1.13 Barbarian

  • #1
    This thread is for discussion of the Barbarian in Diablo II.

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    After playing on my Paladin, I decided it was time to dig deep down to my DiabloWiki.com - Diablo II Diablo II roots and play the first character that I created, back when the game was first released: the DiabloWiki.com - Barbarian Barbarian. Some current Barb players will be happen to know that the 1.13 Patch brought about a couple of buffs for them:


    Official Blizzard Quote:



    Barbarian
    -Whirlwind - Reduced initial mana cost by 50%.
    -Masteries - Changed critical strike chance from 0-25 to 0-35.

    Specific changes/improvements
    -Removed Oblivion Knight's Iron Maiden curse.

    This means for less mana requirements on WW Barbs, which could potentially change the WW Barb Build since you can use items without worrying about gaining the +mana attributes on items. Also, with DiabloWiki.com - Iron Maiden Iron Maiden now gone, you won't have to worry about tanking your own damage in return. Here's the build that I went with:
    http://diablofans.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=66&pictureid=449&thumb=1

    Stats:

    • Strength: This depends on how rich you are in-game. However, as of now, you can respec your character if you overfill your Strength. Basically, you only need enough Strength to use all of your items.
    • Dexterity: No need for max block or max attack rating, so don't put any points here.
    • Vitality: Dump the rest of your points here. You'll be taking a lot of damage since you are a melee character; your merc will help out, but you'll be the main tank.
    • Energy: Do not put anything here, it's a waste!
    http://diablofans.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=66&pictureid=448&thumb=1
    Gear:

    Skills: (requires cLvl of 99 if you complete the Skill quests)

    WarcriesCombat MasteriesCombat Skills
    +1 DiabloWiki.com - Howl Howl+20 <weapon> Mastery+1 DiabloWiki.com - Bash Bash
    +1 DiabloWiki.com - Taunt Taunt+20 DiabloWiki.com - Iron Skin Iron Skin+1 DiabloWiki.com - Leap Leap
    +20 DiabloWiki.com - Shout Shout+1 DiabloWiki.com - Natural Resistance Natural Resistance+1 DiabloWiki.com - Leap Attack Leap Attack
    +1 DiabloWiki.com - Battle Cry Battle Cry+1 DiabloWiki.com - Concentrate Concentrate
    +20 DiabloWiki.com - Battle Orders Battle Orders+1 DiabloWiki.com - Stun Stun
    +1 DiabloWiki.com - Battle Command Battle Command+20 DiabloWiki.com - Whirlwind Whirlwind


    Mercenary:


    Any merc of your choosing will do fine. Some like to go with an A1/A3 mercs for ranged attacks, while others want to go with an A2 merc for the aura's. I would recommend going with the following though:

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  • #2
    Because that seems more of a BvC (Barbarian vs. Caster) than BvB (Barbarian vs. Barbarian) it'd probably be best to equip Grief + Beast, wouldn't it?

    Just my initial thoughts.
  • #3
    Thank god they reduced the amount of mana for whirlwind. That makes the skill way more fun. I know a lot of people that don't even use the skill. weird.
  • #4
    It's a fun skill when used correctly and when you have the gear to support it. When I first used it on single-player, I instantly fell in love with the skill. And reducing the mana cost and taking away that Iron Maiden curse might be just enough to make me choose to get the Battle Chest all over again. I lost the LoD expansion CD and 2 out of the 3 main disks broke in one of my apartment moves. Can't wait to, perhaps, get it again, get the Barb to learn WW and attempt a probably poor imitation of the Tazmanian Devil shout when using it! Ahhh, it brings back so many fond memories...
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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  • #5
    Quote from "CrazyCapnMorgan" »
    It's a fun skill when used correctly and when you have the gear to support it. When I first used it on single-player, I instantly fell in love with the skill. And reducing the mana cost and taking away that Iron Maiden curse might be just enough to make me choose to get the Battle Chest all over again. I lost the LoD expansion CD and 2 out of the 3 main disks broke in one of my apartment moves. Can't wait to, perhaps, get it again, get the Barb to learn WW and attempt a probably poor imitation of the Tazmanian Devil shout when using it! Ahhh, it brings back so many fond memories...


    If you have the CD-keys left (probably on the cases on a little sticker), you can register the keys on Blizzard's website and download the CD-images.

    Hope that was helpful.
  • #6
    Quote from "Don_guillotine" »
    If you have the CD-keys left (probably on the cases on a little sticker), you can register the keys on Blizzard's website and download the CD-images.

    Hope that was helpful.


    Indeed, it is helpful; however, the cases were destroyed to the point where I could not read the entire key - on both cases. Thank you for the attempt though.

    But I still believe Santa Orc might have a few surprises this holiday season! :thumbsup:

    Merry Christmas to all! :)
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    Avast ye! Scyberdragon be te thank for the sig, arr!
  • #7
    The WW barb was my first character. I leveled him to 88 I think.. He was fun back in classic! Might try one again for old time's sake..
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  • #8
    Quote from "Ivaron" »
    The WW barb was my first character. I leveled him to 88 I think.. He was fun back in classic! Might try one again for old time's sake..


    Patch your classic D2 into 1.08, and make a single player barb, those are fun!
  • #9
    I agree with most things in that build, but why not Grief instead of BotD?
  • #10
    Quote from "emilemil1" »
    I agree with most things in that build, but why not Grief instead of BotD?

    Mmm, that's what Don said above. Definitely another viable weapon choice.
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