Diablo 3 Barbarian Guide
In this Diablo 3 Barbarian Guide, you will discover everything you need to know about the Barbarian in D3.
Here, you will find an overview of the class including its strengths and weaknesses, a guide to Barbarian gameplay, a stats guide for the Barbarian, a skills list complete with all skills, a leveling guide, and some builds you can use to get started.
This particular page of our Diablo 3 Barbarian guide will provide you with a quick overview of the Barbarian class and go over its strengths and weaknesses. You can find the other portions of the guide via these links:
- Diablo 3 Barbarian Gameplay
- Diablo 3 Barbarian Skills List (covers the active skills and their runes)
- Diablo 3 Barbarian Passive Skills
- Diablo 3 Barbarian Stats Guide
- Diablo 3 Barbarian Leveling Guide
- Diablo 3 Barbarian Builds
Diablo 3 Barbarian Guide – Class Overview
The Barbarian is a melee class which excels in using both 1 and 2-hand weapons. With equal ease, the Barb can dual wield 1-handers for fast and furious attacks, use a two-hander for slower, more powerful hits, or use a shield along with a 1-hand weapon to increase its survivability.
The Barbarian’s resource system in Diablo 3 is not like it was in Diablo 2. Instead of Mana, the Barbarian uses Fury to fuel its most powerful attacks and buffs.
Fury works a lot like Rage does for the Warrior in World of Warcraft: you generate Fury when you use your weaker abilities (these abilities are known as Fury generators) as well as when you take damage. The more often you are hit and the more damage you take, the Faster you generate Fury.
Fury degenerates over time (unless you use the Fury generating passive skill), so you have to build up Fury before you can unleash your more powerful attacks.
Now that you know the basics of the Barbarian class, the next part of this D3 Barbarian guide will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the class.
Diablo 3 Barbarian Guide – Strengths
Believe it or not, one of the primary strengths of the Barbarian is that it is one of the best AoE classes in the game. From near the beginning of the game, it gets access to Cleave (an AoE Fury Generator) as well as Rend, Seismic Slam, and Revenge, three powerful AoE attacks.
When you add Whirlwind and Earthquake from later levels, the Barbarian has a load of AoE abilities at its disposal, both those that generate Fury and those that spend Fury. These attacks are very easy to guide which makes Barbarian arguably the best AoE class in the game.
Another reason why the Barbarian is so good at dishing out AoE damage is because it is arguably one of the least resource-dependent classes in-game. What I mean by this is that the Barbarian’s Fury generators are good enough that you can just use those and still do plenty of damage: Cleave is a great AoE ability and Frenzy (another Fury generator) is one of the best in the game.
Don’t get me wrong – certain Barbarian builds can burn through a ton of Fury, but if you are out of Fury, your damage does not significantly slow down. Compare that to the Demon Hunter or Wizard, where when you are out of Hatred or Arcane Power, your in-between spells feel very weak in comparison to the Barbarian’s.
As a final strength, the Barbarian has a lot of damage mitigation and life drains. In particular, its ability to wear a shield, its large variety of stuns, and its ability to use Deafening Shout (reduces enemy damage by 20%) are big boost against tough enemies.
D3 Barbarian Guide – Class Weaknesses
No Diablo 3 Barbarian guide would be complete without also discussing the weaknesses of this class. The primary weakness is that it is a melee class. If you have not played Diablo 2 or 3 before, you may not realize why exactly this is listed as a weakness.
The problem with being a melee class is that it is hard to deal with unlucky spawns where tons of enemies are in the same area or against certain enemy types which are particularly difficult to deal with, such as ones enchanted by certain elements.
For example, Arcane Enchanted champion enemies are difficult to deal with because it is hard to dodge the Hydra’s blasts at melee range. Ranged classes will be able to easily get out of the way of these types of blasts.
This means that as a Barbarian you are going to need a lot more Vitality and need to construct a resistance-oriented set if you are wanting to play in Inferno mode and be successful. This will cut into the Barbarian’s massive damage which you might think of as some sort of advantage in regular mode. In later modes, this damage falls in line with other classes since Barbarian’s have to allot more of their gear stats towards survival than other classes do.
Diablo 3 Barbarian Guide Conclusion
By following the gear recommendations in our stats guide, using the builds in our builds guide, and following the leveling tips outlined in this Diablo 3 Barbarian guide, you should be well on your way to being a level 60 Barbarian. Good luck!