The Barbarian’s relentless rage gives Diablo’s minions night
terrors. The splash of demonic limbs whirling across their frightened gaze… the
sizzle of a fiery earthquake under their shivering toes… the Barbarian’s ferocity
is unmatched. We reveal one strategy
your Barbarian can honor in pursuit of Inferno obliteration.
Note: This guide
is based off of Patch 1.0.3 (the most current patch while writing this
article). Recommended skills and stat allocations may chance in future patches.
Recommend Inferno Build
Note: Make sure
elective mode is toggled on so you are not limited to one skill per category.
To do this go to Options, select Gameplay, and toggle on Elective Mode.
Frenzy – When you
build up five stacks of frenzy, you will be swinging 75 percent faster. With a
fast attacking one hander equipped, you will be replenishing a high amount of
life and fury during combat. The Sidearm
rune provides a 25 percent change to hurl an axe at your surrounding foes
and will trigger quite often. This rune promotes Frenzy to a very high damage
attack with an incredible attack speed buff. Bind this to your left mouse
Revenge – This
crushing attack is a high damage and healing skill. But it has a chance to
become active each time you’re hit. The Provocation
rune doubles the frequency of its active state increasing you chances to use
Revenge to 30 percent. Use it when it is available since it costs no fury and
will reactivate. You will heal five percent of your maximum life for each
opponent you slice into. Allocate this skill to your right click for its very
Overpower – This skill
is an integral part of this build, acting as additional high area damage and
healing spell when imbued with the Revel
rune. It will strike all enemies within nine yards and heal you eight percent
of your maximum life for each enemy struck. It is free to cast and, in most
cases, more dependable than Revenge since it requires no condition. The cool
down is 15 seconds, but is lowered by one second each time you land a critical
hit in combat. High critical hit chance is important to keep Overpower
War Cry – This
shout is an essential buff for your survival in Inferno. Your armor will
increase by 20 percent for 60 seconds, so reapply this as often as needed. The Impunity rune will increase your resistances
by 50 percent, allowing you to more easily defend against the magic-enhanced
champion and elite packs.
– For every buff we depend on, there is a debuff to dish out. Enhanced with the
Intimidate rune, this shout will
decrease enemy damage by 20 percent and movement speed by 30 percent. It is
important to reapply this every 15 seconds. This will greatly decrease the
effectiveness of your foes.
Wrath of the
Berserker – This fury spender is a powerful transformation for 15 seconds
and can be cast every two minutes. Your critical hit chance, attack speed,
dodge chance, and movement speed are significantly increased. It also breaks
you free of jailer and lends you immunity to immobilizing effects. The Insanity rune will buff your damage by
100 percent as well. Save your Super Saiyan mode for combatting elites and boss
Ruthless – The bonuses from this
passive are both offensive and defensive in nature. When active, your critical
hit chance is increased by five percent and critical hit damage by 50 percent.
Decreasing Overpower’s cool down is necessary, since it is your greatest healing
Reducing all non-Physical damage by 20 percent becomes extremely important
during the late Inferno acts. Plague, molten, and the like become very
difficult to survive without this passive. It also has a chance to generate
some extra fury when you are attacked at range, which aids to our next passive.
Berserker Rage – With
our only fury spender being Wrath of the Berserker, the 25 percent damage
increase from this passive is almost always active. Use this offensive passive
only if you meet the armor cap noted in the Stat section below. Otherwise, Nerves of Steel should be promoted to
this slot which provides a nice passive armor boost.
The Enchantress really shines in
Inferno. The Barbarian acts as her personal bodyguard, allowing her to cast
powerful spells on the enemy and share great enhancements with the warrior. Spells
you should select are in bold:
Push] – Charm targets a single opponent and compels it to perform acts of
treason against its fellow demons. This can occur every 25 seconds and can
slightly turn the heat down during a champion pack encounter. Focused Push is
more negative than positive for the Barb because it knocks back the enemies,
decreasing your up close and personal time. Remember, we rely on Revenge
triggers and life on hit to survive.
[Powered Armor]– The Powered Armor bonus will provide a 15 percent armor
buff and slow attackers by 30 percent. This is just what the Witch Doctor
ordered for our ruthless fighter. Reflect Missiles is a very inconsistent
defensive shield compared to this aura.
– Disorient provides a small window to leech life and reposition ourselves
mid-fight. This will not occur often, but it does increase your survivability.
Erosion is also good as a frequent damage boost to the corroding fiends.
[Mass Control] – Focused Mind is a three percent passive attack speed bonus,
which is a great attribute for this build. Mass control is a powerful mass
polymorph, but only occurs once every minute.