Best Diablo 3 Barbarian Builds: Season 31

Sam Smith

Looking for the best Diablo 3 Barbarian builds heading into Season 31? Here’s everything you need to beat the hordes of Hell into submission.

The hulking Barbarian class in Diablo 3 loves nothing more than getting up close and personal. The Barbarian returns from Diablo 2, and was also a character class in the original Diablo game’s unofficial Hellfire expansion. Offering a classic tank/melee playstyle that makes use of crowd control attacks, this is a character that’s best suited to those who enjoy bashing and slashing.

The question is, how effective is the Barbarian in Season 31 of Diablo 3? Here’s why you should pick the Barbarian class in Season 31, as well as a rundown of some of their best builds.


Male or female, the Barbarian will suit your melee needs.

Is the Barbarian right for me?

If you’re tired of fancy spells, but just prefer the old-fashioned hack ‘n’ slash method, look no further than this Diablo 3 class. The Barbarian relies almost entirely on melee attacks and skills, which the character’s most powerful builds are based around. Want to take on hordes of enemies all by yourself? Well, you’ve picked the right class for the job.

If you want a more complex playstyle, the Monk is always a good choice, and the Demon Hunter is also just fine for tearing up demonic hordes. However, when it comes to pure, innate, brute power and strength, you really can’t beat the Barbarian. While the class has a variety of intricate skills to make use of, the best builds are designed around pure ruthless aggression.

Is the Barbarian good in Diablo 3 Season 31?

A quick glance at’s tier list will show you that the Barbarian has some A-class tier builds this season. However, when compared to the rest of the classes, the Barbarian is actually at the bottom of the pile in Season 31.

Yet no matter, the class still boasts a variety of A-Tier builds. Therefore, there are plenty of fun and effective ways to tear Diablo’s minions to pieces.

The Barbarian is the literal embodiment of “rip and tear until the battle is done.”

Best Diablo 3 Barbarian Build: Season 31

If you’ve played Diablo 3 before, you’ll probably know what the best Barbarian builds were from last season. The Waste Whirlwind Rend Barbarian remains a firm favorite this time around too. It’s still by far the most reliable Barbarian build for Season 31.

As the name implies you’ll need to grab the Wrath of the Wastes armor set to utilize this build to its full, demon-mowing potential.

Active Skills

Below are all of the skills included in the build, but be sure to focus on getting a 45-50% cooldown reduction to get the most out of this setup:

Skill Rune
Rend Bloodbath
Sprint Marathon
Ignore Pain Bravado
Wrath of the Berserker Insanity
Furious Charge Merciless Assault
Whirlwind Wind Shear

Passive Skills

We already touched on some passive skills you’ll want to have, but here’s the full list:

  • Rampage
  • Boon of Bul-Kathos
  • Brawler
  • Ruthless
  • Berserker Rage
  • Nerves of Steel

Build items & weapons

Your skills are nothing without a good set of armor and weapons, and while the Barbarian could still bring the pain with just their fists, here’s how to maximize this build for the season:

Item Type Name
Helm Helm of the Wastes
Shoulders Pauldrons of the Wastes
Chest Cuirass of the Wastes
Gloves Gauntlet of the Wastes
Bracers Mortick’s Brace
Belt Lamentation
Pants Tasset of the Wastes
Boots Sabaton of the Wastes
Ring 1 Focus
Ring 2 Restraint
Amulet Squirt’s Necklace
Main-hand weapon Ambo’s Pride*
Off-hand weapon Gimmershred / In-game

*You need Ambo’s Pride for this build to work at full effectiveness since it applies Rend while you use Whirlwind, so don’t spare any expense to get it if you want the best build.


While many players might dismiss the Follower, they can make or break your gameplay. Changes from earlier seasons allowed you to customize their armor alongside their weapons, so now they really do have much more of an impact.

There’s really only one choice that makes sense to pair with this powerful build, and that is the ever-supportive Enchantress, as she is the only follower that gives Cooldown Reduction, allowing you to spam your abilities even more. Her ranged elemental magic is also a welcome addition to your arsenal.

If you want another way to rip and tear through legions of hellspawn, there is another option.

Alternative Diablo 3 Barbarian build

If you want something a bit different than the classic Waste Whirlwind Rend build, don’t worry! There is another path we can recommend following, which comes in at a very respectable A-rank.

Raekor Boulder Toss

This build focuses on the Ancient Spear ability, which is the definition of hack’n’slash with simple, straightforward melee mechanics enhanced by massive Attack Speed bonuses.

Skill Rune
Ancient Spear Boulder Toss
Battle Rage Bloodshed
War Cry Veteran’s Warning
Wrath of the Berserker Insanity
Frenzy Berserk
Furious Charge Merciless Assault

The full rundown of the Savage Frenzy Barbarian guide can be found here.

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