Increased Blocking Speed

Diablo 2 increased blocking speed

Increased Blocking Speed, more commonly called “fast block” or IBS, helps characters block more frequently.

Increased Blocking Speed Description

A character goes into block animation if its opponent succeeds in the hit check and the character succeeds in a blocking check. The character can do nothing else during the blocking animation. Blocking is only possible while engaged in melee combat, or while walking. (Not while running.) See the blocking article for more details.

Improvements to faster blocking are difficult to achieve since the bonuses to it are found almost exclusively on shields.

  • In some cases the equipped weapon influences the blocking speed.
  • The Assassin’s Weapon Block skill is also affected by her Faster Block Rate, and the same values as for shield blocking apply.
  • Act 3 mercenaries do not block even though they are capable of using a shield.
  • In classic D2, this modifier was found only on Culwen’s Point, and it had no effect.

Class Block Table

ClassWeapon / Skill / FormBlock Frames
1716151413121110987654321
Amazon1H swinging weapon (*)04611152329405680120200480
Other weapons0133286600
Assassinall0133286600
Barbarianall09204286280
DruidHuman form061320325286174600
Bear form051016274065109223
Wolf form0715274886200
Necromancerall061320325286174600
Paladinnormal0133286600
with Holy Shield086
Sorceressall0715274886200
ClassWeapon / Skill / Form1716151413121110987654321
Block Frames

(*) 1-handed swinging weapons include 1-handed axes, clubs, 1-handed maces, orbs, scepters, 1-handed swords, 2-handed swords wielded in one hand, throwing axes, and wands.


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