Barbarian Frenzy/Thorns Build With Legacy of Nightmares Set

Last updated on Sep 20, 2018 at 09:00 by Deadset 41 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Frenzy Thorns Barbarian in Diablo 3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know to play this build at the highest level. This build is updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 15.

1. Introduction

The Thorns Frenzy build arose from the 2.4 rework to the Legacy of Nightmares set, along with the 2.4.1 buffs to Barbarian Thorns capabilities. The end result is a highly mobile, single target assassination spec that takes the best of the melee and damage reflection playstyles. The build is available in both Greater Rift solo progression and regular Rift farming variations, explained in that order.

2. Video Guide

The following video guide was created to accompany the present written guide and demonstrate how to play the build in-game.

2.1. Skill Setup

The basic skill setup of the LoN Thorns Frenzy Barb is displayed below. Read the dedicated Skills page for detailed information on choices, alternatives and build customization.

3. Builds

Greater Rift Solo Progress Speedfarming Variation
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Frenzy Icon Frenzy Maniac Maniac Right Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault 1 Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain Iron Hide Iron Hide 2 Threatening Shout Icon Threatening Shout Falter Falter 3 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning 4 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Frenzy Icon Frenzy Vanguard Vanguard Right Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault 1 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity 2 Sprint Icon Sprint Marathon Marathon 3 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning 4 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity
Passive Skills

3.1. Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the LoN Thorns Frenzy Barb is listed below. Check the Gear page for detailed information on choices, alternatives, gemming, Kanai's Cube and Paragon distribution.

3.2. Legendary Gems

3.3. Kanai's Cube

4. Role in the Current Meta

This build is ranked as a Mid Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season. If you are looking for a strong build that will easily finish the Seasonal Journey, but don't necessarily care for high leaderboard placement, consider using this build.

This is a versatile build, able to handle all three major activities in the game (Greater Rifts, Normal Rifts and Bounties) with the adjustments outlined in this guide. It is not recommended for group Greater Rifts past the point where every party member can handle the content on his own.

5. Reading Further

To go in-depth on the skills, passives, itemization, gemming and variations to get the most out of this build, follow these pages:

  • Skills and Runes: exhaustive breakdown of the skill and passive choices, along with synergies, rotation and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points: detailed explanations of BiS gear, stat priorities, gemming (both regular and legendary), rerolling and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Speed Farming Variation: Frenzy/Thorns variation for endgame speed farming;
  • Follower Guide: for more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

6. Changelog

  • 20 Sep. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 15.
  • 14 Jun. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 14.
  • 01 Nov. 2017 (this page): Changed build rank to Low Tier for Season 12.
  • 18 Oct. 2017 (this page): No changes necessary for Patch 2.6.1.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for 2.6 and moved to new format.
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