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Diablo 3 Barbarian Leveling Build – Part 1 of 3

by Jassper of The Diablo 3 Leveling Guide

Diablo 3 Barbarian Leveling BuildThis Diablo 3 Barbarian Leveling Build guide will discuss what I believe will the most powerful and fastest-leveling barbarian build available in Diablo 3.  For a complete guide to all of the best barbarian leveling specs and skills, look forward to the comprehensive Diablo 3 Leveling Secrets guide, currently still in production.

Best Barbarian Leveling Build

For the purposes of this leveling guide, I am going to assume that we all have the singular goal of creating a barbarian spec that will mold your character into the ideal power leveling juggernaut to plow through the enemy as quickly as possible.

To that end, I will be focusing on the best barbarian skills to use while leveling for high-damage AOE attacks, life regeneration and reliable fury to keep the action moving forward quickly.

This guide assumes that you are leveling by yourself. If leveling with a group, you will obviously need to consider your group composition when deciding which role you will play and how you should spec your barbarian.

* UPDATE: Part 1 of the Barbarian Leveling Build has been updated with the latest information from the final release of Diablo III.

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Barbarian Leveling Build: Levels 1-10

During the first 10 levels of your newly-created barbarian’s journey, there are several skills you should definitely use to get started on your way.  Some of these abilities may not be available when you first start out but that’s ok. Make use of the skills that you do have access to in the meantime and simply respec accordingly when the suggested barbarian skills become available.

Below are the 3 active skills and 1 passive skill that will be the most beneficial for easy leveling in the early stages of D3:

Barbarian CleaveActive Barbarian Skill – Cleave (Fury Generator)

Since your primary strategy in leveling will be to kill groups of enemies as quickly as possible, Cleave will be a great asset while leveling. It hits multiple targets at once for 120% weapon damage and generates 5 Fury per attack. This will be your main Fury-generating attack.

Best Skill Rune- Rupture

The Rupture rune adds even more AOE awesomeness to an already great skill. With Rupture activated, any enemy you kill using Cleave will explode and do 85% damage to every single monster within a radius of 8 yards. As I’ve said a million times, increasing your AOE damage is the key to faster leveling and Rupture is made for exactly that.

Barbarian RendActive Barbarian Skill – Rend (Fury Spender)

Rend is another great AOE attack that actually places a bleed, or damage over time effect (DoT), on your enemies. This bleed does 210% weapon damage and last for 3 seconds. Very handy to open with this in a fight to get the bleed damage rolling as you continue attacking with other abilities.

Best Skill Rune- (None available for levels 1-10)

Barbarian Leap Attack

Active Barbarian Skill – Leap Attack (Fury Generator)

Leap Attack allows your barbarian to jump to a nearby location on the map and cause 125% weapon damage to everything within an 8 yard radius. Not only will Leap give you a bit of a speed boost while darting around Sanctuary, but more importantly it will allow you to gather up enemies quickly and efficiently with its AOE damage. Leap Attack generates  15 Fury and has a relatively short cooldown of 10 seconds. It’s a great opener for any fight.

Best Skill Rune- (None available for levels 1-10)

Barbarian Ancient SpearActive Barbarian Skill – Ancient Spear (Fury Generator)

Ancient Spear is a handy skill to help bring the fight to you. With this ability, your barbarian can throw a spear at an enemy and pull him back to you if he’s trying to get away. Ancient spear will place a 60% movement debuff on the affect target and will also cause damage of 185%.

Best Skill Rune- (None available for levels 1-10)

Barbarian Pound of FleshPassive Barbarian Skill – Pound of Flesh

Pound of Flesh gives the barbarian a 25% increased chance of finding a health globe when killing an enemy and each health globe will grant an additional 100% additional life. This is a pretty enormously powerful skill, as it will really allow you to take on much larger groups of enemies without too much fear of dying.

The reason I chose Pound of Flesh vs. Ruthless is because the relatively modest damage increase offered by Ruthless is peanuts compared to the overall amount of extra damage you’ll be doing when you’re able to round of groups of baddies substantially larger than you would otherwise be able to handle.    

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Wrap Up

I hope you have enjoyed Part 1 of the Diablo 3 Barbarian Leveling Build Guide. In Part 2, I will cover the best skills to use as you advance your barbarian through levels 11-20.


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