Diablo 3 Best Barbarian Builds For Inferno, Nightmare and Hell


The Barbarian is hands down my personal favorite class in Diablo 3. It’s a class that’s easy to start with, develops well, and has well-tuned skills that makes it overall very well balanced.

Prior to the 1.0.08 patch, the Barbarian was easily the strongest character and also the beefiest, making him/her a bit OP. Now things have changed though, and there’s more emphasis on the Barbarian being a ‘tank’ rather than a super-heavy damage dealer.

As things have change, so has everyone’s approach to how the play each class. Classes like the Wizard and Demon Hunter prevail in heavy damage, while the Monk and the Witch Doctor are best known for their supportive aspects and crowd control respectively.

For more help on Diablo 3 Builds, read our Wizard Builds, Demon Hunter Builds and Witch Doctor Builds Guide.

Diablo 3 Best Barbarian Builds

The Barbarian is perhaps the most balanced class, mixing large amount of damage with great defensive. Provided you have good equipment, you can very easily solo Inferno mode with the Barbarian without too much trouble.

Here are some of the most successful Barbarian builds so far. Do note that a lot depends on items, which we’ll discuss, but we’ll keep our focus mostly on the skills and how they combine together to make an effective build.

We’ll first have a look at our main build, the Inferno Build, and then look at the other difficulties (apart from normal), and how you can ‘level’ your build to the Inferno Build.

Diablo 3 Barbarian Inferno Build

The Whirling RevengeClick To Open Build
Ladies and gentle-geeks, I present you with my own personal Inferno Barbarian build. This is the build I have found to be most successful in my own personal play-through of Inferno. Like I said before, a lot depends upon items, so you’ll be needing some demanding equipment if you wish to make this build work.

Active Skills
Once I unlocked Frenzy, it remained my favorite Fury generating skill, and will remain such unless Blizzard for some silly reason decides to nerf it. Fury with the Maniac Rune will unforgivably increase your attack damage by a hell lot.

Frenzy will always remain your standard and first mode of attack in all situations for this build, so you want to make sure that the damage output with your first set of swings is maximum. I use dual-weapons (swords, over axes and maces for faster attack speeds), which combine superbly with Frenzy.

Fury develops in no time with Frenzy, and the skill to immediate use after that for unleashing havoc is Whirlwind. Whirlwind is by far my favorite ability in the game, and a Barbarian without Whirlwind is just not worth the time; it’s simply one of those must-have abilities.

I like to use the Volcanic Eruption rune to get that huge fire coverage and additional damage in. In short, this is the perfect ability against a crowd of enemies, and works perfect with all the other skills of the build.

Another equally important skill, and also one of my favorite skills in the game, is Revenge.

Now, Revenge for the most part seems like a gamble, since it may or may not trigger, but with the Provocation rune, it certainly triggers when it is needed most. This is your primary healing skill, and a major part of your survivability. So, whenever you see that hulking barbarian avatar of the Revenge skill colorize, make sure you smack that button, even if you have full health, since it also does tons of damage.

Then we come to the final two offensive skills: Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients. Most others like myself would complain about the ridiculous cool-down on both the skills, but this downside to these otherwise super-powerful abilities is greatly reduced with the Boon of Bul-Kathos passive, making them useable for every other tough crowd encounter.

Do note that these two skills are situational, and should only be used when you’re facing elite enemies, bosses, or when there is no other option. It’s important to remember that while in the Berserker form, you cannot be CC’ed, which is really useful against those horrible elites with Fear and that awful ice attack.

Last but not least is War Cry, a heavily underrated defensive skill and Fury generator. War Cry is brilliant because it gives you defenses, and with the Invigorate rune will also boost your max health by 10%.

Passive Skills
Passive skills are a toughy with the Barbarian, simply because the class has so many good ones. I like a mix of utility, offense and defense, and that’s why the Brawler, Bloodthirst, and Boon of Bul-Kathos trio seems to work best for me. Brawler gives you just that extra bit of damage you need, and Bloodthirst returns plenty of health.

Now, you might say 3% of damage returned as health isn’t much, but let’s not forget that you’re in Inferno Mode – you should be doing around 400,000+ (I could regularly do 1 million) damage with your critical hits (and you should have a large crit chance too, around 60+ percent). With that much damage, I’m pretty sure 3% can return a ridiculous amount of health per hit.

Weapons and Armor
It’s hard to tell someone what they should and shouldn’t be wearing/wielding, so we’ll keep it general mostly.

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By Haider Khan

One of the long time staff at SegmentNext, Haider is an integral part of the team with a love for writing, playing guitar, and aviation. Apart from writing for us, Haider is also a competitive FPS player and also enjoys exotic RPG games like Diablo and Xenogears (his favorite game of all time) on the side.

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    • Malcolm Dougall

      I also think Rend with Bloodbath rune works very well,
      I always Leap with Death from above rune into a crowd, stunning an close enemies, then use Rend, and bash away at the rest till Revenge lights up and hit that. Usually results in a mighty blow 10-20 kills in one blow. (my record being over 30 from memory) And clears large groups rapidly!

      Ktulu