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Bash Barbarian Build Guide

Last Updated: May 24th 2024

Season 4 - LootA-Tier

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Welcome to the Bash Barbarian Specialized Build Guide! This is a build that got a major buff in Season 4 with the addition of Tempered affixes. In the case of Bash, this means that it gets an extra cleave animation for some area of effect increase, as well as a huge damage multiplier on top of it. It also benefits greatly from Aspects like Adaptability and Moonrise. The bad news is: both of these are not immediately available from the Codex of Power, and the required Temper is not unlocked until later in the endgame. Once these are obtained though, Bash becomes a true powerhouse - capable of taking on all the game has to offer.

Our Specialized Builds are lategame builds with specific requirements and purposes. In order to play them, you are expected to have a level 100 character and all of the listed items available. To get there, we recommend you use one of our existing lvl 50-100 Endgame Build Guides.

Gear, Skill Tree, and Paragon

Bash + CotA
Bash + Kick/WotB
Bash + Rupture (WIP)
Bash + CotA Gear
Bash + CotA Tree

Use Strategic Rallying Cry in place of War Cry in higher tier content where having Unstoppable becomes more relevant.

Use Wrath of the Berserker and then dump Fury with Power Kick for a damage spike.

Bash + Kick/WotB Gear
Bash + Kick/WotB Skill Tree

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Paragon

See below for the selected Paragon Boards, Paragon point allocation, and the correct Glyphs you should use for the Bash Barbarian. Note: The Paragon Boards below are the final setup with no steps.

Level 15 Glyphs required: Ambidextrous, Exploit, Ire, Marshal, Rumble, Territorial, Undaunted

Bash + CotA Paragon

Season 4 - Loot Reborn

In Season 4, the Season Theme revolves around helping out the Iron Wolves. Compared to past themes, this one does not offer any borrowed power as the entire game has been redesigned with new itemization and crafting options, increasing player power substantially across the board. Instead, you can gather reputation similar to the Vampire Bounty Board from Season 2 to unlock rewards that supercharge your leveling journey to 100 with extra items, crafting materials and eventually even a Resplendent Spark to craft an uber unique.

We recommend to follow the seasonal questline until you unlock the reputation system, check which rewards suit you most and then follow your regular leveling path. To learn more, check out our full Season 4 guide for more information.

Gameplay

  1. Leap into battle to activate/refresh Berserking, and also spawn an Earthquake to benefit from the Aspect as well as Rumble.
  2. Proceed to Bash everything in sight.
  3. For crowds, use Steel Grasp to group stuff up and proc Paingorger's Gauntlets in the process. Then Bash.
  4. Against Bosses and tougher enemies (or whenever it's off cooldown), use Call of the Ancients for a damage and attack speed increase. We choose to take Tempered Call of the Ancients Cooldown Reduction for more uptime on this. Combined with Hectic and other Cooldown Reduction sources, it should be up quite often.
  5. War Cry is another source of Berserking and a damage buff, while Challenging Shout gives a ton of damage reduction while active. They can be used as needed or whenever they are off cooldown.

Gear and Stat Requirements

These builds require specific Aspects, Uniques, Uber Uniques, and Affixes on your gear to perform their primary function. Only deviate from the list below after you have fully learned the intended gameplay style and strategies.

  1. Legendary Aspects:
    • Moonrise
    • Adaptability
    • Giant Strides
  2. Uniques:
    • Ramaladni's Magnum Opus
    • Paingorger's Gauntlets
  3. Other:
    • Most importantly, this build requires the "Bash Cleaves" Tempered affix to really pop. Without it, the damage and area of effect are significantly worse. At a bare minimum, it is not recommended to play the build without first unlocking this.
    • To a lesser extent, the Call of the Ancients/Wrath of the Berserker Cooldown Reduction Tempered affixes are also very important for this build.

FAQ & Mechanics

Bash + Dual-Wielding?

Video Guide

Coming Soon!

Credits

Written by snail

Reviewed by snail

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