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The following is a very quick summary. See the [[Wrath of the Berserker rune effects]] page for a more thorough description of rune effects, or any of the individual rune pages for numbers, screenshots, blue quotes, and much more.  
 
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Revision as of 01:31, 13 May 2012

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Wrath of the Berserker is a Rage Barbarian skill unlocked at Level 30, transforming the Barbarian into a giant, hulking beast for a short period. While in this state, the Barbarian gains massive bonuses to both damage dealing and defensive stats.




Contents

Background

Wrath of the Berserker in action.

The Barbarian hulks out and unleashes his fury, raining havoc and destruction upon his foes.


Skill Rune Effects

The following is a very quick summary. See the Wrath of the Berserker rune effects page for a more thorough description of rune effects, or any of the individual rune pages for numbers, screenshots, blue quotes, and much more.

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Skill Design

This skill turns the Barbarian into a furious killing machine with bonuses to physical damage-dealing stats, and it also adds defensive bonuses as well. It provides a way of disposing tough monsters quickly, such as bosses or minibosses. One could argue that this skill is a very good demonstration of the design philosophy of the Berserker skill tree, where there is no such thing as too much power.


Synergies

Base Skill

The following Barbarian passive provides a benefit to Wrath of the Berserker, runed or not:

IconMedRuneE.png Slaughter

The following Barbarian passives provide a benefit to Slaughter:

IconMedRuneB.png Arreat's Wail

The following Barbarian passives provide a benefit to Arreat's Wail:


Development

Wrath of the Berserker first appeared in the BlizzCon 2009 demo at Tier VI in the Berserker Skill Tree, and stuck around for BlizzCon 2010 as a Tier 7 skill. Unfortunately, in both demos Barbarians didn't have a high enough level to select it.

Skill tiers were removed for the July 2011 Press Event, allowing skills to unlock steadily from levels 1 to 30. Consequently, all skill levels were adjusted and Wrath of the Berserker became a level 29 skill. It was, however, demonstrated at the event. Kutako.com mentioned it in their hands-on report:[1]

We see the Barbarian's Wrath of the Berserker, a special ability that transforms him or her into a dark giant beast capable of slicing through Diablo's minion hordes.

Beta

The Diablo III Beta started in September 2011, and while it ran, all of the skills continued to undergo extensive iteration. Skill changes varied from changing the levels the skills are unlocked, to changes in resource cost, damage, and even function. A few skills were removed altogether, and a few new ones were added. Also, the entire skill system received an overhaul with the Beta Patch 13 update in February 2012, with physical runes replaced by rune effects that automatically unlock at various levels for the different skills.

Wrath of the Berserker remained at level 29 when the beta started. With the Patch 13 changes, it was classified as a Rage skill and moved to level 30.


Media

Wrath of the Berserker can be seen in action on video here:

You can find pictures in the Diablo III screenshot and picture gallery:


References