Barbarian GR Support Build With Raekor and HotNS

Last updated on Aug 26, 2022 at 10:00 by Deadset 22 comments
Build Variations Updated for Season 27, Patch 2.7.4 Main Build Group Support Speed Greater Rift Farming
1.

Introduction

With a focus shifted away from perma-stun and damage buffs into Toughness boosting and crowd control, the support Barbarian rises to meet the requirements of the metagame. This crowd control and buff-oriented build is strictly multiplayer oriented, a zero DPS spec that plays part of a composition with other damage dealing party members. To help you with your group compositions, please refer to our Group Meta overview.

2.

Quick Reference

2.1.

Skill Setup

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

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault Right Mouse Button Ground Stomp Icon Ground Stomp Wrenching Smash Wrenching Smash 1 Ancient Spear Icon Ancient Spear Rage Flip Rage Flip 2 Threatening Shout Icon Threatening Shout Falter Falter 3 Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain Mob Rule Mob Rule 4 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning
Passive Skills
2.2.

Gear Setup

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

2.2.1.

Angelic Crucible Sanctification

Season 27 comes with the theme of Angelic Crucibles — consumable items that empower Legendary items with perfected Ancient-level stats, as well as infuse them with one of three unique, powerful, class-specific abilities at random. For this build, we recommend substituting Ground Stomp Ground Stomp Wrenching Smash Wrenching Smash from the regular build and using Whirlwind Whirlwind Wind Shear Wind Shear to proc the following power:

  • Whirlwind Sanctification: Whirlwind pulls in and holds all enemies within 25 yards.

Use Angelic Crucibles on an item that crosses over most (if not all) variants of a build, and is also an item that is relatively harder to perfect than other slots (since sanctifying an item maximizes its stats). In the case of this build, a good candidate for Sanctification is the Oculus Ring Oculus Ring.

You can read more on Angelic Crucibles and the sanctification process in our dedicated Angelic Crucible Mechanics guide.

2.3.

Legendary Gems

2.4.

Kanai's Cube

3.

Changelog

  • 26 Aug. 2022 (skills page): Skills and passives reviewed for Season 27.
  • 26 Aug. 2022 (this page): Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
  • 26 Aug. 2022 (gear page): Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
  • 13 Apr. 2022 (skills page): Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 13 Apr. 2022 (gear page): Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 13 Apr. 2022 (this page): Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 09 Dec. 2021 (skills page): Reviewed for Season 25.
  • 09 Dec. 2021 (this page): Added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 09 Dec. 2021 (gear page): Added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 22 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
  • 22 Jul. 2021 (this page): Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
  • 22 Jul. 2021 (skills page): No changes required for Season 24.
  • 31 Mar. 2021 (this page): No changes required for Season 23.
  • 31 Mar. 2021 (gear page): No changes required for Season 23.
  • 31 Mar. 2021 (skills page): No changes required for Season 23.
  • 18 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Added S22 Cube recommendation.
  • 18 Nov. 2020 (this page): Added S22 Cube recommendation.
  • 17 Nov. 2020 (skills page): No changes required for Season 22.
  • 30 Jun. 2020 (gear page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 30 Jun. 2020 (skills page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 30 Jun. 2020 (this page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020 (skills page): Skill and passive selection revised for the Season 20 meta.
  • 12 Mar. 2020 (this page): Skill, item, and Cube recommendations revised for Season 20.
  • 12 Mar. 2020 (gear page): Guide updated to reflect the inclusion of the Horde of the Ninety Savages set.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (skills page): Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (gear page): Revised Cube recommendations for Season 19.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (this page): Revised Cube recommendations for Season 19.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (skills page): Reviewed for Season 18.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (gear page): Revised item recommendations for Season 18.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (this page): Revised item recommendations for Season 18.
  • 13 May 2019 (this page): Revised the guide's suggestions to match the current meta demands.
  • 13 May 2019 (skills page): Revised the guide's suggestions to match the current meta demands.
  • 13 May 2019 (gear page): Revised the guide's suggestions to match the current meta demands.
  • 27 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated the build to more closely match the current meta.
  • 27 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Updated the build to more closely match the current meta.
  • 27 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated the build to more closely match the current meta.
  • 16 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
  • 16 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
  • 16 Jan. 2019 (this page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 16.
  • 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.
  • 31 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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