Frenzy Barbarian Guide

Frenzy Barbarian

Introduction

This guide covers the Frenzy Barbarian. This is a well-rounded build capable basic of farming and even destroying Ubers. With the main source of our damage being Physical Damage from Frenzy and Magic Damage coming from Berserk, the majority of the game is unlocked to us.

The Frenzy Barbarian has excellent mobility with its ability to gain "Frenzy Stacks" which increases the overall speed of your character with each successful hit. Common farming places are The Chaos Sanctuary, The Pit, or Travincal for the Council Members that drop an abundance of items. It is very gear dependent, but has plenty of gear options. Your Mercenary is also a great asset for this build with Decrepify from The Reaper's Toll to help break Physical Immunes.

Ideal Standard Setup
Frenzy
Double Swing
Teleport
BattleCry

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

Uber Variant ✔
High Mobility ✔
Fast Paced Gameplay

Plenty Of Gearing Options ✔

❌ Gear Dependent
❌ Repetitive Gameplay
❌ Can Feel A Bit Clunky
❌ Slow Against Physical Immunes



Skills

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Howl
2. Taunt
3. BattleCry
4. finditem
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. increasedstamina
8. increasedspeed
9. ironskin
10. naturalresistance
11. leap
12. leapattack

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Frenzy
2. Double Swing
3. Sword Mastery
4. Battle Orders
5. Berserk

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Damage

Frenzy* swings both weapons and grants "Frenzy Stacks" for increased overall Attack Speed and movement speed with each successful attack. This Skill deals Physical Damage with the ability to deal a small amount of Magic Damage from the Berserk Synergy.

Double Swing* requires 2 weapons and either hits 2 targets or the same target twice, if no other targets are in range in quick succession dealing Physical Damage.

Berserk* is used Physical Immunes or to speed up the run. It converts some of your damage to Magic Damage, deals additional damage, and Attack Rating. The downside is that it decreases your Defense during your attacks.

* Increased Attack Speed Skills (IAS)

Utility

Leap* allows you to jump over and through objects, allowing you to clear obstacles you could not pass with walking or running. It also causes a radial Knockback effect, great for keeping monsters stunned. The jump distance scales with Skill Level.

Leap Attack* makes you jump to the location of your cursor and swings your weapon onto an enemy target when landing if one is in range.

Battle Cry* is an Area Of Effect (AOE) Skill used to reduce the Defense and Damage of your foes.

Teleport* lets you cover large distances over almost any gap and wall on the maps.

Sword Mastery* increases your effectiveness with swords. It increases your damage, Attack Rating, and Chance to Critical Hit.

Shout* increases the Defense of all party members by a percentage of their current Defense.

Battle Orders* is one of the most iconic Skills that originates from the Barbarian. This Buff grants you and your party a percentage based amount of Life, Mana, and Stamina. This is one of the best buffs in the entire game!

Battle Command* is a buff that gives you and your party +1 to All Skills.

Find Item* gives you a chance to find additional drops from slain monsters if the corpse is not consumed by other effects.

Howl* is an Area Of Effect (AOE) Skill used to scatter your enemies in fear.

Taunt* can call over specific targeted enemies to focus on you breaking attention on whatever they were doing previously. This does not affect Elite or Boss monsters.

Increased Speed* is a Passive Skill that increases your overall run and walking speed.

Natural Resistance* is a Passive Skill that increases your Resistances to all Elements and Poison.

* Increased Attack Speed Skills (IAS)
* Faster Cast Rate Skills (FCR)
* Skills that do NOT utilize either FCR or IAS


Attributes

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

Strength

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

Dexterity

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

Vitality

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

Energy

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


Essentials

Gear Options

While every Stat in the Desirable Stats column is useful for this build, we highlighted the Priority Stats in Teal so you can easily identify the Most Important Stats on them.

Hover over any Item to see a pop-out with the full Item description.

SlotItem OptionsDesirable Stats
Weapon Beast Berserker Axe
Grief Phase Blade
Last Wish Phase Blade
Breath of the Dying Berserker Axe
Oath Balrog Blade
Black Knout
Crushflange
Level x Fanaticism Aura When Equipped
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Enhanced Damage
Damage +x
Ignore Target's Defense

-x% Target Defense
x% Bonus to Attack Rating
+x to Attack Rating
+x Maximum Damage
+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit
x% Chance of Crushing Blow
x% Deadly Strike

+x to Attribute
All Resistances +x
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Repairs x durability in x seconds
Ethereal, Socketed [x]
Off-Hand Beast Berserker Axe
Grief Phase Blade
Last Wish Phase Blade
Breath of the Dying Berserker Axe
Oath Balrog Blade
Black Knout
Crushflange
Level x Fanaticism Aura When Equipped
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Enhanced Damage
Damage +x

Ignore Target's Defense
-x% Target Defense
+x to Attack Rating
+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit
x% Chance of Crushing Blow
x% Deadly Strike

+x to Attribute
X Resist +x%
Damage Reduced by x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Weapon-SwapHeart of the Oak Flail
Call to Arms Crystal Sword
Wizardspike
Echoing Balanced Knife
+x to All Skills
+x to Warcries [Barbarian Only]
+x% Faster Cast Rate

+x to battlecommand
+x to battleorders
All Resistances +x
Off-Hand-SwapHeart of the Oak Flail
Wizardspike
Echoing Balanced Knife
+x to All Skills
+x to Warcries [Barbarian Only]
+x% Faster Cast Rate

All Resistances +x
HelmetsArreat's Face
Crown of Ages
Vampire Gaze
Guillaume's Face
Immortal King's Will
Rare Primal Helmet
+x to All Skills
+x to Barbarian Skills

+x% Faster Hit Recovery
x% Bonus to Attack Rating
+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit
x% Chance of Crushing Blow
x% Deadly Strike

+x to Attribute
+x Life
X Resist +x%
Socketed [x]
Body ArmorChains of Honor
Enigma
Fortitude
Lionheart
Duriel's Shell
Tyrael's Might
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x to Teleport
+x% Life stolen per hit
+x to Attribute
+x Life
X Resist +x%

Cannot Be Frozen
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
GlovesChance Guards
Laying of Hands
Blood Crafted Gloves

+x% Damage to Demons
+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit

+x to Attribute
+x Life
X Resist +x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
BeltsString of Ears
Verdungo's Hearty Cord
Thundergod's Vigor
Trang-Oul's Girth
Immortal King's Detail
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x to Attribute
+x Life
X Resist +x%
Cannot Be Frozen

x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
BootsGoblin Toe
Gore Rider
War Traveler
Immortal King's Pillar
Aldur's Advance
+x% Faster Run/Walk
x% Chance of Crushing Blow
x% Deadly Strike

x% Chance of Open Wounds
+x to Attribute
+x Life
X Resist +x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
AmuletsMara's Kaleidoscope
Highlord's Wrath
Metalgrid
Blood Crafted Amulet
+x to All Skills
+x to Barbarian Skills
x% Faster Run/Walk
+x to Attack Rating
x% Deadly Strike
+x to Attribute
X Resist +x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
RingsRaven Frost
Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Nagelring
Blood Crafted Ring
+x to All Skills
+x to Maximum Damage
+x to Attack Rating
+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit

+x to Attribute
X Resist +x%
X Absorb x%
Cannot Be Frozen
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
CharmsGrand Charm
Large Charm
Small Charm
+x to Warcries [Barbarian Only]
+x to Combat [Barbarian Only]
+ x % Faster Run / Walk
+ x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x to Maximum Damage
+x to Attack Rating
+x to Attribute
+ Life
X Resist +x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Unique CharmsGheed's Fortune
Hellfiretorch (Barbarian)
Annihilus
+x to All Skills
+x to Barbarian Skill Levels
+x to all Attributes
All Resistances +x

x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Reduces all Vendor Prices x%

Farming Spots

The areas below are efficient farming locations that make use of the build’s strengths. Other farming spots might not be as effective due to immunities or bad layouts.

Anything that has a in the "Starter" column can be farmed with the Starter Variant.

Act 1

AreaStarterRewards
The CountessRunes
Key of Terror
The PitAll Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Andariel-Uniques
Sets
Jewelry

Act 2

AreaStarterRewards
Summoner-Key of Hate

Act 3

AreaStarterRewards
Travincal-Gearing
Runes
Charms / Gems / Jewels
Gold
Mephisto-Uniques
Sets

Act 4

AreaStarterRewards
City of the Damned-All Item Types
River of Flame-All Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Chaos Sanctuary-All Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Diablo-Uniques
Sets
Leveling (Level 97-99)

Act 5

AreaStarterRewards
Eldritch the RectifierGearing
Gold
Leveling
Shenk the OverseerGearing
Gold
Leveling
Pindleskin-Gearing
Gold
Leveling
Nihlathak-Key of Destruction
Leveling
(Level 97-99)
Worldstone Keep / Throne of Destruction-All Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Baal / Waves-Uniques
Sets
Max Area Level
Leveling
(Baal for Level 97-99)

Mercenary

Your Mercenary serves an incredibly important role to the overall success of your build. They can be a front line tank, provide a pivotal Aura, and/or deal Physical Damage to kill enemies with Immunity to your Skill set.


Act 2 Desert Mercenary

The Act 2 Desert Mercenary is hired from Greiz.
He can be equipped with a Spear or a Polearm, a Body Armor and a Helmet. 
Every Act 2 Mercenary has access to an Aura and uses Jab as his base Attack. The Aura activates once the Mercenary has engaged in combat and remains active between traveling to and from town. The Auras available are based on what difficulty you hire the Mercenary from.

Might Reaper's Toll

Reaper’s Toll, Might

Use a Desert Mercenary with Might Aura to significantly boost your Physical Damage.
Equip him with The Reaper’s Toll for a 33% Chance to cast Decrepify on striking, slowing down and increasing Physical Damage dealt to enemies. Decrepify can even break some Physical Immunities.

Gear Progression

Early-GameMid-GameEnd-Game
Insight
(any Polearm)
Insight
(Elite Polearm)
The Reaper’s Toll (Ethereal)
Smoke
(Any Body Armor)
Treachery
(Any Body Armor)
Fortitude
(Body Armor, 700++ Base Defense)
Any Helmet
with Resistance / Life
Tal Rasha's Horadric CrestAndariel’s Visage
(Ethereal)

The Mercenary is hard to keep alive until you have the minimum gear recommended in this guide. Remember you can drag Healing Potions onto the portrait, or shift + 1/2/3/4 to directly feed them a Healing Potion from your Belt. The Mercenary also gains bonus Resistances from Thawing Potions and Antidote Potions.

If your Mercenary dies in battle, you can revive them from any of the Mercenary NPCs in each Act. This does come with an increasing cost, capping at 50,000 Gold. Keep that in mind and decide if the Mercenary is currently worth the cost.

Playstyle

General

  • Use Frenzy and Double Swing by targeting enemies and attacking them.
  • Against fewer targets or single target use Double Swing after getting Frenzy Stacks from Frenzy for fast hits.
  • Leap Attack can be a great way to move from place to place requiring larger distances until Teleport becomes available.
  • Leap can be used to keep enemies stunned or navigate small obstacles.
  • Use Battle Cry on the enemies to make the whole fight easier for both you and the Mercenary.
  • Against large groups of monsters or Mana Burn hit the pack around the outer edge to prevent yourself from getting surrounded.
  • Use Leap to Knockback enemies or get out from being surrounded.

Immunities

  • Berserk can be used against Physical Immunes or Physical Resistant mobs.

Late-Game

  • At the beginning of each run be sure to buff you and your Mercenary by swapping to whichever Weapon Swap that gives you more + to Warcries and cast Battle Command 2 times, Battle Orders, and Shout. Make sure that these buffs stay active all the time, they are essential to your survivability. 
  • Use Teleport to move from place to place, reposition yourself, and reposition your Mercenary. Your Mercenary stands a better chance of staying alive with you in control. Your Mercenary acts as a first line of defense after you Teleport, catching incoming damage you would have taken otherwise.

Breakpoints

Breakpoints in Diablo 2 are the minimum values required to reduce the frames of an action. Below are the important breakpoints considered for this build. For more information on the mechanics involved, check out our in-depth Resource: Breakpoints.

Faster Cast Rate (FCR)

Faster Cast Rate speeds up your casting animation for spells. Aim for at least the 63% FCR Breakpoint on Weapon Swap. Note: FCR only controls the animation speed of the Character, and not any internal or global Cooldowns spells have.

Frames13121110987
FCR09203763105200

Increased Attack Speed (IAS)

Increased Attack Speed speeds up your attack animations. Weapon bases have different IAS breakpoints. Values for recommended weapon options provided below. Consult the d2planner for other bases.

Grief Phase Blade

Frames12121110
Frenzy Gear IAS051032

Faster Hit Recovery (FHR)

Faster Hit Recovery increases survivability. Aim for at least the 27% FHR Breakpoint.

Frames9876543
FHR0715274886200

Hardcore

This build can become Hardcore viable with key changes to the Skills, Stat Point allocation, and items. Review the changes below before building this character, as they may differ significantly from the normal build.

Item Changes

  • Be sure to keep your Resistances over capped against enemies with Conviction Aura
  • Crown of Ages
  • Stormshield
  • Verdungo's Hearty Cord or Thundergod's Vigor
  • Dwarf Star or Wisp Projector

Build Variants

Starter

Setup

The Frenzy Barbarian requires a decent amount of gear to farm efficiently. Physical Damage and Attack Rating are some of the most important stats for this starter. Oath and Treachery are strong Runewords that can be farmed from The Countess in Hell Difficulty. Increased Attack Speed, base damage on items, Life, and Resistances important stats to focus.

Mercenary

To keep your Mercenary alive, equip him with a Treachery and Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest for Life and Resistances. Insight is a pretty easy Runeword to find and farm that gives a great amount of damage and Quality of Life with Meditation. Hire the Might Aura Mercenary, to gain extra Physical Damage.

Skills

The Weapon Mastery depends on the Weapon used with your Frenzy Barbarian. We recommend Sword Mastery for our Oath Balrog Blade.

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Howl
2. Taunt
3. BattleCry
4. finditem
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. increasedstamina
8. increasedspeed
9. ironskin
10. naturalresistance
11. leap
12. leapattack

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Frenzy
2. Double Swing
3. Sword Mastery
(Depends on your Weapon)
4. Battle Orders
5. Berserk

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to equip your gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Standard

Setup

The Standard Frenzy Barbarian uses dual Grief Phase Blade providing up to +800 Damage.
Using Fortitude over Enigma is an option to increase your damage, sacrificing the mobility of Teleport. Highlord's Wrath and Gore Rider are great for additional x% Deadly Strike, increasing your chance of critical strikes, while Laying of Hands are great for the +x% Damage to Demons.

Mercenary

Might Aura Desert Mercenary provides us with a significant boost to our Physical Damage attacks.
The Reaper’s Toll has a chance to cast Decrepify on striking, which slows your enemies down, increases any Physical Damage dealt to them, and even breaks Physical Immunities. Andariel's Visage and Fortitude Sacred Armor fill in everything else he needs, from damage to survivability.

Skills

The Weapon Mastery depends on the Weapon used with your Frenzy Barbarian. We recommend Sword Mastery for our phaseblade Base.

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Howl
2. Taunt
3. BattleCry
4. finditem
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. increasedstamina
8. increasedspeed
9. ironskin
10. naturalresistance
11. leap
12. leapattack

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Frenzy
2. Double Swing
3. Sword Mastery
(Depends on your Weapon)
4. Battle Orders
5. Berserk

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to equip your gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Magic Find

Setup

The Magic Find Frenzy Barbarian uses Grief Phase Blade for damage and Last Wish Phase Blade with x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (MF) among all of the other things you get from it. It is capable of most, content with its damage and survivability.
Note: If you need to get back to town, we use the Scroll of Town Portal on the Belt.

Mercenary

For this variant we use the Act 5 Mercenary because we already have Might from Last Wish Phase Blade. The advantage here is that his fast Attack Speed allows him to proc Decrepify from Lawbringer Phase Blade and x% Chance of Crushing Blow from Guillaume's Face. Survivability mainly comes from Fade provided by Treachery Sacred Armor.

Skills

The Weapon Mastery depends on the Weapon used with your Frenzy Barbarian. We recommend Sword Mastery for our phaseblade Base.

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Howl
2. Taunt
3. BattleCry
4. finditem
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. increasedstamina
8. increasedspeed
9. ironskin
10. naturalresistance
11. leap
12. leapattack

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Frenzy
2. Double Swing
3. Sword Mastery
(Depends on your Weapon)
4. Battle Orders
5. Berserk

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to equip your gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Hardcore

Setup

The Hardcore Frenzy Barbarian focuses on having a large amount of Damage Reduction (46%) while stacking over capped Resistances and Life. The most impactful item for a build like this is Crown of Ages. More survivability options include Thundergod's Vigor and sometimes Verdungo's Hearty Cord. Dwarf Star or Wisp Projector can also be used for more Absorb. Dracul’s Grasp allows you to cast Life Tap on striking, adding another layer of Life recovery. Hits return 50% of their final Physical Damage to you.

Mercenary

For this variant we use the Act 5 Mercenary because we already have Might from Last Wish Phase Blade. The advantage is his fast Attack Speed which allows him to proc Decrepify from Lawbringer Phase Blade and x% Chance of Crushing Blow from Guillaume's Face more often. Survivability mainly comes from Fade provided by Treachery Sacred Armor.

Skills

The Weapon Mastery depends on the Weapon used with your Frenzy Barbarian. We recommend Sword Mastery for our phaseblade Base.

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Howl
2. Taunt
3. BattleCry
4. finditem
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. increasedstamina
8. increasedspeed
9. ironskin
10. naturalresistance
11. leap
12. leapattack

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Frenzy
2. Double Swing
3. Sword Mastery
(Depends on your Weapon)
4. Battle Orders
5. Berserk

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to equip your gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Uber

Setup

Focus on having a large amount of Damage Reduction (42%) with Fade while stacking over capped Resistances and Life. Prior to entering any of the Uber fights we proc Fade by standing in the fire next to the River of Flame Waypoint.
A combination of Frenzy for the stacks and Double Swing can dish out great DPS. The most impactful items for a build like this are Crown of Ages, Thundergod's Vigor and Wisp Projector for more Absorb. Dracul’s Grasp allows you to cast Life Tap on striking, adding another layer of Life recovery. Hits return 50% of their final Physical Damage to you.

Mercenary

For this variant we use the Act 5 Mercenary because we already have Might from Last Wish Phase Blade. The advantage here is that his fast Attack Speed allows him to proc Decrepify from Lawbringer Phase Blade and x% Chance of Crushing Blow from Guillaume's Face. Survivability mainly comes from Fade provided by Treachery Sacred Armor. DON'T expect your Mercenary to survive Uber Trist!

Skills

The Weapon Mastery depends on the Weapon used with your Frenzy Barbarian. We recommend Sword Mastery for our phaseblade Base.

Put 1 Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Howl
2. Taunt
3. BattleCry
4. finditem
5. Shout
6. Battle Command
7. increasedstamina
8. increasedspeed
9. ironskin
10. naturalresistance
11. leap
12. leapattack

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Frenzy
2. Double Swing
3. Sword Mastery
(Depends on your Weapon)
4. Battle Orders
5. Berserk

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to equip your gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.


Summary

  • Enough Strength and Dexterity to wear gear and put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.
  • Keep your Battle Command, Battle Orders, and Shout buffs up at all times.
  • Use Teleport and Leap Attack to move around obstacles.
  • Take note of your surroundings before fully sending into an area. Beware of enemy Auras, movements, and positioning.
  • Generate Frenzy stacks and use Double Swing for big single target DPS.
  • Have fun!

This build can be a ton of fun with its ability to ZOOM around the map with all your Frenzy Stacks and additional movement speed. You'll notice that sometimes you move so fast that it can be difficult to target enemies!

Good luck!


Credits

Written by BTNeandertha1
Reviewed by Teo1904