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Punish is a rune effect in Bash, a Fury-generating Barbarian skill.

This rune effect increases the damage of all Barbarian skills for five seconds after each Bash, and can be stacked up to three times for a total damage boost of 24%. This rune is basically being used as a buff to other skills, almost like a very short duration war cry. Players want to alternate this with their other main skills, to keep the 3 stacked damage while taking advantage of the other skills, such as Cleave or Frenzy, that have a higher damage output than Bash.

Post Release Changes[edit]

The v1.0.4 patch buffed the base skill Bash, and improved the damage for this rune effect as well.[1]

  • Fury generated increased from 6 to 8
    • Weapon damage increased from 150% to 165%
  • Skill Rune – Punish
    • Bonus damage per stack increased from 6% to 8%

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

The following is a very quick summary. See the Bash 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.

Name Level Description


Screenshots and Videos will be added post-release.


Prior to the February 2012 skill and rune system revision, this effect was enabled by the Indigo Rune which created the following effect.



Each attack grants a 10% damage boost for 5 seconds. This effect stacks up to 8 times.

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