Life –Vitality and the Life percentage stat will increase your maximum
health. The red globe should secure at least 45,000 hit points.
Armor - 6,000
armor will prevent 66 percent of damage from incoming attacks. If you
accomplish this cap without any defensive passives active, use the passive
skills detailed above.
All Resistances –
With your war cry active, all resistances should be above 1000. This means you
should have about 700 to all resistances just from your gear. Look for this
stat on every armor piece to greatly increase your survivability.
Damage – Your
overall damage should be at least 15,000. This number is greatly increased by
your weapon damage (information on what weapon to choose is provided in the
Gear section below). Damage increase can also be found on rings and amulets.
Stats such as attack speed, critical hit chance, and critical hit damage will
also increase this number.
Strength – This
is a direct increase to your damage and armor. A high amount of strength is
important. We recommend at least 1250.
Critical Hit Chance
– You’ll want at least 30 percent critical hit chance with the Ruthless passive
active. This stat will increase the frequency of your Overpower skill. You can
find this stat on helms, gloves, bracers, shields, rings, and amulets. This is
best paired with critical hit damage.
Attack Speed -
You'll want at least 1.9 attacks per second. Attacking quickly is very
important to this build. It increases the rate at which you gain life and fury,
as well as the chance of critical hits. Note that bonus attack speed on a
weapon is already factored into the weapon’s attacks per second. Attack speed
can also be found on gloves, rings, and amulets.
Critical Hit Damage
– Critical hit damage should be focused after your critical hit chance cap is
met. With Ruthless active, you will passively deal 100 percent critical hit
damage. You can find more of this stat on weapons, gloves, rings, and amulets.
Life on Hit -
This stat will leech life from your opponents each time you attack. This stat
works beautifully with Frenzy and a fast attacking one-hander. It is greatly
increased from a high-grade amethyst gem applied to your weapon. It can also be
found on jewelry. Aim for at least 400 life on hit.
Life Regeneration –
Life per second will allow you continuously replenish your health globe in and
out of combat. Aim for at least 250.
Although the Barbarian is a melee class, don’t be discouraged by this
attribute. Every ten points of intelligence grants one point to all
resistances. So if you end up with 500 Intelligence accidently after upgrading
you gear, you’ll be gaining 50 to all resistances.
Note: The item
descriptions below do not account for legendary or set items that may include
stats not found on magic and rare gear slots.
Weapon – A dagger
with an 11 percent attack speed bonus is the fastest weapon in the game (1.67 attacks
per second). Find one with an open socket. The damage can be as low as 800 and
still remain effective. Insert an amethyst for life on hit. High strength and vitality
are great accompanying stats to find.
Equipping a shield will enable a chance to block in combat. If successful, you
will prevent damage equal to the block amount on the shield. Shields also
provide additional armor. Look for a shield with over 20 percent chance to
block, critical hit chance, and all resistances. Strength, vitality, and life
percentage are acceptable here too.
Helm – An open
socket on your helm is vital. You can add a great life percentage increase by
imbuing it with a high-grade amethyst. The helm should also include all
resistances, vitality, strength, and/or critical hit chance.
Shoulders do not offer any offensive bonus stat aside from the primary
attributes, but they can have chance to freeze, bonus armor, and life
percentage. You must first include all resistances, strength, and vitality.
Chest – This
armor slot can hold up to three gems. Look for all resistances, strength, and
vitality. Search for over 200 vitality on the auction house since the gem
bonuses are added to the total. Life regeneration, life percentage, bonus
armor, and damage reduction are too available.
Pants – All
resistances, vitality, and strength are standard for your leg guards. You can
find life regeneration and bonus armor here, and up to two open sockets.
Gloves – Gloves
are very important because of their ability to increase critical hit chance,
attack speed, and/or critical hit damage. All resistances, strength, and
vitality are beloved as always.
Bracers – Reduced
damage from melee or ranged attacks are powerful stats found on bracers. By
default, you should look for all resistances, strength, vitality, and/or
critical hit chance.
Belt – Barbarians
have access to Mighty Belts which include unique stats for this armor slot such
as life steal, maximum fury, and skill bonuses to Frenzy or Revenge. If you
find one that fits the bill, buckle it with pride. However, the important stats
still remain: all resistances, strength, and vitality. You also have access to
bonus armor, life regeneration, life percentage, and chance to freeze.
Boots –12 percent
movement speed can be very useful on the battlefield… if it’s in your budget. All
resistances, strength, and vitality are always important as well as life regeneration,
bonus armor, and chance to immobilize.
Rings / Amulet – Critical
hit chance, attack speed, and/or critical hit damage are most sought after on
the jewelry pieces. Look for these in combination with all resistances,
strength, and/or vitality. You can also find bonus armor, damage, life on hit,
life regeneration, life percentage, and/or an open socket.
The Barbarian’s tale is an inspiring one. As the world
continues to change, the duty to protect is never lost. Share your heroic
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