Diablo 4 Rogue Build – Perfected Cyclone (LvL 70+): In this Diablo 4 Rogue Build, I’ll show you how to play a LvL 70+ Perfected Cyclone Rogue that’s aimed at World Tier 4. This is an evolution of the Cyclone Midgame Build where you’ll continue to make use of Flurry to obliterate foes in a matter of seconds. If you’re looking for a quick Melee Build that excels in Poisoning enemies and has an amazing clear speed, then this Diablo 4 Perfected Cyclone Rogue Build Guide is for you!
Diablo 4 Rogue Build – Perfected Cyclone (LvL 70+)
The general strategy for this Rogue Diablo IV Build continues to be the same as the previous Cyclone Midgame Build. You’ll start off by activating Poison Imbuement, grouping enemies together, and then either attacking with Shadow Step or Poison Trap depending on the type you’re facing. If there’s a target you wish to isolate and Stun, then you’re better off triggering Shadow Step, otherwise, Poison Trap is the way to go to not only deal huge Poisoning DoT but also knock them down thanks to the Enhanced Poison Trap upgrade.
Since you’re going to switch over to using Combo Points instead of Preparation for this Perfected Cyclone Diablo 4 Rogue Build’s Specialization, you’ll be activating Puncture 3x to max out the corresponding points. This Basic Skill remains potent because it lets you apply the Vulnerable effect. You’ll then use Flurry to execute a barrage of increased deadly strikes and stabs in a circular manner, hitting and killing almost every nearby enemy around you.
The amazing thing about this Perfected Cyclone D4 Rogue Build is it continues to be viable even at Level 70+ due to its exceptionally quick Attack Speed, lethal Vulnerable and Poison Damage, Poison Damage Over Time (DoT), and periodic Critical Strike Damage. So you’re able to melt any type of enemy, including Elites and Bosses in just a few seconds. What’s more, is that you’ll rarely run into Energy management issues since you always top your resources off with Puncture as well as the Innervation, Adrenaline Rush, and Momentum Passives.
When it comes to the other Skills, you’ll be swapping out a couple of passives from Trap Mastery and Aftermath to Sturdy and Siphoning Strikes. World Tier 4 is a different ballgame in that you need to be able to allocate a considerable amount of points to boost your defenses, otherwise, you’ll constantly be CCed and instantly die. Both Sturdy and Siphoning Strikes reduce the damage you take from close enemies and heal yourself every time you execute Critical Strikes against them. As a result, your survivability is improved, allowing you to take on higher Nightmare Dungeons.
The last part is about the switch from Death Trap to Shadow Clone. I find Shadow Clone to be the better option between the two Ultimates because first of all, you won’t need to constantly be positioned in the middle of fights, where you’ll be susceptible to taking a lot of damage even though your survivability is decent. You can zip from one target to the next with ease. And second, only 3 Skill points are needed to make the most out of Shadow Clone, unlike Death Trap, which becomes more effective with Trap Mastery and Aftermath maxed out.
Shadow Clone not only makes you Unstoppable upon its activation in order to become Immune to CC but the summoned clone also deals 80% additional damage for 15 seconds to aid you in combat, making this the best choice to obliterate foes efficiently.
Diablo 4 Rogue Build – Perfected Cyclone
Once you hit Tier IV you’ll want to start thinking about min/maxing to get the most out of your Build, and that starts with Skills. Thanks to Paragon Boards and to the increased Equipment affixes, you’ll be able to bypass most of the restrictions you previously faced while leveling up. I also won’t get too deep into Skills, as you most probably know how they work by now.
|LEVEL 70+ ROGUE SKILLS|
|Flurry||8 (+3 from Gear)|
|Shadow Step||6 (+5 from Gear)|
|Enhanced Shadow Step||1|
|Methodical Shadow Step||1|
|Poison Trap||6 (+4 from Gear)|
|Enhanced Poison Trap||1|
|Countering Poison Trap||1|
|Poison Imbuement||9 (+4 from Gear)|
|Enhanced Poison Imbuement||1|
|Mixed Poison Imbuement||1|
|Prime Shadow Clone||1|
|Supreme Shadow Clone||1|
|Momentum Key Passive||1|
For the Diablo 4 Rogue Build – Perfected Cyclone, you’re going to swap from Preparation, which you used back in the Cyclone Rogue Midgame Build, to Combo Points. Not only do Combo Points allow you to restore a sufficient amount of Energy while activating Puncture but it’ll also significantly boost the damage of Flurry so be sure to max out those 3 points when possible.
Diablo 4 Rogue Build: Equipment, Gems, and Aspects
Equipment is the most important part of any Endgame Build, and It’s important to understand that it’s a long-term goal. You won’t have all Paragon Boards available right away, and getting all uniques will probably take a lot of farming, so try to use Legendary Aspects to adjust to your needs while you farm levels and better gear.
Legendary Aspects and Unique Powers
I’ll divide the Equipment into different slots, so it’s easier to understand what you should be using and what affixes you should be looking for. Remember that unique equipment has fixed affixes and powers, so if you are using one, you might need to re-slot a Legendary Aspect into a different piece.
Another important thing to notice is that, when looking for stats, you’ll want to make sure you are fulfilling your Paragon Rare Node requirements. Some rare nodes have very high requirements, and equipment is what allows you to fulfill them. These bonuses often double the rare node effect so, for example, getting an Equipment piece with +100 Dexterity might unlock one or more Node bonuses, giving you a massive bonus as a result.
Aspect of Might: This makes it so that every time you trigger your Basic Skill, which in this case is Puncture, you end up reducing the damage you take for several seconds. Since this Diablo 4 Rogue Build – Perfected Cyclone always uses Puncture to accumulate 3 Combo Points, your Damage Reduction will remain active in fights, helping you survive longer.
Life On Kill makes this D4 Rogue Build more durable because it literally restores Health every time you slaughter an enemy. Meanwhile, the Ranks of Poison Imbuement considerably raises the Poisoning DoT you deal after activating Imbueable Skills like Shadow Step and Flurry.
Aspect of Disobedience: This allows you to gain an Armor percentage every time you deal damage up to a maximum of 40%. Between this and the Aspect of the Protector, I prefer the Aspect of Disobedience because the added Armor is not activated on an interval basis and you won’t be limited to attacking an Elite or Boss. So it’s triggered even when facing regular enemies.
- +Cutthroat Skill Damage
- +All Stats
- Damage Reduction from Close Enemies
- +Imbuement Skill Damage
Edgemaster’s Aspect: This buffs the effectiveness of any Skill based on the available Energy you currently have. Since this D4 Rogue Build’s resources are almost always more than 75%, you’ll considerably boost the damage of your Skills, allowing you to wipe out enemies efficiently. The only caveat to using the Edgemaster’s Aspect is you need to be really mindful of your Energy gauge to be able to make the most out of Flurry. If this isn’t your cup of tea, then you can opt to equip the Grasp of Shadow for a relatively relaxed playstyle.
Grasp of Shadow: This is a great alternative as it provides your Diablo IV Rogue Build – Perfected Cyclone with good-quality Stats including raised Attack Speed, Vulnerable Damage, Ranks of All Core Skills, and Shadow Clone Damage. Boosting the ranks of your Skills at this stage of the game is valuable in significantly improving your overall Attack Power. What’s more, is that the Grasp of Shadow’s ability is a Lucky Hit where damaging a Vulnerable enemy with Puncture or Flurry has a good chance of summoning another Shadow Clone that mimics your attack. This, with your Shadow Clone Ultimate, allows you to have 2 clones at the same time.
Aspect of Stolen Vigor: This makes it so that each stack of the Momentum Key Passive heals you for X Life per second. The Aspect of Stolen Vigor is a must-have aspect because it contributes to your survivability. With this Perfected Cyclone D4 Rogue Build, it’s easy to gain 3 stacks of Momentum since you’re able to easily backstab enemies thanks to Flurry and Stun them with Shadow Step. So while attacking, you’ll always end up healing yourself in the process.
Ravager’s Aspect: This makes it so that you gain 1 additional charge for Shadow Step, which is a game-changer considering that you only have this single Mobility Skill. The Ravager’s Aspect also increases Shadow Step’s damage.
- +Ranks of Shadow Step
- +Dodge Chance
- +All Stats
- Damage Reduction while Injured
What’s important to acquire is the Max Evade Charges from Boots. Again, since you’re not going to use Dash for this Perfected Cyclone Diablo IV Rogue Build, having multiple Shadow Step and Evade charges will keep your mobility up, especially in tough scenarios when you’re trapped in the middle of combat, which tends to happen quite often in World Tier 4.
Aspect of Encircling Blades: This allows you to deal damage in a circle around you when using Flurry so it becomes easier to not only annihilate multiple enemies at once and spread the Vulnerable effect around but also to restore your Health due to the Enhanced Flurry upgrade. Slotting the Aspect of Encircling Blades on your Two-Handed Weapon is essential to notably boost its effectiveness by 100%.
- +Vulnerable Damage
- +Core Skill Damage
- +Basic Skill Damage
When choosing a Two-Handed Weapon, you’re much better off with a Crossbow as opposed to a Bow since you’re running a Melee D4 Rogue Build. With a Crossbow, you gain additional Vulnerable Damage by default compared to a Bow, which gives extra Damage to Distant Enemies that you won’t ever need here.
First One-Handed Weapon
Rapid Aspect: This raises the Attack Speed of your Basic Skill, letting you accumulate 3 Combo Points faster.
- +Basic Skill Attack Speed
- +Critical Strike Chance Against Injured Enemies
- +Damage with Dual-Wielded Weapons
- +Core Skill Damage
For this Diablo 4 Rogue Build, you’d ideally want to equip 2 Daggers for the Attacks per Second and Damage to Close Enemies Stats unless you get a Sword with amazing rolls. The one that I got has the default Critical Strike Damage, Damage to Slowed Enemies, Dexterity, Vulnerable Damage, and Ultimate Skill Damage.
Condemnation: This is a wonderful Unique Item and one that has made me consider swapping Specializations. Condemnation boosts the damage of your Core Skill or Flurry when spending 3 Combo Points. Additionally, your Basic Skill with this Weapon has a chance to immediately generate 3 Combo Points, allowing you to trigger Flurry much more quickly. Even when this happens, you still won’t run out of Energy, and if you do, either spamming Puncture or moving around thanks to Adrenaline Rush, will restore chunks of this resource.
Second One-Handed Weapon
Aspect of Bursting Venoms: This is an amazing aspect because its Lucky Hit effect constantly triggers thanks to your fast Attack Speed. The Aspect of Bursting Venoms makes it so that Critical Strikes with Poison Imbued Skills have a chance to create a toxic pool that deals Poisoning DoT to enemies standing within it. Here’s the cool part about it – while you’re standing on that same pool, your Poison Imbuement Skill has no cooldown and no charge limit, which means that you can spam this to your heart’s content.
It’s important to note that for this Diablo IV Rogue Build – Perfected Cyclone, your damage somewhat tapers off when you don’t imbue your Skills with Poison, especially when you’re facing Poison-resistant targets. So the Aspect of Bursting Venoms prevents this from happening. It works hand-in-hand with the Countering Poison Trap upgrade, which grants a chance to reset the cooldown of Poison Imbuement to allow for a 90%+ uptime.
- +Damage to Poisoned Enemies
- +Damage to Close Enemies
- +Critical Strike Damage
Aspect of Corruption: This boosts the potency of your Imbuement Skill effects against Vulnerable enemies, making Poisoning DoT more lethal.
- +Total Armor
- +Rank of All Agility Skills
- +Energy Cost Reduction
Aspect of the Expectant: This synergizes well with your Combo Points and Energy management because attacking enemies with a Basic Skill considerably enhances the damage of your next Core Skill cast.
- +Damage to Close Enemies
- +Critical Strike Damage with Imbued Skills
- +Poison Damage
- +Maximum Life
Starlight Aspect: This allows you to gain a large chunk of Energy for every 25% of your Life that you heal. Again, you’ll often trigger the Starlight Aspect’s effect since you consistently heal yourself with Enhanced Flurry, Siphoning Strikes, and the Aspect of Stolen Vigor.
- +Poison Damage
- +Damage to Injured Enemies
- +Critical Strike Chance
- +Damage to Close Enemies
For gems, you’ll want to slot:
- Weapon: 2 Topaz to improve the damage of Puncture and 2 Emeralds to enhance your Critical Strike Damage against Vulnerable enemies.
- Armor: Prioritize 3 Topaz to reduce the damage you take when CCed, followed by 2 Rubies to boost your Maximum Life.
- Jewelry: Skulls to increase your Defense value.
Paragon and Glyphs for the Rogue Build
When it comes to Paragon Boards, we are mainly going to aim for Rare Nodes that increase our damage output, as well as Glyphs that synergize with our Build. Please note that the order in which I get the Nodes is just a general guideline, and you can adjust it to your current needs.
First Paragon Board – Base
For your Base Paragon Board, you’ll be slotting the Tracker Glyph, which increases the damage you deal to Poisoned enemies. When you meet the +25 Intelligence requirement, your Poisoning DoT effects last 33% longer to significantly weaken targets, and finish them off soon after. Additionally, you’ll also unlock the Prime and Skillful Rare Nodes to boost your overall damage together with Lawless to raise your Armor and Dexterity.
Second Paragon Board – Exploit Weakness
For this Diablo 4 Rogue Build – Perfected Cyclone’s Second Paragon Board, you’ll select Exploit Weakness, which is amazing. Not only will you unlock the majority of Rare Node clusters here but you’ll also make use of the Exploit Weakness Legendary Node. This lets you deal increased damage to Vulnerable enemies.
Meanwhile, the Rare Nodes you’ll gain access to and prioritize in order are Exploit, Hunter Killer or Artifice, and Unassailable. Both Exploit and Artifice boosts your % Vulnerable Damage while Hunter Killer enhances your damage against Elites and Movement Speed right after killing them.
Underneath Artifice, there’s a glyph socket. Here, you can slot Canny to increase your Non-Physical or Poison Damage. This is further improved when you unlock +25 Intelligence within the glyph’s radius.
And finally, there’s Unassailable, which makes you more durable as it grants additional Armor and damage reduction from Vulnerable enemies. You can fill up the corresponding succeeding Magic Nodes as your Nightmare Dungeon tier goes higher for added defenses.
Third Paragon Board – Cunning Stratagem
For your final Paragon Board, you’ll pick the Cunning Stratagem not for its Legendary Node but for the Rare Nodes that offer good offensive and defensive Stats. You’ll want to prioritize the entire Finisher Rare Node cluster to improve the damage dealt by Flurry and the amount of Intelligence you have. You’ll then slot the Bane Glyph to increase your Poison Damage. When you meet the +25 Strength requirement, you’ll unlock the additional bonus, which doubles the amount of Poisoning DoT you deal. This allows you to melt Bosses quickly and then follow through with about 3 Flurries to kill them right then and there.
Next, you’ll be going for the Fundamentals Rare Node to increase your Basic Skill Damage and overall damage. And finally, you’ll travel upward to gain access to Dominant, which improves the damage of both Puncture and Flurry.
Remember to pre-cast Poison Imbuement even when there are no enemies around. Doing so will instantly Imbue Shadow Step and Flurry prior to initiating combat. This lets you trigger Poison Imbuement when needed since its cooldown has been reset beforehand, thereby improving its uptime.
Lastly, it’s important to note that you can play this Diablo 4 Rogue Build – Perfected Cyclone without using any of the Unique Items I’ve suggested. Your character will continue to remain effective damage-wise because of the Stats in your gear as well as the imprinted Legendary Aspects you have.
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