Barbarian (Diablo III) (2023)

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"I tire of the empty battles I once craved. I wander, outcast, while my tribe curses the gods who abandoned us. Our home is in ruins, yet I stand firm. Six days ago, the falling star struck the town of Tristram. The dead rose in its wake. What evil is this? Could it be what I have sought these long years -- a foe worthy of my blade?"
—The Barbarian[1]

The Barbarians were the first of five classes to be confirmed in Diablo III. They play similarly to the previous Diablo II Barbarian, with a few skills from that game carried over to the third installment.


  • 1 Lore
  • 2 Gameplay
    • 2.1 Skills
    • 2.2 Development
  • 3 Gallery
  • 4 Trivia
  • 5 References


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For ages, the Barbarians dwelling in the shadow of Mount Arreat were shaped to be as strong and unyielding as stone. Immense in size and unmatched in ferocity, they were charged from birth with a duty passed through generations: to protect the sacred mountain.[2] and the Worldstone within. When their homeland was shattered and the Worldstone destroyed, many Barbarians lost faith.[3] They became aimless, haunted by their past, traveling from place to place without honor or direction.

But not all Barbarians have given up their vigil. Some still honor the harsh snows of Arreat's summit and prowl the outskirts of its crater. They recall being handed axes and spears at an age when city children were clinging to their toys...and they burn with shame at the failure of their people. These Barbarians strive to find a new purpose for themselves in a changed world, and they will crush any who stand in their way.

Among these Barbarians is one who searches for hope. Through the evil that has taken hold of Sanctuary, this Barbarian sees a means to rekindle the Barbarian culture, and give them a reason to fight. Only in the midst of combat does this Barbarian truly feel alive. A peerless combatant, this Barbarian may appear to lack finesse, but is renowned for their weapons expertise. Strong and noble, fearless and resolute, the Barbarian is a warrior to the core.[2] Yet the Barbarian grew weary of battle that were once craved. But with the sight of a fallen star, the Barbarian was drawn to Tristram, hoping to find what they had long sought—a foe worthy of their blade.[4]


The Barbarian class is based on physical strength, which stems from his/her connection to the Ancients. Thematically, the Barbarian is based around earth and might.[5]

As the Barbarian is a class specializing in brutal melee combat, all who choose to play as one will gain +30% built-in damage reduction, before all other factors are counted in. Most skills are designed for close combat (or short to medium range), and only melee weapons can be used. Barbarians may equip Mighty Belts, as well as Mighty Weapons and Two-Handed Mighty Weapons, which are simply too heavy for any other class. Barbarians can use dual-wielding.

In battle, Barbarians are an endless barrage of melee blows, becoming stronger with each strike, and even as enemies damage them. Barbarians make extensive use of 'on hit' and 'on kill' effects, becoming deadlier as the combat rages on.

Barbarians have six class sets in game:


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The Barbarian's skills are very similar to those ofBarbarian from Diablo II, only much more primal, savage and, in a way, more spiritual. Some of the crowd-control skills like Grim Wardare missing, yet many more have come to replace them.

Originally, the skill trees were divided into three distinct play-styles (read builds) with the Juggernaut being especially liked by the fanbase because of the overall coolness of the name, as well as the great variety of all-purpose skills in the tree. However, later the three-tree system was replaced.

Unlike their previous incarnations, the barbarian now uses Fury for their skills. This system, combined with short range of attacks, forces the Barbarian to remain in combat for a long time, always in melee, making them vulnerable to effects that other classes can easily outrun. Reckless assault of a Barbarian can be deadly for the enemy, yet it also brings high risk for the fearless warrior.

Almost all skills are Physical, but can be modified to use Fire, Cold or Lightning damage type. Many of them are variations of crushing melee blows, hitting multiple enemies at the same time. Stun, Bleed, Knockback and Slow are frequent side effects, as well as Fear and Freeze with certain runes. Notable skills are Ancient Spear that may (depending on rune choice) drag enemiestowardsthe Barbarian, leaving little chance of escape, Call of the Ancients that summons spirits of the legendary warrior keepers of Mount Arreat, and the dreaded Wrath of the Berserker, which turns the Barbarian into a striding giant with molten skin of living metal. Barbarians may fight through the worst of injuries, endure pain that would kill a weaker warrior, quake the ground with their very treads and call forth unstoppable avalanches from the sky. War Cries and Leap return as well.

Popular Barbarian Skill combinations include:[6]

For detailed guides, visit Icy Veins Barbarian section


"Barbarian - Jay loves the Hulk"

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The Barbarian was a "must have" in Diablo III for Jay Wilson, and the first class created for the game. During development, there was some talk to make a Barbarian-like class that wasn’t called Barbarian. However, in Wilson's mind, these concepts failed to pass the duck test, in regards to distinguishing them from the Barbarian archtype. As the first class, the Barbarian became the baseline against which all future classes would be compared. Its model was down-sized in order to fit the environment (e.g. the original model was too big when compared to some doors.[7]

During development, it was originally intended that the male Barbarian be the same individual as the one from Diablo II.[8] This led to issues in the game in that things had to be explained differently to the other characters (newcomers) as opposed to an experienced character.[9] It was later decided that the Diablo III heroes should be unique to the game itself, and thus the characters were made separate.[8] Appearance-wise, the Barbarian originally had a full beard with a mustache, but this was later dropped, with his beard shorter without a mustache.

The male Barbarian's design was intended to invoke the world-weariness of his kin in the timeframe of the game—a gray-bearded veteran who can't stop killing demons. Artists referred to the male Barbarian as "the Barb." The female version was designed to be younger than her male counterpart but just as capable. This was reflected in her design, with the artists avoiding a slender build.[10]


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Diablo III Barbarian with Diablo logo

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Male Barbarian in battle

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A female Barbarian

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Male Barbarian in different Armor

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Male Barbarian in Light Armor

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Male Barbarian in Medium Armor

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Male Barbarian in Heavy Armor

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Male Barbarian wearing different equipment

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A Barbarian with blood-stained axes atop a mountain

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A well-equipped female Barbarian

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Barbarian wearing the Gothic Helm

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(Video) Barbarian - Diablo III Trailer

A well-equipped male Barbarian

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Female Barbarian from 10/7/2010

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Male Barbarian from 10/19/2010

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Female Barbarian

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Various Barbarian armor sets

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Female Barbarian portrait

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Male Barbarian portrait

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Female Barbarian art evolution

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Slideshow Collectibles exclusive Helmed Barbarian Statue

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This section contains facts and trivia relevant to this article.

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  • On July 29, 2008, during the San Diego Comic Con, Blizzard unveiled the "Overthrown" Statue.[11] It presents the Barbarian standing atop a defeated Diablo.[12] They are 18" or 457.2mm in height, 12.5" or 317.5mm in width and 13" or 330.2mm in diameter and weight 15 pounds or 6.8kg and both cost $300,[13][14] They are the first of the Diablo III Premium Statue series of statues.[12]
  • The male Barbarian was voiced by Dorian Harewood and the female by Athena Karkanis.
  • The Barbarian is a playable character in Heroes of the Storm, represented by Sonya.
  • The Barbarian appears as a spray in Overwatch. The female Barbarian is a available as a skin in the game for Zarya.
  • The Barbarian may mention in the dialogue that they were born on a battlefield, a possible reference to Conan the Barbarian.


  1. Diablo III, Barbarian Intro Cinematic
  2. 2.0 2.1 Barbarian, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2013-10-22
  3. Book of Cain
  4. Diablo III, Act I Barbarian Intro Cinematic
  5. 2013-12-05, BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III: Gameplay Systems + Crusader Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-02-22
  6. 2014, Most Popular Barbarian Builds The top Diablo III Barbarian builds and skills at level 70 in Reaper of Souls. Diablo Somepage, accessed on 2014-29-07
  7. 2017-01-25, Diablo 3 Post-mortem with Jay Wilson Part 3., accessed on 2017-02-19
  8. 8.0 8.1 2013-10-08, Random Question. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2013-10-08
  9. 2013-12-08, BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-04-19
  10. The Art of Diablo
  11. Video of the statue at Comic Con
  12. 12.0 12.1 Blizzard's community news archive
  13. Slideshow Collectibles
  14. Slideshow Collectibles


Are Barbarians good in Diablo 3? ›

Despite being considered a go-to support, the Barbarian does surprisingly well solo, and can accomplish as high as Greater Rift 146 all alone with the Waste Whirlwind Rend build. That's higher than what the Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, and Monk are capable of doing right now!

What skills should I use for a Barbarian Diablo 3? ›

Shout with great ferocity, reducing damage done by enemies within 25 yards by 20% for 15 seconds.
  • Intimidate.
  • Falter.
  • Grim Harvest.
  • Demoralize.
  • Terrify.

What is the strongest Barbarian build? ›

The most powerful barbarian path, hands-down, is the Path of the Totem Warrior. Of course, after selecting this path, players will also have to choose the animal for their totem—all of which offer unique abilities at 3rd, 6th and 14th level.

What race is best for Barbarian? ›

Barbarian Races

For a classic barbarian feel, the Half-Orc and the Mountain Dwarf are good choices. For a durable barbarian, the Goliath and the Yuan-Ti are great choices. For high damage, go for variant human and consider the Great Weapon Master feat at first level.

How do you make an overpowered Barbarian? ›

Since Barbarians rely on close combat and physical weapons to deal damage, players need to put their highest stat as strength. Naturally, the player would also have to look out for certain Strength bonuses from races, feats, and other aspects of character creation. Half the Barbarian's class abilities rely on Strength.

What is the most powerful Barbarian subclass? ›

Dungeons & Dragons: All 8 Official Barbarian Subclasses, Ranked
  • 8/8 The Berserker.
  • 7/8 The Zealot.
  • 6/8 The Battlerager.
  • 5/8 The Beast.
  • 4/8 The Storm Herald.
  • 3/8 The Ancestral Guardian.
  • 2/8 Wild Magic.
  • 1/8 The Totem Warrior.
Aug 6, 2021

When should I Barbarian rage? ›

You may rage 2 times at 1st Level, 3 at 3rd, 4 at 6th, 5 at 12th, and 6 at 17th.

Do Barbarians need charisma? ›

Many people suggest that Barbarians (and fighters) should be able to use strength for intimidation as their fierce barbarian should be able to do that.

What stats should a Barbarian have? ›

The primary ability score for all Barbarians is Strength. This is the key stat for wielding the biggest melee DnD weapons, like the Barbarian's iconic Greataxe. The class feature Rage, at first level, and Reckless Attack at second, provide extra bonuses to Strength-based melee weapon attacks.

Are Barbarians worth it? ›

I'm a huge fan of this kind of genre so I was going to watch no matter what. While it's not the best it's definitely worth watching. There's an equal amount of drama and violence to keep the story entertaining and at a good pace. The cast all do a good job and give credible performances.

What weapon should a Barbarian use? ›

1. The Battle-Axe. Few barbarian weapons inspired more horror than the axe. While most tribal warriors carried spears or swords into combat, Germanic soldiers were known to wield heavy battle-axes capable of smashing through shield, armor and helmet in a single blow.

Can a Barbarian rage forever? ›

As one would expect, it's rather difficult to stay angry when you're not awake, so if a Barbarian happens to be knocked unconscious, their rage ends early. More notably, if a Barbarian's turn ends, and they've neither attacked or taken damage since their last turn, their rage also ends.

What is the best weapon for Barbarian in Diablo 3? ›

Best Barbarian Passive Skills
  • Swords/Daggers: 8% increased damage.
  • Maces/Axes: 5% Critical Hit Chance.
  • Polearms/Spears: 8% attack speed.
  • Mighty Weapons: 2 Fury per hit.
Aug 26, 2022

What is the easiest Barbarian set dungeon? ›

One of the easiest, if not even the easiest of them all, is Immortal King. Just keep CotA and WotB up 100% time (which is easy to do by simply spamming some fury spender) and plow everything in your path.

What class goes well with barbarian? ›

Rogue - This is probably the best multiclass for a Barbarian. Barbarogues are some of the most unkillable character combinations in the game. They are amazing at tanking and most of their abilities complement nicely.

Does barbarian class stack? ›

It uses the stack and can be responded to. You can't activate the first level ability of a Class unless that Class is level 1. Similarly, you can't activate the second level ability of a Class unless that Class is level 2. You can multiclass or even control multiple Class enchantments of the same class.

What armor should a barbarian wear? ›

Barbarians are able to wear either light armor or medium armor.

Do you need dexterity for barbarian? ›

It depends on what you're trying to do with the character really. Most barbarians probably don't need any more than 14 dex. If you take your dex higher than that, you're probably gimping a stat that you'd prefer to be higher.

What feat should I take as a barbarian? ›

A Barbarian can combine the Great Weapon Master Feat with their affinity for two-handed weapons and deal even more serious damage. This Feat grants the player an extra attack, which makes this a handy and popular feat for virtually any class that relies on a weapon be it melee or ranged.

Can a barbarian rage while raging? ›

Jeremy Crawford on Twitter: "The Rage feature doesn't prohibit you from starting a rage while you're raging.

Is Goliath good for barbarian? ›

Thanks to the innate Strength and Constitution Ability Score Bonuses of the Goliath, they become perfect for the Barbarian Class. After all, these bonuses show how the Goliath can easily smash into enemy forces when in Rage and their Constitution allows them to tank blows meant for their enemies.

Are zealot barbarians unkillable? ›

Zealot barbarians at 14th level can't die until their rage ends (and don't go unconscious from having 0 hit points).

Can a barbarian dual wield? ›

Necessary Feats for a Dual Wielding Barbarian

In addition to giving a small bonus to Armor Class, this will allow the Barbarian to dual wield larger, more powerful weapons, such as longswords, battle axes, and warhammers, increasing the damage output from the typical heavy weapon build from 2d6 + STR to 2d8 + STR.

Does rage end if you miss? ›

If you attack, whether you hit or miss, your rage continues (this is where javelins can come in handy).

Does rage end if you take damage? ›

To maintain rage you must attack a hostile OR take damage. It does specify if you attack it has to be a hostile target (no snacking the cleric on the way by) but it doesn't specify any damage you take has to come from a hostile creature.

Should I start fighter or Barbarian? ›

The barbarian focuses on damage reduction while delivering raw damage output with relatively few attacks. The fighter has much more versatility but generally focuses on making numerous attacks with some of the greatest action economy features in the game.

Do Barbarians have to be chaotic? ›

In short, an "honorable barbarian" can be any alignment whatsoever. They could be a Chaotic Evil, sadistic barbarian who enjoys killing, but who adheres to a strict personal code, and will slay anyone who slights them, and likewise would avoid insulting others.

What skills should a barbarian have? ›

Barbarian Class Features
  • Rage. Rage is the barbarian signature feature, one of your core defining abilities you gain at 1st level and will be using all the way to 20th level. ...
  • Unarmored Defense. ...
  • Reckless Attack. ...
  • Danger Sense. ...
  • Fast Movement. ...
  • Feral Instinct. ...
  • Brutal Critical. ...
  • Relentless Rage.
Apr 22, 2019

How important is AC to a barbarian? ›

AC is a secondary concern for a normal strength based barb. Because they lack ranged options, it can be pretty easy for them to drop out of rage if they aren't getting wailed on and the enemy stays out of range for an attack. So it isn't a primary concern, but nothing to totally dump.

Do Barbarians crit on a 19? ›

One of the abilities allows the barbarian to crit on a 19-20 as long as they are raging and their pet (pet like the drakewarden's drake or battle smith's steel defender) is alive.

Is Druid Barbarian good? ›

With a few levels dipped into barbarian a druid's wild shape is a force to be reckoned with, a damage sponge and damage dealer that just won't go down. The rage ability and unarmored defense function perfectly well while in a wild shape, serving to seamlessly make your wild shapes tanky and brutal with extra damage.

What does barbaric roar do? ›

Barbaric Roar - Let loose a bestial roar to rally the spirit and increase attack power. While active, strong attacks change to savage combo attacks.

Is Barbarian bard good? ›

The bard can be good in combat, but most of its features surround skills, roleplay, and buffing up your allies in combat. Put them together and you're a true jack of all trades, excellent in every situation with resistance to physical damage and more hit points than you can shake a lute at.

What should I buy as a Barbarian? ›

Top 10 magic items for barbarians
  • Amulet of health. Wondrous Item, rare (requires attunement) ...
  • Amulet of the drunkard. Wondrous Item, uncommon. ...
  • Animated shield. Armor (shield), very rare (requires attunement) ...
  • Belt of giant strength. ...
  • Crystal blade. ...
  • Dancing sword. ...
  • Javelin of lightning. ...
  • Periapt of wound closure.
Apr 1, 2022

Why do Barbarians only get 2 attacks? ›

Since barbarians get the extra attack trait at 5th level, which states that he can "Attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on (his) Turn".

How long is 1 minute in D&D? ›

Essentially, combat consists of rounds, with each person involved in combat taking a turn during which they can move and perform an action. Each round takes 6 seconds of time in the game world. So a combat that lasts 10 rounds occurs for the characters in the game over the course of a minute.

Can a barbarian rage while wearing armor? ›

You can rage regardless of your armor.

The act of entering a rage does not care about the armor you have. The feature is similarly clear. "While raging..." It makes no caveat about the armor you have.

Is polearm master good for Barbarian? ›

Polearms are among the most advantageous weapon types in D&D, and the Barbarian is ideally suited to using glaives and halberds. This build derives extra use from high damage output, high resistances, and a choice between focusing on protection or mobility, and multi-classing can make it even better.

Does dexterity help Barbarian Diablo 3? ›

Strength: The primary attribute for Barbarians. Strength increases Barbarian damage, and increases Armor for all classes. Dexterity: The primary attribute for Demon Hunters and Monks. Dexterity increases Demon Hunter and Monk damage, and increases Dodge Chance for all classes.

Are set dungeons affected by difficulty? ›

Game difficulty has no effect on dungeon difficulty.

Is Barbarian or paladin better? ›

The barbarian is tanky, simple rage and smash, and can be great. The paladin is versatile, simple smash and smite, and can be great. I'd give the best class to the paladin, as they are also healers, spellcasters and can smite.

Which is better Barbarians or Elite Barbarians? ›

Comparing to Barbarians, Elite Barbarians have a better balance of attack speed and DPS. The DPS distribution of Barbarians can be undesirable in some situations. Barbarians have a relatively slow attack speed (1.5s). They are unable to 1 hit Goblins.


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