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What is a Barbarian in Diablo 4? Barbarian Overview

A general overview of the Barbarian class.




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This is our overview of the Barbarian, one of the five playable classes in Diablo 4.

Barbarian Builds

Although the upcoming Diablo 4 Open Beta will be limited to level 20, we are using this opportunity to showcase our best early-game Barbarian leveling builds and tips in preparation for the full launch of the game.

Barbarian Builds for Diablo 4

Official Class Description

The Barbarian has unparalleled strength and expertly wields an entire arsenal in battle, with a weapon for every occasion. He bellows intimidating war cries and unleashes ground-shaking slams to send approaching hordes reeling.

Barbarian Resource – Fury

Fury makes a return in Diablo 4 as the Barbarian class resource, where it is functionally identical to its Diablo 3 counterpart.

Fury has a natural cap of 100 and slowly drains while out of combat. It is generated by casting spammable Basic Skills such as BashBash and expended by the more powerful Fury Skills such as Hammer of the AncientsHammer of the Ancients.

Many Barbarian talents also improve Fury generation in various ways.

Unique Barbarian Class Mechanic

The primary unique class mechanic of the Barbarian is the Arsenal System, which is unlocked upon reaching level 5. The Arsenal System allows the Barbarian to equip four weapons at once and to assign specific weapons to specific skills. This causes the Barbarian to automatically swap to the appropriate weapon upon casting the skill to which it is assigned.

The Arsenal System also allows the Barbarian to grow more experienced with the different weapon classes as they are used in combat. Each weapon class starts at expertise level 1 and features a unique effect that improves linearly with every expertise level. Upon reaching the maximum expertise level of 10, a bonus effect is also unlocked. The following table lists the effects for each weapon class.

Weapon ClassEffect Per Expertise LevelExpertise Level 10 Bonus
One-Handed Axes+0.5% increased Critical Strike Chance against Injured enemies. Double this amount when using two Axes.Lucky Hit: Critical Strikes have up to a 55% chance to grant +0.6% increased Attack Speed for 2 seconds. Double the Attack Speed bonus when using two Axes.
One-Handed Macesx1% increased damage to Stunned enemies. Double this amount when using two Maces.Lucky Hit: Up to a 10% chance to gain Berserking for 1.50 seconds when you hit a Stunned enemy. Double this chance when using two Maces.
One-Handed SwordsLucky Hit: Up to a 1% chance to gain 5 Fury when hitting a Crowd Controlled enemy. Double this chance when using two Swords.Killing a Crowd Controlled enemy grants +15% increased Attack Speed for 3 seconds. Double this amount for kills with two Swords.
Polearmsx1% increased Lucky Hit Chance.You deal +10% increased damage while Healthy.
Two-Handed Axesx1.5% increased damage to Vulnerable enemies.+10% increased Critical Strike Chance against Vulnerable enemies.
Two-Handed MacesLucky Hit: Up to a 1% chance to gain 2 Fury when hitting an enemy. Double the amount of Fury gained while Berserking.You deal x15% increased Critical Strike Damage to Stunned and Vulnerable enemies while Berserking.
Two-Handed Swords+2% of direct damage you deal is inflicted as Bleeding damage over 5 seconds.You deal x30% increased Bleeding damage for {5} seconds after killing an enemy.

Secondary Barbarian Class Mechanics


Berserking is a temporary positive effect that increases damage by 25% and movement speed by 30%. Being exclusive to the Barbarian, Berserking is featured prominently in many of their skills and talents.


Bleeding causes the target to take Physical damage over time. Many Barbarian skills and talents inflict or interact with Bleeding in various ways. RuptureRupture is notable for consuming all instances of Bleeding on its targets to deal their total damage over time instantly.


Overpower is a special effect that deals damage and scales with the Life and Fortified Life of the attacker. Overpower triggers when conditions linked to certain skills or talents are met. While not unique to the Barbarian, the class has a few ways to trigger Overpower, and their Strength attribute contributes to Overpower damage.


The Barbarian retains its iconic ability to bellow mighty Shouts that provide powerful temporary effects to their party. This makes Barbarian particularly valuable in group play.


Thorns inflict Physical damage to attackers when hit. The Barbarian can improve their Thorns through a number of skills and talents.


Vulnerable is a temporary effect that increases the damage taken by the target by 20%. While Vulnerable is not uniquely available to the Barbarian, many of their skills and talents can reliably inflict it.

Barbarian Weapons and Restrictions

The Barbarian may dual wield one-handed weapons (Axes, Maces, Swords) and two-handed weapons (Axes, Maces, Polearms, Swords). The Arsenal System allows them to equip four weapons at once, whereas other classes may only equip two. The Barbarian does benefit from the stats of weapons that are equipped in those additional slots even if they are not currently holding them in their hands.

Barbarian Skills and Talents

This section provides an overview of the main skill categories for the Barbarian.

For a detailed list of all Barbarian skills and talents, refer to the pages below.

Barbarian Skills

Barbarian Talents

Barbarian Skill Categories

Basic Skills

Basic Skills are spammable skills whose primary purpose is to generate Fury for skills of the Core category. By virtue of being free and having no cooldown, they are also used to fill dead time while waiting for other, more powerful skills to be available.

The Basic Skills for the Barbarian are BashBashFlayFlayLunging StrikeLunging Strike, and FrenzyFrenzy.

Core Skills

Core Skills are the main sources of damage of the Barbarian. Although they have no cooldown, the main limiting factor of Core Skills is their Fury cost.

The Core Skills for the Barbarian are Hammer of the AncientsHammer of the AncientsRendRendUpheavalUpheavalDouble SwingDouble Swing, and WhirlwindWhirlwind.

Defensive Skills

Defensive Skills revolve around protecting the Barbarian and their allies through powerful protective effects or crowd control.

The Defensive Skills for the Barbarian are Challenging ShoutChallenging ShoutGround StompGround StompIron SkinIron Skin, and Rallying CryRallying Cry.

Brawling Skills

Brawling Skills provide a wide array of utility, including mobility.

The Brawling Skills for the Barbarian are War CryWar CryKickKickLeapLeap, and ChargeCharge.

Weapon Mastery Skills

Weapon Mastery Skills are situational but powerful offensive skills with a relatively long cooldown.

The Weapon Mastery Skills for the Barbarian are RuptureRuptureDeath BlowDeath Blow, and Steel GraspSteel Grasp.

Ultimate Skills

Ultimate Skills are extremely powerful skills with a cooldown to match. Their use is typically reserved for dispatching powerful enemies. Only one Ultimate Skill may be equipped at a time.

The Ultimate Skills for the Barbarian are Wrath of the BerserkerWrath of the BerserkerIron MaelstromIron Maelstrom, and Call of the AncientsCall of the Ancients.

Barbarian Skill Tags

In addition to the categories discussed above, Rallying CryRallying CryChallenging ShoutChallenging Shout, and War CryWar Cry have an additional “Shout” skill tag.

Tags are used by other systems, such as items and Legendary Aspects, to improve specific subsets of skills and promote specialised builds.

Barbarian Dismount Skill

While mounted, the Barbarian has access to a unique Dismount Skill which causes the Barbarian to jump off their mount and slam into the ground, dealing damage to nearby enemies.

Barbarian Attributes

The four core attributes provide benefits that are shared by all of the classes as well as secondary class-specific effects in most cases.


Each point of Strength provides 1 Armor. Armor reduces all damage taken by a percentage, but is only half as effective against non-Physical damage as it is against Physical damage. The calculations to translate Armor into damage reduction is not yet known. Armor provides less damage reduction in PvP than in PvE.

For the Barbarian only, each point of Strength also increases damage by 0.1%.


Each point of Intelligence increases All Resistances by 0.05%. All Resistances reduce non-Physical damage taken (Fire, Cold, Lightning, Poison, Shadow) by 50% of the percentage, reduced to 35% in PvP.

Intelligence has no additional effect for the Barbarian.


Each point of Willpower increases Resource Generation and Healing Received by 0.1%.

For the Barbarian only, each point of Willpower also increases Overpower damage by 0.1%.


Each point of Dexterity increases Dodge Chance by 0.025%. Dodging an attack completely ignores its damage and associated harmful effects, such as Stun.

For the Barbarian only, each point of Dexterity also increases Critical Strike Chance by 0.02%.

Barbarian Legendary Aspects

Legendary Aspects represent Legendary Powers that can be imprinted onto items to improve them with powerful and unique effects. Certain Legendary Aspects are available to all classes, whereas others are specific to a single class.

This section lists the known Legendary Aspects that are specific to the Barbarian, arranged by category.

Defensive Barbarian Legendary Aspects

Defensive Legendary Aspects can only be imprinted onto the following item types: Helm, Chest Armor, Pants, and Amulet.

Legendary Aspect NameLegendary Aspect Power
Bul-KathosLeapLeap creates an Earthquake that deals 156 Physical damage over 4 seconds. While standing in Earthquakes, you gain 5% increased Damage Reduction.
Numbing WrathEach point of Fury generated while at maximum Fury grant 1.2 Fortify.
Tempering BlowsAfter Swapping Weapons 6 times, gain 44 Fortify.
Iron WarriorIron SkinIron Skin also makes you Unstoppable.

Offensive Barbarian Legendary Aspects

Offensive Legendary Aspects can only be imprinted onto the following item types: Gloves, Ring, Amulet, and Weapon.

Legendary Aspect NameLegendary Aspect Power
Ancestral EchoesLucky Hit: Damaging enemies with LeapLeapUpheavalUpheaval, or WhirlwindWhirlwind has up to a 40% chance to summon an Ancient to perform the same Skill. Can only happen once every 5 seconds.
Ancestral ForceHammer of the AncientsHammer of the Ancients quakes outwards, dealing 32% of its damage to enemies.
Berserk RippingWhenever you deal direct damage while Berserking, inflict 22% if the base damage dealt as additional Bleeding damage over 5 seconds.
Brawler’sEnemies damaged by KickKick or ChargeCharge will explode if they are killed within the next 2 seconds, dealing 400 damage to nearby enemies
Death WishGain 44 Thorns while Berserking.
Quickening PulseLucky Strike: Up to a 20% chance to reduce the Cooldowns of your non-Ultimate Skills by 1.5 seconds when you inflict Bleeding on Elites
The Dire WhirlwindWhirlwind’s Critical Strike Chance is increased by 5% for each second it is channeled, up to 20%.
Veteran BrawlerEach time a Core Skill deals direct damage to an enemy, your next ChargeCharge or LeapLeap deals x15% increased damage, up to 225%.
WindstrikerAfter swapping weapons six times, gain +20% increased Attack Speed for 4 seconds.

Resource Barbarian Legendary Aspects

Resource Legendary Aspects can only be imprinted onto the following item types: Helm, Ring, and Amulet.

Legendary Aspect NameLegendary Aspect Power
Echoing FuryYour Shout skills generate 2.0 Fury per seconds while active.
SlakingLucky Hit: You have up to a 30% chance to gain 20 Fury when Rend deals direct damage to at least one Bleeding enemy.
The Relentless ArmsmasterGain x20% increased Fury Generation while all damage bonuses from Walking Arsenal are active.
Unrelenting FuryKilling an enemy with a Core Skills refunds 10.0% of its base Fury cost. Can only happen once per Skill cast.

Utility Barbarian Legendary Aspects

Utility Legendary Aspects can only be imprinted onto the following item types: Helm, Chest Armor, Boots, Gloves, and Amulet.

Legendary Aspect NameLegendary Aspect Power
AnemiaDirect hits against Bleeding enemies has up to a X% chance to Stun them for 2.0 seconds.
Relentless Berserker’sLucky Hit: Damaging an enemy with a Core Skill has up to a X% chance to extend the duration of Berserking by 1 second. Double this duration if it was a critical strike.

Mobility Barbarian Legendary Aspects

Mobility Legendary Aspects can only be imprinted onto the following item types: Boots and Amulet.

Legendary Aspect NameLegendary Aspect Power
Perpetual StompingDamaging an enemy with KickKick or Ground StompGround Stomp resets LeapLeap‘s Cooldown.

Barbarian Unique Items

Only one Barbarian Unique Item has been revealed so far.

The Butcher’s Cleaver (Unique One-Handed Axe)

  • 2.0 – 4.5% Attack Speed
  • +6.5 – 11.5% Damage to Healthy Enemies
  • +4.5 – 7.5% Damage While Healthy
  • Lucky Hit: 5% Chance to heal 35 – 57
  • Immobilize your target for [1.0-3.0] seconds when you Critically Strike.

“A nightmarish amalgam of blood, bone, and steel, this axe is as horrific, and as deadly, as its creator.”