Diablo 4 Barbarian Selection Screen
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All Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant Barbarian changes: Buffs, nerfs, and more

Here are all the buffs and nerfs made to Barbarians in Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant.

Barbarian is a great class in Diablo 4, and while the class does get a few big nerfs in Season of the Malignant, there are also a lot of helpful buffs as well. If you’re looking to start a new seasonal character in Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant, then you definitely need to know the buffs, nerfs, and changes to Barbarian.

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Note: There are seven new Legendary Aspects available in Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant, and seeking out the Barbarian one will help you craft that perfect build.

All Barbarian changes and bug fixes in Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant

In fixing bugs and errors found in the Barbarian’s kit in Diablo 4, Blizzard unfortunately significantly nerfed the Hammer of the Ancients builds and the Aspects that made it extremely powerful. In their developer’s note, Blizzard stated that they didn’t want the Hammer of the Ancients build to “be reliant on an underlying bug,” which is fair, but it would’ve been nice to see a little buff to Hammer of the Ancients to balance this out.

  • Fixed an issue where the number of enemies to defeat for the Barbarian Class quest Masters of Battle was not displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where Iron Maelstrom could be cast more than 3 times rapidly casting War Cry.
  • Fixed an issue where stacking the Berserk Ripping, Skullbreaker, and Anemia aspects would allow the player to deal extreme amounts of damage.
  • Fixed an issue where the outer edge of the quakes granted to Hammer of the Ancients via The Aspect of Ancestral Echoes was dealing far more damage than intended.

All Barbarian buffs in Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant

Barbarian has received a lot of great buffs in Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant, so in no way are they bad now. The best Barbarian builds might change slightly, but the class is still in a really good spot.

Skills

  • Violent Double Swing Vulnerable duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds.
  • Furious Upheaval damage bonus per stack increased from 3% to 5%.
  • Power Charge Cooldown reduction is now capped to 3 targets, for a maximum of 9 seconds of Cooldown reduction.
  • Tactical Ground Stomp Fury gain increased from 25 to 40.
  • Enhanced Death Blow’s damage bonus to Bosses increased from 100% to 150%.
  • Enhanced Steel Grasp Vulnerable duration increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds.
  • Enhanced Rupture damage increased from 30% to 45%.
  • Warrior’s Rupture Attack Speed bonus increased from 20% to 30%, and duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds.
  • Fighter’s Rupture healing increased from 15% to 18% Maximum Life.

Aspects

  • Relentless Berserker’s Aspect Berserking duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds.
  • Battle-Mad Aspect Beserking duration increased from 1-2.5 to 2-3.5 seconds.
  • Brawler’s Aspect damage increased from 1-1.3 to 1.5-1.8.
  • Aspect of Burning Rage damage increased from .08-.14 to .22-.28.
  • Aspect of the Iron Warrior Damage Reduction increased from 15-25% to 18-28%.
  • Slaking Aspect Lucky Hit Chance increased from 30-50% to 40-60%.
  • Aspect of Ancestral Echoes Lucky Hit Chance increased from 40-50% to 50-60%.
  • Weapon Master’s Aspect Lucky Hit Chance increased from 32-50% to 37%-55%.

Items

  • Fields of Crimson Bleeding damage bonus increased from 10% to 15%.

All Barbarian nerfs in Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant

Diablo 4 Barbarian

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Luckily, the Barbarian receives no nerfs to its skills or Aspects. There are a few nerfs to Vulnerability damage and some of the Unique Items, but all things considered, Barbarians got a lot better. The winning Barbarian builds may have been decimated, but there’s a lot more room for new viable builds with all the buffs the Barbarians get in Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant.

Passives

  • Hamstring now only Slows Healthy enemies, and Slow amount increased from 10/20/30% to 20/40/60%.
  • Cut to the Bone Bleeding damage bonus to Vulnerable reduced from 6/12/18% to 5/10/15%.

Paragon

  • Wrath Glyph’s bonus now affects all damage instead of just Core Skills.

Items

  • Gohr’s Devastating Grips now explodes every 2 seconds or after it ends, and its hit cap has been removed.

And that is all the changes coming to Barbarians in Diablo 4 Season of the Malignant. If, after reading this, you’ve changed your mind and want to try out the Rogue or Sorcerer, be sure to check out the buffs and nerfs they received this season.


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