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The Ultimate PvM Axe Frenzy Barb
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Table of Contents:
1.) Why a Frenzy Barb?
2.) Gear.
3.) Skill Allocation.
4.) Stat Points Placement.
5.) Mercenary & Additional Info.





1.) Why a Frenzy Barb?

A Frenzy Barbarian allows you to yield two weapons and achieve very high attack speed and damage levels relatively easily. With such fast attack speed and high damage, Frenzy Barbs are ideal for concentrating their power onto one boss and taking him down easily, or for spreading the damage over several targets. With high enough life and mana leech, Frenzy Barbs virtually never are in need of healing or mana potions. They are able to tank their way through any obstacles, and with the right equipment, even able to take down physical immune (I'll get back to that point later on in the guide.) Also, they make good keyrunner's, as they are able to take down Countess, Summoner, or Nihlathak quickly and easily.

At level 89, my Frenzy Barb has:
-5.6k+ life with bo
-400+ mana with bo (base energy)
-Close to 15k defense with shout (and no shield)
-Holy Freeze Aura, Might Aura from Merc, and Concentration Aura from Merc.
-5k double swing damage, and nearly 10k Frenzy damage.
-Perfect Resists in Hell


In perspective, Frenzy Barbs are built to be leech tanks that can demolish anything in their way very quickly. They are also quite enjoyable to play with as well. I highly suggest you try to make one, and I hope my guide is able to help you :]




2.) Gear.
For this section, I would like to keep it open to many options. That being said, in bold is the gear that I use, then in parentheses after it are other options you can have. Options that are in italics are cheaper options that still prove very effective. Items that are underlined are runewords. After the parentheses is my explanation for why I use what I use, it's pro's / con's, and and further details on what else you may use.


Weapons - Ethereal Breath of the Dying Berzerker Axe, and Doom Berzerker Axe (Ethereal Oath Berzerker Axe, Butcher's Pupil Cleaver, Guardian Naga Naga, Runemaster Ettin Axe, Death Cleaver Berzerker Axe, Fury Berserker Axe, Honor Berserker Axe, Silence Berserker Axe, Beast Berserker Axe, Ethereal Eternity Berserker Axe, Famine Berserker Axe, Death Berserker Axe, Grief Berserker Axe, Last Wish Berserker Axe)

Personally, I believe that at least one ebotdz is a key part of a Frenzy Barb. It's got all the mods you're looking for, like life leech, mana leech, stat points, high damage and attack speed, and the poison nova casting, which is a big part in killing physical immunes. Equipping two ebotdz would definitely make a very good Frenzy Barb. I use a Doom runeword Berserker too, mainly for the high damage/attack speed, and the very important level 12 Holy Freeze Aura when equipped. This is crucial in both damaging and slowing monsters in an area, perventing them from getting to you and attacking you too fast. The +2 skills and other mods are also very nice. As for other weapons, look for high damage and attack speed first, then go to other mods like leech and such. If you are looking for cheaper alternatives, look up a nice easy to make runeword, like Honor or Wind. They too can be very effective with your Frenzy Barb. Also, on switch, I use 2x +3 warcries one handed weapons. This is crucial to do, and very cheap, for it boosts your BO hugely.


Body Armor - Superior Wire Fleece Fortitude (Chains of Honor, Enigma, Duress, Gloom, Stone, Up'd Shaftstop, Atma's, Corpsemourn, Black Hades, Gladiator's Bane, Leviathan, Black Hades, Tyrael's Might.)

For armor, Fortitude is definitely the way to go. With it's high defense, enhanced damage, resists, life, damage reduction, and damage to mana, it won't let you down. Chains of Honor is also a good resist armor, and Enigma is a good call if you need big strength bonuses, or you just want to teleport.


Helm - Arreat's Face Slayer Guard (Demonhorn's Edge, Halaberd's Reign, Vampire Gaze, Crown Of Thieves, Veil of Steel, Crown of Ages, Giant Skull, Delirium BO Helm)

Again here, Arreat's is your best all around bet. Skills, High defense, Life Leech, Attack Rating, Resistances, Faster Hit Recovery, and strength/dexterity, all render Arreats as the number one choice. I jeweled mine with an Enhanced damage (with other mods) jewel, but also feel free to Um it if you feel you don't have enough resists, or put whatever you want in it. Some people say to Cham your arreats for the Cannot Be Frozen mod, however, my Frenzy Barb uses a Raven Frost that has that mod, so you should definitely use one too, and refrain from inserting a Cham rune into your Arreat's.


Belt - Verdungo's Hearty Coil Mithril Coil (String of Ears, Any rare belt with good mods, Nosferatu's Coil, Immortal King's Belt)

Verdungo's is a great choice here, with it's faster hit recovery, HUGE vitality bonus, high defense, and damage reduction. It's the perfect belt to use for your Frenzy Barb. However, if you'd like more leech and you're low on dough, String of Ears (especially up'd) makes a great belt. It too has very useful mods you can explore with.


Gloves - Up'd Venom Grips (Twice Up'd Bloodfists, Hellmouths, Dracul's Grasp, Soul Drainers, Steelrend's, Immortal King Gloves, Rare IAS / leech / other modded gloves)

I'm a fan of Venom Grips because they're cheap and easy to get, and still have very useful mods. Life leech, crushing blow, enhanced damage, and resists make them a great addition. Probably the best choice for gloves overall, however, are the slightly more expensive Dracul's. They've got even more of what you need, especially some bigtime leech, that all is very important. Don't be afraid to be creative here if you have some rare gloves that you think have the mod's you need. You can work with alot. :]


Boots - Sandstorm Treks Scarabshell Boots (Up'd Gorefoots, Up'd Goblin Toe's, Gore Riders, Infernostrides, Rare modded boots)

I use Treks mainly for the very paramount strength and vitality bonuses. They're one of the Items that can help you to not have to invest as many points into strength, that you can then put towards vitality and thus more life. Gore's are also a good choice with Crushing Blow, so don't be afraid to go with them, and Up them for some extra defense.


Jewelry - Angelic Wing's Amulet, Angelic Halo Ring, and Raven Frost Ring (The Cat's Eye, Metalgrid, Atma's Scarab, Highlord's Wrath, Crafted or Rare Modded Amulet with +Barb Skills, Bul Kathos Ring, Nature's Peace Ring, Rare modded ring.)

Dirt cheap, but so important. Angelic Amulet, along with 1x Angelic Ring, give your character a much needed HUGE attack rating bonus, as well as dexterity and life. They're easy to get and very important to have for a Frenzy Barb that needs to have high accuracy in hitting his targets. The Raven Frost Ring too is very important, with it's bigtime dexterity and Attack Rating mods, and the very important Cannot Be Frozen mod I mentioned earlier. I think that this ring/amulet combination is the most effective way to go, and it's also very cheap and easy to get. Great news for you, bad news for monsters.


Inventory

What you want to keep in your inventory is basically what you'd expect for any melee character, and may contain all or any of the following charms:
-Barbarian Hellfire Torch (High Stats)
-Annihilus Small Charm (High Stats)
-Max Damage/Attack Rating/Life Small Charms
-Poison Small Charms
-Faster Hit Recovery Small Charms
-Warcry Grand Charms with life or goldfind mods (I take warcry over Barb Combat GC's, but that's just me.)




3.) Skill Allocation.

I have spent alot of time trying to figure out what Skill Trees to work with to make the most effective Frenzy Barb, and I believe what I have to be a very good strategy to allocate your skill points. Hopefully you'll agree too.

20 Points into Axe Mastery
20 Points into Battle Orders
20 Points into Double Swing
20 Points into Frenzy

One point into:
-Bash (pre-req)
-Leap
-Double Throw (pre-req)
-Increased Stamina
-Increased Speed
-Iron Skin
-Natural Resists (I put 2 points into it to reach the cap, and it got me up to just enough for full resists.)
-Howl (pre-req)
-Taunt* (Adds damage to Frenzy Attack, 1 point is important to put into here.)
-Shout (pre-req and more)
-Battle Command

Rest of your points fill into:
-Shout
-Increased Speed if you desire




4.) Stat Points Placement.


This is quite simple. A Frenzy Barb wants to have enough strength and dexterity to use his equipment, and no more. The rest of your points, pump into Vitality. Be careful not to use too many strength or dexterity points, because they'll only go to waste.

My Base Stat Values (No Items Equipped):
Strength
: 62
Dexterity: 30
Vitality: 438
Energy: 10


With Items Equipped:
Strength
: 154
Dexterity: 139
Vitality: 548
Energy: 69




5.) Mercenary & Additional Info.
The Attack Damage of a Frenzy Barb is by no means limited to just what he is wearing. A correctly equipped act 2 mercenary can make a huge improvement in your Barb's damage and PvM abilities. For my Barb, I use an Act II Nightmare Offensive Mercenary, who has a Might Aura that increases his and your own attack damage. This is a hugely important bonus that will help your Frenzy Barb Alot, so I suggest an Act II Nightmare Offensive (Might Aura) Mercenary. Also, by himself, your Mercenary will be very helpful in killing off monsters and distracting bosses.

My Mercenary uses the following equipment, all of which is pretty expensive. The Items in the parentheses after the initial item are other good choices for your mercenary.


Weapon - Ethereal, Superior Pride Runeword Colossus Voulge. (Other choices include: Bonehew, Infinity, Insight, Ethereal Breath of the Dying Polearm Weapon, Rift, Obedience, Doom, Tomb Reaver)

The Pride Runeword, although slightly expensive to make, has a mod that is a gigantic boost to your Barb's attack. A Mercenary equipped with a Pride weapon has a level 16-20 Concentration Aura, which even further increases your Barb's damage, and also increases the mercenary's. Any other high damage polearms are also good choices, sometimes for cheaper.


Armor - Ethereal Fortitude Sacred Armor (Other Choices Include: Corpsemourn, Stone, Duress, Gloom, Chains of Honor, Ethereal Shaftstop, Ethereal Leviathan.)

If made out of a glitched ethereal armor, a high fortitude can reach upwards of 3,000-4,000 defense. Along with it's resists, life, and enhanced damage mods, it's the perfect Mercenary Armor. Anything else that's high defense, and preferably ethereal is also a good choice.


Helm - Ethereal Andarial's Visage (Vampire Gaze, Crown of Thieves, Nadir Runeword, Ethereal Crown Of Ages, Delirium Runeword)

Andarial's Visage is a very good mercenary helm, especially when ethereal, that has all the important mods and high defense that your mercenary needs. Definitely your best bet for maximum effectiveness.



Playing strategy with a Frenzy Barb is pretty simple. Set your left-click normal attack as double swing (good for when you're mana burned and need to leech some back), and your right hand skill as Frenzy. With enough leech, your Frenzy Barb can tank nearly anything, and won't need much potion assistance. I keep my belt stocked with full juvies for when I need a quick heal, but I rarely have to use them. With your +3 warcries sticks on your switch weapons, make sure that before every run you cast Battle Orders, Battle Command, and Shout for yourself and for any other members that are in your party, which add the huge life, skill, and defense bonuses.


In the end, I hope that this guide was able to assist anyone that is looking into making a Frenzy Barb, and that it's useful and helpful. Thank you for reading my guide, and I will be glad to make changes, updates, or answer any questions you may have that I might have left in the dark. :]




THE END.




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Dec 23 2007 05:20pm
JSP needed one of these.
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Dec 23 2007 05:22pm
Quote (purpurhare @ Sun, Dec 23 2007, 06:20pm)
JSP needed one of these.


thank you :]

I thought so too, it was tough making mine without any sort of help.
But I think I did an alright job, or at least I hope so.
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I would add damage calculations. If the house wasn't in a frenzy for the holidays I'd do it myself. I've had about 3x Frenzy Barbs.

By the way, using different weapons, CoH, and LW this guy can solo Ubers no problemo.

I'm going to put up my preffered setup for Ubering, because it's hella fun with this guy.

Helmet- Arreats- Resist, FHR, AR, Str, Dex, only missing CB. Go with this, don't argue with me.
-Yes, Kira's has more Res and still has FHR, but you won't need it all. Also, Guillame's isn't necesarry, so I wouldn't recommend it.
Amulet- Depends on inventory. If you have good Max/AR/Life or AR/Life, use Metalgrid.
-Highlord's has light Res, DS, +1Skill, so this is a close one. MG has more Res and AR, so that was my choice.
Armor- CoH, your choice on style. Wyrmhide is sexy, if you ask me. This has Demon Damage, DR, MASS RESISTS, and some leech. Perfect eh.
Weapon 1- Last Wish Berzerker Axe. Yep- Crushing Blow, ED, FADE, LIFE TAP. All you need babe.
Weapon 2- Beast Berzerker Axe. Yep- Crushing Blow, ED, Fanaticism (= more ED, more AR), PREVENT MONSTER HEAL, and Crushing Blow.
- I know I said Crushing Blow twice. I love it.
Gloves- LoH, Laying of Hands. Fire Resist, IAS, don't forget 350% ED VS. DEMONS. You have Tap from your LWZ, and shame on you if you can't survive long enough for it to go off. You have all the CB you need from the weapons, so Rends are no good either.
Belt- Depends. Nos Coil is a good choice for the Leech and IAS, Verdungo isn't really needed. The belt just isn't important if the rest of the character is good.
- Tgod's isn't a bad choice.
Rings- Raven and Wisp. Light is really the only element that will be giving you trouble- Raven is standard and LoH has stacked Fire Res.
Boots- Gores. I know I said you have enough from the weapons, but more CB, DS, and OW never hurt. You're set on Res so more damage is always good.

With this and a good inventory of charms you're set for a 2 minute top Uber Run. Oh, and my strategy.

Strategy

Make TP. Go in, switch to BO sticks, BO. Run up right, down left, grab Meph. Go in slowly until he gets eRaged and comes for you. Back out fast, stand and wait, he comes. You proceed to Howl (I recommend using dual HoTO's on switch for this, +6 to Howl means bigger radius- plus you get lot's of extra Res with these out), Howl and again until it all runs away. Now, switch to weapons, select Frenzy, hold mouse button until dead. Really, it doesn't take long. I personally then proceed to pull out my HoTO's and leap my way into Diablo/Baal's presense. Then, Howl and wail away. A good Frenzy Bab has no issues taking both at once. By this point, you are most definitely Faded.

This post was edited by purpurhare on Dec 23 2007 05:43pm
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nice guide
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Dec 23 2007 07:19pm
might try this although i favor Lw Zerk and BotdZ
freezing aura is worth trying i guess

nice guide thumbsup.gif
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Dec 23 2007 10:04pm
I sry for curseing but its a fucking nice guid very well done...
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nice guide
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Dec 24 2007 12:11am
Quote (purpurhare @ Sun, Dec 23 2007, 11:34pm)
I would add damage calculations. If the house wasn't in a frenzy for the holidays I'd do it myself. I've had about 3x Frenzy Barbs.

By the way, using different weapons, CoH, and LW this guy can solo Ubers no problemo.

I'm going to put up my preffered setup for Ubering, because it's hella fun with this guy.

Helmet- Arreats- Resist, FHR, AR, Str, Dex, only missing CB. Go with this, don't argue with me.
-Yes, Kira's has more Res and still has FHR, but you won't need it all. Also, Guillame's isn't necesarry, so I wouldn't recommend it.
Amulet- Depends on inventory. If you have good Max/AR/Life or AR/Life, use Metalgrid.
-Highlord's has light Res, DS, +1Skill, so this is a close one. MG has more Res and AR, so that was my choice.
Armor- CoH, your choice on style. Wyrmhide is sexy, if you ask me. This has Demon Damage, DR, MASS RESISTS, and some leech. Perfect eh.
Weapon 1- Last Wish Berzerker Axe. Yep- Crushing Blow, ED, FADE, LIFE TAP. All you need babe.
Weapon 2- Beast Berzerker Axe. Yep- Crushing Blow, ED, Fanaticism (= more ED, more AR), PREVENT MONSTER HEAL, and Crushing Blow.
- I know I said Crushing Blow twice. I love it.
Gloves- LoH, Laying of Hands. Fire Resist, IAS, don't forget 350% ED VS. DEMONS. You have Tap from your LWZ, and shame on you if you can't survive long enough for it to go off. You have all the CB you need from the weapons, so Rends are no good either.
Belt- Depends. Nos Coil is a good choice for the Leech and IAS, Verdungo isn't really needed. The belt just isn't important if the rest of the character is good.
- Tgod's isn't a bad choice.
Rings- Raven and Wisp. Light is really the only element that will be giving you trouble- Raven is standard and LoH has stacked Fire Res.
Boots- Gores. I know I said you have enough from the weapons, but more CB, DS, and OW never hurt. You're set on Res so more damage is always good.

With this and a good inventory of charms you're set for a 2 minute top Uber Run. Oh, and my strategy.

Strategy

Make TP. Go in, switch to BO sticks, BO. Run up right, down left, grab Meph. Go in slowly until he gets eRaged and comes for you. Back out fast, stand and wait, he comes. You proceed to Howl (I recommend using dual HoTO's on switch for this, +6 to Howl means bigger radius- plus you get lot's of extra Res with these out), Howl and again until it all runs away. Now, switch to weapons, select Frenzy, hold mouse button until dead. Really, it doesn't take long. I personally then proceed to pull out my HoTO's and leap my way into Diablo/Baal's presense. Then, Howl and wail away. A good Frenzy Bab has no issues taking both at once. By this point, you are most definitely Faded.


SHIT! THANK YOU!
Spent all day researching possible baba Ubers and have come up almost empty handed. I saw this guide and was like "HELL YEA!" then I saw this post and was like "THERE IS A GOD"

sorry for OT, Delicious. Great guide, and as has been said, fills a much needed void in JSP. Now I wanna see an Uber Wolf guide and my mission will be pretty well complete! (I hate using Smiters for Ubers, although there are some awesome cheap guides out now...)

Edit:PurPur, what would a good stash of charms be for Ubers? same as reccommended in Delicious's guide?

This post was edited by Yankzfan on Dec 24 2007 12:21am
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Real nice guide. I've made a frenzy barb before, not as good, and it was real fun for PvM.
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