Best Barbarian Builds in Diablo 2: Resurrected

Here we will be discussing the best possible builds for Barbarians, which is a melee fighter class in Diablo 2.

Diablo 2: Resurrected is a hack-and-slash action role-playing video game developed and published by Blizzard. Resurrected is the remaster of the classic Diablo 2, and contains both the base game and the expansion Lord of Destruction. However, in terms of content, it has the same seven characters or classes, same campaigns, and no new modes or stories. Whether you’re a veteran Diablo fan who is picking up Diablo 2: Reserructed to relive the nostalgia or a first-timer to the RPG franchise, choosing a class can be quite nerve-wracking as each character’s unique character talent tree will shape your overall play-style and experience.

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The seven classes in Diablo 2: Resurrected are Paladin, Sorceress, Necromancer, Amazon, Druid, Assassin, and Barbarian. Picking the Barbarian class is the safest or oftentimes the most favored choice as Barbarians are melee characters that rely on Brute force, and is able to withstand high incoming damage due to their high health pool. In this guide, we will break down all the best Barbarian builds in Diablo 2, along with our top picks for pieces of equipment or gear you can pair the Barbarian class with.

Barbarian Builds

Whirlwind Barbarian

The whirlwind barbarian is the most popular Barbarian build you can go for. The Whirlwind Barbarian glides around the battlefield, spinning like a human whirlwind through herds of monsters, wrecking everything in its way. This build is perfect for crowd control. You will need to max out the following skills: Whirlwind, Sword Mastery, Battle Orders, and Shout. We have outlined the complete skill and stat point distribution for the Whirlwind Barbarian build below:

Whirlwind Skill Point Distribution

  • Whirlwind – 20
  • Battle Orders – 20
  • Shout – 20
  • Sword Mastery – 20
  • Iron Skin – 5
  • Natural Resistance – 5
  • Increased Speed – 5
  • Battle Command – 1
  • Berserk – 1

Whirlwind Stat Point Distribution

  • Strength – Enough to wear desired items (may require you to look at the minimum requirements of the items you want ahead of time).
  • Dexterity – Enough to wear desired items and 75% block chance if you’re using a shield.
  • Energy – Keep at base level. Focus on mana increasing skills and mana leech items.
  • Vitality – Leftover stat points after spending on Strength and Dexterity.

Frenzy Barbarian

The Frenzy Barbarian build is geared towards bringing down large enemies, as the Frenzy ability lets players carry and swing two weapons simultaneously. Moreover, the Frenzy ability also boosts the Barbarian’s speed with each successful hit, which makes the Barbarian stronger and deadlier with the rising duration of the combat. As more successful hits land you more power and speed, taking down large enemies becomes a lot easier as the battle progresses. You will need to max out the following skills for the Frenzy Barbarian Build: Frenzy, Sword Mastery, Battle Orders, Double Swing, and Taunt. Below you will find the complete skill and stat point distribution for the Frenzy Barbarian:

Frenzy Skill Point Distribution

  • Frenzy – 20
  • Weapon Mastery – 20
  • Battle Orders – 20
  • Double Swing – 20
  • Taunt – 20
  • Berserk – 1
  • Howl – 1
  • Shout – 1
  • Battle Command – 1
  • Natural Resistance – 1
  • Iron Skin – 1
  • Bash –1
  • Double Throw – 1
  •  Stun – 1
  •  Concentrate – 1

Frenzy Stat Point Distribution

  • Strength – Enough to wear desired items.
  • Dexterity – Enough to wear desired items.
  • Energy – None.
  • Vitality – Keep at Base value.

Berserker Barbarian

This build focuses entirely on offense and not at all on defense. The Berserker Barbarian is full of rage and destroys everything in his path. As a result, with this build, players are able to deal massive amounts of damage towards enemies. As we said earlier, this build does not focus on defense, players should focus on wielding two weapons instead of any shields. Here are the skills you need to max out for the Berserker Barbarian build: Berserk, Warcry, Battle Orders, Howl, and Weapon Mastery. We have outlined the complete skill and stat point distribution for the Berserker Barbarian build below:

Berserker Skill Point Distribution

  • Berserk – 20
  • War Cry – 20
  • Battle Orders – 20
  • Howl – 20
  • Weapon Mastery – 20
  • Battle Command – 1
  • Taunt – 1
  • Battle Cry – 1
  • Increased Speed – 1
  • Natural Resistance – 1
  • Iron Skin – 1

Berserker Stat Point Distribution

  • Strength – Enough to wear desired items (may require you to look at the minimum requirements of the items you want ahead of time).
  • Dexterity – Enough to wear desired items and 75% block chance if you’re using a shield, otherwise ignore.
  • Energy – Keep at base level.
  • Vitality – Dump almost all your stat points in Vitality.

Equipment

As we have mentioned at the very beginning of this guide, the Barbarian class uses brute force to plow through enemies and can even survive critical damage due to their high health pool. With that in mind, Barbarian needs some serious gear to get going, no matter the build you are going for. Here are our top picks for the equipment you can pair the Barbarian class with, along with each of their stats to justify our selection:

  • Helm: Guillaume’s Face
    • Defense: 217 (Base defense: 85-98)
    • Required Level: 34
    • Required Strength: 115
    • Durability: 40
    • +120% Enhanced Defense
    • +30% Faster Hit Recovery
    • 15% Chance of Deadly Strike
    • 35% Chance of Crushing Blow
    • +15 to Strength
  • Armor: Chains of Honor – Sacred Armour
    • Defense: 2269
    • Required Level: 66
    • Required Strength: 222
    • Durability: 31
    • +2 To All Skills
    • +200% Damage To Demons
    • +100% Damage To Undead
    • 8% Life Stolen Per Hit
    • +70% Enhanced Defense
    • +20 To Strength
    • Replenish Life +7
    • All Resistances +65
    • Damage Reduced By 8%
    • 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
  • Gloves: Dracul’s Grasp
    • Defense: 125-145
    • Required Level: 76
    • Required Strength: 50
    • Durability: 14
    • +90-120% Enhanced Defense
    • +10-15 To Strength
    • +5-10 Life After Each Kill
    • 25% Chance of Open Wounds
    • 7-10% Life Stolen Per Hit
    • 5% Chance To Cast Level 10 Life Tap On Striking
  • Belt: Thundergod’s Vigor
    • Defense: 137-159
    • Required Level: 47
    • Required Strength: 110
    • Durability: 24
    • 16 Potion Boxes
    • +160-200% Enhanced Defense
    • Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage
    • 5% Chance To Cast Level 7 Fist of the Heavens When Struck
    • +20 Lightning Absorb
    • 10% To Maximum Lightning Resist
    • +20 To Strength
    • +20 To Vitality
    • +3 To Lightning Fury (Amazon Only)
    • +3 To Lightning Strike (Amazon Only)
  • Boots: War Traveler
    • Defense: 120-139
    • Required Level: 42
    • Required Strength: 95
    • Durability: 48
    • Assassin Kick Damage: 37-64
    • +150-190% Enhanced Defense
    • 25% Faster Run/Walk
    • +10 To Vitality
    • +10 To Strength
    • Adds 15-25 Damage
    • 40% Slower Stamina Drain
    • Attacker Takes Damage Of 5-10
    • 30-50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
  • Shield: Stormshield
    • Defense: (136-504) – (151-519) (varies)(Base Defense: 133-148)
    • Required Level: 73
    • Required Strength: 156
    • Chance to Block: Pal: 77%””+ (3.75 Per Character Level) 3-371 Defense (Based On Character Level)
    • +25% Increased Chance Of Blocking
    • 35% Faster Block Rate
    • Damage Reduced By 35%
    • Cold Resistance +60%
    • Lightning Resistance +25%
    • +30 To Strength
    • Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 10
    • Indestructible
  • Amulet: Mara’s Kaleidescope
    • Required Level: 67
    • +2 To All Skills
    • All Resistances +20-30
    • +5 To All Attributes
  • Rings: Raven Frost
    • Required Level: 45
    • +150-250 to Attack Rating
    • +15-45 Cold Damage
    • +15-20 to Dexterity
    • +40 to Mana
    • Cold Absorb 20%
    • Cannot Be Frozen

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