At the past Diablo 4 Beta testing, we were shown and given the opportunity to play for 3 classes: Sorceress, Barbarian, and Rouge. We played and went over all the intricacies of the old classes in the new game, and discussed the best builds and unique mechanics of each class. In this guide, we will talk about a character that has not yet been fully revealed – Druid, and visualize how to play Druid Diablo 4.
How to play as Druid in Diablo 4
Druid is a hybrid class – he is equally good at magic and Physical damage. In magic, he turns to the powers of lightning and all sorts of poisons, and as a physic, he can use One-Handed Weapons, Two-Handed Weapons, and Staves. Spirit is his class resource, which he spends on his abilities, divided into 6 groups: Basic, Spirit, Defensive, Wrath, Companion, Ultimate.
A distinctive feature of the druid is his ability to turn into an animal. However, in Diablo 4, his shapeshifting will not have a permanent effect, and the form of a particular beast will only be applied for the duration of certain abilities, after which the druid will return to his human form.
Can deal range and melee damage
Can Heal himself
Low base Health and Armor
Hard to master
Diablo 4 Druid best skills
As you level up in the game, you will receive a skill point that you can use to enhance your abilities. You can also obtain additional skill points through the Renown system. As you progress further, you will unlock new skill categories and have the opportunity to enhance your active skills up to five times, increasing their power and reducing their cooldown by 5% per upgrade.
As you delve deeper into the skill tree, you will also unlock two specializations for each active skill. By selecting one of these specializations, you can narrow the focus of the skill and make it more powerful in combat.
Passive abilities are also available and are attached to specific skill clusters. These abilities provide minor bonuses to damage, defense, or utility under certain conditions, allowing you to further customize your character’s build to suit your playstyle.
Druid skills in Diablo 4 are mainly based on speculation since the game has not been released yet. It’s essential to test out the skills for yourself to determine which ones are worth your attention. Stay tuned for more updates on this topic or dive into our Diablo 4 boost.
Basic abilities needed to generate Spirit. In general, this is your auto attack.
Show Basic Skills
Earth Spike — causes the Earth to collapse and stab the enemy. If you repeatedly use this ability on the same target, your chances of landing a powerful blow on that target will increase;
Shred —transform you into a werewolf and rip into an opponent, with a chance to hit them twice;
Storm Strike — your weapon will become electrically charged, allowing you to strike your target and deal damage. Additionally, this attack will chain lightning to up to three nearby targets;
Maul — This will damage the enemy while also strengthening yourself, making you more resilient to damage for a short period;
Wind Shear — summons a blade of wind will, dealing damage to your opponent and increasing your movement speed.
This type of ability, on the contrary, consumes a bit of your Spirit.
Show Spirit Skills
Pulverize — transform you into a bear and slam the ground with tremendous force, causing damage to all nearby enemies;
Landslide — crushing your opponents with earth pillars and may also land a powerful crushing blow;
Lightning Storm — Conjure a growing lighting storm that deals damage per strike and increases the number of strikes the longer it is channeled up to a maximum of 5.
Tornado — summon a vortex that moves outward and deals damage to any enemies it comes into contact with.
It’s crucial to have a high level of defensive ability. In Diablo 4, an entire group of abilities is dedicated to the defense.
Show Defensive Skills
Cyclone Armor — provides wind protection and reduces ranged damage. It also has a chance to knock back enemies if you receive melee damage;
Earthen Bulwark — surrounds you with rocks for three seconds, making you impervious to harm. Once it dissipates, it will explode and damage any nearby enemies;
Trample — you will dash forward as a bear, causing damage and stunning enemies;
Debilitating Roar — reduce the attack speed of nearby enemies as you transform into a bear and let out a fierce roar;
Ravenous Bite — transforms you into a werewolf, allowing you to bite an opponent and deal damage while also healing yourself, making it a useful ability for sustain.
This kind of capability typically determines your gaming approach. These are unique skills with extended cooldown periods and potent impacts.
Show Wrath Skills
Hurricane — allows the Druid to create a powerful storm around themselves, damaging nearby enemies;
Boulder — throw a large boulder at enemies, which can knock them back and cause damage. There’s also a chance that it will deal a crushing blow.
Rabies — Shapeshift into a Werewolf and perform an infectious bite on the target dealing damage and applying additional poisoning damage over 6 seconds.
Trample — Shapeshift into a Werebear, become unstoppable, and charge forward, dealing damage and knocking back enemies.
These talents affect your summons, but not only them. What we’ll talk about is below.
Show Companion Skills
Wolves — summons two wolves to fight alongside you. Pressing the skill again will direct the wolves to focus their attacks on a specific enemy, increasing their critical strike chance against that target;
Ravens — summons ravens to periodically attack enemies above you. Pressing the skill again will cause the ravens to swarm a target area, dealing damage to enemies and making them vulnerable;
Vine Creeper — periodically emerges from the ground to poison enemies, but pressing the skill again allows you to command the vines to strangle enemies in a targeted area, stunning and poisoning them.
The strongest skills in your repertoire with the longest cooldowns. You are limited to having only one of these abilities in general.
Show Ultimate Skills
Cataclysm — summons a massive storm, including tornadoes that knock back enemies and lightning that deals significant damage;
Grizzly Rage — temporarily transforms the Druid into a bear, granting access to new bear skills and increasing spirit regeneration;
Petrify — stuns all nearby enemies. Breaking the stun with damage will deal extra damage to the enemies and has a high chance of causing a crushing blow.
Lacerate — Shapeshift into a Werewolf, become immune and dash 10 times between enemies in the area dealing up to 133 damage.
One of the features in Diablo 4 is the Unique Class Mechanic, and for the Druid class, it introduces the new Spirit Animals mechanic. Druids can receive blessings from four distinct Spirit Animals:
To obtain passive bonuses or “boons” from these animals, players must collect 100 Spirit Offerings each, which are likely acquired by defeating mobs in Scosglen.
Upon presenting 100 Spirit Offerings to a Spirit Animal, the player receives at least one of its four boons. The remaining boons can be unlocked at specific level milestones. Players can only choose one boon from a Spirit Animal at a time unless all four have been unlocked.
Once all four Spirit Animals are unlocked, players can choose two boons from one animal and one boon from each of the other three, resulting in a total of five active boons.
Diablo 4 Druid Leveling Build
The Druid’s Core Skill, Landslide, deals the highest initial damage when compared to all other skills. It is an excellent choice for beginners looking to level up quickly. Additionally, Landslide delivers dual blows that enable players to conquer difficult elites and bosses with ease. To optimize this build, invest extra Skill Points to enhance Landslide’s damage, as it will be your primary focus.
To optimize your damage output and become accustomed to playing this build, it is recommended that you follow these priorities:
Continuously cast Storm Strike to generate Spirit and apply the Vulnerable and Immobilize debuffs to enemies.
Use Landslide to spend your Spirit and deal damage to enemies, focusing on grouping them together to efficiently dispatch them.
Repeat the above steps as necessary, ensuring that you re-apply Vulnerable to bosses with every hit of Landslide for maximum damage potential.
Diablo 4 Druid Best Gear
Druid is a unique class because his primary attribute is Willpower. Willpower increases his damage and healing, so try to prioritize equipment with a high Willpower 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 1 Str
Diablo 4 Druid Best Gems
The purpose of gems in the game is to enhance your character’s statistics, rather than providing ultimate power. Therefore, it’s essential to choose gems that work well with your existing gear and provide the most significant benefits. For the Druid, Topaz and Ruby gems are highly recommended.
Topaz gems are ideal for increasing your Basic Skill Damage, while Rubies boost your Life. Furthermore, selecting any gem that increases your Resistance is a smart move for the Druid.
Best Legendary Aspects for Druid
Aspects play a crucial role in completing your build, offering unique and potent abilities to your character. These aspects can be found in various dungeons, and once you discover them, they will be recorded in your Codex of Power. You can then apply them to your equipment for additional benefits.
There are a lot of aspects in the game, below we will give the best and most popular aspects for the Druid.
Overcharged Aspect — Lucky 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.
Runeworker’s Aspect — Lucky Hit: Up to a X% chance when dealing lightning damage to overload the target for 3 seconds, causing direct damage to pulse for additional X damage to it and nearby enemies.
Storm Beast’s Aspect — Lucky Hit: Storm Skills have up to a X% 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.
You have now been introduced to Diablo’s fiercest class. As more information emerges, we will update this guide accordingly. The game is set to launch on June 6, 2023. We appreciate you taking the time to read this guide and hope it has been helpful to you.