What skill and rune combinations only use the main-hand for damage calculation? An example is the Sprint / Run like the wind combination.

I'm interested in all dual-wielding characters: Barbarian, Monk, Demon Hunter.

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    What exactly is wrong with my question? Jul 11, 2012 at 11:38
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    I do not believe there are any skills that use only the main-hand for damage; it would defeat the purpose of dual-wielding entirely.
    – Frank
    Jul 11, 2012 at 13:31
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    @fbueckert See the second answer on gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/31226/…
    – bwarner
    Jul 11, 2012 at 14:09
  • @bwarner I have learned something new!
    – Frank
    Jul 11, 2012 at 16:00
  • As far as I could observe, Barb Leap uses only the main hand for damage calculation.
    – DrFish
    Jul 12, 2012 at 13:06

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The behavior of some skills to use only main hand damage was decided by Blizzard since the beta patch 13 so players wouldn't have to time attacks for higher damage (by using skills right after weaker weapon had been used). If you want to read the notes, the Blizzard link doesn't work any more but I found a copy at Incgamers.

I'm not going to try and provide a list of skills; instead I will quote Bashiok (Blizzard CM):

as far as I'm aware, "certain skills" is actually just any skill that uses weapon damage as a factor.

Interestingly, someone created a thread on battle.net about this very recently - I agree with stormcontrol's post there that spammable skills without CD alternate damage, while others don't.

Thanks for asking this question, it was an eye-opener since I had a very different impression on the rarity of skills using only the main hand for damage.


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