[Diablo 4] Barbarian Build Guide

1. General Leveling Tips:

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1.1. Recommended World Level: For a smooth and fast leveling experience, it is recommended to play on World Level 1 (Adventurer). While you can opt for World Level 2 (Veteran) for an additional challenge, the 20% extra experience gained from monsters doesn't compensate for the additional time it takes to defeat them. This usually results in slower gameplay and slower leveling.

1.2. Complete the Main Story: Before engaging in end-game activities such as the Capstone Dungeon (which unlocks World Level 3), Nightmare Dungeons, or the Whispering Tree, it's important to complete the main story. This will allow you to unlock new and challenging leveling options.

1.3. Get a Mount: Obtaining a mount is an important step in your leveling journey. We recommend saving your world explorations, such as searching for Lilith's Altars, until after you obtain a mount. This will allow you to move faster and more efficiently through the open world.

1.4. Check the Season Checklist: If you're interested in the seasonal realm, we also recommend checking our Season Checklist. This list provides helpful tips and tricks to prepare for Diablo 4 Season 1. Make the most of your leveling journey by following these tips.

2. Leveling as a Hammer of the Ancients Barbarian:

The leveling build with Hammer of the Ancients is an excellent choice for crushing your enemies in Diablo 4. This guide will provide you with the maximum skill point allocation for level 50, based on our previous beta testing. We will go over the build mechanics, character progression, and playstyle.

Hammer of the Ancients is a powerful skill that deals an additional 1% damage per point of Fury you have. To make the most of this skill, you need to quickly fill your Fury with multiple sources of generation and then unleash it with Hammer of the Ancients to deal massive blows to your enemies.

Fatal Strike is another highly damaging skill that you can repeatedly use if you manage to eliminate an enemy. This allows you to chain devastating blows and maintain a steady rhythm of damage.

This leveling build is ideal for players who are accustomed to traditional resource generation and expenditure gameplay styles. Charge at your enemies to deal large amounts of damage with the Barbarian's Hammer of the Ancients.

3. Skill Tree Points:

Below is the table with the recommended order for allocating your skill points while leveling as a Hammer of the Ancients Barbarian. You will have a total of 58 points, including the 48 points obtained by reaching level 50 and an additional 2 points for completing Renown in each Act zone.






Basic Skill


Enhanced Frenzy

Basic Skill


Hammer of the Ancients

Core Skill


Enhanced Hammer of the Ancients

Core Skill


Furious Hammer of the ancients

Core Skill


Combat Frebzy

Basic Skill


Ralllying Cry

Defensive Skill


Enhanced Rallying Cry

Defensive Skill


Tactical Rallying Cry

Defensive Skill


Hammer of the Ancients (Level 2)

Core Skill


Hammer of the Ancients (Level 3)

Core Skill



Brawling Skill


Enhanced Leap

Brawling Skill


Power Leap

Brawling Skill


Hammer of the Ancients (Level 4)

Core Skill


Hammer of the Ancients (Level 5)

Core Skill


Death Blow

Weapon Mastery Skill


Enhanced Death Blow

Weapon Mastery Skill


Warrior´s  Death Blow

Weapon Mastery Skill


Deaht Blow (Level 2)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Death Blow (Level 3)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Death Blow (Level 4)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Deaht Blow (Level 5)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Wrath of the Berserker

Ultimate Skill


Prime Wrath of the Berserker

Ultimate Skill


Supreme Wrath of the Berserk

Ultimate Skill


Pit Fighter

Weapon Mastery Skill


Pit Fighter (Level 2)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Pit Fighter (Level 3)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Tempered Fury

Ultimate Skill


Furious Impulse

Ultimate Skill


Furious Impulse (Level 2)

Ultimate Skill


Furious Impulse (Level 3)

Ultimate Skill


Walking Arsenal

Key Passives



Weapon Mastery Skill


No Mercy

Weapon Mastery Skill


Expose Vulnerability

Weapon Mastery Skill


Expose Vulnerability (Level 2)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Expose Vulnerability (Level 3)

Weapon Mastery Skill


No Mercy (Level 2)

Weapon Mastery Skill


No Mercy (Level 3)

Weapon Mastery Skill



Brawling Skill


Swiftness (Level 2)

Brawling Skill


Swiftness (Level 3)

Brawling Skill


Thick Skin

Weapon Mastery Skill


Thick Skin (Level 2)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Thick Skin (Level 3)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Switch Tactical Rallying Cry to Strategic Rallying Cry

Defensive Skill



Weapon Mastery Skill


Counteroffensive (Level 2)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Counteroffensive (Level 3)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Defensive Stance

Weapon Mastery Skill


Defensive Stance (Level 2)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Defensive Stance (Level 3)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Slaying Strike

Weapon Mastery Skill


Slaying Strike (Level 2)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Slaying Strike (Level 3)

Weapon Mastery Skill


Aggressive Resistance

Brawling Skill


Prolific Fury

Brawling Skill

4. Mechanics and Playstyle:

The Hammer of the Ancients leveling build requires proper resource management. Use various skills to generate Fury, such as Enhanced Frenzy, War Cry, Leap of Power, Furious Charge, and Prolific Fury. Once you have accumulated enough Fury, unleash the damage with Hammer of the Ancients while maintaining a high Fury level to maximize your damage per second (DPS).

Fatal Strike is another high-damage skill used to eliminate enemies and reset its cooldown. The Aspect of the Weapons Master provides an additional charge to Fatal Strike in case you don't eliminate an enemy with this skill.

Berserker's Wrath is triggered against elite enemies and bosses to take advantage of the Berserk mode and become unstoppable.

Hamstring applies a slow to enemies affected by bleeding, activating damage bonuses against slowed targets and crowd control. The Two-Handed Sword Mastery skill is our sole necessary source of bleeding.


Survivability increases by obtaining Fortify through Strategic Rallying Cry and Thick Skin. Additional damage reduction while fortified is obtained through Defensive Stance and gear that enhances Fortify, which also increases damage through Counteroffensive and damage while stats are fortified.


Expose Vulnerability applies the "Vulnerable" state with Hammer of the Ancients after using Fatal Strike. Maintaining it during boss fights can be challenging. Use Fatal Strike to eliminate boss helpers and space out your charges if using Aspect of the Weapons Master to have more "Vulnerable" time.

*Walking Arsenal:

The key passive, Walking Arsenal, provides a 45% damage increase when switching to the appropriate weapon. Activating the Dual-Wield benefit with Frenzy and the Two-Handed Strike benefit with Hammer of the Ancients is quite straightforward. Assign your two-handed slashing weapon to Leap and Fatal Strike to activate the final benefit. Against bosses, alternate between Leap and Fatal Strike throws to maximize the enhancement time.

*Damage Rotation:

To maximize your damage and crush your enemies, follow the following rotation:

a. Activate War Cry if your Fury is low. This will allow you to generate more Fury to use your main skills.

b. Generate Fury at the beginning of the fight using Leap and Frenzy. These skills will help you quickly accumulate Fury to unleash more powerful attacks.

c. Use Hammer of the Ancients whenever your Fury is full. This skill will deal significant damage to your enemies. Make sure to maintain a high Fury count to maximize your DPS. Combine the use of Hammer of the Ancients with generating skills to keep your Fury at an optimal level.

d. Finish off enemies using Fatal Strike. This skill not only deals high damage per hit but also allows you to generate Fury and reset its cooldown. During long boss fights, you should constantly use Fatal Strike when it is not on cooldown.

Remember to adapt your rotation based on the situation. If your Fury is low, prioritize generating Fury before using Hammer of the Ancients. Keep an eye on the cooldown of Fatal Strike and use it as soon as it's available.

With practice and mastery of this damage rotation, you will be able to effectively and efficiently defeat your enemies as a Barbarian in Diablo 4. Crush your opponents and showcase your overwhelming strength!

5. Weapon Experience System:

The Barbarian automatically unlocks weapon specialization at level 15. Weapon Mastery bonuses increase as you hit with each specific weapon. Additionally, using a slotted weapon technique will apply a weapon experience bonus to all your weapon attacks. To make the most of this mechanic, assign the Two-Handed Sword Mastery skill to the Weapon Technique skill slot, allowing you to apply a bleeding effect to all your attacks.

It's important to note that Hammer of the Ancients should be used with a two-handed mace, as this weapon is most suitable for maximizing the damage of this skill. On the other hand, Frenzy benefits from dual-wielding weapons. Make sure to equip the corresponding weapons to maximize the potential of these skills.

Once you obtain the Walking Arsenal passive, assign your two-handed slashing weapon to the Fatal Strike and Leap skills. This will activate the final benefit of the passive, significantly increasing your damage.

Remember, the weapon experience system gives you the opportunity to specialize and improve your performance with specific weapons. Experiment with different skill and weapon combinations to find the setup that best suits your playstyle and maximizes your damage potential as a Barbarian in Diablo 4.

6. Gear Choice and Stat Priority While Leveling:

When leveling as a Hammer of the Ancients Barbarian, it's important to consider gear choice and stat priority to maximize your power. Here are some recommendations:

6.1. Collect All Gear Drops: Make sure to pick up all gear drops you come across as they could be upgrades for your character. Pay attention to legendary items with useful affixes and store them in your stash for later use, whether to extract their benefits or to imprint them on well-rolled rare items.

6.2. Weapon Setup: Prioritize the weapon setup that offers the highest available damage per hit. When comparing weapons with similar item levels, two-handed weapons are generally preferred. These weapons often have higher damage potential and can enhance your attacks with Hammer of the Ancients.

6.3. Stat Priority: The following are the stat affixes in order of importance for Hammer of the Ancients Barbarian leveling. Affixes within the same priority level have approximately the same importance:

6.3.1. DPS value in all weapon slots

6.3.2. Range of Hammer of the Ancients and Fatal Strike

6.3.3. - All damage - Damage to nearby, slowed, crowd-controlled, and healthy enemies - Damage with mace skills, basic attacks, and weapon mastery - Damage while fortified, berserk, and healthy - Vulnerable damage - Critical hit chance and damage - Attack speed and basic attack skill attack speed - Fortify

6.3.4. - Damage reduction - Damage reduction while fortified - Any elemental resistance - Armor

6.3.5. - Crowd control duration - Cooldown reduction - Movement speed - Life

7. Legendary Item Affixes:

To unlock Affixes in the Codex of Power, you must complete the corresponding Dungeon where the specific Affix drops. For example, the Affix of Ancestral Strength can be unlocked in the Codex of Power by completing Sunken Ruins in Scosglen. Once unlocked, you can visit the Enchanter to imprint this Affix on an item. Note that Affixes found on discarded legendary items have stronger effects than those applied through the Codex of Power. Additionally, it's important to know that certain Affixes can only be obtained by finding them on a legendary item and are not available through the Codex of Power. If you find valuable Affixes on legendary items that are not useful for your build, you can extract them to imprint them on well-rolled rare items.

However, be aware that you should avoid imprinting valuable extracted Affixes on weapons, as weapons are frequently replaced as you progress through levels.

Below are the Affixes that are important for the leveling build of Hammer of the Ancients Barbarians. They are listed in priority order, meaning the most important Affixes should be sought after and utilized first:

Aspect Name

Legendary aspect power


Edgemaster´s Aspect

Skills deal up to %[x] increased damage based on your available Primary Resource when cast, receiving the maximum benefit while you have full Primary Resource.

Oldstones, Scosglen

Aspect of Ancestral Force

Hammer of the Ancients quakes outwards, dealing #% of its damage to enemies.

Sunken Ruins, Scosglen

Weapo Master´s Aspect

Your Weapon Mastery Skills have an additional Charge. Lucky Hit: Damaging an enemy with a Weapon Mastery Skill has up to a #% chance to Stun them for # seconds.

Randam Drop Only

Aspect of the Expectant

Attacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by #%[x], up to 30%[x].


Underroot, Scosglen

Aspect of Might

Basic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for # seconds.

Dark Ravine, Dry Steppes

Aspect of Disobedience

You gain #%[x] increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to #%[x].

Halls of the Damned, Kehjistan

Rapid aspect

Basic Skills gain #%[+] Attack Speed.

Buried Halls, Dry Steppes

Aspect of Encroaching Wrath

After spending 100 Fury, your next Weapon Mastery Skill deals #%[x] increased damage.


Random Drop Only

Aspect of the Relentless Armsmaster

Gain #%[x] increased Fury Generation while all damage bonuses from the Walking Arsenal Key Passive are active.


Calibel´s Mine, Scosglen

Aspect of Giant Strides

Reduces the Cooldown of Leap by # seconds per enemy hit, up to a maximum of # seconds.


Random Drop Only

Aspect of Echoing Fury

Your Shout Skills generate # Fury per second while active.

SiroccoCaverns, Kehjistan

Aspect of Unrelenting Fury

Killing an enemy with a Core Skill refunds #% of its base Fury cost. Can only happen once per Skill cast.

Hallowed Ossuary, Fractured Peaks

Ghostwalker Aspect

While Unstoppable and for 2 seconds after, you gain #%[+} increased Movement Speed and can move freely through enemies.

Broken Bulwark, Scosglen

Iran Blood Aspect

Gain #% Damage Reduction for each Nearby Bleeding enemy up to #% maximum.

Forgotten Ruins, Kehjistan

8. Gems:

Below are the best gems to socket in each type of equipment slot for Hammer of the Ancients Barbarian leveling.

Weapon: Sapphire for increased critical hit damage to crowd-controlled enemies. This will allow you to deal additional damage to groups of enemies, which is especially effective when using crowd control skills.

Armor: Sapphire for damage reduction while fortified. This gem will provide you with higher damage resistance while maintaining the fortified state, increasing your survivability in combat.

Jewelry: Skull for Armor. This gem will increase your armor, providing you with greater protection against enemy attacks.

9. Elixirs and Health Potions:

Visit the Alchemist to create useful elixirs that boost your stats and grant additional experience for 30 minutes. Make sure to search for plants and collect the necessary crafting materials during your adventures, as they spawn randomly throughout the world. You can use an Assault Elixir to increase your attack speed or a Precision Elixir to increase your critical hit chance.

Return to the Alchemist when you reach levels 20, 30, 45, 60, 70, 80, and 90 to upgrade your potion. Additional healing is essential for your survival, so it's important to have and use health potions to restore your life during intense battles.

9.1End-Game Tips After Level 50:

As you approach or reach level 50 in Diablo 4, it's important to keep in mind some activities you can engage in within the game. Below, we'll briefly go over some of the things you can and, in some cases, should do after reaching level 50.

9.1.1. Complete the Level 50 Capstone Dungeon: Switch the difficulty to World Tier 2 and complete the Level 50 Capstone Dungeon, which is located in Kyovashad, within Fractured Peaks. This dungeon is quite challenging and is recommended to be completed after reaching level 40. Once completed, switch the difficulty to World Tier 3 to obtain Sacred Gear, which are significant upgrades compared to non-Sacred Gear.

9.1.2. Complete Renown in All Zones: Make sure to complete the remaining Renown stages in all zones. Depending on your goals and playstyle, you may delay this step until reaching a higher level, such as 65-70. Obtaining Stage 5 Renown in each zone takes time, and you may be able to gain power more quickly by leveling up and obtaining Sacred Gear in Nightmare Dungeons or other end-game activities.

9.1.3. Whispering Tree: Visit the Whispering Tree in Hawezar and complete the rewards found throughout the game world. These activities will reward you with experience and items. The Whispering Tree is also a source of Nightmare Sigils, which are necessary to activate Nightmare Dungeons.

9.1.4. Nightmare Dungeons: Nightmare Dungeons are one of the main end-game activities. Once you have your first Sigil, you can start exploring these challenging dungeons. In addition to providing item rewards, they also allow you to level up glyphs on your Paragon board, which is crucial for increasing your power.

9.1.5. Helltides: Helltides appears on the map for players who are in World Tier 3 or higher. Participating in Helltides allows you to obtain Forgotten Souls, a crafting material needed to enchant Sacred and Ancestral items. These temporary dungeons are an opportunity to obtain valuable rewards and improve your gear.

9.1.6. Complete the Level 70 Capstone Dungeon: Complete the Level 70 Capstone Dungeon, which unlocks World Tier 4 and higher-level Ancestral items. Make sure you are adequately prepared before attempting this challenging dungeon.

9.1.7. Legion Events and World Bosses: Participate in Legion events and world boss encounters, which are marked on the map. These activities offer good rewards in terms of items and experience.

10. Conclusion:

In conclusion, we have discussed various important aspects related to the Barbarian and its leveling build in Diablo 4. From general leveling tips to skill choices, damage rotation, gems, gear, and end-game activities, we have covered different aspects that will help you maximize your potential and enjoy a rewarding experience in the game.

By playing as a Hammer of the Ancients Barbarian, you have learned how to optimize your skills and effectively allocate skill points to increase your damage. You have also understood the importance of equipping yourself with the right weapons, gems, and stats to enhance your combat performance. Additionally, we have explored the activities you can engage in after reaching level 50, such as completing the Capstone Dungeon, pursuing Renown, participating in Nightmare Dungeons, facing Helltides, and more.

Remember that Diablo 4 is a dynamic game, and it's always advisable to adapt your approach as you progress and discover new strategies and improvements in the game. Explore, experiment, and find the perfect balance that suits your playstyle and personal preferences.

Whether you're enjoying the exciting leveling phase or facing challenges in the end-game, we encourage you to immerse yourself in the world of Diablo 4 and enjoy the epic adventure that awaits you as a mighty Barbarian. May your hammers and fury crush your enemies and lead you to victory!