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Diablo 4: best Druid build guide

Use these skills to make the most of the Druid's versatile skill set
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The Druid is a class that previously only appeared in Diablo 2’s DLC, and while it looks fairly familiar on its face in Diablo 4, it’s had a big makeover with some fantastic new abilities. Shapeshifting is still an option, and can very much be viable, but there are also new storm- and earth-based abilities to spec into, which makes for a very interesting kind of mage.

In this guide, we’ll take you through what we think is the best general build for Druids in Diablo 4, including which skills to pick when leveling up, which Spirit Boons to pick, and more.

Be sure to check out our Diablo 4 tips and tricks for more handy pointers to make your time in Sanctuary a little bit easier, and read our Diablo 4 review if you’re still on the fence about jumping in. If you haven’t settled on a class yet, you can also check out or guide for the best starting class in Diablo 4.

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Diablo 4: best Druid skills

The Druid is one of the most versatile classes in the game, with four major paths to go down — earth, storm, werewolf, and werebear, with the latter two having a decent amount of crossover. While all of these have their strengths and weaknesses, we think the storm skill path is the way to go, as it offers the most utility throughout the game.

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Diablo 4: best Druid passive skills

Throughout the skill tree, there are a number of passive skills that are worth picking up, and if you’re waiting to unlock the next branch of the tree, it’s worth picking up some of them to round out your skills a bit.

Here are the passives we suggest picking up when you can, along with brief descriptions:

  • Abundance - basic attacks give more Spirit, which helps keep combos alive longer
  • Heart of the Wild - increases your Spirit pool
  • Ancestral Fortitude - decreases the damage you take from non-physical attacks
  • Elemental Exposure - storm skills have a chance of making enemies vulnerable
  • Electric Shock - lightning damage can snare enemies, or deal extra damage to snared enemies
  • Endless Tempest - increases the duration of Hurricane and Cataclysm
  • Circle of Life - gives health back for expending Spirit
  • Defiance - Nature magic skills deal more damage to elite enemies
  • Natural Disaster - storm skills deal more damage to stunned, snared, or knocked back enemies

Diablo 4: alternative Druid skills

You can, of course, choose different skills while leveling up, if you’re finding that some of these aren’t feeling quite right. We’d suggest taking a peek into the earth skills available if you’re still keen on the ranged magic path, as there’s a decent amount of synergy between earth and storm skills. Boulder is an excellent choice, knocking back enemies and dealing a bunch of damage, while also slowing enemies with its first upgrade. Landslide is a decent enough core skill too, and mixing these in with storm skills gives a good reason to use Nature’s Fury too, which is a lot of fun to mess around with.

Diablo 4: best Spirit Boons

Spirit Boons are the unique perk of the Druid, offering up to five additional passives that maximize the damage and utility of the player character. Each animal spirit offers one boon out of four, and each of the boons are usually geared towards a specific branch of the skill tree. By bonding with one of the animal spirits, you can pick up two boons from within their set, and we strongly recommend bonding with the Snake Spirit. You can swap between your boons at any time, even mid-combat, but the key boons you’ll want to be using are as follows:

  • Eagle Spirit - Swooping Attacks (+10% attack speed)
  • Deer Spirit - Gift of the Stag (+10 max Spirit)
  • Wolf Spirit - Energize (15% chance to restore spirit when dealing damage)
  • Snake Spirit - Overload (lightning skills can spread to surrounding enemies) and Calm Before the Storm (magic skills can reduce Ultimate cooldown)