Barbarian Frenzy/Thorns Build With Legacy of Nightmares Set

Last updated on May 13, 2019 at 09:00 by Deadset 5 comments
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 2.6.5 and Season 17.

For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our follower guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

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. Changelog

  • 13 May 2019 (skills page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 17.
  • 13 May 2019 (gear page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 17.
  • 13 May 2019 (this page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 17.
  • 16 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
  • 16 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
  • 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.
  • 16 Jan. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 16.
  • 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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