Tough as Nails


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Tough As Nails is a Barbarian passive skill unlocked at Level 30, which increases the Barbarian's armor and thorns damage.


Name Level Description
Tough as Nails

1 Increase Armor by 25%.

Increase Thorns by 100%.

After a while the scars serve as their own layer of armor.


No synergies with any active skills or other Barbarian passives are known.


Passive skills have had a long and storied history. When Diablo III debuted at the WWI 2008, skill trees included passive skills, much like in Diablo II. In 2010, it was announced that passive skills had been renamed traits and separated out from active skills. At the July 2011 Press Event, Blizzard announced that passive skills were once again in the game, replacing the traits system. Tough As Nails was first revealed in August of 2011 by Zarhym in a blue post:[1]

Each class gets equal base benefit from armor value on items, however, there are passives and skills which could allow one class to benefit more from armor than another class. For example, barbarians have a passive available to them called Tough As Nails which increases the barbarian’s armor by 100%, among other things.


When the beta started in September 2011, Tough As Nails was revealed as a level 22 skill. When passives were reorganized for Beta Patch 14, Tough As Nails was moved up to level 30.


  1. Blizzard on Class-Specific Armor Benefits -- IncGamers 9th Aug 2011

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