Guide and Tips for Diablo 2 Resurrected: Barbarian Skills

In this guide for Diablo 2 Resurrected, you will learn about the Barbarian class abilities and the different builds you can create using them.

The Barbarian character class in Diablo 2 Resurrected can utilize almost any weapon available in the game, but it is best to choose a particular type. The skill categories are divided into passive, which improve weapon handling, war cries that affect the enemy’s actions, and classic combat skills which strengthen attacks in an active way. Despite being the slowest character in terms of movement, the Barbarian is also the most durable with high life and defense. Some key skills to focus on include Battle Orders, Find Item, Battle Cry, Natural Resistance, Frenzy, and Whirlwind. It is important to familiarize yourself with these skills before analyzing builds and creating a character.

  • Combat skills
  • War Cries
  • Combat masteries

Combat Skills

At level 2, the Barbarian has access to Bash, a simple skill that knocks back the enemy upon attack, making it slightly more powerful than a basic attack. This skill is useful when fighting with long-range weapons, but it does not work against opponents who fight at a distance. The mana cost for Bash is 2.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Additional damage

1

20

1

Basic damage bonus

50%

145%

5%

Accuracy bonus

20%

115%

5%

At level 6, the Barbarian has access to Leap, which allows them to jump to the target or jump over obstacles and enemies. This skill knocks back monsters slightly, but does not cause additional damage upon jumping to them. This skill is useful for navigating different locations with ease.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Jump distance (yards)

4.6

16.6

2.6 and decreasing

Another skill available at level 6 is Double Swing, which works well when wielding two weapons in combat. This attack is faster and more accurate than a basic attack, allowing you to eliminate weak enemies more quickly. The mana cost for Double Swing is 2 and it can be used as a basic attack.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Mana consumption

2

0

-0.25; 0 at Level 9

Accuracy bonus

15%

110%

5%

If you find yourself surrounded by enemies, it’s a good idea to use Shift and attack from one spot. The attack will automatically track the enemies, hitting one after another.

At level 12, the Stun skill can temporarily stun an enemy, but it’s not very useful unless you switch between skills. This skill costs 2 mana to use.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Stun time (seconds)

1.2

4.5

0.2

Accuracy bonus

15%

110%

5%

Double Throw, at level 12, allows you to wield two axes or throwing knives, increasing their accuracy. However, this attack becomes weak in the long run. This skill also costs 2 mana to use.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Accuracy bonus

20%

210%

10%

Concentrate, at level 18, provides bonuses for strength, accuracy, and defense during an attack. It costs 2 mana to use and is often used for defensive builds in standard, single-weapon setups.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Bonus to defense

100%

290%

10%

Bonus to damage

70%

165%

5%

Accuracy bonus

60%

250%

10%

Leap attack, at level 18, is a great skill for chasing fast or teleporting opponents, avoiding long-range attacks, or performing an area attack. The leap distance is much greater than a normal leap. This skill costs 9 mana to use.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Bonus to damage

100%

670%

30%

Accuracy bonus

50%

335%

15%

The effectiveness of the Frenzy skill, at level 24, is based on dual wielding and Dexterity. Each successful hit increases the character speed, and the skill can be used for 6 seconds at a cost of 3 mana.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Increased attack speed

7%

7-42%

6% to max

Dexterity is responsible for attack accuracy in dual wielding builds, making Frenzy a key skill alongside Whirlwind.

Increase in movement speed bonus

47%

47%-171%

21% increase up to maximum and then decreases

Bonus to damage dealt

90%

185%

5% increase

Accuracy increase bonus

100%

233%

7% increase

At level 30, the Berserk skill allows the player to swap 100% of their physical damage for magic damage, making it particularly useful for higher difficulty levels. The skill has high attack power, but comes with some drawbacks, such as the inability to use health/mana stealing bonuses and the removal of all armor classes and resistances. However, the player can still block hits if they have a shield equipped. The skill costs 4 mana points to use.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Duration time

2.7

1.3

Decrease of 0.3 per level

Bonus to damage dealt

100%

385%

15% increase

Bonus to magic damage dealt

150%

435%

15% increase

The Whirlwind skill, available at level 30, is the strongest Barbarian skill and is well-liked by players. When activated, the Barbarian spins while moving, dealing damage to enemies around them. However, the skill blocks other interactions, including the use of potions. The player can attack by targeting either enemies or a specific location. The character can take damage, but cannot be stopped. The skill has a difference in weapon speed and range, with longer weapons such as pole weapons and spears having an advantage. The speed is not affected by external objects that increase the speed of attack.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Mana consumption

12.5

22

0.5 increase

Bonus to damage dealt

-50%

102%

8% increase

Accuracy increase bonus

0%

95%

5% increase

Due to the high mana cost, the Whirlwind skill may not be affordable for everyone, especially if they have not planned their build accordingly. It is recommended to use weapons and accessories that allow the player to steal mana.

War Cries

At level 2, the Howl skill can be used to scare off nearby smaller monsters. Although not very useful, it can be invested in one point and used in emergency situations, such as when the player is surrounded by enemies, falls into a trap, or wants to scare off enemies when they gain the upper hand. The skill costs 4 mana points to use.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Duration time

3

22

1 increase per level

Range (yards)

16

79.3

3.3 increase per level

Also at level 2, the Find Potion skill allows the player to locate potions in the surrounding area. This skill costs no mana points to use.

The skill “Search” allows the player to search the enemy’s body for a chance to find a potion, with a 60% chance of health, 30% chance of mana, and 10% chance of strength. The size of the potion depends on the Act and difficulty level. While it may save some gold, finding a potion is often more useful than returning to camp. This skill costs 2 mana.

“Taunt” is a level 6 skill that forces enemies to attack in melee combat, making it useful against enemies that run away or fight from a distance. It also reduces enemy attacks and accuracy. The skill costs 3 mana.

“Shout,” also a level 6 skill, strengthens defense for a set amount of time and provides a bonus to allies and mercenaries in range. The skill costs 6 mana.

“Find Item,” a level 12 skill, allows players to search dead monsters for items. The type of item found depends on the type of monster, with a higher chance of valuable items from unique opponents. Each body can only be searched once and cannot be searched if damaged upon death. This skill costs 7 mana.

“Battle Cry,” a level 18 skill, is a powerful debuff that reduces the power of enemy attacks and defense. It affects everyone in range but has a narrow range and nullifies the effects of other debuffs. It costs 5 mana.

4%

One-handed bonus

20%

80%

3%

Two-handed bonus

30%

120%

4%

Level 6 – Axe Mastery

Improve your axe skills (one and two-handed), it’s a good idea to use two-handed axes (in one hand – the Barbarian’s talent) and a shield.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Accuracy bonus

28%

172%

8%

Bonus to damage

28%

118%

4%

One-handed bonus

20%

80%

3%

Two-handed bonus

30%

120%

4%

Level 12 – Mace Mastery

Improve your mace skills (one and two-handed), it’s a good idea to use two-handed maces (in one hand – the Barbarian’s talent) and a shield.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Accuracy bonus

28%

172%

8%

Bonus to damage

28%

118%

4%

One-handed bonus

20%

80%

3%

Two-handed bonus

30%

120%

4%

Level 18 – Polearm Mastery

Improve your polearm skills (one and two-handed), it’s a good idea to use two-handed polearms (in one hand – the Barbarian’s talent) and a shield.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Accuracy bonus

28%

172%

8%

Bonus to damage

28%

118%

4%

One-handed bonus

20%

80%

3%

Two-handed bonus

30%

120%

4%

8%

Bonus to damage

28%

118%

5%

Chance of critical damage

5%

29%

4% and decreasing

Level 2 – Axe Mastery

Level 2 – Axe Mastery improves the ability to handle one- and two-handed axes or two axes. It doesn’t affect the ability to throw axes. This skill increases the accuracy bonus, bonus to damage and chance of critical damage of axes.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Accuracy bonus

28%

172%

8%

Bonus to damage

28%

118%

5%

Chance of critical damage

5%

29%

4% and decreasing

Level 2 – Mace Mastery

Level 2 – Mace Mastery improves the parameters of attacking with all blunt weapons, such as clubs, maces, hammers, wands, staffs, and scepters. It increases the accuracy bonus, bonus to damage and chance of critical damage of these weapons.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Accuracy bonus

28%

172%

8%

Bonus to damage

28%

118%

5%

Chance of critical damage

5%

29%

4% and decreasing

Level 6 – Polearm Mastery

Level 6 – Polearm Mastery enhances the accuracy of polearms by 2% compared to other talents. This skill supports long weapons, such as bardiches, scythes, big axes, or halberds. It increases the accuracy bonus, bonus to damage and chance of critical damage of these weapons.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Accuracy bonus

30%

174%

8%

Bonus to damage

28%

118%

5%

Chance of critical damage

5%

29%

4% and decreasing

Level 6 – Spear Mastery

Level 6 – Spear Mastery strengthens the spear class and javelins in melee attack. It supports long weapons and increases the accuracy bonus, bonus to damage and chance of critical damage of these weapons.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Accuracy bonus

30%

174%

8%

Bonus to damage

28%

118%

5%

Chance of critical damage

5%

29%

4% and decreasing

Level 6 – Throwing Mastery

Level 6 – Throwing Mastery improves the parameters of throwing weapons, such as throwing knives, axes, javelins, and potions. It’s not suitable for melee attacks and has no effect on the listed weapons in melee combat. It increases the accuracy bonus, bonus to damage and chance of critical damage of throwing weapons.

Level 1

Level 20

Difference per level

Accuracy bonus

30%

174%

8%

Bonus to damage

28%

118%

5%

Chance of critical damage

5%

29%

4% and decreasing

The text describes different skills and bonuses available for the Barbarian character in the game. It includes tables with information on the bonuses and differences between levels for each skill. The skills covered are Increased Damage, Increased Stamina, Iron Skin, Increased Speed, and Natural Resistance. The text also provides some tips on which skills are worth investing in and which ones are less useful. The importance of improving the character’s basic parameters is also highlighted.

FAQ

What are the skills of the Barbarian in Diablo 2 Resurrected?

The Barbarian in Diablo 2 Resurrected has a variety of skills that can be divided into three categories: Combat Skills, Warcry Skills, and Mastery Skills. Combat Skills include Bash, Leap Attack, and Double Swing, among others. Warcry Skills include Battle Cry, War Cry, and Howl, among others. Mastery Skills include Sword Mastery, Axe Mastery, and Mace Mastery, among others. Each skill has varying levels that can be upgraded as the Barbarian gains experience and levels up. It is important to choose a balanced mix of skills that cater to the player’s preferred playstyle and complement each other for maximum effectiveness.

What is the best skill build for a Barbarian in Diablo 2 Resurrected?

The best skill build for a Barbarian in Diablo 2 Resurrected depends on the player’s preferred playstyle and the type of enemies they will be facing. A popular build is the Whirlwind Barbarian, which focuses on the Whirlwind skill and its enhancements. Other popular builds include the Frenzy Barbarian, which focuses on the Frenzy skill and its enhancements, and the Concentrate Barbarian, which focuses on the Concentrate skill and its enhancements. It is important to balance offensive and defensive skills to ensure survival in battles. Ultimately, the best skill build for a Barbarian in Diablo 2 Resurrected is one that caters to the player’s strengths and preferences, and that can adapt to any situation that may arise.

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