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Leap Attack Barbarian Guide

Last Updated: May 21st 2024

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The Leap Attack Barbarian smashes into Elite Packs and Bosses alike with MASSIVE DAMAGE. High mobility on leapattack, with the option to use the same Cast Frames as a Sorceress for teleport, gives this build a wide range of gear options and play-styles. Similar to the Pit Zerker, you're able to stack huge amounts of Magic Find without sacrificing efficiency or kill speed! What sets it apart, is the truly outrageous DPS in your arsenal, coupled with a very wide-range of farming options. You can take this guy ANYWHERE!

Find Item really shines on the Magic Find variant of this build, sine we're able to easily stack over 500 MF. This gives you another chance for Elite monsters to drop their loot, giving you the most bang for your buck. Unlike some other melee builds though, the AoE damage on leapattack helps to soften up other mobs in a group, that your Mercenary cleans up while you move onto the next pack.

Ideal Standard Setup
Ideal Standard Setup


leapattack


berserk


finditem


leap

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.

High Mobility ✔
Farms Any Area
Very Customizable Gear ✔
Easily Stacks Magic Find ✔

❌ High Skill Cap
❌ Weak AoE Potential
❌ Low-Tier Density Farmer
❌ Expensive
End Game Gear

Sunder Charm Setup

Patch 2.5 introduces a new way of breaking Immunities: Sunder Charms. Any enemy that would be Immune to your damage type is insted reduced to 95% Resistance, before any other Resistance reductions apply. (e.g. amplifydamage, decrepify) 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

Bone Break drastically increases our Physical Damage against Immunes when used in combination with decrepify. You don't need to worry about the Physical Damage Taken increase because we already use stormshield on the Standard Variant.

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 on the Starter or Budget setup. 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

The Secret Cow Level - High Density, Easy Mobility, No Immunities
Flayer Jungle ONLY - High Density, Easy Mobility, No Immunities
Pit - High Density, Easy Mobility, Many Elite Groups
Cold Plains + The Cave - High Density, Easy Mobility, Quick Access
Chaos Sanctuary - High Density, Easy Mobility, Many Elite Groups

Worst

Tal Rasha's Tombs - Immunities, Slow Access, High Physical Damage, High Elemental Damage, Tanky enemies
Worldstone Keep + Throne of Destruction - Immunities, Slow Access, High Elemental Damage, Tanky enemies
Arcane Sanctuary - Trash Mobility, Immunities
Act 3 Sewers - Trash Mobility, Immunities, Slow Access
Durance of Hate - Trash Mobility, Tanky enemies

Skills

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Increased Speed
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. berserk
5. Battle Command
6. Concentrate

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Leapattack
2. leap
3. axemastery
4. battleorders
5. finditem

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 the majority of Stat Points into Strength to gain additional Physical Damage on melee attacks.

Dexterity

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

Vitality

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

Energy

Do not allocate any Stat Points into Energy. Mana costs are covered by “x% Mana Stolen per Hit” or “+x Mana after each Kill” on gear.

Essentials

Gear Options

Farming Spots

Mercenary

Playstyle

Breakpoints

Hardcore

Build Variants

Starter
Standard
Magic Find
2-Handed
Hardcore

Setup

With this gear as a minimum you can begin hunting in the Starter tagged areas in the "Farming Spots" section above. An Unbending Will Phase Blade is a strong Runeword that is farmable as early as Nightmare difficulty. Make sure to prioritize Magic Find, Attack Speed, Attack Rating, Resistances, Cannot Be Frozen, and Life/Attributes on your gear. Rhyme solves for many of the harder to acquire stats, and 3-piece Sigon's Complete Steel solves for the rest. The Slayer Guard is a cheap option until you find a stronger Helmet. It ideally has Skills in the Warcries and Combat Masteries trees that are referenced in the Skills sections.

Mercenary

Use an Act 2 Might Mercenary with Insight in an Ethereal base for Damage and Mana Regeneration. Mercenaries require Resistances, Life Leech, and/or Damage Reduction to stay alive. lionheart is a cheap Body Armor option for Resistances, while Wormskull is a Helmet option that provides Life Leech.

Skills

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. berserk
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. grim ward
5. Battle Command
6. Increased Speed

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. leap attack
2. leap
3. Blade Mastery
4. battleorders
5. finditem

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear all of your gear and enough Stats Points into Dexterity to achieve maximum Chance to Block (75%). Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Setup

The Standard Variant stacks massive base Weapon Damage with Grief's +400 Damage to benefit from the large amounts of off-weapon x% Enhanced Damage. It carries a lot of Magic Find, Attack Speed (for berserk), Attack Rating, Resistances, Cannot Be Frozen, and Life/Attributes on your gear. Stormshield Monarch grants a large amount of survivability, and added Damage. In the Horadric Cube, there are options to increase your Crushing Blow chance. Guillaume's Face + gorerider.

Mercenary

Equip this Mercenary with The Reaper's Toll Thresher. It has a 33% Chance to cast Decrepify on striking, slowing and increasing Physical Damage dealt to enemies. Decrepify can even break some Physical Immunities. His might kicks in, granting a large amount of Enhance Damage as well. Ethereal Fortitude Sacred Armor and Andariel's visage add a lot of Damage and survivability.

Skills

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. berserk
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. Battle Command
5. Increased Speed

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. leap attack
2. leap
3. axe Mastery
4. battleorders
5. finditem

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

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Dexterity to wear all of your gear and reach 50% Chance to Block. Allocate enough Points into Vitality to reach at least 2,500 Life with your battleorders. Add all remaining points to Strength to add as much additional Damage to your attacks.

Setup

The 105% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint on your Weapon-Swap is used to quickly Teleport reaching farther farming areas (e.g. Uber Key Bosses) and Chaos Seal Popping. We sacrifice some Damage, and Boss killing speed to stack massive amounts of Magic Find. We also gain access to more bodies for our finditem. Remember to have one Ring slot with 10% Faster Cast Rate (e.g. Havoc Whorl Ring). If you want to keep the Fortitude you can swap in more pieces of Magic Find gear, but you'll have to rely on the slower leapattack mobility option.

Mercenary

Equip this Mercenary with 2 Lawbringer Phase Blade for a Sanctuary Aura that knocks back Undead enemies. It has a 20% Chance to cast Decrepify on striking, slowing down and increasing Physical Damage dealt to enemies. Decrepify can even break some Physical Immunities. Ethereal Fortitude Sacred Armor and Arreat's Face add a lot of Damage and survivability.

Skills

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. berserk
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. Battle Command
5. Increased Speed

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. leap attack
2. leap
3. Blade Mastery
4. battleorders
5. finditem

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

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Dexterity to wear all of your gear at a minimum. Allocate enough Points into Vitality to reach at least 2,500 Life with your battleorders. Add all remaining points to Strength to add as much additional Damage to your attacks.

Setup

With the 2-handed Breath of the Dying Thunder Maul base weapon damage, we get the most out of the large amounts of off-weapon x% Enhanced Damage. It loses the Phoenix's redemption survivability, but is much more likely to one-shot monsters, even on higher Player Settings. While your berserk is slower, the difference is only 5 Frames (1/5 of a second).

Mercenary

Equip this Mercenary with The Reaper's Toll Thresher. It has a 33% Chance to cast Decrepify on striking, slowing and increasing Physical Damage dealt to enemies. Decrepify can even break some Physical Immunities. His might kicks in, granting a large amount of Enhance Damage as well. Ethereal Fortitude Sacred Armor and Andariel's visage add a lot of Damage and survivability.

Skills

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. berserk
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. Battle Command
5. Increased Speed

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. leap attack
2. leap
3. mace Mastery
4. battleorders
5. finditem

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

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Dexterity to wear all of your gear at a minimum. Allocate enough Points into Vitality to reach at least 2,500 Life with your battleorders. Add all remaining points to Strength to add as much additional Damage to your attacks.

Setup

The Hardcore Variant still stacks massive base Weapon Damage with Grief's +400 Damage to benefit from the large amounts of off-weapon x% Enhanced Damage. It carries a lot of Magic Find, Attack Speed (for berserk), Attack Rating, Resistances, Cannot Be Frozen, and Life/Attributes on your gear. Stormshield (eldrune) grants a large amount of survivability via Physical Damage Reduction, and reaching 75% Chance to Block. In the Horadric Cube, there are options to increase your Crushing Blow chance. Guillaume's Face + gorerider.

Mercenary

Equip this Mercenary with 2 Lawbringer Phase Blade for a Sanctuary Aura that knocks back Undead enemies. It has a 20% Chance to cast Decrepify on striking, slowing down and increasing Physical Damage dealt to enemies. Decrepify can even break some Physical Immunities. Ethereal Fortitude Sacred Armor and Arreat's Face add a lot of Damage and survivability.

Skills

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. berserk
2. Iron Skin
3. Natural Resistance
4. Battle Command
5. Increased Speed

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. leap attack
2. leap
3. Blade Mastery
4. battleorders
5. finditem

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

Attributes

Only allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear all of your gear and enough Stats Points into Dexterity to achieve maximum Chance to Block (75%). Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Summary

  • Leap Attack Barbarian uses a combination of leapattack, Berserk, and Find Item to smash apart monsters in end-game farming areas.
  • Cast Teleport and Find Item on your highest Magic Find Weapon-Swap for quick use, and the best chance of "Horking" more drops.
  • The Starter variant still has access to a lot of great farming areas, and is very easy to accumulate the required gear. Start the Ladder season with the Barbarian Leveling Guide and transition when you've made the recommended Runewords.
  • Take advantage of the mobility Leap Attack offers by hunting Elite Monsters in easy to reach farming Areas, and static Super Uniques (e.g.Pindleskin).
  • Stack as much Magic Find as possible while avoiding any Cold Damage on the Magic Find Variant's gear so you don't shatter corpses needed for Find Item!

We hope you enjoy this build! LeapAttack is a wildly fun mobility skill that really packs a PUNCH! Smash into monsters like your favorite superhero, and reap the rewards of the MASSIVE damage!

In Bocca al Lupo. Good luck!

Credits

Written by MacroBioBoi
Reviewed by Teo1904

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