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 is a popular class for Season of Blood, and the class has had its ups and downs in the meta since the March betas, going from strongest to weakest and now to a comfortable middle ground.

We previously recommended the Bone Spear Necromancer for levelling and beyond and this is still a great build, but for the Season of Blood I've found the Blood Surge Necromancer a lot more fun and on theme, and it's not too reliant on specific aspects throughout the levelling process, and when endgame play starts it's not too difficult to enhance for World Tier 3 and 4 capstone dungeons. 

This build puts out high damage on groups of enemies making Hell Tides and Blood Harvests a breeze, but it will require some switching on your action-bar depending on the situation. You'll be equipping both Decrepify and Iron Maiden, but only switch to using Decrepify for tough single targets like end of dungeon boss fights. 

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2Enhanced HemorrhageBasic
3Blood SurgeCore
4Enhanced Blood SurgeCore
5Paranormal Blood SurgeCore
6Acolyte’s HemorrhageCore
7-10Blood Surge Level 2-5Core
11Blood MistCorpse & Macabre
12Iron MaidenCurse
13Enhanced Iron MaidenCurse
15-16Skeletal Warrior Mastery 1-2Corpse & Macabre
17-18Necrotic Carapace 1-2Corpse & Macabre
19Corpse TendrilsCorpse & Macabre
20Skeletal Warrior Mastery 3Corpse & Macabre
21-23Skeletal Mage Mastery 1-3Curse
24-26Inspiring Leader 1-3Ultimate
27-29Bonded in Essence 1-3Ultimate
30Gruesome MendingCorpse & Macabre
31Coalesced BloodCorpse & Macabre
32-34Tides of Blood 1-3Corpse & Macabre
35Rathma's VigorUltimate
36-37Coalesced Blood 2-3Corpse & Macabre
38Enhanced Corpse TendrilsCorpse & Macabre
39Plagued Corpse TendrilsCorpse & Macabre
40Enhanced Blood MistCorpse & Macabre
41-43Death's Embrace 1-3Curse
44-46Amplify Damage 1-3Curse
47Necrotic Carapace 3Corpse & Macabre
48Enhanced DecrepifyCurse
49Abhorrent DecrepifyCurse
50Unliving EnergyCore
51-53Imperfectly Balanced 1-3Core
54-56Death's Reach 1-3Curse
57-58Hewed Flesh 1-2Core

For this build you'll be building your essence with Hemorrhage and then dumping it all into Blood Surge as your main damage dealer. The passives we have chosen here like Gruesome Mending, Tides of Blood, Amplify Damage and Hewed Flesh all work together to significantly raise your damage and critical hits whilst stacking Life Leech to make your build less squishy. 

Corpse Tendrils is great for grouping large packs of enemies into one spot to unleash your Blood Surge for devastating effect. While this build is pretty tanky with it's blood passives, you'll have Blood Mist to hit if you find yourself in a tough spot, making you invulnerable and able to escape. 

For this build we do not take an Ultimate Skill on the action bar, as the passives are of more use to us and will not rely on long cooldowns. 

The Necromancer also gets Book of The Dead from level 1, which you will level up throughout your journey to either power up or sacrifice your minions. For this build we want our skeletons to back us up on the battlefield but we'll sacrifice the Golem for increased attack speed. 

  • Skeletons - Reaper - this will generate corpses for our corpse tendrils
  • Mages - Cold - this will generate essence so aren't short on resource
  • Golem - sacrifice for the boost in attack speed

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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Blood-bathed aspect (Essential)Allows the Blood Surge nova echoes to hit twice Hoarfrost Demise, Fractured Peaks
Aspect of DisobedienceGain 0.25-0.5% increased armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to 15-66%.Halls of the Damned, Kehjistan
Aspect of MightBasic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for 2-6 seconds.Dark Ravine, Dry Steppes
Eluding AspectBecoming Injured while Crowd Controlled grants Unstoppable for 4 seconds. This effect has a 40-20 second cooldown.Caldera Gate, Fractured Peaks
Aspect of Grasping VeinsGain 10-20% increased Critical Strike Chance for 6 seconds when you cast Corpse Tendrils. You deal 20-40% bonus Critical Strike Damage to enemies damaged by Corpse Tendrils.Corrupted Grotto, Kehjistan
Aspect of Rathma's ChosenWhenever your Blood Skills Overpower you gain 20-50% Attack Speed for 4 seconds.Loot drop only aspect
Sacrificial AspectYour sacrifice bonuses are increased by 15-25%.Ruins of Eridu, Hawezar

There is only really one Unique item you should keep an eye out for, for this build, as you grind endgame activities like Nightmare Dungeons or Helltides. This will only drop in World Tier 4.

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Unique ItemTypeBonus
TemerityPantsEffects that Heal you beyond 100% Life grant you a Barrier up to [40 - 80%] of your Maximum Life that lasts for 8 seconds

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

  • Weapon: Rubies (extra Overpower Damage)
  • Armor: Rubies (increase your % life)
  • Jewelry: Diamond (extra resistance to all elements)

Season of Blood Vampiric Powers for Necromancer

If you are playing the Seasonal content, you'll want to take advantage of the extra powers afforded to you with the Sanguine Circle, and spending Potent Blood to level up these powers.

The powers you will want for your Necromancer in order of importance are:

  • Prey on the Weak
  • Accursed Touch
  • Sanguine Brace
  • Undying
  • Hemomancy

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)

Season of Blood Vampiric Powers for Druid

The best powers to take in the Sanguine Circle for your Vampire Wearbear extraordinaire are:

  • Anticipation
  • Metamorphosis
  • Ravenous
  • Resilience
  • Hemomancy 

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 if you've already taken a look at the game this season it won't have escaped your notice that most Sorcerer's are running some form of the Ball Lightning build.

Due to recent updates this is the top-tier Sorcerer build right now and shreds enemies at melee range, rather than at a distance, and you can take it all the way through levelling to end game with our tips.

Your main damage skill initially is going to be Arc Lash, unlike other builds that dump the mana resource into a Core Skill damage dealer, this basic skill is going to be your source of high damage. We only take Chain Lightning to dump mana periodically until we have enough points to change it to Ball Lightning comfortably. 

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1Arc LashBasic
2Enhanced Arc LashBasic
3Chain LightningCore
4Flickering Arc LashBasic
5-6Arc Lash 2-3Basic
8Ice ArmorDefensive
9Frost NovaDefensive
10Enhanced Frost NovaDefensive
11Mystical Frost NovaDefensive
12-13Arc Lash 4-5Basic
14-16Glass Cannon 1-2Defensive
17Enhanced Ice ArmorDefensive
17Switch out Chain LighningPut points into Ball Lightning
18Enhanced Ball LightningMastery
19-22Ball Lightining 2-5Mastery
23Fireball (Enchantment)Core
24Unstable CurrentsUltimate
25Prime Unstable CurrentsUltimate
26Wizards Ball LightningMastery
27Static DischargeMastery
28-30Invigorating Conduit 1-3Mastery
31Align the ElementsConjuration
32-33Protection 1-2Conjuration
34Vyr's MasteryRow 24 - Cell 2
35Protection 3Conjuration
36Coursing CurrentsUltimate
40Chain Lightning (Enchantment)Core
41Enhanced TeleportDefensive
42Shimmering TeleportDefensive
43-45‍Mana Shield 1-3Conjuration
46-49Teleport 2-5Defensive
51-53Elemental Dominance 1-3Core
54-56Potent WardingCore
57-58Elemental AttunementDefensive

For your Enchantment Slots, as mentioned above, use Fireball for the first one and Chain Lightning for the second. Enchanting Fireball will be a lifesaver for taking out large groups of small enemies, whilst Chain Lightning combined with the Recharging Aspect will make an additional Chain Lightning cast, which will restore your mana.

As you near the end of your build, you'll simply be putting points into useful passives and maxing out the Teleport skill so you can whizz across the map, no horse required!

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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Recharging AspectChain Lightning will restore mana as it bouncesZenith, Fractured Peaks
Rapid AspectBasic Skills gain [15-30%] Attack SpeedBuried Halls, Dry Steppes
Prodigy's AspectUsing a Cooldown restores [15 – 25] ManaWitchwater, Hawezar
Aspect of ControlYou deal [25-35]%[x] more damage to Immobilized, Stunned, or Frozen enemies.Sunken Library, Kehjistan
Aspect of MightAttacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by [5-10]% up to 30%.Dark Ravine, Dry Steppes
Gravitational AspectBall Lightning orbits around you and deals [15 – 25%] increased damage.Loot only drop
Conceited AspectDeal [15 – 25%] increased damage while you have a Barrier active.Loot only drop

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
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%.
Penitent GreavesBootsYou leave behind a trail of frost that Chills enemies. You deal [7 – 10%] more damage to Chilled enemies
Fists of FateGlovesYour attacks randomly deal 1% to [200 – 300%] of their normal damage

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

  • Weapon: Emerald (Critical Strike Damage to Vulnerable enemies)
  • Armor: Ruby (for Maximum Life)
  • Jewelry: Skull (Armor)

Season of Blood Vampiric Powers for Druid

Of the 22 available Vampiric powers, you'll want to take the following which synergize best with a Ball Lightning Sorcerer:

  • Hemomancy
  • Ravenous
  • Hectic
  • Anticipation
  • Moonrise

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 hits foes for even more damage as they return to you. The aim of this build is to boost the damage of each Twisting Blades use with movement, crowd control, and various buffs, while also having enough defensive options to survive the Rogue’s low toughness. This build works well from leveling to endgame in Season 2, Season of Blood and also on the Eternal Realm.

You’ll start by picking and improving Puncture, which deals good damage, slows and makes enemies Vulnerable, and generates Energy. Then, you’ll get Twisting Blades and improve it to Advanced Twisting Blades for quicker cooldowns. Dash and Shadow Step are great movement skills that help you “steer” your returning Twisting Blades through groups of enemies while also doing extra damage, with Dark Shroud shadows giving you a strong 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)

Season of Blood Vampiric Powers for Rogue

If participating in the Seasonal content, you'll want to know the best Vampiric powers to take for your Twisted Blades Rogue and live out your Buffy the Vampire Slayer fantasies. Here are recommendations in order of importance, so you'll want to equip and upgrade these with Potent Blood in the Sanguine Circle:

  • Ravenous
  • Metamorphosis
  • Accursed Touch
  • Prey on the Weak
  • Domination

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)

Season of Blood Vampiric Powers for Barbarian

The Whirlwind Barbarian is already an incredibly fun build, but the Vampiric Powers introduced in Season 2, Season of Blood take the damage to new heights, these are the five powers we recommend for your Sanguine Circle to enhance this build:

  • Hemomancy
  • Sanguine Brace
  • Prey on the Weak
  • Accursed Touch
  • Metamorphisis

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