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Shadow Step Rogue Build Guide

Last Updated: May 17th 2024

Season 4 - LootA-Tier

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Welcome to the Shadow Step Rogue Specialized Build Guide! This build features a new Rogue archetype and playstyle never seen before. The purpose of this build is to zoom through even the most difficult content in the game! Therefore, we use Shadow Step as our main damage enabling ability, turbocharged by Victimize explosions! This relies on stacking Lucky Hit Chance and Cooldown Reduction to instantly jump from enemy to enemy triggering massive explosions boosted by conditional multipliers on each hit. The Gear, Skills, Paragon and Gameplay setup are unique to this build and require a strong understanding of the class to pilot properly!

Our Specialized Builds are lategame builds with specific requirements and purposes. To play them, you are expected to have a level 100 character and all of the listed items available. To get there, we recommend you use one of our existing lvl 50-100 Endgame Build Guides.

Shadow Step Rogue Gear
Shadow Step Rogue Skill Tree

Paragon

Look below for the selected Paragon Boards, Paragon point allocation, and the correct Glyphs you should use for the Shadow Step Rogue. Note: The Paragon Boards below are the final setup with no steps.

Level 21 Glyphs required: Ambush, Closer, Control, Exploit, Turf, Versatility

Shadow Step Rogue Paragon

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.

Gameplay

Zoom through the map with Shadow Step. It's your main mobility and damage enabling skill in the Shadow Step Rogue Build. Prioritize Elite enemies with your Shadow Steps to take them down before they can act. Simply spamming Shadow Step can already deal with most open world situations easily, but in order to be the most effective, there are many details to master. Your general gameplay rotation is as follows:

  • Activate Cold Imbuement immediately when it is off cooldown.
    • Shadow Step is your only consumer of Cold Imbuement.
    • Do not wait around for Aspect of Elements. You need to use Cold Imbue'd Shadow Steps to benefit from Alchemist's Fortune.
  • Follow by throwing down Caltrops if you anticipate a tough fight, else throw Smoke Grenade.
    • This activates a lot of your conditional damage multipliers and procs Synergy for Smoke Grenade.
  • Next, use Smoke Grenade to activate its multiplier and Synergy for the next Shadow Step.
  • Use Puncture to activate Tricks of the Trade and apply Lucky Hit Chance to X effects.
    • This can reduce your Smoke Grenade Cooldown.
  • Use Shadow Step to pop off your damage and Victimize Explosions.
    • This can reduce your Smoke Grenade Cooldown.
    • This hit will reset your Shadow Step CD through the Disciplined Shadow Step upgrade when you hit a new target with enough CDR.
    • This hit will proc Synergy for less Cooldown on your next Smoke Grenade.
  • If any of your skills are on Cooldown during this rotation, weave in Death Trap to reset all of your Cooldowns through Preparation.

Gear and Stat Requirements

The Shadow Step Rogue requires specific Aspects, Affixes, Masterworks and Tempers on your gear to perform their primary function. Only deviate from the list below after you have fully learned the intended gameplay style and strategies.

  1. Legendary Aspects:
    • Synergy
    • Ravager's
    • Elements
    • Edgemaster’s
    • Retribution
    • Inner Calm
    • Rapid
    • Concussive Strikes
    • Frostbitten
    • Umbrous
    • Might
  2. Uniques:
    • None required.

Recommended Stat Thresholds

  • 30%+ Cooldown Reduction
  • 45%+ Shadow Step Cooldown Reduction
  • 50%+ Critical Strike Chance
  • 40%+ Attack Speed
  • 12+ total Ranks of Dark Shroud
  • 12+ total Ranks of Shadow Step
  • 700%+ Damage to Vulnerable Enemies
  • 80%+ Chance to Cast Puncture Twice
  • 2500%+ Shadow Step Damage
  • +2 Cold Imbuement Count
  • Armor Capped 9,230
  • Resistance Capped 70%
  • 25,000+ Life
  • 50%+ Dodge Chance
  • 20%+ Chance to Freeze/Stun/Immobilize
  • 150%+ Movement Speed
  • 40%+ Caltrops Size
  • 40%+ Caltrops Duration
  • 25%+ Smoke Grenade Cooldown Reduction
  • 80%+ Lucky Hit Chance

FAQ & Mechanics

Because the Shadow Step Rogue is a Specialized build, the obvious Mechanics or build interactions may not be clear to most first time players. Search below for the answers you need or come check me out live via the link at the top of the article for more information!

When I can transition to this build?

I feel squishy, how can I increase survivability?

My damage is too low, how can I improve it?

I'm not getting Victimize explosions on every Shadow Step, why?

What are the pros and cons of Daggers and Swords?

Are any Uniques useful for this build?

How are Dark Shroud stacks generated for this build?

Why Rubies instead of Emeralds in gem sockets?

Why Preparation when we do not even spend energy?

Why Exploit and not Malice on the Amulet?

How to get 1B+ Victimize Pops?

Mechanics

Learn about the mechanical details that make the build tick.

Dark Shroud Scaling

Attack Speed Caps

Victimize Damage Scaling

Damage Multiplier Scaling

Cooldown Reduction Scaling

Shadow Step Mechanics

Lucky Hit Chance Mechanics

Dodge Mechanics

Smoke Grenade Mechanics

Stagger Mechanics

Preparation Mechanics

Video Guide

Credits

Written by M1PY
Reviewed by wudijo

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