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The Best Diablo 3 Barbarian Builds: DPS, Tank And PvP

Updated on January 22, 2013

Barbarians are physical melee fighters in Diablo 3. They can dual wield any weapons and is the only class that can use especially heavy weaponry as well as use a weapon and a shield if the situation requires that the Barbarian takes the role of a tank or just for getting extra defenses. When the Barbarian is fighting, he generates and uses resource named Fury. Every time the Barbarian attacks or gets attacked, his Fury increases. When there is enough Fury in the resource bar, the Barbarian can perform a special attack. Barbarians are one of the best AoE classes in Diablo 3 and most of the skill trees are built around this class advantage.

Please pay attention that these demon hunter builds are designed for a level 60 Barbarian. The efficient, useful and fun Barbarian skill builds for you to try are:

  • Solo Barbarian Build
  • High DPS Barbarian Build
  • Tank Barbarian Build
  • PVP Barbarian Build

Solo Barbarian Build
Solo Barbarian Build

Solo Barbarian Build

Preview

Active Skills

  • Sidearm (Frenzy)
  • Insanity (Wrath Of The Berserker)
  • Dreadnought (Furious Charge)
  • Wrenching Smash (Ground Stomp)
  • Provocation (Revenge)
  • Ferocity (Battle Rage)

Passive Skills

  • Nerves Of Steel
  • Tough As Nails
  • Superstition

This Barbarian build has balanced damage and survivability. It does more damage than the tank build but the defenses are a bit lower. If you are using this build you don't have to worry much about depending on party because it has some minor self heals as well as offensive buffs that could be activated depending on the situation.

High DPS Barbarian Build
High DPS Barbarian Build

High DPS Barbarian Build

Preview

Active Skills

  • Maniac (Frenzy)
  • Provocation (Revenge)
  • Marauder's Rage (Battle Rage)
  • Trembling Stomp (Ground Stomp)
  • Iron Hide (Ignore Pain)
  • Insanity (Wrath Of The Berserker)

Passive Skills

  • Unforgiving
  • Weapons Master
  • Berserker Rage

This build gives one of the highest possible Barbarian DPS. It is best used when dual wielding two weapons. This build gives impressive burst damage but the survivability is its weak point because it depends on Iron Hide. For some situations it should be enough to use it on emergency but if the fight is long, the Barbarian should kite the enemy while it is off cool-down again. This build is best utilized when in a team because support players can increase the survivability.

Tank Barbarian Build
Tank Barbarian Build

Tank Barbarian Build

Preview

Active Skills

  • Triumph (Frenzy)
  • Blood Lust (Rend)
  • Ignorance Is Bliss (Ignore Pain)
  • Provocation (Revenge)
  • Impunity (War Cry)
  • Striding Giant (Wrath Of The Berserker)

Passive Skills

  • Pound Of Flesh
  • Inspiring Presence
  • Superstition

This is a tanking build which requires using a weapon together with a shield. It is best used in a party but can be played also alone. This build puts emphasis on avoiding damage as well as healing the Barbarian and if things get really tough for the party, War Cry and Wrath Of The Berserker can be a big help.

PVP Barbarian Build
PVP Barbarian Build

PVP Barbarian Build

Preview

Active Skills

  • Maniac (Frenzy)
  • Stagger (Seismic Slam)
  • Marathon (Sprint)
  • Provocation (Revenge)
  • Iron Hide (Ignore Pain)
  • Insanity (Wrath Of The Berserker)

Passive Skills

  • Ruthless
  • Animosity
  • Relentless

This is a good PvP build that focuses a bit more on damage than defenses although it has plenty of defenses, some crowd control and also speed when needed. There is a stun in this build and increased movement to escape tough situations. If things go well the increased attack speed together with high critical rate can significantly damage the opponent.

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