Barbarian - Warcries - Combat Masteries - Combat Skills


Combat Masteries

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

Closed 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
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Damage% (ES)30+6
Damage% (LoD)28+5
Attack Rating% (ES)30+12
Attack Rating% (LoD)28+8
Critical Strike% (ES)diminishing return (0-30)
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
Single target attack.
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Min Lightning Damage1
Max Lightning Damage+36+24+48+96+96+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
Close Combat Mastery: 7% Lightning Damage per Level
Bash: 7% Lightning Damage per Level

Thunder Wave

Required Level
12
Prerequisites
Thunder Strike
Skill Description
A Lightning version of Assassin's Cold Wave. Former Mace Mastery.
Pros
Cons
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Min Lightning Damage1
Max Lightning Damage+18+12+24+36+48+48
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

Plasma Rain

Required Level
24
Prerequisites
Nova
Skill Description
A Lightning version of Sorceress' Blizzard. Former Pole Arm Mastery.
Pros
Cons
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Min Lightning Damage1
Max Lightning Damage117+78+104+130+156+156
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

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
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Damage% (ES)30+8
Damage% (LoD)28+5
Attack Rating% (ES)30+12
Attack Rating% (LoD)30+8
Critical Strike% (ES)diminishing return (0-40)
Critical Strike% (LoD)diminishing return (0-25)

Luck of the Ancients

Required Level
1
Prerequisites
None
A new ES skill
Increases the chance of finding magic items and extra gold.
Pros
Cons
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Magic Find%10+5
Extra Gold%5+2.5

Strength of the Ancients

Required Level
6
Prerequisites
Luck of the Ancients
A new ES skill
Grants Strength.
Notes
This skill requires at least 1 level of Luck of the Ancients. The assigned skill points don't take effect untill you enter a new game or you re-equip a skill+ item.
Pros
Cons
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Strength3+3

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.
Pros
Cons
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Vitality5+5
Faster Run/Walk%diminishing return (0-40)

Nova

Required Level
18
Prerequisites
None
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
The missile range is rather short.
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Lightning Damage (ES)1-40+8+12+16+24+24
Lightning Damage (LoD)1-20+7+8+9+10+11
Missile Range (yards)8.6
Mana Cost (ES)7+0.5
Mana Cost (LoD)15+1
Synergies
Thunder Storm: +8% Lightning Damage Per Level
War Cry: +8% Lightning Damage Per Level

Iron Skin

Required Level
18
Prerequisites
None
Difference from the LoD version
Also grants Damage Reduction by number.
Pros
Cons
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Defense%30+10
Damage Reduced by (ES)1+1 per 5 levels

Thunder Storm

Required Level
30
Prerequisites
Nova (18)
Difference from the LoD version
Improved damage. Shorter interval.
Pros
Handsfree.
Cons
Random target. Single target.
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Lightning Damage (ES)1-120+12+15+18+21+21
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
Nova: +8% Lightning Damage Per Level

Natural Resistance

Required Level
30
Prerequisites
Iron Skin (18)
Difference from the LoD version
Also grants Magic Resist.
Pros
Cons
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F/C/L/P Resist%diminishing return (0-80)
Magic Resist% (ES)1/4 of F/C/L/P Resist%

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