The Barbarian class returns from Diablo 2, though some of his skills and abilities have been reworked. Nevertheless, the Barbarian will remain one the best meat tanks there is in the game.
In gameplay footage, the Barbarian appears to have many powerful melee attacks in the short and mid ranges. Most of these attacks have wide attack radii and can hit multiple enemies at once. Cleave and Ground Stomp are classic melee moves, while Seismic Slam is an excellent ranged attack. Those who have played this class in Diablo 2 will be familiar with the newly enhanced Leap and Whirlwind techniques.
Barbarian Skill Tree:
The three Barbarian skill trees are Battlemaster, Berserker and Juggernaut. The Battlemaster skill tree contains mostly skills allowing the Barbarian to be more effective in combat, it also contains active and passive abilities that give buffs to party members as well as debuffs that make monsters easier to kill. The Berserker skill tree is devoted purely to offensive skills and buffs that enhance attacks and damage. Berserker skills allow the Barbarian to kill faster and hit harder, many of the skills allow Barbarian to hit multiple enemies at once and buffs that empower only the Barbarian. The Juggernaut skill tree is devoted to defensive skills that help make the Barbarian a better tank character. Most of the Juggernaut skills enhance defense stats or make the Barbarian aborb more damage or heal faster. This skill tree also contains close range area attacks that can damage and stun enemies. Note that all skills are not final and subject to change throughout the Diablo 3 development cycle.
Battlemaster Skill Tree:
Tier 1: Battle Rage, Perseverance, Power of the Battlemaster, Iron Skin
Tier 2: Hammer of the Ancients, Battle Cry, Scavenge, Critical Attacks, Shield Specialization
Tier 3: Furious Charge, Ignore Pain, Deliberate Defense, Improved Battle Rage, Death Proof
Tier 4: Inspiring Presence, Natural Resistance, Mighty Hammer
Berserker Skill Tree:
Tier 1: Frenzy, Bad Temper, Power of the Berserker, Heightened Senses
Tier 2: Terrifying Shout, Onslaught, Double Strike, Strong Constitution, Berserker State
Tier 3: Leap Attack, Enrage, Dual Wield Specialization, Savage, Increase Speed
Tier 4: Whirlwind, Slashing Strike, Relentless Attacks, Destroy Armor
Juggernaut Skill Tree:
Tier 1: Bash, Inspiration, Power of the Juggernaut, Unnamed Skill
Tier 2: Cleave, Ground Stomp, Focused Strength, Stubborn, Recovery
Tier 3: Revenge, Taunt, Stunning Blows, Two-Handed Weapon Specialization, Invigorated
Tier 4: Seismic Slam, Iron Will, Crushing Blows, Seismic Effect
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