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Rupture is a rune effect in Cleave, a Fury-generating Barbarian skill.

This rune effect causes enemies killed by Cleave to explode, dealing 85% weapon damage over an 8 yard radius. This is an extremely useful effect against large crowds of enemies, and provides the Barbarian with his best early level AoE skill.

Post-Release Changes[edit]

Cleave was buffed in the v1.0.4 patch, increasing the damage of the base skill and all the rune effects. Several of the rune effects were given additional buffs as well, though Rupture was not amongst them.[1]

  • Cleave changes in v1.0.4:
    • Weapon damage increased from 120% to 140%

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

See the Cleave rune effects article for thorough descriptions of all the rune effects in this skill, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.

Name Level Description

1 Generate: 6 Fury per attack

Swing your weapon in a wide arc to deal 200% weapon damage to all enemies caught in the swing.

MedRuneE Rupture
1 Enemies slain by Cleave explode, causing 160% weapon damage as Fire to all other enemies within 8 yards.


Screenshots and videos will be added post-release.


Prior to the February 2012 skill and rune system revision, this effect was created by the Alabaster Rune, which yielded the following effect:



Enemies slain by this attack have a 100% chance to explode, causing 150% physical damage to all other enemies within 19 yards.