An apology to Barbs every where Hi all, sorry if this is a bit long but, I want to share a revelation I had.... Since 1.07 I have played and made every char and wierd class possible, all were good except barbs, I always had problems with the play style. my favourite areas have always been wsk and cs, both of which contain IM so normaly I ended up leaching, bo'ing or making tentative swings with zerc.. Not my playstyle at all, I like to be in the middle killing The answer was oc a zerc barb but this presented many problems for me. 1. No leach, this means potting often or standing back. 2. Howl and war cry, with careful use, kill speed is increased a bit but although safer, monsters have to chased down, again, not for me 3. Elemental attacks, with lower resis curses and no leach, life drops waaaay too fast for comfort... 4. The big problem, mana burners and mana drainers, constant potting again became irritating... The reason I am apologising is not because barsbs are rubbish as I thought, but because I didn't know how to build them properly. Below is a build that overcomes all the above problems and is probably one of the strongest and safest builds I have ever built. I am not saying the build is right for anyone else, but I'll share what I use with an explaination and if it gives anyone an idea then good WarMonger - lvl 92 Helm - Guillaumes face, chosen over arreats (for the first time btw) for the awesome offensive properties, the best way to stay safe is to kill the enemy this helm has stats that cannot be obtained from charms, all of arreats stats can be... Rest - Grief pb, Fortitude, Storm (Shael), Highlords, Laying of Hands, Thundergods, Raven, Gores, BK (All fairly standard I believe) Charms - Enough resis charms to give max resis after lower resis curse, this allows all elemental attacks to be ignored especially lightning due to tgods. Enough fhr charms to hit 90% total for 4 frames. Rest are life charms Merc - Prayer Helm - Delerium, greatly overlooked, casting confuse often prevents being mobbed and allows almost constant attacking without the need for battle crys etc. Armour - Gloom, great def and resis, (also blinds which is nice) Weapon - Low dam Voulge insight. being a prayer merc all the leach/mana/life problems solved, being low dam, IM is not a problem. If you think no leach is a problem for him, it isnt, he never dies. The bottom line... 1. Total immuninty from elemental attacks even with conviction on. 2. Massive deadly strike and CB meaning many 1 hit kills, 2 hits max, 4 hits for diablo... 3. Fast life / mana regen 4. Excellent support merc who also has great crowd control skills. 5. A totally offensive char who can stand in the middle almost any group of monsters and just beat the hell out of them - fast! For the first time in 6-8 years I can finally say.. I LOVE BARBS.