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Best Early Game Rogue Build in Diablo 4

This guide will offer the best Rogue class leveling build from level 1 to 50, covering the most important skills - Twisting Blades Puncture Dash Concealment Poison Toxins

Building out your character is a core component of successfully fighting your way through the challenges of the quests and main story campaign in Diablo 4. Things can get tough quickly, especially on higher difficulties and when going up against things like the World Bosses, so it’s always important to use your skill points to create a build that is strong, effective, and will help you make it through the content without struggling. This guide will offer the best Rogue class leveling build from level 1 to 50, covering the best Aspects, Skill Build, Specializations, Gems and Caged Hearts for Season One.

The Best Rogue Leveling Build for Diablo 4 Season One

Skill Build

For this Rogue build, we’ll focus on getting the most out of the Twisting Blades skill, a strong ability that can easily be scaled with the Rogue’s kit to carry you through the campaign to the endgame. Twisting impales enemies, damaging them and causing them to take increased damage while impaled before the blade returns to you and causes more damage. It’s an ability that focuses on your melee weapons, so you’ll want to keep in mind they’ll take priority over your bow for gearing and upgrades.

This guide will offer the best Rogue class leveling build from level 1 to 50, covering the most important skills - Twisting Blades Puncture Dash Concealment Poison Toxins

For your basic skill, you’ll want to use Puncture for the best energy regeneration. As mentioned above, we’ll be taking Twisting Blades as your core skill because of its incredible damage output. Next, take Shadowstep for its ability to get us out of tough situations thanks to its granting Unstoppable; it also increases movement speed and allows us to stun and damage enemies. We also take Dash for extra mobility. It helps you reposition and get the most out of your Twisting Blades, plus it’s nice to have in the open world to get around faster until you get a mount. Next, we take Dark Shroud for a very nice damage mitigation cooldown, which is especially useful when taking on elites or fighting bosses. Lastly, we take Poison Trap because adding in some damage over time is never a bad idea and we have plenty of passives to scale the damage output of the poison.

You can find a full breakdown of the build heresimply head over to the skill tree tab to see the full skill point allocation.


There are only a handful of aspects that really increase the build’s capability as you level. We’ll be applying these to Jewelry as they’re the least replaced pieces of gear. You can focus on swapping out other gear pieces for increased stats as you level. These are the Aspects to keep an eye out for:
Blade Dancer’s Aspect to enable Twisting Blades to Orbit you.
Ravenous Aspect to improve energy generation.
Edgemaster’s Aspect for increased skill damage.  

Rogue Specializations

For the Specialization, we’ll go with Inner Sight. This ability allows us to mark enemies and fill up a gauge, which, once full, provides unlimited energy for 4 seconds. This means we can do a ton of DPS in a 4-second burst window every time we fill up the gauge. 

Gems & Caged Hearts

Gems are simple. Use Emeralds for your Weapon to increase Crit Damage and Rubies for your Armor to increase Life %. Usually, you would take Skulls for the Jewelry slots, but in Season One of Diablo 4, you can get Infested Jewelry sockets and a new socketable item type called Caged Hearts, which are very powerful and far superior to regular gems. You’ll want to be using Caged Hearts in all 3 of your Jewelry sockets and these are the best to use: The Vile Apothecary, Revenge, and The Dark Dance. Swap these in as soon as you get them, but you can use any other Caged Heart that you find that looks decent in the meantime. 

That covers it for the build. If you follow this Rogue build guide for Season One, I guarantee you will have the best Rogue that will see you slaughtering your way through Sanctuary and the main campaign in Diablo 4 with ease! For more, check out our guides for best Necromancer build and best Druid build.

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Alex Berry
Alex Berry is a freelance contributor at The Escapist. Alex has been writing about games for less than a year but is thoroughly enjoying it. Having worked in marketing as his main role, he’s no stranger to writing creatively. His coverage ranges from funny takes on the latest games to a whole bunch of guide content. Alex is a jack of all trades when it comes to games, playing almost every new title that shows promise. From RPGs to shooters, all the way through to sports games, he plays it all, although he does have a soft spot for turn-based RPGs having started out his gaming journey with a copy of Pokémon Red on the original Game Boy. Alex has a master's degree in Business and is fascinated by online game economies, often spending a lot of time finding ways to maximize wealth in these games (but he should really be doing that in real life instead).