Barbarian Leveling Guide

Last Updated: 23 May 2023

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The Barbarian Leveling Guide provides you with all the necessary information to get your favorite Character started!
Not every Skill is suitable to be used during early leveling for three reasons:

  • Only a number of Skills work well without any previously farmed gear.
  • A lot of builds lack damage during the leveling phase. It can become a big struggle or even straight up impossible to progress, starting with an end game build.
  • Some builds have a hard time transitioning into hell due to Immunities.

We provide you with step by step Skill trees and easily accessible items that help you in your play through. Additionally, you get tips and insights on how to deal with Immunities and the more difficult fights.

Gear used in this guide
Gear used in this guide

Double Swing

War Cry

Battle Cry


At the end of this guide you'll have a Level 75 Barbarian that used 1 out of the 3 respecs the game provides. You can use these to transition into your build of choice.
If you like the build at the end of this guide, check out the War Cry Barbarian Guide, which continues it to the end game.


Act 1 N
(Up to Level 15)
Act 2 N
(Up to Level 20)
Act 3-4 N
(Until Level 25)
Act 5 N
(Up to Level 31)
The Secret Cow Level
(Respec + Level 31)
Act 1 NM
(Up to Level 40)
Act 2 NM - Act 5 H
(Up to Level 75)
Use the Slider for visual Skill Progression
Use the Slider for visual Skill Progression

Skill Point Allocation

Level 32: War Cry
Den of Evil: Battle Cry
Level 33-40: War Cry

Attribute Allocation

Level 32-40: 10 into Dexterity, Rest into Vitality

Playstyle & Progression

  • Start Nightmare by shopping for a Belt and Boots with Resistances / Faster Run/Walk.
  • Continue to use War Cry for Area of Effect Damage.
  • Make sure to keep the buffs of Battle Command and Battle Orders are up at all times.
  • Clear out the Den of Evil to get the additional Skill Point.
  • The main priority in this Act is farming The Countess for a number of Runewords (listed below). Kill any Elite Group that you encounter along the way.
  • After farming all the Runewords, make your way down to Andariel. Use Whirlwind in combination with Black and Rhyme Bone Shield to bring her down to low Life. Switch back to theSpirit Crystal Sword + Sounding Javelin setup to finish her off with War Cry.

Gear Checklist

Coral Demonhide SashShop at Charsi or GheedShop for a 4-row Belt with Resistances.
Lightning Resist and Fire Resist are the main priorities.
Garnet Heavy Boots of HasteShop at Charsi or GheedShop for Boots that give Faster Run/Walk and Resistances.
Lightning Resist and Fire Resist are the main priorities.
Garnet Heavy Gloves Shop at Charsi or Gheed Shop for Gloves that give Resistances.
Lightning Resist and Fire Resist are the main priorities.
Mandatory Runes:
2x Tal Rune
3x Thul Rune
3x Ort Rune
2x Amn Rune
Io Rune
Nef Rune
Sol Rune
Shael Rune
Eth Rune
Farm at The CountessLet's break the Runes down:
- Create the first Spirit Crystal Sword right away. Put the Runes for the second into your Stash until you have a second base.
- Create Lore Cap
- Create Black Flail and Rhyme Bone Shield and put them into your Stash.
Optional Runes:
1x Amn Rune
1x Tir Rune
Farm at The Countess If you don't get lucky with the Io Rune you can instead create a Strength Scimitar for yourself.



Gear Options

Farming Spots at Level 75+



  • Use Double Swing early on as your best damage option. Add Strangling Gas Potions to increase your damage output, and AoE clear.
  • Buy a Staff of Teleportation before Level 24.
  • After respecing, keep your buffs up at all times:
    • Battle Command
    • Battle Orders
  • War Cry is your main damage Skill after the respec.
  • Take your time to farm all the Runes from The Countess in Nightmare. It's worth it!
  • Switch to Crushing Blow gear to fight Act Bosses and the Ancients before shouting them to death.

We hope the Barbarian Leveling Guide helps you to get to your endgame build of choice. The Barbarian arguably has the hardest time leveling up by himself. This guide gives you the best options to get there.


Written by Teo1904
Reviewed by MacroBioBoi


  • 3 February 2023
    Updated to Patch 2.6 - Added Temper and Ground to the Gear Options
  • 19 September 2022
    Fixed formatting issues
  • 2 February 2022
    Overhauled and Updated to Patch 2.4

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