Every class in Diablo 4 has a powerful unique mechanic that contributes to its identity and the build-making process. For the Rogue, it's simply called Specialization, allowing you to choose one out of three passive bonuses that influence your playstyle. Your Specialization can be swapped at any time, even mid-combat. This system unlocks at level 15 after doing a special Rogue-only questline.
|Your Basic Skills now generate Combo Points. Certain skills consume Combo Points for additional effects.|
Combo Points are a mighty tool to enhance any Core Skill. Especially in the slow-paced early game without many tools to recover Energy effectively, Basic Skills make up a large portion of your attacks anyway. By using both types of skills in conjunction you can build up to 3 Combo Points to unleash a more powerful Core Skill with no extra cost. It also allows extra synergies for big nukes, for example by stacking 3 Combo Points before entering Concealment and attacking with a guaranteed Critical Strike.
The Combo Point effects for each of the skills are:
Barrage: Combo Points increase damage and arrows fired: +25%/+29%/+33% damage, 6/7/8 arrows.
Rapid Fire: Combo Points increase damage and arrows fired: +26%/+29%/+34% damage, 6/7/8 arrows.
Penetrating Shot: Combo Points increase damage and increase Lucky Hit chance: +91%/+112%/+133% damage, 10%/20%/30% chance.
Flurry: Combo Points increase damage and grant a +15%/30%/45% Attack Speed bonus: +75%/+90%/+105% damage for 3 seconds.
Twisting Blades: Combo Points increase damage and grant a Movement Speed bonus: +59%/+72%/+86% damage, 20%/40%/60% bonus.
|Attack marked enemies to fill up your Inner Sight gauge. When it's full, gain unlimited Energy for 4 seconds.|
Unlocks at level 20.
Inner Sight sight helps you to keep Energy high. you approach a group of enemies, one of them will be marked with a purple eye-icon above them at random. If the marked enemy survives for more than 10 seconds, the mark switches to another random nearby enemy. Hitting marked enemies fills up the Inner Sight gauge found next to your Energy bar. Larger hits fill it up faster, meaning that a strong character benefits a lot more from this specialization.
After it procs and expires, you are left with a full Energy bar regardless of how little you had before and the Inner Sight gauge resets to zero. In regular gameplay you can expect a proc every 10-20 seconds of combat depending on your clear speed. Against bosses, it procs even faster if your damage is good.
This Specialization is extremely useful in two different scenarios: Either you reliably hit most of a pull with your abilities at all times or you can easily target and hit the right enemy in a pull at will.
Unlocks at level 30.
Preparation allows you to reset the cooldown of your Ultimate Skill by spending Energy. In addition, using your Ultimate Skill resets all other skills. This is a powerful tool for lategame builds that have a lot of Energy generation, for example from Aspect of the Umbral and item affixes on Rings. With high Attack Speed it's possible to use all of your skills much more often.
Unlocking the Class Specialization
Once you reach level 15, you automatically start the Priority Quest "True Potential". This short questline is required to unlock the Specialization feature.
This video covers the Rogue overall including the specialization:
- The Rogue's class Specialization unlocks at level 15 with the "True Potential" questline beginning in Menestad, Fractured Peaks.
- After finishing the questline, other the other two options unlock automatically upon reaching level 20 and 30 each.
- The three available options are:
- Combo Points (amplify your Core Skills)
- Inner Sight (attack marked enemies for unlimited Energy procs)
- Preparation (reset your Ultimate Skill by spending Energy)
- The Specialization can be swapped at any time, even mid-combat.
Check out our Rogue Class Overview to learn all the details about Skills, Items, Legendaries and more.
Also take a look at the Barbarian's Arsenal System and the Sorcerer's Enchantment Slots to learn about other classes.
Written by wudijo
Reviewed by Raxxantearx