Whirlwind Barbarian Dungeon Guide

Introduction

Spin & Buff is a Whirlwind Barbarian build that excels at farming Dungeons in a group. The incredible speed of Sprint combined Swiftwing is essential to any fast party. On top that Whirlwind gets a pull ability with The Gathering allowing allies to shred monsters within seconds. If all that wasn't enough Demoralize and Battlemaster's Helm increase the party damage significantly, making this Barb build one of the best allies of any group!

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 60. Check out the Barbarian 1-60 Leveling Guide and Complete Leveling Guide if you're not there yet!

Very Mobile
Easy Gameplay
Crazy Pull Ability
Several Amazing Buffs

Cooldown Dependency
Takes Damage Constantly

Low Single Target Damage
❌ Easy to Play, Difficult to Master


Group Build - Spin & Buff

Legendary Items buff or alter Skills in Diablo Immortal. This creates powerful combinations you can use to destroy the game. Let's look at the best setup for Solo Farming.

di-skill id=frenzy]Frenzy[/di-skill] (Primary) - This hits hard on a single target and increases your Attack Speed.

Sprint - Combining this with Swiftwing gives the buff to your allies that are nearby.

Whirlwind - Your primary source of AoE damage as a Barbarian. Great for killing trash, while staying mobile. Insane pull ability with The Gathering.

Wrath of the Berserker is a great buff for more attack and movement speed. Attack speed increases your Whirlwind speed, which in turn boosts DPS. The Coming Storm deceases its cooldown for higher uptime.

Demoralize - This skill matched with the Battlemaster's Helm gives everyone in the party a 25% damage buff. Save it for when you get to Bosses and Elites.

Grace of the Flagellant is the best PvE Set for Barbarians by far! Since we use Whirlwind as our main skill, we constantly deal damage and always get the damage buff!

Charm Priority: 1. Whirlwind 2. Frenzy 3. Hammer of the Ancients 4. Wrath of the Berserker 5. Sprint

Check out our Set Item Guide and Equipment Guide for more information.

Alternative Setups

There are a few changes you can make depending on your preferred playstyle:

  • Using 3 Skills for buffs may seem a bit dull. As long as you're giving your group Sprint and Demoralize, you can take Skills that better fit your playstyle while still doing great damage.
  • Wrath of the Berserker is a great way to simply buff yourself but this can be swapped for many others for more damage or utility.
    • For example you can swap Wrath of the Berserker and Broken Soul for Hammer of the Ancients and The Remembered + Davin's Legacy. This gives you 2 Spirits of the Ancients that will do great damage and provide you with a stun.

Gameplay

Give your teammates Sprint and the War Cry from Demoralize. This makes you feel less active on your character, but the bonuses for the team are well worth the sacrifice. Use these 3 rules and every group will love having you around.

  1. Always keep Sprint up on your team.
  2. Save Demoralize for Bosses and Elites so the team has the 25% damage buff when it counts.
  3. Use Whirlwind to kill lesser enemies and Lacerate on Bosses and Elites.

Check out our Dungeon for more information.


Normal & Legendary Gems

Legendary Gems provide incredible attribute bonuses and unique effects. They are found as a reward after completing an Elder Rift that is enhanced with a Legendary Crest. Many of them are also crafted using Runes and Platinum at the Jeweler in Westmarch.

Read our Legendary Gems Guide for more information.

Starter Legendary Gems
  1. Trickshot Gem' allows you to channel Whirlwind longer, especially when ranked up and awakened! This is the best 1 star Legendary Gem for a Whirlwind Barbarian!
  2. Everlasting Torment deals incredible damage over time after a Critical Hit. For a simple 1 star Legendary Gem, it packs a punch.
  3. Fervant Fang does fantastic single target damage. It can easily be acquired from the Battle Pass without relying on luck from crests.
  4. Berserker's Eye provides increased damage at the cost of taking more damage. This tradeoff works well for this build.
  5. Lightning Core does direct damage to an enemy group, often wiping them out in the process. While the damage is infrequent, it's useful for taking down larger targets.
  6. Chained Death gives a solid damage boost, especially in AoE situations.
Best in Slot Legendary Gems
  1. Blood-Soaked Jade is the best Legendary Gem in the game. It provides massive damage and movement speed, which is perfect for our Barbarian.
  2. Seeping Bile has poison that is devastating in large densities. When shredding through enemies with Whirlwind, you'll get so many hits in quick succession that this Gem procs all over the place!
  3. Blessing of the Worthy is amazing because you're constantly in melee range of enemies. Any damage taken activates devastating damage every 15 seconds, obliterating anything nearby.
  4. Phoenix Ashes gives a cheat death that increases in effectiveness as you rank this gem up. There might be unpredictable interactions between this Gem and Undying Rage, so we have to see how it performs with more testing.
  5. Bottled Hope provides great damage and movement speed. It can be triggered easily by using Sprint, Wrath of the Berserker or Undying Rage.
  6. Chip of Stone Flesh increases your damage sigificantly and can proc from any hard cc like your stun from the Hammer of the Ancients + The Remembered combination.

Normal Gems

  1. Tourmaline is better than Ruby, since Damage is better than Life.
  2. Sapphire is better than Aquamarine, since Armor Penetration (Critical Hit Damage) is better than Armor.
  3. Citrine is equal to Topaz, since both Potency and All Resistance are underwhelming stats. Simply use the highest leveled Yellow Gems you've obtained.

Attribute Priorities

Primary Attributes

The Barbarian's main Primary Stat is Strength, giving +0.3 Damage per point. All other things equal, use gear with Strength to maximize the damage you deal. Fortitude is also important early on because it gives you Armor Penetration (Critical Hit Damage), but becomes less important later due to diminishing returns.

The Barbarian's worst Primary Stat is Intelligence because it only gives +1 Combat Rating. If possible, don't use it.

  1. Strength +1 Combat Rating and +0.3 Damage.
  2. Fortitude +1 Combat Rating, +0.1 Armor, and +0.1 Armor Penetration. Armor increases your chance to Block, which mitigates 20% of incoming damage. This is a nice defensive boost, especially when pushing Challenge Rifts or Helliquary bosses. Armor Penetration gives Critical Hit Damage, which is nice if you already have a high Critical Hit Chance.
  3. Vitality +1 Combat Rating and +3 Life. It never hurts to have more life, especially for end game pushes and PvP. Vitality is the best stat after the damage-dealing ones.
  4. Willpower +1 Combat Rating, +0.1 Potency, and +0.1 Resistance. Potency increases the duration of harmful effects on enemies, while Resistance lowers the duration of harmful effects on you from enemies. Willpower may play a larger role in the future, but currently it is never prioritized.
  5. Intelligence +1 Combat Rating. Gives nothing extra and is therefore the worst stat.

Check out our Stats Mechanic Guide for more information.

Special Attributes

Because the total amount of primary attributes is so important, you rarely prioritize special attributes on gear. Still, several special attributes can make a difference, here are some of the best ones you can find:

  1. Critical Hit Chance to proc Everlasting Torment's attack speed effect at Rank 6.
  2. Beneficiary Effect Duration to boost uptime of Sprint and Wrath of the Berserker.
  3. Critical Hit Damage to increase damage.

Check out our full Attribute and Magic Affix Guide and Upgrading and Reforging Guide for more information.

Family Bonuses & Reforging

Family bonuses are hard to change so picking a powerful option is important. Here are some of the best Family Bonuses available for the Barbarian:

  1. The Wildfire Stone Family Bonus rolls Critical Hit Damage, which is a powerful stat that also synergizes well with Everlasting Torment. The Hydra can soak incoming damage by distracting enemies but its damage is a bit underwhelming.
  2. The Vengeance Stone Family Bonus is a great option for the extra single target damage. Focus on the Attack Speed rolls here for even more overall DPS and Vengeance Stone Family procs.

For more details, see our Upgrading and Reforging Guide.


Awakening

Focus on Awakening your gear with 1 star Gems at first (Trickshot Gem, Berserker's Eye, Everlasting Torment etc.). Most item slots provide great benefits for a Barbarian, with the exception of the Off-Hand. We recommend Awakening your items in this order:

1. Main-Hand

  • [id=eagermaelstrom]Eager Maelstrom[/di-item] - Whirlwind energy consumed 10% slower
  • Stonefall - Hammer of the Ancients damage increased by 10%.

2. Chest

  • The Gathering - Whirlwind energy consumed 10% slower.
  • Davin's Legacy - Hammer of the Ancients damage increased by 10%.

3. Shoulders

  • The Coming Storm - Wrath of the Berserker cooldown further decreased by 10%.
  • Broken Grasp - Sprint Cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Ydama's Cyclone - Whirlwind energy consumed 10% slower.

4. Head

  • Second Breath - Sprint cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Battlemaster's Helm - Demoralize cooldown decreased by 10%.

5. Legs

  • Swiftwing - Sprint cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Screaming Fury - Furious Charge cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Determination - Furious Charge cooldown decreased by 10%.

6. Off-Hand

  • We do not recommend awakening your Off-Hand as a Barbarian, since all the Awakened effects are bad.

Check out our Awakening Guide for more information.


Paragon

For Paragon Points, always prioritize Damage and Life. Remember to activate the Paragon Tree that you want to use. Vanquisher is the best for damage, and Treasure Hunter can be used for a small Experience boost. Avoid activating the Gladiator Tree since its active nodes only work in PvP.

Note: This path is used for all PvE content, but is subject to change on launch as we achieve higher Paragon and see the finalized trees.

Have a look at our Barbarian PvP Guide to see the PvP focused path.

Use the Slider to see Paragon progression

Once you hit Paragon 150 respec your Paragon Points so you can utilize the more powerful Mastermind tree. Remember to activate the Paragon Tree! From here continue to pick up Life and Damage nodes in the other Paragon Trees.

With this setup you can also activate the Gladiator tree when you PvP. Once you have Mastermind filled in and active you can prioritize picking up the Gladiator tree sooner or later, depending on how much PvP you plan to do.

Use the Slider to see Paragon 150-200 progression

Check out our Paragon Guide for more information.


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Summary

  • Dominate Dungeons and group farming with this build.
  • Group up enemies with Whirlwind and The Gathering.
  • Buff you allies with Sprint + Swiftwing.
  • Debuff your enemies with Demoralize + Battlemaster's Helm.
  • Rank up Normal and Legendary Gems for huge bonuses while hunting for a Wildfire Stone Family Bonus.
  • Seek out Critical Hit Chance and Damage Magic Affixes with Strength and Fortitude Primary Stats.
  • Awaken gear slots to boost your Sprint and Whirlwind to another level.
  • Accumulate Paragon and invest in all the Damage nodes you can find while picking up key active nodes.

Credits

Written by Rob
Contributions by Facefoot
Reviewed by Facefoot, Raxxanterax


Changelog

May 9th 2022
Published Guide

Jun 12th 2022
Adjusted Legendary Gem Section