Diablo 3 Barbarian Guide - Rip apart, whatever crosses your way
Diablo III barbarian BUILD AND guide
The first stage of our Diablo 3 Barbarian Guide we made is there to provide you with necessary information on how to play Barbarian to reach Torment difficulty and enable your early-late game farming. You won't be asked to get specific legendaries or to gather set pieces. Instead, we will provide you a reliable way of clearing content at a decent speed with Whirlwind build. Also, we won't be talking about paragon levels and gems since those don't relate to beginners in any way.
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Barbarians are mighty savages that never turn their back on a head to head combat. They overpower their enemies with brutal strength and destructive powers. They fear no man and no monster. They are always first to jump straight into the fray smashing anything they land on. Masters of every melee weapon that they can get their hands on. From branches to the stones - Barbarians will use anything to win the fight against their foes and chase the monsters away from the Sanctuary. The sheer size and pure strength of a Barbarian are enough to tip the scales of victory to your side. With every drop of blood and sweat that leaves their body, they turn even more aggressive and even more powerful. The fury that courses through their veins is fuel for the destruction that awaits their enemies.
Barbarians use melee weapons to challenge their opponents in close quarters. They believe in honor, and they know that there is no honor in attacking from a distance. One swing of their powerful giant weaponry is usually enough to cut through large groups of enemies, and their massive stomps can send weaker foes flying. If you want to become a brute that does not turn away from the battle - no matter the cost - then Barbarian is a class for you.
As a Barbarian, you are the close quarters power machine, which slaughters his way through the endless waves of enemies. It means that you are very prone to instant bursts of damage, and you should always pay attention to your health status. Equipping items with high survivability bonuses might be the right call since you will need to sustain all the incoming damage. During early levels, you want to focus on the speed of clearing zones. Since they are not too tricky, powering through them should not be an issue. Make sure to focus on your movement bonuses to run through zones and use gap closers to jump between packs at a fast pace. Pick up every rare and legendary item and try to find gear with stats that are the most beneficial for your class. If you don't know which one you should focus on, then read the Statistic Priorities section you can find in the section below.
If you have chosen to play on Hardcore, make sure to ramp up the difficulty settings slowly and go through the same zones for as long as they will become a breeze to level through. Always pay attention to your cooldowns and don't fight Elite monsters and Rift Guardians while they are pending. If the pace of the game becomes too gentle for your character, don't forget to turn it up a notch as harder difficulty settings will reward you with better drops and more experience. But always remember - safety first. Don't do it unless you are entirely sure that you can handle tougher enemies.
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When it comes to choosing a follower, make sure to take the one with the highest Strength bonus. You should always select a follower that boosts your main statistic by the most substantial amount. It means that Templar will be the best choice for your class. You can give him your second best gear that you aren't currently using, which will significantly upgrade his statistics and bolster his damage.
When you hit level 70, start farming Rift Shards and Bounties to gamble for the Legendary pieces and better rares. Make sure to aim for three socket chest piece as well as legs with two sockets. In your weapon choice, aim for the highest attack ratings that you can find and make sure that it has a socket in it. Jewelry and Helmet pieces should have bonuses to Crit Chance and Crit Damage. These stats should be kept at a ratio of 1 to 10, which means that for every percent in Crit Chance, you should have ten in Crit Damage. To help mitigate the damage, you will be trying to survive, put some attention in defensive attributes like All Resist, which you should have in almost every possible slot.
The build revolves around using Whirlwind skill with Wind Shear, which is a resource-efficient spender that increases both mobility and Fury management. During early levels, Fury management is the key to victory often missed by new players. They tend to struggle a lot in that matter, and that's precise, what makes this build beginner-friendly. On top of that, the movement speed equals clearing speed, which is an absolute necessity if you want to get better items and higher levels faster. The skills and runes that we have put together in this guide are by no means necessary. You can switch and alter them as much as you like, and this is the only recommended set of them that you could use. Major pieces of gear that you find along the way might have a big impact on how this build is played and which skills you might take. Just keep in mind that this combination relies heavily on the Lightning type of runes, so select them for the best possible DPS.
Skills and Runes
This build will feature skills like:
Rend with Lacerate - Will be there to provide a consistent damage boost
Sprint with Marathon - To speed up farming and movement in general
Battlerage with Swords to Ploughshares - To add survivability and increase damage
Warcry with Charge - To maintain Wrath of the Berserker
Wrath of the Berserker with Insanity - To help against Elites and Rare monsters
Ground Stomp with Wrenching Smash - Area of Effect Stun
The primary damage dealer of this build is Whirlwind skill, which is easier to maintain if you have Lightning Windshear rune active. By using this combination, you will be able to recover 1 Fury for each enemy struck. Whirlwind excels in the early game for new players because it is not only easy to use but also allows you to pass through units without a collision. It is crucial since collecting health globes will be a breeze. To raise the damage even further, we will be taking Rend with Lacerate. This rune will increase the damage of the skill even further amplifying it with the Lightning effect that synergizes well with the build.
The thing that you should learn as soon as possible is that movement speed is everything. It lets you clear content faster, farms more efficiently, and get out of danger. Sprint with Marathon is not the best choice for Barbarians later in the game, but it is the best way to move between camps and to slaughter enemies at a better place early on. On the other hand, Battle Rage with Ploughshares rune will be there to bolster your survivability and ensure that Fury generation problems can be forgotten. Since it is a buff that quickly expires - keep an eye on it and refresh it as soon as it ends.
Nobody is perfect, and mistakes happen from time to time. It is why the next skill on the list is War Cry. It is your backup plan if you manage to run out of Fury resource. Without this ability, it could end in disaster since rageless Barbarian is almost defenseless. Once again, in the late game, you might find Impunity rune more valuable, but as we are talking about early stages, Charge is the best option. It boosts Fury generation to the point when clicking one button enables you to use all other abilities.
Last but not least, there is Wrath of the Berserker, which is the iconic buff and the strongest self status increase in the Barbarian arsenal. To take advantage of that even further choose Insanity Rune. With a 50% damage increase and many other improvements, this skill is just too good to pass up. Since Wrath has such a long cooldown, use it wisely and don't waste it on anything else than elite packs.
Rampage - used to bolster Barbarian's "spin to win" play style by stacking strength in a constant fight. It is another reason why we have Sprint in our toolkit. Getting from the pack to pack in time will ensure that you won't lose Rampage stacks, and you will be in "the top shape" at any given time.
Unforgiving - is an excellent newbie-friendly passive that gets rid of Fury degeneration mechanic. At the cost of a passive slot, you will generate very small amounts of Fury at all times. It is yet another precaution to ensure that you won't run out of Rage even at the worst times.
Ruthless - allows you to quickly finish off already wounded opponents as it grants 40% bonus damage against targets with less than 30% health. It is taken mainly to deal with the common Barbarian struggle - single target DPS. As your consistent damage against Elites and Rift Guardians in prolonged fights is not that high, you need an additional mechanic that will keep your DPS at a reasonable value. Since harder monsters have more health, Ruthless allows you to add proper values to your damage output in the long run.
Superstition - not only shields from attacks that aren't physical but also generates fury while doing so. 20% shield from other damage types is especially useful against Elite fights and Rift Guardians when this absorption can save your life. On top of that, you get one more Fury generation resource, which makes sure that your Fury well will never run dry.
Nerves of Steel - If you find yourself backed against the wall, you can take this passive to survive in critical moments. With its properties, you will be able to get out alive from the blow, which could be fatal and reposition yourself to jump into the fray once again. Keep in mind that this is not immortality by any means, as it only reduces damage taken by 95% for three seconds. It sets your health at 15%, so during that time, it is still possible to die. Make sure to leave the fight as soon as this effect occurs.
Call of the Ancients - with two pieces of Immortal King's set, you will be able to remove duration on Call of the Ancients, which will make summons last permanently. With Ancient's Fury rune, you will be able to reach very high Fury values easily. It means that you will be able to replace other Fury generators in your build. You might take the Whirlwind's Dust Devils, Battle Rage Bloodshed, and Rend Bloodbath to increase your damage.
During pre-Torment and early Torment difficulties, you will come across many items, including rares and random uniques. To get the highest value from them, which will boost the way your build is played, you should aim to get stats in the priority listed below. It is not by any means a list that you should follow, no matter the cost. For example, if your weapon has much more damage but doesn't have listed stats, still it might be more valuable than its weaker replacement with correct stats. It will be up to you to decide which one is better, but this overall view should nudge you in the right direction. Always try to identify as many rares as possible to find the best pieces with the stars closest to those described below.
Helmet - Strength > Crit Chance > Socket > Skill Damage
Bracers - Strength > Crit Chance > Elemental Damage > Vitality
Pants - Strength > Sockets > Vitality > All Resistance
Rings - Strength > Crit Chance > Crit Damage
Shoulders - Strength > Vitality > All Resistance > Skill Damage
Gloves - Strength > Crit Chance > Crit Damage
Boots - Strength > Skill Damage > Vitality > Movement Speed
Weapons - Weapon Damage > Strength > Sockets > %Damage > %Life
Chest - Strength > Sockets > Vitality > All Resistance
Belt - Strength > Vitality > All Resistance > %Life
Amulet - Strength > Crit Chance > Crit Damage > Elemental Damage
Armor piece should be equipped with the highest possible tier of Ruby gems that you possess, on Weapons put Emeralds and for Helmet use Diamond or Amethyst. If you come across jewelry pieces with good stats and socket, you might start using legendary gems. These are in order Wrath of Lightning, Pain Enhancer, and Gem of Efficacious Toxin. Of course, these are not by any means endgame gems, which you should be using with your final build but the best ones for early stages of Tournament. After getting to the real endgame, you might want to use Bane of the Trapped and Taeguk. The first one is an individual multiplayer to the damage which scales greatly through the game, and the second one provides an amazing balance of DPS and survivability in one stone.
The majority of your gear will be obtained during regular progression through the game, but some of the pieces you might farm by killing the same bosses over and over again. Blood Shards received from Horadric Caches, and Rift Guardians can also be used to get some of the more critical pieces.
Your most important goal when farming will be to obtain Immortal King's Set. From two pieces of items, you can already benefit by quite a lot as it unlocks previously mentioned (in "Other options") Call of the Ancients mechanic.
Reaper's Wraps - Excellent choice for braces that can be crafted. To do so, you need to acquire schematics that are dropped by Malthael on any difficulty. That means that they are not as hard to get, and they provide great bonuses as well. With Reaper's Wraps, you will be able to gain additional Fury while picking up Health Globes. It might seem not that important, but picking up Health Globes at the right time might be the key point between life and death of your character. With Fury generation, they might not only save you from fatal damage but from lack of Fury as well.
Ring of Royal Grandeur - can be acquired from Act 1 Caches and allows you to benefit from set bonuses with one less piece than they would typically require. Although it won't be useful early in the game, it might be a real game-changer when you are trying to complete your first major set like Immortal King's four pieces combination.
Chilanik's Chain / Pride of Cassius - both belts are quite useful for farming purposes while also providing decent stat bonuses
Conversion of Elements / Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac - are both very much sought after for many endgames builds, offering great stats and bonuses.
Bul-Kathos's Warrior Blood / Solemn Vow or The Furnace - can be great weapon choices since they provide bonuses against Elite monsters against which you could struggle.
When it comes to Paragon Points, you should always try to reach a 25% movement speed cap as soon as possible. It will drastically improve your leveling and farming speed. After that, make sure to allocate your points in Strength, as it is your core statistic. You might also want to improve your maximum Fury, but it's up to your preference. For the offense, Crit Chance and Crit Damage will be your priorities, and for Defence, you want to focus on Resist All, Life %, and Armor. When it comes to Utility, you wish to allocate your points in Area Damage and Resource Cost Reduction.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where is the Immortal King set in Diablo 3?
It is located in Act III, in The Ruins of Sescheron.
Is Call of the Ancients pets?
Yes, indeed, they are. They follow you and aid you in combat.
Where do I get Wrath of the Wastes Set?
From the Torment difficulty in every act.
Is Attack Speed important for Barbarian?
Not as much as stats like Attack Damage, Crit Chance, Crit Damage or Strength
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