Berserk Barbarian Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Sep 30, 2021 at 11:00 by MrLlamaSC 1 comment

The Berserk Barbarian, also known sometimes as a Pitzerker, is the best Magic Finding character in Diablo 2. The reason for this is that not only does he move quickly through areas and have high survivability with his shouts, but he has the skill Item Find that uses his Magic Find every time it successfully pops a corpse. Because of this, the number of unique monsters that he can kill and Magic Find "double-dip" is higher than any other character, thus giving him the title of greatest Magic Find character in the game.

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Introduction

The best place to farm for the top tier items comes from Unique Monsters in location with a high Area Level (alvl), such as The Pit or Ancient Tunnels. By taking advantage of the skill Find Item Find Item the Berserk Barbarian can double-dip on these monsters drops, making him more effective at Magic Finding than any other character in the game. His unique build style and speed also make him faster than other Barbarians and truly the king of farming.

You can check the viability of this build in PvM by consulting our PvM Tier List.

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Berserker Barbarian Skill Build

The following section shows the core skills for the Berserk Berserker Barbarian. For a detailed breakdown of all core and optional skills as well as the recommended order for allocating skill points, refer to the Skills page of this guide.

  1. 1 point to all prerequisites
  2. 20 points to Berserk Berserk — Main skill used by the character, required
  3. 20 points to Weapon Mastery of choice — Sword Mastery Sword Mastery recommended, required
  4. 1 points to Increased Speed Increased Speed — Great for additional Faster Run/Walk Speed, required
  5. 1 points to Natural Resistance Natural Resistance — Adds a lot of Elemental Resistance, required
  6. 20 points to Howl Howl — Allows you to scare off all non-Unique monsters and Synergy for Berserk Berserk, required
  7. 1+ points to Shout Shout — Increases defense and synergy for Berserk Berserk, required
  8. 1+ points to Battle Orders Battle Orders — Increases Life and Mana, required
  9. 1 points to Battle Command Battle Command — Increases skills by 1, required
  10. 15+ points to Find Item Find Item — Increases chance to find additional \ loot, required

Since the Berserk Barbarian is not a starter character, we recommend using a generic Barbarian build until the appropriate level. For more information, refer to the Early Leveling section of this guide.

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Berserker Barbarian Stat Points and Attributes

Strength Dexterity Vitality Energy
Enough for Gear Enough for Gear Everything Else None

You can read more details about the Stats and Attribute requirements for this build on our Skills page.

4.

Berserker Barbarian Gear

The following section shows some of the most important Items for the Berserk Berserker Barbarian. For a detailed per-slot breakdown of all Berserk Berserker Barbarian Items and alternative builds, refer to the Gear page of this guide.

5.

MrLlamaSC's Berserker Barbarian Video Guide

We also have a video guide that goes over the build, if you prefer that instead of or in addition to our written guide.

6.

Berserker Barbarian Breakpoints

In Diablo 2, stats that affect action speed (known as frames) for attacking, casting, blocking, and recovering from a hit can almost never be taken literally. For example, gaining 10% Increased Attack Speed from an item will not necessarily translate into 10% faster attacks. To achieve faster actions, certain breakpoints must be reached, which vary for every class. The tables below list how much of a given stat is required to actually improve the action speed of the class for the stated action.

6.1.

Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints

Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Faster Hit Recovery required to reach frame 0% 7% 15% 27% 48% 86% 200% 4680%
6.2.

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 13 12 11 10 9 8 7
Faster Cast Rate required to reach frame 0% 9% 20% 37% 63% 105% 200%
6.3.

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 7 6 5 4 3 2
Faster Block Rate required to reach frame 0% 9% 20% 42% 86% 280%
7.

Berserker Barbarian Mercenary

You will want an Offensive (Might Might) Act 2 Nightmare Mercenary. Another option could be an Offensive (Blessed Aim Blessed Aim) Act 2 Hell Mercenary.

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Berserker Barbarian Early Leveling

The following section features a generic Barbarian skill point progression meant to make leveling towards becoming a Berserk Barbarian smoother.

  1. 1 point to Bash Bash
  2. 4 points to Mace Mastery Mace Mastery or the Weapon Mastery of your choice
  3. 6 points to Double Swing Double Swing at levels 6-11
  4. 1 point to Double Throw Double Throw at level 12
  5. All remaining points to your Weapon Mastery until level 24
  6. All remaining points to Frenzy Frenzy until ready to respec into Berserk Berserk

For more comprehensive leveling advice, please refer to our Barbarian Fastest Leveling Build.

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Changelog

  • 30 Sep. 2021 (this page): Added video guide embed.
  • 20 Sep. 2021 (gear page): Page added.
  • 20 Sep. 2021 (skills page): Page added.
  • 20 Sep. 2021 (this page): Build added.
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