Barbarian - Warcries - Combat Masteries - Combat Skills


Combat Masteries

  • Close Combat Mastery and Assassin's Melee Mastery are the same thing but don't stack with one another. The higher level one takes effect.

Close Combat Mastery

Required Level
1
Prerequisites
None
Skill Description
A weapon mastery that works with any melee weapons. Former Sword Mastery, which means Sword Mastery on LoD items turn into this skill.
Difference from Sword Mastery
Works with any melee weapons. Improved damage, AR and Critical Strike bonus.
Notes
Doesn't stack with Assassin's Melee Mastery. (The higher level one works.)
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Damage% (ES)30+6
Damage% (LoD)28+5
Attack Rating% (ES)30+12
Attack Rating% (LoD)28+8
Critical Strike% (ES)diminishing return (0-27)
Critical Strike% (LoD)diminishing return (0-25)

Throwing Mastery

Required Level
1
Prerequisites
None
Difference from the LoD version
Improved damage, AR and Critical Strike bonus.
Notes
You need Close Combat Mastery (or Melee Mastery) to improve the melee damage of Javelins and Throwing Weapons.
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Damage% (ES)30+8
Damage% (LoD)28+5
Attack Rating% (ES)30+12
Attack Rating% (LoD)30+8
Critical Strike% (ES)diminishing return (0-36)
Critical Strike% (LoD)diminishing return (0-25)

Thunder Strike

Required Level
1
Prerequisites
None
Skill Description
Lightning version of Amazon's Fire Strike. Former Axe Mastery
Pros
Decent elemental damage is especially helpful for starters who don't have any good weapon.
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Min Lightning Damage1
Max Lightning Damage+36+24+48+96+192+192
Attack Rating%20+12
Mana Cost2+0.25
Synergies
Thunder Wave: 7% Lightning Damage per Level
Nova: 7% Lightning Damage per Level
Plasma Rain: 7% Lightning Damage per Level
Thunder Storm: 7% Lightning Damage per Level
Bash: 7% Lightning Damage per Level

Strength of the Ancients

Required Level
6
Prerequisites
None
A new ES skill
Grants Strength.
Notes
Re-equip the Damage Augmentor in order to gain the bonus.
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Strength5+5

Luck of the Ancients

Required Level
12
Prerequisites
None
A new ES skill
Increases the chance of finding magic items and extra gold.
Notes
Re-equip Damage Augmentor in order to gain bonus.
Pros
Useful for keeping killing power while having MF and GF.
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2324+
Magic Find%10+5
Extra Gold%5+2.5

Vigor of the Ancients

Required Level
12
Prerequisites
Strength of the Ancients
Skill Description
Increases Vitality in addiition to Run/Walk speed. Former Increase Speed.
Notes
Re-equip Damage Augmentor in order to gain bonus.
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2324+
Vitality5+5
Faster Run/Walk%diminishing return (6-35)

Thunder Wave

Required Level
12
Prerequisites
Thunder Strike
Skill Description
A Lightning version of Assassin's Cold Wave. Former Mace Mastery.
Pros
Goes through enemies
Cons
Notes
this skill covers the hole screen and travels a screen or 2 beyond in the direction its cast. with oskill mastery and lightning damage forged weapons this is probably the best lightning skill in d2 es.
slvl12-89-1617-2223+
Min Lightning Damage1
Max Lightning Damage+25+17+34+51+68
Cast Delay (seconds)0.4
Mana Cost18+0.75
Synergies
Thunder Strike: 6% Lightning Damage per Level
Nova: 6% Lightning Damage per Level
Plasma Rain: 6% Lightning Damage per Level
Thunder Storm: 6% Lightning Damage per Level
Close Combat Mastery: 6% Lightning Damage per Level

Iron Skin

Required Level
18
Prerequisites
Vigor of the Ancients
Difference from the LoD version
Provides 2 Hand Melee weapon passive defense bonus
Notes
Re-equip Damage Augmenter to gain bonuses, Passive Def Bonus for 2H Melee.
Pros
Works wonders with 1 point and +skills, Double effect with 2 hand weapons.
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2324+
Defense%20+7
Defense Bonus(2H)20%7%
Synergies
Double Swing: 5% Defense per Level
Double Throw: 5% Defense per Level
Frenzy: 5% Defense per Level

Nova

Required Level
18
Prerequisites
Thunder Wave
Difference from the LoD version
Improved damage. Less mana consumption.
Pros
Attacks the enemies in all directions. Spammable. Multiple missiles hit a large target. Works fine with War Cry and Ancient's Call.
Cons
slvl12-89-1516-2223-2425+
Lightning Damage (ES)6-12+6+12+20+26+26
Lightning Damage (LoD)1-20+7+8+9+10+11
Missile Range (yards)8.6
Mana Cost (ES)3.5+0.5
Mana Cost (LoD)15+1
Synergies
Thunder Storm: +8% Lightning Damage Per Level
War Cry: +8% Lightning Damage Per Level

Plasma Rain

Required Level
24
Prerequisites
Nova
Skill Description
A Lightning version of Sorceress' Blizzard. Former Pole Arm Mastery.
Pros
Cons
There is a chance a monster can stand in the middle of it and take no damage.
slvl12-89-1617-1920+
Min Lightning Damage1
Max Lightning Damage103+69+92+115+115
Cast Delay (seconds)0.6
Mana Cost23+1
Synergies
Thunder Strike: 5% Lightning Damage per Level
Thunder Wave: 5% Lightning Damage per Level
Nova: 5% Lightning Damage per Level
Thunder Storm: 5% Lightning Damage per Level
Close Combat Mastery: 5% Lightning Damage per Level

Natural Resistance

Required Level
30
Prerequisites
Iron Skin
Difference from the LoD version
Also grants Magic Resist.
Pros
Magic Resist on equipment is rare. Elemental/Poison Resist is also useful, if more common.
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Resist All%diminishing return (12-67)
Magic Resist% (ES)1/4 of F/C/L/P Resist%

Thunder Storm

Required Level
30
Prerequisites
Nova (18)
Difference from the LoD version
Improved damage. Shorter interval.
Pros
Handsfree.
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-1920+
Lightning Damage (ES)21-43+22+28+36+36
Lightning Damage (LoD)1-100+10+10+11+11+11
Interval (seconds) (ES)2.64 (at slvl 1) - 0.48 (at slvl 60)
Interval (seconds) (LoD)4.4 (at slvl 1) - 1 (at slvl 60)
Duration (seconds)32+8
Radius (yards)13.3
Mana Cost (ES)19+1
Mana Cost (LoD)19
Synergies
Thunder Strike: +5% Lightning Damage Per Level
Thunder Wave: +5% Lightning Damage Per Level
Plasma: +5% Lightning Damage Per Level
Nova: +5% Lightning Damage Per Level

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