Leap Attack

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Leap Attack was renamed in Beta Patch 14. This is for future curiosity and reference. This page is not to be updated with current info; See Leap for the latest information.


Leap Attack is a Tactics Barbarian skill unlocked at level 6, making the Barbarian leap, causing damage and knockback upon landing.

This is the Barbarian's movement ability.

Background[edit | edit source]

Leap Attack in action

The Barbarian makes a gigantic leap to enemies who think they are safe behind the front lines, crushing anyone caught in the area of his landing.

Skillrune Effects[edit | edit source]

The following is a very quick summary. See the Leap Attack 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.

Icon Skill Description
IconLeap.png Leap Attack
Fury Generator
Movement (Level 6)


Generate: 15 Fury
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Leap into the air, dealing 40% weapon damage to all enemies within 8 yards of your destination. Only generates Fury if you hit an enemy.

Call of Arreat


Shockwaves burst forth from the ground at the destination and knock enemies toward the Barbarian from 45.0 yards away.

Toppling Impact


Send enemies hurtling 6 yards into other nearby enemies who suffer 80% weapon damage and are pushed back in a chain up to 2 times.



Jump into the air with such great force that enemies within 7.5 yards of the origin of the jump take 160% weapon damage.

Iron Impact


Gain 700% additional armor for 4 seconds after landing.

Death from Above


Land with such force that enemies suffer a 100% chance to become stunned for 3 seconds.

Note: Information is based on a level 60 character and rank 7 runestones.

Skill Design[edit | edit source]


Once the player activates the skill, the Barbarian will leap from his current location, to the location of the mouse cursor, damaging and knocking enemies back upon landing. This skill is best used to reach ranged monsters, who are behind enemy lines and to escape tight situations, if such occur.

Leap Attack has not changed much from D2, and has been demonstrated repeatedly in the gameplay movies. The main difference with the D3 version of this skill is that minor damage is dealt to everything nearby when the Barbarian lands, rather than major damage to one particular monster.

Leap Attack Video[edit | edit source]

A video of Leap Attack in use can be seen below, courtesy of the DiabloInc You Tube channel.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

The following Barbarian passives provide a benefit to Leap Attack, runed or not:

Development[edit | edit source]

Leaping at a few Fallen in the Borderlands.

Leap Attack was revealed at WWI 2008 when Diablo III debuted. Originally, it was a Tier III skill in the Berserker Skill Tree. By BlizzCon 2009, Leap Attack was at Tier IV but otherwise unchanged.

At BlizzCon 2010, with just one point in it the Barbarian could leap all the way to the visible edge of the screen, over any number of enemies, and at a very high speed. Flux enjoyed using it in the Battle Arena:[1]

I loved it in the Arena, even though I seldom hit with it, just since the visual is great. The 3D works nicely with it, since your perspective lurches upwards when the Barb jumps, and you feel like you’re flying for a second. There’s a great grunting “RAHHH!” sound too, and you must want to knock something in half with a massive club when you trigger this skill. Ideally that Wizard whose been sniping you with that damn Disintegrate from the far edge of the screen for the entire round. “Hold still and die, maggot!”

Skill tiers were removed for the July 2011 Press Event, and Leap Attack became a level 6 skill. The skill system was once again overhauled for the Beta Patch 13, and Leap Attack was classified as a Tactics skill and moved to level 9. For the Beta Patch 14 in March 2012, Leap Attack was renamed Leap.

Previous Versions[edit | edit source]

See the Barbarian skill archive for more details on previous versions of Leap Attack and other Barbarian skills.

In Other Games[edit | edit source]

Leap Attack seems to combine Leap and Leap Attack from Diablo II, whilst requiring Fury to use. The main difference with the D3 version of this skill is that minor damage is dealt to everything nearby when the Barbarian lands, rather than major damage to one particular monster.

Media[edit | edit source]

Leap Attack can be seen in action on video here:

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

References[edit | edit source]