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Barbarian: Warcries | Barbarian: Combat Masteries | Barbarian: Combat Skills
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Combat Masteries

Skill Level Chart

Sword Mastery [1], Axe Mastery [1], Mace Mastery [1], Polearm Mastery [6], Throwing Mastery [6], Spear Mastery [6], Increased Stamina [12], Iron Skin [18], Increased Speed [24], Natural Resistance [30]

Critical Hit
A Critical Hit that will increase final damage. You will probably want to maximize your desired Mastery to increase the chance to Critical Hit. Also, items that give +Skill Levels, will increase this chance by increasing Combat Masteries beyond 20.

Sword Mastery Sword Mastery
Required Level: 1
Prerequisites: None

Although there are many gifts from the Great and Ancient King Bul-Kathos, the greatest of these is the secret of steel. Raw iron is hardened and made resilient, forged into weapons of honor and power. Most mortal swords are patterned after the blade first wielded by Bul-Kathos himself. Balancing offense with defense, it is the perfect weapon for the defense of Mount Arreat in the coming apocalypse. All Barbarian warriors learn the secrets of steel at an early age, yet few truly master the deadly elegance of the sword. Those few who do often disdain all other weapons.

Passive Effect: Increased damage and Attack Rating when using swords.

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Damage +% 28 33 38 43 48 53 58 63 68 73 78 83 88 93 98 103 108 113 118 123
Attack +% 28 36 44 52 60 68 76 84 92 100 108 116 124 132 140 148 156 164 172 180
Chance for Critical Strike % 5 9 12 15 17 19 20 21 23 23 24 25 26 26 27 28 28 28 29 29





Axe Mastery Axe Mastery
Required Level: 1
Prerequisites: None

Barbarian warriors of the Shadow Wolf Tribe are masters of the axe. Through the axe, they sought to match the swiping claws and the biting teeth of the wolves with which they lived and fought beside. These first axes were but crude stones mounted on wooden hafts, and after learning the secret of steel and swords from Bul-Kathos, the axe soon fell into disfavor. Recently, however, warriors and smiths from the Steppes have perfected the axe as a weapon equal to or greater than the sword. The Wolf Tribe once again teaches the swift and terrible power of the axe to those who wish to learn how to cull the weak from the herd and to protect their pack from the legions of Hell.

Passive Effect: Increased damage and Attack Rating when using axes.

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Damage +% 28 33 38 43 48 53 58 63 68 73 78 83 88 93 98 103 108 113 118 123
Attack +% 28 36 44 52 60 68 76 84 92 100 108 116 124 132 140 148 156 164 172 180
Chance for Critical Strike % 5 9 12 15 17 19 20 21 23 23 24 25 26 26 27 28 28 28 29 29





Mace Mastery Mace Mastery
Required Level: 1
Prerequisites: None

Barbarians who have quested with the mighty Bear Tribe are masters of the Mace. From simple wooden clubs to the contemporary, armor-defeating flanged mace, warrior masters wield these weapons to devastating effect. As the Bear shaman, Koth, said to those who favor the sword and axe, "When you are beset by hordes of the walking dead, do not come weeping to me if you have turned away from the wisdom of Bear."

Passive Effect: Increased damage and Attack Rating when using maces.

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Damage +% 28 33 38 43 48 53 58 63 68 73 78 83 88 93 98 103 108 113 118 123
Attack +% 28 36 44 52 60 68 76 84 92 100 108 116 124 132 140 148 156 164 172 180
Chance for Critical Strike % 5 9 12 15 17 19 20 21 23 23 24 25 26 26 27 28 28 28 29 29





Pole Arm Mastery Polearm Mastery
Required Level: 6
Prerequisites: None

Members of the Crane Tribe value distance, grace and a single overwhelming blow over the close grappling form advocated by the Bear Tribe. Though the two clans were wary of one another for many generations, recently the nomadic peoples have commingled and now share their powerful techniques with all that would learn. Crane warriors evolved their pole arm technique from dealing with mounted raiders and fighting in the shallow river waters found in the steppe. A master of the pole arm avoids physical contact with his opponent until he can land a single killing blow.

Passive Effect: Increased damage and Attack Rating when using pole arms.

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Damage +% 28 33 38 43 48 53 58 63 68 73 78 83 88 93 98 103 108 113 118 123
Attack +% 30 38 46 54 62 70 78 86 94 102 110 118 126 134 142 150 158 166 174 182
Chance for Critical Strike % 5 9 12 15 17 19 20 21 23 23 24 25 26 26 27 28 28 28 29 29





Throwing Mastery Throwing Mastery
Required Level: 6
Prerequisites: None

Although not as well known for their use of bows and other such ranged weapons, hunters from the Steppes have practiced the use of thrown weapons since earliest times. The open grasslands of their native soil are well suited for taking down game with swift and accurate blows from a hurled blade. It seems a natural evolution and a simple matter for them to have transferred this skill to combat.

Passive Effect: Increased damage and Attack Rating when throwing a weapon.

  • Throwing Mastery only works when you are actually using a throw skill (Either normal or double throw). For example, Throwing Axes get benefit from Axe mastery while using in melee, and from Throwing mastery when throwing them.
  • You cannot get the benefits from more than one mastery with throwing weapons no matter what class the weapon is.

    Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
    Damage +% 28 33 38 43 48 53 58 63 68 73 78 83 88 93 98 103 108 113 118 123
    Attack +% 30 38 46 54 62 70 78 86 94 102 110 118 126 134 142 150 158 166 174 182
    Chance for Critical Strike % 5 9 12 15 17 19 20 21 23 23 24 25 26 26 27 28 28 28 29 29





    Spear Mastery Spear Mastery
    Required Level: 6
    Prerequisites: None

    Warriors of the Snake Tribe favor the spear and are known for their cold eyes and sibilant battle chants. Only seasoned warriors may apply to the spear the techniques of the Snake - a patient teacher that reminds us that all foes can be defeated in time. These are lessons learned from the many dangerous pit vipers that breed among the steppes surrounding Mount Arreat.

    Passive Effect: Increased damage and Attack Rating when using spears.

    Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
    Damage +% 28 33 38 43 48 53 58 63 68 73 78 83 88 93 98 103 108 113 118 123
    Attack +% 30 38 46 54 62 70 78 86 94 102 110 118 126 134 142 150 158 166 174 182
    Chance for Critical Strike % 5 9 12 15 17 19 20 21 23 23 24 25 26 26 27 28 28 28 29 29





    Increase Stamina Increased Stamina
    Required Level: 12
    Prerequisites: None

    The tribes of the northern Barbarians are a nomadic people, roaming the vast open plains of the Northern Steppes. Being raised in this environment has strengthened the Barbarian people. Simply by looking at a member of the northern clans, you can tell that they are more hale and hearty than the average person. Such is their vigor! Through strict conditioning, the Barbarian warriors can train their bodies to endure tremendous physical exertions, and at a moments notice can be ready for battle.

    Passive Effect: Increases stamina, and stamina recovery rate.

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





    Iron Skin Iron Skin
    Required Level: 18
    Prerequisites: None

    The harsh grasslands of their homeland offer the Barbarian people little refuge from the elements. Constant prolonged exposure to the sun, wind, rain and other elements has toughened their skin to the resilience of natural leather.

    Passive Effect: Improves overall defense.

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





    Increase Speed Increased Speed
    Required Level: 24
    Prerequisites: Increased Stamina [12]

    It is a fatal assumption that the Barbarian warrior is slow and ponderous. His great bulk belies a very agile individual. A lifetime of patrolling the vast plains of his native soil, where it is often necessary to cover great distances in very little time, has empowered the Barbarian warriors with the ability to walk and run at surprising rates of speed.

    Passive Effect: Increases your walk and run speeds.

    Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
    Walk/Run Speed Bonus % 13 18 22 25 28 30 32 33 35 36 37 38 39 40 40 41 41 42 42 43





    Natural Resistance Natural Resistance
    Required Level: 30
    Prerequisites: Iron Skin [18]

    In order to survive the unforgiving lands of the north, the people of the Barbarian tribes have developed hardy resistances to the common elements. Heat and cold alike are something they endure often. Since food is scarce while foraging, they have learned to consume species of plants that would slay normal men. Through additional training, a warrior can further fortify himself against these dangers, allowing him to better survive while traveling to unfamiliar lands and battling unknown foes.

    Passive Effect: Increases resistances to elemental damage.

    Natural Resistance gives Resistances to Lightning, Fire, Cold, and Poison but does not include Magic Resistance.

    Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
    Increase All Resistances % 12 21 28 35 40 44 47 49 52 54 56 58 60 61 62 64 64 65 66 67



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