Welcome to my guide, in this thread i go to show you the build that i use with my whirlwind barbarian. It has some things different respect to normal builds, but every one gives it his personal touch at his builds.
- Base Strength: 156; Total = 263
- Base Dexterity: 43; Total = 161
- Base Vitality: 351; Total = 461
- Base Energy: 10; Total = 80
if you want to level up to 99, the last points go to vitality.
I employed more strength that normal builds because i use Sacred Armor and i was upgraded Arreat's Face to Guardian Crown. You lose vitality, but you gain some damage and defense.
· 1 Howl
· 1 + X Shout ( X = last points)
· 20 Battle Orders
· 1 Battle Command
· 20 Spear Mastery (because we go use Warpike)
· 1 Increased Stamina
· 20 Iron Skin
· 1 Increase Speed
· 1 Natural Resistance
- Helm: Arreat's Face (upgraded to Guardian Crown). 6% LL and best ED possible.
- Armor: Sacred Armor + Forty
- Weapon: War Pike Eth + BOTD
- Gloves: Steelrends
- Belt: Verdungo's Hearty Cord
- Boots: Gore Rider (upgraded to Myrmidon Greaves)
- Amulet: Highlord's Wrath
- Ring 1: Raven Frost
- Ring 2: Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band (if have 5% LL better)
- Weapon: Lacerator
- Shield: Stormshield
I explain in F.A.Qs why i use this.
- 1 Torch
- 1 Annihilus
- GCs and SCs with max dmg, AR and life
Type: Offense (Nightmare). Give you Might aura.
Helm: Eth Andariel's Visage + Ral. Cheap option, Gaze.
Weapon: Eth Thresher + Pride (Concentration aura = more damage). Cheap option, The Reaper's Toll
Armor: Eth bugged armor + Forty.
- Demon Limb (Enchant level 23 = a lot of AR). Use it before you go to do runs.
- Vampirebone Gloves (For do ubers).
- Double Javelin with Warcries (if in the future you change you barb for "support" barb)
if you are rich, you can search double CtA with +6 Battle Orders (that give you +4 each) = 8 to Battle Orders.
Max damage possible = 24k * 2 (if double damage chance) * 2 (if enemy has Amply curse) = 96k
Q) Why do you use Lacerator + Stormshield and not double javelin with warcries.
R) Lacerator breaks physical inmune, and give you double damage with amply. You don't need use Berserk with this, and you can do a lot of damage to bosses, stoneskin elites etc... Stormshield uses for reduce the physical damage that you can receive. We don't need more HP, we have a lot for resist in hell difficulty.
Q) Why do you use War pike and not Thundermaul, last one has more damage.
R) War pike has less damage, but has range 5, you can hit the enemies without need be in melee range. You gain "AD" if you are surrounded of enemies.
This is not bad. However, you could have dealt much more damage per second. With your current gear selection, you incur the following skill bonuses:
+3 To All Skills (Hellfire Torch)
+2 To All Skills (Arreat's Face)
+2 To All Skills (Skill Shrine)
+2 To Combat Skills (Arreat's Face)
+1 To All Skills (Highlord's Wrath)
+1 To All Skills (Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band)
+1 To All Skills (Annihilus)
+1 To All Skills (Battle Command)
So, your current gear selection confers:
+11 To Warcries
+11 To Combat Masteries
+13 To Combat Skills
Thus, you have the following skills relevant to damage calculations:
You have a 52% chance of deadly strike (15% from Gore Rider and 37% from Highlord's Wrath) and a 32% chance of critical strike. Put all of this into this calculator, and your mean damage per attack is approximately 23,715. From this weapon speed calculator, we can see that the 60% increased attack speed on the war pike, when used with Whirlwind, results in an attack rate of 6 frames per attack. Thus, your mean damage per second is approximately 98,812.5.
There are many changes you could make that would instantly multiply your mean damage per second, the most notable of which being a change of weaponry. Trade out that war pike for two Grief superior berserker axes. Then, your total enhanced damage would be 1612%:
+345% Enhanced Damage (Level 20 Concentration Aura from mercenary's Pride)
+300% Enhanced Damage (Fortitude)
+233% Enhanced Damage (233 Strength, due to the absence of Breath of The Dying)
+250% Enhanced Damage (Might Aura from level 98 mercenary with Andariel's Visage)
+206% Enhanced Damage (Level 33 Whirlwind)
+178% Enhanced Damage (Level 31 Axe Mastery)
+060% Enhanced Damage (Steelrend)
+040% Enhanced Damage (Ruby Jewel of Fervor)
You'd also have a 72% chance of deadly strike (15% from Gore Rider, 20% from Grief, and 37% from Highlord's Wrath) and a 32% chance of critical strike. Put all of this into this calculator, and your mean damage per attack is approximately 14,899. From this weapon speed calculator, we can see that wielding two berserker axes, each with 40% increased attack speed, with Whirlwind, results in an attack rate of 2 frames per attack (or 12.5 attacks per second). Thus, your mean damage per second would be approximately 186,237.5. That's approximately 88.5% more average damage per second.
Obviously, I excluded charms and other minor details from these calculations. And, additional changes in other gear, such as your helm, for example, would yield further increases in the mean damage inflicted per second.