Best Diablo 4 Barbarian builds for leveling, endgame & PvP

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

The Barbarian is the physically strong class in Diablo, and it uses its 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?

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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.


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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 is gaining some traction as one of the best Barbarian builds in Diablo 4. Remember this is the best build for leveling through the game’s story, not PvP or endgame activities.

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The Rend skill is one you can learn at level 4 and does constant Bleed damage to enemies. We’d also advise upgrading it as soon as you can with the following enhancements, once they become available:

  • Level 5: ‍Enhanced Rend
  • Level 6: ‍Furious Rend
  • Level 7: ‍Battle Lunging Strike

This will ensure your primary skill is as powerful as possible, laying the foundation for the rest of the build.

At level 8 you’ll want to learn Rallying Cry to give your Fury a boost when needed, then upgrade that skill all the way to Tactical Rallying Cry. We’d also recommend learning War Cry at level 13, but save this for powerful or elite enemies.

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Now it’s time to learn your first passive skill; Hamstring. This will slow enemies down once they are effecting by Bleed, making them more vulnerable to your attacks. As you’re using an upgraded Rend as your primary attack, you’ll be making a lot of demons bleed.

Next, learn Death Blow to deliver a final devastating hit to enemies you’ve already weakened. This will kill many outright, allowing you to slice through mobs quickly. Enemies slowed down by Hamstring will be especially at risk of this attack. Upgrade Death Blow all the way to Fighter’s Death Blow.

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Once you reach level 25, learn Call of the Ancients for a damage boost and to temporarily summon 3 powerful allies based on an iconic Diablo 2 boss – then upgrade the skill to Supreme Call of the Ancients for maximum damage.

We’d then recommend learning the Booming Voice and Pit Fighter passives to make your shouts and close-quarter attacks more potent, followed by Unbridled Rage at level 35 as your Key Passive. Then activate Raid Leader, Guttural Yell, Tempered Fury, and Invigorating Fury for more passive buffs.

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We’d also recommend learning these four passives to make your Barbarian extra tough once you’ve mastered all your core skills:

  • Cut to the Bone
  • Aggressive Resistance
  • Prolific Fury
  • Pressure Point

As your core skills have already been allocated, you can spend any other level-up points on any other skills you find useful, but we’d recommend investing in the above first to take advantage of the best Barbarian build in Diablo 4.

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The returning character classes include the Barbarian, Sorcerer, Rogue, Necromancer, and Druid.

Best Barbarian leveling build summary

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

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2Lunging Strike
3Enhanced Lunging Strike
5Enhanced Rend
6Furious Rend
7Battle Lunging Strike
8Rallying Cry
9Enhanced Rallying Cry
10Tactical Rallying Cry
13War Cry
14Enhanced War Cry
15Power War Cry (Place two-handed swords in your Technique Slot)
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
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The Barbarian is a solid choice for the end game of Diablo 4.

Best Barbarian endgame build

Once you get past level 50 and have seen the ending of Diablo 4, things will change as you’re into the endgame. This means the build you used to reach this point may no longer be sufficient, and to really make the most of the endgame content, you’ll need an endgame build.

Remember, if you want to switch from the above leveling build to the below endgame build, you’ll need to respec your skill points. Or you can simply start a new character and begin the game with the endgame build, skipping the campaign when you do. The choice is yours.

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

2Lunging Strike
3Enhanced Lunging Strike
5Enhanced Whirlwind
6Furious Whirlwind
7Combat Lunging Strike
8Rallying Cry
9Enhanced Rallying Cry
10Tactical Rallying Cry
15War Cry (Place 2H Swords in your Technique Slot)
16Enhanced War Cry
17Power War Cry
19Enhanced Leap
20Power Leap
22Booming Voice
23Booming Voice
24Raid Leader
25Call of the Ancients
26Prime Call of the Ancients
27Supreme Call of the Ancients
28Aggressive Resistance
29Prolific Fury
30Prolific Fury
31Prolific Fury
32Pit Fighter
33Pit Fighter
34Pit Fighter
35Unbridled Rage
36Rallying Cry
37Rallying Cry
38Rallying Cry
39Rallying Cry
40Raid Leader
41Raid Leader
42Booming Voice
43No Mercy
44No Mercy
45No Mercy
46Heavy Handed
47Heavy Handed
48Heavy Handed
49Pressure Point
50Your choice
1 – RenownPressure Point
2 – RenownPressure Point
3 – RenownGuttural Yell
4 – RenownGuttural Yell
5 – RenownGuttural Yell
6 – RenownThick Skin
7 – RenownThick Skin
8 – RenownCounteroffensive
9 – RenownCounteroffensive
10 – RenownCounteroffensive

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
  • Warbinger board
  • Flawless Technique board


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

  • Exploit
  • Wrath
  • Marshal
  • Territorial
  • Disembowel
  • Imbiber

Endgame item build

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

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Item nameItem type
‍Spirit BlitzHelm
Cruel ReaperChest Armor
Hand StranglersGloves
War MailPants
Dire BrandBoots
Odd RuinMain Hand
Foe ReaverOffhand
Highborn NecklaceAmulet
Eternity SealRing 1
Oath VowRing 2

Best Barbarian PvP build

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

This is likely to change during Season 1 of Diablo 4, but for now, the Whirlwind Barbarian is the best build to use in PvP.

So there you have it, the best Barbarian build to use in Diablo 4. Check out some more of our Diablo 4 guides below:

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