Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Forum  /  Hell Barbarian Guide
  blazer-flamewingblazer-flamewing

I was working on a Hell Barbarian guide while at work that I'd like to have input on by other hell barb runners and people in general on its credibility/readability. I'd like it to be as in depth as possible without being too tl;dr, though there is a lot of things to know in this 9+ hour run, especially if you are new to speedrunning this game (It is not recommended that you pick this run as your first speedrun through this game haha)

The guide is here: https:/​/​docs.​google.​com/​document/​d/​1UaMw-WeHzj23GDYZE-TqKUa7ZQ_5oM7W6GA7j5rg1os/​edit?usp=sharing

Please let me know what you think! Input on format, accuracy, other strats or builds, redundancy or things you think I should leave out, etc are all welcome, and do keep in mind that so far these are only things that I know and do. And if you'd like to have suggestion/edit permissions, let me know! Or just talk to me on Discord about it, so that many small comments don't clog the forum

 
  Teo-Teo-
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"without being tl dr" - thats 16 pages 😮
also: how do you get that bored at work? xD

 
  blazer-flamewingblazer-flamewing

it's a WIP teo, hence the forum post XP

I work 28 days straight out at sea on a ship with not much to do when my shift is over 😛

 
  blazer-flamewingblazer-flamewing

I've updated the guide a little bit for more readability and reducing some redundancy, as well as a bit of an update to some farming strats. I added a TL;DR version for those already versed in speedrunning, but I really do recommend reading the rest anyways as it has all the little things you can do to improve your run you might not be aware of. I know it's 14 pages but it's a 9 hour long run, not much I can do about that 😛

https:/​/​docs.​google.​com/​document/​d/​1UaMw-WeHzj23GDYZE-TqKUa7ZQ_5oM7W6GA7j5rg1os/​edit?usp=sharing

 
  IndrekIndrek

Thanks, blazer! This guide was really useful at getting my barb runs going.

I think going dexterity isn't worth it. Points feel better spent in more life or even extra energy. Also wanted to ask what's the reason for level 3 Double Swing?

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  blazer-flamewingblazer-flamewing
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I did update the guide to include more energy than dex, mostly during farming points (thanks to Ryu for that tip), but dex is useful for the attack rating as well as block chance once you move on from farming (for the hell boss fights, concentrate having no block animation but can still block, so not getting slapped twice and dead at hell Baal is pretty important especially in HC).

Level 3 - 4 dswing is mostly for the mana consumption especially early game. 2 mana per swing is pretty terrible. Different specs could still work if you don't mind eating the mana cost, like putting points in Bash for the +10% DMG synergy

Edit: also, I wish you luck indrek! Glad the guide was of some use and I wish I could watch your runs haha, at work for the month

 
  AlowneAlowne
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This is such a good guide!!!
I hope you do other class in the future, regardless thank you for all the work you did into this. ❤️

 
  Erikson994Erikson994

Wow thank you so much! This is a very detailed guide for Barb run. I love Barbarian but never have a successful run with him 🙁. Definitely try out your guide tonight.

 
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