Whirlwind Barbarian Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Sep 30, 2021 at 11:00 by MrLlamaSC 9 comments

The Whirlwind Barbarian is an iconic build that revolves around Whirlwind Whirlwind, a skill that allows the Barbarian to move and attack simultaneously. Ever gear-dependent, as are most Barbarian builds, Whirlwind is popular due to being one of the only Barbarian skills to deal area of effect damage. Players looking for a build that is both competitive in PvE and PvP may certainly find the WW Barb to their liking.



One of the strongest points for using Whirlwind is that it is one of the few Barbarian skills that can deal area of effect damage. This allows for the Barbarian to fight larger masses of monsters at once instead of focusing on isolating targets or fighting off smaller groups. The Whirlwind Barbarian struggles a bit while undergeared but, once decent Attack Rating and damage have been acquired, it quickly becomes a powerful build capable of beating any area in the game.

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


Whirlwind Barbarian Skill Build

The following section shows the default skill build for the Whirlwind 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 Whirlwind Whirlwind — Main damage skill, required
  3. 1 point to Leap Attack Leap Attack — Useful for movement, required
  4. 20 points to Weapon Mastery of choice (for instance, Sword Mastery Sword Mastery) — Passively increases damage, Attack Rating, and Critical Strike
  5. 1 point to Increased Speed Increased Speed — Helps you move faster, required
  6. 1 point to Natural Resistance Natural Resistance — Massive boost to Resistances, required
  7. 1 point to Battle Command Battle Command — Increases the level of all skills, required
  8. 20 points to Battle Orders Battle Orders — Massive Life and Mana increase, required
  9. 1+ points to Shout Shout — Increases Defense, required

Whirlwind Barbarian Skill Stat Points and Attributes

Strength Dexterity Vitality Energy
Enough for gear; around 150 total Enough for gear Everything else None

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


Whirlwind Barbarian Gear

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


MrLlamaSC's Whirlwind 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.


Whirlwind Barbarian Skill 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%

Whirlwind Barbarian Skill Mercenary

An Offensive (Might Might) Act 2 Nightmare Mercenary is best to increase your Physical damage. An Offensive (Blessed Aim Blessed Aim) Act 2 Hell Mercenary could also work for increased chance to hit your shots.


Whirlwind Barbarian Skill Early Leveling

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

  1. 1 points to Bash Bash
  2. 4 points to Mace Mastery Mace Mastery
  3. 6 points to Double Swing Double Swing from level 6 to 11
  4. 1 point to Double Throw Double Throw at level 12
  5. All remaining points to Mace Mastery Mace Mastery (or Weapon Mastery of your choice) until level 24
  6. All remaining points to Frenzy Frenzy until ready to respec into Whirlwind Whirlwind at level 30

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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