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Barrage Rogue Endgame Build Guide

Last Updated: May 15th 2024

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If you've been looking for a Multishot style build on Rogue, here it is! The Barrage Rogue is a very versatile skill that fires multiple arrows which fan out starting from the center. It leaves a really cool shadowy after effect which looks even cooler when stepping away after an attack.

Barrage Rogue is a jack-of-all-trades/master-of-none build, as you pick which distance is right for the situation, making it a true hybrid build. Cast the skill at mid range to spread your arrows out for massive AoE, or Dash towards the elite left over to shotgun all arrows into a single target for great damage. Branching Volleys and High Velocity crank up the AoE madness and allows for insane pack clearing potential.

This build uses Umbrous Aspect to add a 7th skill for free. You still take points into Dark Shroud for the extra movement speed as the Umbrous Aspect picks up all perks you put into the skill.

This is a straight forward build that's super fun to play and this guide teaches you the best way to tackle end game with ‍‍Barrage Rogue!

Barrage Rogue Endgame

This build guide assumes you have a Level 50 Character and finished the Campaign. Level up with our Barrage Leveling Guide. If you are looking for a different Rogue playstyle, check out all of our Rogue Guides

DifficultyEasy
SpeedfarmingExcellent
PitStrong
BossingAverage
DefenseAverage

Season 4 - Loot Reborn

In Season 4, the Season Theme revolves around helping out the Iron Wolves. Compared to past themes, this one does not offer any borrowed power as the entire game has been redesigned with new itemization and crafting options, increasing player power substantially across the board. Instead, you can gather reputation similar to the Vampire Bounty Board from Season 2 to unlock rewards that supercharge your leveling journey to 100 with extra items, crafting materials and eventually even a Resplendent Spark to craft an uber unique.

We recommend to follow the seasonal questline until you unlock the reputation system, check which rewards suit you most and then follow your regular leveling path. To learn more, check out our full Season 4 guide for more information.

Skill Tree & Gameplay

  • Puncture is our Basic Skill of choice for building combo points quickly with slow and vulnerable utility.
  • Barrage is your main ability. This Core Skill fires a cone of arrows that expand outwards.
  • Dash gives you incredible mobility to fly across the battlefield and an easy way to get out of tough situations.
  • Smoke Grenade makes fighting tough engagements, especially versus elites, a bit easier.
  • Cold Imbuement is a buff you use for Barrage. It converts your damage to Cold and Chills the monsters. With enough hits, you can Freeze the monsters, increasing your damage substantially combined with Frigid Finesse while also increasing your survivability!
  • Shadow Step Gives us an unstoppable and allows for more mobility. This is really useful for when you want to close in on a single target and shotgun it down quickly.

Passives

  • Precision is the Key Passive of choice, granting you a guaranteed critical strike upon consuming max precision stacks that gets exponentially stronger the more critical strike damage you have on your gear.
Barrage Rogue Skills

Alternatives

While the above is designed for optimal performance, there is wiggle room in the skill selection while keeping the core build intact. Smoke Grenade is not everyone's cup of tea and can be quite difficult to use. You can replace this for Shadow Step for a Trap such as Caltrops or Poison Trap for more of a lure playstyle. You can also opt for Concealment with the new aspect for some stealth action.

There's also wiggle room for choice of basic attack. You can go for Heartseeker if you prefer to play this more mid ranged.

Gameplay

Since Barrage is a versatile skill, you start off at mid range to maximize arrow spread and then you move close to cluster all of your arrows into any single target that is left. Blasting all of your arrows into one target is known as shotgunning. On tough affixes like Suppressor and Damage Resistance, you want to switch the order and take them out first and shotgun it down.

  • Use Smoke Grenade to apply Daze, which makes enemies easier to deal with and elites unable to cast affixes. Dazed enemies also take 20% more multiplicative damage, which is a nice bump of damage to quickly dispatch tough situations.
  • Puncture isn't used for DPS, but for its utility. It gives you Combo Points, Vulnerable application and crowd control with slow.
    Build 3 Combo Points with Puncture, activate Cold Imbuement, then fire Barrage.
  • Use Dash to get around the battlefield for better positioning for Barrage and to generally travel around the world and through dungeons quickly.
  • Use Shadow Step to close in on single targets with high health to shotgun them down as quickly as possible. This is very useful against suppressor elites. Use this after building 3 Combo Points so that your next Barrage gets the 25% damage multiplier from Tricks of the Trade legendary paragon node, allowing you to dispatch the single target even faster.
Barrage Rogue Demo

Rogue Specialization - Combo Points

Rogues choose one out of three special passives that enhance their playstyle. Barrage can be played with either Combo Points or Inner Sight. Though the former is a little stronger, so in this guide we're going to focus on Combo Points.

Building up Combo Points with your Basic Skill gives you 3 additional arrows that also hit harder. This gives the skill a Multishot feel and makes for great AoE spread clear. This also works well with Cold Imbuement as more arrows per shot leads to more ricochets, thus more Freeze and more damage.

Later on you unlock further synergies that make this Combo Point playstyle even more powerful with Aspect of the Expectant. Rapid Aspect and attack speed rolls work well in building Combo Points quicker for faster burst, however it can make it difficult to manage your Energy.

Learn more details and how to unlock this class specification in our full Rogue Specialization Guide.

Resource & Cooldown Management

As with all Combo Point builds, resource management is rather easy as you're naturally regenerating Energy when you're not using Barrage. Combat and Energy cost reduction on gear all aid in resource management to where you don't have to think about it.

As for cooldown, you only have to keep up with Cold Imbuement, and this is easy to do with Hectic and cold imbuement tempers on jewelry. Due to the heavy investments in imbue stats, it is critical that you're always using an Imbue before firing Barrage, otherwise your damage and utility falls off a bit.

Mobility

Feel free to use Dash on an enemy whenever necessary to go faster. Rogues naturally have a lot of movement speed, so getting around the open world and the battlefield is never an issue.

Paragon Board

Carefully check your Paragon Boards to ensure correct board rotation. Glyphs go from a radius of 3 to 4 when they reach level 15!

Barrage Rogue Paragon Board

Level the Paragon Board by scrolling. Each step optimizes progression.

Glyphs

We need to level up our Glyphs to increase their power and activate their Additional Bonus with surrounding nodes. Glyphs have a radius of 3 by default, this increases to 4 at Glyph level 15. Complete Nightmare Dungeons to obtain Glyph experience.

Note that there are some Glyph position swaps and a few adjustments to surrounding Paragon nodes once they reach level 15. See the last two steps in the Paragon progression above for details. The setup displayed by default is the final version of the build.

Glyph Leveling Priorities

Level 15

  1. Combat
  2. Exploit
  3. Control
  4. Canny
  5. Efficacy
  6. Devious

Level 21

  1. Combat
  2. Exploit
  3. Control
  4. Canny
  5. Efficacy
  6. Devious

Alternative Glyphs

After finishing your main setup, you can also level up the following that can be useful:

  • Efficacy
  • Devious

Also check out our dedicated in-depth guides to learn more about Paragon Boards and Glyphs.

Endgame Gear & Skill Progression

When you start diving into the Endgame, you don't have all the tools available to achieve the final build versions. Let us guide you through different progression points to give you a smooth transition from our Leveling Guides to the final build version.

Progression Goals

Some of your Skill Tree choices depend on what Legendary Aspects and Unique items are available to you. While we can guarantee that everyone has access to the same Codex of Power Aspects, the exact progression is different for everyone.

  1. Unlock the following Aspects from Dungeons:
  2. Find the following Legendary Aspects either as a random drop or by gambling with Obols:
    • Aspect of Elements
    • Accelerating Aspect
    • Icy Alchemist's
    • Umbrous Aspect
    • Juggernaut's
    • Mangler's
    • Hectic
    • High Velocity
  3. Acquire the following Unique items either as a random drop or by farming specific Boss drops.
    • N/A
  4. If you're lucky enough to obtain the following Uber Uniques, they're useful for the build.
    • Harlequin Crest

Learn more details and how to farm Legendary Aspects and Uniques in our General Farming Guide.

Progression Steps

Starter
Leveling
to 100
Endgame
& the Pit
Speedfarming
Bossing

Once you have completed the leveling guide, only the Codex of Power Aspects are guaranteed. With this setup, you can farm the Legendary Aspects and Unique items you need for the next progression point.

Gear

  • Edgemaster’s Aspect, Rapid Aspect, Branching Volleys and Aspect of the Expectant in the Codex of Power.
  • Continue using Dark Shroud on skill bar, following the Barrage Leveling Guide until you find Umbrous. Once acquired, use Smoke Grenade and drop Dark Shroud as shown in the original skills section of the guide.

Barrage Rogue Starter

Skills

  • We take Shadow Imbuement here in place of Smoke Grenade.
  • Early game, we struggle with vulnerable procs until the exploit glyph secondary effect comes online. We also don't have any tempers yet to have 100% uptime on Cold Imbuement. Shadow Imbuement solves both of these issues early on.

Barrage Rogue Starter Skills

In this setup, you have access to all Legendary Aspects and Temper mods, allowing you to pilot a much stronger version of this build. Additional Legendary Aspects are used to fill slots that may be replaced with Unique items later on.

Gear

  • Work on getting the tempers mentioned to further progress the build.
  • Work on acquiring Umbrous Aspect as much as possible by gambling Chest or Pants with Obols. A good roll gives you nice uptime on Dark Shroud shadows which essentially gives you a free skill.
  • Acquire Hectic to greatly reduce our cooldowns and make our rotations feel much more fluid.
  • Acquire High Velocity for more AoE with Barrage
  • Acquire Elements for big rotational damage.
  • Look for better rolls from Aspects that you may have used in the Codex.
Barrage Rogue Leveling to 100

Skills

  • Here we closely follow the original skill tree.
Barrage Rogue Skills

In this setup, you have access to all Unique items, Legendary Aspects, Temper mods and Masterworking. This allows you to pilot this build at its peak efficiency. Let's take a look at the changes you need to make to implement them.

Gear

  • Here we are in the realm of min-maxing what we already have. Look for Greater Affixes for key stats to continue to scale your damage.
  • Make sure to reach at least 9230 Armor to be capped against all enemies in the game and boost your Resistances to 70%. The planner is designed to help you reach cap easily. There's a little bit of headroom in case you get lowballed on some rolls.
Barrage Rogue Endgame/Pit

Uber Uniques

The Harlequin Crest is a really good uber unique to obtain for this build, adding crucial ranks to Dark Shroud for defense, better chill for Cold Imbuement and of course more Rapid Fire damage.

Barrage Rogue Endgame/Pit with Ubers

Skills

  • No changes to Skills
Barrage Rogue Skills

The Speedfarming variant optimizes the build for easy activities like Helltides, Whispers, Nightmare Dungeons and lower Pit Tiers. Rogues are by default a fast class, but with a few tweaks, can be even more so for these activities.

Gear

  • Gear does not change from the Endgame and Pit setup.
  • If you have the Harlequin Crest, slot that over the legendary helm.
Barrage Rogue Speedfarming

Skills

  • No changes to Skills
Barrage Rogue Skills

Here we talk This setup is intended to defeat the Tormented Bosses (lvl 200 version) and Uber Lilith and makes some adjustments based around these high-end encounters.

Gear

  • Only one change is necessary. High Velocity isn't necessary for these fights, so swap this out for Inner Calm
  • If you have the Harlequin Crest, slot that over the legendary helm.
Barrage Rogue Bossing

Skills

  • We drop Smoke Grenade and pick up Shadow Imbuement for the multiplicative damage.
Barrage Rogue Skills

Hardcore Adjustments

Hardcore requires you to build into more defenses. Here are some tips to be successful in this game mode:

  • You can replace Dexterity and Dodge with Maximum Life on gear.
  • Focus on acquiring Doombringer and include it instead of an offensive aspect.
  • Take more defensive minded aspects in place of utility aspects on Chest and Pants.

Build Scaling

Learn about the important build scaling mechanics and stat weights.

Damage
Defense
  • Combo Points: With the Combo Point Specialization you can use Puncture up to 3 times to boost your next Barrage. This is further enhanced by Aspect of the Expectant. You use the Rapid Aspect to build Combo Points faster and reduce downtime between your nukes. Building Combo Points allows you to keep your Energy high for the Edgemaster’s. Use Aspect of Elements for high burst damage, especially on bosses.
  • Crowd Controls: Cold Imbuement provides you with a way to Chill enemies, which enables multipliers such as Frigid Finesse
  • Critical Strike Damage: The key passive Precision scales well with Critical Strike Damage. Get as much of this stat on gear and paragon.
  • Don't get hit: Snipe enemies from a distance and use Evade to stay out of danger.
  • Defensive Legendaries: Aspect of Might and Cheat's Aspect are both great defensive aspects as you're always attacking and have access to a Crowd Control. Aspect of Disobedience is good too after you pick up a bit of attack speed. Umbrous Aspect is excellent as it gives you free Dark Shroud shadows just for attacking. The best defense however is not to get hit.
  • Movement Speed: One of the most important stats you can get for defense. The faster you are, the easier it is to dodge and not get hit. Stack as much of this as you can with Haste, Subverting Dark Shroud, and movement speed stats on boots and amulet.
  • Stack Defense on Chest and Pants: These 2 gear slots provide the most protection for your character, stats that are difficult to get elsewhere. If you feel squishy, it is probably because you're lacking defensive stats on these slots.

Our Damage Explained article explains how to scale your Offense.
Learn all you need to know to scale Defense with our Defense Explained Article.

Stat Priorities & Gear Options

To enable your build to perform optimally, you need to reach certain Stat "Breakpoints". Some examples are reaching 100% to Critically Strike, or 20 Resource per second. Since there are many values of these stats on different pieces of gear, read the checklist below and refer to the recommended Tempered Affixes and Masterwork Crits . Desirable Greater Affixes will always be the top three recommended Affixes.

Recommended Stat Thresholds

  • 6+ total Cold Imbuement Count
  • 15+ total Barrage Ranks
  • 12+ total Dark Shroud Ranks
  • 1000+ Dexterity
  • 100% Attack Speed Bonus
  • 1200%+ Critical Strike Damage
  • Armor Capped 9,230
  • Resistance Capped 70%
  • 30,000+ Life
  • 30%+ Dodge Chance
  • 180%+ Movement Speed
  • Helm: Might
  • Direct swap for Harlequin Crest if you find one.
    1. Lucky Hit
    2. Dexterity
    3. Maximum Life
    4. Armor
  • ⚒️ Dodge Chance
  • ⚒️ Chance to Stun/Daze/Slow/Immobilize
  • Chest Armor: Umbrous
    1. Dark Shroud Ranks
    2. All Resistance
    3. Maximum Life
    4. Armor
  • ⚒️ Armor %
  • ⚒️ Chance to Stun/Daze/Slow/Immobilize
  • Gloves: Concussive Strikes
    1. Ranks to Barrage
    2. Critical Strike Damage
    3. Attack Speed
    4. Dexterity
  • ⚒️ Critical Strike Damage
  • ⚒️ Chance to Stun/Daze/Slow/Immobilize
  • Pants: Frostbitten
    1. All Resistance
    2. Maximum Life
    3. Armor
    4. Dodge
  • ⚒️ Dodge Chance
  • ⚒️ Chance to Stun/Daze/Slow/Immobilize
  • Boots: Hectic
    1. Movement Speed
    2. Dodge Chance
    3. All Resistance
    4. Maximum Life
  • ⚒️ Movement Speed
  • ⚒️ Chance to Stun/Daze/Slow/Immobilize
  • Amulet: Branching Volleys
  • 1. Ranks to Frigid Finesse
  • 2. Ranks to Weapon Mastery
  • 3. Attack Speed
  • 4. Ranks to Exploit
  • ⚒️ Critical Strike Damage
  • ⚒️ +2 Cold Imbuement Count
  • Rings: Elements & High Velocity.
    1. Critical Strike Damage
    2. Attack Speed
    3. Dexterity
    4. Lucky Hit Chance
  • ⚒️ Critical Strike Damage
  • ⚒️ +2 Cold Imbuement Count
  • Crossbow: Edgemaster’s
    1. Critical Strike Damage
    2. Dexterity
    3. Maximum Life
    4. Vulnerable Damage
  • ⚒️ Barrage Chance to Cast Twice
  • ⚒️ Critical Strike Damage
  • Main Hand: Expectant
    1. Critical Strike Damage
    2. Dexterity
    3. Maximum Life
    4. Vulnerable Damage
  • ⚒️ Barrage Chance to Cast Twice
  • ⚒️ Critical Strike Damage
  • Off-Hand: Rapid
    1. Critical Strike Damage
    2. Dexterity
    3. Maximum Life
    4. Vulnerable Damage
  • ⚒️ Barrage Chance to Cast Twice
  • ⚒️ Critical Strike Damage

Fill your item's sockets with the following:

  • Royal Emerald into Weapons for extra damage.
  • Royal Ruby into Armor for more survivability.
  • Royal Diamond or Royal Skull depending on what you need capped.

FAQ & Mechanics

Once a guide is released, many players have questions on why and how we are approaching certain choices. In this section you can find the answers to the questions that have been asked the most.

Why Cold Imbuement over Poison Imbuement?

I feel squishy, how can I increase survivability?

How are Dark Shroud stacks generated in this build?

Mechanics

Dark Shroud Scaling

Attack Speed Caps

Video Guide

Summary

The Barrage Rogue is a versatile hybrid capable of tackling all situations. It takes some time to get use to knowing when to stay back and when to go in for the kill, but overall it's a really fun build to play and brings back the glory of Multishot!

  • Build 3 Combo Points with Puncture, then finish with Barrage.
  • Pick your positions wisely. Know when to spray AoE and when to shotgun single targets.
  • Use Cold Imbuement and Shadow Imbuement in tandem.
  • Use Agility Skills cleverly to gain advantages in combat, rather it be positioning or keeping distant.
  • Take advantage of Tricks of the Trade legendary node on single targets by building your Combo Points first, then Shadow Step to the target followed by Barrage for high nuke damage.

Credits

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Reviewed by: Tenkiei, Wudijo

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