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Barbarian Class Mastery: Unleashing Expertise in Diablo 4

Experience the true power of the Barbarian Class in Diablo 4 through the unique mechanic known as Expertise. This exceptional ability allows Barbarians to level up their Weapon skills and earn additional bonuses, enhancing their combat prowess. Linked to the innovative Arsenal system, Barbarians wield not one, not two, but four weapons simultaneously. They can equip a Two-Handed Bludgeoning Weapon, a Two-Handed Slicing Weapon, and even dual-wield two One-Handed Weapons. Different skills require specific weapon types, granting Barbarians unprecedented flexibility in battle.

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How Does Barbarian Expertise Work in Diablo 4

When you reach level 5 with your Barbarian, you unlock the tremendous power of Expertise. From this point onward, every weapon you use grants you experience, allowing you to unlock new ranks in its Expertise bar. Each weapon type bestows a unique bonus, growing in strength as you ascend through the ranks. Upon reaching rank 10, the pinnacle of Expertise, you also receive a special bonus, solidifying your unstoppable might.

Below, we delve into the effects of Expertise for each weapon type in Diablo 4, as well as the Rank 10 Bonus:

One-Handed Axe

  • Increased Critical Strike Chance against injured enemies. This bonus doubles when dual-wielding two Axes.
  • Lucky Hit: Critical Strikes have a chance to grant increased Attack Speed for a few seconds. This Attack Speed bonus is also doubled when dual-wielding two Axes.
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One-Handed Mace

  • Increased damage to Stunned enemies. Dual-wielding two Maces doubles this bonus.
  • Lucky Hit: Chance to gain Berserking when you hit a Stunned enemy. This chance is also doubled when dual-wielding two Maces.

One-Handed Sword

  • Lucky Hit: Chance to gain Fury when hitting a Crowd Controlled enemy. This chance is also doubled when dual-wielding two Swords.
  • Killing a Crowd Controlled enemy grants increased Attack Speed for a few seconds. This Attack Speed bonus is also doubled when dual-wielding two Swords.

Two-Handed Axe

  • Increased damage to Vulnerable enemies.
  • Increased Critical Strike Chance against Vulnerable enemies.


  • Increased Lucky Hit Chance.
  • You deal increased damage while Healthy.

Two-Handed Sword

  • A percentage of direct damage you deal is inflicted as Bleeding damage over a few seconds.
  • You deal increased Bleeding damage for a few seconds after killing an enemy.

Two-Handed Mace

  • Lucky Hit: Chance to gain Fury when hitting an enemy. The amount of Fury gained is also doubled while Berserking.
  • You deal increased Critical Strike Damage to Stunned and Vulnerable enemies while Berserking.

While each skill utilizes a specific weapon type, you can manually assign the weapons used. Open your skills list by pressing “S” and select a weapon type for each skill. This not only helps you level up the Expertise for various weapon types but also grants you the flexibility to adapt to any combat situation.

Barbarian Technique in Diablo 4

The Technique is a coveted slot available exclusively to Barbarians in Diablo 4. Here, you can harness the power of an Expertise Bonus of your choice. As long as your chosen Expertise is at least Rank 1, it affects every weapon in your arsenal, even if they differ from the chosen Expertise. However, should you wield the same weapon type, the effect will not stack or double itself.

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To unlock the Technique Slot, you must first complete a Barbarian-specific Priority Quest called “Barbarian: Masters of Battle”. Attainable once you reach level 15, the quest takes you to the vast and arid Dry Steppes zone, where you shall meet the esteemed Forgemaster Gerti. The quest itself is straightforward, involving the completion of a series of basic tasks within the zone. Follow the instructions, return to Gerti, and claim your rightful place as a master of battle!

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