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What are barbarians good at?


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Yes, Brute is also nice. Clear Out and Mule Kick target Fortitude as well - so it's even a good "self-contained" build in itself before getting to Brute Force. 

 

I personally like a lot of those spells that target Fortitude. That's why Body Blows is so valuable for me. 



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I have Rekke as a fighter/barbarian too, but I've mostly just had him swing a pair of axes. I suppose I could try mixing things up and giving Konstanten dual-wielding instead.



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What's the best voulge build, though? 

 

Tried Shattered/Berserker and it was too squishy. I'm thinking Berserker/Devoted, Berserker/Garrote or single class Berserker. 

 

I am suffering from a sever case of rerollitis, please help.



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If I wanted to reduce the squishyness I wouldn't pick Berserker in the first place. :)

 

What about Furyshaper/Fury? Fits nicely, the Frenzy Ward stacks with everything (great casting and attack speed) and the Storm spells could profit from the Voulge (if you choose to bind it to the druid class, not the Barb class). Bloodlust and Bloodthirst also trigger when you kill enemies via Storms/spells by the way.


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In my current playthrough I'm running Serafen as a Cipher/Barbarian, dual-wielding battle axes. It seems to be working better, since I just use Frenzy and sometimes Barbaric Blow to build up focus and enhance his damage-dealing powers.



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Well, a bit squishy is fine and constant recovery and unbending will solve that issue  :p

 

I've never tried tempest so how will it play? Will it be a full nuke caster rather than melee focused? 



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I like the idea from Boeroer of Furyshaper/Fury ... just in my experience if this is a solo build, your wards will die too quick for fury to be worth it.  If it is not solo and you can keep the heat off the wards, go for it.



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I've acquired Willbreaker and Patinated Plate, so I can get Rekke and Konstanten into those builds. I don't have any unique battleaxes, though. Maybe some regular superb ones will do.



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Right, I forgot Barbaric Retaliation is only available on level 19. So this build won't work yet, because Konstanten is 2,5 levels behind me. Without BR he's just a very slow dual-wielder. Maybe I'll just put him in lighter armor until he's level 19. Like Bloody Links.


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Variant 4: Bloody Backlash

Patinated Plate (Juggernaut), Thick Skinned, Blunting Belt, Blood Storm, Blood Thirst, HoF, Bloodlust,Blood Surge, Barbaric Retaliation, Panther's Leap. Dual Battle Axes (Oathbreakers also works) or Willbreaker or Saru-Sichr, Sanguine Sword. Cast Blood Storm, jump in and let them hit you while you hit them. Dual Battle Axes are best. Recovery will not matter with retaliation. Will not matter with HoF. If somebody dies: Blood Thirst. And so on. Whirlwind of Bleeding Cuts. Nice Variant: Grave Calling + Scordeo's Edge with Blade Cascade.


The Pulverizer works like a super easy AI bot, too. Needs no special gear. Not much works with Driving Roar. But the hat is nice since it gives +5 ACC.

 

What subclass do you suggest for playing this one? Berserker looks kind of squishy. Maybe Corpse-Eater ?



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I used Serafen, so vanilla. Berserker with Savage Defiance can still be good. He gets +2 AR from his Frenzy which can be very important. You will get crit a lot so you need all the AR you can get. Maybe don't push MIG so high.

Furyshaper could also be good. With Blood Ward you would at least get back some good health with every Retaliation + Carnage.

By the way: Retaliation also works with ranged weapon (no reload) e.g. Hand Mortars or so.

When fighting against Kith/Wilder Corpse Eater is nice. You can retaliate while doing Flesh Communion. But against all others...
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As for the equipment (besides what you have already suggested), I'm thinking about the Ragged Cloak: it could fit nicely in this build. One could also wear Ngati's Girdle for another effect on being crit... and maybe get Hylea's Talons for another bleed effect on top of that of the axes...

 

What would be the ideal stats for such a build? I'm guessing: dumped RES, ok MIG and INT, high CON to survive damage and high PER to hit the attackers. It should be also better not to dump DEX, right? Since Barbaric retaliation comes very late in the game and I don't want to completely useless before that...


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Yes, that is correct. Don't 'minmax' everything towards retaliation right from the start. Else it will get supertedious before reaching the higher levels.
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