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Nomad Barbarian


Introduction
In the past, there has been a lot of discussion of the Fortress skill, and a lot of memes about the Earthquake skill (truthfully, towards the end of Destruction, it still is a meme, but it's functional!) If anyone remembers way back when, you had a timerless Fortress and it was extremely strong. Flash forward to the present, and we have a balanced and timered skill, most often used as a support skill. However, this build laughs at that and aims to use it as a co-main skill instead of just a support to another main melee attack.

This guide will focus on a barbarian using a non-traditional weapon setup -- a traveling nomad barbarian with trusty wolves -- to utilize high amounts of dexterity for block, defense, and attack rating, while boosting damage with the inherent dexterity bonus applied on javelins. Majority of the damage output will come from physical weapon damage along with a 100% conversion of physical damage to fire damage in later parts of the game after this nomad discovers how to create fire (tldr, more physical damage is best).

*Disclaimer*
Consult the patch notes if you get confused about new areas or boss names. If you're still confused after reading the changelog and the information provided in this guide, then feel free to post your questions and comments.

This guide will not be as quick to clear all content, but it is unique and it works. If you don't mind waves of arrows and so many towers on your screen that sometimes your character isn't even visible (is that a bad thing to have full screen DPS application?), I'd suggest taking a look at this setup.




Pros
-Fortress is intended as a single-target skill (all arrows target the same enemy), but it can also work for area effect damage once you stack them.
-Sturdy character (max block eventually, good defense, decent %DR).
-Proc fests n' stuff.
-TU gear can comfortably do a large portion of the charms.

Cons
-Slightly slower than other steamrolling barb characters.
-Needs lots of AC's in the beginning for self and merc.
-Not extremely fast farmer in early stages, but towards later game (25 charms, 300+ signets, endgame skill plan), it's pretty quick.



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Utilized Skills and Descriptions


Miscellaneous

Mark of the Wild
Buff that increases attack speed and all damage types.




Sword Tree

Earthquake
Releases a shockwave of debris from a melee swing.




Support Tree

Wolf Companion
Summons untargetable wolves that enable the Spirit Guide buff and apply Doom to enemies.

Ancient Blood
Increases max life, attack speed, and enables +1 max all skills per 4 points.

Fortress
Summons a ring of guard towers that shoot streams of arrows at a common target.

Spirit Guide
Passive skill that gives a huge defense, physical damage, and cast rate buff when you're within a range of any of your wolves of summoned spirits.

Mountain King
Passive skill that gives a huge amount of % All Attributes.




Stance Tree

Bear Stance
While active, largely increases defense and %DR.

Eagle Stance
While active, largely increases mana and life regeneration at the cost of attack speed.

Wolf Stance
While active, increases physical damage, hit recovery speed, run/walk speed, attack speed, and gives Crushing Blow.




Shaman Tree

Protector Spirit
Summon an ancient nephalem spirit that can cast Bloodlust on attack to boost the party's damage.

Shamanic Trance
Buff that grants Strength Factor and increased Mana Regeneration, as well as a lot of summoned spirit buffs to life and damage.

Spirit Walk
Passive that largely increases stance radius and can teleport the barbarian and minions to the target enemy.




Reward Tree

Runemaster
Passive that gives large amounts of defense per rune socketed -- re-equip items after death to enable buff properly.

Gladiator's Dominance
Passive that gives a huge amount of base block and faster block rate, as well as some Deadly Strike and applied magic dmg to the barb's ranged skills.

Immortal
Passive that grants avoid while standing still and gives faster hit recovery.

Thundergod
Buff that releases periodical Thunderslam stun novas.




Early Game


In the first few levels, just grab 1pt Lion Stance with Earthquake and follow the skillplan below until you're able to access your main skills (Wolf Stance/Fortress). Lion Stance will make you a bit squishier but nothing too insane -- it is Act 1 Hatred after all...

*Note* Pick up all apples, rings, amulets, and jewels that you find. They sell for a lot and will give you enough gold to buy potions, TPs, and Oil of Crafts to open Griswold's Treasure boxes.

I, personally, will save all of my apples until I hit Act 5 because they sell for 7.5k whereas all other acts sell for 5k or less.




Gear
Weapon:
Sudis Murale
Sudis Murale
Glaive (4)

Required Level: 7
Required Dexterity: 65
Throw Damage: (10-12) to (34-42)
One-Hand Damage: (10-12) to (28-34)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
4% Chance to cast level 4 Fortress on Kill
+(31 to 50)% Enhanced Damage
+(11 to 15) to Maximum Damage
(1 to 2)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (11 to 20)%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 25
Required Dexterity: 99
Throw Damage: (31-35) to (76-89)
One-Hand Damage: (20-22) to (52-63)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
5% Chance to cast level 10 Fortress on Kill
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Damage
+(18 to 25) to Maximum Damage
(3 to 4)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (21 to 30)%
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 44
Required Dexterity: 197
Throw Damage: (66-73) to (148-168)
One-Hand Damage: (38-42) to (97-112)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
6% Chance to cast level 16 Fortress on Kill
+(91 to 110)% Enhanced Damage
+(36 to 45) to Maximum Damage
(5 to 6)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(41 to 45) to Strength
+(41 to 45) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (31 to 40)%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 53
Required Dexterity: 391
Throw Damage: (92-100) to (227-250)
One-Hand Damage: (53-57) to (154-171)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
7% Chance to cast level 19 Fortress on Kill
+(121 to 140)% Enhanced Damage
+(71 to 80) to Maximum Damage
(7 to 8)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(46 to 50) to Strength
+(46 to 50) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (46 to 50)%
Socketed (4)

: Everything
Shield:
Banner of Duncraig
Banner of Duncraig
Kite Shield (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 30
Required Dexterity: 59
Defense: (138-157) to (266-305)
Chance to Block: class%
2% Chance to cast level 1 Bloodlust on Melee Attack
1% Chance to cast level 1 Fortress on Melee Attack
+(18 to 35)% Enhanced Defense
+(9 to 15) to Strength
+(9 to 15) to Dexterity
Cold Resist +(16 to 25)%
Lightning Resist +(16 to 25)%
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 44
Required Dexterity: 87
Defense: (462-513) to (817-909)
Chance to Block: class%
3% Chance to cast level 5 Bloodlust on Melee Attack
2% Chance to cast level 5 Fortress on Melee Attack
+(52 to 69)% Enhanced Defense
+(23 to 29) to Strength
+(23 to 29) to Dexterity
Cold Resist +(36 to 45)%
Lightning Resist +(36 to 45)%
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 93
Required Dexterity: 183
Defense: (1174-1274) to (2015-2188)
Chance to Block: class%
4% Chance to cast level 9 Bloodlust on Melee Attack
3% Chance to cast level 9 Fortress on Melee Attack
+(87 to 103)% Enhanced Defense
+(37 to 43) to Strength
+(37 to 43) to Dexterity
Cold Resist +(56 to 65)%
Lightning Resist +(56 to 65)%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 192
Required Dexterity: 378
Defense: (1744-1881) to (2982-3216)
Chance to Block: class%
4% Chance to cast level 11 Bloodlust on Melee Attack
4% Chance to cast level 11 Fortress on Melee Attack
+(104 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
+(44 to 50) to Strength
+(44 to 50) to Dexterity
Cold Resist +(66 to 75)%
Lightning Resist +(66 to 75)%
Socketed (4)

: Fortress/Bloodlust procs, +Str/Dex, decent defense
Armor:
Jitan's Kamon
Jitan's Kamon
Splint Mail (4)

Required Level: 6
Required Strength: 61
Defense: (184-208) to (370-418)
2% Chance to cast level 4 Guard Tower on Kill
Adds (3 to 4)-(7 to 8) fire damage
Adds (3 to 4)-(7 to 8) lightning damage
Adds (3 to 4)-(7 to 8) cold damage
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
Physical Resist 2%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 90
Defense: (592-656) to (1106-1225)
4% Chance to cast level 10 Guard Tower on Kill
Adds (8 to 15)-(16 to 30) fire damage
Adds (8 to 15)-(16 to 30) lightning damage
Adds (8 to 15)-(16 to 30) cold damage
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 189
Defense: (1466-1596) to (2663-2898)
6% Chance to cast level 16 Guard Tower on Kill
Adds (31 to 60)-(61 to 90) fire damage
Adds (31 to 60)-(61 to 90) lightning damage
Adds (31 to 60)-(61 to 90) cold damage
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Defense
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (5)

Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 391
Defense: (2175-2352) to (3925-4244)
8% Chance to cast level 19 Guard Tower on Kill
Adds (61 to 120)-(161 to 240) fire damage
Adds (61 to 120)-(161 to 240) lightning damage
Adds (61 to 120)-(161 to 240) cold damage
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Defense
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (6)

: Guard Tower proc, Fire/Cold/Light damage, %DR
Helm:
Thunderdome
Thunderdome
Assault Helmet (4)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 8
Required Strength: 70
Defense: (118-134) to (174-198)
5% Chance to cast level 10 Flash on Melee Attack
Adds 1-(6 to 10) lightning damage
-3% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+12 to Lightning Shield
+(41 to 60)% Enhanced Defense
(7 to 10)% to Strength
+5 Mana after each Kill
Socketed (2)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 104
Defense: (391-435) to (542-602)
10% Chance to cast level 20 Flash on Melee Attack
Adds 1-(18 to 35) lightning damage
-6% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+18 to Lightning Shield
+(71 to 90)% Enhanced Defense
(15 to 18)% to Strength
+10 Mana after each Kill
Socketed (2)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 43
Required Strength: 217
Defense: (952-1090) to (1294-1481)
15% Chance to cast level 30 Flash on Melee Attack
Adds 1-(86 to 100) lightning damage
-9% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+24 to Lightning Shield
+(101 to 130)% Enhanced Defense
(23 to 26)% to Strength
+20 Mana after each Kill
Socketed (3)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 450
Defense: (1631-1755) to (2201-2367)
20% Chance to cast level 40 Flash on Melee Attack
Adds 1-(261 to 300) lightning damage
-12% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+30 to Lightning Shield
+(151 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
(27 to 30)% to Strength
+35 Mana after each Kill
Socketed (4)

: %Str, decent defense, Lightning Shield oskill - appearance matters
*Obtainable from Griswold's Treasure*
Gloves:
Featherclaw
Featherclaw
Chain Gloves (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 38
Defense: (28-30) to (49-54)
5% Attack Speed
(21 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(6 to 10) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 56
Defense: (149-161) to (203-218)
15% Attack Speed
(81 to 110)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 20) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 118
Defense: (393-420) to (519-554)
25% Attack Speed
(141 to 170)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(26 to 30) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 244
Defense: (581-617) to (759-807)
30% Attack Speed
(171 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)

: IAS, FRW, Dex, AR
Belt:
Deadfall
Deadfall
Heavy Belt (4)

Required Level: 7
Required Strength: 63
Defense: (135-159) to (178-210)
1% Chance to cast level 2 Shower of Rocks on Kill
1% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 25) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(11 to 15)%
(3 to 5)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 92
Defense: (485-551) to (616-700)
2% Chance to cast level 4 Shower of Rocks on Kill
2% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
+(36 to 45) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(21 to 25)%
(9 to 11)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 195
Defense: (1270-1400) to (1595-1758)
3% Chance to cast level 8 Shower of Rocks on Kill
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
+(56 to 65) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(31 to 35)%
(15 to 17)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 404
Defense: (1918-2095) to (2403-2626)
4% Chance to cast level 12 Shower of Rocks on Kill
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
+(66 to 75) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(36 to 40)%
(18 to 20)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

: SoR proc, %CB, Strength, Light res
*Obtainable from Griswold's Treasure*
Boots:
Lionpaw
Lionpaw
Chain Boots (4)

Required Level: 4
Required Strength: 44
Defense: (49-54) to (71-78)
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(7 to 10) to all Attributes
+(31 to 50) to Life
+(31 to 50) to Mana
Total Character Defense (3 to 5)%
10% Gold Find
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 65
Defense: (203-218) to (267-288)
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(15 to 18) to all Attributes
+(71 to 90) to Life
+(71 to 90) to Mana
Total Character Defense (9 to 11)%
15% Gold Find
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 39
Required Strength: 137
Defense: (519-554) to (667-712)
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(23 to 26) to all Attributes
+(111 to 130) to Life
+(111 to 130) to Mana
Total Character Defense (15 to 17)%
20% Gold Find
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 282
Defense: (759-807) to (974-1036)
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to all Attributes
+(131 to 150) to Life
+(131 to 150) to Mana
Total Character Defense (18 to 20)%
25% Gold Find
Socketed (4)

-->
Craton
Craton
Boots

'Cham'
Runeword Level: 67
3% Chance to cast level 7 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
+(21 to 25) to Vitality
+(21 to 25) to Energy
Physical Damage Reduced by (16 to 20)
(11 to 20)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Total Character Defense (31 to 40)%
: SoR proc, Attributes, Flat DR, TCD
Rings: Anything -->
Empyrean Band
Empyrean Band
Ring

Required Level: 40
1% Chance to cast level 7 Singularity on Kill
(3 to 5)% to All Attributes
Increase Maximum Life and Mana 10%
(5 to 15)% Gold Find

or
Ring of Truth
Ring of Truth
Ring

Required Level: 20
15% Hit Recovery
25% Block Speed
(31 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
Total Character Defense (11 to 15)%
Slows Attacker by (3 to 5)%
+2 to Light Radius


Amulet: Anything -->
Angel Heart
Angel Heart
Amulet

Required Level: 40
+(1 to 2) to All Skills
(5 to 10)% to Strength
(5 to 10)% to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (15 to 25)%
+(3 to 5) to Light Radius



On Switch:
Weapons: Anything with +skills

► Notes, Sockets, and MOs

Merc Gear - Act 2 Shapeshifter
The Act 2 Shapeshifter merc is a super tank with extremely fast attack speed when he picks up our Wolf Stance aura and Wolf Companion buff. Make the best use out of his speed and survivability with the following setup:

Weapon:
Sea Summoner
Sea Summoner
Trident (4)

Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 18
Required Dexterity: 29
Two-Hand Damage: (6-7) to (12-14)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (30/256 per Dexterity)%
5% Chance to cast level 2 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (6 to 9)-(9 to 13) cold damage
Slow Target (3 to 5)%
+(16 to 25) to Dexterity
+7 Life Regenerated per Second
Total Character Defense (11 to 20)%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 21
Required Strength: 39
Required Dexterity: 53
Two-Hand Damage: (18-21) to (33-36)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (30/256 per Dexterity)%
6% Chance to cast level 6 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (26 to 35)-(41 to 50) cold damage
Slow Target (9 to 11)%
+(36 to 45) to Dexterity
+10 Life Regenerated per Second
Total Character Defense (21 to 30)%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 88
Required Dexterity: 114
Two-Hand Damage: (38-41) to (63-68)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (30/256 per Dexterity)%
7% Chance to cast level 10 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (101 to 140)-(161 to 200) cold damage
Slow Target (15 to 17)%
+(56 to 65) to Dexterity
+12 Life Regenerated per Second
Total Character Defense (31 to 40)%
Socketed (5)

Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 180
Required Dexterity: 230
Two-Hand Damage: (50-54) to (83-90)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (30/256 per Dexterity)%
8% Chance to cast level 12 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (231 to 280)-(351 to 400) cold damage
Slow Target (18 to 20)%
+(66 to 75) to Dexterity
+15 Life Regenerated per Second
Total Character Defense (41 to 50)%
Socketed (6)

: Glacial Nova proc, slow target
Armor:
Werecat
Werecat
Breast Plate (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 55
Defense: (203-233) to (370-422)
5% Chance to cast level 1 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
4% Life stolen per Hit
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) Defense
+(11 to 20) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 81
Defense: (622-700) to (1081-1207)
6% Chance to cast level 7 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
6% Life stolen per Hit
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(81 to 100) Defense
+(21 to 30) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 170
Defense: (1471-1608) to (2544-2777)
7% Chance to cast level 13 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
45% Attack Speed
8% Life stolen per Hit
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Defense
+(131 to 150) Defense
+(31 to 40) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (5)

Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 353
Defense: (2168-2349) to (3738-4046)
8% Chance to cast level 16 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
60% Attack Speed
10% Life stolen per Hit
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Defense
+(181 to 200) Defense
+(41 to 50) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 6%
Socketed (6)

: Claw Tornado proc, stats, IAS
Helm:
Lanterne Rouge
Lanterne Rouge
Great Helm (4)

Required Level: 8
Required Strength: 67
Defense: (109-126) to (161-185)
4% Chance to cast level 10 Flamefront on Melee Attack
10% Attack Speed
-3% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(12 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+15 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 99
Defense: (388-430) to (536-594)
6% Chance to cast level 16 Flamefront on Melee Attack
20% Attack Speed
-6% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(47 to 63)% Enhanced Defense
+20 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 43
Required Strength: 207
Defense: (990-1077) to (1343-1461)
8% Chance to cast level 22 Flamefront on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
-9% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(81 to 97)% Enhanced Defense
+25 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 429
Defense: (1481-1600) to (1999-2161)
10% Chance to cast level 28 Flamefront on Melee Attack
40% Attack Speed
-12% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(98 to 114)% Enhanced Defense
+30 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (4)

: Not much to choose from for early game
Gloves:
Toorc's Gift
Toorc's Gift
Heavy Gloves (4)

Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 24
Defense: (15-18) to (30-34)
2% Chance to cast level 1 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
5% Attack Speed
Stun Attack
+(12 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(11 to 15)%
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 35
Defense: (129-143) to (160-177)
3% Chance to cast level 2 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
Adds (21 to 30)-(31 to 50) cold damage
Stun Attack
+(47 to 63)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 74
Defense: (376-409) to (448-488)
4% Chance to cast level 3 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
25% Attack Speed
Adds (71 to 90)-(91 to 125) cold damage
Stun Attack
+(81 to 97)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 154
Defense: (568-614) to (685-740)
5% Chance to cast level 3 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
Adds (161 to 200)-(201 to 250) cold damage
Stun Attack
+(98 to 114)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(36 to 40)%
Socketed (4)

: Glacial Nova proc
Belt:
Deadfall
Deadfall
Heavy Belt (4)

Required Level: 7
Required Strength: 63
Defense: (135-159) to (178-210)
1% Chance to cast level 2 Shower of Rocks on Kill
1% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 25) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(11 to 15)%
(3 to 5)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 92
Defense: (485-551) to (616-700)
2% Chance to cast level 4 Shower of Rocks on Kill
2% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
+(36 to 45) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(21 to 25)%
(9 to 11)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 195
Defense: (1270-1400) to (1595-1758)
3% Chance to cast level 8 Shower of Rocks on Kill
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
+(56 to 65) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(31 to 35)%
(15 to 17)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 404
Defense: (1918-2095) to (2403-2626)
4% Chance to cast level 12 Shower of Rocks on Kill
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
+(66 to 75) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(36 to 40)%
(18 to 20)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)


Boots:
Epicenter
Epicenter
Boots

'Ith'
Runeword Level: 15
(0.0625 per level)% Chance of Crushing Blow (Based on Character Level)
+(14 to 25)% Enhanced Defense
Maximum Life (11 to 15)%
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Death Spur
Death Spur
Heavy Boots (4)

Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 28
Defense: (27 to 39)
1% Chance to cast level 6 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.09375 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(11 to 15) to Strength
+(11 to 15) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 41
Defense: (109 to 141)
1% Chance to cast level 10 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.15625 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 87
Defense: (248 to 310)
1% Chance to cast level 14 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.21875 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 179
Defense: (346 to 427)
1% Chance to cast level 16 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.25 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(36 to 40) to Strength
+(36 to 40) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)

: Spike Nova proc, stats
Amulet: Anything with Hymn proc

► Sockets, MOs, and Notes



Stats
Strength: Enough for armors
Dexterity: Enough for weapon/shield, Leftovers go here too.
Vitality: None
Energy: None

*Note* Some of your gear will help you equip other pieces with their +attributes. Just make sure to keep an eye on your inventory when you die and pick your corpse up to ensure all items are equipped properly.



Skillplan
Max: Fortress, Wolf Companion
10-Point: Mountain King, Wolf Stance
1-Point: Earthquake, Spirit Walk, Shower of Rocks
Leftovers: Spirit Guide



Gameplay
Use your switch weapons with +skills to summon Wolf Companions and buff Shamanic Trance (barely does anything, but since we have it, may as well use it), swap back to main, activate Lightning Shield (just for the lols), use Fortress and then Earthquake on Fortress cooldown. In this early game portion, Earthquake will be much more your damage dealer (when your wolf's doom applies, your damage scales up a ton from that extra physical damage per hit), hence the reason we use Banner of Duncraig as the shield -- more Fortress procs and Bloodlust to help in between your timered Fortress skill casts, along with your Fortress/Guard Tower procs from your weapon/armor. In plain terms, lots of chaos and arrows.

Run through Hatred, be sure to do all of the extra quests that give you extra skills and stats (Den of Evil in Act 1, Radament in Act 2, Lam Esen's Tome and Jade Figurine in Act 3, Izual in act 4). Don't worry about getting your Class Charm,
Worldstone Orb
Worldstone Orb
(Barbarian Challenge Item)

Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 90
Unlocks your Ennead Skill
+2 to Barbarian Skill Levels
+25% to Summoned Minion Life
+1% to Defense per Socketed Rune
Poison Length Reduced by 33%

, until after you defeat Hatred. It's not necessary for us right now and will be fairly slow for comfort til closer to lvl 60-65-ish. See the Ennead Challenge section further below for how to do this one most efficiently.



Challenges
Level Challenge 1 - Tran Athulua - Max Level: 50
Reward:
Elemental Prism
(upgraded with the Sunstones of Fire/Ice/Lightning)
Bonus: Completing the Anya quest in Act 5 will reward you with a Scroll of Resistance (+10% All Resist) -- Cube this with your Prism each difficulty that you complete the quest in -- +30% All Resists total.

This video only shows Skovos, Ice Priestess being completed to show how the challenge is done. Complete all three for the proper upgrade.

► Notes, Map, and Image



If you haven't completed Hatred yet, go ahead and kill Baal, then go grab Wirt's Leg to clear Hatred Cows. A few runs here should put you at about lvl 60. These extra levels make a big difference in equipping gear and lowering the Fortress timer. Once you've done that, you can either go try Island of the Sunless Sea (Glacial Trail cave) to quickly get ~lvl 68, or just move forward into Terror. If you choose IotSS, be aware of Malic to the lower right path. He has slow-moving one-hit kill missiles.

By the time you're Lvl 65-72ish, Hatred K3KBA will be much more tolerable. Our next challenge is the Ennead Challenge:

Ennead Challenge - Max Level: 80
Reward: Ennead Skill Unlocked -- Immortal
Reward: Class Charm and Upgrade --
Worldstone Orb
Worldstone Orb
(Barbarian Challenge Item)

Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 90
Unlocks your Ennead Skill
+2 to Barbarian Skill Levels
+25% to Summoned Minion Life
+1% to Defense per Socketed Rune
Poison Length Reduced by 33%

and +2 Barb Skills, 20% Minion Life, Poison Length Reduced by 33%


► Notes on Ennead Challenge



Proceed onto Terror and run through the difficulty, just the same as you did Hatred, orbing your gear and uptiering/respeccing stats as needed to equip your things. Some challenges pop up in Act 1 and Act 2 that are easily completed along the way:



Level Challenge 2 - Max Level: 90
Reward: Class Charm upgrade -- 5% Minion Life, 1% TCD per socketed rune


► Notes



From this point forward, there are no more level challenges that you need to be concerned about. You should have access to your Level 90 Uberskills around this time or coming up soon, so we will adjust the skillplan slightly.

Skillplan
Max: Wolf Companion
20-Point: Fortress
15-Point: Wolf Stance, Mountain King
8-Point: Runemaster
1-Point: Earthquake, Spirit Walk
Leftovers: Spirit Guide or Ancient Blood (every 4pts)



Veteran Tokens
Reward: Class Charm upgrade -- +1 to your class skills, +20% Experience Gain
► Descriptions and Images






Once you proceed through and complete Terror, you can hop back into Terror Cows and quickly hit lvl 120. Runemaster will help you tank some hits in melee range here if you swap out some of your res gems for Jah Runes or Resist Runes (Pul, Mal, Gul, Lo), and let you clear it somewhat efficiently for low-ish damage at this stage.



First Charms
At lvl 120, you'll be able to start picking up charms as you run through Destruction. The following ubers were all easily (mostly easily, obviously some can be a bit more difficult, but doable regardless) with our early game gear.
*Note* If there is no special preparations listed, then... logic. No special preparations are needed.

Butcher
Location: Inside the left-most house in Tristram
Reward:
The Butcher's Tooth
The Butcher's Tooth
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 105
+10 to all Attributes
20% Magic Find
+1 to Light Radius


► Notes

Infernal Machine
Location: Pit Lvl 2 (Tamoe Highlands)
Reward:
Optical Detector
Optical Detector
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 105
Maximum Skill Level Increased by 1
Elemental Resists +(11 to 15)%


► Notes

The Binding of Baal
Location: Tal Rasha's Tomb (Dark Portal after killing Zoltun Kulle)
Reward:
Scroll of Kings
Scroll of Kings
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 110
+(8 to 10)% to Spell Damage
(16 to 20)% to All Attributes


Preparation: Capped Resists (+max res and absorb will help as well)
► Notes

Death Projector
Location: Swampy Pit Lvl 3 (Flayer Jungle Waypoint)
Reward:
Laser Focus Crystal
Laser Focus Crystal
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 105
Increase Maximum Life and Mana 10%
+(6 to 10)% to Experience Gained


► Notes

Creature of Flame
Location: Dimensional Sanctum (Caldeum, middle right)
Reward:
Horazon's Focus
Horazon's Focus
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 110
(3 to 5)% Mana stolen per Hit
(3 to 5)% Life stolen per Hit
-50 Defense
+(21 to 25) to all Attributes


► Notes

Khalimgrad
Location: Plains of Despair (Dark Portal after killing Izual)
Reward:
Zakarum's Ear
Zakarum's Ear
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 115
(6 to 10)% to All Attributes
+(6 to 15)% to Experience Gained


► Notes

Island of the Sunless Sea
Location: Glacial Trail
Reward:
Six Angel Bag
Six Angel Bag
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 105
Adds (26 to 38)-(38 to 63) fire damage
Adds (26 to 38)-(38 to 63) lightning damage
Adds (26 to 38)-(38 to 63) cold damage
Cold Resist +(21 to 25)%
Lightning Resist +(21 to 25)%
Fire Resist +(21 to 25)%


► Notes and Map

King Koth
Location: Arreat Summit (Dark Portal after killing Ancients)
Reward:
Sacred Worldstone Key
Sacred Worldstone Key
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 110
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(41 to 50)%
Total Character Defense (21 to 30)%


► Notes

Kurast 3000K BA
Location: Torajan Jungles (first red portal)
Reward:
Hammer of the Taan Judges
Hammer of the Taan Judges
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 115
+(21 to 25) Energy Factor to Spell Damage
+1 to All Skills
+1 Extra Totems
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(0.25 per level)% (Based on Character Level)


► Notes

Lord Aldric Jitan
Location: Torajan Jungle (see map)
Reward:
Moon of the Spider
Moon of the Spider
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 110
+(21 to 25) Energy Factor to Spell Damage
+1 to Jitan's Gate
Maximum Skill Level Increased by 1
Half Freeze Duration


Trophy: 25% EWD
► Notes and Map

Tran Athulua
Location: Halls of the Dead --> Island of Skartara
Reward:
Sunstone of the Gods
Sunstone of the Gods
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 115
Adds (13 to 25)-(26 to 38) fire damage
Adds (13 to 25)-(26 to 38) lightning damage
Adds (13 to 25)-(26 to 38) cold damage
Maximum Life (11 to 15)%
Maximum Mana (11 to 15)%


Trophy: 5% DR
► Notes

Cathedral of Light
Location: Inner Cloister --> Cathedral (Staircase in right room)
Reward:
Idol of Vanity
Idol of Vanity
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 115
15% Combat Speeds
Maximum Skill Level Increased by 1


Trophy: 10% Minion Life/Damage
► Notes

Kabraxis, Thief of Hope
Location: Chaos Sanctuary (Dark Portal after Buyard Cholik -- top seal boss)
Reward:
Soul of Kabraxis
Soul of Kabraxis
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 120
+1 to All Skills
Maximum Fire Resist +(1 to 3)%
Maximum Lightning Resist +(1 to 3)%
Maximum Cold Resist +(1 to 3)%
Maximum Poison Resist +(1 to 3)%


Trophy: 2% any random reanimate (including elites)
Preparation: Magic Resist can help, but not required
► Notes and Video





Mid Game

Image



As you make your way through Terror, keep a lookout for any sacred barb-specific helmet. You'll use that to craft to gain early access to Ancients' Hand to help with boss-killing. Charsi can imbue your item to make it rare for crafting -- just make sure you are at least Lvl 95 before imbuing for this since the imbue recipe is:

White Item + Imbue = Rare Item with ilvl of Character Level +4

On that note, you're going to want to start keeping an eye out for Fascinating Shrines and Weird Shrines, specifically (but any shrine will work for now as long as you get the oskill), as shrines can start dropping in Act 2. Hopefully with a bit of luck and/or trading/farming, you'll be able to gather up some pieces for the midgame gear:



Gear
Weapon:
Sudis Murale
Sudis Murale
Glaive (4)

Required Level: 7
Required Dexterity: 65
Throw Damage: (10-12) to (34-42)
One-Hand Damage: (10-12) to (28-34)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
4% Chance to cast level 4 Fortress on Kill
+(31 to 50)% Enhanced Damage
+(11 to 15) to Maximum Damage
(1 to 2)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (11 to 20)%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 25
Required Dexterity: 99
Throw Damage: (31-35) to (76-89)
One-Hand Damage: (20-22) to (52-63)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
5% Chance to cast level 10 Fortress on Kill
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Damage
+(18 to 25) to Maximum Damage
(3 to 4)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (21 to 30)%
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 44
Required Dexterity: 197
Throw Damage: (66-73) to (148-168)
One-Hand Damage: (38-42) to (97-112)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
6% Chance to cast level 16 Fortress on Kill
+(91 to 110)% Enhanced Damage
+(36 to 45) to Maximum Damage
(5 to 6)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(41 to 45) to Strength
+(41 to 45) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (31 to 40)%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 53
Required Dexterity: 391
Throw Damage: (92-100) to (227-250)
One-Hand Damage: (53-57) to (154-171)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
7% Chance to cast level 19 Fortress on Kill
+(121 to 140)% Enhanced Damage
+(71 to 80) to Maximum Damage
(7 to 8)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(46 to 50) to Strength
+(46 to 50) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (46 to 50)%
Socketed (4)

: Everything is still good here
Shield:
Invictus
Invictus
Gilded Shield (4)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 14
Required Strength: 44
Defense: (293-346) to (598-705)
Chance to Block: 1%
1% Chance to cast level 3 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: ((8 to 10)/256 Per Strength)%
Lion Stance Damage Bonus (41 to 60)%
+(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
+15 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 2%
Socketed (1)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 31
Required Strength: 66
Defense: (1029-1169) to (1897-2156)
Chance to Block: 1%
2% Chance to cast level 7 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: ((14 to 16)/256 Per Strength)%
Lion Stance Damage Bonus (91 to 130)%
+(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
+20 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (3)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 139
Defense: (2644-2915) to (4760-5247)
Chance to Block: 1%
2% Chance to cast level 11 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: ((20 to 22)/256 Per Strength)%
Lion Stance Damage Bonus (151 to 200)%
+(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
+25 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (4)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 286
Defense: (3984-4352) to (7140-7800)
Chance to Block: 1%
3% Chance to cast level 15 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: ((23 to 25)/256 Per Strength)%
Lion Stance Damage Bonus (241 to 300)%
+(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
+30 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (4)

: %DR, Attributes, high defense, Gift of the Wild proc
Armor:
Jitan's Kamon
Jitan's Kamon
Splint Mail (4)

Required Level: 6
Required Strength: 61
Defense: (184-208) to (370-418)
2% Chance to cast level 4 Guard Tower on Kill
Adds (3 to 4)-(7 to 8) fire damage
Adds (3 to 4)-(7 to 8) lightning damage
Adds (3 to 4)-(7 to 8) cold damage
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
Physical Resist 2%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 90
Defense: (592-656) to (1106-1225)
4% Chance to cast level 10 Guard Tower on Kill
Adds (8 to 15)-(16 to 30) fire damage
Adds (8 to 15)-(16 to 30) lightning damage
Adds (8 to 15)-(16 to 30) cold damage
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 189
Defense: (1466-1596) to (2663-2898)
6% Chance to cast level 16 Guard Tower on Kill
Adds (31 to 60)-(61 to 90) fire damage
Adds (31 to 60)-(61 to 90) lightning damage
Adds (31 to 60)-(61 to 90) cold damage
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Defense
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (5)

Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 391
Defense: (2175-2352) to (3925-4244)
8% Chance to cast level 19 Guard Tower on Kill
Adds (61 to 120)-(161 to 240) fire damage
Adds (61 to 120)-(161 to 240) lightning damage
Adds (61 to 120)-(161 to 240) cold damage
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Defense
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (6)

: %DR and Guard Towers are hard to drop
Helm: Fascinating Craft Barb Helm: Ancients' Hand oskill, +skills, -Enemy Fire Res
Gloves:
Featherclaw
Featherclaw
Chain Gloves (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 38
Defense: (28-30) to (49-54)
5% Attack Speed
(21 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(6 to 10) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 56
Defense: (149-161) to (203-218)
15% Attack Speed
(81 to 110)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 20) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 118
Defense: (393-420) to (519-554)
25% Attack Speed
(141 to 170)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(26 to 30) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 244
Defense: (581-617) to (759-807)
30% Attack Speed
(171 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)

-->
Geleb's Greed
Geleb's Greed
Curse of the Zakarum Set
Light Gauntlets (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 544
Defense: (1608 to 1830)
1% Chance to cast level 37 Fire Fountain on Death Blow
+1 to All Skills
-15% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(23 to 31) to Pyroblast
+200% Enhanced Defense
+5 Fire Absorb
Physical Resist 10%
Socketed (4)
: +skills, Fire pierce, %DR
Belt:
Deadfall
Deadfall
Heavy Belt (4)

Required Level: 7
Required Strength: 63
Defense: (135-159) to (178-210)
1% Chance to cast level 2 Shower of Rocks on Kill
1% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 25) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(11 to 15)%
(3 to 5)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 92
Defense: (485-551) to (616-700)
2% Chance to cast level 4 Shower of Rocks on Kill
2% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
+(36 to 45) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(21 to 25)%
(9 to 11)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 195
Defense: (1270-1400) to (1595-1758)
3% Chance to cast level 8 Shower of Rocks on Kill
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
+(56 to 65) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(31 to 35)%
(15 to 17)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 404
Defense: (1918-2095) to (2403-2626)
4% Chance to cast level 12 Shower of Rocks on Kill
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
+(66 to 75) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(36 to 40)%
(18 to 20)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

: because deadfall.
Boots:
Craton
Craton
Boots

'Cham'
Runeword Level: 67
3% Chance to cast level 7 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
+(21 to 25) to Vitality
+(21 to 25) to Energy
Physical Damage Reduced by (16 to 20)
(11 to 20)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Total Character Defense (31 to 40)%
: Still keep cause it's a nice set of boots
Rings: Rares: +skills, Fire pierce, Life leech/Magic Find (optional?)
Amulet: Rare: +skills, Fire pierce, Flat life, Flat DR

On Switch:
Weapon: Dual Wield any +5 barb skills barb-specific axe/sword.
Alternate Weapon: Weird Craft Glaive: Needs 18% Javelin on striking, %Slow Target, and high %ED/max damage

► Sockets, MOs, and Shrine Blessing


You'll notice that we've swapped our
Banner of Duncraig
Banner of Duncraig
Kite Shield (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 30
Required Dexterity: 59
Defense: (138-157) to (266-305)
Chance to Block: class%
2% Chance to cast level 1 Bloodlust on Melee Attack
1% Chance to cast level 1 Fortress on Melee Attack
+(18 to 35)% Enhanced Defense
+(9 to 15) to Strength
+(9 to 15) to Dexterity
Cold Resist +(16 to 25)%
Lightning Resist +(16 to 25)%
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 44
Required Dexterity: 87
Defense: (462-513) to (817-909)
Chance to Block: class%
3% Chance to cast level 5 Bloodlust on Melee Attack
2% Chance to cast level 5 Fortress on Melee Attack
+(52 to 69)% Enhanced Defense
+(23 to 29) to Strength
+(23 to 29) to Dexterity
Cold Resist +(36 to 45)%
Lightning Resist +(36 to 45)%
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 93
Required Dexterity: 183
Defense: (1174-1274) to (2015-2188)
Chance to Block: class%
4% Chance to cast level 9 Bloodlust on Melee Attack
3% Chance to cast level 9 Fortress on Melee Attack
+(87 to 103)% Enhanced Defense
+(37 to 43) to Strength
+(37 to 43) to Dexterity
Cold Resist +(56 to 65)%
Lightning Resist +(56 to 65)%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 192
Required Dexterity: 378
Defense: (1744-1881) to (2982-3216)
Chance to Block: class%
4% Chance to cast level 11 Bloodlust on Melee Attack
4% Chance to cast level 11 Fortress on Melee Attack
+(104 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
+(44 to 50) to Strength
+(44 to 50) to Dexterity
Cold Resist +(66 to 75)%
Lightning Resist +(66 to 75)%
Socketed (4)

out for
Invictus
Invictus
Gilded Shield (4)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 14
Required Strength: 44
Defense: (293-346) to (598-705)
Chance to Block: 1%
1% Chance to cast level 3 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: ((8 to 10)/256 Per Strength)%
Lion Stance Damage Bonus (41 to 60)%
+(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
+15 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 2%
Socketed (1)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 31
Required Strength: 66
Defense: (1029-1169) to (1897-2156)
Chance to Block: 1%
2% Chance to cast level 7 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: ((14 to 16)/256 Per Strength)%
Lion Stance Damage Bonus (91 to 130)%
+(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
+20 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (3)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 139
Defense: (2644-2915) to (4760-5247)
Chance to Block: 1%
2% Chance to cast level 11 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: ((20 to 22)/256 Per Strength)%
Lion Stance Damage Bonus (151 to 200)%
+(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
+25 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (4)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 286
Defense: (3984-4352) to (7140-7800)
Chance to Block: 1%
3% Chance to cast level 15 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: ((23 to 25)/256 Per Strength)%
Lion Stance Damage Bonus (241 to 300)%
+(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
+30 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (4)

finally. Why did we wait so long? Because Nomadbarb does whatever the fuck he wants and wanted to be different from the mainstream chars. With that said, he now uses the mainstream shields because his technology evolved and it helps him stay alive better. The kite shield was great in early game since you were primarily a melee barb, whereas now, you're using Fortress far more often and can drop some of those on attack procs for more survivability.

Merc Gear
Weapon:
Sea Summoner
Sea Summoner
Trident (4)

Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 18
Required Dexterity: 29
Two-Hand Damage: (6-7) to (12-14)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (30/256 per Dexterity)%
5% Chance to cast level 2 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (6 to 9)-(9 to 13) cold damage
Slow Target (3 to 5)%
+(16 to 25) to Dexterity
+7 Life Regenerated per Second
Total Character Defense (11 to 20)%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 21
Required Strength: 39
Required Dexterity: 53
Two-Hand Damage: (18-21) to (33-36)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (30/256 per Dexterity)%
6% Chance to cast level 6 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (26 to 35)-(41 to 50) cold damage
Slow Target (9 to 11)%
+(36 to 45) to Dexterity
+10 Life Regenerated per Second
Total Character Defense (21 to 30)%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 88
Required Dexterity: 114
Two-Hand Damage: (38-41) to (63-68)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (30/256 per Dexterity)%
7% Chance to cast level 10 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (101 to 140)-(161 to 200) cold damage
Slow Target (15 to 17)%
+(56 to 65) to Dexterity
+12 Life Regenerated per Second
Total Character Defense (31 to 40)%
Socketed (5)

Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 180
Required Dexterity: 230
Two-Hand Damage: (50-54) to (83-90)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (30/256 per Dexterity)%
8% Chance to cast level 12 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (231 to 280)-(351 to 400) cold damage
Slow Target (18 to 20)%
+(66 to 75) to Dexterity
+15 Life Regenerated per Second
Total Character Defense (41 to 50)%
Socketed (6)

: Crowd Control still useful on this to drop it for anything else
Armor:
Dragonheart
Dragonheart
Body Armor

'Kra'
Runeword Level: 94
+2 to All Skills
50% Attack Speed
+(1.625 per level)% Enhanced Defense (Based on Character Level)
+500 to Life
: Huge defense and that's all that's important
Helm:
Witchhunter's Hood
Witchhunter's Hood
Witchhunter's Attire Set
Cap (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 228
Defense: (2136-2611) to (2161-2642)
(16 to 20)% to Strength
+(80 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
(16 to 20)% to Dexterity
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Elemental Resists +(31 to 40)%
Physical Resist 5%
Total Character Defense (16 to 20)%
Requirements -50%
Socketed (4)
: Max Resist, %Str/Dex
Gloves:
Toorc's Gift
Toorc's Gift
Heavy Gloves (4)

Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 24
Defense: (15-18) to (30-34)
2% Chance to cast level 1 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
5% Attack Speed
Stun Attack
+(12 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(11 to 15)%
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 35
Defense: (129-143) to (160-177)
3% Chance to cast level 2 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
Adds (21 to 30)-(31 to 50) cold damage
Stun Attack
+(47 to 63)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 74
Defense: (376-409) to (448-488)
4% Chance to cast level 3 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
25% Attack Speed
Adds (71 to 90)-(91 to 125) cold damage
Stun Attack
+(81 to 97)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 154
Defense: (568-614) to (685-740)
5% Chance to cast level 3 Glacial Nova on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
Adds (161 to 200)-(201 to 250) cold damage
Stun Attack
+(98 to 114)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(36 to 40)%
Socketed (4)

-->
Rockslide
Rockslide
Mount Arreat Set
Gauntlets (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 574
Defense: (1339-1506) to (1567-1763)
1% Chance to cast level 33 Tremor on Melee Attack
25% Attack Speed
(3 to 5)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) to Vitality
Total Character Defense (11 to 15)%
Socketed (4)
or
Nature's Grasp
Nature's Grasp
Caoi Dulra Set
Light Gauntlets (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 380
Defense: (1072-1340) to (1220-1525)
Adds 7-13 damage
+(100 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 40) to Strength
+(31 to 40) to Vitality
(11 to 15)% Magic Find
Requirements -30%
Socketed (4)

Belt:
Truce
Truce
Belts

'Vith'
Runeword Level: 98
-5% Cast Speed
-5% Attack Speed
Stun Attack
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+5% Increased Healing Rate from Apples
Physical Resist 10%
Slows Attacker by 5%
: Huge defense -->
Marchosias' Hatred
Marchosias' Hatred
Marchosias' Essence Set
Heavy Belt (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 568
Defense: (3111-3455) to (3359-3731)
5% Chance to cast level 3 Bladestorm on Melee Attack
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(91 to 100)%
+(51 to 100)% to Summoned Minion Life
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
(6 to 10)% to Strength
Socketed (2)

Boots:
Hunter's Trackless Step
Hunter's Trackless Step
Big Game Hunter Set
Heavy Boots (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 492
Defense: (1392-1740) to (1474-1842)
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(100 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
+(21 to 40) to Vitality
+15 Maximum Stamina
Lightning Resist +(31 to 40)%
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (4)
or
Charge of the Goddess
Charge of the Goddess
The Mysteries Set
Chain Boots (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 316
Defense: (1773-1995) to (1922-2162)
2% Chance to cast level 15 Celerity on Melee Attack
+1 to Sorceress Skill Levels
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
Adds 25-38 damage
+(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
Elemental/Magic Damage Reduced by (11 to 15)
Total Character Defense (11 to 15)%
Requirements -40%
Socketed (4)
or
Nephilim
Nephilim
Boots

'Nih'
Runeword Level: 100
10% Bonus to Buff/Debuff/Cold Skill Duration
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
(21 to 25)% to Strength
(21 to 25)% to Vitality
+150 Defense
+50 to Strength
+50 to Vitality

Amulet: Rare: +Skills, Hymn proc, +Life/Flat DR

► Sockets, MOs, and Notes



Stats
Strength: Enough to equip gear
Dexterity: Enough to equip gear and for a comfortable Attack Rating (~20-30k)
Vitality: All remaining
Energy: None



Gameplay
Gameplay will remain the same as we have been doing all game with just a few more additions:

1.) You'll have access to Ancients' Hand now (if you didn't already), which will destroy single targets and most enemies that aren't fire immune (and somehow, even fire immunes). The main issue with Ancients' Hand is that its 100% physical conversion to fire. In most cases, this is a great thing. What makes it bad is that you no longer deal physical damage with that skill, which means you can't leech with it. Luckily, we have a constant shitload of arrows flying all over the screen to help upkeep the sustain.

2.) Your pre-buffing will have to include some gear re-equips to make full use of Runemaster. When you die and pick up your corpse, switch to your +5 skill weapons and summon your wolves, use Shamanic Trance (again, doesn't do much but why not?), Thundergod (our new BRC skill -- see below for BRC Trials), and re-requip all your gear that has runes in it. And then switch back to your main gear. This will give you that extra +10 skill boost to your Runemaster bonuses.




Black Road Challenge
Reward:
+150 Life/Mana, Unlocks BRC Skill (Thundergod)

The Black Road Challenge is a set of five trials aimed at impressing the demon, Kabraxis and gaining his powers. Each one has a different approach, as they'll cover different challenges and a new-to-this-build-so-far area, Fauztinville. All five of the trials are to be completed on Terror. These trials can be completed in any order, but I'll list them as I completed them:

Trial of Fear
Goal: Defeat the Butcher
Location: Inside the left-most house in Tristram
► Notes

Trial of Greed
Goal: Collect money and be rich
Location: Anywhere
► Notes

Trial of Contrition
Goal: Defeat King Koth
Location: Arreat Summit (Dark Portal after killing Ancients)
► Notes

Trial of Blood
Goal: Defeat Skovos, Ice Priestess and Lycander, Thunder Priestess within 30 seconds of eachother
Location: Halls of the Dead --> Island of Skartara --> Tran Athulua
► Notes and Map

Trial of Knowledge
Goal: Collect the brains of the five robot bosses
Location: Stony Tomb --> Fauztinville
► Notes and Map



Secondary/Midgame Charms
These charms technically could be done with a bit of luck in the previous section, but Ancients' Hand is pretty easy to craft. You don't even need a good roll of it, as long as you have the skill. It will make these next ones much more tolerable.

Lord Primus and Rathma Square
Location: Caldeum (Profane Cells --> Bastion of Triune --> Rathma Square)
Reward:
Spirit Trance Herb
Spirit Trance Herb
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 115
10% Cast Speed
10% Attack Speed
(21 to 150)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(1 to 4) Life Regenerated per Second


Trophy: 10% Uninterruptible Attack
► Notes

Akarat
Location: Torajan Jungle (see map)
Reward:
Visions of Akarat
Visions of Akarat
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 110
+(201 to 250) Defense
+(21 to 25) to all Attributes


Trophy: 5% Life/Mana
► Notes and Map

Azmodan, Lord of Sin
Location: Chaos Sanctuary (Dark Portal after Ghom -- right seal boss)
Reward:
Azmodan's Heart
Azmodan's Heart
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 115
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Elemental Resists +(31 to 40)%
-5% to All Vendor Prices


Trophy: +150 Life/Mana
Preparation: Perfect Bloodstones to get 90% Max Fire Resist
► Notes and Map

Duncraig and the Corrupted Abbey
Location: Cold Plains --> Subterranean Corridor
Reward:
Assur's Bane
Assur's Bane
Assur's Bane (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
+1 to All Skills
Adds 7-13 damage
+150% Damage to Undead
+1 to Purify
Increase Maximum Life and Mana 10%
+2 to Light Radius

and
Demonsbane
Demonsbane
By Robert Marks

Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 120
+(0 to 2) to Amazon Skill Levels
+(0 to 2) to Assassin Skill Levels
+(0 to 2) to Barbarian Skill Levels
+(0 to 2) to Druid Skill Levels
+(0 to 2) to Necromancer Skill Levels
+(0 to 2) to Paladin Skill Levels
+(0 to 2) to Sorceress Skill Levels
+5 Life Regenerated per Second


Trophy: 10% Overall Speed
Preparation: 90% Max Fire Res, ~400 Flat Fire Res (helps tank Assur much more easily)
► Notes and Map

Quov Tsin
Location: Caldeum (Dark Portal after Kentril Dumon -- see map)
Reward:
Silver Seal of Ureh
Silver Seal of Ureh
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 120
+(21 to 30) Energy Factor to Spell Damage
+1 to All Skills
+(21 to 25)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(11 to 15)% to Summoned Minion Resistances
+(11 to 20) to Strength
+(11 to 20) to Dexterity
+(11 to 20) to Vitality
+(11 to 20) to Energy


Trophy: 8% Spell Damage
Preparation: 150 Flat DR, 85-90% Max Fire/Cold/Lightning Resist
► Notes

Belial, Lord of Lies
Location: Chaos Sanctuary (Dark Portal after Magdha, left seal boss)
Reward:
The Book of Lies
The Book of Lies
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 125
+(100 to 500) to Life
+(100 to 500) to Mana


► Notes

Baal on the Eve of Destruction
Location: Worldstone Chamber
Reward: Patriarch status? (and also access to the Cow Level)
► Notes

Bull Prince Rodeo
Location: The Secret Cow Level
Reward:
Fool's Gold
Fool's Gold
Moo moo moo Moooo! Moo!

Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 115
+(0 to 38) to Strength
+(0 to 38) to Dexterity
+(0 to 38) to Vitality
+(0 to 38) to Energy
Total Character Defense (11 to 15)%
-10% Gold Find
(16 to 20)% Magic Find

and 1/30th chance for Unique Mystic Orbs
► Notes

Juris Khan and the Kingdown of Shadow
Location: Caldeum --> Quov Tsin's area --> Red Portal below QT --> Ruins of Ureh (see notes)
Reward:
Eternal Bone Pile
Eternal Bone Pile
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 120
+(1 to 2) to Amazon Skill Levels
+(1 to 2) to Assassin Skill Levels
+(1 to 2) to Barbarian Skill Levels
+(1 to 2) to Druid Skill Levels
+(1 to 2) to Necromancer Skill Levels
+(1 to 2) to Paladin Skill Levels
+(1 to 2) to Sorceress Skill Levels
10% Movement Speed


Trophy: +1 All Skills
► Notes and Map





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Still to come:
Listed in order I plan to complete them, roughly

5 Void Scrolls

Signet Farming to 500/Level up to 121.
Auhe Rune
Fauztinville for Bremmtown Upgrade
Xazax


End-Game Gear/Skill Plan

Astrogha
Zorun Tzin, Asshole Sorcerer
Uldyssian, Dark King
Archbishop Lazarus
Soul of Pride Ring and Rathma and the Void








Credits
Marco and SB, of course (and maybe Quirinus/Aahz too)
aerial for his already-published guide on how to do everything as a barb
ScarletEdge/HohoHaha for various barb-related questions
MXL 1.F9 for Timerless Fortress inspiration
Somnus, Szumigajowy, and crew for updated uberquest maps
Belial and Astrogha for being douchebags
Everyone else in Discord for donating their Unbe Coins to me (hint, hint)




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We are going to see a respec in our skills and stats (assuming you've been able to pick up 150-200 sigs, roughly) now to obtain max block and still retain a decent amount of defense for upcoming ubers. You don't have to do this at the current step if you don't want, but I would certainly recommend it because the orange missiles from Primus' Messenger in the Triune uber can be blocked. This feels like an appropriate time to respec and start some more charms:

Stats
Strength: Enough for armors
Dexterity: Enough for max block (Should be about 2780, roughly)
Vitality: Leftovers
Energy: None

*Note* Some of your gear will help you equip other pieces with their +attributes. Just make sure to keep an eye on your inventory when you die and pick your corpse up to ensure all items are equipped properly.



Skillplan
Max: Wolf Companion
20-Point: Fortress
15-Point: Wolf Stance
1-Point: Spirit Walk, Mountain King, Gladiator's Dominance, Thundergod, Immortal, Earthquake
Leftovers: Spirit Guide



Gameplay
This generally stays the same as previously. Only difference really is that you'll be blocking most attacks rather than cranking up to a million defense and hoping not to get hit. The way it is now, you'll be looking at 75% Chance to Block and about 225k defense (10-15% chance to be hit, if the block fails), so in theory, you're a lot tankier now since you have two sources of defense checks against weapon damage and high resists and max resists against elemental damage. Nice.

Switch to your +5 barb skill weapons, summon wolves, buff with Thundergod and Shamanic Trance (no reason not to if you have it, despite it not doing much besides make you shiny), swap back to your main Glaive/Shield, and plow your way through. Earthquake is more useless at this point than Ancients Hand even with shit mobs since AH picks up a nice range buff with your charms' soft skill points, but I keep EQ on hand for certain areas that I notice it does better. Tran Athulua seems to go faster with EQ because of the wider spread and CB application for arrows to clean it up, or in places like leveling a friend in Terror or Hatred Cows, EQ wipes the floor and is mega-fortress-proc-chain.



Arihan and The Triune
Location: Caldeum --> Profane Cells --> Bastion of the Triune
Reward:
Lucion's Soulstone
and Cycles
Trophy: +50% Magic Find
► Notes and Map

Bartuc and The Legacy of Blood
Location: Torajan Jungle --> Chamber of Blood (see map)
Reward:
Legacy of Blood
Legacy of Blood
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 115
(2 to 4)% Mana stolen per Hit
(2 to 4)% Life stolen per Hit
Maximum Skill Level Increased by 2


Trophy: +15% TCD
► Notes and Map

Kabraxis' Soul - Charm Upgrade
Location: Chaos Sancuary --> Black Road
Reward: Charm Upgrade: +0-5% Max Resistances
► Notes and Map

Judgment Day
Location: Plains of Despair --> Khalimgrad --> Diamond Gates
Reward:
Crystalline Flame Medallion
Crystalline Flame Medallion
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 120
+1 to Summon Edyrem
Cold Absorb 5%
Lightning Absorb 5%
Fire Absorb 5%
Cube after Killing Imperius and Malthael
(Max: 1 minute from each other)


Trophy: +5% Attributes
► Notes

Judgment Day Upgrade
Reward: +1 Skills, +40 Attributes
► Notes

Yshari Sanctum
Location: Caldeum --> Spectre of Hatred or Yshari Sanctum
Reward:
The Ancient Repositories
The Ancient Repositories
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 125
+(0 to 1) to All Skills
(101 to 150)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(11 to 15)% to Spell Damage
(6 to 10)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Cold Resist +(5 to 20)%
Lightning Resist +(5 to 20)%
Fire Resist +(5 to 20)%


► Notes and World Maps

Teganze and Terul
Location: Torajan Jungle --> Teganze (see map)
Reward:
Trader's Chest
and Elemental Essences/Primal Runestones
► Notes and Map

Viz'jun
Location: Kurast Bazaar --> Viz'Jun
Reward:
Cold Fusion Schematics
Cold Fusion Schematics
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 125
5% Chance to cast level 10 Time Strike on Striking
+(11 to 40) to Strength
+(11 to 40) to Dexterity
+(11 to 40) to Vitality
+(11 to 40) to Energy


Trophy: +5-20 Attributes
► Notes and Map

Toraja
Location: Torajan Jungle --> Teganze --> Ruins of Toraja (see map)
Reward: Crystalline Flame Medallion Upgrade (+1 max skill, +100 Replenish Life, +10% All Resist) and Toraja Great Runes (Krys, Auhe, Sha'ad)
► Notes and Map





End Game
This part of the game assumes you've completed all the listed content up until this point. We will put together the final set of gear and skill plan to help prep us for the final ubers: Astrogha, Xazax, Zorun Tzin, Uldyssian, Archbishop Lazarus, and The Void. This final gear set is not required to complete the final bosses, but since people request, these are the ultimate end game options for the build.



Gear
Weapon:
Sudis Murale
Sudis Murale
Glaive (4)

Required Level: 7
Required Dexterity: 65
Throw Damage: (10-12) to (34-42)
One-Hand Damage: (10-12) to (28-34)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
4% Chance to cast level 4 Fortress on Kill
+(31 to 50)% Enhanced Damage
+(11 to 15) to Maximum Damage
(1 to 2)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (11 to 20)%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 25
Required Dexterity: 99
Throw Damage: (31-35) to (76-89)
One-Hand Damage: (20-22) to (52-63)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
5% Chance to cast level 10 Fortress on Kill
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Damage
+(18 to 25) to Maximum Damage
(3 to 4)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (21 to 30)%
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 44
Required Dexterity: 197
Throw Damage: (66-73) to (148-168)
One-Hand Damage: (38-42) to (97-112)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
6% Chance to cast level 16 Fortress on Kill
+(91 to 110)% Enhanced Damage
+(36 to 45) to Maximum Damage
(5 to 6)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(41 to 45) to Strength
+(41 to 45) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (31 to 40)%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 53
Required Dexterity: 391
Throw Damage: (92-100) to (227-250)
One-Hand Damage: (53-57) to (154-171)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
7% Chance to cast level 19 Fortress on Kill
+(121 to 140)% Enhanced Damage
+(71 to 80) to Maximum Damage
(7 to 8)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(46 to 50) to Strength
+(46 to 50) to Dexterity
Total Character Defense (46 to 50)%
Socketed (4)

: Everything is still good here
Shield:
The Ancients' Legacy
The Ancients' Legacy
Gilded Shield (Sacred)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 2292
Defense: (15050-16085) to (17457-18740)
Chance to Block: 3%
Indestructible
+4 to Barbarian Skill Levels
40% Block Speed
2% Base Block Chance
Enhanced Weapon Damage +150%
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+5000 Defense
Total Character Defense 30%
Requirements +250%
Socketed (4)

or
Tonatiuh
Tonatiuh
Barbarian Shields

'Auhe'
Runeword Level: 100
20% Chance to cast level 36 Flamefront on Melee Attack
+2 to Barbarian Skill Levels
Adds 125-875 fire damage
-(19 to 30)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
2% Deadly Strike
+(6 to 12) to Crane Stance
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
+5 to Light Radius
(or just keep Invictus)
Armor:
The Chained Mail
-->
Khazra Plate
Khazra Plate
Ancient Armor (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 2160
Defense: (7820-8625) to (9683-10680)
Level 1 Demon Blood Aura
+100% Damage to Demons
5% Chance of Crushing Blow
10% Deadly Strike
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
(20 to 25)% to Strength
(20 to 25)% to Vitality
Physical Resist 10%
Requirements +200%
Socketed (6)

-->
Natasha's Legacy (Xis)


Natasha's Legacy
Body Armor

'XisXisXisXisXisXis'
Runeword Level: 120
+(1 to 4) to All Skills
-(3 to 30)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
+1 to Devil's Omen
+(352 to 380)% Enhanced Defense
Maximum Elemental Resists +(0 to 5)%
Physical Resist (5 to 20)%
Cannot be Unsocketed

Helm: Fascinating Craft Barb Helm: Ancients' Hand oskill, +Skills, -Enemy fire, Flat DR, Spike Nova proc,
Gloves:
Geleb's Greed
Geleb's Greed
Curse of the Zakarum Set
Light Gauntlets (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 544
Defense: (1608 to 1830)
1% Chance to cast level 37 Fire Fountain on Death Blow
+1 to All Skills
-15% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(23 to 31) to Pyroblast
+200% Enhanced Defense
+5 Fire Absorb
Physical Resist 10%
Socketed (4)
-->
Gulag's Frenzy

Belt:
Nero
Nero
Belts

'Auhe'
Runeword Level: 100
10% Chance to cast level 14 Fortress on Melee Attack
Adds 7-25 damage
+150% Damage to Demons
Adds 125-250 fire damage
+(16 to 20)% to Fire Spell Damage
2% Deadly Strike
+(7 to 12) to Path of Flames
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
: Fortress proc, Path of Flames oskill
Boots:
Akarat's Trek
Akarat's Trek
Light Plated Boots (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 561
Defense: (1960-2352) to (2170-2604)
2% Chance to cast level 30 Thunder Hammer Nova on Melee Attack
2% Chance to cast level 30 Thunder Wave on Melee Attack
2% Chance to cast level 30 Hammertime on Melee Attack
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(15 to 20) to Charged Strike
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(100 to 150)%
+(150 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
10% to All Attributes
+10 to Light Radius
Socketed (4)

-->
Lifecrusher
-->
Knight's Grace
Knight's Grace
Greaves (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 714
Defense: (2232-2481) to (2519-2799)
2% Chance to cast level 35 Knife Throw on Striking
+1 to All Skills
25% Attack Speed
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
Adds 10-20 damage
+(170 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+(15 to 25) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
10% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Requirements +20%
Socketed (4)


Rings: Rares: +skills, Fire pierce, Life leech -->
Bad Mood Ring
+
Ballantine's 1827

Amulet: Rare: +Skills, -Enemy fire, Hymn proc, +Life/Flat DR -->
Dyers Eve
Dyers Eve
Amulet (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
5% Chance to cast level 5 Time Strike on Striking
+2 to All Skills
Adds 15-20 damage
5% Life stolen per Hit
Elemental Resists +10%
Physical Resist (1 to 10)%

or
Beads of the Snake Queen
Beads of the Snake Queen
Amulet (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
4% Chance to cast level 33 Scorpion Blade on Kill
Adds 5-10 damage
Stun Attack
(20 to 25)% to Strength
(20 to 25)% to Dexterity
+(200 to 500) Defense
+100 Life after each Kill



On Switch:
Weapon: Dual Wield any +5 Barb Skills/Mark of the Wild oskill Hammerhead Axe or
Berserrker
Berserrker
Backsword (Sacred)

(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 526
One-Hand Damage: (130-144) to (138-153)
Strength Damage Bonus: (30/256 per Strength)%
1% Chance to cast level 2 Gift of Inner Fire on Striking
+(2 to 3) to All Skills
+(50 to 100)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(50 to 100)% Bonus Damage to Mark of the Wild
60% Attack Speed
+(171 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
100% Bonus to Buff/Debuff/Cold Skill Duration
+1 to Gift of the Wild
+1 to Bloodlust
Socketed (3)


Alternate Weapon:
Ashenwind
or
Emberstorm
or keep Midgame Weird Craft -->
Night's Embrace
Night's Embrace
Glaive (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 496
Throw Damage: (172-216) to (306-408)
One-Hand Damage: (110-138) to (229-312)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
5% Chance to cast level 26 Burning Veil on Kill
+(1 to 2) to All Skills
+(140 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
+(100 to 150) to Maximum Damage
+(100 to 150)% Damage to Demons
-(25 to 35)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
10% Chance of Crushing Blow
Slow Target (10 to 20)%
(15 to 25)% to All Attributes
Socketed (4)

: High physical damage, -Enemy fire, %Avoid, %Slow

► Sockets, MOs, Shrine Blessing, and Notes

Merc Gear
Weapon:
Shark (Xis)

Shark
Weapons

'TalXis'
Runeword Level: 120
1% Chance to cast level 31 Bloodlust on Kill
+(201 to 250)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
40% Attack Speed
+230% Enhanced Damage
+(2 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+5 to all Attributes
-500 to Mana
Cannot be Unsocketed

Armor:
Marchosias' Might
Marchosias' Might
Marchosias' Essence Set
Full Plate Mail (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 1280
Defense: (7905-8669) to (9461-10398)
5% Chance to cast level 3 Bladestorm on Melee Attack
+50 to Maximum Damage
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
(6 to 10)% to Strength
+1000 Defense
+(151 to 200) to Strength
(41 to 50)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Requirements +100%
Socketed (6)
--> Ethereal
Natasha's Legacy (Xis)


Natasha's Legacy
Body Armor

'XisXisXisXisXisXis'
Runeword Level: 120
+(1 to 4) to All Skills
-(3 to 30)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
+1 to Devil's Omen
+(352 to 380)% Enhanced Defense
Maximum Elemental Resists +(0 to 5)%
Physical Resist (5 to 20)%
Cannot be Unsocketed

Helm:
Aiden's Lament
or
Eidolon
Eidolon
Helms

'Taha'
Runeword Level: 100
+(1 to 2) to All Skills
+30 to Maximum Damage
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
20% to All Attributes
Elemental Resists +(31 to 40)%
Total Character Defense (21 to 30)%
+4 to Light Radius

Gloves:
Centuria Insectorum

Belt:
Marchosias' Hatred
Marchosias' Hatred
Marchosias' Essence Set
Heavy Belt (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 568
Defense: (3111-3455) to (3359-3731)
5% Chance to cast level 3 Bladestorm on Melee Attack
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(91 to 100)%
+(51 to 100)% to Summoned Minion Life
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
(6 to 10)% to Strength
Socketed (2)
-->
Lilith's Temptation
Lilith's Temptation
Plated Belt (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Defense: (3680-4089) to (4031-4479)
3% Chance to cast level 2 Time Strike on Striking
+(170 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
-25 to all Attributes
(60 to 100)% Magic Find
Requirements -100%
Socketed (2)


Boots:
Akarat's Trek
Akarat's Trek
Light Plated Boots (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 561
Defense: (1960-2352) to (2170-2604)
2% Chance to cast level 30 Thunder Hammer Nova on Melee Attack
2% Chance to cast level 30 Thunder Wave on Melee Attack
2% Chance to cast level 30 Hammertime on Melee Attack
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(15 to 20) to Charged Strike
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(100 to 150)%
+(150 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
10% to All Attributes
+10 to Light Radius
Socketed (4)


Amulet: Rare: +Skills, Hymn proc, +Life/Flat DR -->
Dyers Eve
Dyers Eve
Amulet (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
5% Chance to cast level 5 Time Strike on Striking
+2 to All Skills
Adds 15-20 damage
5% Life stolen per Hit
Elemental Resists +10%
Physical Resist (1 to 10)%



► Sockets, MOs, and Notes



Skillplan
35-Point: Wolf Companion
20-Point: Fortress, Ancient Blood
15-Point: Wolf Stance
1-Point: Earthquake, Spirit Walk, Gladiator's Dominance, Immortal, Thundergod
Leftovers: Spirit Guide (Should be about 30 points)



Gameplay
Depending on what you're doing, you'll need to equip different weapons. Farming? Sudis Murale. Heroic/Boss killing? Night's Embrace/Ashenwind.

Using weapon switch, buff with MotW/Thundergod/Shamanic Trance/Path of Flames and summon your Wolf Companions. Switch back to your main gear, and Fortress/AH steamroll your way through mobs and bosses. For areas like K3K, use Earthquake and Bear Stance (merc should clean most of it really fast as well with his physical damage) on toggle-switch. Use 1-pt Eagle Stance in situations that you might need regen for (shouldn't be often besides specifically mentioned boss fights).
Edited by Crash 1 year.
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So, is it basically fortress into AH + fortress as support ? Seems like there are very few cases where fortress outshines other skills, but in general farming spots like K3K, TA, Duncraig, Fauzt - other skills work better. Am i right ?
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With fortress one thing that seems to increase its effectiveness at clearing trash is when you can stop them from moving, so mixing in thunderslam. That ensures for that stun period all arrows hit something. Other sources of stun like freeze from glacial nova procs has same effect but obviously worse since high % of enemies is immune to freeze effect, plus cold immunes.
Thats what I noticed while playing fortress.
Probably getting lot of slow would have similar results, at certain point of movement slow they always get hit by arrows, because of their hitbox size.

Generally the whole package of bear stance + runemaster on barb plus adding switch fortress as ranged damage/ow tool vs certain situations is extremely solid, and basically thats on what my guide is based on. You get very chunky stats for very little gear and stat investment.
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looking pretty good, will be interesting to see how it fares in the endgame :D

couple things I've noticed:

TU bronze shield would be better than banner of duncraig for earlygame

perfect rainbow stones are way better than jah runes for the weapon
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Gekko64 wrote:perfect rainbow stones are way better than jah runes for the weapon


I think p rainbow stones were omitted since the build already has enough CB with the use of high level wolf stance on top of other sources.
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ScarletEdge wrote:
Gekko64 wrote:perfect rainbow stones are way better than jah runes for the weapon


I think p rainbow stones were omitted since the build already has enough CB with the use of high level wolf stance on top of other sources.


I assume he was talking about early game.

Might try this one out again. I made a fortress barb years ago when it was untimered, had a blast back then! After the timer was added focused on other interesting builds but would like to try this again :)

And come on 1,5 minute Kabraxis? I wanna try that! (should be easy as my barb already has far more charms than the attempt that was videotaped).

Btw, I found a
Cat's Pounce
, does Cascade help with this build? I haven't really seen it proc yet I believe but I don't know what Cascade should look like.
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Cat's Pounce
, does Cascade help with this build? I haven't really seen it proc yet I believe but I don't know what Cascade should look like.


Cascade is bowa druid skill, auto seek target and cast arrow, but lvl 3 cascade has a very small auto seek radius, best work with multi hit melee range
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Fortress is a single-target skill by nature since all arrows focus on one target at a time, but it gains the AoE effect when fortress procs and new casts stack up and the whole screen is covered in arrows while mobs run around through them. It's a mix of AH, Fortress, and EQ. I still use EQ for farming since the aoe is much nicer and kill speed is fairly comparable to AH when considering range and damage.

It's not really meant as a farming character, but later game, it can do just that without too much difficulty. So far TA and Duncraig are pretty comfortable. Haven't bothered with Fauzt since I have no reason to go in there, as I don't need any of those Great Runes.

@gekko I chose kite shield just cause... no one uses it. I used to grab that bronze shield for sewer leveling for the psn/fire resist, but I preferred the kite shield overall for early game til Invictus is more necessary. I used Rainbows in early game weapon, but swapped out for Jah when I got Runemaster. Wolf stance is broken right now (SB already knows and will fix) because the skill icon shows something like 1/2 the crushing blow that it actually gives (d2stats confirmed), but even without that extra 10-15% CB, you hit so often that it won't make much a difference, so I went with Jah for defense and damage to convert or apply.

@aerial pretty much yea, but I wanted to utilize a javelin style and max fortress, along the lines of an active, lazy barb (contradictory, yes) that doesn't have a fuckload of skill swapping like some barbs do. Just EQ, Fortress, AH later on, and a stance. Once I got Thundergod, the procs and fortresses are enough to clean in between casts so I don't bother with switching to Tslam for extra stun. It's a good thought, but I found it unnecessary unless you seriously want to maximize your stun with skill switching.

@muilpeer yea like heamn said, it's got some cool procs, but the low lvl on them means it won't have many arrows proc'ing off from it. You can test it, but I don't think it'll be all that useful.