Barbarian Class

Last updated on Jun 03, 2023 at 12:44 by Deadset 1 comment

Choose the Barbarian class if you want to experience the brutality of melee combat in its full, blood-drenched glory. The Barbarian deals in charging, slicing and smashing demons to a pulp — enraged with maddening frenzy, but standing strong and unrelenting through mighty war cries. You will build up your energies by rampaging around in combat, leaping and shouting, and channel the built up Fury into massive, sweeping strikes. The Barbarian is the epitome of a ruthless brawler in Diablo 3.

To go in-depth with the possible playstyles of the Barbarian class, refer to our specific build guides (see links below). If you are looking for some quick tips and tricks on learning the Barbarian, consider the advice on this page.

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Diablo 2 Barbarian Builds

If you were looking for Diablo 2 content, please refer to our Diablo 2 Barbarian Builds.


Test the Big Spenders

In general, Diablo 3 builds revolve around a certain highly damaging skill or alternate form to slaughter hordes of monsters with. In the case of the Barbarian, this is the entire Secondary skill category (Hammer of the Ancients Hammer of the Ancients, Rend Rend, Seismic Slam Seismic Slam, Whirlwind Whirlwind and Ancient Spear Ancient Spear), plus some outliers (Frenzy Frenzy and Furious Charge Furious Charge). Get a feel for these skills — do you like the way they play out? Do you sense the pattern in their resource management? Can you predict the positioning required to deliver the most damage possible from your selected skill?

Pick one of the listed skills above that you like the most, then take a peek at our endgame build for said skill; try to play out in your head how the full rotation works. Early on, you might have to take an endgame build and adapt it a little — lacking the necessary legendary and set bonuses, you might suffer from lacking Fury and long cooldowns. Taking out a utility skill and adding a generator like Frenzy Frenzy might be a better route.


Wrath of the Berserker

There is a reason Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker is part of any Barbarian build that hopes to accomplish endgame solo content. This is a monster of a cooldown, increasing your base offensive stats by various percentages, and it can be further augmented with powerful runes like the damage amplifying Insanity Insanity or the protective Striding Giant Striding Giant. The highly sought after Mortick's Brace Mortick's Brace legendary grants you all the runes, for even greater mayhem!

Note Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker's high cooldown, but be aware the class is able to work around this restriction; whether through the 6-piece bonus of the Immortal King set, cooldown reducing powers such as Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac, Messerschmidt's Reaver Messerschmidt's Reaver and In-geom In-geom, or simply a passive like Boon of Bul-Kathos Boon of Bul-Kathos.


War Cry and Battle Rage

These two utility skills are a staple combo in many Barbarian builds; matching in universal usefulness and mirroring in purpose, they are seen almost as frequently as Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker. War Cry War Cry will bolster your defenses significantly, and sports massive uptime; use the Impunity Impunity rune earlier in character progression, then transition to Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning in the endgame. Battle Rage Battle Rage is an offense-oriented inclusion, most frequently with the area damage boon of Bloodshed Bloodshed.


Furious Charge

Mobility is a huge part of character progression in Diablo 3, and it is a rookie mistake to skimp on movement options in favor of more damage or defense. While one of the major endgame playstyles revolves around Leap Leap (refer to our Earthquake Barbarian guide), the remainder turn to Furious Charge Furious Charge.

The reason lies in the rune Merciless Assault Merciless Assault, whose self-sufficient cooldown reduction teaches you a number of valuable Barbarian lessons; judicious and precise use of movement, spotting big fights (to reset the cooldown with) and general fighting awareness with respect to highly damaging elite affixes (i.e. frozen pulses, molten explosions, etc.)


Learn the Arsenal of Items

Builds and skill choices are obviously important, but at the end of the day Diablo is a game about farming and equipping the right items. Learning which items will benefit your class the most, and then target farming them through gambling, upgrading rares into legendaries at the Cube and even reforging them into better rolls is crucial.

All 6-piece class sets (Immortal King, Raekor, Wrath of the Wastes, Might of the Earth), as well as the 2-piece weapon set Bul-Kathos, bring a valuable and powerful playstyle to the class. Barbarians also have the class-specific Mighty weapons and belts, which are suitably valuable for the class — legendaries like Blade of the Tribes Blade of the Tribes, The Gavel of Judgment The Gavel of Judgment, Pride of Cassius Pride of Cassius and Girdle of Giants Girdle of Giants, among others. To learn more about the barbarian sets, please use the links below.

Bracers are also a vital slot for the class, with immensely impactful legendaries like Mortick's Brace Mortick's Brace, Bracers of the First Men Bracers of the First Men and Skular's Salvation Skular's Salvation. Shoulders follow closely behind, with Fury of the Ancients Fury of the Ancients and Vile Ward Vile Ward. Lastly, jewelry like Band of Might Band of Might, Skull Grasp Skull Grasp and the aforementioned Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac should always be kept in mind.


A Final Tip

The Barbarian thrives in exploiting massive groups of small enemies as he thrashes through the Rift. This is heavily implied by class-defining passives like Rampage Rampage and Ruthless Ruthless, which focus on minion slaughter and dealing with its aftermath, respectively. As you learn this dynamic, never hesitate to include a fail-safe passive in the face of Nerves of Steel Nerves of Steel.



  • 29 Oct. 2019: Page added.
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