Best Diablo 4 class builds: Rogue, Druid, Necromancer, Sorcerer, and Barbarian

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The best part of ARPGs like Diablo 4 is crafting powerful character builds, especially now that we're in Season 2 of the game's service life cycle. As each season brings about patches and balancing tweaks, the landscape of optimal character builds evolves, keeping the gameplay fresh and engaging.

It can be quite challenging to navigate the vast array of talents available for all five classes, and maximizing the efficiency and synergy of your skill points. We've been exploring various build concepts since the early stages of the game's Early Access, which began in March all the way up to its current Season, Season of Blood.

Through this journey, we've uncovered several exceptional builds that will provide a significant advantage against the formidable forces of Lilith. In this guide, we'll introduce our favorite builds for each Diablo 4 class. You'll find insights into skills, upgrades, leveling strategies, and gameplay tactics that make these builds shine. These builds will perform well in both the Eternal Realm and the Seasonal Realm.

Best Diablo 4 Necromancer build guide: Leveling, endgame, and skills

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The Necromancer was one of the strongest classes in Diablo 4 during its March betas, but since then, nerfs to its summons and its low mobility have knocked it to the bottom of the meta. With that said, you can still make a very powerful and viable Necromancer setup by building around Bone Spear, a Core talent that's arguably the best option on the Necromancer skill tree. It allows you to fire high damage projectiles at enemies that pierce through them and hit multiple targets, which then shatter into smaller projectiles for even more damage. Unlike most Core talents, Bone Spear is excellent for both single-target sniping and area-of-effect (AoE) monster clearing, making it extremely versatile and reliable throughout the leveling process and the endgame grind.

You'll mainly use the Bone Splinters Basic talent to build up your Essence resource, which will then be used on Bone Spear casts. You'll also use Corpse Explosion to dish out hard-hitting AoE damage, Corpse Tendrils to Stun and Slow foes and make them Vulnerable (this debuff makes enemies take 20% more damage), Blood Mist for temporary damage immunity and healing utility, and the Bone Storm Ultimate to shred dangerous mobs that are close to you.

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2Bone SplintersBasic
Row 1 - Cell 0 Use Raise SkeletonBook of the Dead
3Enhanced Bone SplintersBasic
4Bone SpearCore
5Enhanced Bone SpearCore
Row 5 - Cell 0 ‍Use Skeletal Warriors - SkirmishersBook of the Dead
6Supernatural Bone SpearCore
Row 7 - Cell 0 Respec to Paranormal Bone Spear after getting the Splintering Offensive Aspect from the Guulrhan Slums dungeon laterRespec After Gear Acquisition
7Bone SpearCore
8Blood MistMacabre
Row 10 - Cell 0 Sacrifice Skeletal Warriors - SkirmishersBook of the Dead
9Corpse ExplosionCorpse
10Enhanced Corpse ExplosionCorpse
11Blighted Corpse ExplosionCorpse
12-14Bone Spear x3Core
15-17Grim Harvest x3Corpse
Row 16 - Cell 0 Sacrifice Skeletal Mages - ColdBook of the Dead
18Hewed FleshCore
19Corpse TendrilsCorpse
20Enhanced Corpse TendrilsCorpse
21Plagued Corpse TendrilsCorpse
22-24Serration x3Macabre
25-27Compound Fracture x3Macabre
Row 23 - Cell 0 Use Golems - BoneBook of the Dead
28-30Evulsion x3Macabre
31Stand AloneUltimate
32-34Momento Mori x3Ultimate
Row 27 - Cell 0 Sacrifice Golems - IronBook of the Dead
35Ossified EssenceKey Passive
36Bone StormUltimate
37Prime Bone StormUltimate
38Supreme Bone StormUltimate
39-42Corpse Explosion x3Corpse
43Unliving EnergyCore
44-46Imperfectly Balanced x3Core
47-48Hewed Flesh x2Core
49Stand AloneUltimate
Renown 1-3Fueled by DeathCorpse
Renown 4Stand AloneUltimate
Renown 5-6Unliving EnergyCore
Renown 7Acolyte's Bone SplintersBasic
Renown 8-10Death's ReachCurse

Passive skills like Serration, Compound Fracture, Evulsion, Imperfectly Balanced, and the Ossified Essence Key Passive all significantly raise the damage and Critical Hit Chance of your Bone Spears. Unliving Energy, Grim Harvest, Hewed Flesh, meanwhile, ensure that you'll have plenty of Corpses to use and make it easier to generate lots of Essence.

For this build, it's better to sacrifice your minions for the strong passive bonuses you get than it is to summon them, so you should do so with your Skeletal Warriors and Mages to get extra Critical Strike Chance and damage against Vulnerable foes. You'll use your Bone Golem in battle once you reach Level 25, though you should swap to and sacrifice Iron Golems for the massive extra 30% Critical Strike Damage at Level 32. The passive Stand Alone and Momento Mori skills provide benefits for sacrificing, with the former giving you a nice chunk of damage reduction and the latter improving your sacrifice bonuses.

With the extra skill points you can earn from Diablo 4's Renown system, it's best to further upgrade your passives and invest in the Fueled by Death talent for extra damage after using Corpses. Acolyte's Bone Splinters should also be taken so that your Basic skill raises your Critical Hit Chance, and Death's Reach is great for raising your Bone Spear DPS against faraway targets.

Best Necromancer Aspects, gear, and gems

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Here are the Legendary Aspects we recommend looking for as you take this Necromancer build past the campaign and into the endgame.

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‍Splintering Offensive AspectBone Spear's primary attack makes enemies hit beyond the first Vulnerable for [1.5-2.5] seconds. Bone Shards from Bone Spear deal [50-100%] bonus damage to Vulnerable enemies and pierce them.Guulrahn Slums, Dry Steppes
Resource Aspect of the UmbralRestore [1-4] resource of your Primary Resource when you Crowd Control an enemy.Champion's Demise, Dry Steppes
‍Resource Aspect of TormentCritical Strikes with Bone Skills increase your Essence Regeneration by [20-30]%[x] for 4 seconds.Black Asylum, Fractured Peaks

Additionally, you should also keep an eye out for the below Unique items as you grind endgame activities like Nightmare Dungeons or Helltides.

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Unique ItemTypeBonus
Deathless VisageHelmBone Spear leaves behind echoes as it travels that explode, dealing [10 - 3,175] damage.
Black RiverScytheCorpse Explosion consumes up to 4 additional Corpses around the initial Corpse, dealing [122 - 130]% increased damage and with a [21 - 25]% larger radius per additional Corpse.
Fists of FateGlovesYour attacks randomly deal 1% to [200 – 300]% of their normal damage

You should also add these gems to your weapons, armor, and jewelry to get some valuable stat buffs.

  • Weapon: Sapphires (extra Critical Strike Damage against Crowd Controlled enemies)
  • Armor: Skulls (improved healing from Blood Mist)
  • Jewelry: Diamond (extra resistance to all elements)

Best Diablo 4 Druid build guide: Leveling, endgame, and skills

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There are lots of great Druid builds in Diablo 4 thanks to the incredible skill diversity in the class' kit. After experimenting with the Druid skill tree extensively — we've tried everything from a Werewolf setup with Rabies and wolf companions to an approach that was completely centered around Storm and Earth Magic — we've settled on a build that takes advantage of the Werebear form's brawling abilities and the amazing Pulverize AoE Core skill.

Early on, you'll use Storm Strike for the 25% damage resistance it provides to counteract the Druid's early game squishiness. Once you unlock and max out Rampaging Pulverize and pick up Earthen Bulwark for defensive utility, you can swap it for Maul. At this point, Pulverize will frequently Stun foes and deal Overpower damage, while Maul will ensure you're almost always in your tanky Werebear form.

After this, you'll take Trample for its value as a mobility and initiation tool, Mending for extra healing from potions, and Provocation for even more Overpower damage every 20 seconds. Next, get the Grizzly Rage Ultimate for the massive damage and damage resistance buffs the Ultimate gives you, along with passives that bolster your offense and defense like Wild Impulses, Predatory Instinct, and Iron Fur. Ursine Strength raises your health by 20% when you're in Werebear form (you very rarely won't be), so choosing this Key Passive for the build is a no-brainer. 

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2Storm StrikeBasic
3Enhanced Storm StrikeBasic
4Fierce Storm StrikeBasic
6Enhanced PulverizeCore
7Raging PulverizeCore
8-11Pulverize x4Core
12Earthen BulwarkDefensive
13Enhanced Earthen BulwarkDefensive
14Preserving Earthen BulwarkDefensive
15Heart of the WildCore
16-18Abundance x3Core
Row 12 - Cell 0 Respec Storm Strike into Maul, Enhanced Maul, and Fierce Maul Respec
21-23Provocation x3Wrath
24Poison CreeperCompanion
25Grizzly RageUltimate
26Prime Grizzly RageUltimate
27Supreme Grizzly RageUltimate
28-30Wild Impulses x3Core
31-33Predatory Instinct x3Core
34Iron FurCore
35Ursine StrengthKey Passive
Row 24 - Cell 0 Acquire Offensive Aspect of the Ursine Horror gear (Aspect is available from Belfry Zakara in Hawezar)Gear Acquisition
Row 25 - Cell 0 Acquire Utility Aspect of Quicksand gear (Aspect is available from Ferals' Den in Scosglen)Gear Acquisition
36-38Crushing Earth x3Wrath
Row 27 - Cell 0 Respec Raging Pulverize into Primal PulverizeRespec
39-41Defiance x3Ultimate
42-44Stone Guard x3Wrath
45-46Iron Fur x2Core
47-49Defensive Posture x3Ultimate
Renown 1-4Earthen Bulwark x4Defensive
Renown 5-7Safeguard x3Wrath
Renown 8Enhanced TrampleWrath
Renown 9Natural TrampleWrath
Renown 10Circle of LifeUltimate

The build truly starts to take off once you get some gear with the Offensive Aspect of the Ursine Horror and Utility Aspect of Quicksand on it (use the Codex of Power if you don't find the Aspects in the wild). The former transforms Pulverize into an Earth skill and adds tectonic spikes that deal damage-over-time (DoT) after each cast, while the latter Slows enemies hit by Earth skills by 25-50%. Together, these two Aspects make Pulverize even deadlier, give it additional utility, and make it compatible with powerful damage buff passives like Crushing Earth and Defiance. 

Respec Raging Pulverize to Primal Pulverize (the Stuns it provides won't get much value anymore now that you're Slowing everything), and cap the build off with Stone Guard, extra levels of Iron Fur, and Defensive Posture for increased Fortify gains from all your Fortify-generating skills.

With your Renown skill points, fully upgrade Earthen Bulwark and invest in Safeguard for even more Fortify tankiness. Upgrading Trample to Natural Trample will help you get Fortify as well, and Circle of Life will make your Earth version of Pulverize restore lost HP with Mending-enhanced healing.

Best Druid Aspects, gear, and gems

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In addition to the Aspects that are already crucial for the Pulverize build, these will enhance it even further.

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Aspect of RetaliationYour Core skills deal up to [20-40]%[x] increased damage based on your amount of Fortify.Seaside Descent, Dry Steppes
Aspect of the Changeling's DebtDamaging a Poisoned enemy with a Werebear Skill will instantly deal [120-150]% of the Poisoning damage and consume the Poisoning.Conclave, Kehjistan
Aspect of the Rampaging WerebeastThe duration of Grizzly Rage is increased by [1-5] seconds. In addition, Critical Strikes while Grizzly Rage is active increase your Critical Strike Damage by 10%[x] for the duration.Endless Gates, Hawezar

And these are the Uniques that synergize with this build. Keep an eye out for them as you play through the endgame.

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Unique ItemTypeBonus
Vasily's PrayerHelmYour Earth Skills are now also Werebear Skills and Fortify you.
Insatiable FuryChestWerebear form is now your true form, and you gain +2 Ranks to all Werebear Skills.
Mother's EmbraceRingIf a Core Skill hits 5 or more enemies, (20-40)% of the Resource cost is refunded

Finally, make sure you slot your gear with the following gems for bonuses that synergize well with this setup.

  • Weapon: Ruby (adds Overpower damage)
  • Armor: Sapphire (damage reduction while Fortified)
  • Jewelry: Skulls (extra Armor points)

Best Diablo 4 Sorcerer build guide: Leveling, endgame, and skills

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The Sorcerer is the best Diablo 4 class for dealing ranged damage, and overall, the Sorcerer skill tree is quite diverse. Ahead of launch, we favored a setup with a combination of Frost and Pyromancy, but in the full game, we've found this build that goes all in on Arc Lash Basic skill and the Chain Lightning Core skill to be the most effective. Arc Lash does fantastic DPS despite being a Basic skill, while Chain Lightning's lethal AoE makes it perfect for clearing rooms of trash mobs. As such, you'll want to fully upgrade and max out both of them  early on. Unstable Currents, your Ultimate, has an extremely long cooldown but is also incredibly powerful, so you should save it for boss fights and groups of Elites.

You'll also want to take Teleport, Ice Armor, and Frost Nova, all three of which offer phenomenal defensive utility that will carry you to the endgame and beyond. Teleport should be used to escape close-range foes or deadly incoming attacks, while Ice Armor absorbs damage and also boosts your Mana regen when enhanced. Frost Nova is your "panic button" that Freezes all monsters around you when you cast it and makes them Vulnerable when upgraded.

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2Arc LashBasic
3Enhanced Arc LashBasic
4Flickering Arc LashBasic
5Chain LightningCore
6Enhanced Chain LightningCore
7Greater Chain LightningCore
9Ice ArmorDefensive
10Frost NovaDefensive
11-14Chain Lightning x4Core
15-18Arc Lash x4Basic
Row 11 - Cell 0 Enchantment Slot 1: Chain LightningEnchantment Slot
19Enhanced Frost NovaDefensive
20Mystical Frost NovaDefensive
21Enhanced TeleportDefensive
22Shimmering TeleportDefensive
23Enhanced Ice ArmorDefensive
24Align the ElementsConjuration
25Unstable CurrentsUltimate
26Prime Unstable CurrentsUltimate
28-29Glass Cannon x2Defensive
30Fire BoltBasic
Row 23 - Cell 0 Enchantment Slot 2: Fire BoltEnchantment Slot
31-33Fiery SurgeUltimate
34Glass CannonDefensive
35Vyr's MasteryKey Passive
36Coursing CurrentsUltimate
40Endless PyreUltimate
45-47Elemental DominanceCore
48-49Icy Veil x2Mastery
Renown 1Icy VeilMastery
Renown 2-3Protection x2Conjuration
Renown 4-6Mana Shield x3Conjuration
Renown 7-10Teleport x4Defensive

For your Enchantment Slots, use Chain Lightning for the first one and Fire Bolt for the second. Enchanting Chain Lightning will make an additional Chain Lightning cast proc when you have over 100 Mana, while Fire Bolt will add additional Burning damage to your attacks that lets you benefit from passives like Fiery Surge (extra Mana regen when killing Burning enemies), Warmth (health regen when near Burning enemies), and Endless Pyre (extra Burning damage to foes already Burning).

Some other excellent passives to use for damage bonuses are Glass Cannon, Coursing Currents, and Elemental Dominance, with your Key Passive Vyr's Mastery buffing Shock damage and also providing you with 20% damage resistance. Align the Elements, Protection, Electrocution, and Icy Veil, meanwhile, shore up your defenses and make you more resilient.

With your final 10 capstone points from your Renown, fully upgrading Icy Veil, Protection, and Teleport will maximize your defensive utility. Mana Shield is also worth investing in, as it'll provide some extra damage resistance whenever you use 100 Mana.

Best Sorcerer Aspects, gear, and gems

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These Legendary Aspects will enhance this build as you delve into the endgame, making it even more powerful.

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Aspect of the Unbroken TetherChain Lightning has a [25- 35%] chance to chain 2 additional times.Extraction
Mage-Lord's AspectThe Vyr's Mastery Key Passive's Damage Reduction is increased by [20-30%] for each Close enemy, up to [60-90%].Extraction
Recharging AspectEach time Chain Lightning bounces off you, gain [4-6] Mana.Zenith, Fractured Peaks
Aspect of ControlYou deal [30-40]%[x] more damage to Immobilized, Stunned, or Frozen enemies.Sunken Library, Kehjistan
Aspect of the ExpectantAttacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by [5-10]% up to 30%.Underroot, Scosglen

As you continue to progress further and further into the endgame, you'll want to use these Uniques if you come across them.

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Unique ItemTypeBonus
Esu's HeirloomBootsYour Critical Strike Chance is increased by [15 – 25%] of your Movement Speed bonus.
Raiment of the infiniteChestAfter using Teleport, Close enemies are Pulled to you and Stunned for [2 – 3] seconds, but Teleport’s cooldown is increased by 20%.
Mother's EmbraceRingIf a Core Skill hits 5 or more enemies, (20-40)% of the Resource cost is refunded

To bolster your offense and defense, make sure you socket these gems into your equipment for their bonuses.

  • Weapon: Topaz (extra Basic skill damage)
  • Armor: Diamond (adds Barrier generation)
  • Jewelry: Diamond (adds resistance to all elements)

Best Diablo 4 Rogue build guide: Leveling, endgame, and skills

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Rogue has become one of the most powerful classes in Diablo 4 thanks to the insane damage you can dish out with a Twisting Blades build. This is easily the best talent on the Rogue skill tree, as it impales enemies on your blades, which then through foes for even more damage as they return to you. The goal of this setup is to maximize the damage each use of Twisting Blades does with mobility, crowd control, and various buffs while also ensuring that you have plenty of defensive options to counteract the Rogue's inherent squishiness. 

First, you'll take and upgrade Puncture for its solid damage output, ability to Slow and make enemies Vulnerable, and Energy resource generation. Then, you'll get Twisting Blades and upgrade it to Advanced Twisting Blades for faster subsequent cooldowns. Dash and Shadow Step are phenomenal mobility skills that make it easy to "guide" your returning Twisting Blades through crowds of enemies while also dealing extra damage, with Dark Shroud shadows giving you a powerful damage reduction buff.

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3Enhanced PunctureBasic
4Fundamental PunctureBasic
5Twisting BladesCore
6Enhanced Twisting BladesCore
7Advanced Twisting BladesCore
9Shadow StepAgility
10-12Twisting Blades x3Core
13Dark ShroudSubterfuge
14Enhanced Dark ShroudSubterfuge
15Subverting Dark ShroudSubterfuge
Row 12 - Cell 0 Combo Points SpecializationSpecialization
16Poison TrapSubterfuge
17Enhanced Poison TrapSubterfuge
18Twisting BladesCore
19Enhanced Shadow StepAgility
20Methodical Shadow StepAgility
Row 18 - Cell 0 Switch Combo Points to Inner SightSpecialization
21-23Exploit x3Subterfuge
25-27Innervation x3Ultimate
28Adrenaline RushUltimate
29-31Haste x3Ultimate
32-34Trap Mastery x3Ultimate
35MomentumKey Passive
36-38Concussive x3Agility
39-41Siphoning Strikes x3Core
42Deadly VenomImbuement
43Alchemical AdvantageImbuement
44-46Debilitating Toxins x3Imbuement
47-49Weapon MasteryAgility
Renown 1-3Shutter Step x3Core
Renown 4Enhanced DashAgility
Renown 5Disciplined DashAgility
Renown 6-8Malice x3Subterfuge
Renown 9-10Dash x2Agility

Next, you'll fully upgrade Twisting Blades for maximum damage while also picking up Poison Trap and enhancing it so your traps Knock Down foes in addition to poisoning them, making it easier to maneuver. Then, upgrade to Methodical Shadow Step so that it Stuns enemies, and at Level 20, choose the Inner Sight Specialization that gives you unlimited Energy for several seconds after hitting enough targets marked with a purple eye icon. While this buff is active, you can launch tons of Twisting Blades attacks without having to worry about resource management.

Take Momentum as your Key Passive for the massive increase to movement speed, damage reduction, and Energy regen it provides. Then, to buff up your offense and uptime, you want lots of other passive skills. Exploit, Innervation, Adrenaline Rush, Haste, Trap Mastery, Concussive, Deadly Venom, Alchemical Advantage, and Weapon Mastery are our favorites. Sturdy, Siphoning Strikes, and Debilitating Toxins, meanwhile, are potent defensive passives that reduce incoming damage or heal you as you tear through Lilith's armies.

There's not much you can do to elevate the build further once you reach Level 50 and can put your extra Renown points to good use, though upgrading Dash and getting both Shutter Step and Malice for a bit of extra damage doesn't hurt.

Best Rogue Aspects, gear, and gems

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These Legendary Aspects will make this already-great build even stronger, so make sure you hunt them down as you move from leveling to endgame.

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Bladedancer's AspectTwisting Blades orbit for a short time after they return to you, dealing [10-15%] of Twisting Blades' return damage per hit. Based on the distance the blades returned, the orbit damage increases up to [20-30%] of the return damage.Jalal's Vigil, Scosglen
Ravenous AspectKilling a Vulnerable enemy grants you [50-70%] increased Energy Regeneration for 4 seconds.Shifting City, Dry Steppes
Edgemaster's AspectSkills deal up to [10- 20%] increased damage based on your available Primary Resource when cast, receiving the maximum benefit while you have full Primary Resource.Oldstones, Scosglen

While slicing and dicing your way through Nightmare Dungeons and other endgame activities, keep an eye out for these Uniques.

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Unique ItemTypeBonus
Grasp of ShadowGlovesLucky Hit: Damaging a Vulnerable enemy with a Marskman or Cutthroat Skill has up to a [20 – 30%] chance to summon a Shadow Clone that mimics your attack.
Asheara's KhanjarDaggerHits with this weapon increase your Attack Speed by [4 – 6%] for 4 seconds, up to [20 – 30%].
Mother's EmbraceRingIf a Core Skill hits 5 or more enemies, (20-40)% of the Resource cost is refunded

Make sure to use these gems to gain some valuable bonuses to your attacks and defensive stats.

  • Weapon: Sapphire (Critical Strike Damage against Crowd Controlled enemies)
  • Armor: Ruby (adds maximum HP)
  • Jewelry: Skulls (adds extra Armor points)

Best Diablo 4 Barbarian build guide: Leveling, endgame, and skills

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Last but certainly not least is the Barbarian, which skyrocketed to the top of Diablo 4's endgame meta after the class got some big buffs ahead of Diablo 4's official launch. Though there are several good talents and setups you can put together with the Barbarian skill tree, nothing tops a build centered around the mobility of the Lunging Strike Basic skill and the class' iconic Whirlwind Core skill. The former makes it incredibly easy to leap between targets and generate tons of Fury to use with the latter, allowing you to shred entire rooms of monsters to pieces in seconds with Whirlwind's deadly AoE.

In addition to your core rotation between Lunging Strike and Whirlwind, you'll also be using Leap whenever you need to quickly get away from a deadly attack while your evade is on cooldown or you want to start fighting an enemy outside of Lunging Strike's range. Additionally, you'll need to rely heavily on shout skills like Rallying Cry and War Cry for extra Fury generation, movement and attack speed, and protection whenever you're in the thick of the fray (these buffs are applied to nearby allies as well). When you need a little extra firepower, use the Call of the Ancients Ultimate to summon three spirit Barbarians that fight at your side.

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2Lunging Strike Basic
3Enhanced Lunging Strike Basic
5Battle Lunging StrikeBasic
6Enhanced WhirlwindCore
7Furious WhirlwindCore
8Rallying CryDefensive
9Enhanced Rallying CryDefensive
10Tactical Rallying CryDefensive
11-14Whirlwind x4Core
15War CryBrawling
16Enhanced War CryBrawling
17Power War CryBrawling
19Enhanced LeapBrawling
20Power LeapBrawling
21HamstringWeapon Mastery
22Booming VoiceBrawling
23Raid LeaderBrawling
24Booming VoiceBrawling
25Aggressive ResistanceBrawling
26-28Prolific Fury x3Brawling
29-31Pit Fighter x3Weapon Mastery
32Call of the AncientsUltimate
33Prime Call of the AncientsUltimate
34Supreme Call of the AncientsUltimate
35Unbridled RageKey Passive
36-39Rallying Cry x4Defensive
40-41Raid Leader x2Brawling
42Booming VoiceBrawling
43-45Heavy Handed x3Ultimate
46-48No Mercy x3Weapon Mastery
49Pressure PointCore
Renown 1-2Pressure Point x2Core
Renown 3-5Guttural Yell x3Brawling
Renown 6-7Thick Skin x2Weapon Mastery
Renown 8-10Counteroffensive x3Weapon Mastery

You want Unbridled Rage as your Key Passive for significantly more Whirlwind DPS, along with a huge variety of different passives that improve your Fury generation, raise your offensive and defensive capabilities, and strengthen the effects of your shouts. All of these passives are listed in the table above.

One incredibly powerful skill that levels the build up even further is Hamstring, which makes your Battle Lunging Strike and Furious Whirlwind skills Slow enemies as they inflict Bleeding. This stops monsters from escaping your fury once you're in their face, and also allows you to infinitely take advantage of No Mercy's increased Critical Strike Chance against Slowed foes. You can take advantage of Hamstring even more if you use a two-handed sword for your weapon since its Arsenal bonus deals 20% of your damage as Bleed, or you could opt to use a two-handed axe for extra damage against the targets you make Vulnerable with the Pressure Point passive. Whichever weapon you choose, make sure you use the other's bonus in your Weapon Technique slot.

The best use of your extra Renown points is to max out Pressure Point and Thick Skin, while picking up some useful additional passives like Guttural Yell and Counteroffensive for further combat buffs.

Best Barbarian Aspects, gear, and gems

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This Whirlwind build is incredibly strong on its own, but it'll perform even better in the late stages of the campaign and in the endgame with these Legendary Aspects.

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Aspect of AnemiaLucky Hit: Direct damage against Bleeding enemies has up to a [20-30]% chance to Stun them for 2 seconds.Kor Dragan Barracks, Fractured Peaks
Aspect of Berserk RippingWhenever you deal direct damage while Berserking, inflict [20-30%] if the base damage dealt as additional Bleeding damage over 5 seconds.Mournfield, Dry Steppes
Bold Chieftain's AspectWhenever you cast a Shout Skill, its Cooldown is reduced by [2.7-5.4] seconds per Nearby enemy, up to a maximum of 12 seconds.Extraction
Aspect of MightBasic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for [2.0-6.0] seconds.Dark Ravine, Dry Steppes

Next, look for these Unique items as you progress into the endgame for better survivability and total damage output.

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Unique ItemTypeBonus
Gohr's Devastating GripsGlovesWhirlwind explodes after it ends, dealing [16 – 26]% of the total Base damage dealt to surrounding enemies as Fire damage.
Rage of HarrogathChestLucky Hit: Up to a [20 – 40%] chance to reduce the Cooldowns of your Non-Ultimate Skills by 1.5 seconds when you inflict Bleeding on Elites.
Mother's EmbraceRingIf a Core Skill hits 5 or more enemies, (20-40)% of the Resource cost is refunded

Round out your build by adding these gems to your gear, which will give you some solid stat bonuses.

  • Weapon: Skulls (health on kill)
  • Armor: Ruby (max HP increase)
  • Jewelry: Skulls (extra armor points)

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