Looking for the best Barbarian class build in Diablo 4 Season 1? Then we've got you covered. To quote Barbarians in Diablo lore and to get things off with the right axe forward: "Bul-Kathos Guides My Hand!"
In this consistently updated Diablo 4 class guide for Barbarians across the world of Sanctuary, we dive deep into everything players need to know. This includes the best Skills, Gems, Stats Priority, Arsenal System, best-in-slot items and Legendary Aspects, and much more for the Barbarian in Diablo 4 Season 1, so let's charge in.
Update on 10 August 2023: We've updated this guide with the best Barbarian build in Diablo 4 Season 1, including a Malignant Hearts section in this complete rework to bring you the most up-to-date options.
Table of Contents
- Diablo 4 Barbarian Overview: Is it a Good Class in Season 1?
- Best Diablo 4 Barbarian Skills Build: Whirlwind Spin To Win
- Diablo 4 Barbarian Technique Slot
- Stats Priority For Diablo 4 Barbarians
- Best Diablo 4 Season 1 Barbarian Paragon Legendary Nodes & Glyphs
- Best Gems For Barbarians in Diablo 4
- Best Malignant Hearts For Barbarians in Diablo 4 S1
- Best Legendary Aspects/Items For Diablo 4 Barbarians in Season 1
- Best Unique Items For Barbarians in Diablo 4 Season 1
Diablo 4 Barbarian Overview: Is it a Good Class in Season 1?
For those who love charging into battle headfirst, the Barbarian is a great class. Featuring a unique Arsenal system class mechanic (more on that in another section of this guide) allowing you to wield four (4) weapons at once, the Barbarian in Diablo 4 Season 1 is all about smashing the hordes of the Burning Hells and the followers of Lilith to pieces.
The Barbarian is arguably a very item-dependent class. You will need best-in-slot equipment for Diablo 4's toughest challenges. It is also a beginner-friendly option as a tanky class. The Barbarian uses Fury as a resource, generated by basic attacks and spent by Core Skills, Ultimate Skills, and Weapon Mastery Skills.
The class' unique Dismount ability sees the player jump from their mount and slam the ground, dealing damage to surrounding enemies. Sounds good? Okay, now let's get started with all the details of our best class build for the Diablo 4 Barbarian, jumping straight into the skills to use in our next section.
Best Diablo 4 Barbarian Skills Build: Whirlwind Spin To Win
We call our best Barbarian skill build in Diablo 4 the "Whirlwind Spin to Win" to signify the build's propensity to Whirlwind into a pack of enemies and watch them melt like the good son/daughter of Bul Kathos that you are.
You will use Shouts to keep up the Fury generation, and once you've acquired most of the Legendary Aspects needed to get this build online, you will select Unbridled Rage as the Key Passive. Below, you will find the layout of all the Skill Point distributions for the Barbarian Spin to Win build in Diablo 4 Season 1.
|D4 Barbarian Skills in S1||Points Spent|
|Enhanced Lunging Strike||1|
|Enhanced Rallying Cry||1|
|Tactical Rallying Cry||1|
|Enhanced War Cry||1|
|Power War Cry||1|
|Enhanced Iron Skin||1|
|Strategic Iron Skin||1|
|Enhanced Challenging Shout||1|
|Tactical Challenging Shout||1|
|Wrath of the Berserker||1|
|Prime Wrath of the Berserker||1|
|Supreme Wrath of the Berserker||1|
This build is for endgame grinding level 50 or higher as you dive into Nightmare Dungeons and farm Helltides.
Please note:The best Barbarian build for Diablo 4 Season 1 uses all possible Skill Points, including the two per region earned with renown.
This build basically allows your Barbarian to have high mobility due to its skill and upgrade choices and focus on applying a whole lot of Vulnerability and Bleed effects to your enemies. Generating Fury with your Shouts and focusing on Cooldown Reduction, Vulnerable Damage, Crit Damage, and Movement Speed is a must.
For leveling up to 50, we suggest going with Upheaval as your main skill until such time as you can generate enough Fury to keep spinning with Whirlwind. We don't use Lunging Strike on our skill bar, replacing it with Iron Skin at the end of the build. However, you could remove Iron Skin if you have no problems surviving and spend two more points in Tempered Fury or another passive you fancy.
Diablo 4 Barbarian Technique Slot
For the best Barbarian build in Diablo 4 Season 1, we suggest ranking up your 2-Handed Sword weapon first. At level 10 Expertise, 20% of your direct damage is inflicted as Bleeding damage over 5 seconds. The Rank 10 bonus allows the Barbarian to deal 30% increased Bleeding damage for five (5) seconds after killing an enemy.
For the Technique Slot, however, we suggest going with the Two-Handed Axe effect and then using a Two-Handed Sword assigned to Whirlwind. Why? Because you get both the 2-Handed Slashing Weapon Expertise + the level 10 bonus, alongside the Two-Handed Axe effect (x15% multiplicative damage to Vulnerable enemies) when using Whirlwind with this setup.
You can learn more about how the unique class mechanic for the Barbarian in Diablo 4, the Arsenal system, works with our dedicated guide.
Stats Priority For Diablo 4 Barbarians
In terms of Primary Stats for Barbarians in Diablo 4, the priority is:
- Strength: +0.1% Skill Damage per point.
- Willpower: +0.1% Resource Generation per point.
- Dexterity: +0.02% Critical Strike Chance per point.
- Intelligence: +0.1% to All Resistances
There are a lot of secondary stats and affixes in Diablo 4 Season 1. For our Spin To Win build, we suggest looking for + Vulnerable Damage, Critical Strike Chance, Critical Strike Damage, Fury Cost Reduction, Maximum Fury, Strenght +Ranks to skills you are using, with Whirlwind on Gloves being the absolute best.
These core stats can also be increased by leveling up and equipping new items. You can also get a permanent primary stat increase for all your characters for every Altar of Lilith you find and interact with.
Best Diablo 4 Season 1 Barbarian Paragon Legendary Nodes & Glyphs
As you progress through the Paragon Board, you'll add specific Glyphs (level them up quickly), unlocking some Legendary Nodes along the way. For the best Barbarian build in Diablo 4 Season 1, we suggest the following Glyphs in order of importance.
The Legendary Nodes and their boards you need to progress through (as per the image above via Maxroll.gg), in order of importance, are listed below:
- Blood Rage (Pick up the Legendary Node on this board)
- Decimator (Go through the board, not Legendary Node)
- Warbringer (Pick up the Legendary Node on this board)
- Flawless Technique (Go through the board, not Legendary Node)
It is important to remember to always look ahead and see what stats you require for additional bonuses. To this end, we suggest checking out the best Paragon Board planner for Diablo 4 Season 1.
Best Gems For Barbarians in Diablo 4
The best Gems for your Barbarian build in Diablo 4 Season 1 should complement your skill selection and fill in some blanks where your character might be lacking. Our gem picks per item type and reasons for adding them to specific slots can be found below.
- Royal Emerald on Weapons: +12% Critical Strike Damage to Vulnerable Enemies
- Royal Sapphire on Armor: +3% Damage Reduction while Fortified.
We would usually suggest Royal Skulls in your Jewelry, but with Diablo 4 Season 1, you must add Malignant Hearts to Ring and Amulet slots, which brings us to the next section of this guide.
Best Malignant Hearts For Barbarians in Diablo 4 S1
There are 32 Malignant Hearts in total in Diablo 4 Season 1. These can be slotted into your two Rings and your Amulet, meaning players can add three in total.
The table below outlines the four Malignant Heart types and their power category, in case you can't view the image above.
|Malignant Heart Type in D4||Power Category||Color/Socket|
We believe the best Malignant Hearts for this build are:
- Focused Rage (Vicious, Offensive): After spending 100-60 Fury within 2 seconds, your next Non-Basic Skill's Critical Strike Chance is increased by 20-30%.
- Tempting Fate (Vicious, Offensive-World Tier III): You gain 40-60% Critical Strike Damage, but your Non-Critical Strikes deal 20-15% less damage.
- Creeping Death (Wrathful, Super): Your damage over time effects are increased by 30-40% for each different Crowd Control effect on the target. Unstoppable monsters and Staggered bosses instead take 110-130% increased damage from your damage over time effects.
Remember, you can also craft Malicious Hearts if you don't get the desired drops.
Best Legendary Aspects/Items For Diablo 4 Barbarians in Season 1
With Diablo 4's Codex of Power and the Occultist vendor, players can Imprint, Extract, and Store Legendary Aspects and Powers. For our Barbarian build in Diablo 4 Season 1, we've listed the best Legendary Powers per item slot in the table below, working in tandem with our Skill picks to devasting effect.
Please note: Use additional Legendary Aspects before you can get your hands on the Unique items listed in the table below.
|Item Slot||Best Barbarian Legendary Aspect/Power|
|Gloves||Unique item Ghor's Devasting Grips|
|Ring 1||Bold Chieftan|
|Ring 2||Echoing Fury|
|2H Mace||Dire Whirlwind|
|1H Slot 1||Conceited Barbed|
|1H Slot 2||Berserk Ripping|
|2H Sword||Limitless Rage|
Remember, you can use the Occultist to extract and imprint these powers on Rare gear as well, turning them Legendary in the process. Check out our guide's complete list of Diablo 4's Legendary Aspects and Powers for the Barbarian class.
Best Unique Items For Barbarians in Diablo 4 Season 1
The best Unique items for Barbarians in Diablo 4 Season 1 that you can use with the Whirlwind build are:
- Ghor's Devasting Grips gloves
- Temerity pants
- Rage of Harragoth chest
There are, however, also uber/super Unique items that players can get if they are lucky. We mean winning the lotto lucky. If you do get one of the items listed below, add them to your build immediately!
- The Grandfather (2H Sword)
- Doombringer (1H Sword)
- Ring of Starless Skies (Ring)
- Andariel's Visage (Helm)
- Harlequin Crest (Helm) aka Shako for D2 fans!
- Melted Heart of Selig (Amulet)
In Diablo 4 Season 1, Blizzard has added one more uber Unique item, but we don't know exactly what it is just yet.
The best Barbarian Whirlwind build for Diablo 4 Season 1 is based on the build from Maxroll.gg's Raxxanterax. Full credit goes to the incredible resource. Check out the 18-minute video explaining the build in more detail below.
So there you have it, a complete guide to the Barbarian class in Diablo 4 Season 1 for a robust build, from the best skills to use to gems, stat priority, the Arsenal system, Technique Slot, Malignant Hearts, Legendary Aspects, and Unique items. We will endeavor to update this article consistently so you always have the latest information!
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