Best Diablo 4 Rogue build in Season 3 for levelling & endgame

Best Diablo 4 Rogue build in Season 3 for levelling & endgame
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Written by 

Harry Boulton

Last updated 

24th Jan 2024 14:38

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If you're simply all about the damage in Diablo 4 Season 3, then gearing your character towards the best Rogue builds for levelling and endgame will be the ideal situation for you.

Dubbed Diablo 4's 'glass cannon', the Rogue deals a whole lot of damage, but also takes it too - letting you rip through the new vaults in Season of the Construct with ease. With a relatively low health pool, ensuring that you have the perfect set-up in the game for this class will help ensure that you don't get constantly sent back to the nearest town, and instead send your enemies further into hell than you already are.

So, continue reading to see everything you need to know about the Rogue class in Diablo 4 Season 2, including the best class for both levelling and endgame combat, and all of the best items too.

However, if you mainly use a different class in Diablo 4 or want to try something new, we've got the best build guides for the other classes listed below:

Best Rogue build in Diablo 4 (Season 3)

According to Maxroll.gg, one of the best Rogue builds for levelling in Season 2 of Diablo 4 currently revolves around the Penetrating Shot ability - and will catapult you through the levels and towards success.

This is primarily a ranged build for the Rogue, as the Penetrating Shot ability is one of your Core Skills that allows you to attack from afar and pierce through groups of enemies. This does, of course, come with the downside that you'll have to be on your toes with consistently managing your position on the battlefield.

Penetrating Shot Rogue build skills & abilities

 

The poison Penetrating Shot ability - part of the best Rogue build in Diablo 4
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Here is a full list of the skills and abilities that you will want to employ within the Penetrating Shot Rogue build in Diablo 4 for the current meta:

Penetrating Shot Rogue Active Skills list

Ability Skill Tree
Penetrating Shot (5/5) Core
Puncture (1/5) Basic
Dash (1/5) Agility
Dark Shroud (5/5) Subterfuge
Poison Imbuement (5/5) Imbuement
Shadow Imbuement (1/5) Imbuement

These Active Skills combine to make an extremely dangerous ranged build that lets you deal with crowds and single targets quickly and effectively. The Rogue is well known for its high damage output, and this class more than displays this in action.

Penetrating Shot Rogue Passive Skills list

Ability Type Passive Ability
Core Stutter Step (3/3)
Agility
Weapon Mastery (3/3)
Subterfuge Exploit (3/3)
Subterfuge Malice (3/3)
Imbuement Shadow Crash (1/3)
Imbuement Consuming Shadows (1/3)
Imbuement Precision Imbuement (3/3)
Ultimate Innervation (3/3)
Ultimate Alchemist's Fortune (2/3)
Ultimate Adrenaline Rush (1/3)
Ultimate Haste (3/3)
Ultimate Impetus 3/3
Key Passive Precision

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Diablo 4 Penetrating Shot Rogue item stats list

As is the case with many of the best builds for any of Diablo 4's classes in the current meta, it's less the specific weapons that you're after and more the stat boosts and effects that you'll want to integrate within your equipment.

Below, we have listed what items you should be looking for in Diablo 4 when building this best Rogue build below - but the one key part stat that you will definitely want to have equipped is the Trickshot Offensive Aspect.

This will allow any connecting Penetrating Shot to split off into two additional shots at a 90-degree angle, dramatically increasing the punishment that you deal - especially when facing large crowds of enemies.

The Offensive Aspect of the Expectant is also incredibly strong if you balance between using Puncture and the main Penetrating Shot ability. Additionally, you can never go wrong with the Rapid Offensive Aspect, as faster attackers always mean more damage overall.

Here are the stats that you will want to try and integrate into your equipment in Diablo 4 when using the Penetrating Shot Rogue build:

Weapons

  • Vulnerable damage
  • Crowd Control damage
  • Core Skill damage

Armour

  • Cooldown reduction
  • Skill ranks
  • Life boosts
  • Damage with Imbued Skills
  • Damage with Ranged Weapons
  • Critical Strike chance
  • Attack speed
  • Movement speed
  • Energy Cost reduction

Jewellery

  • Cooldown reduction
  • Movement speed
  • Damage with Ranged Weapons
  • Marksman Skill damage
  • Critical Strike chance
  • Critical Strike damage
  • Distance Damage
  • Crowd Control damage

You are almost guaranteed success if you get as many of the stats listed above in your weapons, armour, and jewellery, so keep an eye out on your travels.

Best Rogue gems in Diablo 4

The best Rogue gems to use in the best Rogue build in Diablo 4
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Essentially being a glass cannon with high damage output potential at the cost of low survivability, the best Rogue gems to use in Diablo 4 are ideal for further boosting the class' damage and for making your build more durable. 

Listed below along with their uses, the best Rogue gems in Diablo 4 for the Season 2 meta are as follows:

Gem Uses
Skull
  • Weapons: Grants Life on Kill
  • Armour: Boosts Healing Received
  • Jewellery: Boosts Armor by 230
Sapphire
  • Weapons: Boosts Critical Strike Damage to Crowd Controlled Enemies
  • Armour: Provides Damage Reduction whilst you're Fortified
  • Jewellery: Applies Cold Resistance
Emerald
  • Weapons: Increases Critical Strike Damage to Vulnerable Enemies
  • Armor: Adds Thorns
  • Jewellery: Applies Poison Resistance
Ruby
  • Weapons: Boosts Overpower Damage
  • Armour: Increases Maximum Life
  • Jewellery: Applies Fire Resistance
Amethyst
  • Weapons: Increases Damage Taken Over Time
  • Armour: Boosts Damage Taken Over Time Reduction
  • Jewellery: Applies Shadow Resistance

Best Governing & Tuning Stones for Rogue in Season 3

It is imperative to get the right Governing and Tuning Stones for your Seneschal Construct in Sesaon of the Construct - so make sure that you're using the ones listed below as recommended by maxroll.gg:

  • Flash of Adrenaline (Governing)
    • Duration Support (Tuning)
    • Tactical Support (Tuning)
    • Safeguard Support (Tuning)
  • Lightning Bolt (Governing)
    • Frigid Support (Tuning)
    • Efficiency Support (Tuning)
    • Multishot Support (Tuning)

The pairings with Flash of Adrenaline help improve the length of time that the damage boost is active, and those paired with Lightning Bolt add additional effects like chill and enhanced lightning bolts to the already powerful AoE.

Twisting Blades Rogue endgame build in Diablo 4 Season 3

Conversely, Maxroll.gg recommends that you switch to a close-ranged melee build for the Rogue in the endgame, focusing on the Twisting Blades skill in particular during the Season of the Construct.

There are very few builds in the game that can do as much cluster damage as this particular set of skills, so you will definitely want to consider switching once you reach the end game and move to the higher World Tiers.

This build in particular is one that I've used a lot when playing as the Rogue, as it truly shows the unrelenting potential of the class if you manage to pull of the right combinations.

Here are all of the active abilities that you will want to use for the Twisting Blades Rogue endgame build in Diablo 4:

Ability Skill Tree
Puncture (1/5) Basic
Twisting Blades (5/5) Core
Shadow Step (1/5) Agility
Dash (1/5) Agility
Shadow Imbuement (5/5) Imbuement
Concealment (4/5) Imbuement

The key here is to use Twisting Blades on the first enemy and the dash through the pack, as the damage will boomerang back to you, inflicting punishment on the crowd that you leave in your wake. This can take down even large groups in not much more than a blink and is so strong when it comes to bosses too.

I found that this build was also excellent for levelling as it can dispatch large groups of enemies and bosses alike in a matter of seconds if you play your cards right. I did find that it takes a while to get into the groove before the class fully gets working, but applying this build as you progress and definitely in the endgame is what truly makes the Rogue the best class in the game in my eyes.

You'll also want to make sure that you're using the Gyrate and Flash of Adrenaline Governing Stones for your Seneschal Construct in Season 3. The former is perfect for when you're diving in and out of enemy groups for extra damage, and the latter gives you a lovely damage buff to only further enhance your attacks.

How good is the Rogue in Diablo 4?

Image of the Rogue facing the camera in Diablo 4
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According to the latest version of our Diablo 4 PvE class tier list, the Rogue sits in the S tier as the best solo class, while also dropping slightly to B tier when it comes to group play.

While the Rogue does have the lowest health pool of all classes in Season 3, the sheer amount of damage you can deal completely outweighs this fault, making the Rogue the top choice if you know what you're doing - which you can be if you use the builds below.

This perhaps makes playing as the Rogue not the best choice for beginners in Diablo 4, but anyone who is able to manage their positioning and stay on top of their healing is almost guaranteed to have great success.

Furthermore, there is no better class in the game for players who value speed over everything, so if you're a lover of all things fast, then you might want to give our dagger-wielding friend a try. With the introduction of Season 3 too, there is no better time than now to try out the Rogue as you can jump straight in with a completely fresh seasonal character.

So, that wraps up this guide on the best Diablo 4 Rogue build including skills, gems, and stats for levelling and endgame in the current meta - giving you two options to choose from if you're looking to succeed with speed in Sanctuary.

We used a variety of resources including Maxroll and IcyVeins, as well as our own experience with the game when putting this build together.

If you're after more on all things Sanctuary, there's no better place to look than our dedicated Diablo homepage for the latest news and guides, including the latest Diablo 4 player count, and whether you should skip the campaign.

Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.

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