Barbarian 1-60 Leveling Guide


Leveling up in Diablo Immortal is a journey that you can approach with your own playstyle. Will you choose to take the fast and efficient path, focused on XP through the Battle Pass? Or will you choose to go on a relaxed and fun focused route filled by enjoying Side Quests, Hidden Lairs, and the story? Whichever way you choose, this guide covers everything you need to comfortably reach level 60 as a Barbarian. We also have a full step-by-step game walkthrough if you ever get stuck along the way. Let's dive into this Barbarian Leveling Guide!

Check out the Speedrun to Level 60 guide for strategies on finishing the campaign quickly. We also have a full step-by-step game walkthrough if you ever get stuck along the way. Let's dive into the Barbarian leveling guide!

Class Identity

Choosing your class in Diablo Immortal is a big decision. Your main character requires a significant time investment, and we want you to enjoy playing the one you've chosen. Please read our Barbarian Overview to be sure it's right for you.

What to Expect as a Barbarian

Party Buffs ✔
Insane Mobility
High AoE Damage
Pulls Enemies Together

❌ Melee Range
Relies on Skill Cooldowns
❌ Mediocre Single Target Damage
❌Limited Whirlwind channeling time

Barbarian Leveling Build

Slide the bar at the bottom to see the skill progression

Level 1: Lacerate, Cleave and Hammer of the Ancients are available at the start. Lacerate deals significant single target damage and heals you. Use this on any tough Elites that survive your initial onslaught. Cleave adds some nice additional DPS on the side with its bleed effect. Constantly use this as the cooldown is ready. Hammer of the Ancients does huge AoE damage and should be used after grouping up a few monster. Later on we combine it with The Remembered (Battle Pass reward) for even more DPS and other benefits.

Level 3: Chained Spear is the next unlocked skill. It can help to gather the monsters, but will be replaced for a more mobility focused skills later.

Level 8: Whirlwind enters the battle as our main damage dealing skill. Gather your enemies before you start channeling it for optimal use. Now you're blasting!

Level 15: Sprint (replace Chained Spear) arrives as an indispensable movement skill with a relatively long uptime and a short cooldown. Always spam this to get to the next story objective fast!

Level 50: Wrath of the Berserker (replace Cleave) is a great buff for more attack and movement speed. Attack speed increases your Whirlwind speed, which in turn boosts DPS. More movement speed guarantees to finish objectives even faster!

Finding Equipment

Finding better equipment powers up your character. When you find an upgrade to your current equipment, your bag icon will flash. Open your inventory and equip any items with green arrows. Any other items can be salvaged at the Blacksmith, giving you crafting materials that are critical for upgrading equipment. Pick up and salvage every item you can using autopickup and periodically return to town to salvage. Make sure to turn on autopickup for Grey, Blue, and Yellow items in General Settings. Don't leave items on the ground; salvaging every item has value! As you continue to level up, you will find Legendary Items, which are the highest tier items for your six Primary slots. After you hit the maximum character level, you will also find Set Items in Hell 1 difficulty and beyond, which are the highest tier items for your six Secondary slots.

Upgrading Equipment

Upgrading your equipment is the most important way to gain power in Diablo Immortal. The Blacksmith is where you will spend all of your hard-earned salvage materials. Don't worry about wasting materials upgrading "bad equipment" because you can transfer upgrades for free! Even if you end up salvaging upgraded equipment, you receive 100% of the invested resources as a refund. In other words, the game is carefully designed so you can't lose any salvage materials! Upgrade all of your equipment to Rank 6 before continuing to Rank 7 because this gives you an extra attribute for each Primary slot! Read our full Upgrading and Reforging Guide to learn the details around upgrading strategy, attributes, and family bonuses!

Legendary Items

Legendary Items are extremely rare items that enhance different skills. If you are lucky enough to find one, equip it and transfer your upgrades immediately because these roll better stats than any other items. Try out the skill it buffs, even if it isn't part of our Barbarian Leveling build. It may give your character a huge power increase! Consider yourself extra lucky if you find The Tempest, The Gathering, Second Breath, The Remembered, Broken Grasp, Screaming Fury or Ydama's Cyclone because these are the most powerful items for Barbarian!

Essence Transfer - When you have a Legendary you no longer need, don't salvage it! Instead, go to the Essence Transfer NPC in Westmarch and extract its power. Now you can overwrite any future Legendary Item in the same slot with this power! Collecting every power is important because this will enable you to quickly swap builds in the future. If you already have the power extracted, then salvage it for a Glowing Shard.

Choosing the Battle Pass Legendary

Early on in the Battle Pass you can choose one Legendary for your class. We recommend taking The Remembered since it buffs Hammer of the Ancients for our Barbarian build. The Spirit of the Ancients constantly hits enemies, which helps with single target DPS and keeping your massacre bonuses to gain more experience. On top of that the Spirit helps to distract approaching monsters while you finish a story objective without being interrupted. Don't stop there though; acquire Battle Points quickly to gain a significant power spike from the Battle Pass rewards.

Normal and Legendary Gems

Find Normal Gems and Legendary Gems to further power up your character. During the Barbarian leveling process, simply equip Normal Gems that you find from Hidden Lairs, prioritizing Red and Blue Gems when given the choice. Legendary Gems can be bought for Platinum from the Marketplace or by running Elder Rifts empowered by Rare Crest and Legendary Crest. You will get some Legendary Crest early on in the Battle Pass, so use these right away so you can equip Legendary Gems for an impressive power boost! Read our full Gem Guide for even more details on picking and upgrading the right gems for you.

Helliquary Unlock and Rewards

After reaching level 36, follow your quests to Westmarch and unlock the Helliquary. Make sure to defeat the Helliquary bosses each reset (twice a week - Monday & Thrusday) at the highest difficulty you can. This assures you get as much Scoria as possible. There is no catch up mechanic for getting lost Scoria due to not defeating a boss from a previous reset! The Empowered Battle Pass allows you to earn extra Scoria, so check it out if you want to boost your Helliquary even further.

Barbarian Leveling From 1 to 60

Leveling requires more than just progressing straight through the story and every zone. You will need to explore the rest of the game to get enough XP to progress. Once you reach a new area, you may encounter a message that says, "You must reach X level before continuing." Here are two different ways to gain that required XP:

The Efficient Way

The best way to gain XP in Diablo Immortal is to advance your Battle Pass. Two of the fastest ways to do that are:

  1. Blasting Dungeons efficiently, only stopping to salvage when your bags are full.
  2. Open world farming for Monstrous Essence and Side Quests.

The Scenic Route

Don't feel like spending your entire day in Dungeons? Hit up every Side Quest and Hidden Lair you see while leveling up. These give you a nice break from blasting through the story, and they give you more XP, items, gems, and salvage materials. By the time you hit an XP barrier, you will have less grinding to do than the players who skipped them.

Barbarian Endgame

Congratulations on completing the story! Your journey has just begun as the endgame awaits you. Check out our full Paragon & Experience guide to learn about the rest of your Barbarian leveling journey. How do you build your character for endgame activities? Don't worry, we've got everything you need:

Barbarian Leveling Summary

  • Make sure you've read the Barbarian Overview to know if it's the right class for you.
  • Move from objective to objective with Sprint and Wrath of the Berserker.
  • Annihilate everything with Whirlwind and Hammer of the Ancients.
  • Turn on Auto Pick Up in General Settings, loot everything, and salvage when your bag is full.
  • Upgrade your gear often - it's the best way to Power Up!
  • Use Essence Transfer on unwanted Legendaries to use their powers later.
  • Read our Full Game Walkthrough if you ever get stuck.
  • Once you're level 60, conquer the endgame with our build guides listed above!


Thanks for reading our Barbarian Leveling Guide!

Written by Rob
Reviewed by Facefoot


May 13th 2022
Published Guide.