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Rend is a Secondary Barbarian skill unlocked at level 5. It's a melee attack that deals considerable bonus damage over time to all enemies within range.


Rend in action.

A slashing, vicious blow to all nearby enemies.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

The following is a very quick summary. See the Rend 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

1 Cost: 20 Fury

A sweeping strike causes all enemies within 12 yards to Bleed for 1100% weapon damage as Physical over 5 seconds.

MedRuneB Ravage
1 Increase the range of Rend to hit all enemies within 18 yards.

Rend's damage turns into Fire.

MedRuneD Blood Lust
1 Heal for 0.5% of your maximum Life per second for each affected enemy.
MedRuneA Lacerate
1 Increase damage to 1350% weapon damage as Lightning over 5 seconds.
MedRuneC Mutilate
1 Affected enemies are Chilled and take 10% increased damage from all sources.

Rend's damage turns into Cold.

MedRuneE Bloodbath
1 Enemies killed while bleeding cause all enemies within 10 yards to begin bleeding for 1100% weapon damage as Physical over 5 seconds.

Skill Design[edit]

This skill was introduced at Blizzcon 2010. There are currently no visuals available for the skill, and no reports on it from demo players. It was revealed in the skill tree.


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


Rend debuted at BlizzCon 2010 as a Tier 5 skill, but the Barbarian couldn't level up high enough to select it, so there are no gameplay reports detailing any use of this skill.

Skill tiers were removed for the July 2011 Press Event, allowing the skills to unlock steadily from levels 1 to 30. Consequently, all skill levels were adjusted and Rend became a level 8 skill.


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.

Rend was bumped to level 9 for the beta. With the Patch 13 changes, Rend was classified as a Secondary skill and moved to level 5.


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