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Welcome to our Diablo 4 Whirlwind Barbarian Build for Endgame. This iconic build focuses on simplistic gameplay in order to maximize fury generation, mobility, and damage in order to clear content with ease . It is very beginner friendly, which is great for new players or veterans who are learning the class. In this article we will give you the info needed to re-create this build! This guide will cover the Skill Tree, Aspects, Paragon Board, Glyphs and everything you need to run the Whirlwind Barbarian Build!

Pros

  • Easy to play.
  • High damage output.
  • Great for speed clearing and all types of content.

Cons

  • Requires good fury management.
  • Simple rotation can be unrewarding at times.
  • You must play in melee range.

Skill Tree and Paragon Board

Board Order and Glyphs

  • 1.) Starting BoardTerritorial: When optimizing your build, the extra range here enables great damage increases to close enemies. This will always be beneficial given that Barbarian is a melee class.
  • 2.) WarbringerExploit: Improving vulnerable enemy damage synergizes not only with our flat damage, but also for more bleed output thanks to passives like Cut to the Bone if chosen.
  • 3.) Flawless TechniqueDisembowel: More sources of cooldown reduction will allow for better overall gameplay flow. This will help to maximize the uptime of your Shouts.
  • 4.) Bone BreakerWrath: After the Season 1 Patch this now increases all damage and not just core abilities. As such, it is an even more powerful way to get damage from this build.
  • 5.) DecimatorImbiber: This will be the lowest priority Glyph to upgrade. It will improve our damage dealt while healthy, which will be inconsistent at times.
  • 6.) Weapons MasterMarshal: Our shouts will be the cornerstone of this build. Focusing on cooldown reduction becomes key whether it be for fury generation, defensiveness, or raw damage output. THIS GLYPH IS ESSENTIAL. If you are not max level, use this in your first board in order to properly run the build.

Glyph Leveling Priority

Below you will find the important Rare Glyphs for the Whirlwind Barbarian. Make note, you should upgrade each Glyph to level 15 first, and then push them to max.

  • 1.) Wrath
  • 2.) Exploit
  • 3.) Marshal
  • 4.) Territorial
  • 5.) Disembowel
  • 6.) Imbiber

Weapon Technique

Expertise: Two-Handed Sword Expertise – Using this as the primary weapon will enable another source of applying bleeds while also giving increased Critical Strike Damage. NOTE: Assign Two-Handed Swords to Lunging Strike and Whirlwind.

Technique: Two-Handed Axe Technique – This will provide a significant damage boost to Vulnerable enemies. This will be a large damage increase because of our high uptime on the Vulnerable debuff.

Season One: Malignant Hearts

The Seasonal Affix tied to Season One will add a huge boost to all builds in Diablo 4. This will provide you essentially bonus gem slots that will add unique effects which may provide massive damage, defensive, or utility boosts. For more information on this, please refer to our Season 1 Malignant Hearts Guide

Below you will find the suggested Malignant Hearts for this build:

Recommended

  • Focused Rage (Vicious, Offensive): After spending 100-60 Fury within 2 seconds, your next Non-Basic Skill’s Critical Strike Chance is increased by 20-30%.
  • Revenge (Brutal, Defensive): 10-20% of incoming damage is instead supressed. When you use a Defensive, Subterfuge or a Macabre skill, all suppressed damage is amplified by 250% and explodes, dealing up to 1360 – 2040 Fire damage to Nearby enemies.
  • The Barber (Wrathful, Super): Critical Strikes and all subsequent damage within 2.0 – 4.0 seconds is absorbed by your target. Then, the absorbed damage erupts onto surrounding enemies. Stored damage is increased by 10% per second.

Optional

  • Ignoring Pain (Wrathful, Super): Incoming damage has a 5-15% chance of being ignored and instead Healing your for 17 – 68.
  • Malignant Pack (Wrathful, Super): Cycle through a Malignant bonus every 20 kills:
    • Gain 20% Attack Speed
    • Core and Basic Skills have a 15% chance to fully restore your Primary Resource
    • Every 21 seconds, gain a Barrier absorbing 85 – 102 damage
  • Picana (Vicious, Offensive): Critical Strikes electrically charge the enemy for 0.75 – 2.50 seconds, causing lighting to arc between them and any other charged enemies dealing 68 – 136 lightning damage.
  • Dark Dance (Vicious, Offensive): Every 5 seconds while above 60% Life, Core Skills cost 51 – 68 Life instead of your Primary Resource. Skills that consume Life deal 10% – 20% increased damage.
  • Resurgent Life (Brutal, Defensive): While below 40% – 60% Life, you receive 50% – 60% more Healing from all sources.

Legendary Aspects & Gearing

Below is a list of Aspects we use and recommend for this build. The Aspects are in order starting from the most to least important.

Required

These Aspects act as the core of the build and allow it to function. These will ALWAYS be needed.

  • Aspect of Dire Whirlwind (Offensive)
  • Aspect of Echoing Fury (Resource)
  • Bold Chieftain’s Aspect (Resource)

These Aspects are suggested for improving damage output or overall defensiveness. Some of these may be interchanged with other preferences or in the case of obtaining a Unique drop.

  • Aspect of Berserk Ripping (Offensive)
  • Edgemaster’s Aspect (Offensive)
  • Aspect of the Expectant (Offensive)
  • Aspect of Limitless Rage (Offensive)
  • Aspect of Grasping Whirlwind (Utility)
  • Iron Blood Aspect (Defensive)
  • Aspect of Disobedience (Defensive)
  • Ghostwalker Aspect (Mobility)

Optional

  • Aspect of Numbing Wrath (Defensive)
  • Aspect of the Protector (Defensive)
  • Conceited Aspect (Offensive)
  • Dust Devil’s Aspect (Offensive)
  • Wind Striker Aspect (Mobility)

Aspect Slots

Note that Aspects are limited to specific gear slots. Use the list below to decide where to put your aspects. This build does not restrict you, but note some unique items may require you to adjust accordingly:

  • Offensive – Amulets, Gloves, Ring, Weapons
  • Defensive – Amulets, Chest, Helm, Legs
  • Mobility – Amulets, Boots
  • Resource – Rings
  • Utility – Amulets, Boots, Chest, Gloves, Helm

Suggested Aspect Slots

Item SlotAspect
HelmGrasping Whirlwind
ChestDisobedience
GlovesExpectant
PantsIron Blood
BootsGhost Walker
2H BludgeoningDire Whirlwind
1H Dual WieldBerserk Ripping
1H Dual WieldExpectant
2H SlashingLimitless Rage
AmuletEdgemaster’s
Ring #1Bold Chieftan’s
Ring #2Echoing Fury
Suggested Aspects without Unique Items

Unique Items

This build has a few Unique items it can take advantage of them. Some are mandatory to maximize the damage of the build, others are potential defensive options depending on preference.

  • Gohr’s Devastating Grips (Required): Whirlwind explodes after it ends, dealing [50% – 70%] of the total Base damage dealt to surrounding enemies as Fire damage.
  • The Grandfather (Recommended BIS): Increases your Critical Strike Damage by x[60% – 100%]. This weapon can also roll other properties higher than normal.
  • Harlequin Crest (Recommended BIS): Gain [5% – 8%] Damage Reduction. In addition, gain +2 Ranks to all Skills.
  • Rage of Harrogath (Optional): Lucky Hit: Up to a [20% – 40%] chance to reduce the Cooldowns of your Non-Ultimate Skills by 1.5 seconds when you inflict Bleeding on Elites.
  • Temerity (Optional): Effects that Heal you beyond 100% Life grant you a Barrier up to [50% – 100%] of your Maximum Life that lasts for 30 seconds. NOTE: If you use this Unique, consider using Conceited Aspect on gear. Also, contribute more points to the Raid Leader passive.

Best in Slot

Item SlotAspect
HelmHarlequin Crest*
ChestRage of Harrogath*
GlovesGohr’s Devastating*
PantsTemerity*
BootsGhost Walker
2H BludgeoningDire Whirlwind
1H Dual WieldBerserk Ripping
1H Dual WieldConceited
2H SlashingThe Grandfather*
AmuletEdgemaster’s
Ring #1Bold Chieftan’s
Ring #2Echoing Fury
*Unique

Stat Priority and Gems

Item12345Gem
HelmCooldown Reduction+ Max Life StrengthArmor+Max FuryRoyal Sapphire
ChestDamage Reduction while FortifiedDamage Reduction from Close enemiesDamage Reduction from Bleeding enemiesArmor Maximum LifeRoyal Sapphire
Gloves+ Ranks to WhirlwindCritical Strike ChanceCritical Strike Chance against Injured enemiesStrengthAll Stats
PantsDamage Reduction while FortifiedDamage Reduction from Close enemiesDamage Reduction from Bleeding enemiesArmor Maximum LifeRoyal Sapphire
BootsMovement SpeedFury Cost ReductionBerserk DurationFortify GenerationMovement Speed from Killing Elites
AmuletCooldown ReductionFury Cost Reduction+ Ranks to Heavy Handed Passive+ Ranks to Pit Fighter Passive+ Ranks to Slaying Strike PassiveRoyal Skull
Ring x 2Fury GenerationCritical Strike ChanceVulnerable DamageCritical Strike Damage+ Max FuryRoyal Skull
Weapon 1HWeapon DamageVulnerable DamageCritical Strike Damage+Damage to Close Enemies+Core Skill DamageRoyal Emerald
Weapon 2H (Slashing and Bludgeoning)Weapon DamageVulnerable DamageCritical Strike Damage+Damage to Close Enemies+Core Skill DamageRoyal Emerald

Whirlwind Barbarian Rotation

Whirlwind Barbarian offers a very simple and straight forward build that can be used in any type of content. Because Whirlwind is a channeling ability it has a relatively relaxed rotation and low overall actions per minute.

General

  • Use Lunging Strike to engage enemies, if you are in need of Fury, or if you are using Aspect of the Expectant.
  • Use Challenging Shout, War Cry, and Rallying Cry together, with at least 5 enemies nearby if possible. This will proc cooldown reduction, consistent healing, and many offensive and defensive buffs.
  • Wrath of the Berserker can be used when fighting multiple elites, large packs, or for burst damage on boss fights.
  • Channel Whirlwind as your primary source of damage. When fighting trash and elites, be sure to continue moving so that you can gather enemies together and maximize AOE damage.

Bosses

Boss fights will follow the same rotation. Be sure to optimize burst damage windows by taking advantage of DPS cooldowns such as Wrath of the Berserker or War Cry

Conclusion

This concludes our Diablo 4 Whirlwind Barbarian build! For more information on Diablo 4, including Class Builds and Guides, be sure to check out our Diablo 4 home page!