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Pulverize Druid Leveling Guide

Last Updated: May 16th 2024

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Season 4 - LootB-Tier

The Pulverize Druid is a simple-to-play melee build that is great for leveling in Diablo 4. It combines AoE attacks 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. To make the most of it, kite groups of enemies together before moving into melee range to smash them down. If you come across Shockwave, a key Offensive Aspect that is not available in the Codex, use it to grant Pulverize tremendous damage and area of effect. 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, damage absorption, healing, reliable Spirit generation, crowd controls, and multiple sources 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!

Pulverize Druid Leveling Gear

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 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.


Pulverize turns you into a Werebear and deals damage in a circular area around a nearby target. It Overpowers periodically and each enemy hit has their damage reduced. The combination of Ursine Horror, Quicksand, and Umbral allows Pulverize to restore Spirit with each enemy hit. Normally, Pulverize is a melee attack, but if you're lucky enough to find the Shockwave Offensive Aspect, you can augment it to send massive tremors in the direction you aim.

Skill Tree & Gameplay

Getting Started

To start off, we have to put 2 points into Basic Skills to unlock the Core Skill section. Wind Shear is our choice here because it is a ranged Skill that provides a source of Vulnerable and bonus Movement Speed.

Unlocking Pulverize

Take Pulverize, the centerpiece of this build. As a melee ability, you need to get fairly close to your enemies to deal with them. The Spirit costs are pretty high, too, so make sure that you hit as many targets with it as possible. Obtaining the combination of Ursine Horror, Quicksand, and Umbral will allow Pulverize to restore Spirit with each enemy hit. Take Fierce Wind Shear to increase your Movement speed, which is important early on.

Howl & Poison Creeper

Continue to increase your damage by maxing out Pulverize. Next, go for Blood Howl, which provides a burst of Healing and Spirit and can be recovered quickly by kills. Move to the next wheel and pick up Poison Creeper, the Druid's highest damage ability in the early game. Take Ferocious Poison Creeper to extend its effects and increase its damage.

Pulverize Druid Leveling Skill Tree
Use the slider on the bottom to see the Skill progression

At this stage, you gain access to Spirit Boons - the Druid's unique class mechanic. Check out the Spirit Boon Progression below!

Mobility & Spirit Generation

Trample is our main mobility skill, but it has two other important use cases. We can utilize its innate Unstoppable effect to break free from Crowd Controls or leverage Savage Trample for a massive burst of Spirit in a pinch. After allocating Trample, return to the Core Skill wheel and max Abundance for even more Spirit regen.

Tanking Up

It's time to get some defenses and utility. Earthen Bulwark absorbs a large amount of damage for 3 seconds (9 seconds with Mending Stone). You also become Unstoppable for the duration thanks to Enhanced Earthen Bulwark, so you can use it to remove or prevent Crowd Control, as well as gain bonus Movement Speed via Ghostwalker.

Next, spend points to max out both Ancestral Fortitude and Vigilance. The former passively provides a healthy amount of elemental Resistances and the latter grants nearly permanent damage reduction when alternating between Earthen Bulwark and Blood Howl.

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, while boosting our Maximum Health and Overpower Damage. To unlock it, you need to place another 2 Skill Points first. Put a single point in both Mending and Provocation to unlock the Key Passive. After allocating Ursine Strength, max out Provocation to improve the frequency of our enhanced Overpowers.

Nature Magic Clusters

In order for Pulverize to benefit from the passives in this section, you need to acquire and imprint Ursine Horror on your gear if you haven't done so already. This aspect is available in the Codex of Power by completing Belfry Zakara in Hawezar.

First, put a single point in Crushing Earth and max out Stone Guard (we don't max the former as it is generally ineffective against Bosses). Next, put a single point in Safeguard. This passive should top off your Fortify in between Defensive skill casts. On the Ultimate wheel, go for a single point in Defiance, then max both Circle of Life for additional Healing and Resonance for a hefty damage boost that is particularly effective after casting Wind Shear.

Spending Renown

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.

On the Core Skill wheel, max out Predatory Instinct for increased Critical Strikes to Close enemies. Next, max Wild Impulses, which is a kiss-curse that improves the damage of Pulverize but increases its Spirit cost. Finally, path through Neurotoxin on the Wrath wheel to max out Envenom. This passive is extremely powerful in the late game, but is considerably weaker with low Critical Strike Chance.

Check out our Renown Guide to unlock all your additional rewards efficiently. 

Druid Spirit Boons

  • Using your first 25 Offerings, unlock Packleader (Wolf Spirit) to massively improve your Poison uptime and damage with Poison Creeper.
  • Collect another 25 Druidic Spirit Offerings to unlock Scythe Talons at the Eagle Spirit to enhance your Critical Strikes.
  • Next, save 100 Offerings to completely unlock the Snake Spirit and activate Obsidian Slam for an additional Overpower source.
  • The remaining boons (Wariness and Avian Wrath) are more "nice to have," so you can save up another 250 Offerings to finish unlocking all Spirits and bond with the Eagle Spirit.
Pulverize Druid Spirit Boons

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.

Learn more details in our full Druid Spirit Boons Guide.

Gear Progression & Stat Priorities

Ultimately, the best weapon for a leveling a Pulverize Druid is a Two-Handed Mace for as much damage as possible. Always go for higher DPS over the rest of a weapon's stats during leveling.

If you have multiple weapons with the same DPS, prioritize these stats:

  • 2-Handed Weapon: Preferably Maces, prioritizing Weapon Damage, then Willpower, Resource Cost Reduction, Overpower Damage, Critical Strike Damage, and Max Life

Your weapon is the only slot worth upgrading at the Blacksmith while leveling. 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, Spirit per Second, Willpower, Cooldown Reduction, Ranks to Poison Creeper
  • Armor: Life, Spirit per Second, any Elemental Resistance, Willpower, Armor
  • Gloves: Ranks to Pulverize, Attack Speed, Critical Strike Chance, Willpower, Life
  • Pants: Life, any Elemental Resistance, Willpower, Armor
  • Boots: Movement Speed, Spirit per Second, Willpower, Life, Armor


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: Attack Speed, Critical Strike Chance, Movement Speed, Cooldown Reduction, Ranks to Envenom / Defiance
  • Rings: Attack Speed, Willpower, Critical Strike Chance, Maximum Life, Overpower Damage, Critical Strike Damage

Do not upgrade Armor or Jewelry while leveling. Socket Armor with Rubies and Jewelry with gems that correspond to your lowest Elemental Resistance.

Read more about itemization in our Damage Explained, Defense Explained, and Stats Explained articles.

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:

RetaliationSeaside Descent - Dry Steppes
Ursine Horror

Belfry Zakara - Hawezar
Feral's Den - Scosglen
Champion's Demise - Dry Steppes
Changeling's DebtConclave - Kehjistan
Mending StoneSealed Archives - Dry Steppes
GhostwalkerBroken Bulwark - Scosglen
DisobedienceHalls of the Damned - Kehjistan

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:

  • Shockwave Offensive Aspect
    • Gamble Totems
    • If you get this, use it to replace the Changeling's Debt
    • Apply it to your amulet (moving Retaliation to a ring)
  • Natural Balance
    • Gamble Totems
    • With more Critical Strike Chance, use it on the Ring that isn't using Umbral.
  • Juggernaut's
    • Gamble Pants
    • This Aspect is a strict upgrade over Disobedience and should solve Armor issues at all stages of progression

Discover every Druid Legendary Aspects in our Druid Overview.

How To Level

In Diablo 4 you level by completing the Campaign, collecting Grim Favors for the Tree of Whispers, completing Helltide activities, grinding Dungeons, or interacting with the Seasonal mechanics. While there are many ways to level up in Diablo 4, not all of them are made equal.

Campaign Leveling

  • For your first character in Diablo 4, completing the Campaign provides the best gameplay experience and gives you access to key unlocks like your Mount.
    • If you don't have your Mount, you MUST progress the Campaign until you complete the quest Donan's Favor at the start of Act 4.
    • After obtaining your Mount you can skip the remainder of the campaign at any time.
    • The Campaign is the slowest way to level, but it's worth experiencing the Campaign and Diablo 4's storyline at least once.
    • To play Seasonal Content you need to have completed or skipped the Campaign.

Seasonal / Alt Leveling

  • Complete the Seasonal questline, progress your Seasonal Journey to unlock Legendary Aspects and work on your Seasonal powers.
  • If your account is below Rank 5 Renown in each zone, focus on completing your Renown.
    • This only needs to be done once per realm (Softcore / Hardcore).
  • Complete the Dungeons needed for any Legendary Aspects from your Codex of Power.
  • From level 1-50 you should focus on getting experience in Helltides by combining Helltide activities with Grim Favors for the Tree of Whispers or complete Gathering Legion Events.
  • After level 50 you need to balance leveling up, Glyph Experience and participating in Endgame activities like Helltide, Tree of Whispers and Bosses. The fastest experience possible after reaching World Tier 3 is completing Nightmare dungeons with monsters exactly 10 levels above your current level. Check out our Nightmare Dungeon Tier List for the best Nightmare Dungeon layouts!
  • Around level 30-45 you should move to World Tier 3.
  • Around level 50-65 you should move to World Tier 4.
  • Alternatively: Get boosted by a friend to World Tier 4 then leech experience/loot and Glyph exp (post 50), in Nightmare dungeons.
  • Find the most efficient way of leveling your character in detail in our Speed Leveling Guide.

Leveling Tips and Tricks

Let's look at some tips and tricks to remember when leveling up!

  • Level Up Your Potion. 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 Elixir 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.
  • Don't Imprint Your Best Aspect Onto Your Weapon. The most critical piece of gear while leveling up is your weapon, which gets replaced constantly.
    • It is a better idea to put your best Offensive Aspect on your Amulet, which can be used for a long time.
  • Sacred is just better. Between level 30 and 50 you're able to beat the Capstone Dungeon and enter World Tier 3, you gain access to powerful Sacred items which have higher item power and better stats. Getting a Sacred weapon significantly improves your farming speed.
    • The same happens with World Tier 4 and Ancestral gear at level 60.


  • 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 Fortified Life for increased survivability and Overpower damage.
  • Focus on improving your 2-Handed Weapon more than any other item. Make sure it is always a Mace to further 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.


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