Best Diablo 4 Barbarian builds for leveling, endgame & PvP in Season 3

Sam Smith
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The Barbarian class returns in Diablo 4, but just how effective is this melee class when you’re using the best Barbarian build in Season 3 of the game? Our handy guide has everything you need to know.

The Barbarian is physically the strongest class in the Diablo series and has been for a long time. They use pure strength and melee weapon mastery to defeat hordes of enemies. If a one-person army sounds like the playstyle for you, then the Barbarian is a great option. The question is, what’s the best Barbarian build in Diablo 4 Season 3?

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Having made their original debut in the Hellfire Expansion of the original Diablo, Barbarians have been featured in every Diablo game since, and there are multiple ways to build them. So, if you want to survive the legions of Hell, then using the best Diablo 4 Barbarian build is essential. Here are the best Barbarian builds in Diablo 4, for PvE leveling, endgame, and PvP during Season 3.

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The Barbarian is the most powerful pure melee class in Diablo 4.

Best Barbarian build in Diablo 4 for leveling

The Rend Barbarian build remains the best Barbarian build for leveling in Season 3 of Diablo 4. Remember this is only the best build for leveling through the game’s story, as opposed to the best in PvP or endgame activities.

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Diablo 3 players will recognize the Rend build as it was also a popular playstyle in that iteration of the hack-and-slash series. Now, Diablo 4 has its own version of Rend and the build is absolutely slaying it in Season 3.

To summarize the best Barbarian leveling build in Diablo 4, here it is in table form:

LevelSkill
2Lunging Strike
3Enhanced Lunging Strike
4Rend
5Enhanced Rend
6Furious Rend
7Battle Lunging Strike
8Rallying Cry
9Enhanced Rallying Cry
10Tactical Rallying Cry
11Rend
12Rend
13War Cry
14Enhanced War Cry
15Power War Cry (Place two-handed swords in your Technique Slot)
16Rend
17Rend
18Hamstring
19Death Blow
20Enhanced Death Blow
21Fighters Death Blow
22Death Blow
23Death Blow
24Death Blow
25Call of the Ancients
26Prime Call of the Ancients
27Supreme Call of the Ancients
28Death Blow
29Booming Voice
30Booming Voice
31Booming Voice
32Pit Fighter
33Pit Fighter
34Pit Fighter
35Unbridled Rage
36Rallying Cry
37Rallying Cry
38Rallying Cry
39Rallying Cry
40Raid Leader
41Raid Leader
42Raid Leader
43Guttural Yell
44Guttural Yell
45Guttural Yell
46Tempered Fury
47Invigorating Fury
48Invigorating Fury
49Invigorating Fury
Renown 1Cut to the Bone
Renown 2Cut to the Bone
Renown 3Cut to the Bone
Renown 4Aggressive Resistance
Renown 5Prolific Fury
Renown 6Prolific Fury
Renown 7Prolific Fury
Renown 8Pressure Point
Renown 9Pressure Point
Renown 10Pressure Point

When choosing weapons and techniques from the Barbarian’s unique skills, the Rend build favors two-handed swords. Therefore, we’d recommend equipping one of those in your main hand and two smaller swords for your off-hand weapons.

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Legendary Aspects

While there are lots of useful Legendary Aspects in the Codex of Power that will help this build, there are three in particular that you need to prioritize for this build. Here’s what they are and where to find them:

  • Offensive Aspect of the Expectant – (Underroot, Scosglen)
  • Edgemaster’s Offensive Aspect – (Oldstones, Scosglen)
  • Utility Aspect of Anemia – (Kor Dragan Barracks, Fractured Peaks)

Each one will essentially buff your damage in various ways and make your Barbarian build even more powerful.

We’d recommend not imprinting these Aspects on your weapons, as you’re likely to replace these many times on your Leveling journey. Instead, add offensive Aspects to your jewelry, this way, it can continue to serve you well into endgame.

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Seneschal Companion stones

To get the best out of the Seneschal Companion for this build, try to find and equip the following Governing and Turning Stones:

  • Lightning Bolt (Governing)
  • Fortify Support (Turning)
  • Resource Support (Turning)
  • Swift Support (Turning)

  • Reconstruct (Governing)
  • Safeguard Support (Turning)
  • Tactical Support (Turning)
  • Duration Support (Turning)

Best Barbarian endgame build

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The Barbarian is a solid choice for the end game of Diablo 4.

Once you get past level 50 and have seen the ending of Diablo 4, you’ll then enter the endgame. This means the build you used up to this point may no longer be viable. The above build is designed for leveling, but after this, there are other builds that will help you survive the difficulty spike.

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Remember, if you want to switch from the above leveling build to the below endgame build, you’ll need to respec your skill points. We’ve included our recommendations for that build alongside the levels as a guide to which ones you should choose first, but you’ll still have all your points ready to allocate so could do them in any order you wish.

Here’s the best endgame Barbarian build in Diablo 4 which is currently the Double Swing Barbarian:

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Active SkillsPassive Skills
Double SwingImposing Presence
Lunging StrikeMartial Vigor
War CryBooming Voice
Ground StompRaid Leader
Rallying CryGuttural Yell
Challenging ShoutPit Fighter
No Mercy
Aggressive Resistance
Counteroffensive
Dualist
Wallop
Invigorating Fury
Unbridled Rage

The Double Swing Barbarian build makes use of dual weapons. Of course, the Barbarian class can swing two-handed weapons in one single hand as part of their unqiue character skills.

Paragon Board

At level 50 you’ll gain access to the Paragon Board to continue building your character to level 100. Here are the boards you need to focus on to maximize the potential of the best endgame Barbarian build:

  • Starting board
  • Blood Rage board
  • Decimator board
  • Warbringer board
  • Flawless Technique board

Glyphs

Here are the Glyphs we’d recommend activating as you work through the Paragon board:

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Level 15

  • ‍Ire
  • ‍Territorial
  • ‍Ambidextrous
  • ‍Undaunted
  • ‍Marshal
  • ‍Wrath

Level 21

  • ‍Ire
  • ‍Wrath
  • ‍Territorial
  • ‍Ambidextrous
  • ‍Marshal
  • ‍Undaunted

Legendy Aspects

As this is an endgame build, it pays to unlock as many Legendary Aspects for the class as possible. Try to unlock the following Aspects as soon as possible to take advantage of their buffs, as each will have its own use within an endgame build:

  • Berserk Ripping (Mournfield)
  • ‍Disobedience (Halls of the Damned)
  • ‍Edgemaster’s (Oldstones)
  • ‍Echoing Fury (Siroccos Caverns)
  • ‍Ghostwalker (Broken Bulwark)
  • ‍Might (Dark Ravine)
  • ‍Numbing Wrath (Heathen’s Keep)
  • ‍Rapid (Buried Halls)
  • ‍Relentless (Berserker’s Hakan’s Refuge)
  • ‍Retribution (Abandoned Mineworks)
  • ‍Shared Misery (Oblivion)
  • ‍Unrelenting Fury (Hallowed Ossuary)

You can also find Aspects by gambling with Obols or farming through Helltides and Nightmare Dungeons.

Seneschal Companion stones

To get the best out of the Seneschal Companion for this build, try to find and equip the following Governing and Turning Stones:

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  • Lightning Bolt (Governing)
  • Arching Support (Turning)
  • Breaking Support (Turning)
  • Efficiency Support (Turning)
  • Flash of Adrenaline (Governing)
  • Duration Support (Turning)
  • Tactical Support (Turning)
  • Safeguard Support (Turning)

Endgame Item build

Here are the items you should aim to equip for your endgame Barbarian build in Diablo 4:

Item nameItem type
Godslayer CrownHelm
Steadfast Tunic of AudacityChest Armor
Smithing Runic GlovesGloves
Tibault’s WillPants
Ghost Walker Runic CleatsBoots
Bonebreaker of LimitlessMain Hand
Accelerating KingslayerOffhand
Amulet of Disobedience Amulet
Bold Chieftan’s BandRing 1
Band of Echoing Fury Ring 2

Best Barbarian PvP build

Interestingly, the best PvP Barbarian build in Diablo 4 in the current meta is also the Double Swing Barbarian. To make the best possible Barbarian for PvP battles in Diablo 4, craft the Endgame build above, complete with items and Paragon information.

If you’re not feeling these builds, check out our alternative Barbarian builds guide.

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About The Author

Sam is a Senior Games Writer for Dexerto specializing in Survival Horror, Diablo, Final Fantasy, and Soulslikes. An NCTJ accredited journalist, Sam also holds a degree in journalism from the University of Central Lancashire and has many years of experience as a professional writer. Being able to marry his love of writing with his addiction to video games was always one of his life goals. He also loves all things PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo in equal measure. Contact at sam.smith@dexerto.com