Diablo 4: BEST Assassin Build [Skills, Class & Gems]

The Rogue Class enables you to deal copious amounts of single-target damage and move about the arena. This Diablo 4 best assassin build uses Shadow damage to turn you into an unstoppable force of chaos.

Diablo 4 best assassin build.
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If you want to build a complete assassin, adopt this Diablo 4 best assassin build. It’s based on the Rogue Class and relies primarily on Shadow damage and Imbuement. This guide discusses the best assassin build and how to maximize your mobility and damage on the battlefield.

Key Takeaways

  • If you want to quickly move through enemies and deal high single-target damage, then you’ll want to adopt Diablo 4 Assassin Build.
  • This Diablo 4 Assassin build uses Blade Shift as your Basic Skill, with Twisting Blades, Shadow Step, Dark Shroud, Shadow Imbuement, and Shadow Clone as your main Skills.
  • Choose Momentum as your Key Passive to receive several buffs at once. Other resourceful Passives include Stutter Step, Siphoning Strikes, Rapid Gambits, Trick Attacks, Malice, Concussive, Precision Imbuement, Shadow Crash, and Sturdy.
  • We highly recommend building the Aspect of Unstable Imbuements, Cheat’s Aspect, Ravenous Aspect, Bladedancer’s Aspect, and the Aspect of Corruption.
  • Since this is a Rogue assassin build, you’ll need to decide on a Specialization. You should build Combo Points, as it has good synergy with Twisting Blades.
  • As for the Gems, you should build Emerald on the Weapon, Ruby on the Armor, and Skull on the Jewelry slots.
  • We also go over the recommended Skill Tree, Gear and Weapons, and the Starting Paragon Board for this assassin build.

Active Skills

Our suggested Active Skills for the assassin build.
These are the Skills that we recommend building on your assassin. (Image captured by us)
Blade ShiftBasicStabs the target rapidly and dashes, dealing 15% damage and letting you move through foes for some time.Enhanced Blade Shift, Fundamental Blade Shift1
Twisting BladesCore, ImbueableYour blades go through a single target, dealing 45% damage. During this impaled state, they will receive an extra 8% damage from you. The blades will come back to you after 1.5 seconds, impaling enemies once again and dealing 72% damage. The damage increases with Combo Points as well as an additional Movement Speed boost.Enhanced Twisting Blades, Improved Twisting Blades1
Shadow StepAgilityYou can rapidly move in the shadows, impaling enemies for 72% damage while remaining Unstoppable. After Shadow Step ends, you gain a 2-second 50% Movement Speed boost.Enhanced Shadow Step, Disciplined Shadow Step1
Dark ShroudSubterfuge5 shadows provide cover as you move through the arena. Whenever you take damage, a shadow is consumed, reducing that damage. You receive an 8.8% Damage Reduction boost for every active shadow.Enhanced Dark Shroud, Countering Dark Shroud3
Shadow ImbuementImbuementYour weapon becomes Imbued with shadows. The next two Imbueable Skills will deal Shadow damage to enemies while also infecting them for 6 seconds. When these infected foes die, they explode, dealing AoE damage (56%). If the enemy doesn't die before the infection runs out, only that target will receive the damage.Enhanced Shadow Imbuement, Blended Shadow Imbuement5
Shadow CloneUltimateYou create a Shadow Clone that does everything you do, including your attacks. But the damage is reduced to only 60%. The Clone disappears after 15 seconds.Prime Shadow Clone, Supreme Shadow Clone1
  • We highly suggest Blade Shift for your Basic Skill. It not only deals a medium amount of damage but also enables mobility through enemies.
  • Enhanced Blade Shift grants extra Movement Speed when damaging an enemy during Blade Shift. Choose Fundamental Blade Shift to refresh the duration of Blade Shift when moving through enemies. If you successfully do this for five enemies, the next Blade Shift will Daze your target.
  • You’ll want to use Twisting Blades for your Core Skill. It’s a penetrating skill that deals double damage. Enhanced Twisting Blades increase the damage, while Improved Twisting Blades Daze the enemies if impaled.
  • Opt for Shadow Step as your primary Agility Skill. It makes you Unstoppable and grants extra Movement Speed while also letting you damage enemies. Enhanced Shadow Step boosts your Critical Strike Chance against the target hit with Shadow Step.
  • Then, you’ll want to upgrade to Disciplined Shadow Step to reduce the Skill’s cooldown every time you hit a new enemy.
  • Use Dark Shroud as a defensive ability to protect yourself and reduce damage taken. Enhanced Dark Shroud gives your shadows a 10% chance not to be consumed when hit, while Countering Dark Shroud boosts your Critical Strike Chance by 8% when you have four or more active shadows.
  • Shadow Imbuement is your primary Imbuement Skill used to Imbue Twisting Blades with Shadow Damage. This Skill also makes enemies explode on death, perfect for clearing enemy waves. Enhanced Shadow Imbuement grants a whopping 15% Critical Strike Chance boost against injured enemies.
  • Blended Shadow Imbuement alters explosions to make enemies Vulnerable, allowing you to kill them and trigger another explosion quickly. Coupled with Shadow Step and Blade Shift, this makes you an unstoppable assassin.
  • Finally, there’s Shadow Clone as your Ultimate, which creates a doppelganger that deals 60% damage. Prime Shadow Clone also makes you Unstoppable after you summon the clone, while Supreme Shadow Clone increases the clone’s damage by 20% of your damage.

Passive Skills

Passive Skills for the assassin build.
We highly suggest building these Passive Skills. (Image captured by us)
Momentum (Key Passive)Cutthroat Skills, when hitting a Dazed, Frozen, or Stunned enemy or any foe from behind, generate a stack of Momentum. Each 3 stacks of Momentum grant 30% more Energy Regeneration, 20% Damage Reduction, and 15% Movement Speed. This effect lasts 8 seconds.1
Stutter StepYou receive a 10% Movement Speed boost when landing Critical Strikes on enemies. This lasts for 4 seconds.2
Siphoning StrikesEach Critical Strike on a Close enemy heals 3% of your Max HP.3
Rapid GambitsWhenever you Daze a foe, the Cooldown on Evade reduces by 1.5%.3
MaliceVulnerable enemies take 6% extra damage from you.2
Trick AttacksCritically Striking a Dazed enemy will Knock them Down for 1.5 seconds.3
ConcussiveKnocking Down or Back a foe will grant 12% additional Critical Strike Chance against them, lasting 3 seconds.3
Precision ImbuementImbued Skills have a +9% higher Critical Strike Chance.3
Shadow CrashYour Shadow damage may Stun targets for 1.5 seconds (10% chance).3
SturdyClose Damage against you gets reduced by 12%.3
  • For your Key Passive, opt for Momentum. It works well with Blade Shift, Twisting Blades, Shadow Crash, Fundamental Blade Shift, and Improved Twisting Blades. It’s an excellent all-around defensive and agility Skill.
  • Stutter Step, Siphoning Strikes, and Trick Attacks are all excellent Passives that work well will Critically Striking attacks such as Enhanced Shadow Step, Countering Dark Shroud, and Enhanced Shadow Imbuement. These Passives grant more Movement Speed, Max HP healing, and Knock Down enemies, respectively.
  • Trick Attacks, in particular, has good synergy with Fundamental Blade Shift and Improved Twisting Blades as they will Daze enemies, which Trick Attacks can Knock Down upon a Critical Strike.
  • Concussive works well with Trick Attacks, granting a Critical Strike Chance boost when you Knock Down an enemy. This increases your chances of Knocking Down more enemies via Trick Attacks. Concussive also helps trigger Stutter Step and Siphoning Strikes.
  • Rapid Gambits complements Fundamental Blade Shift and Improved Twisting Blades by reducing your Evade Cooldown. This lets you move faster through the arena.
  • Malice and Sturdy work opposite each other, with Malice making Vulnerable enemies take more damage from you and Sturdy reducing the damage done to you. Malice works best with Blended Shadow Imbuement.
  • Precision Imbuement is excellent for increasing the Critical Strike Chance of your Imbued Skills. You’ll need to use Shadow Imbuement to Imbue your Twisting Blades with Shadow damage in this build.
  • On the subject of Shadow damage, Shadow Crash will make Shadow damage and also have a 10% chance of Stunning enemies. It pairs well with your Momentum Key Passive.

Skill Tree

Blade Shift1
Enhanced Blade Shift1
Fundamental Blade Shift1
Twisting Blades1
Enhanced Twisting Blades1
Improved Twisting Blades1
Shadow Step1
Enhanced Shadow Step1
Disciplined Shadow Step1
Stutter Step2
Dark Shroud3
Enhanced Dark Shroud1
Countering Dark Shroud1
Siphoning Strikes3
Shadow Imbuement5
Enhanced Shadow Imbuement1
Blended Shadow Imbuement1
Rapid Gambits3
Shadow Clone1
Prime Shadow Clone1
Supreme Shadow Clone1
Trick Attacks3
Precision Imbuement3
Shadow Crash3
  • Our recommended Skill Tree path for the Diablo 4 best assassin build is shown above. We highly recommend first building your Basic, Core, and Agility Skills in this build. These grant you significant bonuses on the playing field. Upgrade them to the max.
  • Then, you can alternate between Passives and Active Skills. But don’t build your Key Passive just yet. Build your Subterfuge, Imbuement, and Ultimate Skills first.
  • After that, you can move on to building your Key Passive Momentum and then finally complete all of your Passives in no particular order.
  • You can swap Passives like Sturdy and Shadow Crash for Active Skill Ranks.

Gear And Weapons

  • Helm: Archon Helm of the Protector
  • Chest Armor: Doom Armor of Disobedience
  • Gloves: Mangler’s Runic Gloves
  • Pants: Umbrous Boneweave Faulds
  • Boots: Boneweave Treads of Shared Misery
  • Amulet: Chain of Corruption
  • Ring 1: Accelerating Band
  • Ring 2: Vengeful Circle
  • Ranged Weapon: Bladedancer’s Warcaster
  • Dual-Wield Weapon 1: Edgemaster’s Royal Boneblade
  • Dual-Wield Weapon 2: Edgemaster’s Flammard

This is our recommended Gear and Weapons build. As you can see, almost all of these Weapons are Legendary Weapons. Hence, they will be harder to acquire. Thus, it would be best to opt for some Unique or Rare Weapons before you go for the Legendary ones.

One thing of note here is the Ranged Weapon. We decided to go for a Bladedancer’s Warcaster. It has good range and is an excellent backup for when you need to hit enemies from afar. We still recommend using the assassin build to get up close and personal with foes.

If you want more information on Legendary Items in Diablo 4, check out our Diablo 4 Legendaries guide.

Legendary Aspects

Legendary AspectEffectsGear Used On
Aspect of DisobedienceWhile dealing damage, you receive an Armor of 0.25% to 0.5%, at a max of 25% to 50%.Helm
Eluding AspectYou become Unstoppable if you get Injured when being Crowd Controlled.Chest Armor
Aspect of Unstable ImbuementsImbuement Skills cause an Imbued explosion to occur, dealing AoE damage and applying the Imbued status debuff on all enemies.Gloves
Cheat's AspectCrowd Controlled enemies deal 15% to 25% less damage to you. Additionally, you receive 15% Movement Speed.Pants
Penitent GreavesYou leave a chilling trail behind you that Chills enemies. Chilled enemies receive 7% to 10% more damage.Boots
Edgemaster's AspectDepending on your Primary Resources, your Skills deal 10% to 20% more damage. Power increased by 50% on Amulet.Amulet
Energizing AspectBasic Skill hits against Elite enemies regenerate 3-7 Energy.Ring 1
Ravenous AspectWhen you kill a Vulnerable enemy, you receive a 50% to 70% Energy Regeneration boost. This effects lasts 4 secondsRing 2
Aspect of the ExpectantYour next Core Skill deals 5% to 10% more damage (max 30%) after you hit foes with your Basic Skill. Ranged Weapon
Bladedancer's AspectYour Twisting Blades will revolve around the arena for a short period while also dealing 10% to 15% damage to enemies. The damage increases to 20% to 30% depending on the range the blades returned. Has a 100% Power boost.Dual-Wield Weapon 1
Aspect of CorruptionImbuement Skills have 20% to 40% more damage against enemies that are Vulnerable.Dual-Wield Weapon 2
  • Here are our recommended Legendary Aspects for the Diablo 4 best assassin build. You won’t be able to get all of these early on in the game. So here are the more important ones.
  • First, you’ll want to build the Aspect of Unstable Imbuements. This works best with your Shadow Imbuement and Precision Imbuement. It works with Imbued Twisted Blades to create more Imbued explosions and deal damage in an area to enemies.
  • Cheat’s Aspect is another great Legendary Aspect that reduces damage taken from Crowd Controlled enemies. This Aspect works best with Blended Shadow Imbuement, Shadow Crash, Fundamental Blade Shift, and Improved Twisting Blades.
  • You should also build Ravenous Aspect to maximize your Energy Regeneration when hitting Vulnerable enemies. It has excellent synergy with Blended Shadow Imbuement.
  • Next, you’ll want to build Bladedancer’s Aspect. This makes Twisting Blades orbit the arena, dealing extra damage to the enemies—the damage output increases with the range of the returning blades.
  • Finally, there’s the Aspect of Corruption, which makes your Imbuement Skills deal extra damage to Vulnerable enemies. It functions perfectly with Twisting Blades, Shadow Imbuement, Precision Imbuement, and Blended Shadow Imbuement.

Specialization: Combo Points

Specialization is the Class Mechanic of the Rogue Class. We recommend using the Combo Points Specialization with this build. With this Specialization, your Basic Skill will generate Combo Points.

Your other Skills can then use these Combo Points for enhanced effects. Precisely, your Twisting Blades Core Skill’s damage will scale with the number of Combo Points you have. You also get extra Movement Speed, perfect for an assassin build.


Diablo 4 best assassin build recommended Gem configuration.
This is our recommended Gem configuration. (Image captured by us)
WeaponEmeraldVulnerable enemies receive +12% Critical Strike Damage.
ArmorRubyMax HP +4%.
JewelrySkullArmor +250.

For the Gems, we highly recommend building Emerald on the Weapon, Ruby on the Armor, and Skull on the Jewelry slots.

The Ruby and Skull grant you extra Max Life and Armor, respectively, boosting your sustainability in the arena. However, the Emerald makes you deal more Critical Strike Damage to Vulnerable enemies. It works perfectly with Blended Shadow Imbuement.

Related Guide: Diablo 4 Best Gems [All Types]

Paragon Board

Node TypeEffects
Normal NodeDexterity +5
Normal NodeDexterity +5
Normal NodeDexterity +5
Magic NodeDamage +5%
Rare NodeMax Life +4%, Damage +10%, +10% damage if Intelligence requirement is met.
Magic NodeMax Life +2%
Magic NodeDamage +5%
Normal NodeDexterity +5
Normal NodeStrength +5
Normal NodeWillpower +5
Normal NodeDexterity +5
Normal NodeStrength +5
Normal NodeIntelligence +5
Magic NodeArmor +50
Rare NodeDexterity +10, Armor +100, +100 Armor if Strength requirement is met.
Rare GlyphYou deal more damage to Vulnerable enemies proportional to every 5 Strength built within the range. Enemies hit become Vulnerable. The effect can only be triggered once every 20 seconds per enemy.
Normal NodeWillpower +5
Normal NodeStrength +5
Magic NodeDamage +5%
Magic NodeDamage +7
Magic NodeDamage +5%
Normal NodeDexterity +10, Damage +10%, +10% Damage if Intelligence requirements are met.
Magic NodeDamage +5%
Normal NodeWillpower +5
Normal NodeStrength +5
Normal NodeStrength +5
Board Attachment GateStrength +5, Willpower +5, Dexterity +5, Intelligence +5.

This is our recommended Paragon Board configuration for the Diablo 4 best assassin build. Remember that this is only the Starting Board, and you may change your strategy for subsequent boards.

This configuration focuses the most on Dexterity and the least on Willpower. Diablo 4 gives you a chance to dodge enemy attacks. Hence, more Dexterity gives you more mobility on the playing field and lets you avoid enemies while dealing damage to them.

Conversely, Willpower boosts your healing, which, for an assassin, isn’t entirely all that necessary. Hence, we have focused the least on Willpower. You’ll want to build the Exploit Rare Glyph initially as it deals more damage to Vulnerable enemies, ideally complementing Blended Shadow Imbuement.

At the end of this configuration, your Starting Board stats should look like this:

  • Dexterity: 70
  • Intelligence: 39
  • Strength: 39
  • Willpower: 10

Final Thoughts

The Diablo 4 best assassin build discussed in this guide is ideal for players who want quick movement and maximum single-target damage. This build uses the Rogue Class and relies on Twisting Blades as its primary damage-dealing Skill.

Blade Shift is your Basic Skill that adds a level of mobility that’s only complemented by Shadow Step. Dark Shroud is your primary defensive Skill, while Shadow Imbuement appends Shadow damage to your Core Skill Twisting Blades.

And finally, there’s the Ultimate Shadow Clone, which creates a clone of you to help you in battle.

For the best Druid build, check our our Diablo 4 best Druid build guide. If you want the Barbarian build, then head to our best Barbarian guide. Do remember that rouge build is also one of the best AOE build in the game so we have done a variation for that version of it too, which you can check here Diablo 4: Best AOE Class [Rogue Build]

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