Throw Barbarian Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Sep 30, 2021 at 12:00 by MrLlamaSC 2 comments

The Throw Barbarian is a heavily gear dependent character that takes advantage of the Double Throw Double Throw and Throwing Mastery Throwing Mastery skills. While the build can put out a lot of single-target damage, its area of effect damage is very lacking, and so must be played carefully against large group of enemies, with Howl Howl typically used to isolate Unique monsters. Although damage may be low without gear, the Throw Barb is capable of taking on Uber Tristram once fully built.



Dual wielding Throwing Weapons on the Barbarian is not the first thing someone thinks about when they see a giant tank, but it is actually a viable build that can play through all areas of the game including Uber Tristram. The lack of area of effect damage and steep gearing requirements makes the build fairly inaccessible, especially on the first time playing through the game, but for an endgame build or a difficult challenge, the Throw Barb is a fabulous choice.

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


Throw Barbarian Skill Build

The following section shows the default skill build for Double Throw Double Throw 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 Double Throw Double Throw — Main damage skill, required
  3. 20 points to Double Swing Double Swing — damage synergy for Double Throw Double Throw, required
  4. 1 point to Leap Leap — Helpful for avoiding surrounds and escaping, required
  5. 20 points to Throwing Mastery Throwing Mastery — Main damage mastery, required
  6. 1 point to Increased Speed Increased Speed — Increases movement speed, required
  7. 1 point to Natural Resistance Natural Resistance — Increases Resistances, required
  8. 20 points to Battle Orders Battle Orders — Massive Life and Mana gain, required
  9. 1+ points to Howl Howl — Useful for scaring monsters away to isolate Unique enemies, required
  10. 1 point to Battle Command Battle Command — Adds a temporary skill bonus to all skills, required

Throw Barbarian Stat Points and Attributes

Strength Dexterity Vitality Energy
Enough for gear; around 120 Strength Enough for gear; around 110 Dexterity Everything else None

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


Throw Barbarian Gear

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


MrLlamaSC's Throw 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.


Throw 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.


Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints

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

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%

Throw Barbarian Mercenary

The optimal Mercenary in for the Throw Barbarian is an Act 1 Cold Mercenary, but only if you can afford Faith. Otherwise, using an Act 2 Mercenary (Blessed Aim Blessed Aim, Might Might, or Holy Freeze Holy Freeze) is preferable.


Throw Barbarian Early Leveling

The following section features a generic Throw Barbarian skill point progression.

  1. 1 point to Bash Bash
  2. 5 points to Double Swing Double Swing from level 6
  3. 6 points to Throwing Mastery Throwing Mastery between level 6 and 11 with leftover points
  4. Max points to Double Throw Double Throw starting at level 12
  5. All remaining points to Throwing Mastery Throwing Mastery
  6. All remaining points to Double Swing Double Swing
  7. Respec to add in Natural Resistance Natural Resistance and Battle Orders Battle Orders when appropriate, at some point in Nightmare

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



  • 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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