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Whirlwind (Diablo III)

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For the Diablo II skill of the same name, see Whirlwind (Diablo II).

Class: Barbarian (Diablo III)
Required Level: 20
Skill Category: Secondary
Cost: 10 Fury per tick

Deliver multiple attacks to everything in the Barbarian's path for 340% damage as Physical. While whirlwinding, the Barbarian moves at 100% movement speed.

Damage Type: Physical
Other Stats: Channeled; Can be cast on the move

Whirlwind is a Secondary Barbarian skill, reminiscent of the classic Diablo II skill of the same name.

It is one of the few skills that truly benefit from Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan.


Whirlwind is a channeled skill: while it lasts, the Barbarian may not use other skills, except those that do not interrupt channeling. It causes the Barbarian to whirl wildly in a twister of blows, dealing Physical damage per tick to all enemies within 9 yards. While channeling, the Barbarian is forced to move, and even moves unhindered through enemies, with full movement speed. Whirlwind does not break Immobilize effects when activated (and cannot be cast while Immobilized), but makes the Barbarian immune to them while channeled. It also appears that whirling Barbarian cannot be affected by Knockback and Vortex.


  • Dust Devils: as the Barbarian moves under Whirlwind, they create one harsh tornado per tick. Each tornado moves up to 60 yards in roughly the same direction the Barbarian is traveling, dealing 120% damage as Physical per tick to enemies in its path.
  • Hurricane: damage type changes to Cold, and Whirlwind also randomly pulls one enemy per tick from up to 35 yards away towards the Barbarian. Has no effect on enemies immune to Knockback.
  • Blood Funnel: Critical Hits restore 1% of the Barbarian's maximum Life.
  • Wind Shear: damage type changes to Lightning, and regains 1 Fury per tick for every enemy hit.
  • Volcanic Eruption: damage type changes to Fire, and damage increases to 400% per tick.

Non-rune enhancementsEdit

  • Skull Grasp (Legendary Ring): increases Whirlwind weapon damage by additional 300-400% per tick.
  • Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan (Legendary Pants): Fury generation and damage are increased by 25% while moving (and reduced by 20-25% while standing still).
  • Bul-Kathos's Oath Set (Set Bonus for 2 items): during Whirlwind, grants the Barbarian additional 30% increased Attack Speed and Movement Speed.
  • Wrath of the Wastes Set (Set Bonus for 4 items): while channeling Whirlwind, the Barbarian takes 40% reduced damage.
  • Wrath of the Wastes Set (Set Bonus for 6 items): Whirlwind gains Dust Devils rune in addition to any other, and weapon damage of Dust Devils increases to 2500%.


This section contains facts and trivia relevant to this article.
  • This skill always displays a Great Axe spinning around the whirling Barbarian, even if they do not use axes.

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