Twisting Blades Rogue Leveling Guide

Welcome to the Diablo 4 Twisting Blades Rogue leveling guide! The Rogue is a fast, agile fighter relying on a combination of melee and ranged attacks with various tricks up their sleeves such as grenades and traps. Rogues naturally offer fast-paced gameplay with multiple combat styles that suits the player's needs. Skills are fueled by Energy, a resource that slowly recovers on its own or can be filled up quickly through various effects. Most skills deal Physical damage by default though there are ways to add elemental damage types such as Cold, Poison and Shadow.

Twisting Blades is a superb leveling skill because it allows you to deal AoE damage on the move. It combines a melee playstyle with extremely high mobility to maximize the number of targets hit and fly through the zones. While it's not the easiest to play, it feels amazing once it all comes together.

Leveling Checklist

Before we jump into the guide, you may be wondering what you should be doing in the Beta to power up. Let's go over the activities in detail that will get you as powerful as possible.

  1. Complete the Act 1 Campaign (the Yellow quests). This will teach you the story and take you around Sanctuary. You should be level 12 by the end of it if you skip every other activity along the way.
  2. Complete the first 3 levels of Renown. Renown is your fame in Diablo 4 that has massive rewards. You can complete the first 3 levels in the Beta since the others are locked by higher difficulties. This means you should be spamming Dungeons, Side Quests, Altars of Lilith and Strongholds. Also don't forget to uncover the entire map and activate every Waypoint!
  3. Kill Ashava, the World Boss. She spawns 9 times during the Server Slam. Here are some critical tips:
    1. Her Circular Wing Swipe Attack is deadly. The best way to avoid it (even for ranged characters) is to get right next to her as she does it. This is telegraphed by her holding her wing up in front of her face right before she spins twice.
    2. She is level 25, so you cannot contribute to the fight if you are under leveled. This world boss only allows 12 people to fight her, so if you show up as a level 10, people will hate you, and you won't be able to earn the Cry of Ashava mount trophy. Don't engage her until you are level 20.
    3. Craft a Poison Resist Elixir before you fight her to make the fight easier!
  4. Go Explore and Have Fun. Explore the world and look for events. Make an alt and try another build. Go back to some of your favorite dungeons and look for more Legendaries. Do whatever you see fit and have fun!

Warning: You can only complete 33/35 Side Quests (29/35 if you're not willing to farm for dropped Side Quest starting items) and 22/23 Dungeons in the Server Slam. Do not waste your time trying to get them all so don't waste your time trying!

Skill Progression

This leveling guide focuses on high mobility, Energy recovery and Vulnerable uptime for a well-rounded mix of AoE and single target damage.

Getting Started (Levels 2-3, 2 Skill Points)

Put 2 points into Basic Skills to unlock the other sections. Puncture is our choice because it applies Vulnerable and helps out with extra damage when out of Energy.

Level 2: Puncture

Level 3: Enhanced Puncture

Unlocking Your Core Skill (Levels 4-7, 4 Skill Points)

Twisting Blades is a powerful two-step damage ability. First you stick your blades into the target, then they return to you after 1.5 seconds. The skill rewards good positioning to improve your damage and playing around the returning blades is the key to being effective. Always position yourself so that you hit the most targets possible with each attack.

Level 4: Twisting Blades

Level 5: Enhanced Twisting Blades

Level 6: Fundamental Puncture

Level 7: Improved Twisting Blades

Adding Mobility (Levels 8-16, 9 Skill Points)

At this point you unlock one of the Rogue's signature skills: Dash. This Agility Skill has two charges and allows you to zip around the battlefield to either engage, escape or reposition yourself. In addition, we pick up Shadow Step, another mobility tool that allows teleportation across cliffs, which is very helpful in outdoor zones as well as to maximize the value of the returning blades. This combo is assisted by the powerful Dark Shroud for defense and even more speed, allowing you to fly over the battlefield to make the best use of your Twisting Blades.

At level 15, we also unlock the Rogue Specialization. Finish this Priority Quest as soon as possible to get Combo Points. While we don't care much about this effect, Puncture is still used regularly to boost your Core Skill's damage.

Level 8: Dash

Level 9: Shadow Step

Levels 10-13: Twisting Blades

Level 14: Dark Shroud

Level 15: Enhanced Dark Shroud

Levels 16: Subverting Dark Shroud

Introducing Shadow Imbuement (Levels 17-20, 4 Skill Points + 2 Renown)

Shadow Imbuement boosts Core Skills (Twisting Blades) by converting their damage to another type and adding extra effects. With it you can recover Energy with Consuming Shadows and blow up packs of small enemies. Use it as often as you can but avoid wasting charges on Dash or Shadow Step. We also switch the Rogue Specialization to Inner Sight at level 20, which regularly refills all Energy and allows infinite spamming of our skills for a duration.

Level 17: Exploit

Level 18: Shadow Imbuement

Level 19: Shadow Crash

Level 20: Switch Combo Points to Inner Sight

Level 20: Consuming Shadows

Renown 1 & 2: Consuming Shadows

Additional Hints

Let us throw a few general hints your way to make life easier in the Beta:

  1. 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!
  2. 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. You can also enable advanced tooltips under gameplay options to see possible stat ranges.
  3. Renown is your Friend. While exploring, 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.
  4. 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.

Alternative Builds

The build presented above gives the smoothest leveling experience and is the overall best for any farming you might want to do after reaching level 25. However, there's still plenty of other builds that can clear all the content just fine without being the best.

Now the good news is that you can fully respec your Skill Tree for only 2,000 Gold. You can also adjust the build above in the following ways:

Barrage Rogue Build

If you are looking for a simple-to-play ranged build, this is it. Barrage allows you to spray arrows into a pack of enemies and offers great single target damage through shotgunning with multiple arrows and the Vulnerable debuff. Simply replace your main skill with Improved Barrage in the step-by-step guide above.

Flurry Rogue Build

This is an alternative full-melee playstyle that is easier to pilot than Twisting Blades. Instead of flying all over the place, you simply stab enemies with your daggers. You can play a similar build to the above by replacing your main skill withImproved Flurry. If your single target damage is lacking, you can also include Poison Imbuement instead of Shadow Step by putting two points into Dash and removing one from Consuming Shadows.

Penetrating Shot Rogue Build

If you're looking for a real archer build you want to play Penetrating Shot. This is a long-range build where you snipe monsters from a distance using Combo Points instead of Inner Sight. For that, change your main skill to Improved Penetrating Shot. To improve the single target damage, follow the steps above but include Poison Imbuement instead of Shadow Step by putting two points into Dash and removing one from Consuming Shadows.

See You in the BETA!

The entire Maxroll team will be blasting all BETA long, so lets team up and purge Sanctuary of evil. Enjoy your first taste of the new chapter in Diablo and we'll see you in game! If you haven't already, head over to our Discord and select the D4 role in #roles to stay up to date with our content development. Sanctuary here we come!


Written by Wudijo
Reviewed by DiEoxidE