The Pulverize Druid is a simple-to-play melee build that is great for leveling in Diablo 4. It combines AoE with incredible defenses and consistent Unstoppable for an overall smooth experience.
Pulverize is a Core Skill that deals damage to a circular area around your target. You have to go into melee range and pull together a couple of enemies to get the most out of it. If you come across Shockwave Offensive Aspect, a key Offensive Aspect that is not available in the Codex, then that will make your Pulverize shoot across the entire screen. Once acquired, apply it to your amulet for a 50% increase to the aspect's power.
Once you have the main setup together, it's smooth sailing until the endgame. Wind Shear generates Spirit and inflicts Vulnerable to make enemies take extra damage. All of your active skills provide some form of utility. Between Fortified Life, absorbed damage, reduced enemy damage, healing over time, reliable Spirit generation, increased damage, immobilizing enemies and a source of Unstoppable, there is little you can ask for!
This guide teaches you all about how to reach the endgame in Diablo 4 with the Pulverize Druid. Let's get started!
This build guide takes you through the Campaign up to Level 50. Endgame guides will follow soon in our Druid Guides section. Stay tuned!
Melee Combat ✔
Extremely Tanky ✔
Easy To Understand ✔
Healing and Unstoppable ✔
❌ Low Mobility
❌ Bad Single Target
❌ Small Area of Effect
❌ Intensive Spirit Management
Season 2 - Season of Blood
Diablo 4 Season 2 introduces a new questline to hunt down the Shadow Vampire forces of Lord Zir across Sanctuary. With Lilith's blood still residing within our bodies, the infliction put upon us is harnessed throughout our leveling, granting access to new Vampiric Powers. Completing the seasonal questline, partaking in the seasonal Blood Harvest event and collecting Potent Blood are the main ways of obtaining and empowering these abilities. Check out the full Season 2 Guide from Chewingnom to learn more!
- There are 22 Vampiric Powers, separated into 2 different types:
- 15 Minor Vampiric Powers - Require 1 to 3 Pacts to be activated.
- 7 Major Vampiric Powers - Require 6 Pacts to be activated.
- There are 3 different types of Pacts:
- Ferocity Pact have a Crown icon.
- Divinity Pacts have a Chalice icon.
- Eternity Pacts have a Skull icon.
- Pacts can roll only on Armor pieces (Helm, Chest Armor, Gloves, Pants, Boots).
- Helms & Boots can have up to 3 Pacts, Pants can have up to 4, Chest & Gloves can have up to 5. This gives you 20 Pacts max!
- You can use Cleansing Acid - All to remove all Pacts from a piece of Armor and place new Standalone Pacts to meet your Powers requirements to activate. Cleansing Acid can be altered at the Alchemists to target 1 of the 3 Pacts only.
- Once you have equipped the right Pact Armor pieces, you can activate Vampiric Powers in the Sanguine Circle through the character screen. Powers require varying amounts of different types of Pacts, pay attention.
- You can use Potent Blood acquired from Blood Seekers to upgrade your Vampiric Powers from Level 1 to Level 3.
With this in mind, let's look at the top 5 best Vampiric Powers and how they impact this build:
Best-in-Slot Vampiric Powers
- Hemomancy - Even though this only can occur once every 4 seconds, it combos with Pulverize early on very well. This is the best power for leveling.
- Ravenous - This power provides an incredible amount of attack speed at a relatively low opportunity cost and, as such, makes Movement Speed a top priority across our gear. Combines with Wind Shear.
- Blood Boil - As this leveling guide leans heavily into Overpower, Blood Boil is a natural fit.
- Anticipation - The cooldown allows us to use our powerful Ultimate, Grizzly Rage more often
- Sanguine Brace - Pulverize Druids Fortify and stay Fortified with a wide variety of skills and passives already, but the Critical Strike Chance bonus this power provides is still very attractive.
Alternative Vampiric Powers
- Metamorphosis - This is an additional way of becoming Unstoppable, and increases the distance of our evade for more mobility.
- Prey on the Weak - The damage bonus is solid, but needs to be used in conjunction with other Vampiric Powers that can inflict a Curse. This Power provides a steady and reliable source of Vulnerable, something that is otherwise lacking in this archetype.
- Hectic - The Druid in the early leveling stages struggles with Spirit which means you need to use your basic attack quite often to generate the resource back, so restoring cooldowns at the same time is beneficial.
To start off, we have to put 2 points into Basic Skills to unlock the Core Skill section. Wind Shear is our choice. Wind Shear because it is a ranged Skill that generates Spirit and provides a source of Vulnerable and Movement speed increase.
Point 1: Wind Shear
Point 2: Enhanced Wind Shear
Pulverize is the centerpiece of this build. It deals massive damage in an area around your target location. As a melee ability, you need to get fairly close to your enemies to deal with them. The Spirit costs are pretty high, so make sure that you hit as many targets with it as possible. Fierce Wind Shear increases your Movement speed, which works well with the Vampiric Power Ravenous.
Point 3: Pulverize
Point 4: Enhanced Pulverize
Point 5: Fierce Wind Shear
Point 6: Primal Pulverize
Adding Poison Creeper Damage
Continue to increase your damage output by maxing out Pulverize. We also grab Heart of the Wild to set ourselves up for the future passives, but for now we're going to unlock more skills. Poison Creeper is the Druid's highest damage ability in the early game, Poisoning and Immobilizing enemies in a massive area of effect around you!
Point 7-10: Pulverize
Point 11: Heart of the Wild
Point 12: Poison Creeper
Mobility & Spirit Generation
Trample is the only real mobility Skill on the Pulverize Druid. To be able to reach it on the Skill Tree, we double our Poison Creeper damage by taking the Ferocious node, and grab a couple of points in Clarity for some Spirit generation. Now we can acquire Trample and the incredible 40 Spirit per cast through the Savage Trample rune!
In this stage, you gain access to Spirit Boons - the unique class mechanic of the Druid. Check out the Spirit Boon Progression below!
Point 13: Enhanced Poison Creeper
Point 14: Ferocious Poison Creeper
Point 15-16: Clarity
Point 17: Trample
Point 18: Enhanced Trample
Point 19: Savage Trample
Point 20: Clarity
Ultimate & Defensive & Overpower
It's time to get some defenses and utility. Earthen Bulwark creates a ring of rocks around you that absorbs a large amount of damage for 3 seconds. You also become Unstoppable thanks to Enhanced Earthen Bulwark, so you can activate it to remove or prevent Crowd Control. With Preserving Earthen Bulwark you gain access to more damage reduction through Fortify.
With the change to Overpower in Season 2, the damage is too high to ignore, so we want to grab Provocation to help generate more procs of Overpower.
Now we can obtain our Ultimate skill, Grizzly Rage. We can in combination obtain the Aspect of the Rampaging Werebeast to increase the duration and our damage output while in our Ultimate form!
Point 21: Earthen Bulwark
Point 22: Enhanced Earthen Bulwark
Point 23: Preserving Earthen Bulwark
Point 24: Mending
Point 25-27: Provocation
Point 28: Grizzly Rage
Point 29: Prime Grizzly Rage
Point 30: Supreme Grizzly Rage
Unlocking the Key Passive
Ursine Strength is our Key Passive of choice. It increases your damage almost permanently, as you should be Healthy most of the time. To unlock it, you need to place another 4 Skill Points first. Grab Quickshift to increase your damage output and Abundance to assist with Spirit generation. After Ursine Strength we'll finish Abundance and improve our Resistances with Ancestral Fortitude.
Point 31-33: Quickshift
Point 34: Abundance
Point 35: Ursine Strength
Point 36-37: Abundance
Point 38-40: Ancestral Fortitude
We want to maximize our Poison Creeper damage at this point and get the last damage increases to Pulverize through the passive Wild Impulses until we obtain aspects to add Earth skill damage.
Point 41-44: Poison Creeper
Point 45-47: Wild Impulses
Point 48: Predatory Instinct
After gathering all Renown in Diablo 4, you have 10 extra Skill Points to spend on every character. Your first priority is to spend them toward the leveling progression we've shown above. Once you've reached the end, put them into these nodes to build toward the Pulverize Druid Endgame Build Guide
In order for Pulverize to gain the benefits of Earth skills, you need to imprint Offensive Aspect of the Ursine Horror on your gear.
Point 49-51: Crushing Earth
Point 52-54: Safeguard
Point 55-57: Stone Guard
Point 58: Predatory Instinct
Check out our Renown Guide to unlock all your additional rewards efficiently.
Druid Spirit Boons
The Druid Spirit Boons allow you to select a total of 5 Boons from 4 Spirits that act as a Passive buff to your character. You can select 1 Boon per Spirit by default. The 5th Boon can be allocated once ALL Spirit Boons have been unlocked. This requires you to bond with one of the Spirits by interacting with it in Túr Dúlra.
Unlocking Spirit Boons
Once you reach level 15, you have to complete a short questline starting in Túr Dúlra, Scosglen. To gain access to the Priority Quest, you first have to defeat the Stronghold of evil forces that has overrun Túr Dúlra. You receive 25 Druidic Spirit Offerings to unlock your first Boon when you complete the questline.
Each Spirit has 4 Boons that are unlocked with 25 Druidic Spirit Offerings each. On 3 of the Spirits, they unlock in a specific order. The outlier is the Snake Spirit - You have to unlock all his Boons simultaneously, meaning you need to collect 100 Druidic Spirit Offerings to gain access to its Boons.
Spirit Boon Progression
- Spend the first 25 Druidic Spirit Offerings, and unlock the Wolf Spirit Boon Packleader for resetting Poison Creeper.
- The next 25 Druidic Spirit Offerings go to the Eagle Spirit to activate Scythe Talons.
- Save up to 100 Druidic Spirit Offerings to unlock Obsidian Slam from the Snake Spirit.
- Collect another 75 Druidic Spirit Offerings to unlock Wariness from the Deer Spirit.
- Stay away from Túr Dúlra until you have gathered 175 Druidic Spirit Offerings to unlock the remaining Spirit Boons. Bond with the Eagle Spirit, and activate Swooping Attacks.
Learn more details in our full Druid Spirit Boons Guide.
Gear Progression & Global Stat Priorities
Leveling up in Diablo 4 is similar to most other ARPGs and MMOs - we're at the mercy of what drops. For the most part this means replacing Rares with better Rares all the way up to 50. If you're lucky enough to find some Legendaries or Uniques they can provide a significant power boost (discussed in the next sections). Assuming you don't find any of those, let's look at some key stats to look for along the way:
Hint: Press SHIFT over an item to compare it to what you're wearing!
Always use your highest DPS 2-Handed Weapon available for more damage.
- 2-H Weapon: Preferably Maces, prioritizing Weapon Damage, then Vulnerable Damage, Core Skill Damage, Overpower Damage, Willpower, Critical Strike Damage
Only upgrade your Weapon at the Blacksmith and fill weapon sockets with Rubies.
Armor pieces typically grant us Defense and Utility stats, except the Gloves which offer a tidal wave of Offense. Here are the important stats to look for:
- Helm: Life, Cooldown Reduction, Willpower, Ranks to Poison Creeper
- Armor: Life, Physical Damage, Werebear Skill Damage, Damage Reduction from Close Enemies
- Gloves: Ranks to Pulverize Attack Speed, Critical Strike Chance, Overpower Damage
- Pants: Life, Damage Reduction while Fortified, Damage Reduction from Close Enemies, Willpower
- Boots: Movement Speed, Spirit Cost Reduction, Willpower
Jewelry provides powerful Offensive stats that help us on our leveling journey. Pay close attention to the rolls as higher leveled pieces aren't always better:
- Amulet: Spirit Cost Reduction, Cooldown Reduction, Damage, Werebear Skill Damage, Movement Speed
- Rings: Life, Overpower Damage, Critical Strike Chance, Vulnerable Damage, Damage to Slowed/Close Enemies, Physical Damage, Critical Strike Damage
Do not upgrade Armor or Jewelry while leveling. Socket Armor with Rubies and Jewelry with Diamond.
Codex of Power
The Codex of Power is a collection of Legendary Aspects you can imprint onto Rare or Legendary items at the Occultist. They unlock after completing specific Dungeons located around Sanctuary. For leveling, there are a few aspects that can help us significantly if we have the Gold to imprint them and take the time to unlock them.
Codex Leveling Aspects in Order of Priority:
|Offensive Aspect of Retaliation||Seaside Descent - Dry Steppes|
Utility Aspect of Quicksand
Offensive Aspect of the Ursine Horror
Feral's Den - Scosglen
Belfry Zakara - Hawezar
|Aspect of the Rampaging Werebeast||Endless Gates - Hawezar|
|Defensive Aspect of Mending Stone||Sealed Archives - Dry Steppes|
|Aspect of the Changeling's Debt||Conclave - Kehjistan|
|Defensive Aspect of Might||Dark Ravine - Dry Steppes|
|Ballistic Aspect||Whispering Pines - Scosglen|
Warning: DO NOT imprint your Weapons unless you have the materials, as they are constantly replaced while leveling. Put Offensive Aspects on your Amulet, Rings, or Gloves instead.
Learn more details in our article covering the Codex of Power.
Helpful Legendary Aspects
If you're lucky enough to find a Legendary while leveling, chances are it'll be an upgrade for you and you should equip it immediately. However they are not all created equal, and some of them can accelerate your journey tremendously. Let's look at additional Aspects you could find and how to take advantage of them:
- The Shockwave Offensive Aspect is the jackpot for this build! It causes a massive damage and Area of Effect increase!
- In the later levels, once you have more Critical Strike Chance obtaining Crashstone Aspect to replace Aspect of the Changeling's Debt will be better DPS.
- Aspect of the Umbral works well in combination with Aspect of Quicksand, but that requires Aspect of the Ursine Horror to change Pulverize into an Earth skill.
Discover every Druid Legendary Aspects in our Druid Overview.
Leveling Tips and Tricks
Before we end this leveling guide, let's look at some general tips and tricks to remember for all classes and specs!
Complete the Campaign or follow our Leveling Guides. Follow the Campaign if you haven't completed it yet. If you have, use our Alt Leveling Guide and Renown Speedrun Guide to progress your character quickly!
Level Up Your Potion. Many players don't know that you need to farm materials to upgrade your character's potion. Make sure you collect all materials as you explore Sanctuary, especially Gallowvine which is used in many recipes!
Compare your Items... Literally. Press Shift over an item in your inventory to compare it to what you're wearing. This makes it easy to determine what is and isn't an upgrade.
Renown is your Friend. While exploring the different zones, take time to gather Renown along the way. It has long-term benefits for your entire account, including more Skill/Paragon points and Potion charges. Renown is gained by activating Waypoints, finding Altars of Lilith, completing Side Quests/Dungeons and rescuing Strongholds.
Be Careful with Gold. A lot of endgame processes, like extracting and imprinting Legendary Aspects, are extremely expensive for a brand-new character. Don't spend all of your Gold along the way!
Don't Imprint Your Weapon. The most critical piece of gear while leveling up is your weapon, which gets replaced constantly. This makes imprinting a Legendary Aspect on it a waste of resources. Instead, put your best offensive Aspect on your Amulet, which can be used for a long time.
- The Pulverize Druid is a great all-around build, combining decent area damage at close range with incredible defenses. Single target damage is not its strong suit.
- Use your skills to stack up a ton of Fortify Life for increased survivability.
- Focus on improving your 2-Handed Weapon more than any other item. Make sure it is always a Mace to increase your Overpower damage.
- Look out for helpful Legendary Aspects in the Codex of Power, especially those that generate Spirit and buff your damage/damage reduction.
Written by Jymnasium
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