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A powerful attack that leaves the Barbarian more vulnerable.
Class [[Barbarian]]
Skill Tree Combat Skills
Level 30
Damage Type Magical
Mana Cost 5
Other Stats Deals magical damage (more to come)
Synergies Howl, Shout
For other uses, see Berserk (Disambiguation).

Berserk is a Barbarian Skill in Diablo II.

  • Active Effect: A powerful attack that leaves the Barbarian more vulnerable.
  • Required Level: 30
  • Prerequisites: Bash [1], Stun [12], Concentrate [18]
  • 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 completely converts damage to magic damage so you cannot steal life/mana with Berserk, even with Life Tap.

An advantage of using Berserk is that the Barbarian suffers nothing from Iron Maiden and Thorns, because they only reflect physical damage, not magical.

For the stated duration afterwards, all sources of defense will be removed, even the bonuses coming from Iron Skin or Dexterity. The Barbarian can still block if he is using a shield, but it is an unwise decision overall, as a defense of zero usually guarantees that a great portion of the attacks monsters make against him will be blocked, often disallowing said Barbarian the opportunities of attacking. As a result, most who choose to Berserk should consider a style of combat other than weapon and shield. However, even a Barbarian who plans to not regularly use Berserk may find it to their advantage to have at least 1 skill level in it, as there will undoubtedly be multiple physical immune opponents that will attempt to do him harm in Nightmare and Hell difficulties. If the Barbarian cannot harm said monsters, he will prove little more than a hardy obstacle to them.


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?

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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