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Upheaval Barbarian Leveling Guide for Diablo 4 (Season 4)

Our leveling guide to take your character from level 1 to 50 with Upheaval




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Rallying CryWar CryLeapWrath of the BerserkerLunging StrikeUpheaval

General Leveling Tips

To find out more general information about leveling as a Barbarian in Diablo 4, you can check out our main Barbarian Leveling guide. You can also go to our Barbarian Builds page for a list of other leveling and endgame Barbarian builds for you to choose from.

In regard to leveling up on the seasonal realm, you might also want to check out our season checklist, as it will give you some useful tips and tricks for Season 3 of Diablo 4. Don’t miss this chance to make the most out of your leveling journey!

Build Introduction

The point of this leveling guide is to quickly take your character from Level 1 to 50 while using the UpheavalUpheaval skill and prepare you for to easily transition into our Upheaval Endgame Build. This guide will review skill point placement as you level from 1 – 50, explaining the purpose and how each passive and skill work together to create power to tackle whatever leveling format you choose. We will also discuss which Legendary Aspects, Affixes, Gem, and Elixirs we can utilize for purposes of accelerating the leveling process.

Our primary skills in this build are Lunging StrikeLunging Strike as our primary Fury Generator. We augment this skill using:

  • Enhanced Lunging StrikeEnhanced Lunging Strike – The major benefit to this augment is the opportunity to heal.
  • Combat Lunging StrikeCombat Lunging Strike – This helps us maintain a state of Berserking through the use of Critical Strikes, it can be used as a trigger or as a way to extend the Berserking buff longer.

Our Core skill in this is UpheavalUpheaval. This is our primary spender and what we will be using to smash our enemies into oblivion. We augment this skill using:

  • Enhanced UpheavalEnhanced Upheaval – The Stun effect can break up combat and offer us the chance to reposition or remove ourselves from a bad situation.
  • Violent UpheavalViolent Upheaval – As with our previous skill, we are focusing on our state of Berserking, being in Berserk will be a key component to this build.

Now that we understand our two most basic skills, our Generator and Spender, we can look deeper into how we will be allocating our skill points as we journey from Level 1 to Level 50.

Allocation of Skill points

Your first 20 skill points are used to acquire all of your skills, filling in passive points only as needed to get to the next tier. The allocation of these points is listed below.

Skill Point NumberAllocation
1Lunging StrikeLunging Strike
2Enhanced Lunging StrikeEnhanced Lunging Strike
3Combat Lunging StrikeCombat Lunging Strike
5Enhanced UpheavalEnhanced Upheaval
6Violent UpheavalViolent Upheaval
7Rallying CryRallying Cry
8Enhanced Rallying CryEnhanced Rallying Cry
9Tactical Rallying CryTactical Rallying Cry
10Challenging ShoutChallenging Shout
11Enhanced Challenging ShoutEnhanced Challenging Shout
12Tactical Challenging ShoutTactical Challenging Shout
13War CryWar Cry
14Enhanced War CryEnhanced War Cry
15Mighty War CryMighty War Cry
17SwiftnessSwiftness Level 2
18SwiftnessSwiftness Level 3
20Enhanced LeapEnhanced Leap
21Power LeapPower Leap
22Pit FighterPit Fighter
23Pit FighterPit Fighter Level 2
24Wrath of the BerserkerWrath of the Berserker
25Prime Wrath of the BerserkerPrime Wrath of the Berserker
26Supreme Wrath of the BerserkerSupreme Wrath of the Berserker
27Pit FighterPit Fighter Level 3
28UpheavalUpheaval Level 2
29UpheavalUpheaval Level 3
30UpheavalUpheaval Level 4
31UpheavalUpheaval Level 5
32Thick SkinThick Skin
35CounteroffensiveCounteroffensive Level 2
36CounteroffensiveCounteroffensive Level 3
37LeapLeap Level 2
38LeapLeap Level 3
39LeapLeap Level 4
40LeapLeap Level 5
41Aggressive ResistanceAggressive Resistance
42Prolific FuryProlific Fury
43Prolific FuryProlific Fury Level 2
44Prolific FuryProlific Fury Level 3
45Battle FervorBattle Fervor
46Battle FervorBattle Fervor Level 2
47Battle FervorBattle Fervor Level 3
48Aggressive ResistanceAggressive Resistance Level 2
49Aggressive ResistanceAggressive Resistance Level 3
50Imposing PresenceImposing Presence
51Imposing PresenceImposing Presence Level 2
52Imposing PresenceImposing Presence Level 3
55ConcussionConcussion Level 2
56ConcussionConcussion Level 3
57WallopWallop Level 2
58WallopWallop Level 3

As you can see in the table above, we have all of our skills outside of our Key Passive. This completes our entire skill bar relatively quickly. If you are making a Seasonal Character, you already start with 10 skill points, so it is even faster.

Your complete skill bar will look like this:

Upheaval Leveling Skill Bar (Placement of skills is completely optional)
Rallying Cry Rallying Cry War Cry War Cry Leap Leap Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker Lunging Strike Lunging Strike Upheaval Upheaval

Now that you are ready to fight the hordes of hell with all your skills filled out, we can fill in your passive points with each level up. As for which passives to take once you have completed your skill load-out and Key Passive, we recommend the following ranked by importance.

Skill Tree

Here is the completed skill tree for the build:

Skill Clusters

Let’s review each cluster in the Skill Tree and discuss our reasons behind each passive and skill choice, so we have a good understanding of the build before we transition into the Upheaval Endgame build. Keep in mind, if you are leveling a new seasonal character, you will have some additional skill points to spend at the beginning.

Basic Skills

Lunging StrikeLunging Strike is our choice for the basic skill in this build and will be kept at Level 1. This skill is used constantly, as our Fury pool will be more challenging to keep up until we have more points to invest in our Fury Generation. The advantage of using this skill is the built-in heal and damage increase for a strike against any Healthy (life above 80%) monster. Essentially, you are trying to hit every full life monster around as you rotate through your skills. The second advantage we have here is Critical Strikes trigger Berserking. This will become more common as we equip our targeted affixes (Critical Strike Chance) for rings and gloves.

Core Skills

Our Core skill is UpheavalUpheaval, this is used as our main Fury spender. As we gain Fury through Tactical Rallying CryTactical Rallying Cry, Prolific FuryProlific Fury and Lunging StrikeLunging Strike attacks, we will then deplete our pool by spamming Upheaval. Your positioning will be key during this spam attack. This may take time to feel smooth, but you want to target packs of enemies. Do your best to use it when you have groups of monsters and not waste it on small single target.

Defensive Skills

Our Defensive cluster has three of our skills and should be obtained quite quickly, especially if you are playing a new season. These skills are powerful components to keep us fighting effectively and quickly. Let’s look at our choices below.

  • Rallying CryRallying Cry – This skill is one of the main drivers for our Fury Generation, not only does it grant us 20 Fury upon activation but increases our generations by 40%. However, this skill comes with a significant defensive capability: Unstoppable. This is our crowd control breaker, it will allow us free movement for 6 seconds. Very important, especially with Boss encounters.
  • Challenging ShoutChallenging Shout – This skill gives us Damage Reduction and an increase in Life, perfect for surviving large packs of enemies. It also comes with the added ability of Thorns which can prove to be helpful, as this deals additional damage as enemies deal damage to us. Once you have enough resource generation through tempering affixes or affixes on your gear such as Fury on Kill or Fury Per Second, Lunging StrikeLunging Strike becomes less necessary as you will often be able to maintain your resources through Shouts and Power LeapPower Leap alone. When this happens replace Lunging Strike on your bars with this skill.

As for the passives in this cluster, we take three levels of Imposing PresenceImposing Presence and Aggressive ResistanceAggressive Resistance These increase our survivability and are helpful all the way into the endgame.

Brawling Skills

This cluster is all about passives. These passives are going to enhance this build and make everything from our Shouts to Berserking feel smoother. Let’s look at each one below.

Weapon Mastery Skills

Again, here we focus on passives only. Let’s look at each one below.

  • Pit FighterPit Fighter – Increases offenses and defenses for Close Enemies.
  • Thick SkinThick Skin – This gives us the ability to trigger Fortify and all of its benefits everything time we get hit.
  • CounteroffensiveCounteroffensive – This increases our Damage output while we are Fortified and still above 50% Life.

Ultimate Skill

For our Ultimate skill we are using Wrath of the BerserkerWrath of the Berserker for its powerful interactions with our key passive of choice and on-demand Berserking activation. Simply use this skill whenever you run into a Hellborne, The Butcher, Bosses, or any tough Elite monster to help you push through it.

Key Passive

UnconstrainedUnconstrained is our choice for the increase in Berserking duration and overall damage. This amplifies all of our abilities, and as we raise our Critical Strike Chance, we will be able to trigger it easily with our basic attack Lunging StrikeLunging Strike.

Mechanics and Playstyle

The majority of your power in this leveling build comes from UpheavalUpheaval, aiming this into a group of mobs and cutting them down is your goal. Start off with War CryWar Cry and Rallying CryRallying Cry to keep our Fury generation high and trigger Berserking, we can easily manage our enemies by using our basic attack skill or offloading all of our Fury with Upheaval then building back up again.

Our other defensive skills and Challenging ShoutChallenging Shout, will be use to manage the monsters during the downtime when we do not have enough Fury for UpheavalUpheaval. This rotational way of playing will become important as it prepares you for the endgame version of this build which is played with a very similar skill set. Let’s review some other important elements we use to power ourselves up for leveling.


The most challenging component you are going to have to learn is how to manage Berserking. We have a couple of options to trigger a state of Berserk and add to its uptime, and when done properly, you can keep this state triggered indefinitely. This requires a lot movement to ensure you’re hitting multiple targets with your UpheavalUpheaval. We gain two seconds of Berserking from our Violent UpheavalViolent Upheaval perk when two or more enemies are hit. Keeping this in mind and cycling your shouts properly should keep your Berserking renewed constantly. This will become challenging in the early levels when you are struggling with Fury generation, but will vastly improve as you level up and add the needed Legendary Aspects to this leveling build. Additionally, as you begin to use gear with the increase to Critical Strike Chance affix, you will be able to trigger Berserking through your basic attack Combat Lunging StrikeCombat Lunging Strike. Lastly, and most dependable is War CryWar Cry for easy trigger for Berserking.

Leveling Options

There are many options to level your character: kill monsters, do quests in each region, follow the Seasonal storyline, farm generic dungeons, participate in regional events, etc. With so many ways to get to Level 50, we have chosen some methods that will accelerate your experience gains.

Open World Activities

The open world is full of monsters and activities, you are welcome to find your own path or leveling areas but if you are looking for some great options, here are two great suggestions for this build:


With the revamp to Helltide coming in Patch 1.4.0 it will be available right from World Tier 1 and 2. It comes with a new coat of paint and massive amount of loot and experience. For more details check out our Barbarian Leveling Guide.


Questing is a necessary evil if you are still grinding out your renown levels for each zone. If you need to complete your Renown, it can be a relatively easy way to get some quick experience along the way. If this is something you need to do, take as many quests as you can from one area and complete them all in one go. It may not feel necessarily faster, but going back and forth for each one is a waste of time.

Gear Affixes

In the early levels, targeting affixes on your gear can be very challenging. Part of the reason is we will be playing in world tier 1 or 2 and the best opportunity for rare gear is a maximum of 2 affixes. We will show three recommended affixes to give you some flexibility in what you will want. We will also be listing a Tempering Affix for each slot, keep in mind that tempering is more of an end-game system and with the frequency of gear replacements may not be the optimal thing to do while leveling. As a final reminder, non-ancestral items can only have 1 temper applied to them so we will be listing the best temper for each slot should you want to apply it.

Gear SlotTargeted AffixesTempering Affix
Helm1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Attack Speed
3. Maximum Life
4. Needed Resistance
1. Challenging Shout Cooldown Reduction Barbarian StrategyBarbarian Strategy
Chest1. Maximum Life
2. Strength
3. Needed Resistance
1. Challeging Shout Cooldown Reduction Barbarian StrategyBarbarian Strategy
Gloves1. Critical Strike Chance
2. Ranks of UpheavalUpheaval
3. Attack Speed
4. Strength
1. Damage While Berserking Berserking FinesseBerserking Finesse
Pants1. Maximum Life
2. Strength
3. Needed Resistance
1. Challenging Shout Cooldown Reduction Barbarian StrategyBarbarian Strategy
Boots1. Movement Speed
2. Fury Per Second
3. Ranks to LeapLeap
1. Movement Speed Natural MotionNatural Motion
Amulet1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Attack Speed
3. Fury on Kill
1. Resource Generation Worldly StabilityWorldly Stability
Rings1. Critical Strike Chance
2. Fury on Kill
3. Attack Speed
1. Resource Generation Worldly StabilityWorldly Stability
Weapons1. Strength
2. Fury on Kill
3. Maximum Life
1. Upheaval Size Furious AugmentsFurious Augments


Listed below are the best gems to socket into gear for each slot type.

  • Weapon: TopazTopaz for Basic Skill Damage until around level 40 and then RubyRuby for Overpower damage after
  • Armor: RubyRuby for the increase to Maximum Life.
  • Jewelry: DiamondDiamond for the All Resistances.

Legendary Aspects

The Legendary Aspects chosen below are all available from Dungeons in the open world. If possible, finding each of these Aspect on a piece of Legendary gear will offer you a better roll compared the base version available from dungeons. As a reminder all Legendary items can be put into the new Codex of Power once salvaged. These are simply recommendations for the easiest to acquire early on during your leveling path.

Gear SlotLegendary AspectLegendary Aspect Power
HelmAspect of MightAspect of MightBasic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for [2.0-6.0] seconds.
ChestAspect of DisobedienceAspect of DisobedienceYou gain [0.6 – 1.1%] increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to [36 – 66%].
GlovesAspect of Berserk RippingAspect of Berserk RippingWhenever you deal direct damage while Berserking, inflict [20-30%] of the Base damage dealt as additional Bleeding damage over 5 seconds.
PantsIron Blood AspectIron Blood AspectGain [2.0-4.0%] Damage Reduction for each Nearby Bleeding enemy up to [10-20%] maximum.
BootsRelentless Berserker's AspectRelentless Berserker’s AspectLucky Hit: Damaging an enemy with a Core Skill has up to a [22-40%] chance to extend the duration of Berserking by 1 second. Double this duration if it was a Critical Strike.
Amulets(50% bonus)Wind Striker AspectWind Striker AspectCritical Strikes grant [8.0-16.0]% Movement Speed for 1 second, up to 6 seconds.
RingAspect of Vocalized EmpowermentAspect of Vocalized EmpowermentYour Shout Skills generate [2.0-4.0] Fury per second while active.
RingAspect of Voracious RageAspect of Voracious RageKilling an enemy with a Core Skill refunds [10.0-20.0%] of its base Fury cost. Can only happen once per Skill cast.
Bludgeoning Weapon (200% bonus)Aspect of the ExpectantAspect of the ExpectantAttacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by [5-10%], up to 30%.
Slashing Weapon (200% bonus)Edgemaster's AspectEdgemaster’s AspectSkills deal up to [10- 20%] increased damage based on your available Primary Resource when cast, receiving the maximum benefit while you have full Primary Resource.
Dual-Wield Weapon 1Aspect of RetributionAspect of RetributionDistant enemies have a 8% chance to be Stunned for 2 seconds when they hit you. You deal [10-20]%[x] increased damage to Stunned enemies.
Dual-Wield Weapon 2Rapid AspectRapid AspectBasic Skills gain [15-30%] Attack Speed.

Capstone Dungeon and Early Paragon

Once you hit Level 50 with this leveling build, you will be ready to complete your first Capstone Dungeon and unlock World Tier 3. This will open up the true endgame and allow you to collect new Sacred Rares and Legendary Aspects you will need to transition into the Endgame Upheaval Build. Once you upgrade your build to the Endgame build, you will be ready to push into Nightmare dungeons, World Tier 3 Capstone Dungeon, the Paragon Board system and so much more.

Here are some starter Paragon Boards for you to try.

Starting Board

  1. Head right and grab BrawnBrawn and the surrounding magic nodes
  2. Next head up and unlock the glyph socket and slot in ExploitExploit and begin picking up Dexterity node around it to unlock the secondary effect. The glyph will not be level 15 and won’t have the increased radius but there should still be enough around to unlock the bonus
  3. Head to the left side of the glyph and up through Raw PowerRaw Power grabbing some more magic nodes on the way.
  4. Finally exit to the north and connect the Warbringer board


Rotate this board three times before attaching it.

  1. Start by heading up and left to grab Hungering FuryHungering Fury and the surrounding nodes to smooth our resources
  2. Continue north and work your way around to grab the legendary node WarbringerWarbringer
  3. Now head back to the start and go right to unlock the glyph socket and slot in MarshalMarshal just like our first glyph this one won’t have the increased radius so we’ll need to grab a lot of Strength around it to activate its secondary effects
  4. Head down and grab Raw PowerRaw Power and then right to ConditionedConditioned
  5. Lastly head out and to the east and connect the Carnage board. At this point you should be in World Tier 4 and over level 60 and should transition into our Endgame Upheaval Barbarian Build to continue farming Helltides and Nightmare Dungeons alike!

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Elixirs and Health Pots

Visit the Alchemist in any main town to craft helpful Elixirs that increase stats, and experience gain for 30 minutes. Make sure to forage plants and pick up the necessary crafting materials during your adventures; they randomly spawn around the world. Use Elixir of AdvantageElixir of Advantage for the attack speed but any Elixir you have for the extra experience as they all grant between 5 and 8% increased experience to help you fly to level 100 even faster.

Return to the Alchemist again when you reach Level 20, 30, 45, 60, 70, 80 and 90, to upgrade your potion. The extra healing is essential to survival.


  • May 7th 2024: Guide restructured, starting paragon boards added, updated for season 4
  • January 21st 2024: Season 3 speculative changes.
  • October 23rd 2023: Revamp for Season 2.
  • October 13th 2023: Build adjusted to prepare for Season 2 launch.
  • August 23rd 2023: Creation of Leveling Guide
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