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D3 Cleave

Class: Barbarian (Diablo III)
Required Level: 3
Skill Category: Primary
Generate: 6 Fury

Swing in a wide arc to deal 200% damage as Physical to any enemies caught in the swing.

Damage Type: Physical

Cleave is a Primary Barbarian skill.


Each attack slashes a 180 degrees arc in front of the Barbarian, roughly 6 yards long, effectively hitting a broad cone.

This skill is a fast hit, but has a slight delay between uses, making it slightly slower than normal attacks. It can be delivered with one hand, and seems to alternate between forehand and backhand, so it can be used while the Barbarian is Dual-Wielding.


  • Rupture: Damage type changes to Fire, and enemies slain by Cleave explode for 160% damage as Fire to enemies within 8 yards.
  • Reaping Swing: Damage type changes to Fire, and generates 1 Fury for each enemy hit.
  • Scattering Blast: An enemy critically hit, but not killed with Cleave is also knocked up briefly, and upon landing, enemies within 5 yards (including the target knocked up) suffer 80% damage as Physical. If an enemy is immune to Knockback, they suffer extra damage immediately.
  • Broad Sweep: The Barbarian now swings to hit all enemies within 6 yards of themselves. In addition, the damage type changes to Lightning, and all damage dealt is increased to 235%.
  • Gathering Storm: Cleave now deals Cold damage, and all enemies hit by the Cleave are also Chilled by 60%, and suffer 10% more damage for 3 seconds. These effects do not stack.

Non-rune enhancementsEdit

  • Depth Diggers (Legendary Pants): damage increases by 80-100%.
  • Dishonored Legacy (Legendary Mighty Weapon): increases damage by up to 300-400%, proportionally to the percentage of missing Fury (more damage when low on Fury).
  • Simplicity's Strength (Legendary Gem): increases damage by 25% (+0.5% per rank) and heals the character for 2% of maximum Life per hit (rank 25 bonus).

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