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Class: Barbarian (Diablo II)
Required Level: 30
Skill Tree: Combat Skills
Requires: Bash, Stun, Concentrate
Cost: 4 Mana

A powerful attack that leaves the Barbarian more vulnerable.

Damage Type: Magic
Synergies: Howl, Shout, Concentrate, Frenzy
Other Stats: Converts all Physical Damage to Magic

Berserk is an Barbarian skill in Diablo II.


There is a fine line between passion and rage, something the Barbarian warrior knows well. A Barbarian must learn to tread this line while separating one from the other and drawing strength from both. One of the most powerful combat skills a Barbarian can learn is to cross that line into rage, expending the sum of his energy and slaying everything without regard for consequences. When you have slain all of your enemies, what is left to fear?

General InformationEdit


  • Gives synergy to:
Concentrate: (+1% Magic damage per level)
Frenzy: (+1% Magic damage per level)
  • Receives synergy from:
Howl: +10% Magic damage per level
Shout: +10% Magic damage per level

Berserk graphic effect

Berserk completely converts all Physical damage of attacks to Magic damage, but it also makes the Barbarian unable to benefit from Life Steal and Mana Steal, even with Life Tap. However, this same trait also makes the Barbarian immune to "Attacker Takes Damage" effects such as Iron Maiden and Thorns, because these only reflect physical damage, not magical.

For a brief period after the blow (duration decreases with skill level and does not stack, only being renewed on a new cast), all sources of defense are removed, even the bonuses coming from Iron Skin and Dexterity. Resistances are not affected. The user can still block if he wields a shield, though if this is to be the case, they should have a fast rate of blocking, as otherwise, they may wind up taking unnecessary damage in the midst of blocking.

Against Physical Immune foes, this skill is the best weapon in the Barbarian's arsenal, so in Nightmare and Hell difficulties, Berserk may be the skill of choice against particular foes.

Skill ProgressionEdit

Mana Cost: 4
Converts 100% physical damage to magic

Level 1234567891011
Bonus Attack 100% 115% 130% 145% 160% 175% 190% 205% 220% 235% 250%
Bonus Magic Damage 150% 165% 180% 195% 210% 225% 240% 255% 270% 285% 300%
Duration 2.7 2.4 2.2 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.6
Level 12131415161718192025
Bonus Attack 265% 280% 295% 310% 325% 340% 355% 370% 385% 460%
Bonus Magic Damage 315% 330% 345% 360% 375% 390% 405% 420% 435% 510%
Duration 1.5 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.2

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