Hey, I'll start with a short introduction. I played on SC since release till patch 1.0.3 came out. After that I changed to HC and created my first barbarian. I lost one 50h barb on my way to diablo and managed to down it with the second, 90h played. This doesn't include the massive amount of time I spent on AH searching for upgrades. As patch 1.0.4 came closer, I set myself a goal to beat HC inf before the next nerfs - and succeeded! My diablo kill stats (with nerves of steel, superstition, inspiring presence): Life: 64k Dps: 17k (with enchantress AS boost) AR (with shout): 800 Armor (with shout): 10,4k Block: 39% (with ilev 63 shield) LoH: 827 with 1.56 AS (before frenzy stacks) Life reg: 640 (buffed) Other very helpful but often underrated stats: CC reduction 21% Melee dmg reduction 5% Ranged dmg reduciton 4% I want to point out that after I got to 800 AR, I started to value block percent. I got 20% from the shield, 8% from helm of command and 11% from justice lantern. It is undervalued with block amount in many guides, but imo essential and will boost your survivability by a HUGE amount as block is calculated after resists and armor reduction. CC reduction is a second stat I want to highlight. In my experience the thoughest fights are a3 and a4 champ packs. If you face nightmarish or frozen packs, that CC reduction can help you out from chain stuns which otherwise would leave you praying for survival in a no-can-do situation. Lastly here is a link to my full gear + follower gear. I used around 61 mil gold to get it. The focus and bracers were self found drops. http://www.upload.ee/image/2612094/D3_HC_inf_complete_barb_gear.png View attachment 3142 And of course a screenshot of the kill. View attachment 3143 Feel free to ask anything in comments. I hope this was some help for people still progressing in HC with a barb.