The Thorns Barbarian build in Diablo 4 Season 3 has attracted the interest of many builders. So in this guide, I will delve into everything of this build that you need to know. Get ready with enough Diablo 4 Gold and then let's dive into this guide.
How It Works
This build is particularly intriguing because it incorporates many of the new aspects and unique Diablo 4 Items available. The core mechanic revolves around the Paingorge's, where passive damage sources such as Thorns, Burning Rage, and Doombringer can apply the Paingorge's effect to enemies. This enables you to echo your basic skills, resulting in a tremendous amount of damage.
The Thorns damage inflicts a considerable amount of damage, making it capable of effortlessly clearing everything with very few weaknesses. While it may lack the ability to one shot bosses, it doesn't require Uber Uniques or even a one-handed weapon equipped. Additionally, setting up your pet with healing abilities allows you to stand in the midst of tier 100 encounters, pressing no buttons and still emerge victorious.
When utilizing the Wrath of the Berserker and Kick combo, the objective is to maximize damage output. By activating Wrath of the Berserker when at full Fury and then using Kick to expend the Fury, you reach the maximum damage bonus provided by Wrath of the Berserker.
Let's delve into the gear setup. When it comes to selecting helm, we opt for the Tuskhelm of Joritz the Mighty. While it may not be the absolute best choice, it remains a viable option for this particular build. However, the optimal scenario would be to utilize Andariel’s Visage. The choice between these 2 options offers flexibility to cater to individual preferences.
Moving on to gloves, the Paingorge‘s Gauntlets emerge as a pivotal component of the build. Equipping these gloves is crucial to maximizing damage output, making them an essential inclusion in our gear setup.
As for pants, the Iron Blood Boneweave Faulds take center stage. These also play a significant role, but an oversight led to the incorrect aspect being equipped. It may offers a permanent 20% damage reduction with basic skills, Iron Blood was mistakenly chosen.
For our boots, we opt for Ghostwalker Warlord Boots. These boots enhance movement capabilities, while the Rapid Bonebreaker focuses on increasing attack speed. This strategic alignment with the build's goals ensures optimal performance on the battlefield.
Basic skill damage is exceptionally potent this season, as evidenced by the performance of my rings - Circle of Adaptability and Ring of Burning Rage, which are of exceptional quality.
You don’t even need to equip Doombringer. Regular one-handers suffice. However, acquiring a Ramaladni's Magnum Opus isn’t particularly challenging and significantly scales up your basic skill damage, making it a valuable addition to the build, especially in the early stages.
The inclusion of Doombringer serves a specific purpose within the build. Its AOE effects, such as burn and damage reduction, apply the Paingorge's debuff, allowing our basic skills to echo across all enemies affected by these effects. Similarly, Needleflare Aspects ensures that our Thorns spread out effectively, maximizing damage potential.
As for the Grandfather, it's not the most ideal choice for this build. In this case, opting for a regular 2-handed sword would be more beneficial. However, if you happen to have one available, it can still be utilized effectively.
Now let's discuss the Pet buff setup, which is considered the gold standard for enhancing your character's abilities through pet buffs. If you're inclined to take a break and passively progress through the game, this setup allows for just that. Simply insert Reconstruct into slot, opting for Tactical and Duration enhancements.
The Duration technically extends the healing process without augmenting its effectiveness. However, this configuration ensures a consistent stream of healing over an extended duration, mitigating any potential gaps in your defense. In essence, it grants a form of immortality, enabling you to effortlessly navigate through the game, even conquering Tier 100 encounters with ease. It's a viable option worth considering.
Regarding weapon choice, the 200-handed axe reigns supreme. It's imperative to wield Two-handed Axe Expertise during Lunging Strike to fully capitalize on the benefits of the Magnum Opus. This setup maximizes Fury scaling, significantly enhancing your Combat Prowess.
Let's quickly go over the skill tree. We're focused on maintaining our Berserking state, ensuring its permanence, hence the term 'Perma-Berserk'. This build boasts significant tankiness, particularly suited for Thorns-based strategies. Prioritize maximizing Tough as Nails, but avoid investing 3 points into it, as only the flat amount of Thorns increases with ranks, not its health-scaling aspect.
Utilize Power Kick to efficiently expend Fury, while shouts serve as standard combat enhancements. We bolster our defenses through Thick Skin and Strategic Rallying Cry, providing ample fortification. As you can observe, our defenses remain consistently reinforced. This build operates with an unconstrained approach, effectively leveraging the scalability of Thorns damage. Maintaining a state of Berserking is crucial for optimizing its effectiveness. Failing to do so would negate this significant benefit entirely.
For the Paragon Board, this is probably the most work-in-progress part of the build, but this is 100% functional. I’ve picked up practically max Health, which makes it tanky, makes the Thorns hit harder. We have Ambidextrous powering up all the blue nodes nearby. I like having this one cause you get the berserk damage and the damage reduction. I am running Carnage.
Max Fury, because we’re scaling with Magnum Opus. Then we have Wrath and this is mainly a pick because I’m using Grandfather. If I didn’t have Grandfather, this would be territorial. Max Life and then Resistance. This is nice cause it allows you to drop that on the gear or not have to have as high rolls on your gear. Imbiber for some healthy damage and some more HP healing, but it’s actually one of the best choices for us. Then finally, we have Exploit with Decimator.
I was surprised at how much fun I had with it. It’s also going to farm everything. Even I think Uber Bosses are going to be absolutely fine with this. But this is definitely an amazing build for AFK.