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Best Summoner Druid PD2 Build

Best Summoner Druid PD2 Build

One of the best end-game Boss farming builds and a top tier Druid setup

Natural-Born Summoner
Druid Build

Updated for Season 2
 

Build notes:
April 9, 2021
-Build created

 

Build Overview

Druid's Summoning Skill Tree has received a lot of substantial changes which have made it much stronger and more pleasant to use. The most important change was made to Grizzly - its AoE was increased and you can summon two bears, instead of one. Thanks to this, a summon-based Druid build is not only viable but also very competitive in a PvE setting. As a "summoner"-type build should, this one is great for new players as its gear dependence is rather low (it gains a lot from solid gear, though). Moreover, it can be easily transitioned to the end-game because it is fully capable of solo-clearing thanks to its minions that tend to soak up damage very well. 

You can also check our other Best Project Diablo 2 Builds

 

 Pros  Cons
 Surprisingly good Clear Speeds   Very popular - BiS gear can be rather expensive and there is a lot of competition 
 Great as a starter build   Summon-Based Playstyle can get boring sometimes 
 Extremely solid in the end-game    Minion's longevity can sometimes be a problem (this depends on gear and content type, however) 
 A solid choice for both solo and group play   

 

Skills

ATTRIBUTES
  1. Strength - Strength should not be your focus; all you want from this stat is enough of it to equip all your desired gear. 
  2. Dexterity - If you have a good shield, you should aim for Max Block, if not - just add enough points to be able to equip everything you want. 
  3. Vitality - You should put all your remaining points here. 
  4. Energy - Adding points to Energy is an extreme waste - don't do it. 

SUMMONING SKILLS

As you might expect, the majority of your skill points should be allocated to this tree. You should prioritize maxing Ravens first and get level 1 Grizzly as soon as it becomes available. The next thing you should do is max out Grizzly, followed by Spirit Wolf and Dire Wolf. 

Skills:

  1. Raven [20/20] - Ravens will blind enemies they attack which makes them very handy to have. This will be your main active ability; you will use it to support your summons. Core. 
  2. Oak Sage [1/20] - Handy to have is your minions (and/or you) feel too squishy. Prerequisite. 
  3. Spirit Wolf [20/20] - A pack of wolves and a lot of things for enemies to target instead of you... Core. 
  4. Heart of Wolverine [X/20] - Increases clear speeds by quite a bit. This one is optional - you can put your remaining points here or chose other skills of your liking - we recommend Gust if you don't like HoW for some reason. You can also split the remaining points between the two. 
  5. Dire Wolf [20/20]  - Better Wolves, yay. Core. 
  6. Grizzly [20/20] - Powerful minion with AoE attack. From level 20, this will summon two Bears instead of one. Core. 

ELEMENTAL SKILLS

You can invest some points here to get Gust which is a Druid's Teleport. This part is completely optional. 

Skills:

  1. Arctic Blast [1/20] - Prerequisite. 
  2. Cyclone Armor [1/20] - Prerequisite. Also, improves survivability by a bit. 
  3. Gust [X/20]  - Teleports you to a location, chilling enemies around you in the process. Optional - pick this one for mobility/utility or Heart of Wolverine for damage. You can also split your points between these two if you like. 
SHAPE-SHIFTING SKILLS

We don't recommend you put any points here, but Warbear can actually work... it's just not nearly as efficient as Heart of Wolverine or as handy to have as Gust. 

Skills:

  1. Werebear [X/20] - Allows you to turn into a savage bear, increasing your Damage and Defense. This skill also synergizes with your Grizzly (+6% Damage Per Level). Optional. 

 

Items

As per usual with PD2 Builds, you want to get as many Skill levels (Druid/Summoning in this case) as possible to increase the build's overall power level. Resistances are also important, but they should never come before the offensive power. A faster cast rate is always welcome, but going for the highest breakpoint is not worth it (aim for 46/68% if you want to min-max - otherwise, just don't bother about Breakpoints; they don't matter that much). 

HELMETS

[BIS] Aldur's Stony Gaze (Hunter's Guise) - This can have up to +4 to Druid Summoning Skills Levels; if it does, it's the best option. 

Aldur's Stony Gaze

  • Defense: 157-171
  • Required Level: 36
  • Required Strength: 56
  • 20
  • Druid Only
    • +90 Enhanced Defense
    • 25% Faster Hit Recovery
    • 17% Mana Regeneration 
    • +40-50% Cold Resistance 
    • +5 to Light Radius 
    • +1-2 to Druid Skill Levels 
    • +1-2 to Druid Summoning Skills 

[Alternative] Delirium (Rune Word) - Solid boost to Magic Find and +2 to Skill Levels. A good alternative if you can't afford a +4 Skills Stony Gaze. 

Delirium

  • Defense: Depends on base Helmet
  • Required Level: 51
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Helmet
  • Durability: Depends on base Helmet
  • Lem + Ist + Io 
    • +261 Defense 
    • +10 Vitality 
    • +2 to All Skills
    • Level 17 Attract (60 Charges) 
    • 11% Chance to Cast Level 18 Confuse on Striking 
    • 6% Chance to Cast Level 14 Mind Blast When Struck 
    • 14% Chance to Cast Level 13 Terror When Struck 
    • +50% Extra Gold from Monsters
    • 25% Better Chance of Finding Magic Items 

WEAPONS

[BiS] Beast (Runeword) - This gives 8-10 levels of Fanaticism Aura when equipped which greatly increases the damage output of your summons. The downside is its extortionate price. It can be inscribed into Axes, Scepters, and Hammers that have 5 sockets. 

Beast

  • Damage: Depends on base Weapon
  • Required Level: 63 
  • Required Dexterity: Depends on base Weapon
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Weapon
  • Durability: Depends on base Weapon
  • Ber + Tir + Um + Mal + Lum 
    • +8-10 Fanaticism Aura When Equipped 
    • +3 to Hunger
    • +3 to Maul 
    • +3 to Werebear 
    • +40% Increased Attack Speed 
    • +260-290% Enhanced Damage 
    • 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
    • 25% Chance of Open Wounds 
    • Prevents Monster Heal 
    • +10 to Energy 
    • +2 to Mana After Each Kill 
    • Level 13 Summon Grizzly (35 Charges) 

[Alternative] Ondal's Wisdom (Elder Staff) - This Staff provides an 85% Faster Cast Rate, which is all you really need, and thus makes all other gear choices more flexible. It also provides +4 to All Skills which is extremely strong. 

Ondal's Wisdom

  • Two-Hand Damage: 80-93 
  • Required Level: 66 
  • Required Dexterity: 37 
  • Required Strength: 44
  • Durability: 50
  • Normal Attack Speed 
    • +2-4 to All Skills
    • +85% Faster Cast Rate 
    • +750-950 Defense 
    • +40-50 Energy 
    • Magic Damage Reduced by 10-16 
    • +50% Damage to Undead 
SHIELDS

[BIS] Spirit Shield (Rune Word) - A solid balance between offense and defense and the best overall option. Also, it provides some solid resistances. 

Spirit Shield

  • Defense: Depends on base Shield 
  • Required Level: 25
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Shield ​​​​​
  • Durability: Depends on base Shield 
    • +1 to All Skills 
    • +25% Faster Hit Recovery 
    • +250 Defense versus Missile 
    • +11-22 Vitality 
    • +59-82 Mana 
    • +35% Cold Resistance
    • +35% Poison Resistance
    • +35 Lightning Resistance 
    • +3-8 Magic Absorb 
    • Attacker Takes Damage of 14 
    • -25% Requirements 

[Alternative]  Stormshield (Monarch) - a BiS defensive option that will allow you to achieve Max Block. Pick it if you prefer a defensive playstyle. 

Stormshield

  • Defense: 136-519 (Depends on your level)
  • Required Level: 73
  • Required Strength: 156
  • Durability: Indestructible
    • +3-371 Defense (+3.75/level) 
    • 25% Increased Chance of Blocking 
    • 35% Faster Block Rate
    • 20-30% Physical Damage Taken Reduction 
    • +40-50% Cold Resist 
    • +25% Lightning Resist 
    • +20-30 Strength 
    • Indestructible 
    • Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 800-1400 

AMULETS

[BiS] Mara's Kaleidoscope - A great combination of offensive (+2 to all skills) and defensive (+20-30 to all resistances) properties. This is one of the best Amulets in PD2 overall and it fits most of the builds, which makes it a good investment. 

Mara's Kaleidoscope

  • Required Level: 67
    • +2 To All Skills 
    • All Resistances +20-30 (varies) 
    • +5 To All Attributes 

[Alternative] Rare/Magic Amulets with + Druid/Summoning Skills are great budget choices and solid fillers before you are able to get Mara's Kaleidoscope. 

Amulet Amulet

  • Required Level: varies. 
  • In Magic Amulets, look for:
    • +3 to Summoning Skills. 
  • In Rare Amulets, look for:
    • +2 Druid Skills 
    • Magic Find 
    • Resistances 
    • Attributes 

ARMORS

[BIS] Enigma (Runeword) - The best all-around choice; it provides pretty much everything you might want from an item, including 3 charges ob Blink (they recharge quite quickly which makes them extremely useful to have). Because of the Jah • Ith • Ber runes required to complete it, it is very expensive, however. 

Enigma

  • Defense: Depends on base Armor 
  • Required Level: 65 
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Armor 
  • Durability: Depends on base Armor 
  • Jah + Ith + Ber  
    • +2 To All Skills 
    • +25% Faster Run/Walk 
    • Blink Charges 3/3 [Recharges 1 per 6 sec]
    • +500-775 Defense (varies) 
    • +(0.5*Clvl)-(0.75*Clvl) (varies) To Strength (Based On Character Level)
    • Increase Maximum Life 5%
    • Damage Reduced By 4%
    • 15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    • +(0.5*Clvl)-(0.75*Clvl) % (varies) Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level) 

[Alternative] Skin of the Vipermagi (Serpentskin Armor) - A solid budget choice that even competes with some end-game alternatives. 

Skin of the Vipermagi

  • Defense: 279
  • Required Strength: 43
  • Durability: 24
  • Required Level: 29
    • +120% Defense
    • +1 to All Skills
    • 30% Faster Cast Rate
    • Magic Damaged Reduced by 5-8 
    • All Resistances +20-30 

RINGS

[BIS] Wisp Projector - The BiS Ring for raw damage. Also, the Lightning Absorb is a great addition to your defenses. Plenty of your deaths will be caused by Lightning Damage, so this one is definitely worth picking up. 

Wisp Projector

  • Required Level: 76
    • Lightning Absorb 4-6% (varies)
    • 8-12% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items 
    • +1-3 to Spirit of Barbs 
    • +1-3 to Heart of the Wolverine 
    • +1 To All Skills 

Nature's Peace - The best ring you can have if you want additional resistances. It increases all your maximum resistances which comes in handy during dungeon runs. 

Nature's Peace

  • Required Level: 69
    • Slain Monsters Rest in Peace
    • Prevent Monster Heal
    • +1-3 to Oak Sage
    • 1-3% to Maximum Lightning Resistances 
    • 1-3% to Maximum Cold Resistances 
    • 1-3% to Maximum Fire Resistances 
    • 1-3% to Maximum Poison Resistances 

The Stone of Jordan - One of the most iconic items in Diablo 2, which increases the level of all your Skills and your max Mana. A solid offensive choice. 

The Stone of Jordan 

  • Required Level: 29
    • +1 to All Skills
    • Maximum Mana to 15-20% 
    • Adds 1-120 Lightning Damage 
    • +20-40 to Mana (varies) 

GLOVES

[BIS] Bloodfist (Heavy Gloves) - A solid defensively focused choice. Alternatively, you can use gloves with magic find - we prefer to go for these ones as they give +30% faster hit recovery which is often life-saving. 

Bloodfist

  • Defense: 17-18
  • Required Level: 9
  • Required Strength: -
  • Durability: 14
    • +10-20% Enhanced Defense 
    • +10 Defense 
    • +10% Increased Attack Speed 
    • +30% Faster Hit Recovery 
    • +40 To Life 
    • +5-10 to Maximum Damage 

BOOTS

Aldur's Advance (Battle Boots) - This pair of Boots offers very high bonus Movement Speed and Life. Also, they have a very high bonus to Fire Resistances, which should help you cap it @75 without having to find additional small charms for it. 

Aldur's Advance

  • Defense: 39-47
  • Required Level: 45
  • Required Strength: 95
  • Kick Damage: 37-64
  • Durability: Indestructible  
    • Indestructible 
    • 40% Faster Run/Walk 
    • 10% Damage Taken Goes To Mana 
    • +180 Maximum Stamina 
    • Heal Stamina Plus +32% 
    • +50 To Life 
    • Set Bonuses: 
      • +15 To Dexterity (2 Item) 
      • +15 To Dexterity (3 Items) 
      • +15 To Dexterity (Completed Set) 

War Traveler's (Battle Boots) - The best pair if you want to increases your Loot by boosting MF stat. They also provide decent Movement Speed and extra STR/VIT. 

War Traveler's

  • Defense: 120-139 
  • Required Level: 42
  • Required Strength: 95
  • Kick Damage: 37-64 
  • Durability: 48
    • +150-190% Enhanced Defense 
    • 25% Faster Run/Walk 
    • +10 to Vitality 
    • +10 to Strength 
    • Adds 15-25 Damage 
    • +40% Slower Stamina Drain 
    • Attacker Takes Damage Of 5-10 
    • 30-50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items 

BELTS

[BIS] Arachnid Mesh (Spiderweb Sash) - grants extra Skills and FCR which makes it the best DPS-wise belt for a lot of builds. It also allows you to slow down enemies, which is useful in terms of survivability. The downside is it's the extremely high price - buy it only if you can afford everything else you might need. 

Arachnid Mesh

  • Defense: 119-138 
  • Potion Slots: 16 
  • Required Level: 80
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 12
    • +90-120% Enhanced Defense  
    • Slows Target by 20% 
    • +1 To All Skills 
    • +10-20% Faster Cast Rate 
    • Maximum Mana 5-10% 
    • Level 3 Venom (31 Charges) 

[Alternative] Thundergod's Vigor (War Belt) - A top-level defensive option that provides a lot of resistance against Lightning, which is very important in the end-game. 

Thundergod's Vigor 

  • Defense: 137-159
  • Potion Slots: 16 
  • Required Level: 47
  • Required Strength: 110
  • Durability: 24
    • +160-200% Enhanced Defense 
    • 1-(150-250) Lightning Damage 
    • 5% Chance to Cast Level 17 Fist of the Heavens When Struck 
    • +5-10 Lightning Absorb 
    • 5% to Maximum Lightning Resist 
    • +10-15 to Strength 
    • +10-15 to Vitality 
    • +2 to Lightning Fury (Amazon Only) 
    • +2 to Lightning Strike (Amazon Only) 
    • +1 to Lightning Skills 
 

CHARMS

  1. Annihilus - Extremely powerful Charm that boosts Skills, Stats, and Resistances. It's the best Unique Small Charm, and it's limited to just 1 in your equipment. 
  2. Gheed's Fortune - Pretty much a must-have if you are after the best available charms. It adds 80-160% extra gold from monsters, reduces vendor prices by up to 15%, and gives up to 40% better magic find. 
  3. Hellfire Torch - The BiS Unique Large Charm that increases your Vitality, Skills, and more. 
  4. Grand Charms - These should have +Summoning Skills. 
  5. Small Charms - With these, you should get your desired Resistances, bonuses to Life, or bonuses to Magic Find. 

MERCENARY

We recommend picking up Act 1 Vigor Mercenary for extra mobility that helps with clear speeds by a lot, and for the ability to use a Bow with a chance to cast Amplify Damage. She should be equipped with: 

  1. Witchwild String - An exceptional Short Siege Bow that has a 10% chance to cast level 16 Amplify Damage on Striking. The other option is a Bow with "Wrath" Runeword in it. This greatly increases the damage of all your minions and break almost all physical immunities. 
  2. Templar's Might - Provides Might Aura for some extra damage. 
  3. Steelrend Gloves - For massive damage bonus and Crushing Blow. 
  4. Vampire's Gaze - For high Life Leech and damage reduction. 
  5. Nosferatu's Coil - For Life Leech and Deadly Strike. 
  6. Gore Rider Boots - For Deadly Strike and Crushing Blow greatly boosting the merc's DPS. 

 

END NOTE

This is our premiere Project Diablo 2 build where we tried to include all of the important information on how to set up this character while keeping the guide as compact as possible. If we've missed something of importance, please let us know! 

If you have any Build requests, please post them in the Comments section below. We will be happy to cover your most requested builds in the future! Also, we hope that you have found this guide useful and informative. Also, we will be happy to receive constructive criticism that will help us improve our future work, so don't hesitate to give us your feedback. 

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