An ideal barbarian level build is important in Diablo 4 to make fast progress with the furious melee class. This guide shows you which skills and tactics are the easiest way to increase your barbarian’s level.
Why you need a barbarian level build: Since June 2, Diablo 4 finally welcomes you to the spheres of hell. At least if you have received early access from a Deluxe or Ultimate Edition. As typical for the series, there are once again tons of unholy creatures ready to be slaughtered, but the self-confident slaves of hell won’t make it too easy for you.
Therefore, you’ll have to level up your barbarian quickly and properly, especially with the endgame in mind. However, not every build is good for this, which is why we will show you how to create a very progress-oriented barbarian. Among other things, you’ll learn in which order you should learn which skills, and how you can most effectively ram Satan’s envoys into the ground.
Barbarian Level Build with Death Blow / Hammer of the Ancients
Basically, the barbarian is the best choice for melee fighters in Diablo 4. This is also because the raging colossus can equip up to four weapons simultaneously and thus maximize the damage of his attacks.
However, in order to increase the barbarian’s level without significant lengths, our level build focuses on two particularly strong “tools”: the damage-oriented Death Blow ability and the murderous Hammer of the Ancients. You can find out exactly what their advantages are in the pro/con box below.
Generally, the Hammer of the Ancients skill must be assigned to a two-handed mace, while Frenzy generally requires two-handed weapons. Once you have the Walking Arsenal skill, assign Death Blow and Leap to your two-handed slashing weapon.
These Are the Talents Your Barbarian Needs From Level 1 to 50
So that your barbarian can’t save himself from level-up messages, you should activate the following skills (in the given order) in your skill tree. Up to the 50th level, a total of 58 skill points can be distributed, also thanks to the Renown system.
|3||Hammer of the Ancients|
|4||Enhanced Hammer of the Ancients|
|5||Furious Hammer of the Ancients|
|8||Enhanced Rallying Cry|
|9||Strategic Rallying Cry|
|10||Hammer of the Ancients Level 2|
|11||Hammer of the Ancients Level 3|
|15||Hammer of the Ancients Level 4|
|16||Hammer of the Ancients Level 5|
|18||Enhanced Death Blow|
|19||Warrior’s Death Blow|
|21||Death Blow Level 2|
|22||Death Blow Level 3|
|23||Death Blow Level 4|
|24||Death Blow Level 5|
|25||Wrath of the Berserker|
|26||Prime Wrath of the Berserker|
|27||Supreme Wrath of the Berserker|
|30||Furious Impulse Level 2|
|31||Furious Impulse Level 3|
|33||Swiftness Level 2|
|35||Swiftness Level 3|
|42||Thick Skin Level 2|
|43||Thick Skin Level 3|
|50||Pit Fighter Level 2|
|51||Pit Fighter Level 3|
If you need to respec your skills, you can do so any time with enough resources. So you will be able to also try some different play styles during your progress.
How to play the barbarian until level 50: Your main goal should always be to build up a lot of Fury in a short time. To do this, use all “sources” (primarily, of course, you have to beat up as many enemies as possible) and let the Hammer of the Ancients skill speak at maximum Fury level.
In addition, use Death Blow, which you will quickly love for the fact that it not only does a lot of damage, but can also be executed again immediately after a successful attack.
Best combat tactics for the Barbarian:
- When a skirmish begins, first generate rage by using the Leap and Frency abilities.
- To keep your damage per second equally high, tie in as many Fury sources as possible.
- Wait until Fury is completely replenished, then hit hard with the Hammer of the Ancients ability and repeat the process.
- The best way to deal the death blow to enemies is with (yes, you’ve guessed it) Death Blow, as it generates Fury at the same time and, as mentioned, is not subject to any cooldown when used successfully.
- When your rage level is low, use Rallying Cry to build up new rage.
This is the Specialization You Choose as a Barbarian
When you reach the fifth level, you automatically unlock your barbarian’s specialization, Weapon Expertise. From this point on, you’ll increase the level of expertise bonuses with each strike of the weapon in question. Here you should apply said bonuses to two-handed swords. And this is because you’ll get an additional “bleed” effect from it.
Barbarian Level Build: The Right Equipment Values and Legendaries
Even as a muscle-bound constant fighter whose life is constantly threatened, you have to think of your future or the endgame to a certain extent. As in many other role-playing games, in Diablo 4 it’s important to save the best for last. Thus, whenever you find Legendary items or Aspects, use them only together with other very rare items.
When choosing equipment, always focus on the highest damage per second; these are almost inevitably two-handed weapons. Lastly, for leveling purposes, it’s also important to favor certain Affixes that you can equip your “Hammer of the Ancients weapon” with. The most important Affixes are the following (once again, in the given order):
- DPS value on all weapon slots
- Rank of the Hammer of the Ancients as well as Death Blow
- Damage with Mace, Core and Weapon Masteries
Damage during Fortified, Berserking and Healthy
Critical hit chance and critical damage
- Armor value
Damage reduction during Fortified
- Duration of crowd control
Reduction of cooldowns
Legendaries: Unlock the Aspect of Ancestral Force by completing the Sunken Ruins in Scosglen. To apply this Aspect to an item, you must visit the Occultist.
Also important for strengthening the Hammer of the Ancient skill are Edgemaster’s Aspect, Aspect of Ancestral Force, Weapon Master’s Aspect, and Aspect of the Expectant. This is followed by other Aspects such as damage reduction or attack speed increase.
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