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The Double Throw Barbarian is the fastest weapon-slinger in the West. He's throwing sharp metal objects faster than bullets till his arms fall off. Whether it be Axes, Knives, Javelins, or Spears, the pain train never stops. Dealing raw Physical Damage with every toss, this Barbarian uses Double Throw to massacre his enemies. With Throwing Mastery and gear such as Razortail, Wisdom, and Warshrike, Double Throw pierces through monsters, shredding groups of them. Throwing Mastery also makes Quantity a non-issue in the late-game.

The Throw Barbarian can farm almost anything on any Player Count, but specializes in Solo Elite Hunting (/Players1 on Single Player) using Double Throw and Find Item. A combination of Bone Break and Grim Ward comfortably deals with Physical Resistant/Physical Immune mobs while making this build great in a Party. Lacerator also breaks Physical Immunity and greatly increases your damage with its Amplify Damage proc. His only true weakness is that his power is highly weapon dependent. However, a fully-loaded Double Throw Barbarian can cut through anything in an instant.

Ideal Standard Setup
Ideal Standard Setup


Double Throw


Throwing Mastery


Find Item


Teleport

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 75 before transitioning to it. Check out our Barbarian Leveling Guide and our General Leveling Strategies to reach Level 75.

Safe From Afar ✔
Great Elite Hunter ✔
Fast-Paced Playstyle ✔
Can Farm Almost Anything ✔

❌ Repetitive Skill Usage
Highly Weapon Dependent
Only 1 Primary Damage Type
❌ Requires GG Gear For Full Potential

Sunder Charm Setup

Patch 2.5 introduced a new way of breaking Immunities: Sunder Charms. Any enemy that would be Immune to your damage type is instead reduced to 95% Resistance, before any other Resistance reductions apply. The Charm also reduces YOUR Resistance against the sundered damage type! Check out our post on Sunder Charms to learn more about these new Charms. The following setup uses Bone Break, allowing you to farm anywhere you want.

Sunder Charm Setup
Sunder Charm Setup

Gear Changes

To optimize this Sunder Charm you need as much -% Enemy Physical Resistance as possible. Equip Lacerator or Atma's Scarab for their Amplify Damage procs to accomplish this. You can also invest Skill Points into Find Potion and use Grim Ward for a similar effect.

Counteract the negative effect of Bone Break with % Damage Reduction items such as Crown of Ages and Verdungo's Hearty Cord.

Terror Zones

The new Terror Zone mechanic combined with Sunder Charms open up a wide range of farmable areas. The following list highlights the best and worst Terror Zones for this build. With the Sunder Charm Setup, more Terror Zones become accessible. Learn more about Terror Zones here and see how they stack up in our Terror Zone Tier List.

Best

Travincal - Bosses, Quick Access, Breakable Immunities
Pit - High Density, Many Elite Groups, Quick Access, No Immunities
Underground Passage + Dark Wood - High Density, Many Elite Groups, Quick Access, No Immunities
Chaos Sanctuary - High Density, Many Elite Groups, Quick Access, No Immunities, Boss
River of Flame + City of the Damned - High Density, Many Elite Groups, Quick Access, No Immunities

Worst

Arcane Sanctuary - Trash Mobility, Immunities
Blood Moor + Den of Evil - Low Density, Few Elite Groups
Burial Grounds + Crypt + Mausoleum - Low Density, Trash Mobility, Slow Access
Ancients' Way + Icy Cellar - High Physical Damage, High Elemental Damage, Immunities
Crystalline Passage + Frozen River - High Physical Damage, High Elemental Damage, Immunities

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Increased Speed
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. Howl
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. Grim Ward
8. Frenzy

Put 10 Skill Points into these Skills:
1. Find Item
2. Battle Orders

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Throwing Mastery
2. Double Swing
3. Double Throw
4. Find Potion

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression
Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Damage

Utility

Attributes

Note: This section provides you with the standard Stat Point allocation. Build Variants may require different allocations!

Strength

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to equip all of your gear. Take into account how much Strength your gear provides when equipped.

Dexterity

Allocate 200-300 Stat Points into Dexterity for additional Physical Damage on Double Throw.

Vitality

Allocate any remaining Stat Points into Vitality after meeting Strength, Dexterity and Energy requirements.

Energy

Don't allocate any Stat Points into Energy. Mana costs are covered by the “x% Mana stolen per hit” stat. They are also covered by gear, Charms, Battle Orders, and Mana Potions.

Essentials

Gear Options

Farming Spots

Mercenary

Playstyle

Breakpoints

Hardcore

Build Variants

Starter
Standard
Damage
Magic Find
Mobility
Hardcore

Setup

The Starter variant of the Double Throw Barbarian meets the minimum gear requirements for farming the Starter tagged areas in the "Farming Spots" section above. These areas can be Solo-farmed by this setup (/Players1 on Single Player) in both Nightmare and Hell difficulty. A slightly modified version of this build using Dwarf Star can farm Travincal. Upgraded The Scalper and Upgraded Deathbit are strong, relatively easy to acquire Unique Throwing Weapons that provide this build with sufficient power. Imbuing, picking up Rare Throwing Weapons, Crafting Blood Throwing Axes, and shopping Cruel Throwing Weapons from Malah can also be sufficient. Beyond decently strong weapons, make sure to prioritize Attack Speed, Attack Rating, Resistances, Chance to Pierce, Cannot Be Frozen, and Life/Attributes on your gear. 2x Hustles on Weapon-Swap can be used to pre-buff Burst of Speed with Double Swing for Faster Run/Walk and Attack Speed. Follow the Barbarian Leveling Guide to get your Barbarian to Level 75.

Mercenary

The Starter Double Throw Barbarian uses an Act 2 Might Mercenary with Hustle for the Attack Speed, Damage, and Attack Rating provided by its Fanaticism Aura. Mercenaries require Resistances, Life Leech, and/or Damage Reduction to stay alive. Smoke is a cheap Body Armor option for Resistances, while Bulwark is the cheapest Helmet that provides Life Leech and Damage Reduction.

Skills

Allocate additional Skill Points into Natural Resistance to shore up your Resistances. The rest is the same as the Standard Build.

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Increased Speed
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. Howl
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. Grim Ward
8. Frenzy

Put 10 Skill Points into these Skills:
1. Find Item
2. Battle Orders

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Throwing Mastery
2. Double Swing
3. Double Throw
4. Find Potion

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear and 200-300 Stat Points into Dexterity to increase Double Throw's damage. Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Setup

This is the Standard Best in Slot (BiS) Double Throw Barbarian featured in the beginning of the guide. It is the balanced "jack-of-all-trades" version, capable of performing the most tasks well. This variant is the point of comparison for all other variants. It carefully balances Damage, Magic Find, and Teleport mobility. With Bone Break you can more easily kill Physical Immunes. This setup achieves the 105% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint on Weapon-Swap.

Mercenary

The Standard Double Throw Barbarian uses an Act 1 Fire Mercenary with Faith, Shaftstop, and Andariel's Visage. The Fanaticism Aura from Faith massively increases this build's Attack Speed. It also increases your Damage and Attack Rating.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Increased Speed
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. Howl
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. Grim Ward
8. Frenzy

Put 10 Skill Points into these Skills:
1. Find Item
2. Battle Orders

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Throwing Mastery
2. Double Swing
3. Double Throw
4. Find Potion

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression
Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear and 200-300 Stat Points into Dexterity to increase Double Throw's damage. Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Setup

This variant achieves extremely high DPS at the expense of Magic Find and Teleport. It reaches the highest Attack Speed Breakpoint with 2x Hustle Burst of Speed pre-buff with Double Swing on Weapon-Swap, and a few stacks of Frenzy. This setup prioritizes Damage wherever possible to crush mobs in High Player Count games (/Players5-8 on Single Player). With maxed out Grim Ward damage, the Damage Double Throw Barbarian is great in a Full Party. Fortitude, Artisan's Diadem of Speed socketed with 3x Ruby Jewels of Fervor and Sharp Grand Charms of Maiming add a great deal of damage. Find Item efficiency is a secondary concern for this build given that it uses Raven Frost (Cold Damage). Bone Break allows this build to crush Physical Immunes.

Mercenary

The Damage Double Throw Barbarian uses an Act 2 Might Mercenary with Pride for as much damage as possible. Shaftstop and Vampire Gaze provide this Mercenary with much needed Damage Reduction, as Pride does not do much damage.

Skills

Max Find Potion for the highest Grim Ward damage buff possible. Put additional Skill Points into Grim Ward for increased radius. You can also allocate Skill Points into Increased Stamina for a longer Frenzy buff duration. A Skill Point into Leap improves mobility. Sacrifice Skill Points into Find Item and Battle Orders for these purposes. The rest is the same as the Standard Build.

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression
Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear and 300-400 Stat Points into Dexterity to increase Double Throw's damage as much as possible. Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Setup

This variant stacks as much Magic Find as possible to target and kill Elite Monsters in Solo gameplay (/Players1 on Single Player). This setup is particularly good at farming The Pit. Harlequin Crest and Chance Guards boost your Magic Find at the expense of Damage. Just as on the Standard Build, ensure that there is no Cold Damage anywhere on your gear or inventory for maximum Find Item efficiency. With Bone Break you can more easily kill Physical Immunes. The Magic Find Double Throw Barbarian achieves the 105% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint on Weapon-Swap.

Mercenary

Just as with the Standard Build, the Magic Find Double Throw Barbarian uses an Act 1 Fire Mercenary with Faith, Shaftstop, and Andariel's Visage.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Increased Speed
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. Howl
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. Grim Ward
8. Frenzy

Put 10 Skill Points into these Skills:
1. Find Item
2. Battle Orders

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Throwing Mastery
2. Double Swing
3. Double Throw
4. Find Potion

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression
Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear and 200-300 Stat Points into Dexterity to increase Double Throw's damage. Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Setup

This variant achieves the 200% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint on Weapon-Swap by using Arachnid Mesh, Magefist, 2x Rare Rings with 10% Faster Cast Rate, a Rare Diadem with 20% Faster Cast Rate, and a Caster Crafted Amulet with 20% Faster Cast Rate. Prioritizing fast Teleport cast speed, this elite setup is optimal for farming Uber Key Bosses (e.g. Nihlathak) and Chaos Seal Popping. This variant is strong in any Farming Spots which require traveling long distances between Elite Packs or to the Farming Spot itself. With Bone Break you can more easily kill Physical Immunes. The Mobility Double Throw Barbarian sacrifices Damage and Chance to Pierce.

Mercenary

Just as with the Standard Build, the Mobility Double Throw Barbarian uses an Act 1 Fire Mercenary with Faith, Shaftstop, and Andariel's Visage.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Increased Speed
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. Howl
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. Grim Ward
8. Frenzy

Put 10 Skill Points into these Skills:
1. Find Item
2. Battle Orders

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Throwing Mastery
2. Double Swing
3. Double Throw
4. Find Potion

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression
Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear and 200-300 Stat Points into Dexterity to increase Double Throw's damage. Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Setup

For the Hardcore mode variant, aim for decent Damage Reduction to guard against taking extreme amounts of Physical Damage. If you choose to use Bone Break, consider equipping Verdungo's Hearty Cord to counteract its negative effect. Additionally, overcap Resistances beyond the natural cap of 75% if possible to counteract hostile Conviction or Lower Resist. This setup achieves the 63% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint on Weapon-Swap. Consult the "Hardcore" section for more detailed information.

Mercenary

The Hardcore Double Throw Barbarian uses an Act 2 Might Mercenary with Pride, Shaftstop, and Vampire Gaze. This Mercenary serves as a reliable frontline, while massively increasing your Damage.

Skills

Prioritize maxing Battle Orders on the Hardcore build. The rest is the same as the Standard Build.

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Increased Speed
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. Howl
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. Grim Ward
8. Frenzy

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Throwing Mastery
2. Double Swing
3. Double Throw
4. Battle Orders

Put ~10 Skill Points into these Skills:
1. Find Item
2. Find Potion

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression
Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear and 150-200 Stat Points into Dexterity to increase Double Throw's damage. Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Video Guide

Video Guide by DarkHumility

Summary

  • Allocate the majority of your Stat Points into Dexterity for solid Damage.
  • Procing Amplify Damage with either Lacerator or Atma's Scarab is key to unlocking the Double Throw Barbarian's full potential.
  • Imbue/gamble/pick up Rare Throwing Weapons, Craft Blood Throwing Axes, or shop Cruel Throwing Weapons in the early-game until you find serviceable options. Several easy to acquire Unique Throwing Weapons such as The Scalper, Deathbit, Gimmershred, and Demon's Arch are great for a Starter setup.
  • Use Frenzy for faster travel if you are not using Enigma. Frenzy stacks also improve Double Throw's Attack Speed.
  • Avoid Cold Damage on both your Barbarian's and Mercenary's gear so that you don't shatter corpses needed for Find Item. This is crucial for efficient Magic Finding on this build.
  • A fully-geared Double Throw Barbarian can farm almost anything. This is especially the case after obtaining Bone Break. Farm what suits your goals and playstyle.
  • Quantity is no longer an issue on this build! Throw to your heart's content!

We hope you enjoy this build! Cut 'em down like wheat faster than you can blink! All aboard his endless train of pain!

Good luck!

Credits

Written by DarkHumility
Reviewed by MacroBioBoi

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