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Diablo 3 Barbarian

Updated on May 21, 2012

Newest Diablo 3 Barbarian Builds - Read Below To Find The Best Current Builds

On this page you will find many builds for Diablo 3 Barbarian. All no-fluff, tried and tested to make sure they work.

Diablo 3 is one of the most awesome Blizzard releases ever, so brace yourself!

Time to go back to Sanctuary and kick some serious demon ass. :)

Take a while to look at the Diablo 3 videos and builds all in this one article, enjoy!

Please leave a comment below with your own build & opinions, thanks :)



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barbarian inferno solo build
barbarian inferno solo build

Diablo 3 Barbarian Build For Solo Farming Inferno ACT 1

"Barbarian solo inferno build"

I've been farming act 1 solo as barbarian in inferno. It's good enough to get through all of the act. Bonus points for not having to swap abilities (and not losing Nephalem Valor buff)...

Here's the build:!UbV!cabccZ

If you're new, you probably don't know this but you need LOTS OF RESISTANCES HERE. You need a shed load of equipment (half) with + resistances AND of course a good weapon. If you don't have one of these yet, just go farm hell some more, it''ll be easy.

Then you have the freakin' mobs that fear you though, they're annoying and you can't quite kill them with this build... So stay the heck away from those.

Once you get your resistances to a level around 200 with a lot of hp, you'll be pretty much immortal. Good times.

You'll be wanting to flush your rage down the "overpower" and "revenge toilets" :) Spam the hell out of those abilities. Get more mobs to attack you if you're not using revenge as much as you'd like... Leap leap leap and leap, you'll want that armor buff!!

Why relentless? So you don't die. It's a nice passive ability, you have to get it. Tank the shit out of mobs with it, hard to die... Relentless is indispensable for this build.

One thing though, this is a solo affair... Once you get 3-4 people in inferno, you're fucked with this build, they become too damn powerful.

Be sure elective mode is on in the options...

Enjoy the build & leave a comment below :)

Diablo 3 Barbarian Stunlock Build

Stunlock barbarian! This beauty is a pretty awesome early-game build. Go in, stun the major threats, and keep them pretty much out of action for the entirety of the fight. Overpowered? Absolutely! This is what makes this so fun to experiment with.

Here's the strategy in action: (see video below)

How to do it right?

Well apart from the basic builds, which we'll cover in a second, you'll want to focus on finding the fastest one-handed weapon you can, preferably with increased attack speed, while focusing the rest of your equipment on pure attack power, more or less ignoring vitality entirely. To offset this a little, you might want to put a shield in your second hand.

Here are a couple of sample builds, prioritising stun skills, then attack bonuses, then defense:!Ycd!aaZab.!bdg!aYcZcc.

The strategy is achieved through a combination of both two major skills. Ground stomp with wrenching smash, and bash with clobber. This spec is fully available from level 18 onwards, though you can target bosses from level 6, so it's pretty well suited to causing havoc at the start of the game. The basic strategy is to charge in, stun everything with ground stomp, then spam bash on the most powerful mobs, while recasting ground stomp as soon as cooldown expires. Leap is kept around if you're getting overwhelmed, allowing you to run away while ground stomp cools down. The clobber rune allows you 35% chance to stun, and when you're spamming bash, your enemy of choice WILL be stunned the vast majority of the time. Done right, you can take down major bosses without them landing a single hit.

While fun, this build is almost exclusively tailored towards normal and nightmare. As you get deeper into the game, so the enemies get given more and more resistances, and the less you're able to dominate with bash. From Hell onwards, the champion/elite mobs start to become immune to stun, and obviously this extends to the bosses. So you'll want to keep this in mind towards the end of nightmare, and come up with a strategy as to where you want to go with your character from there.

Have you made this work for you? Let us know in the comments.

Diablo 3 Barbarian Builds Basics: Read This First If You're Just Starting Out

Get to know the fundamentals..

Barbarians are Diablo 3's answer to the archetypal meat wall warrior class - no frills, no tricks, just huge biceps, and plain brute force.

So how do you play them?

Barbarians are unique in Diablo 3 in that they're the only class to use Fury as their main resource pool. Unlike Mana, Fury builds while the barbarian is in combat, but quickly dissipates once the dust has settled. Hence once the Fury bar has been filled, the barbarian needs to be in combat as much as possible to remain fully 'warmed up'.

However, barbarians are not tanks. Unlike a lot of similar games, Diablo 3 is designed where every character is solo-able, and multiplayer is a fun alternative. To this end there are no roles like Tank or healer - technically every character is DPS, and multiplayer tends to play out like one big bar brawl. Though Barbarians can take a lot of damage, there's no way to control aggro, and the increased damage soak compared to other classes isn't designed to take the place of more than one character; it's to keep you alive only, directly complementing how much face time you spend with your enemies.

Now if you've ever played Diablo 2 then you know how unforgiving mistakes in your build were; choose one wasteful skill, or set one attribute out of place at level 20, say, and come endgame your character is noticeably weaker than those who carefully planned ahead. Diablo 3 doesn't work like this; they've made it impossible to 'ruin' a character, as you essentially switch freely at any time between a set of skills that you pick up at certain levels. So there's no need to worry about anything longterm - this unlimited re-speccing allows you to comfortably experiment with what's available, and pick up a feel for your preferred playing style on the fly, mixing it with the equipment you find throughout your adventure.

The Barbarian can be one of the most fun, exciting classes in the game, but it's also very prone to a quick death the moment you take your eye off the ball. If you're the kind of person who loves to involve themselves in the heart of the action, throwing bodies around and causing absolute carnage, then you will love this class.


Remember that you can re-spec at any time. If a boss is killing you too quickly for example, think about switching out 'Hammer of the Ancients' for 'Weapon Throw', or 'Ruthless' for 'Nerves of Steel'.

The mobs are hard coded to try their best to surround you. In inferno, this is almost inevitable death. Watch the movements of the mobs, try to pre-empt them, and always keep an escape route in mind should things show signs of becoming overwhelming. I'd recommend you always keep your leap skill at hand; remember it works defensively too, allowing you to jump quickly out of a group that's surrounded you, or even to jump out of the enemies' reach to another level of terrain.

For normal and most of nightmare, focus on the skills and equipment that allow you to do as much damage as possible. On these difficulties the enemies don't do nearly enough damage to overpower you, especially when playing in a group, and just having armour is enough. You'll need to balance things a little more by Hell and Inferno however, or the barbarian's tendency to get up close and personal can get you into a lot of trouble very quickly.

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Comment Section: Share your own builds & thoughts, thanks!

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      authority-guide-5 5 years ago

      Diablo 3 strategy guides are everywhere, I wanna know the legitimate ones.

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      yan-wei 5 years ago Barbarians are Diablo 3's answer to the archetypal meat wall warrior class - no frills, no tricks, just huge biceps, and plain brute force.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For the solo inferno build.. I'm sorry, but 200 all resists does NOT make you "immortal".. that statement is so far from truth I honestly wonder if you've really played on inferno..? Most ppl will tell you 600-1000, im currently at 900ish all. That being said, Other than war cry with impunity missing it looks like a decent build. I'm currently handling act 3 pretty well solo, and can farm act 2 easily, but i honestly dont think much build deviation is possible for barbs unfortunately, and survivability is about 99% gear based and 1% skill. If i can offer a tip, it would be DON'T neglect block % or life on hit.. a shield with awesome stats and 10% block goes super cheap on the AH; there's a reason for this. If you find a socketed weapon, use the best amethyst you have.. it will pay off much larger than dps boost from ruby/emerald.

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      aSwellGuy 5 years ago

      Hope they buff the barbarian next patch.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WHat ever happen to having charms in our inventory sacrificing the space to have the charms i miss them :(