How to swap your weapons in Diablo 4

Diablo 4 assigning weapon to Barbarian Skill in Skill Tree menu
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To swap your weapons in Diablo 4, you don’t actually need to do anything as it’s all handled automatically based on the Skill you’re currently using. If you’re new to Diablo 4, you might have expected that you could switch between your weapons with a single button press, but this isn’t the case as all your attacks come in the form of Skills. However, the Barbarian class is an exception as they can assign their four different weapons to certain Skills for maximum effect. I’ve laid out how exactly you swap your weapons in Diablo 4, including how to assign weapons as a Barbarian.

 How to switch your Diablo 4 weapons

Diablo 4 assigning weapon to Barbarian Skill in Skill Tree menu

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

In Diablo 4, all character classes switch their Main Hand and Off Hand weapons automatically based on the Skill you are currently using. Weapons in Diablo 4 are mainly there to modify various stats for your Skills and your character, so just make sure you’ve got your best weapons equipped and your Skills will do the rest of the work.

However, if you’re playing as a Diablo 4 Barbarian, you can assign a particular weapon slot to a Skill so that the same weapon slot is always used for that Skill. You’ll also still switch weapons automatically when using different Skills. Although do note that not all weapon slots are available for all Skills – you can’t use a one-handed sword for a Skill that requires a two-handed bludgeoning weapon, for example. Furthermore, assigning a weapon slot to a Skill is not permanent and can be changed at any time, so here’s how you can swap your Diablo 4 weapons and re-assign them as a Barbarian:

  1. As a Barbarian, open the Character menu and navigate to the Abilities tab.
  2. Choose ‘Skill Assignment’.
  3. Move the cursor over a Skill that you have unlocked and then look under the ‘Arsenal Selection’ part of the Skill’s description box. It’ll show you which weapon slots out of Two-Handed Bludgeoning, Two-Handed Slashing, and Dual Wield are compatible with this Skill.
  4. Cycle through the available weapon slots to choose which one you want for the selected Skill. You can also settle for Auto-Select, but I recommend that you manually choose your most appropriate and powerful weapons.

Once you’ve assigned your weapons, back out of the Skill Assignment menu and you’ll have your desired armaments ready for each of your Barbarian Skills. Doing this is important for optimizing your Barbarian as you might focus your build on Skills that are better with particular weapons, so make sure you check you’ve got the optimal weapon slot assigned every so often.

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