In this comprehensive guide, we will explore an optimized build for the Blade Shift Rogue in the Diablo 4 Open Beta. We have carefully designed this build to prioritize speed, sustainability, and high mobility, while utilizing powerful skills such as Blade Shift and Combo Points activation through Flurry. We will also delve into the best gear choices, skill allocations, and gameplay strategies to help you dominate the game effortlessly.
Blade Shift – 7 points
Blade Shift offers unparalleled speed compared to other skills like Invigorating Strike and Puncture. While other skills may have their merits, Blade Shift perfectly complements the fast-paced, melee playstyle we aim for in this build. We recommend focusing on Blade Shift for now and ensuring you improve its Lucky Hit chance through gear and stats.
Shadow Step – 3 points
Shadow Step is an invaluable skill when you find yourself in dire situations or get stunned. Its Unstoppable effect allows you to break free from crowd control effects, such as the Blood Bishop’s grab. The nodes that increase crit chance on key targets and reduce cooldown provide added mobility. While the stun node is not obligatory due to the stun effects of Flurry and Grenades, it can be beneficial early in the game. Additionally, using the Ravager’s Aspect on boots grants you an extra charge, increasing mobility.
Caltrops – 3 points
Caltrops is a skill we highly recommend due to its ability to slow enemies, increase damage, and boost crit chance, especially when combined with the Blast-Trapper’s Aspect, which procs Vulnerability.
Dash – 3 points
Dash serves as both a mobility skill and a damage amplifier. Its primary function is to help you position yourself effectively, increase crit damage, and provide an additional source of Daze (alongside Smoke Bomb). When using the Aspect of the Quickening Fog, which drops a Smoke Bomb at the end of Dash, you can replace a skill slot with Dark Shroud for an additional 10% Crit Chance. Take advantage of your high mobility and dodge to maintain at least two shadows.
Smoke Bomb – 2 points
Smoke Bomb is an excellent skill for crowd control through Daze, and the associated node amplifies your damage by 15%. It easily synergizes with Trick Attacks and Concussive passives for increased crit chance and crowd control effects.
The passive skills we choose are designed to maximize sustain, damage, and crowd control.
- Siphoning Strikes in combination with Enhanced Flurry ensures consistent sustainability. Focus on increasing max health and health percentage.
- Sturdy provides close-range damage reduction, which complements our melee playstyle. Meanwhile, Agile increases dodge chance for every cooldown used, synergizing well with skills like Shadow Step, Caltrops, Dash, and Smoke Bomb.
- Weapon Mastery, Exploit, and Malice significantly boost damage output.
- Trick Attacks and Concussive enhance crowd control and crit chance by knocking down and dazing enemies.
- Second Wind grants a higher Lucky Hit chance after spamming Flurries, while Haste provides additional attack speed below 50% energy, perfectly synergizing with Second Wind.
- Momentum is a key passive that increases movement speed, damage reduction, and energy regeneration.
- Lastly, we allocate 4 points for Deadly Venom and Alchemical Advantage, focusing on Unique items like Andariel’s Visage for all-around improvements.
We have meticulously selected thirteen Aspects/Powers for our build. However, since there are only eleven gear slots available, we will replace two Aspects (on the helm and dagger) once we acquire the corresponding Uniques. While offensive and defensive Aspects may need rearranging, the Crossbow and Amulet Aspects remain essential.
Andariel’s Visage: This Unique greatly improves all stats, attack speed, sustain, and poison resistance. Its power triggers a poison nova with a chance to apply Poisoning damage over time to enemies in the area, potentially increasing attack speed by 3% to 45%. This aspect is crucial for our build’s success, especially when combined with Alchemical Advantage.
Asheara’s Khanjar: Our preferred dagger provides a significant attack speed increase for a limited time with every hit. It also enhances damage against crowd-controlled enemies and boosts Basic Skill damage—a must-have for maximizing efficiency.
Accelerating Aspect: This aspect, embedded in the Amulet, grants a 50% attack speed bonus when Flurry crits, improving overall attack speed and damage output.
Aspect of Retribution: Stuns distant enemies and increases damage against stunned foes. This aspect synergizes well with our playstyle, maximizing damage output against incapacitated enemies.
Aspect of Surprise: When evading or using Shadow Step, this aspect leaves behind stun grenades, stunning enemies and ensuring added survivability. It pairs perfectly with the boot implicit that reduces evade cooldown per attack, resulting in near-permanent grenade availability.
Blast-Trapper’s Aspect: This aspect acts as a primary source of Vulnerability, especially when combining Caltrops and Grenades. With fast attack speed, enemies will constantly be affected by Vulnerability. For those who prioritize mass Vulnerability over stuns, Improved Flurry can be selected to spread it further.
Rapid Aspect: Our main aspect for the Crossbow, Rapid Aspect significantly increases Basic Skill attack speed, enhancing overall damage output.
Vengeful Aspect: When combined with Blast-Trapper’s Aspect, this aspect boosts crit chance, further improving our critical hits.
Aspect of Disobedience: Increases Armor for every form of damage dealt. With our flurry of hits, grenade pops, and Flurry strikes, we accumulate substantial bonus Armor.
Aspect of Might: Provides a permanent 25% damage reduction when using Basic Skills, ensuring a consistent defensive measure.
Aspect of Explosive Verve: Enhances Grenades by treating them as traps, increasing Vulnerability chances and synergizing with other abilities like Deadly Ambush in the Paragon Board.
Aspect of Quickening Fog: This aspect drops a free Smoke Grenade, freeing up a precious skill slot. Consider replacing it with Dark Shroud for additional Critical Chance.
Ravager’s Aspect: Offers an additional charge on Shadow Step, granting extra mobility and potential benefits in PvP scenarios.
Gear and Stats
When it comes to gear choices, our primary focus is acquiring Asheara’s Khanjar and Andariel’s Visage. However, other options like Cowl of the Nameless or Harlequin Crest also provide enticing benefits. Ultimately, the choice depends on your playstyle and the desired attack speed breakpoints.
For the 2-hander, prioritize crossbows with the Vulnerable damage implicit, Basic Skill damage, and socketed Topazes for increased Basic Skill damage. Daggers are also viable due to their higher base attack speed and close-range damage. Aim for additional rolls such as damage to crowd-controlled enemies, critical damage, and increased damage to Vulnerable targets. In the endgame, min-maxing gear should revolve around maximizing specific damage rolls.
Movement speed is essential, with boots providing the necessary implicit to reduce evade cooldown per attack. Aim for an overall movement speed cap of 125%, which can be further boosted through skills and effects. Consider socketing a Diamond in your amulet for added benefits.
Rings and gloves should prioritize high critical hit chance, complementing our playstyle. Additionally, consider socketing sapphires for increased cold resistance. Adjust attack speed rolls based on the available options during the endgame.
Other gear slots should focus on health rolls to enhance percentage healing effects. Additional resistance and damage reduction should also be prioritized. Socket rubies in every armor item for increased health.
As for stat distribution, prioritize Intelligence for critical chance, Dexterity for dodge chance, Willpower for healing benefits, and Strength for improved armor.
In the Paragon Boards, our Rogue currently sits at level 87, with 55 points yet to be allocated. Further data-mined information is required to make informed decisions about tile choices. However, we have created a sample mock-up based on our envisioned path, emphasizing Cunning Stratagem, Exploit Weakness, Deadly Ambush, and Cheap Shot.
Cunning Stratagem enhances the attack speed bonus from Flurry’s Combo Points. Additionally, select tiles labeled Fundamentals for improved Basic Skills.
Exploit Weakness increases damage against Vulnerable targets.
Deadly Ambush boosts damage against enemies affected by Caltrops and Grenades.
Cheap Shot, while having limited utility against singular bosses, increases overall damage for each nearby crowd-controlled enemy.
Our build revolves around a straightforward playstyle. Depending on your setup, pre-cast Dark Shroud if you have Quickening Fog or have replaced a skill. When approaching packs, elites, or bosses, identify your kill zone. Drop Caltrops to slow enemies and increase crit chance, then Dash back in for crit damage and daze (with or without the free dazing Smoke Bomb). Shadow Step your primary target to augment crit chance, followed by Flurry to activate Accelerating Aspect and inflict Vulnerability. Use additional Flurries as needed to trigger Haste, then unleash Blade Shift to deal devastating damage. Don’t hesitate to use Smoke Bomb to amplify damage whenever necessary. Evade strategically to drop grenades and stun enemies, ensuring your next Flurry continues to stun due to evading.
With this optimized build and the right gear, you’ll become an unstoppable force, dominating the Diablo 4 Open Beta effortlessly.