Lion's Onslaught [Physical Overkill Barb]

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Introduction

To begin, I have been playing Median on and off for the past few years. I recently came back this season after playing last during 2.0's release, and I consistently have always played Throw Barb in all of my spurts of Median. Since coming back in 2.2, I was shocked to see the downfall and disappearance of one of my favorite playstyles! I am making this guide for one reason, and one reason only, and that is to bring glory back to the Throw Barbarian and make everyone aware of the potential of this build and just how much fun it is. The one thing that has always drawn me back is how much intricacy there is hidden behind the simplicity of the playstyle. My goal by the end of this guide is to educate new and even existing players of the potential the physical throw barbarian has, and provide everyone the opportunity to dive in to this build and enjoy it just as much as I do. Alas, let us all bask in the glory of the Lion's Onslaught together!


Pros

    Works amazingly untwinked (Currently my only character and played throw from level 1)
    Very high damage & defense ceiling
    Safe and efficient farmer even in TU's
    Can get up close and personal or fight from the trenches
    All content up to 130 can be done with this build (Haven't reached 130 yet, will update guide with results when I reach that point)
    Stick and move playstyle in certain situations will help improve your strafing across the board
    Does not need max signets to shine (Currently at 126 with only 130 sigs eaten)
    No skill-switching necessary
    Awesome gear options

Cons

    While the build is simplistic as far as abilities, it does require good movement and quick thinking adjustments for certain ubers
    Life-steal is a very important part of our survival & will lead to a rough going without it
    Overkill does have aiming sweet spots for multi-hits (more damage) which means you cannot always stand and spam moving targets
    Have to learn how to properly aim overkill (this will come over the course of a playthrough)

How to play

Buff up with Titan's Fortitude (always keep this ability on, it provides GREAT survivability for us and lasts 120 seconds so you don't have to recast it very often), 2 wolf companions (I use two because I found it to be a sweet spot for having Spirit Guide applied to us more consistently), Lion Stance and Thundergod. Thundergod is a great skill and will save you in situations you get overwhelmed by too many enemies or just need a quick way to reset and collect yourself. When you are using overkill, you will see when you throw it that there is a huge distance in travel time from up close and far away, and it is important to realize which situations you want to take advantage of either one. In almost every case, if possible, we want to throw our overkill's in front of the enemy to receive the most multi-hits and damage we can. It will take some practice to get the optimal aiming down right, but when it happens the beauty of overkill truly shines & enemies will get melted in your wake. When farming, the best way I've found to utilize our high defenses and damage is to bring large groups of enemies together, keep moving, and make it rain! (Side note: to truly get this build mastered, work on your stick and move tactics as often as possible until it's second nature)

Leveling

Early Game (1-50)

I played throw entirely from level 1, and you can do the same! I used stampede all the way until about level 70, and around that time is when I switched to overkill. The reason for waiting is because at the time overkill was an enormous mana drain along with not having a high axe count without more points in the ability which made clearing undesirable. (As of patch 2.2.2, overkill's mana consumption was nerfed and can be taken earlier, but I still recommend stampede until you've progressed a bit past early game into mid-game). As soon as you start your journey, use your gold signet and gamble a throwing axe from Gheed. You will want to keep looking for throwing axe upgrades as often as possible until you reach
Rockshatter
Rockshatter
Balanced Axe (4)

Throw Damage: 2 to (23 - 35)
One-Hand Damage: (3 - 4) to (19 - 29)
Required Level: 6
Required Strength: 77
Item Level: 10
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
1% Chance to cast level 7 Blast Wave on Kill
15% Attack Speed
+(11 to 20) to Maximum Damage
+(18 to 40)% Enhanced Damage
(2 to 3)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(19 to 30)%
+(16 to 25) to Strength
+(11 to 15) Life after each Kill
Socketed (2)
Throw Damage: (14 - 16) to (66 - 82)
One-Hand Damage: (11 - 13) to (47 - 59)
Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 115
Item Level: 27
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
2% Chance to cast level 19 Blast Wave on Kill
15% Attack Speed
+(21 to 30) to Maximum Damage
+(64 to 86)% Enhanced Damage
(4 to 6)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(43 to 54)%
+(36 to 45) to Strength
+(21 to 25) Life after each Kill
Socketed (4)
Throw Damage: (45 - 51) to (154 - 176)
One-Hand Damage: (29 - 32) to (97 - 114)
Required Level: 43
Required Strength: 225
Item Level: 48
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
2% Chance to cast level 31 Blast Wave on Kill
15% Attack Speed
+(31 to 40) to Maximum Damage
+(109 to 132)% Enhanced Damage
(7 to 9)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(67 to 78)%
+(56 to 65) to Strength
+(31 to 35) Life after each Kill
Socketed (5)
Throw Damage: (62 - 68) to (205 - 230)
One-Hand Damage: (37 - 40) to (126 - 143)
Required Level: 53
Required Strength: 445
Item Level: 83
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
3% Chance to cast level 37 Blast Wave on Kill
15% Attack Speed
+(41 to 50) to Maximum Damage
+(132 to 154)% Enhanced Damage
(10 to 12)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(79 to 90)%
+(66 to 75) to Strength
+(36 to 40) Life after each Kill
Socketed (6)
to make sure your damage stays up to par.

Checklist -
Collect all runes, gems and jewels you can find
Complete all quests to obtain stats/skills/resists/etc.
Obtain your
Rockshatter
Rockshatter
Balanced Axe (4)

Throw Damage: 2 to (23 - 35)
One-Hand Damage: (3 - 4) to (19 - 29)
Required Level: 6
Required Strength: 77
Item Level: 10
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
1% Chance to cast level 7 Blast Wave on Kill
15% Attack Speed
+(11 to 20) to Maximum Damage
+(18 to 40)% Enhanced Damage
(2 to 3)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(19 to 30)%
+(16 to 25) to Strength
+(11 to 15) Life after each Kill
Socketed (2)
Throw Damage: (14 - 16) to (66 - 82)
One-Hand Damage: (11 - 13) to (47 - 59)
Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 115
Item Level: 27
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
2% Chance to cast level 19 Blast Wave on Kill
15% Attack Speed
+(21 to 30) to Maximum Damage
+(64 to 86)% Enhanced Damage
(4 to 6)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(43 to 54)%
+(36 to 45) to Strength
+(21 to 25) Life after each Kill
Socketed (4)
Throw Damage: (45 - 51) to (154 - 176)
One-Hand Damage: (29 - 32) to (97 - 114)
Required Level: 43
Required Strength: 225
Item Level: 48
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
2% Chance to cast level 31 Blast Wave on Kill
15% Attack Speed
+(31 to 40) to Maximum Damage
+(109 to 132)% Enhanced Damage
(7 to 9)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(67 to 78)%
+(56 to 65) to Strength
+(31 to 35) Life after each Kill
Socketed (5)
Throw Damage: (62 - 68) to (205 - 230)
One-Hand Damage: (37 - 40) to (126 - 143)
Required Level: 53
Required Strength: 445
Item Level: 83
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
3% Chance to cast level 37 Blast Wave on Kill
15% Attack Speed
+(41 to 50) to Maximum Damage
+(132 to 154)% Enhanced Damage
(10 to 12)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(79 to 90)%
+(66 to 75) to Strength
+(36 to 40) Life after each Kill
Socketed (6)
ASAP
Gather the Sunstone of the Twin Seas at level 50 (If possible, acquire
Invictus
Invictus
Gilded Shield (4)

Defense: (293 - 346) to (598 - 705)
Chance to Block: 1%
(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 14
Required Strength: 35
Item Level: 16
1% Chance to cast level 3 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.01171875%
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(5 to 20)%
+(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
+15 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 2%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (1029 - 1169) to (1897 - 2156)
Chance to Block: 1%
(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 31
Required Strength: 70
Item Level: 32
2% Chance to cast level 7 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.015625%
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(40 to 60)%
+(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
+20 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (3)
Defense: (2644 - 2915) to (4760 - 5247)
Chance to Block: 1%
(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 245
Item Level: 52
2% Chance to cast level 11 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.01953125%
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(60 to 80)%
+(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
+25 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (4)
Defense: (3984 - 4352) to (7140 - 7800)
Chance to Block: 1%
(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 490
Item Level: 88
3% Chance to cast level 15 Gift of the Wild on Kill
Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.0234375%
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(80 to 100)%
+(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
+30 to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (4)
to make this area a joke)
Once you reach Act 2-3 NM, I recommend pausing progression to farm Nihlathak and Mephisto in normal for Arcane Crystals (Gamble the highest tier items you can for your early game items, create the unique versions and do your final tier upgrades to reach Tier 4 as level and stat requirements permit)
Aim for max resists by end of A5 normal and carry that into nightmare as it will make it much easier

Gear
    Weapon -
    Rockshatter
    Rockshatter
    Balanced Axe (4)

    Throw Damage: 2 to (23 - 35)
    One-Hand Damage: (3 - 4) to (19 - 29)
    Required Level: 6
    Required Strength: 77
    Item Level: 10
    Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
    1% Chance to cast level 7 Blast Wave on Kill
    15% Attack Speed
    +(11 to 20) to Maximum Damage
    +(18 to 40)% Enhanced Damage
    (2 to 3)% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(19 to 30)%
    +(16 to 25) to Strength
    +(11 to 15) Life after each Kill
    Socketed (2)
    Throw Damage: (14 - 16) to (66 - 82)
    One-Hand Damage: (11 - 13) to (47 - 59)
    Required Level: 24
    Required Strength: 115
    Item Level: 27
    Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
    2% Chance to cast level 19 Blast Wave on Kill
    15% Attack Speed
    +(21 to 30) to Maximum Damage
    +(64 to 86)% Enhanced Damage
    (4 to 6)% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(43 to 54)%
    +(36 to 45) to Strength
    +(21 to 25) Life after each Kill
    Socketed (4)
    Throw Damage: (45 - 51) to (154 - 176)
    One-Hand Damage: (29 - 32) to (97 - 114)
    Required Level: 43
    Required Strength: 225
    Item Level: 48
    Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
    2% Chance to cast level 31 Blast Wave on Kill
    15% Attack Speed
    +(31 to 40) to Maximum Damage
    +(109 to 132)% Enhanced Damage
    (7 to 9)% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(67 to 78)%
    +(56 to 65) to Strength
    +(31 to 35) Life after each Kill
    Socketed (5)
    Throw Damage: (62 - 68) to (205 - 230)
    One-Hand Damage: (37 - 40) to (126 - 143)
    Required Level: 53
    Required Strength: 445
    Item Level: 83
    Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
    3% Chance to cast level 37 Blast Wave on Kill
    15% Attack Speed
    +(41 to 50) to Maximum Damage
    +(132 to 154)% Enhanced Damage
    (10 to 12)% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(79 to 90)%
    +(66 to 75) to Strength
    +(36 to 40) Life after each Kill
    Socketed (6)

    Shield -
    Invictus
    Invictus
    Gilded Shield (4)

    Defense: (293 - 346) to (598 - 705)
    Chance to Block: 1%
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 14
    Required Strength: 35
    Item Level: 16
    1% Chance to cast level 3 Gift of the Wild on Kill
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.01171875%
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(5 to 20)%
    +(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
    +15 to all Attributes
    Physical Resist 2%
    Socketed (1)
    Defense: (1029 - 1169) to (1897 - 2156)
    Chance to Block: 1%
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 31
    Required Strength: 70
    Item Level: 32
    2% Chance to cast level 7 Gift of the Wild on Kill
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.015625%
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(40 to 60)%
    +(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
    +20 to all Attributes
    Physical Resist 3%
    Socketed (3)
    Defense: (2644 - 2915) to (4760 - 5247)
    Chance to Block: 1%
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 49
    Required Strength: 245
    Item Level: 52
    2% Chance to cast level 11 Gift of the Wild on Kill
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.01953125%
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(60 to 80)%
    +(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
    +25 to all Attributes
    Physical Resist 4%
    Socketed (4)
    Defense: (3984 - 4352) to (7140 - 7800)
    Chance to Block: 1%
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 57
    Required Strength: 490
    Item Level: 88
    3% Chance to cast level 15 Gift of the Wild on Kill
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.0234375%
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(80 to 100)%
    +(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
    +30 to all Attributes
    Physical Resist 5%
    Socketed (4)

    Helmet -
    Bonechewer
    Bonechewer
    Fanged Helm (4)

    Defense: (55 - 63) to (83 - 95)
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 4
    Required Strength: 25
    Item Level: 7
    10% Attack Speed
    (10 to 25)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(5 to 10)%
    +(18 to 35)% Enhanced Defense
    +(21 to 30) to Strength
    Physical Resist 1%
    2% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (231 - 256) to (300 - 334)
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 22
    Required Strength: 50
    Item Level: 25
    15% Attack Speed
    (35 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(20 to 30)%
    +(52 to 69)% Enhanced Defense
    +(31 to 40) to Strength
    Physical Resist 2%
    4% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (607 - 659) to (783 - 850)
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 39
    Required Strength: 175
    Item Level: 46
    20% Attack Speed
    (60 to 75)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(40 to 50)%
    +(87 to 103)% Enhanced Defense
    +(41 to 50) to Strength
    Physical Resist 3%
    6% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Socketed (3)
    Defense: (913 - 985) to (1166 - 1258)
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 48
    Required Strength: 350
    Item Level: 81
    25% Attack Speed
    (85 to 100)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(60 to 70)%
    +(104 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
    +(51 to 60) to Strength
    Physical Resist 4%
    8% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Socketed (4)

    Chest -
    Akara's Robe (1)
    Akara's Robe
    Quilted Armor (1)
    Defense: 74 to 100
    Required Level: 10
    Required Strength: 10
    Item Level: 255
    +50 Defense
    +(6 to 10) to all Attributes
    +50 to Life
    Elemental Resists +(11 to 15)%
    Cannot be Upgraded
    Socketed (2)
    ->
    Werecat
    Werecat
    Breast Plate (4)

    Defense: (203 - 224) to (379 - 422)
    Required Level: 5
    Required Strength: 30
    Item Level: 8
    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)
    Defense: (622 - 681) to (1100 - 1207)
    Required Level: 23
    Required Strength: 60
    Item Level: 27
    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)
    Defense: (1471 - 1589) to (2563 - 2777)
    Required Level: 40
    Required Strength: 210
    Item Level: 47
    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)
    Defense: (2168 - 2330) to (3757 - 4046)
    Required Level: 50
    Required Strength: 420
    Item Level: 83
    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)
    /
    Steel Golem
    Steel Golem
    Gothic Plate (4)

    Defense: (313 - 364) to (629 - 731)
    Required Level: 9
    Required Strength:
    36 to 37
    Item Level: 15
    25% Hit Recovery
    Stun Attack
    5% Chance of Crushing Blow
    +(35 to 57)% Enhanced Defense
    (7 to 10)% to Strength
    (7 to 10)% to Vitality
    Durability (11 to 15)%
    Requirements +(7 to 10)%
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (1017 - 1140) to (1931 - 2166)
    Required Level: 27
    Required Strength:
    78 to 80
    Item Level: 31
    45% Hit Recovery
    Stun Attack
    6% Chance of Crushing Blow
    +(81 to 103)% Enhanced Defense
    (15 to 18)% to Strength
    (15 to 18)% to Vitality
    Durability (21 to 25)%
    Requirements +(15 to 18)%
    Socketed (4)
    Defense: (2542 - 2801) to (4732 - 5214)
    Required Level: 45
    Required Strength:
    291 to 298
    Item Level: 52
    65% Hit Recovery
    Stun Attack
    7% Chance of Crushing Blow
    +(126 to 149)% Enhanced Defense
    (23 to 26)% to Strength
    (23 to 26)% to Vitality
    Durability (31 to 35)%
    Requirements +(23 to 26)%
    Socketed (5)
    Defense: (3804 - 4140) to (7061 - 7685)
    Required Level: 52
    Required Strength:
    600 to 614
    Item Level: 87
    75% Hit Recovery
    Stun Attack
    8% Chance of Crushing Blow
    +(149 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
    (27 to 30)% to Strength
    (27 to 30)% to Vitality
    Durability (36 to 40)%
    Requirements +(27 to 30)%
    Socketed (6)
    /
    Shroud Royal
    Shroud Royal
    Full Plate Mail (4)

    Defense: (336 - 390) to (676 - 786)
    Required Level: 11
    Required Strength: 35
    Item Level: 18
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.01171875%
    +(1 to 2) to Vanquish
    +(35 to 57)% Enhanced Defense
    (3 to 5)% to All Attributes
    Physical Damage Reduced by (7 to 10)
    (6 to 8)% Gold Find
    (6 to 8)% Magic Find
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (1082 - 1213) to (2067 - 2318)
    Required Level: 28
    Required Strength: 70
    Item Level: 33
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.015625%
    +(5 to 6) to Vanquish
    +(81 to 103)% Enhanced Defense
    (9 to 11)% to All Attributes
    Physical Damage Reduced by (15 to 18)
    (10 to 12)% Gold Find
    (10 to 12)% Magic Find
    Socketed (4)
    Defense: (2707 - 2983) to (5055 - 5570)
    Required Level: 46
    Required Strength: 245
    Item Level: 53
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.01953125%
    +(9 to 10) to Vanquish
    +(126 to 149)% Enhanced Defense
    (15 to 17)% to All Attributes
    Physical Damage Reduced by (23 to 26)
    (14 to 16)% Gold Find
    (14 to 16)% Magic Find
    Socketed (5)
    Defense: (4043 - 4401) to (7534 - 8200)
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 490
    Item Level: 90
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.0234375%
    +(11 to 12) to Vanquish
    +(149 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
    (18 to 20)% to All Attributes
    Physical Damage Reduced by (27 to 30)
    (18 to 20)% Gold Find
    (18 to 20)% Magic Find
    Socketed (6)

    Gloves -
    Featherclaw
    Featherclaw
    Chain Gloves (4)

    Defense: (28 - 30) to (49 - 54)
    Required Level: 5
    Required Strength: 28
    Item Level: 8
    5% Attack Speed
    (21 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
    +(6 to 10) to Dexterity
    Socketed (1)
    Defense: (149 - 161) to (203 - 218)
    Required Level: 22
    Required Strength: 57
    Item Level: 26
    15% Attack Speed
    (81 to 110)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
    +(16 to 20) to Dexterity
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (393 - 420) to (519 - 554)
    Required Level: 40
    Required Strength: 201
    Item Level: 46
    25% Attack Speed
    (141 to 170)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
    +(26 to 30) to Dexterity
    Socketed (3)
    Defense: (581 - 617) to (759 - 807)
    Required Level: 48
    Required Strength: 402
    Item Level: 80
    30% Attack Speed
    (171 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
    +(31 to 35) to Dexterity
    Socketed (4)

    Belt -
    Wormtongue
    Wormtongue
    Light Belt (4)

    Defense: (53 - 58) to (71 - 78)
    Required Level: 3
    Required Strength: 26
    Item Level: 5
    (31 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Adds 5-13 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
    (2 to 4)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
    +(11 to 15) to Dexterity
    Socketed (1)
    Defense: (214 - 231) to (259 - 279)
    Required Level: 21
    Required Strength: 55
    Item Level: 24
    (71 to 90)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Adds 19-50 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
    (8 to 10)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
    +(21 to 25) to Dexterity
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (544 - 581) to (649 - 693)
    Required Level: 38
    Required Strength: 192
    Item Level: 45
    (111 to 130)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Adds 75-150 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
    (14 to 16)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
    +(31 to 35) to Dexterity
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (801 - 851) to (946 - 1006)
    Required Level: 46
    Required Strength: 384
    Item Level: 77
    (131 to 150)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Adds 100-250 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
    (17 to 19)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
    +(36 to 40) to Dexterity
    Socketed (2)

    Boots -
    Death Spur
    Death Spur
    Heavy Boots (4)

    Defense: 27 to 39
    Required Level: 3
    Required Strength: 27
    Item Level: 5
    1% Chance to cast level 6 Spike Nova on Kill
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    +0.09375 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
    +(11 to 15) to Strength
    +(11 to 15) to Dexterity
    Socketed (1)
    Defense: 109 to 141
    Required Level: 20
    Required Strength: 55
    Item Level: 24
    1% Chance to cast level 10 Spike Nova on Kill
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    +0.15625 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
    +(21 to 25) to Strength
    +(21 to 25) to Dexterity
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: 248 to 310
    Required Level: 38
    Required Strength: 193
    Item Level: 44
    1% Chance to cast level 14 Spike Nova on Kill
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    +0.21875 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
    +(31 to 35) to Strength
    +(31 to 35) to Dexterity
    Socketed (3)
    Defense: 346 to 427
    Required Level: 46
    Required Strength: 386
    Item Level: 77
    1% Chance to cast level 16 Spike Nova on Kill
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    +0.25 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
    +(36 to 40) to Strength
    +(36 to 40) to Dexterity
    Socketed (4)
    /
    Lionpaw
    Lionpaw
    Chain Boots (4)

    Defense: (49 - 54) to (71 - 78)
    Required Level: 4
    Required Strength: 29
    Item Level: 7
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    +(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
    +(7 to 10) to all Attributes
    +(31 to 50) to Life
    +(16 to 25) to Mana
    (3 to 5)% Bonus to Defense
    10% Gold Find
    Socketed (1)
    Defense: (203 - 218) to (267 - 288)
    Required Level: 22
    Required Strength: 58
    Item Level: 25
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    +(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
    +(15 to 18) to all Attributes
    +(71 to 90) to Life
    +(36 to 45) to Mana
    (9 to 11)% Bonus to Defense
    15% Gold Find
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (519 - 554) to (667 - 712)
    Required Level: 39
    Required Strength: 202
    Item Level: 46
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    +(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
    +(23 to 26) to all Attributes
    +(111 to 130) to Life
    +(56 to 65) to Mana
    (15 to 17)% Bonus to Defense
    20% Gold Find
    Socketed (3)
    Defense: (759 - 807) to (974 - 1036)
    Required Level: 48
    Required Strength: 403
    Item Level: 79
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    +(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
    +(31 to 35) to all Attributes
    +(131 to 150) to Life
    +(66 to 75) to Mana
    (18 to 20)% Bonus to Defense
    25% Gold Find
    Socketed (4)
    ->
    Zealot Rush
    Zealot Rush
    Light Plated Boots (4)

    Defense: (67 - 78) to (102 - 119)
    Required Level: 6
    Required Strength: 31
    Item Level: 10
    5% Attack Speed
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    (11 to 25)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +(21 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
    (3 to 5)% to Dexterity
    1% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Socketed (1)
    Defense: (248 - 281) to (338 - 384)
    Required Level: 24
    Required Strength: 62
    Item Level: 27
    10% Attack Speed
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    (41 to 55)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +(41 to 60)% Enhanced Defense
    (9 to 11)% to Dexterity
    2% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (613 - 685) to (817 - 914)
    Required Level: 41
    Required Strength: 218
    Item Level: 48
    20% Attack Speed
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    (71 to 85)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +(61 to 80)% Enhanced Defense
    (15 to 17)% to Dexterity
    3% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Socketed (3)
    Defense: (944 - 1044) to (1247 - 1378)
    Required Level: 50
    Required Strength: 436
    Item Level: 83
    30% Attack Speed
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    (86 to 100)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +(81 to 100)% Enhanced Defense
    (18 to 20)% to Dexterity
    4% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Socketed (4)

    Amulet -
    Angel Heart
    Angel Heart
    Amulet

    Required Level: 40
    Item Level: 40
    +(1 to 2) to All Skills
    (5 to 10)% to Strength
    (5 to 10)% to Dexterity
    (15 to 25)% Bonus to Defense
    +(3 to 5) to Light Radius
    ->
    Athulua's Oracle
    Athulua's Oracle
    Amulet

    Required Level: 60
    Item Level: 60
    +(1 to 2) to All Skills
    40% Attack Speed
    (150 to 250)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Cannot Be Frozen

    Rings -
    Ring of Truth
    Ring of Truth
    Ring

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

    Required Level: 40
    Item Level: 40
    1% Chance to cast level 18 Singularity on Kill
    (3 to 5)% to All Attributes
    Maximum Life +3%
    Maximum Mana +10%
    (5 to 15)% Gold Find

Sockets/MOs:
Weapon: Skulls for ED% or Amethysts for AR% | MO priority - Enhanced Damage/AR (95% chance to hit)/Life Leech
Armor: Tal/Thul/Ort/Amn runes or respective gems for max resists, Ko runes for 5% STR | MO priority - Enhanced Defense/Resistances (if needed, try to get from runes or gems)/Magic Find/Flat Strength
Jewelry: MO priority - Resistances/Magic Find/Flat Damage Reduction/Mana Regen

Stats
    Strength - Everything else
    Dexterity - Enough for max chance to hit
    Vitality - I put no points in vitality because of high life leech, use as needed
    Energy - None

Skills
    Nomad:
    Wolf Companion - 1
    Ancient Blood - Rest
    Mountain King - Max
    Lion Stance : Max

    Warmonger:
    Snake Bite - 1
    Stampede - Max
    Violence - Max (Do this ASAP before putting more points into stampede/etc.)

    Mastery:
    Meditation - 1 if you need some extra mana

Mid-Game (50-100)

Checklist -
Continue to collect all runes, gems and jewels you can find
Complete all quests to obtain stats/skills/resists/etc.
Ensure all gear is upgraded to T4 equivalents/MO'ed and socketed to your liking
Make sure you head into the K3K portal and collect your class charm when you reach that point (should be a breeze)

Gear
Continue using your early game equipment, the TU's will carry you far as long as you keep up with uptiers to T4, sockets, MO's, and luck upgrades

Stats
Follow the early game stat distributions

Skills
    Nomad:
    Wolf Companion - 4
    Spirit Guide - Max
    Ancient Blood - Max
    Mountain King - 1 ~ rest
    Lion Stance : Max

    Warmonger:
    Snake Bite - 1
    Rebound - 1
    Screaming Eagle - 1
    Overkill - Max (Your main attack skill, use judgment on your mana consumption and sustain when upgrading this ability while trying to put as money points as possible for more axes [mana leech source helps IMMENSELY])

    Mastery:
    Meditation - 1 if you need some extra mana

    Reward:
    Runemaster - Max

End Game (100 - 1xx)

Checklist -
Any past but still relevant checkmarks from previous stages apply here
Focus on slowly getting your ubercharms while progressing through Hell
When you hit a wall, take some time to farm for wealth & better equipment/signets/levels
Continue to prioritize life leech even more in Hell along with physical resistance

Gear
    Weapon -
    Kodiak


    Kodiak
    One-Handed Axes

    'ElGulSur'
    Runeword Level: 75
    70% Attack Speed
    Idol of Scosglen Cooldown Reduced by 2 seconds
    +(21 to 50) to Minimum Damage
    (11 to 25)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(141 to 170)% Enhanced Damage
    (11 to 25)% Chance of Crushing Blow
    +3 to all Attributes
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +0.625% (Based on Character Level)
    Regenerate Mana +15%
    ->
    Dragon Seed


    Dragon Seed
    Throwing Axes

    'SilSilQor'
    Runeword Level: 100
    1% Chance to cast level 23 Screaming Eagle on Striking
    +(1 to 2) to All Skills
    Adds 68-123 Damage
    +200% Enhanced Damage
    (7 to 10)% Deadly Strike
    Physical Resist 15%
    +1 Life on Striking
    -> Eth
    Griefbringer
    Griefbringer
    Balanced Axe (Sacred)

    Throw Damage: (174 - 191) to (287 - 310)
    One-Hand Damage: (128 - 139) to (212 - 226)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 586
    Item Level: 105
    Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
    +15 Axes to Overkill
    1% Chance to cast level 6 Rebound on Striking
    Adds 40-100 Damage
    (101 to 150)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +120% Damage to Undead
    +(140 to 170)% Enhanced Damage
    (5 to 10)% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +60%
    -25 to Energy
    Socketed (6)
    /
    Ophiophagus
    Ophiophagus
    Balanced Axe (Sacred)

    Throw Damage: (173 - 213) to (269 - 324)
    One-Hand Damage: (130 - 156) to (198 - 231)
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 120
    Item Level: 120
    Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
    -1% to Enemy Poison Resist per 1% Block Chance
    15% of Dexterity added as Enhanced Weapon Damage
    +5 to Barbarian Skill Levels
    Adds 45-90 Damage
    +(130 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
    Maximum Life +5%
    Maximum Mana +15%
    Maximum Poison Resist +2%
    Requirements -100%
    Socketed (6)
    | Griefbringer is my pick here, it checks many boxes for us and is very cheap/easier to find. Dragon Seed is also a great choice as it offers a ton of survivability with +15% physical resist/life on striking and still offers good damage as well. If you're keen on going for a max block build, Ophiophagus is a great supplement for that route and has great stats overall.
    Shield -
    Invictus
    Invictus
    Gilded Shield (4)

    Defense: (293 - 346) to (598 - 705)
    Chance to Block: 1%
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 14
    Required Strength: 35
    Item Level: 16
    1% Chance to cast level 3 Gift of the Wild on Kill
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.01171875%
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(5 to 20)%
    +(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
    +15 to all Attributes
    Physical Resist 2%
    Socketed (1)
    Defense: (1029 - 1169) to (1897 - 2156)
    Chance to Block: 1%
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 31
    Required Strength: 70
    Item Level: 32
    2% Chance to cast level 7 Gift of the Wild on Kill
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.015625%
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(40 to 60)%
    +(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
    +20 to all Attributes
    Physical Resist 3%
    Socketed (3)
    Defense: (2644 - 2915) to (4760 - 5247)
    Chance to Block: 1%
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 49
    Required Strength: 245
    Item Level: 52
    2% Chance to cast level 11 Gift of the Wild on Kill
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.01953125%
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(60 to 80)%
    +(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
    +25 to all Attributes
    Physical Resist 4%
    Socketed (4)
    Defense: (3984 - 4352) to (7140 - 7800)
    Chance to Block: 1%
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 57
    Required Strength: 490
    Item Level: 88
    3% Chance to cast level 15 Gift of the Wild on Kill
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.0234375%
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(80 to 100)%
    +(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
    +30 to all Attributes
    Physical Resist 5%
    Socketed (4)
    ->
    Pawnstorm
    Pawnstorm
    Bull Shield (Sacred)

    Defense: 7708 to 7993
    Chance to Block: 3%
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 500
    Required Dexterity: 374
    Item Level: 120
    2% Base Block Chance
    25% Block Speed
    25% Hit Recovery
    10% Deadly Strike
    +200% Enhanced Defense
    +4000 Defense
    (10 to 25)% to Strength
    (10 to 25)% to Dexterity
    Socketed (4)
    /
    Shield of Hakan II
    Shield of Hakan II
    Gothic Shield (Sacred)

    Defense: (6995 - 7994) to (9190 - 10428)
    Chance to Block: 1% + Class%
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 600
    Required Dexterity: 619
    Item Level: 105
    1% Base Block Chance
    -25% Cast Speed
    -50% to Spell Damage
    Slows Attacker by 25%
    +(150 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
    +(2000 to 3000) Defense
    Maximum Life +(3 to 5)%
    Maximum Elemental Resists +(0 to 2)%
    Physical Resist 5%
    Socketed (4)
    /
    Madawc Val Narian
    Madawc Val Narian
    Gothic Shield (Sacred)

    Defense: (5434 - 5994) to (6734 - 7428)
    Chance to Block: 1% + Class%
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 600
    Required Dexterity: 619
    Item Level: 120
    4% Chance to cast level 20 Rebound on Kill
    +2 to All Skills
    1% Base Block Chance
    40% Block Speed
    (75 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +(15 to 30) to Overkill
    +(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
    Fire Resist -30%
    Poison Length Reduced by 50%
    5% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Socketed (4)
    ->
    The Ancients' Legacy
    The Ancients' Legacy
    Gilded Shield (Sacred)

    Defense: (15050 - 16085) to (17457 - 18740)
    Chance to Block: 3%
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength:
    2450
    Item Level: 120
    Indestructible
    +4 to Barbarian Skill Levels
    2% Base Block Chance
    40% Block Speed
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +90%
    +(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
    +5000 Defense
    30% Bonus to Defense
    Requirements +250%
    Socketed (4)
    | Without a doubt, The Ancients' Legacy is a hell of a shield. It just gives so much benefits for our build and playstyle and you could never go wrong using it, and if you're going for max block, this is THE shield you want to have. Invictus will continue to stay a good option until you find something better ~ Shield of Hakan is an excellent defensive option for us as well.
    Swap - Mark of the Wild Crafted axes/
    Shamanka
    Shamanka
    Long Staff (Sacred)

    Two-Hand Damage: 56 to 58
    Required Level: 100
    Required Dexterity: 203
    Item Level: 105
    Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.06 per Dexterity)%
    +(3 to 6) to Sorceress Skill Levels
    45% Cast Speed
    45% Hit Recovery
    +50% Damage to Undead
    +(21 to 25)% to Fire Spell Damage
    +(21 to 25)% to Cold Spell Damage
    +(21 to 25)% to Poison Spell Damage
    +(6 to 16) to Bloodlust
    Maximum Life +(10 to 13)%
    Fire Resist +(50 to 70)%
    Lightning Resist +(50 to 70)%
    Socketed (4)
    - Highly recommend at least one of these options for some extra physical damage to make our overkills even stronger.
    Helmet -
    Idol of Rygnar
    Idol of Rygnar
    Mask (Sacred)

    Defense: (2068 - 2350) to (2208 - 2510)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 600
    Item Level: 120
    +2 to Necromancer Skill Levels
    25% Life stolen per Hit
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(60 to 90)%
    Hit Causes Monster to Flee +1%
    +(120 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
    +(40 to 50) to Strength
    +(40 to 50) to Dexterity
    Target Takes Additional Damage of 500
    25% Gold Find
    +5 to Light Radius
    Socketed (4)
    /
    Bear Grin
    Bear Grin
    Horned Helm (Sacred)

    Defense: (2175 - 2633) to (2346 - 2840)
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 500
    Item Level: 105
    Lion Stance Does not Reduce Your Physical Resistance
    +60 Attack Rating per Character Level Above 105
    1% Chance to cast level 10 Snake Bite on Striking
    +(90 to 130)% Enhanced Defense
    (1 to 15)% to Strength
    Elemental Resists -15%
    (1 to 20)% Magic Find
    Socketed (4)
    ->
    Royal Circlet
    Royal Circlet
    Tiara (Sacred)

    Defense: (1740 - 1957) to (1968 - 2214)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Dexterity: 392
    Item Level: 105
    +2 to All Skills
    +50% Damage to Demons
    +50% Damage to Undead
    +(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
    (21 to 25)% to All Attributes
    Elemental Resists +(25 to 30)%
    Physical Resist 5%
    (21 to 25)% Magic Find
    Socketed (4)
    ->
    Lilith's Legion
    Lilith's Legion
    Avenger Guard (Sacred)

    Defense: (3691 - 4041) to (4067 - 4455)
    (Barbarian Only)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 625
    Item Level: 120
    +2 to Barbarian Skill Levels
    150% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
    +300 Defense
    20% to Strength
    10% to Vitality
    Physical Resist 10%
    2% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    (30 to 60)% Gold Find
    50% Magic Find
    Socketed (4)
    | We have quite a few excellent helmet options here, with Lilith's Legion taking the top spot. Skills, high MF, stats, high AR% and insane physical resistance is hard to beat. Royal circlet gets the runner-up and, since Lion Stance is only a 10% physical resistance reduction now, Bear Grin while being a good helmet can be left behind if we recover that physical resistance elsewhere.
    Chest -
    Scales of the Serpent
    Scales of the Serpent
    Gothic Plate (Sacred)

    Defense: (7481 - 8308) to (9074 - 10078)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 675
    Item Level: 105
    15% Chance to cast level 40 Arachnomancy on Melee Attack
    4% Chance to cast level 12 Time Strike on Striking
    (31 to 40)% Hit Recovery
    +90% Damage to Undead
    Adds 200-300 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
    -35% to Enemy Poison Resistance
    5% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(25 to 30)%
    +(144 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
    +100 to Strength
    +50 Life on Melee Attack
    Socketed (6)
    /
    Auriel's Robe
    Auriel's Robe
    Light Plate (Sacred)

    Defense: (7692 - 8433) to (9037 - 9926)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 650
    Item Level: 120
    Level 10 Wolf Stance
    Indestructible
    +(144 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
    +1000 Defense
    +3000 Defense vs. Missile
    Physical Resist 10%
    Socketed (6)
    /
    Candlewake
    Candlewake
    Splint Mail (Sacred)

    Defense: (8032 - 9339) to (11077 - 12593)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 600
    Item Level: 105
    -2% Base Block Chance
    Additional Strength Damage Bonus: 0.03125%
    -(11 to 15)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
    +(150 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
    +(1500 to 3500) Defense
    (10 to 25)% to Strength
    (50 to 100)% Bonus to Defense
    Cannot Be Frozen
    (1/2 chance to appear)
    Socketed (6)
    ->
    Khazra Plate
    Khazra Plate
    Ancient Armor (Sacred)

    Defense: (8603 - 9489) to (10651 - 11748)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength:
    2310
    Item Level: 120
    Level 1 Demon Blood Aura
    +60% 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)
    /
    Wolverine Skin
    Wolverine Skin
    Plate Mail (Sacred)

    Defense: (6374 - 7171) to (7485 - 8421)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength:
    312
    Item Level: 120
    15% Chance to cast level 20 Crucify on Melee Attack
    +(1 to 2) to All Skills
    50% Hit Recovery
    +40 to Maximum Damage
    (10 to 15)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
    +(50 to 100) to Strength
    +(50 to 100) to Dexterity
    +25 Life Regenerated per Second
    50% Magic Find
    Requirements -50%
    Socketed (6)
    ->
    Strength Beyond Strength
    Strength Beyond Strength
    Gothic Plate (Sacred)

    Defense: (8339 - 9198) to (10115 - 11157)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 675
    Item Level: 120
    1% Chance to cast level 36 Pyroblast on Striking
    Adds 25-38 Damage
    150% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +90% Damage to Demons
    25% Life stolen per Hit
    10% Deadly Strike
    +(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
    1% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    -5 to Light Radius
    Socketed (6)
    | A good selection of choices as well in body armors, which means we can take some different routes for other gear pieces depending on our pick. I used Scales of the Serpent I found for a while until I traded for my Khazra Plate. It will carry you quite far until you can get Strength Beyond Strength, which is expensive but the ultimate choice for our build. Wolverine Skin would be my next choice = to Khazra depending on your tastes, and Candlewake is a good budget option with a sweet CBF mod that will come in handy for some ubers.
    Gloves - Abandoned Craft ->
    Hammerfist
    Hammerfist
    Gauntlets (Sacred)

    Defense: (1227 - 1450) to (1436 - 1697)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 625
    Item Level: 105
    Adds (1 to 15)-(20 to 30) Damage
    5% Life stolen per Hit
    +(15 to 25) to Spiral Dance
    5% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Enhanced Weapon Damage +(30 to 60)%
    +(120 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
    Elemental Resists +15%
    Socketed (4)
    /
    Demonic Touch
    Demonic Touch
    Leather Gloves (Sacred)

    Defense: 1136 to 1143
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength:
    1000
    Item Level: 120
    1% Chance to cast level 20 Ignis Fatuus on Striking
    Adds 10-25 Damage
    +666 Defense
    Elemental Resists +10%
    Physical Resist 5%
    2% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Requirements +100%
    Socketed (4)
    ->
    Mercy
    Mercy
    Gloves

    'LewElq'
    Runeword Level: 110
    10% Chance to cast level 18 Punishers on Melee Attack
    10% Combat Speeds
    +(59 to 69) to Maximum Damage
    +26 Defense
    +(151 to 200) to Strength
    (15 to 20)% to Vitality
    /
    Savage

    Savage
    Gloves

    'YstFelKa'
    Runeword Level: 110
    +1% Enhanced Weapon Damage per 50 Strength or Dexterity
    (Whichever is Higher)
    75% Attack Speed
    +10 Damage
    +200% Enhanced Defense
    +(10 to 40) to all Attributes
    10% to Strength
    10% to Dexterity
    Maximum Cold Resist +1%
    Cold Resist +25%
    10% Magic Find
    | Hammerfist is a great option along with Demonic Touch, which I personally use at the moment for Damage/Phys Res/Reanimates. Savage is without a doubt one of the best glove choices out of the bunch with insane attack speed/damage/stats/MF/EWD. Mercy has huge flat strength and max damage along with some life, so you can't go wrong with these either. If you're having AR issues earlier on get a nice abandoned craft and use that until you get more charms.
    Belt -
    Wormtongue
    Wormtongue
    Light Belt (4)

    Defense: (53 - 58) to (71 - 78)
    Required Level: 3
    Required Strength: 26
    Item Level: 5
    (31 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Adds 5-13 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
    (2 to 4)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
    +(11 to 15) to Dexterity
    Socketed (1)
    Defense: (214 - 231) to (259 - 279)
    Required Level: 21
    Required Strength: 55
    Item Level: 24
    (71 to 90)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Adds 19-50 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
    (8 to 10)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
    +(21 to 25) to Dexterity
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (544 - 581) to (649 - 693)
    Required Level: 38
    Required Strength: 192
    Item Level: 45
    (111 to 130)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Adds 75-150 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
    (14 to 16)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
    +(31 to 35) to Dexterity
    Socketed (2)
    Defense: (801 - 851) to (946 - 1006)
    Required Level: 46
    Required Strength: 384
    Item Level: 77
    (131 to 150)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Adds 100-250 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
    (17 to 19)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
    +(36 to 40) to Dexterity
    Socketed (2)
    /
    Truce
    Truce
    Belts

    'Jah'
    Runeword Level: 80
    5% Combat Speeds
    Stun Attack
    Slows Attacker by 5%
    +(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
    Physical Resist 10%
    ->
    Black Void
    Black Void
    Heavy Belt (Sacred)

    Defense: (3060 - 3442) to (3304 - 3717)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 625
    Item Level: 120
    20% Attack Speed
    Adds 10-15 Damage
    (10 to 15)% Life stolen per Hit
    Slow Target 10%
    +(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
    10% to Strength
    10% to Dexterity
    Target Takes Additional Damage of (25 to 50)
    30% Magic Find
    Socketed (2)
    | I haven't gotten a chance to find a Black Void yet and it is an expensive belt, but you cannot go wrong with this one. Slow/stats/damage/LIFE STEAL/MF really sets it apart from the rest, but I am still using Wormtongue as its a great option even into late game. Truce is a viable option if you need some survivability, but you lose out on a large chunk of life steal here which puts me off from this belt.
    Boots -
    Angel's Wrath
    Angel's Wrath
    Chain Boots (Sacred)

    Defense: (1625 - 2217) to (1762 - 2403)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 575
    Item Level: 120
    +(0 to 2) to Paladin Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Sorceress Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Necromancer Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Druid Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Barbarian Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Amazon Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Assassin Skill Levels
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    +(120 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
    Maximum Life +3%
    Physical Resist 10%
    Socketed (4)
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    Titan's Steps
    Titan's Steps
    Heavy Boots (Sacred)

    Defense: (1322 - 1531) to (1400 - 1621)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 550
    Item Level: 105
    (0 to 40)% Movement Speed
    Adds 20-25 Magic Damage
    Adds 20-25 Fire Damage
    Adds 20-25 Lightning Damage
    Adds 20-25 Cold Damage
    5% Chance of Crushing Blow
    +(90 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
    +200 to Life
    Elemental Resists +10%
    +(40 to 50) Life after each Kill
    5% Weapon Damage Taken Restores Mana
    Socketed (4)
    ->
    Knight's Grace
    Knight's Grace
    Greaves (Sacred)

    Defense: (2232 - 2481) to (2519 - 2799)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength:
    780
    Item Level: 120
    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%
    Requirements +20%
    Socketed (4)
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    Wind Runner

    Wind Runner
    Boots

    'SilElqSilGul'
    Runeword Level: 100
    +(0 to 1) to All Skills
    50% Attack Speed
    10% Movement Speed
    Adds 25-68 Damage
    250% Bonus to Attack Rating
    (12 to 15)% Life stolen per Hit
    +(171 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
    | Angel's Wrath is a very good defensive option if you need to make up some physical resistance, along with Titan's Steps offering some sustain with LAEK and some flat life. Knight's Grace is my second choice behind Wind Runner as it hits some good checkmarks for us and gives offensive and defensive stats in a nice package. Speaking of Wind Runner, these things are INSANE for our build: skills/HUGE attack speed/HUGE damage/HUGE AR/HUGE life steal, what else could we ask for? Well, physical resistance, but we can make that up elsewhere for this monstronsity! Stick this bad boy into a 40% movement speed base for a whopping 50% movement speed and don't look back.
    Amulet -
    Athulua's Oracle
    Athulua's Oracle
    Amulet

    Required Level: 60
    Item Level: 60
    +(1 to 2) to All Skills
    40% Attack Speed
    (150 to 250)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Cannot Be Frozen
    ->
    Beads of the Snake Queen
    Beads of the Snake Queen
    Amulet

    Required Level: 100
    Item Level: 120
    4% Chance to cast level 33 Scorpion Blade on Kill
    Adds 5-10 Damage
    Stun Attack
    +(200 to 500) Defense
    (20 to 25)% to Strength
    (20 to 25)% to Dexterity
    +100 Life after each Kill
    /
    Dyers Eve
    Dyers Eve
    Amulet

    Required Level: 100
    Item Level: 120
    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)%
    | Athulua's Oracle remains a good pick here until you get one of the later options, with Skills/high AR%/CBF which comes in handy. Beads will give you more damage with %STR, AR with %DEX, flat damage and some sustain with LAEK to go along with those. Dyers Eve is the ultimate choice out of our amulet selection and if you can get a 10% phys res roll, you're gonna be living like a king.
    Rings -
    Empyrean Glory
    Empyrean Glory
    Ring

    Required Level: 50
    Item Level: 120
    1% Chance to cast level 40 Singularity on Kill
    (6 to 10)% to All Attributes
    Maximum Life +5%
    Maximum Mana +15%
    15% Gold Find
    ->
    Giant's Knuckle
    Giant's Knuckle
    Ring

    Required Level: 100
    Item Level: 120
    20% Attack Speed
    Adds 10-15 Damage
    (5 to 10)% Life stolen per Hit
    5% Deadly Strike
    +25 Life Regenerated per Second
    Physical Resist 5%
    /
    Der Nebelring
    Der Nebelring
    Ring

    Required Level: 110
    Item Level: 105
    +(20 to 30)% to Summoned Minion Life
    +15% to Summoned Minion Damage
    +1000 Defense
    +400 to Life
    Physical Resist (4 to 6)%
    +(40 to 50) Life after each Kill
    +2 to Light Radius
    Signet of the Gladiator
    Signet of the Gladiator
    Ring

    Required Level: 100
    Item Level: 120
    2% Chance to cast level 50 Shadow Blade on Striking
    +1 to All Skills
    1% Base Block Chance
    Elemental Resists -25%
    - If you need to go the more budget route, Empyrean Glory is a good option along with the Duncraig ring. Moving past those, Giant's Knuckle is the best pick for the damage and life-steal it offers on top of physical resistance. If you need more life, Der Nebelrings will do and you won't lose too much since these potentially can have 1% more phys res each than Giant's Knuckle. Signet of the Gladiator I would recommend if you're trying to save some stats for max block.
    [NOTE] -
    Big Game Hunter
    Big Game Hunter
    (Barbarian Warmonger Set)

    Hunter's Camouflage
    Hunter's Claw Fist
    Hunter's Skin
    Hunter's Trackless Step

    Set Bonus with 2 or more set items:
    +50% Bonus Magic Damage to Rebound

    Set Bonus with 3 or more set items:
    Adds 25-50 Damage
    10% Chance of Crushing Blow

    Set Bonus with complete set:
    4% Chance to cast level 13 Blast Wave on Kill
    +4 to Barbarian Skill Levels
    Additional Dexterity Damage Bonus: 0.1484375%
    Maximum Life +7%
    Maximum Lightning Resist +3%
    Maximum Cold Resist +3%
    Maximum Poison Resist +3%

    is a good set option for us although I personally have not used it. The full set offers a dexterity damage bonus and the shield has 1% max block chance so going for a max block option with this set is possible. It also offers some survivability and utility with max resistances & life/slow/lifesteal along with 5% avoid and 5% phys resistance.

Sockets/MOs:
Weapon: Jah/Iah runes for ED%, Bers/Burs for utility with slow% | MO priority - ED%/Life Leech/AR/Max Dmg
Armor: Um/Un runes or respective gems for resists/max resists, Ko/Ka runes for %STR, Ist/Yst runes for MF if you are good on damage/survivability, Mal/Mhal runes for %attributes| MO priority - Enhanced Defense/Resistances (if needed, try to get from runes or gems)/Magic Find/Flat Strength
Jewelry: MO priority - Resistances/Magic Find/Flat Damage Reduction/Mana Regen

Stats
I'm going to list two options here, as I am going to go with max block and try it out when I have gotten all of my sigs and finish up getting end game gear.

(Pure Strength)
    Strength - Everything
    Dexterity - None (got enough from charms/gear)
    Vitality - None (got enough from charms/gear)
    Energy - None

(Max Block)
    Strength - Rest
    Dexterity - Enough for max block (50%)
    Vitality - None (got enough from charms/gear)
    Energy - None

Skills
    Nomad:
    Wolf Companion - 4/7 (choose between 2 or 3 wolves depending on your spirit guide uptime, I've been using two)
    Spirit Guide - Max
    Ancient Blood - Rest
    Mountain King - Max
    Lion Stance : Max (If you prefer Wolf Stance here put those points into that instead, I have tested Wolf and liked it very much as well)

    Warmonger:
    Snake Bite - 1
    Rebound - 1
    Screaming Eagle - 1
    Overkill - Max

    Mastery:
    Tenacity - Max
    Endurance - Max

    Reward:
    Runemaster - Max (if you're going for max block build, just replace these points into Gladiator's Dominance instead.


(NOTE) | I have started using Wolf Stance instead in late game and highly enjoyed using it and has become a preferred stance because it makes up for movement speed, etc while also still providing great damage. I recommend having at least Glad’s Dom with max block or Wolf Stance to make up for the lack of movement speed the build has. (With ALL end game gear/stats/etc, I am recommending Wolf or Lion Stance with Gladiator’s Dominance depending on your tastes, if you prefer high defense instead of MB continue using Runemaster w/ Wolf Stance)

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Nice to see someone putting in the effort on a build that hasn't had much attention for awhile.

One suggestion:
Berserrker
Berserrker
Backsword (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: (130 - 144) to (138 - 153)
(Barbarian Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 526
Item Level: 120
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.16 per Strength)%
1% Chance to cast level 2 Gift of Inner Fire on Striking
+(2 to 3) to All Skills
+(18 to 24)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(18 to 24)% Bonus Damage to Mark of the Wild
60% Attack Speed
+(171 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
+1 to Bloodlust
+1 to Gift of the Wild
Socketed (3)
on switch
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Well done on the guide, been playing with a similar build myself recently. My only ask is a selfish one but if it's possible can you edit the icon for guide post to be Barbarian instead of Diablo? We need more Barbarian icons in the guide section 8-)

EDIT: I do have a suggestion for early game though: Personally I would prioritize maxing MK over Ancient Blood, and then MO flat dex on armor as needed for AR over str, while putting all base stat points into str. AR gains from flat dex MO combined with MK far exceed the pitiful flat AR gains from AB. The max hp% is really good but without significant sources of flat life it's not that huge of a boost over the stamina% boosting added stats from charms/gear. You will gain added damage from lion stance as well as more total str from base points and MK to boost str physical dmg % on weapon. It's not totally game changing but I like MK far more than AB, which I think should be the afterthought dump skill.
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fr0gbug wrote:Well done on the guide, been playing with a similar build myself recently. My only ask is a selfish one but if it's possible can you edit the icon for guide post to be Barbarian instead of Diablo? We need more Barbarian icons in the guide section 8-)


Think I missed that when approving.
Done. ;)
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So far this is looking like a VERY solid build!
Do you think you can link your character for us via NotArmory? :)

Just may have to play this next league! I thought I was doomed to play a Javazon finally.

EDIT: I did try thibuild and my own variant of it. Honestly end game it feels pretty rough. But fun!
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Yes, its stronk. I have been playing throver barb since median 2017 version. lion stance is for beasts
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Nice guide man, well done. I did a similar guide years ago using the doom from wolf comp with overkill, was a good time :) nice to see that someone still plays overkill
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Nice guide. Will try the build rn, farmed some AC for TU's. Also wanted to ask you what merc do you use and what gear for merc?
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Shame the build doesnt get movement speed anywhere other than boots, or by using adrenaline rush rings. Really whats kept me from playing it.
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Sfp4 wrote:Shame the build doesnt get movement speed anywhere other than boots, or by using adrenaline rush rings. Really whats kept me from playing it.


This is a good point and I agree, movement speed is lackluster until you spec over into Gladiator's Dominance (includes movement speed), which I do highly recommend for late game and will be something I point out in the guide. Obviously in a best case scenario we'd like to spec into that earlier on but it does gimp the damage we do putting points in dex for our max block until we've gotten max sigs, end game gear, etc. If you have enough defense with just your current armor/spirit guide then you can spec into gladiator's dominance for the movement speed and deadly strike until you have enough to go back and redo stats for your max block, just depends on the situation/where you're at. Making Mountain King a priority as well will help curve the damage loss and dex investment, which would lead me to say take MK as priority over Ancient's Blood until you can have them both maxed in deep late game.