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Sidearm is a rune effect in Frenzy, a Fury-generating Barbarian skill.

This rune effect has a 25% chance to throw an axe at a nearby enemy. The axe pierces all enemies in the path and deals 110% weapon damage. This effect is visually-interesting, as high speed hatchets go flying off in all directions, somewhat like the daggers hurled by the Demon Hunter's Action Shot rune effect in Vault.

It's a nice skill improvement in the early going, but the axes aren't frequent, damaging, or controllable enough to make it a major strategic component of any long term Barbarian build. The axes can be quite useful when using Frenzy against large groups though, as the axes pierce and if enemies are clustered together, the axe can strike numerous targets.

Skill Rune Effects[edit | edit source]

See the Frenzy rune effects article for thorough descriptions of all the rune effects in Frenzy, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.

Name Level Description

<skill class="Barbarian">Frenzy</skill> <skill class="Barbarian" rune="Sidearm">Frenzy</skill>

Media[edit | edit source]

Screenshots and videos will be added post-release.

Development[edit | edit source]

Prior to the February 2012 skill and rune system overhaul, this effect was created by the Indigo Rune, which granted the following effect:



Each strike has a 55% chance to throw a piercing axe at a nearby enemy that deals 100% weapon damage to all enemies in its path.