Diablo 4 Best Whirlwind Bleed Barbarian Build Guide: Skills, Legendary Aspects & Gear, Paragon Board

5/9/2023 6:36:01 PM

In the Diablo 4 build guide, we break down how to create one of the best leveling build - Whirlwind Bleed Barbarian, covering the setup of skills, legendary aspects, gems, and paragon board. 

Diablo IV Whirlwind Bleed Barbarian Build Guide

The timeless Barbarian build has undergone significant enhancements in Diablo 4. It currently captures all of your damage multipliers upon activation, permitting you to build up an enormous Whirlwind similar to the Upheaval build but with greater utility and mobility. Moreover, the build incorporates the Grasping Whirlwind, which grasps nearby enemies and drags them alongside. Additionally, Whirlwind is most effective when coupled with your Shouts, and by utilizing your Shouts to stack and manipulate mobs, you can create a formidable support build that also deals tremendous damage. This is undoubtedly the optimal build for leveling a Barbarian - its components are seamlessly integrated and it's incredibly powerful, making quick work of enemies. If you take pleasure in carving through hordes of foes in a gory spectacle, then this is definitely the build for you. It's specifically designed to maximize bleeding damage, and the vast array of legendary items scattered throughout Sanctuary, including those obtained from dungeons, ensure that this build is fully equipped to excel. Rest assured, everything you need to make this build exceptional is right at your fingertips.

Whirlwind Bleed Barbarian Skills

The Barbarian's Whirlwind is among its most powerful core abilities, enabling the character to efficiently eliminate large groups of enemies while on the move. To complete the best Whirlwind Bleed Barb Build, we fit the following skills together: 

Basic Skill: Lunging Strike (5/5) > Enhanced Lunging Strike > Battle Lunging Strike

It lunges forward, just stabs them, and a ton of damage. And you can make it Enhanced Lunging Strike to deal 30% increased damage and heal you and then also more importantly Battle Lunging Strike also inflicts 20 bleeding damage over 5 seconds 

Core Skill: Whirlwind (5/5) > Enhanced Whirlwind > Furious Whirlwind

Whirlwind rapidly attacks surrounding enemies for 18.2% damage, Enhanced Whirlwind gains one Fury each time Whirlwind deals direct damage to an enemy or three Fury against Elite enemies sick. Then finally we got this bleed to build Furious Whirlwind, while using a slashing weapon Whirlwind also inflicts 20% of its base damage is bleeding damage over 5 seconds. 

Core Skill Passive: Pressure Point (3/3)

Lucky hit your core skills have up to a 30% chance to make enemies vulnerable for 2 seconds boom. As much as we use Whirlwind, we're going to have chances to apply vulnerable, this is a amazing skill highly recommend you check that out.

Defensive Skill: Rallying Cry (5/5) > Enhanced Rallying Cry > Tactical Rallying Cry

Rallying Cry is a great defensive skill is because it has 30% move speed, 50% resource regeneration, but also Enhanced Rallying Cry grants you unstoppable while active - this is super important for any type of build regardless of your class and build. When activate this ability, you can get free of crowd control, so if the blood Bishop grabs you, use this ability you're free. Also Tactical Rallying Cry will generate 25 Fury and grant you an additional 50% resource regeneration, so you can get your whirlwinds are just going to last so much longer with this particular skill so it's a great one to get.

Brawling Skill: War Cry (2/5) > Enhanced War Cry > Power War Cry

Bollow a mighty war cry, increasing your damage dealt by 15 awesome that's huge and then it gives you berserking for 4 seconds that makes you deal more damage and attack faster berserking is amazing, and then we're also going to get Power War Cry, if at least 6 enemies are nearby when you cast war cry, your damage bonus has increased to 30% increased damage. By the way, it's going to give you berserking too, so it's like more like what 45% and we're going to get some nice legendary aspects that go with berserking in this build.

Brawling Skill: Leap (5/5) > Enhance Leap > Power Leap

Leap is going to help us get around and knock back enemies. And Enhance Leap offers more bonus: If leap doesn't damage any enemies, it's cooldowns reduced by 4 seconds. Then Power Leap grants 40 Fury if Leap damages at least one enemy, so it's a great way to get some Fury back as you engage in battle.

Brawling Passive Skill: Swiftness (3/3)

We're also going to get three points into Swiftness, you're just going to  get a passive 12% movement speed bonus and it's always on, what a great skill just for Barbarians.

Weapon Mastery Skill:  Pit Fighter (3/3) > No Mercy (3/3) & Slaying Strike (3/3)

Finally, on Weapon Mastery, we put 3 points in Pit Fighter, so you deal 9% increase damage to close enemies (they're always going to be close enemies because literally you're a Melee character), and you gain distant damage reduction that's great, so when someone's shooting like an arrow at you. With No Mercy, you have a 9%  increase Critical Strike chance against immobilized stunned or slowed enemies, this is huge because as we're going to find out very shortly this build is always going to have enemies slowed which opens up a ton of really awesome playstyles. We also get 3 points in Slaying Strike, then you can deal 22.5% increase damage against injured enemies, it's basically like when they're below 35% Health they're in this execute phase and you can just start dealing some extra damage to them.

Weapon Mastery Skill:   Hamstring (1/3) - Cut To The Bone (3/3)

This is one of the most important skills of the entire build, hamstring your bleeding effects, slow enemies by 10%. Now we are applying slows throughout all of our abilities or that's a crowd control effect it opens up the door for so many combos. Then we get three points into Cut To The Bone, your bleeding effects deal 18% increased damage to vulnerable enemies, this is good because as we got in the beginning our core skills have lucky hit to cause vulnerable.

Ultimate Skill: Call of the Ancients > Prime Call of the Ancients > Supreme Call of the Ancients

The strongest ultimate skill does so much damage, we'll get Prime Call of the Ancients active to gain 10% bonus attack speed and 10% increased damage, and Supreme Call of the Ancients to have each ancient grants additional power corlick's going to give you 10 fear each time they damage an enemy, Talic is going to slow enemies and Madowe is going to stun enemies.

Key Passive: Gushing Wounds

Finally, when we get to our key passive, we've got gushing wounds - when causing an enemy to bleed, you have a chance equal to your Critical Strike chance to increase the bleed amount by 100% of your Critical Strike damage bonus, in short this means that your bleeds can kind of like crit, it's a chance equal to your Critical Strike chance, so your bleeds are going to crit essentially right to increase the bleed amount by 100% of your Critical Strike damage bonus, so essentially bleeds can crit. And then when you overpower a bleeding enemy, it's going to cause an explosion that inflicts 11% bleeding damage over 5 seconds. 

Whirlwind Bleed Barbarian Best Legendary Aspects For Leveling

Now let's talk about legendary aspects and there are so many that fit into this build. Barbarians are special in that, they have four weapons that you can equip four different legendary aspects into. When it comes to Legendary aspects you want to look at the ones you can get from dungeons and it's extremely important that you do this because legendary aspects aren't going to drop like they did during the beta and so it's going to be very rare to actually find a legendary aspect like that. Outside of the Dungeons and by the way when you find a legendary aspect, when you extract it, it's going to be sort of a one-time thing when you imprint it, so you can't imprint it more than once. But these legendary aspects that we are going to go through are going to go into your codex of power and you can imprint them an infinite number of times, which means that you can continue to upgrade your gear as you level.

  • Aspect of the Expectant - Attacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by x5-10%, up to x50.0%. Unlocked by completing Underroot in Scosglen.

  • Veteran Brawler's Aspect - Each time a Core Skill deals direct damage to an enemy, your next Charge or Leap deals x15-20% increased damage, up to x225-300%. Unlocked by completing Heretics Asylum in Kehjistan.

  • Aspect of the Dire Whirlwind - Whirlwind's Critical Strike Chance is increased by +5-10% for each second it is

  • channeled, up to +20-40%. Unlocked by completing Garan Hold in Scosglen.

  • Earthstriker's Aspect - After swapping weapons 10.0 times, your next attack will Overpower and deal x30-50% increased Overpower damage. Unlocked by completing Maugan's Works in Hawczar

  • Aspect of Berserk Ripping - Whenever you deal direct damage while Berserking, inflict 2240% of the Base damage dealt as additional Bleeding damage over 5.0 seconds. Unlocked by completing Moumfield in Dry Steppes.

  • Aspect of Unrelenting Fury - Killing an enemy with a Core Skill refunds 10-20% of its base Fury cost. Can only happen once per Skill cast. Unlocked by completing Hallwed Ossuary in Fractured Peaks.

  • Aspect of the Umbral - Restore 1-4 of your Primary Resources when you Crowd Control an enemy. Unlocked by completing Champion's Demise in Dry Steppes

  • Aspect of Anemia - Lucky Hit Diret damage against Blecding enemies has up to a 3140% chance to Stun them for 2.0 seconds. Unlocked by completing Kor Dragan Barracks in Fractured Peaks.

  • Aspect of Shared Misery - Lucky Hit: When you hit a Crowd Controlled enemy, there is up to a 30-50% chance for that Crowd Control fact to spread to another unaffected enemy. Unlocked by completing Blivion in Hawezar

  • Iron Blood Aspect - Gain 2. 4% Damage Reduction for each Nearby Bleeding enemy up to 10-20% maximum. Unlocked by completing Forgotten Ruins in Kehjistan.

  • Aspect of Might - Basic Skills grant 25.0% Damage Reduction for 48 seconds. Unlocked by completing Dark Ravine in Dry Steppes

  • Wind Striker Aspect - Critical Strikes grant +8 16% Movement Speed for 1.0 seconds, up to 6 seconds. Unlocked by completing Shivra Ruins in Kehjsan.

  • Aspect of Retribution - Distant enemies have a 15.0% chance to be Stunned for 2.0 seconds when they hit you. You deal x30-50% increased damage to Stunned enemies. Unlocked by completing Abandoned Mineworks in Kehjisan.

Whirlwind Barbarian Best Gems

As you progress to higher levels, the significance of gems will increase. Below are several examples of valuable gems for Whirlwind Barbarians.

  • Weapon Gem: Ruby

  • Armor Gem:  Sapphire

  • Jewelry Gem: Diamond

Whirlwind Bleed Barbarian Paragon Board

Paragon board this is your starter board right here and then you're going to move up along this way, and here are some main tiles you would want to active:

  • Blood Rage - Killing a Bleeding enemy has a 12% chance to grant Berserking for 5 seconds.

  • Hemorrhage - Enemies that have been affected by your Bleeding for 3 or more seconds take x15% increased damage from you. 

So that all of our Diablo IV Whirlwind Bard Build Guide, hopefully, give you a great ahead idea on creating the powerful start Barbarian build in D4!

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