Dear god, is this serious? So, here's the story - I found a pair of ethereal deathbits, and inherited another. I kept looking at these, thinking to myself, "Well, those are pretty cool - I should upgrade them and make a throwbarb!" However, the fact that they're seen as underpowered always turned me off from the idea. Then I got hold of a matched pair of ethereal lacerators, and couldn't hold off the urge any longer. So, I upgraded the deathbits, and started working on the barb. I was surprised to find that at low levels I was banging out a hundred damage easily with a few +min damage items and a pair of plain old throwing knives. I thought that it wouldn't last, but as I kept leveling, and bought magical throwing items in act 2, the damage kept growing. 150, 200... I worked my way up to act 4, and found my progress slowing down, so I leveled myself to 25 and picked up a couple sets of hurlbats in act 2 hell through another char. Slapped the ones requiring level 25 on (I'd picked up a couple of convenient Cruels that popped up, a cruel hurlbat of hibernation and a cruel war dart of maiming, if memory serves), damage went to 380 in one hand, 300 in the other. ... Wow. This at level 25? I was amazed, to say the least. That carried me into late act 5, and I was clearly amazed by the damage. Other people in my party were shocked by my effectiveness, too, particularly when the paladin in the party used concentration and I had almost 900/800 damage. Wow. .... And then I hit level 43, and my cruels came available. Slapped those on, damage without concentration instantly jumped up to 1800 each hand. WOW. I was looking at this, jaw on the floor... I've since levelled myself to 51, maxed out double swing (it's the only damage synergy to double throw), and throw mastery, been pumping my dex, and I'm pumping out just short of 3k damage now. With my cruels. Now note... this is with my cruels. They each have approximately 128 max damage. My upgraded ethereal deathbits come available in four levels and pack around 228 max. I'm already pumping almost 3k damage right now, and I'm going to almost DOUBLE that???? Not only that - but I'll also be wearing highlord's, which with throw mastery will pump my critical hit rate to around 85% - meaning I'm expecting 6 or 7k max damage when fully equipped, with a good chance of doubling that to 12 or 14. And if I throw a few lacerators first to trigger amplify damage, that'll double it again - this seems ridiculous! 24 or even 28k damage? HOLY CRAP!!! *Bows* I'll never call throwbarbs underpowered again..