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     FAQ/WALKTHROUGH FOR THE BARBARIAN IN DIABLO II: LORD OF DESTRUCTION
               Written By Magic Mario (magic_mario@hotmail.com)
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------------------------------ [ Introduction ] ------------------------------
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Hello again all, as this is yet another walkthrough by Magic Mario. This time
I have decided to give my knowage on the class of the Barbarian in the game
Diablo: LoD. I have played with this class for a long time, and I know pretty
much what it takes to by a good one. So everyone sit around Mr. Magic, and
listen to what I have to say.

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-------------------------------- [ Versions ] --------------------------------
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[Version Final]
-Finished up the guide and did The Run Down, Equipment, Last Few Words, and
 the Contact & Copyright Info sections. Now that the guide is done, I can go
 to sleep! :)

[Version 0.60]
-The Stat Distribution section is up along with the stats for all of the
 skills. Enjoy!

[Version 0.50]
-Finished the Combat Masteries, and Combat Skills sections.

[Version 0.30]
-Started this guide, and got done with The Basics, Begining Tips, and
 Warcries.

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1.  The Basics
2.  Begining Tips
3.  Warcries
4.  Combact Masteries
5.  Combat Skills
6.  Stat Distribution
7.  The Run Down
8.  Equipment
9.  Last Few Words
10. Contact & Copyright Info

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------------------------------ [ 1. The Basics ] -----------------------------
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Well the basic use of a barbarian is to smash and hit everything in your way.
There are tons of Barbs already on Battlenet, but hey, whats one more? Anyway
the basic thing is learn skills that make your enimes toast, from what I have
seen thats not very hard.

The have three different kinds of skills, you have War Crys, Combat Masteries,
and then you have Combat Skills. Let me go into a little ore detail with these
skills.

Warcries: Deals with skills that raise you stats, and sometimes hurt the
          enemies.

Combat Masteries: Lets you master different skills to give you a good
                  advantage in battle.

Combat Skills: Skills that do anything from Bash, to Leap, or you can just do
               a Whirlwind of attacks to beat the mess out of the enemies.

Well I could go more indepth witht he skills, but thats what I will leave the
Skill section for. For now just sit back, and read a couple of tips that I
have for new people.

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Out of all my time of playing I have found out things that took me a long time
to figure out. Now I will save you the time and just tell you some helpful
hints.

-Until level 15 DONT Dual Wield. Or at least until you find some equipment
 with halfway decent defense.

-Leech Mana will be your friend throughout the entire game. Try as soon as
 you can when you start to get a Manald Heal Ring. I only have one and I can
 use Whirlwind forever, and it will never run out.

-Polearms just arnt for Barb, so I really don't think its a good idea to use
 them.

-Get Whirlwind ASAP (as soon as possable). I just started using it, and I'm
 level 65, I could have been using it sooner but I thought it stole to much
 mana. Then I found out that you can hold the button and it will go on until
 you run out of mana. If I constanly hit something I wont run out of mana.

-Never fall for cheap tricks. I hate to say it but I feel into a trick myself.
 I was just looking for a game on Battlenet, and I saw a game called -I Dupe-,
 well I dont like to cheat, but I decided to check it out. There was a Amazon
 in the game and she told me to put my sword in my Stash, and come outside of
 town. Well I did as she said, but in the pit of my belly, I knew something
 was up. Well I got outside of town and she killed me, I was like "WTF", but
 she just said to get my sword and come out and kill her and she would dupe my
 sword. So I did as she said once again, but this time I got outside of town
 and again she killed me, but this time my sword fell on the ground. She took
 it and ask me what I would give her for it. Now around this time, I knew I
 wasn't getting my sword back, but I asked her for it back. She left, and that
 was the last time I ever saw my sword again. I only tell my sad story so that
 no one else falls for such a dirty trick. This why Battlenet is so messed up,
 cheaters, hackers, and all of the above. No amount of time and training will
 help you if you get cheated out of your best sword. Never fall for this very
 underhanded trick.

**More To Come As They Smack Me In The Face**

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As I find myself as a Whirlwind Barbarian, I dont really use Warcries at all,
I dont think they are all that usefull, but its really up to you. Warcries are
skills that have different effects, and they usually affect a large area of
things.

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Howl
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Prerequisites: None
Level 1 Skill
Mana Cost: 4

LEVEL     ENEMY RUNS(yards)     ENEMY RUNS(seconds)
-----     -----------------     -------------------
1         16                    3
2         19.3                  4
3         22.6                  5
4         26                    6
5         29.3                  7
6         32.6                  8
7         36                    9
8         39.3                  10
9         42.6                  11
10        46                    12
11        49.3                  13
12        52.6                  14
13        56                    15
14        59.3                  16
15        62.6                  17
16        66                    18
17        69.3                  19
18        72.6                  20
19        76                    21
20        79.3                  22

Effects: Makes enemys run from you.
Pros: Helps get enemies away from you. Good if your stuck in the middle of a
      crowd of monsters.
Cons: Dont really hurt the enemy, only makes them run from you.

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Find Potion
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Prerequisites: None
Level 1 Skill
Mana Cost: 2

CHANCE OF POTIONS:
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Healing: 60%
Mana: 30%
Rejuvenation: 10%

LIFE AND MANA                   REJUVENATION
-------------                   ------------
Act 1: Light Healing/Mana       Act 1: Rejuvenation Potions
Act 2: Healing/Mana             Act 2: Rejuvenation Potions
Act 3: Greater Healing/Mana     Act 3: Full Rejuvenation Potions
Act 4: Greater Healing/Mana     Act 4: Full Rejuvenation Potions
Act 5: Greater Healing/Mana     Act 5: Full Rejuvenation Potions

LEVEL     CHANCE TO FIND %
-----     ----------------
1         15
2         27
3         36
4         44
5         50
6         55
7         59
8         62
9         66
10        68
11        71
12        73
13        75
14        77
15        78
16        80
17        81
18        82
19        83
20        84


Effects: Looks over a dead body to find a potion on them.
Pros: Good if you need a spare potion.
Cons: Not really usefull due to the fact that potions dont really cost that
      much.

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Shout
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Prerequisites: None
Level 6 Skill
Mana Cost: 6

LEVEL     DEFENSE BONUS %     ENEMY RUNS(seconds)
-----     ---------------    -------------------
1         100                20
2         110                30
3         120                40
4         130                50
5         140                60
6         150                70
7         160                80
8         170                90
9         180                100
10        190                110
11        200                120
12        210                130
13        220                140
14        230                150
15        240                160
16        250                170
17        260                180
18        270                190
19        280                200
20        290                210

Effects: Raises yours, and anyone elses defense in your party.
Pros: Get a big defense boost.
Cons: Only lasts for a few seconds.

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Taunt
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Prerequisites: Howl
Level 6 Skill
Mana Cost: 3

          TARGET'S DAMAGE      TARGET'S ATTACK
LEVEL        DECREASE %       RATING DECREASE %
-----     ---------------     -----------------
1         5                   5
2         7                   7
3         9                   9
4         11                  11
5         13                  13
6         15                  15
7         17                  17
8         19                  19
9         21                  21
10        23                  23
11        25                  25
12        27                  27
13        29                  29
14        31                  31
15        33                  33
16        35                  35
17        37                  37
18        39                  39
19        41                  41
20        43                  43

Effects: Makes enemies run over and attack you, while lowering there defense
         and damage dealt to you.
Pros: Good if you fight a monster one on one.
Cons: But when does that ever happen?

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Battle Cry
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Prerequisites: Howl, Taunt
Level 18 Skill
Mana Cost: 5

LEVEL     DURATION(second)     TARGET DEFENSE -%     TARGET DAMAGE -%
-----     ----------------     -----------------     ----------------
1         12                   50                    25
2         14.4                 52                    26
3         16.8                 54                    27
4         19.2                 56                    28
5         21.6                 58                    29
6         24                   60                    30
7         26.4                 62                    31
8         28.8                 64                    32
9         31.2                 66                    33
10        33.6                 68                    34
11        36                   70                    35
12        38.4                 72                    36
13        40.8                 74                    37
14        43.2                 76                    38
15        45.6                 78                    39
16        48                   80                    40
17        50.4                 82                    41
18        52.8                 84                    42
19        55.2                 86                    43
20        57.6                 88                    44

Effects: Lowers enemies defense and damage dealt.
Pros: Works in a longer area than Taunt, area gets bigger as you level it up.
Cons: Just a better Taunt, and not the best thing to use when your stuck in
      the middle of a butt load of enemies.

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Find Item
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Prerequisites: Find Potion
Level 12 Skill
Mana Cost: 7

QUALITY OF THE ITEMS:
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Low Quality: 5%
Normal Quality: 60%
Superior Quality: 30%

LEVEL     CHANCE TO FIND %
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1         13
2         19
3         24
4         29
5         32
6         35
7         37
8         39
9         41
10        42
11        44
12        45
13        46
14        47
15        47
16        49
17        49
18        50
19        50
20        51

Effects: Looks at a dead body for an extra item.
Pros: Gives you the extra little look for something else.
Cons: Really hard to get anything good, usually only find crappy stuff.

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Battle Orders
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Prerequisites: Howl, Shout
Level 24 Skill
Mana Cost: 5
                              STAMINA/LIFE/MANA
LEVEL     DURATION(second)        INCREASE %
-----     ----------------    -----------------
1         35                  35
2         45                  38
3         55                  41
4         65                  44
5         75                  47
6         85                  50
7         95                  53
8         105                 56
9         115                 59
10        125                 62
11        135                 65
12        145                 68
13        155                 71
14        165                 74
15        175                 77
16        185                 80
17        195                 83
18        205                 86
19        215                 89
20        225                 92

BATTLE ORDERS RECEIVES BONUSES FROM:
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Shout: +5 Seconds Per Level
Battle Command: +5 Seconds Per Level

Effects: Raises you and your partys max Life, Mana, and Stamina.
Pros: This is the only Warcry that I like, its good to use if you are in a
      group, or even by yourself. It will raise your Life, Mana and Stamina
      to very high levels. Somone used this on me once and it raised my life
      to 3000. You should at least put a point or two into this skill.
Cons: Its not an aura so it will go away after 2 mins.

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Grim Ward
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Prerequisites: Find Potion, Find Item
Level 24 Skill
Mana Cost: 4
Duration: 40 Seconds

LEVEL     RADIUS
-----     ------
1         2
2         2.6
3         3.3
4         4
5         4.6
6         5.3
7         6
8         6.6
9         7.3
10        8
11        8.6
12        9.3
13        10
14        10.6
15        11.3
16        12
17        12.6
18        13.3
19        14
20        14.6

Effects: Creates a Totempole out of a dead enemy that scares off nearby
         enemies.
Pros: Good if there are little weak enemies around that you dont want to
      fight.
Cons: Doesn't hurt enemies juts makes then run.

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War Cry
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Prerequisites: Howl, Taunt, Shout, Battle Cry, Battle Orders
Level 30 Skill

LEVEL     MANA COST     DAMAGE     STUN LENGTH(seconds)
-----     ---------     ------     --------------------
1         10            23-35      1
2         11            30-42      1.2
3         12            37-49      1.4
4         13            44-56      1.6
5         14            51-63      1.8
6         15            59-70      2
7         16            66-77      2.2
8         17            73-84      2.4
9         18            91-93      2.6
10        19            89-101     2.8
11        20            97-109     3
12        21            106-118    3.2
13        22            114-126    3.4
14        23            122-134    3.6
15        24            130-142    3.8
16        25            139-151    4
17        26            148-160    4.2
18        27            158-169    4.4
19        28            167-179    4.6
20        29            177-188    4.8

WAR CRY RECEIVES BONUSES FROM:
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Howl: +6% Damage Per Level
Taunt: +6% Damage Per Level
Battle Cry: +6% Damage Per Level

Effects: Stuns enemies in the area for a few seconds.
Pros: Stuns a big group of enemies, stoping them from hitting you. It hurts
      the enemies to.
Cons: Stun doesn't last for long.

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Battle Commands
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Prerequisites: Howl, Shout, Battle Orders
Level 30 Skill
Mana Cost: 11

LEVEL     DURATION(seconds)
-----     -----------------
1         15
2         25
3         35
4         45
5         55
6         65
7         75
8         85
9         95
10        105
11        115
12        126
13        135
14        145
15        155
16        165
17        175
18        185
19        195
20        205

BATTLE COMMAND RECEIVES BONUSES FROM:
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Shout: +5 Second Per Level
Battle Orders: +5 Seconds Per Level

Effects: Raises your and everyone elses skill levels by one for a short amount
         of time.
Pros: Gives you that little boost of extra skill that you need.
Cons: Only raises your skills that you already have by one, not skills that
      you dont have.

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Suggested Points To Put In Warcries
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This is how I would put points into the Warcries tree of skills. Note this is
how I feel, and you can do whatever you feel is right for you.

Howl: 1
Find Potion: 0
Shout: 1
Taunt: 0
Battle Cry: 0
Find Item: 0
Battle Orders: 20
Grim Ward: 0
War Cry: 0
Battle Commands: 0

Total: 22 Skill Points Spent

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This is where all of your Passive Skills are. A Passive Skill is a skill that
is automatic, meaning you dont have to do anything for it to work, it just
does. This tree mostly deals with Mastering weapons, but there are a few other
things in this tree that will be of alot of help.

NOTE: This whole skill tree is Passive!

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Sword Mastery
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Prerequisites: None
Level 1 Skill
Mana Cost: None

                                      CHANCE FOR CRITICAL
LEVEL     DAMAGE +%     ATTACK +%           STRIKE %
-----     ---------     ---------     -------------------
1         28            28            3
2         33            36            6
3         38            44            9
4         43            52            11
5         48            60            12
6         52            68            13
7         58            76            14
8         63            84            15
9         68            92            16
10        73            100           17
11        78            108           17
12        83            116           18
13        88            124           18
14        93            132           19
15        98            140           19
16        103           148           20
17        108           156           20
18        113           164           20
19        118           172           20
20        123           180           21

Effects: Raises the attack rate and power of any sword you use.
Pros: Good if you wish to be a sword barb.
Cons: Bad if you wish to use a different weapon.

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Axe Mastery
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Prerequisites: None
Level 1 Skill
Mana Cost: None

                                      CHANCE FOR CRITICAL
LEVEL     DAMAGE +%     ATTACK +%           STRIKE %
-----     ---------     ---------     -------------------
1         28            28            3
2         33            36            6
3         38            44            9
4         43            52            11
5         48            60            12
6         52            68            13
7         58            76            14
8         63            84            15
9         68            92            16
10        73            100           17
11        78            108           17
12        83            116           18
13        88            124           18
14        93            132           19
15        98            140           19
16        103           148           20
17        108           156           20
18        113           164           20
19        118           172           20
20        123           180           21

Effects: Raises the attack rate and power of any axe you use.
Pros: Good if you wish to be an axe barb.
Cons: Bad if you wish to use a different weapon.

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Mace Mastery
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Prerequisites: None
Level 1 Skill
Mana Cost: None

                                      CHANCE FOR CRITICAL
LEVEL     DAMAGE +%     ATTACK +%           STRIKE %
-----     ---------     ---------     -------------------
1         28            28            3
2         33            36            6
3         38            44            9
4         43            52            11
5         48            60            12
6         52            68            13
7         58            76            14
8         63            84            15
9         68            92            16
10        73            100           17
11        78            108           17
12        83            116           18
13        88            124           18
14        93            132           19
15        98            140           19
16        103           148           20
17        108           156           20
18        113           164           20
19        118           172           20
20        123           180           21

Effects: Raises the attack rate and power of any mace you use.
Pros: Good if you wish to be a mace barb.
Cons: Bad if you wish to use a different weapon.

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Pole Arm Mastery
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Prerequisites: None
Level 6 Skill
Mana Cost: None

                                      CHANCE FOR CRITICAL
LEVEL     DAMAGE +%     ATTACK +%           STRIKE %
-----     ---------     ---------     -------------------
1         30            30            3
2         35            38            6
3         40            46            9
4         45            54            11
5         40            62            12
6         55            70            13
7         60            78            14
8         65            86            15
9         70            94            16
10        75            102           17
11        80            110           17
12        85            118           18
13        90            126           18
14        95            134           19
15        100           142           19
16        105           150           20
17        110           158           20
18        115           166           20
19        120           174           20
20        125           182           21

Effects: Raises the attack rate and power of any pole arm you use.
Pros: Good if you wish to be a pole arm barb.
Cons: Bad if you wish to use a different weapon.

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Throwing Mastery
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Prerequisites: None
Level 6 Skill
Mana Cost: None

                                      CHANCE FOR CRITICAL
LEVEL     DAMAGE +%     ATTACK +%           STRIKE %
-----     ---------     ---------     -------------------
1         28            30            3
2         33            38            6
3         38            46            9
4         43            54            11
5         48            62            12
6         52            70            13
7         58            78            14
8         63            86            15
9         68            94            16
10        73            102           17
11        78            110           17
12        83            118           18
13        88            126           18
14        93            134           19
15        98            140           19
16        103           150           20
17        108           158           20
18        113           166           20
19        118           174           20
20        123           182           21

Effects: Raises the attack rate and power of anything you have to throw you
         use.
Pros: Good if you wish to be a throwing barb.
Cons: Bad if you wish to use a different weapon.

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Spear Mastery
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Prerequisites: None
Level 6 Skill
Mana Cost: None

                                      CHANCE FOR CRITICAL
LEVEL     DAMAGE +%     ATTACK +%           STRIKE %
-----     ---------     ---------     -------------------
1         30            30            3
2         35            38            6
3         40            46            9
4         45            54            11
5         40            62            12
6         55            70            13
7         60            78            14
8         65            86            15
9         70            94            16
10        75            102           17
11        80            110           17
12        85            118           18
13        90            126           18
14        95            134           19
15        100           142           19
16        105           150           20
17        110           158           20
18        115           166           20
19        120           174           20
20        125           182           21

Effects: Raises the attack rate and power of any spear you use.
Pros: Good if you wish to be a spear barb.
Cons: Bad if you wish to use a different weapon.

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Increased Stamina
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Prerequisites: None
Level 12 Skill
Mana Cost: None

LEVEL     STAMINA BONUS %
-----     ---------------
1         30
2         45
3         60
4         75
5         90
6         105
7         120
8         135
9         150
10        165
11        180
12        195
13        210
14        225
15        240
16        255
17        270
18        285
19        300
20        315

Effects: Raises the max amount of stamina you have.
Pros: You can run longer.
Cons: None really, just dont put a lot of points into this skill.

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Increased Speed
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Prerequisites: None
Level 24 Skill
Mana Cost: None

LEVEL     WALK/RUN SPEED BONUS %
-----     ----------------------
1         13
2         18
3         22
4         25
5         28
6         30
7         32
8         33
9         35
10        36
11        37
12        38
13        39
14        40
15        40
16        41
17        41
18        42
19        42
20        43

Effects: Raises your speed of running.
Pros: Lets you run faster.
Cons: The speed increases later diminish quickly.

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Iron Skin
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Prerequisites: None
Level 18 Skill
Mana Cost: None

LEVEL     INCREASED DEFENSE RATING %
-----     --------------------------
1         30
2         40
3         50
4         60
5         70
6         80
7         90
8         100
9         110
10        120
11        130
12        140
13        150
14        160
15        170
16        180
17        190
18        200
19        210
20        220

Effects: Raises your defense by a percentage.
Pros: What do you think, it makes you harder to hit, and you take less damage.
Cons: Nothing, this is just a good skill all around.

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Natural Resistance
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Prerequisites: None
Level 30 Skill
Mana Cost: None

LEVEL     WALK/RUN SPEED BONUS %
-----     ----------------------
1         12
2         21
3         28
4         30
5         40
6         44
7         47
8         49
9         52
10        54
11        56
12        58
13        60
14        61
15        62
16        64
17        64
18        65
19        66
20        67

Effects: Your resistances encrease with every point.
Pros: It raises you resistances to all four elements.
Cons: Putting to many in will turn out bad due to the fact that that raises
      diminish quick.

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Suggested Points To Put In Combat Masteries
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Again this is just how I feel about how the points should go into this skill
tree.

Sword, Axe, Mace, Pole Arm, Throwing Mastery, Spear: Pick one and put 20 in it
Increased Stamina: 2
Increased Speed: 1
Iron Skin: 20 (triple defense baby! ^_^)
Natural Resistance: 5

Total: 48 Skill Points Spent

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---------------------------- [ 5. Combat Skills ] ----------------------------
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Here are your skills that you will make your bread and butter of attacking. I
am a Whirlwind Barbarian, but at first I was a Frenzy Barb, so I know my way
around both.

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Bash
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Prerequisites: None
Level 1 Skill
Mana Cost: 2

LEVEL     DAMAGE     DAMAGE +%     ATTACK +%
-----     ------     ---------     ---------
1         +1         50            20
2         +2         55            25
3         +3         60            30
4         +4         65            35
5         +5         70            40
6         +6         75            45
7         +7         80            50
8         +8         85            55
9         +9         90            60
10        +10        95            65
11        +11        100           70
12        +12        105           75
13        +13        110           80
14        +14        115           85
15        +15        120           90
16        +16        125           95
17        +17        130           100
18        +18        135           105
19        +19        140           110
20        +20        145           115

BASH RECIEVES BONUSES FROM:
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Stun: +5% Damage Per Level
Concentrate: +5% Attack Rating Per Level

Effects: Hits higher than your regular attack, and you have a chance of Stun,
         and Knockback when you use this skill.
Pros: Strong attack, and the Stun/Knockback thing is great.
Cons: There are better attack, and this one fades after the first act.

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Double Swing
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Prerequisites: Bash
Level 6 Skill

LEVEL     MANA COST     ATTACK +%
-----     ---------     ---------
1         2             15
2         1.7           20
3         1.5           25
4         1.2           30
5         1             35
6         0.7           40
7         0.5           45
8         0.2           50
9         0             55
10        0             60
11        0             65
12        0             70
13        0             75
14        0             80
15        0             85
16        0             90
17        0             95
18        0             100
19        0             105
20        0             110

DOUBLE SWING RECIEVES BONUSES FROM:
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Bash: +8% Damage Per Level

Effects: Lets you swing two weapons at an enemy faster then your regular
         attack.
Pros: Faster attack speed, and your attack rate goes up too.
Cons: Its nothing compared to Frenzy.

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Leap
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Prerequisites: None
Level 6 Skill
Mana Cost: 2

LEVEL     RADIUS(yards)
-----     -------------
1         4.6
2         7.3
3         8.6
4         10
5         11.3
6         12
7         12.6
8         13.3
9         14
10        14
11        14.6
12        14.6
13        15.3
14        16
15        16
16        16
17        16.6
18        16.6
19        16.6
20        16.6

Effects: As the name suggest, you can jump out of harms way.
Pros: Lets you leap out of the enemies way.
Cons: Doesn't do any damage.

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Double Throw
==============================================================================
Prerequisites: Double Swing
Level 12 Skill
Mana Cost: 2

LEVEL     ATTACK +%
-----     ---------
1         20
2         30
3         40
4         50
5         60
6         70
7         80
8         90
9         100
10        110
11        120
12        130
13        140
14        150
15        160
16        170
17        180
18        190
19        200
20        210

DOUBLE THROW RECIEVES BONUSES FROM:
-----------------------------------
Double Swing: +5% Damage Per Level

Effects: Throws two things instead of one at a faster speed.
Pros: Lets you throw to things you have at a fast speed.
Cons: Whats the use, Throwing barbs suck. ^_^

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Stun
==============================================================================
Prerequisites: Bash
Level 12 Skill
Mana Cost: 2

LEVEL     ATTACK +%     DURATION(seconds)
-----     ---------     -----------------
1         15            1.2
2         20            1.4
3         25            1.6
4         30            1.8
5         35            2
6         40            2.2
7         45            2.4
8         50            2.6
9         55            2.8
10        60            3
11        65            3.2
12        70            3.4
13        75            3.6
14        80            3.8
15        85            4
16        90            4.2
17        95            4.4
18        100           4.6
19        105           4.8
20        110           5

STUN RECEIVES BONUSES FROM:
---------------------------
Bash: +5% Damage Per Level
Concentrate: +5% Attack Rating Per Level

Effects: Stuns an enemy for a certain amount of time.
Pros: Leaves your enemy stunned for a few seconds.
Cons: You have to put to many points in the skill for it to be of any use.

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Leap Attack
==============================================================================
Prerequisites: Leap
Level 18 Skill
Mana Cost: 9

LEVEL     ATTACK +%     DAMAGE +%
-----     ---------     ---------
1         50            100
2         65            130
3         80            160
4         95            190
5         110           220
6         125           250
7         140           280
8         155           310
9         170           330
10        185           360
11        200           390
12        215           420
13        230           450
14        245           480
15        260           510
16        275           540
17        290           570
18        305           610
19        320           640
20        335           670

LEAP ATTACK REVIEVES BONUSES FROM:
----------------------------------
Leap: +10% Damage Per Level

Effects: You jump at an enemy and land on them, then you take a final slash at
         them.
Pros: Big damage.
Cons: Bad if you jump in a huge group of enemies.

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Concentrate
==============================================================================
Prerequisites: Bash, Stun
Level 18 Skill
Mana Cost: 2

LEVEL     DEFENSE +%     ATTACK +%     DAMAGE +%
-----     ----------     ---------     ---------
1         100            60            70
2         110            70            75
3         120            80            80
4         130            90            85
5         140            100           90
6         150            110           95
7         160            120           100
8         170            130           105
9         180            140           110
10        190            150           115
11        200            160           120
12        210            170           125
13        220            180           130
14        230            190           135
15        240            200           140
16        250            210           145
17        260            220           150
18        270            230           155
19        280            240           160
20        290            250           165

CONCENTRATE RECIEVES BONUSES FROM:
----------------------------------
Bash: +5% Damage Per Level

Effects: Your attack become uninterruptible, and you get a defense and attack
         rating bonus.
Pros: Good to use as your regular attack.
Cons: The enemy can still hit you.

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Frenzy
==============================================================================
Prerequisites: Double Swing, Double Throw
Level 24 Skill
Mana Cost: 3
Duration: 6 Seconds

LEVEL     DAMAGE +%     ATTACK +%     ATTACK SPEED +%     WALK/RUN SPEED +%
-----     ---------     ---------     ---------------     -----------------
1         90            100           7                   47
2         95            107           7-13                47-68
3         100           114           7-18                47-84
4         105           121           7-22                47-99
5         110           128           7-25                47-110
6         115           135           7-27                47-119
7         120           142           7-29                47-126
8         125           149           7-31                47-131
9         130           156           7-33                47-138
10        135           163           7-34                47-142
11        140           170           7-35                47-147
12        145           177           7-36                47-151
13        150           184           7-37                47-155
14        155           191           7-38                47-158
15        160           198           7-39                47-160
16        165           205           7-40                47-164
17        170           212           7-40                47-165
18        175           219           7-41                47-167
19        180           226           7-41                47-169
20        185           233           7-42                47-171

FRENZY RECIEVES BONUSES FROM:
-----------------------------
Double Swing: +8% Damage Per Level
Taunt: +8% Damage Per Level
Berserk: +1% Magic Damage Per Level

Effects: Rasies your attack speed (GOD LIKE), and your attack rating (ok not
         so god like, but hey, you cant win them all).
Pros: Lets you slice at enemies with god like attack speed.
Cons: Only hits one enemy, and you have to have two weapons equiped.

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Whirlwind
==============================================================================
Prerequisites: Bash, Leap, Stun, Leap Attack, Concentrate
Level 30 Skill

LEVEL     MANA COST     DAMAGE %     ATTACK +%
-----     ---------     --------     ---------
1         25            -50          0
2         25            -42          5
3         26            -34          10
4         26            -26          15
5         27            -18          20
6         27            -10          25
7         28            -2           30
8         28            +6           35
9         29            +14          40
10        29            +22          45
11        30            +30          50
12        30            +38          55
13        31            +46          60
14        31            +54          65
15        32            +62          70
16        32            +70          75
17        33            +78          80
18        33            +86          85
19        34            +94          90
20        34            +102         95

Effects: Hits any enemy within an arms length away from you like 3 times.
Pros: Lets you slice and dice a group or enemys into ground beef.
Cons: Huge mana cost, have to have good mana leech rings to use this right.

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Berserk
==============================================================================
Prerequisites: Bash, Stun, Concentrate
Level 30 Skill
Mana Cost: 4

LEVEL     ATTACK +%     MAGIC DAMAGE +%     DURATION(seconds)
-----     ---------     ---------------     -----------------
1         100           150                 2.7
2         115           165                 2.4
3         130           180                 2.2
4         145           195                 2.1
5         160           210                 2.0
6         175           225                 1.9
7         190           240                 1.8
8         205           255                 1.7
9         220           270                 1.6
10        235           285                 1.6
11        250           300                 1.6
12        265           315                 1.5
13        280           330                 1.5
14        295           345                 1.4
15        310           360                 1.4
16        325           375                 1.4
17        340           390                 1.4
18        355           405                 1.3
19        370           420                 1.3
20        385           435                 1.3

Effects: Highens your attack power by a lot.
Pros: Lets you smack you enemy with a lot of attack power.
Cons: When using this skill, your defense goes down to 0.

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Suggested Points To Put In Combat Skills
==============================================================================
For the last time, this is how I tend to raise my Barbarian. You may build
yours any way you choose, but this is how I feel about it.

Bash: 1
Double Swing: 0
Leap: 1
Double Throw: 0
Stun: 1
Leap Attack: 1
Concentrate: 10 (I have this as my Left-Click hotkey button)
Frenzy: 0
Whirlwind: 20 (I have this as my Right-Click hotkey button)
Berserk: 0

Total: 34 Skill Points Spent

==============================================================================
-------------------------- [ 6. Stat Distribution ] --------------------------
==============================================================================

Everytime you level up, you can put 5 points divided between your four stats:
Strength, Dexterity, Vitality, and Energy. This is how I suggest you divide
your points, and remember this is how I feel about it!

==============================================================================
Strength
==============================================================================
Strength is the main thing you should be building up. This is the basic thing
a Barbarbian should have when jumping into a huge group of enemies. Having
high Strength means everything when trying to equip new armor, and weapons,
because your strength determines the armor you use. OK say your barb has 100
strength at lvl 60 (which, to say the least, is bad), now at lvl 60, your barb
could be using really good armor and weapons, but most weapons that require
you to be lvl 60 also require you to have high strength.

Strength also determines how high your melee damage is, as well as your throw
damage. So I say try to keep your strength at the top of your to do list.

Suggested Points Each Level: 2

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Dexterity
==============================================================================
As a Barbarnian, Dexterity is right below Vitality of when to skick points in.
Mostly Dexterity determines Bow and Crossbow damage. This is not a weapon you
should be using on your barb. A bow on a barb is like sticking a squirle with
a flamethrower, it just doesn't work.

Now one thing Dexterity does help you with is your defense, and your chance to
block with a shield. Another big thing is it determines your attack rating,
and how much you do when you throw. You will never have to worry about it, but
this determines what bow or crossbow you can use.

Suggested Points Each Level: 1-2

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Vitality
==============================================================================
Life is one of the things that most of the time, you dont have to worry about.
There are a few reasons for this:

-You have Battle Orders, which raises your max Life, Mana, and Stamina.
-Theres all kinds of equipment that give you life bonuses.
-Every point you put into this stat, you get 4 life.

So its easy to understand that Vitality determines how much life and stamina
you have.

Suggested Points Each Level: 1-2

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Energy
==============================================================================
Mana is something that you need dearly, but you shouldn't put any points into.
Putting points into mana is just pointless, you only get 1 mana every point,
and you can find mana leech rings to get the job done. Doing this is just a
waste!

Suggested Points Each Level: 0

==============================================================================
Overview
==============================================================================
Ok this is a run over of what I just talked about.

Points Divided Per Level:
-------------------------
Strength: 2 (always)
Dexterity: 1-2
Vitality: 1-2
Energy: 0

I say this is a good way to raise your stats:

Level 1
-------
Strength: +2
Dextarity: +2
Vitality: +1
Energy: +0

Level 2
-------
Strength: +2
Dextarity: +1
Vitality: +2
Energy: +0

And keep swiching each level.

==============================================================================
----------------------------- [ 7. The Run Down ] ----------------------------
==============================================================================

Ok, this is the section where I will explain everything that I just typed.
Skills, stat points, everything. I will just give you a big over view of what
I think would be the best way to raise your barbarian from a little weak baby
to a huge mean killing machine.

==============================================================================
Level By Level
==============================================================================
Ok I will give you a good start on how to raise your barbarian for the first
30 levels. I will tell you what points to put into your stats, and how to
build your skill tree, level by level, here we go!

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 1
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to a Weapon Mastery of your choice

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 2
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to the same Weapon Mastery

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 3
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to the same Weapon Mastery

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 4
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to the same Weapon Mastery

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 5
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Bash

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 6
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Leap

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 7
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to the same Weapon Mastery

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 8
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Howl

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 9
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Shout

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 10
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to the same Weapon Mastery

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 11
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to the same Weapon Mastery

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 12
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Stun

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 13
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Increased Stamina

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 14
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Increased Stamina

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 15
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to the same Weapon Mastery

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 16
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to the same Weapon Mastery

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 17
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to the same Weapon Mastery

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 18
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Concentrate

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 19
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Leap Attack

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 20
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Iron Skin

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 21
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Iron Skin

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 22
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Iron Skin

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 23
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Iron Skin

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 24
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Battle Orders

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 25
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Increased Speed

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 26
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Battle Orders

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 27
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Battle Orders

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 28
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Battle Orders

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 29
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Battle Orders

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+2 to Dextarity
+1 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
LEVEL 30
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skill Tree
----------
+1 to Whirlwind

Stat Points
-----------
+2 to Strength
+1 to Dextarity
+2 to Vitality
+0 to Energy

==============================================================================
Outcome
==============================================================================
Ok, now after I just went through 30 levels, you should have a basic
understanding of what to do with your barbarian. Now is is what I think you
should look like after you get done building your barbarian.

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Dream Barbarbian At Level 99
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skills
------
Howl: 1
Shout: 1
Battle Orders: 20
One of the Weapon Masteries: 20
Increased Stamina: 2
Increased Speed: 1
Iron Skin: 20
Natural Resistance: 5
Bash: 1
Leap: 1
Stun: 1
Leap Attack: 1
Concentrate: 10
Whirlwind: 20

Total Points Spent: 104

Total Points Able To Get: 110
-----------------------------
98 From Levels
 3 From the Den of Evil Quest (Normal, Nightmare, Hell)
 3 From the Radament Quest (Normal, Nightmare, Hell)
 6 From the Izual Quest (Normal, Nightmare, Hell)

Total Points Left: 6 (spend them as you wish ^_^)

Stats
-----
Strength: 226
Dexterity: 164
Vitality: 169
Energy: 10

Life: 827
Stamina: 354
Mana: 118

Total Points Spent: 490

Total Points Able To Get: 505
-----------------------------
490 From Levels
 15 From Lam Esen Tome Quest

Total Points Left: 15 (go to town and spend them as the like)

**If any of this stuff is wrong plz tell me. It was really hard to add all of
  this stuff up, and I really hate math so this could really easly be wrong. I
  hope you don't get mad at me if any of this is wrong, I'm just stupid.

==============================================================================
------------------------------ [ 8. Equipment ] ------------------------------
==============================================================================

OK, I'm level 80 and I still have crappy equipment. It may be because I am
really unlucky and cant find anything, or it may be because I dont wish to buy
crap off of d2items.com. Either way, here is some of the crap I suggest for
you to get. This stuff is not manatory, and if you cant seem to get any of it,
dont worry, like I said, I have crappy stuff so just wear what you can get.

==============================================================================
Weapons
==============================================================================
Weapons are things you have to have, theis let you lay the smackdown on
enemies. These are just some of the weapons I would like to get, but you cant
have everything now can you?

Ith Beserker Axe (Six Clean Sockets)--->Axe
Ith Thunder Maul (Six Clean Sockets)--->Mace
Ith Great Poleaxe (Six Clean Sockets)--->Polearm
Ith War Pike (Six Clean Sockets)--->Spear
The Grandfather Colossus Blade (1.08 patch)--->Sword
Ith Colossus Blade (Six Clean Sockets)--->Sword
--------------------------------------
All of this stuff is Uber (highly good
crap) Equipment, and it will most
likely be really hard to find any of
this stuff.

==============================================================================
Armors
==============================================================================
Here is what keeps you from dieing. Get really good armor, and you want have
to worry about getting hurt.

Thundergod's Vigor War Belt--->Belt
Arkaine's Valor Balrog Skin (1.08 patch)--->Godly Armor
Shaftstop Mech Armor (A Cheaper Armor)--->Armor
War Traveler Battle Boots--->Boots
A Good Pair of Crafted Gloves (Hard to find a Good Pair)--->Gloves
Vampire Gaze Grim Helm (1.08 patch)--->Helmet
Stormshield (1.08 patch)--->Shield

==============================================================================
Charms & Jewelry
==============================================================================
Little things that can make a big difference if you dont have any.

100psn/20life (100 Poison Damage, 20 Life)--->Small Charm
290 Poison (Great for PvP Fights)--->Small Charm
Mara's Kaleidoscope Amulet (+2 To All Skills)--->Amulet
Constriction Ring Ring (+100 To All Resistances)--->Ring
Raven Frost Ring--->Ring
Manald Heal Ring (Mana Steal)--->Ring

==============================================================================
---------------------------- [ 9. Last Few Words ] ---------------------------
==============================================================================

Well I have finally finished this FAQs. I really had fun explaining me beliefs
about the Barbarian, and I hope you got at least something out of all of this.
If not, well you must not have read very closly. Anyway, below is a few people
and places that I would like to thank in the making of this FAQ.

-God for life
-Blizzard for making Diablo II: LoD
-Sans for helping me start playing Diablo II, and bugging me to get LoD
-Arreat Summit for all of the skill stats
-My brother for letting me finish this guide

==============================================================================
---------------------- [ 10. Contact & Copyright Info ] ----------------------
==============================================================================

This guide is Copyright(c) 2003 by Magic Mario. So dont steal this guide and
say its yours. Ask me if you can but this guide on your site, and dont mess
with anything thats in the guide itself. If you follow all of theserules, then
we will be ok, and we want have a problem.

If for any reason you need to contact me, and ask me a question or ask for me
permition to post this guide, e-mail me at magic_magic@hotmail.com.