How to Switch Weapons Diablo 4

Figuring out how to switch weapons in Diablo 4 has been a problem for many players. This is because Diablo IV shakes the gameplay up, therefore causing a significant amount of confusion. Don’t worry, it’s not that big a deal once you figure out what you actually have to do. Let’s break it down and explain what you need to do here.

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how to switch weapons diablo 4
How to Switch Weapons Diablo 4

How to Switch Weapons in Diablo 4

To switch weapons in Diablo 4, you actually have to swap the skill you’re using. Yes, for some reason, the skill you have equipped influences which weapon you can use. Let’s take the Barbarian as an example. One of their basic skills is Bash, which requires a blunt weapon. On the other hand, Flay requires a slashing weapon. So, if you want to switch from a blunt to a slashing weapon (say, from a mace to a sword), you have to slot in Flay instead of Bash. Your character will then automatically use the weapon that the slotted skill applies to. The same goes for the Rogue: if you want to use your ranged weapons, you must equip a ranged skill, such as Heartseeker or Forceful Arrow.

So, yeah, that’s how you switch weapons in Diablo 4. It’s super-counterintuitive and I hope to goodness that the developers change things around by launch. It’s unusual, to say the least, which isn’t always a good thing. On the other hand, it is an interesting system once you get used to it. It opens various build possibilities, but then again, the same would be true if you were simply allowed to change weapons like a in normal game. How do you feel about it? Let us know in the comments. And if you need help with something else in Diablo 4, take a gander at our other guides. For example, we’ve written articles like Error Code 316719 Issue, Error Code 395002, Your Account is Currently Locked, and How to Get Diablo 4 Beta Rewards.

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