How to switch weapons as a Barbarian in Diablo 4

How to switch weapons as a Barbarian in Diablo 4
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Written by 

Coleman Hamstead


20th Jun 2023 12:40


If you've found yourself frustrated with trying to work out how to switch your Barbarian's weapons mid-battle as you attempt to push back the hellish denizens of Sanctuary in Diablo 4, you're not alone.

The Barbarian is one of Diablo 4's five different class types, with a unique ability that other characters do not have: switching your weapon mid-fight. Unlike its predecessors, dictating what specific weapons your Barbarian will use in the game is a rather intricate process, so below we'll explain how to switch them in Diablo 4.

Switching weapons as a Barbarian in Diablo 4

screenshot showing a barbarian in diablo 4 in the character menu
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The way you switch weapons in Diablo 4, especially as a Barbarian, can be confusing as there is no key dedicated to swapping weapons manually.

Instead, the particular skills you use as a Barbarian will largely determine what weapon (or weapons) you are able to use in battle.

How many weapons can a Barbarian equip?

Barbarians can equip themselves with four different weapons at once. In their inventory, there is a slot dedicated to two-handed bludgeoning weapons, two slots devoted to dual-wieldable one-handed weapons, and another slot dedicated to two-handed slashing weapons.

Different Barbarian skills have different weapon requirements. For example, Frenzy requires dual-wielded weapons. Because of this, your Barbarian will automatically pull out their dual-wielded weapons when you activate Frenzy.

If a skill is labelled as requiring any complete arsenal weapon, that means that two-handed bludgeoning weapons, dual-wieldable one-handed weapons, and two-handed slashing weapons are all fitting to use with that skill. By default, your Barbarian will use the weapon(s) best suited for the job. However, you can manually select which weapons you want your Barbarian to switch to when using specific skills.

How to switch weapons as a Barbarian on PC in Diablo 4

Screenshot showing switching weapons as a Barbarian in Diablo 4
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If you want to manually choose which weapons your Barbarian uses for each skill in Diablo 4 on PC, open the Abilities tab.

In the Skill Tree, you can then hover over any of your eligible unlocked skills and press the middle mouse button to cycle between your applicable weapons. You can do this for any and all Barbarian skills that allow for different types of weapons.

Switching Barbarian weapons on console with a controller in Diablo 4

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To switch weapons as a Barbarian on console (or with a controller on PC) in Diablo 4, open your Abilities tab in the Character Menu and press in on the left analogue stick on the skill you want to customise.

Next, press X to cycle through the eligible weapons and select which type of weapon(s) to use with that skill.

Switching weapons as a Barbarian in Diablo 4 isn't the most intuitive, but once you figure out how to swap them, the demons of hell won't be able to stop you and your arsenal of weaponry. Be sure to check out our Diablo homepage for the latest news and guides, or check out the best Druid class in Diablo 4 for levelling and endgame content.

Coleman is a freelance journalist at GGRecon. While gaming has always been his passion, it wasn’t until he worked as a Sports Journalist at the Community College of Baltimore County that he found his enthusiasm for writing. In the time since Coleman has had his work featured in publications such as The Washington Post/Launcher and ESTNN. Coleman is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration.

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