or Wrath Skill’s damage and Critical Strike Chance are increased by 5%, up to 15%.
  • Necromancer, Barbarian, Druid, and Sorcerer Companions now receive 100% of the player’s attributes.
  • Packleader
    • Cooldown reset chance increased from 20% to 25%.
  • Wolves
    • Wolves now gain Unstoppable when the Skill is cast.
    • Health increased by 200%.
    • Respawn reduced from 10 seconds to 5 seconds.
  • Nighthowler’s
    • Previous – Blood Howl increases Critical Strike Chance by 5-10%. In addition, Blood Howl also affects Nearby Companions and Players for 3 seconds.
    • Now – Blood Howl is now a Shout Skill and increases Critical Strike Chance by 5-10%. In addition, Blood Howl also affects Nearby Companions and Players for 3 seconds.
  • Shepherd’s
    • Now Wrath Skills also gain increased damage from Companions.
  • Call of the Wild
    • Damage increased from 10% to 12%.
  • Storm’s Companion
    • Ranks of Wolves increased from 2–3 to 3–4.
    • Storm Howl damage increased by 180%.

Advanced Information

Build Mechanics

This is one of the easiest builds you will play! RabiesRabies and Poison CreeperPoison Creeper are used to clear out packs of mobs with the insane AoE damage that it provides, while our WolvesWolves will be used to dish out single-target damage for Elites and Bosses. To finish things off, RavensRavens are used as a bit of extra damage for both single-target and AoE. Ravens also provide increased Critical Strike Chance against enemies that have recently been hit by them. Call of the WildCall of the Wild is taken to increase the damage of all Companions, and ClarityClarity is taken to increase our rabies damage.

One of the biggest mechanics of the build is the Spirit Bond Packleader, which gives us a Lucky Hit Chance on critical strikes, resetting all Companion Skill cooldowns. Due to this, we will be stacking Critical Strike Chance and Lucky Hit Chance as high as possible.

Defenses

Below, you will find every additional piece of information you need to know for a more in-depth look at this build.

For defensive layering, Blood HowlBlood Howl is taken for a way to provide sustain with a self-heal and comes with a bonus damage increase. When it comes to Talents VigilanceVigilance, and Ancestral FortitudeAncestral Fortitude both increase survivability even more by increasing Damage Reduction and Resistances.

Paragon Information

The Paragon Board is a progression system unlocked at Level 50, giving player power through Common stat Nodes, Magic affix Nodes, Rare leveled Glyphs, and Legendary board-exclusive Nodes. For general paragon board information, check the guide here.

The recommended Paragon boards with images for the Wolf Companion Druid Build are listed above. The following section goes over some explanation and descriptions for the pathing process for the Wolf Companion Druid Build.

Broadly speaking, decisions for pathing through the Druid paragon board are divided into three categories:

  • Damage – The paragon boards provide a significant amount of Damage Multipliers and Additives. This includes:
  • Defense – The paragon boards help reach goals on Damage Reduction, Armor, and Resistances. This includes:
    • Damage Reduction is improved from nodes like Nature-bornNature-born.
    • Resistances are improved from Magic and Rare Resistance nodes like Poison ResiliencePoison Resilience.
  • Build Functionality – The paragon boards improve our build functionality by including the following nodes:
    • The Legendary Node Constricting TendrilsConstricting Tendrils allows our nature skills to immobilize our enemies and increases our damage.

Tempering and Masterworking

The Season 4 update (Patch 1.4.0) introduces a rework for itemization. Tempering and Masterworking bring the biggest change to itemization since the release of Diablo 4, so make sure you understand the new systems explained in this section.

The amount of affixes on items has been changed to reflect their rarity: Normal Items have no affixes, Magic Items have 1 affix, Rare Items have 2 affixes, Legendary Items have 3 affixes, and Unique Items have 4 affixes. Upgrading a Rare Item to a Legendary Item by imprinting a Legendary Aspect from the Codex of Power will not add a third affix. Therefore, Legendary Items are superior to lower rarity items for a min-maxed character.

Greater Affixes are a newly added mechanic that increases the value of an affix by 50%. Ancestral Legendary Items and Unique Items can now drop with up to 4 Greater Affixes! Search for items with your preferred Greater Affixes to upgrade with Tempering and Masterworking.

Tempering and Masterworking is an important system, even mandatory in the endgame, for character progression. You are able to add 2 additional affixes on any Rare Item or Legendary Item, exclusive to the Tempering System. An Ancestral Legendary Item can have up to 5 total affixes! Unfortunately, Unique Items cannot be tempered to add affixes.

Masterworking uses new crafting materials found in The Pit to further enhance the stats of an item. These upgrades can be applied on an Ancestral Legendary Item that has its Tempering Slots filled out. Unique Items can be upgraded with Masterworking right away, as tempering does not apply to them. Each item has 12 upgrade slots. On upgrade Ranks 4, 8, and 12, a random affix is increased in value by 25%. Every other upgrade Rank applies a 5% increase to all affixes on an item. Attempt to apply the bonus 25% upgrade to your preferred affix multiple times by resetting the Masterworking Ranks to repeat the process.

Obol Gambling

Obol gambling is a great way to potentially find item upgrades or items missing from your build. Check out the new tool from Icy Veins for gambling Obols in the link below:

Obol Gambling Optimization Tool

Changelog

  • May 10th, 2024: Updated for Season 4 (Patch 1.4.0)
  • January 22nd, 2024: Updated for Season 3 (Patch 1.3.0)
  • October 17th, 2023: Updated for Season 2 (Patch 1.2.0)
  • August 7th, 2023: Updated for patch 1.1.1.
  • July 27th, 2023: Clarified the Aspects required to transition to this build, in the Build Requirements section.
  • July 23rd, 2023: Updated Gems section to reflect the presence of Malignant Hearts.
  • July 18th, 2023: Updated for Season 1, adding Malignant Hearts to the guide. Added Active Skill Bar.
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