|Increases resistances to elemental damage.|
|Skill Tree||Combat Masteries|
|Other Stats||Passive Skill (always active)|
In order to survive the unforgiving lands of the north, the people of the Barbarian tribes have developed hardy resistances to the common elements. Heat and cold alike are something they endure often. Since food is scarce while foraging, they have learned to consume species of plants that would slay normal men. Through additional training, a warrior can further fortify himself against these dangers, allowing him to better survive while traveling to unfamiliar lands and battling unknown foes.
Natural Resistance is a Barbarian passive skill, thus constantly in effect once learned. This type of skill does not use mana. This skill makes the Barbarian more resistant against Fire, Cold, Lightning and Poison damage, reducing the amount of damage received by elemental attacks, making it a very useful skill at higher difficulties where better resistances are paramount. This skill suffers from dimishing returns when more points are invested into it. The boost at low levels is much smaller than that provided by the Paladin's Salvation skill (which starts at 60% at level 1), but unlike Salvation, Natural Resistance provides a permanent bonus, and offers protection against Poison damage, which Salvation doesn't.
A warning to take heed of is that while Natural Resistance can save you some inventory space in the expansion, regardless of its skill levels, Barbarians will still suffer greater elemental damage if their equipment is devoid of resistances in Hell difficulty, compared to Normal. As such, do not expect to overpower the resistance penalties with just this skill alone.
This skill does not increase Magic resistance.
| Warcries — Howl • Find Potion • Taunt • Shout • Find Item • Battle Cry • Battle Orders • Grim Ward • War Cry • Battle Command|
Combat Skills — Bash • Leap • Double Swing • Stun • Double Throw • Leap Attack • Concentrate • Frenzy • Whirlwind • Berserk
Combat Masteries — Sword Mastery • Axe Mastery • Mace Mastery • Polearm Mastery • Throwing Mastery • Spear Mastery • Increased Stamina • Iron Skin • Increased Speed • Natural Resistance