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Barbarian Leveling Guide

Barbarian Guide

Welcome to the Diablo 3 Barbarian Leveling Guide section!

The barbarian class is a heavily-armored, mighty breed of men and women who can take almost as much punishment as they can dish out.

In the articles below, you’ll find innumerable tips, tricks, strategies and walk-throughs to help you powerlevel your barbarian through Diablo 3 quickly and easily.

Enjoy the reading!

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This Diablo 3 Barbarian Guide will take you through every detail of the Barbarian class, giving you a mastery over all the barbarian skills and combat tactics. You will learn how to properly gear your barbarian for both survival and high-DPS and which skills are the best to use to beat Inferno Mode.

SECTION I: Barbarian Class Overview (FREE)

    • The History of the Barbarian Class
    • The Main Resource – Fury
    • Barbarian Weapons and Armor Overview
    • Barbarian Attributes and Skills Primer
    • An Introduction to Barbarian Shouts

SECTION II: Important Barbarian Abbreviations

SECTION III: Barbarian Stats & Attributes (Sample Available)

    • Barbarian Stat Priority
    • Strength– It’s Multiple Benefits
    • Armor – All About Damage Reduction
    • Vitality – How It Works and How Much You Need
    • Shield Block – Even More Damage Mitigation
    • Life on Hit vs. Life Steal
    • Resistances – How Much, What Kind and Why
    • Crit % and Crit Damage For Massive DPS
    • Increased Attack Speed (IAS) – For Both Damage and Healing
    • Dexterity
    • Intelligence
    • % Life
    • Chance on Hit to Crowd Control (CC)
    • Reduced Damage From Elites
    • Reduced Damage From Melee
    • Barbarian-Specific Stats

SECTION IV: Barbarian Mechanics In Detail (Sample Available)

    • Stacking of DoTs
    • Dual Wield – How It Works and Why
    • Fury – Fully Explained
    • Strategy: Fury Balanced Builds
    • Strategy: Fury Centered Builds
    • Strategy: Fury Free Builds

SECTION V: Fury Generator’s Analyzed (Sample Available)

    • Bash – A Full Analysis of Skill and Runes
    • Cleave - A Full Analysis of Skill and Runes
    • Frenzy - A Full Analysis of Skill and Runes

SECTION VI: Barbarian Shouts (Sample Available)

    • Threatening Shout
    • War Cry
    • Battle Rage

SECTION VII: Barbarian Followers (Sample Available)

    • Choosing Your Follower
    • Best Follower For the Barbarian
    • The Most Useful Follower Skills / Spec
    • Gearing Your Follower

SECTION VIII: Barbarian Nightmare and Hell Guide

    • Nightmare and Hell Stat Priorities
    • The Best Nightmare and Hell Builds

SECTION IX: Preparing Your Barbarian For Inferno

    • The Proper Inferno Mindset
    • Recommended Inferno Stats By Act

SECTION X: Ultimate Barbarian Inferno Build (Sample Available)

    • Ultimate Survival Inferno Build
    • Hotkey Guide
    • Skill Usage Tips and Explanations

SECTION XI: Gearing Your Barbarian For Inferno

    • Inferno Gear Tips
    • Head
    • Shoulders and Belt
    • Chest and Legs
    • Gloves
    • Boots
    • Bracers
    • Jewelry
    • Weapons
    • Shields

SECTION XII: Barbarian Combat Strategies

SECTION XIII: Barbarian Boss Strategies

Barbarian Leveling Guide: Class Overview

In the Barbarian Class Overview, I will provide and introduction to the barbarian class. A few of the fundamental topics I will cover include:

  • The History of the Barbarian Class
  • The Barbarian’s Main Resource, Fury
  • Barbarian Weapons and Armor
  • Barbarian Attributes and Skills
  • Barbarian Shouts

Barbarian Leveling Build: Part 1

In Part 1 of the Barbarian Leveling Build, I cover the best Barbarian skills and skill runes to use during the early levels of Diablo 3. Not only do I recommend the best skills to use, but I also explain the function of each skill and why it outperforms other abilities.

Barbarian Leveling Build: Part 2

Part 2 of the Barbarian Leveling Build moves on to discuss some of the best skills to use during the middle levels of Diablo 3. At this point in the game, enemies start to hit a little bit harder and gameplay needs to be adjusted accordingly. This build article covers everything you need to know as you adventure further into the world of Sanctuary.

Barbarian Leveling Build: Part 3

In Part 3, the final chapter of the Barbarian Leveling Build, I take a look at the higher level Barbarian abilities that will keep you alive and owning in the later levels of the game.

Inferno Barbarian Stats: Why Strength Sucks!

Learn why strength is not really the best stat for Inferno barbarians and what you should be focusing on instead!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Austin May 29, 2012 at 1:43 am

I want to level a so called duel wielding “Fury” barb. And I was wondering what is the best and fast attack speed weapon type? I was also wondering what are some good moves to go along with that, AoE wise. Please reply back and thank you. =)


Jassper of The Diablo 3 Leveling Guide May 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

Hi Austin,

A couple points to make here:

1) Once you get into Inferno and possibly even Hell, you may really want to consider switching to a 1-handed configuration with a shield. Will make your life a lot easier.

2) For the dual wield config, the current top 1-hander is the Arch Axe, with a top DPS of 285 and 1.3 attacks per second. With 2 of these, the right magic stats and and your 15% dual wield weapon bonus, you’ll definitely be a force to be reckoned with. Even with lesser weapons, you’ll be a fury-generating machine so you’re going to get the most mileage out of high damage, high fury cost abilities. Hammer of the Ancients and Whirlwind are two of your best options for Fury spenders. Add Frenzy into the mix as your Fury generator and your attack speed/Fury generation will be through the roof (Just don’t get hit!)


Thomas June 7, 2012 at 6:56 am


I was wondering, as I’m currently leveling a barbarian on D3, and I was wondering, what difference would a 2h barbarian have? since most 2h weapons wield the same damage as an 1h tho slower, ofcourse min damage is higher, but still since most people recomment me using a shield and 1h as I will be using it in Inferno etc.

Just wondering what your intake is on a 2h weapon next to Dual wield/ 1h shield combo.

Keep up the good work, my monk rocks thanks to your guidance!


Jassper of The Diablo 3 Leveling Guide June 8, 2012 at 9:03 am

Hey Thomas,

With a 2H weapon you’ll end up doing quite a bit of damage but will be sacrificing ancillary stats and survivability as a result. If you’re playing solo in Inferno Mode, I really wouldn’t recommend the 2-hander. If you’ve got a group, on the other hand, the story could change depending on the makeup.

I’m glad your monk is kicking butt!


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