Here's my char just to prove i know what im talking about :x - http://postimage.org/image/6dc1evkuj/
Little bit about me before we get into the guide, im an avid gamer have been for the last 10 years, i love to theorycraft and get the maximum potentiol out of every situation i can, this means i sacrifice cosmetic looks, "fun" things, useless items ect ect, i like to be as good as i can be.
I started D3 at launch, have since hit 60 and completed diablo 3 on hell difficulty, mainly solo playing. i have done some co-op in all acts but the majority was all solo play.
Table of content's
0 - Intoduction to the guide
1 - Stat's / Gems
2 - Item's
3 - Build's
4 - Hell
5 - Follower's
6 - Gold management
7 - Inferno ( will be updated as i progress through it )
0 - Introduction to the guide!
Let's begin, This guide is obviosly for the barbarian its mainly a solo guide but could easily be used in co-op play, Its all from my own experience, i hope if you have a question about anything it get's answer, if not please post below and ill try my best to answer it, Im by no means the best barb in the world, im just going to put down what i found worked, what i found didnt work and what to avoid in general.
Some quick notes, This guide is foccused around a 1H/Shield build and playstyle, ive noticed over the last few days post's from people who are refusing to even use this, So if your one of those people stop reading now as this probly wont benefit you alot.
This guide is for Hell and beyond only so being level 45 or above so you have time to work on gear/build is needed. i dont really want to write big segments on normal and nightmare as i found them very easy and both are easily doable in pretty much any build you like with the right gear. Alltho if you are stuck in normal or nm feel free to ask me any question you have and ill try my best to answer.
1 - Stat's/Gem's
Ok, Lets start with stat's when i hit level 50 and went to hell i had around 26k health unbuffed and around 1700 dps, And let me tell you, i got my !@# handed to me! what i think most people stuck in hell are doing wrong is what i was, bad build's combined with bad gear wont get you very far, After i upgraded my gear with new stats i flew through hell A1 very easily.
Main stat's are
Strengh - Provide's your damege and protection
Vitality - provides HP
Added damege - This concern's your weapon/rings/Amu very nice stat to have
Armor - Speaks for itself, important to get as much as you can.
the rest of the stat's range from a little useful to no use at all, You need a good balence of Strength / Vitality to do well in hell, This was my problem, my health was high but my damege output was awful, I got the idea that at level 50 i wanted 2500 dps and over 20k hp unbuffed, i ran NM for gold and upgraded from the AH until i had these numbers, the diffrence was amazing, and when i changed my build it was like i was playing a diffrent char all together!
Learn these stats, there your most important, Stuff like incresed XP, Health globe life, Magic find and maximum fury are all nice, but while leveling there not important, And i should hope everyone allready knows that stuff like intelligence, Dex and incresed mana are obviosly no use to us at all.
Lets move onto gems, Your best friends are ruby's, They go in weapon, Armor, legs and Shield, in your helm you want an amethyst. Let me now stress somthing very important, If you find an upgraded gem, lets say you have a perfect ruby in ure weapon and you happen to find a square ruby, Take the time to unsocket / resocket that weapon, it takes about 10 seconds and boost's ure damege, or health in the case of a helm. This doesnt mean as soon as a gem drops you MUST go to town and resocket the item, it means when you happen to have to go back to town you do this.
2 - Item's
This is one of the most important things in the guide, Diablo 3 is an item based game, you put the best player in the world in hell with bad items and even he will struggle.
Your goal for items are as follow's, Rares > Blues > Legenderys "but wait, arent legendery's awsome?!" Yes, they are. But unless your very lucky and happen to find an item that fits perfectly into ure gear, your going to be using rare's, your also going to be buying them from AH, paying 200k for a legendery that is awsome is ok, but with that 200k you could buy maybe 4-5 rare's that would boost ure stats 3 times more than any legendery.
So, why rares? Well they tend to have more stats than blues, and have more random properties, And they can make a small diffrence. You want to aim for as many sockets as possible, a 50 Strg / 60 vitality blue legs are good, but a 50 strg / 3 soc legs are far far better, gems are very powerful in this game and can boost ure stats immensely.
A helmet with a socket is vital, put a square ametyst in it and you boost ure life by XXX% for exmaple, a helm with 50 Strg / 50 Vital gives you 1750 more Hp, a helm with 50 Strg and a square amethyst gives you 12% of whatever ure hp is, assuming its 25k, thats 3k. Keep that in mind.
Now lets talk about weapon, This is core to your damege and is worth investing some gold in, Again a socket is vital unless you can find a weapon with awsome and i mean awsome stats then usually a nice rare with a socket will do about the same job. weapon is probly the most important part of ure gear.
Next up is shield, You want somthing with a decent block chance, high armor, preferably a socket and some good mods with the stats i listed.
Rings/amus i went for + damege rings, they boost ure damege so much sockets if possible, aim for blue + damege rings unless you can snag a nice rare with decent strg/vital/socket on it, Another good mob for rings is faster weapon speed %, another great boost to ure damege. Amulets seem to have big stats on them, at 50ish my amu had more strenth on it than any other piece of my gear including gemmed items.