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Diablo 4 Rogue Leveling Guide for Season 3

Current Season 3 Diablo IV Rogue

Diablo IV Season of the Construct is hours away, and just like cramming for a test, we’re publishing all the leveling guides last minute. This article will outline the most efficient and strongest way to level your Penetrating Shot Rogue in Season 3. This guide will get you through the early levels and into WT4 so you can start farming for gear to put your end game build together.

Rogue Leveling Guide for Season 3

First, let’s go over the steps you’ll take when the season first starts. If you’d rather level to 100 casually, do whatever is fun. However, if you want to get XP quickly, here’s what you need to do. After you create your character, select world tier 2. Navigate to the map and claim all your renown rewards (assuming you have done that on your eternal character already). This will give you 10 skill points to start at level 1. Assign those skill points like so:

  • Puncture
  • Enhanced Puncture
  • Fundamental Puncture
  • Penetrating Shot
  • Enhanced Penetrating Shot
  • Advanced Penetrating Shot
  • Dash
  • Penetrating Shot
  • Penetrating Shot
  • Penetrating Shot
Penetrating ShotPunctureDark ShroudDash
this is what your skill bar should look like at level 25

Start the Season!

After these 10 points are allocated, you’ll start the seasonal campaign and progress it as far as possible. Ideally you’ll be able to unlock the Seneschal Companion early. Then proceed to one of the most efficient dungeons and start farming that juicy XP! The dungeon depends on whether you are leveling as a group or not. For group leveling, try Champion’s Demise (you may be familiar with this one from D4 launch!). Each party member can take a branch of the first room and clear those areas before resetting the dungeon.

If you are solo, Blind Burrows dungeon has a great density of spiders for farming XP. Run through the first area of the dungeon, clear the enemies, and reset the dungeon before you progress and complete it.

Your goal is to farm XP until you hit level 15. At that point, leave the dungeon farming to complete your class quest to unlock your boons. These are the rest of the skill points to allocate as you level from 2-50, using the skill bar shown above.

Leveling Up to 50

Penetrating ShotPuncturePoison ImbuementShadow ImbuementDark ShroudDash
this is what your skill bar should look like at level 50
  1. (the 10 points from renown)
  2. Dark Shroud
  3. Enhanced Dark Shroud
  4. Subverting Dark Shroud
  5. Exploit
  6. Malice
  7. Shadow Imbuement
  8. Poison Imbuement
  9. Enhanced Shadow Imbuement
  10. Blended Shadow Imbuement
  11. Enhanced Poison Imbuement
  12. Mixed Poison Imbuement
  13. Shadow Crash
  14. Consuming Shadows
  15. Penetrating Shot
  16. Weapon Mastery
  17. Weapon Mastery
  18. Weapon Mastery
  19. Precision Imbuement
  20. Precision Imbuement
  21. Exploit
  22. Exploit
  23. Malice
  24. Malice
  25. Precision (Passive)
  26. Stutter Step
  27. Stutter Step
  28. Stutter Step
  29. Precision Imbuement
  30. Innervation
  31. Innervation
  32. Innervation
  33. Alchemist’s Fortune
  34. Alchemist’s Fortune
  35. Adrenaline Rush
  36. Haste
  37. Haste
  38. Haste
  39. Impetus
  40. Impetus
  41. Impetus
  42. Dark Shroud
  43. Dark Shroud
  44. Dark Shroud
  45. Dark Shroud
  46. Enhanced Dash
  47. Methodical Dash

And we use Combo Points for our specialization.

It looks like a long process, but it really shouldn’t be too bad now that our XP rates are nice and quick. Especially if you have some friends to do it with. If you don’t, make sure you pop a potion for that added 5% XP. As you level up to 50, you want to start looking for Aspects that will help you build out your Penetrating Rogue. Look out for Trickshot Aspect, Rapid Offensive Aspect, and Offensive Aspect of the Expectant. This is the final Penetrating Shot Rogue skill tree.

Unlocking World Tier 3 and 4

Now you can unlock WT3 and finish your seasonal campaign if you haven’t already. The next 10 levels are up to you. Either stay in the dungeons, farming that sweet XP, or enjoy the open world, new seasonal activities, Helltide, world bosses, etc. Once you are around level 57 or so, start farming Nightmare Dungeons for glyph XP. At level 65, unlock WT4. Now your focus should be on farming materials to fight bosses and collect unique items. Keep an eye out for Condemnation unique dagger because you can incorporate these very well into a Penetrating Shot Rogue build. And that’s it! Have fun leveling and enjoy Diablo IV’s Season of the Construct.