The Druid is probably the most controversial class in Diablo 4 at the moment. The most promising at the moment seems Lightning Storm build, which will allow you to level up extremely fast. And Lightning Strike skill will help to turn all your enemies to ashes.
Blizzard assure that the Druid is one of the strongest classes in the game. But during the Beta testing it was quite difficult to assess its advantages. That’s because the balance of all classes is not final yet.
If you want to know more about other classes, see our Diablo 4 Classes guide.
As far as it goes Druid is a mix of Barbarian and Sorcerer. He has both melee builds, through abilities that turn him into a wolf or bear, and elemental builds that turn him into a range class.
The Druid’s unique ability to get buffs from different aspects was not available during the beta. But we can definitely say that it’s not a good idea to bet on “bear”. It’s better to try investing points in earth or wind. Before the June release and in the early stages after, you can use a few earliest skills such as Storm skill Tornado and Werewolf skill Shred.
Diablo 4 Lightning Storm Druid Build
The main benefit of a Druid with Lightning Storm is that he can to deal a lot of lightning damage with Lightning Storm. With a certain luck (and this is a very RNG dependent build), you can summon many important attack procs like Primal Lightning Storm, Electric Shock and Bad Omen. Druid Lightning Storm uses different ways to immobilize, such as Lightning Strike, as a defense.
|Perfect for solo play||RNG dependent build|
|High single-target damage||Requires hard skill|
|Great AOE Damage|
It is important to note that this build is quite hard, as Lightning Storm needs to be targeted for several seconds to reach its potential, which requires the Druid to not move. Although Lightning Storm recovers this by a good balance of high single-target damage and AoE.
Therefore, your success will depend on careful control, kiting, timing and positioning.
Diablo 4 Lightning Storm Druid Build skills
|Skill||How it works||Cluster|
|Electricity gathers around your weapon, dealing damage to your target and chaining to up to 3 surrounding enemies, dealing 20% less damage each time is chains. You gain a 25% Damage Reduction for 3 seconds after dealing damage with Storm Strike. (Generate 15 Spirit).||Basic Skill|
|Enhanced Storm Strike||Storm Strike has a 15% chance to Immobilize all enemies hit for 2.5 seconds.||Basic Skill|
|Fierce Storm Strike||Storm Strike has a 50% chance to make enemies Vulnerable for 3 seconds.||Basic Skill|
|Conjure a growing lightning storm that deals damage per strike and increases the number of strikes the longer it is channeled up to a maximum of 5.||Core Skill|
|Enhanced Lightning Storm||The size of your Lightning Storm is preserved for 4 seconds after channeling.||Core Skill|
|Primal Lightning Storm||Lightning Storm has an 8% chance to immobilize enemies hit for 3 seconds.||Core Skill|
|Rocks surround you for 3 seconds, granting a Barrier that absorbs 45% of your Base Life in damage.||Defensive Skill|
|Shapeshift into a Werewolf and howl furiously, Healing you for 20.0% of your Maximum Life.||Defensive Skill|
|Enhanced Blood Howl||Kills reduce the Cooldown of Blood Howl by 1 second.||Defensive Skill|
|Innate Blood Howl||Blood Howl also generates 20 Spirit.||Defensive Skill|
|Passively, summon 2 wolf companions that bite enemies for damage. When activated, direct your wolves to focus on an enemy, leaping to them and striking them for damage.||Companion Skill|
|Passively, a vine creeper periodically emerges from the ground every 7 seconds and applies Poisoning damage over 6 seconds to an enemy in the area. When activated, vines strangle all surrounding enemies, Immobilizing them for 2 seconds and poisoning them for damage over 2 seconds.||Companion Skill|
|Form a hurricane around you that deals damage to surrounding enemies over 8 seconds.||Wrath Skill|
|Your Storm Skills have up to a 20% chance to make enemies Vulnerable for 1.0 seconds. (3 levels)||Wrath Skill|
|Charged Atmosphere||Every 18 seconds, a lightning strike hits a Nearby enemy dealing damage. (3 levels)||Wrath Skill|
|Electric Shock||Dealing Lightning damage to enemies has a 5% chance to Immobilize them for 3 seconds. (3 levels)||Wrath Skill|
|Bad Omen||Up to a 10% chance when dealing damage to a Vulnerable, Immobilized, or Stunned enemy that a lightning strike also hits dealing damage.||Wrath Skill|
Diablo 4 Lightning Storm Druid Build Attributes
We already wrote in the Druid guide that the primary attribute is Willpower. Willpower increases your damage and healing, so you could try to prioritize equipment with a high Willpower stat.
|Main Stat||Secondary Stat|
|Willpower increases damage dealt by 0.01%, Resource Generation by 0.1% and Healing Received by 0.1%||Dexterity increases Critical Strike Chance by 0.02% and the chance to Dodge attacks by 0.025%|
|Intelligence increases All Resistances by 0.05%|
|Strength increases Armor by 1 for by 1 Strength|
Diablo 4 Lightning Storm Druid Build Gems
Here are the best Gems to socket into gear for each slot type:
- Weapon: Emerald, for Critical Strike Damage to Vulnerable Enemies.
- Armor: Ruby, for Maximum Life.
- Jewelry: Any Gem provides the Resistances you lack.
Diablo 4 Lightning Storm Druid Build Equipment
There are 5 classes in Diablo 4 to choose from, and each one has its own unique mechanics. These mechanics change a lot over the course of the game by adding rare and legendary items to your slots. It’s not hard to guess that the effectiveness of this or that build will depend on your luck and what loot you get.
So, your main goal is to provide yourself with equipment with the maximum amount of the main Willpower stat. We will tell you more in detail after the release.
Elixirs and Health Potions
Visit the Alchemist in Kyovashad right at the beginning to craft useful Elixirs. They boost some stats and experience for 30 minutes. Weak Iron Barb Elixir and Weak Third Eye Elixir provide protection up to level 20. At level 20, use Weak Assault Elixir instead to increase attack speed.
Also additional healing is necessary for survival. So be sure to visit the Alchemist when you reach levels 10, 20 and higher to renew health potions.
Diablo 4 Lightning Storm Druid Paragon Board
Once you reach level 50, you’ll be able to start leveling the Paragon Board. We don’t have reliable information yet, because the Paragon Board is not available in the Beta version. That’s why we will add this section after the release. But already now we can say that you should follow the same principles as in talent progression: to increase elemental damage, to pay attention to Lucky Hit and Immobilize and ability power.
Diablo 4 Lightning Storm Druid Aspects
Again, the Legendary items you find in the game are important. Therefore, below we have listed in order of
Aspects of Legendary items that are important for Lightning Storm:
|Aspect||Legendary Aspect Power|
|Overcharged Aspect||Lucky Hit: 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.|
|Runeworker’s Conduit Aspect||Critical Strikes with Storm Skills charge the air around you for X seconds causing a Lightning Strike to periodically hit an enemy in the area for X Lightning damage. This duration can be extended by additional Critical Strikes.|
|Storm Beast’s Aspect||Lucky Hit: Storm Skills have chance to grant 10 Spirit. Your base Storm Skills are now also Werewolf Skills.|
|Aspect of Shared Misery||Lucky Hit: When you hit a Crowd Controlled enemy, there is up to a X% chance for that Crowd Control effect to spread to another unaffected enemy.|
|Aspect of the Umbral||Restore 1 of your Primary Resource when you Crowd Control an enemy.|
|Aspect of Inner Calm||Deal x3% increased damage for each second you stand still, up to 30%.|
In conclusion, with our tips and strategies, you’ll make your enemies suffer in Diablo 4 as a Druid. Also, you can check out more builds, like Landslide, in our Diablo 4 Druid Guide. But always remember that every player has their own playstyle. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different builds and find your best choice – Overgear is ready to help!