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Best Diablo 4 Barbarian builds

Discover the best Diablo 4 Barbarian builds

Diablo 4 image showing the Barbarian staring forward with a bone necklace around their neck.
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Looking for the best Diablo 4 Barbarian builds? The Barbarian is the beefy bruiser of Diablo 4, able to deal massive melee damage while tanking enemy hits. While it is rather reliant on Shout abilities, regardless of your playstyle, we've got two Barbarian builds - the Whirlwind and Bleed Barbarians - that offer unique ways to cut through the demon hordes while clearing the campaign, Helltides, and Nightmare Dungeons.

In this guide, we break down the two best Diablo 4 Barbarian builds, covering the skills and Technique that you'll need to equip for each. If you're just starting D4 now it's out on Game Pass, and are thinking of playing as a Barbarian this will help you get off to the perfect start.

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Diablo 4 Whirlwind Barbarian build

Our Whirlwind Barbarian build focuses on one thing: spin-to-win! It simply maximises the effectiveness of the Whirlwind skill to deal ridiculous damage to enemies, while boosting Fury Generation to ensure that you can hold Whirlwind as an active skill for as long as possible.

Below, you'll find the most important skills for the Diablo 4 Whirlwind Barbarian build:

  • Lunging Strike (Enhanced/Combat)
  • Whirlwind (Enhanced/Furious)
  • Rallying Cry (Enhanced/Tactical)
  • Challenging Shout (Enhanced/Tactical)
  • War Cry (Enhanced/Power)
  • Wrath of the Berserker (Prime/Supreme)

While this isn't a purely Bleed-focused build, we also tap into various skills, Aspects, and the Two-Handed Sword Technique to get lots of ways to inflict Bleed damage. Furious Whirlwind, listed above, is one such way in which we can inflict Bleed damage, along with the Two-Handed Sword technique, the Aspect of Berserk Ripping, and the unique Rage of Harrogath Chest Armor. Bleed is a strong damage type that the Barbarian can easily spec into, so we'd suggest that you at least target it a bit with this Whirlwind build.

For more information on Aspects, Stats, and more, take a look at our Diablo 4 Whirlwind Barbarian build.

Diablo 4 Bleed Barbarian build

Our Diablo 4 Bleed Barbarian build focuses even more on this powerful damage over time mechanic, using the Rend skill to inflict Bleed and also extend the duration of the Vulnerable effect on enemies, which you can inflict with Charge.

Below, you'll find the most important skills for the Diablo 4 Bleed Barbarian build:

  • Lunging Strike (Enhanced/Battle)
  • Rend (Enhanced/Furious)
  • Rallying Cry (Enhanced/Tactical)
  • War Cry (Enhanced/Power)
  • Charge (Enhanced/Mighty)
  • Wrath of the Berserker (Prime/Supreme)

We also get various Bleed buffs from the Two-Handed Sword Technique, the Aspect of Berserk Ripping, the Aspect of Anemia, the Iron Blood Aspect, the Skullbreaker's Aspect, and the Rage of Harrogath unique Chest Armor. One really strong synergy here is between the Aspect of Anemia, which has a chance to Stun enemies when you inflict Bleed damage, and the Skullbreaker's Aspect, which deals huge damage when you Stun an enemy that already has the Bleed effect.

Check out our Diablo 4 Bleed Barbarian build guide for more information!

That wraps up our guide on the best Diablo 4 Barbarian builds. For other playstyles, check out our Diablo 4 Sorcerer builds, Druid builds, Necromancer builds, and Rogue builds. If you're busy getting Renown before Season 1 kicks off, make sure to use our Diablo 4 interactive map to track down Waypoints, Strongholds, Side Quests, and those pesky Altars of Lilith.

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